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Slow Ride - A Lumpen Novel
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Rebuild Radio with WLPN 105.5 FM in Chicago

WLPN Kickstarter Campaign: Turn On, Tune In, Drop In

At the Human Be-In in 1967, just before the sixties started to swing madly and out of control, counterculture guru Timothy Leary popularized the phrase that encapsulated the era of worldwide change and discontent "Turn on, tune in, drop out". Although greatly misinterpreted by many as a philosophy of self-indulgent hedonism heightened with various psychedelic drugs, Leary's mantra urged individuals toward a inward spiritual sense of self-discovery and sensitivity. Particularly, Leary espoused an active engagement, a conscious change with one's goals towards creative constructive activity (and certainly not blissful detachment).

Now, almost 50 years later, we here at WLPN 105.5 FM (Lumpen Radio) are asking you to "Turn on, tune in and drop in" (to paraphrase Leary's clarion call) and assist us in our goal in creating a viable non-commercial radio station in Chicago with our official Kickstarter Campaign. Our ambition is to push the boundaries and alter the airwaves in directions normally unimagined, to be creatively expansive and diverse in our programming, and most importantly becoming an on air laboratory and type of outlet our city desperately needs. The station will be a conduit for radio producers, audio alchemists, activists, DJs, podcasters, record labels, ham operators, musicians, story tellers, spoken word/performance artists, librarians, art critics, educators and sound editors whose expertise and knowledge are indispensable for such an imposing undertaking. With this community of creative participants, we hope to be a viable alternative to the normal mainstream and structured radio environment that predominates the airways today.

Currently, we have raised enough monies through Version Festival 2015 and other nascent activities to purchase some studio gear and equipment. These initial funds have allowed us to test out some avenues of broadcasting like streaming online and the initial technical hurdles of this immense project. Beginning in July, 2015 we intend to broadcast 24/7 to the Chicago metro area and continue streaming online to the world. For this, we need to raise an additional $25,000 to purchase the rest of the gear to get us on the air. This is a chance for you to become an active stakeholder and help us rebuild radio in Chicago!

This Kickstarter campaign will give us what we need to get the station up and transmitting. Hardware, software, construction costs, and the down payment to lease our radio tower. All the costs that we need to pay one time and up front. Once it's on the air its ongoing business costs will be supported by the community through underwriting, memberships and bake sales.

Since this is a communal effort, we ask your support through various levels of pledges that will help us make WLPN a viable entity. With the various levels of pledges you will in turn receive different rewards besides the personal satisfaction of assisting and joining our budding community. We cannot do this without your involvement and assistance. 

Please look at this link to our Kickstarter campaign for further details on WLPN, rebuilding radio and how you may support the station and participate:

WLPN Kickstarter Campaign: Turn On, Tune In, Drop In

Then, once we are up and running you can always turn on, tune in and drop in to listen to 105.5 FM.



Do you want to help build the most radical radio station in Chicagoland and the world? Did you know we are a non profit, all volunteer station? We need your help to make the best community radio station since Pump Up the Volume. Please help us to make Lumpen Radio Live On The Air.

PMI must raise just over $100,000 to create the FM radio station and pay a part time staff to coordinate programming, business development, and manage the technology and engineering to maintain the radio signal and web radio stream. The good news is that since 2001 Public Media Institute has been a 501(c) 3 non profit corporation that may receive tax-deductible charitable contributions from individuals and corporations.


The Lumpen Guide to Chicago Jagoffs

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Issue #24 : The Lumpen Field Guide to Chicago Jagoffs
Tuesday, February 26, 2015 • 6pm ti 2am
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
960 W 31st Street Chicago Il 60608

Join us election night (Tuesday, Feb 24) as we launch issue #124: the Lumpen Field Guide to Chicago Jagoffs. Come hear contributors from across Chicago read their entries about the people, places, and practices (past and present) that constitute representative jagoffery. The night will feature up-to-the-minute political commentary by our panel of pundits as the elections unfold. And original art for sale by Dmitry Samarov produced for the Guide will be on display and for sale. Please stop by and grab few copies or a bundle and share the Jagoff guide with your friends.

The Guide was edited by Bill Savage and Paul Durica who crowd sourced contributions from across the city.

Contributors include: Randy Bushwa, Chris Brotherton, Jerry Boyle, Joe Bryl, Andrés Carrasquillo, Paul Dailing, Amy Beth Danzer, Charlie Davis, John Dudas, Paul Durica, Marc Fischer, V. Francone, Amy Friedman, Pawel Grajnert, Honna Eichler George, Peter Hand, Ed Herrmann, Hugh Iglarsh, Nick Jaeger, Yana Kunichoff, Matt Lauritzen, Carol LaChapelle, Ian Morris, Jarrett Neal, Max Norton, Robert O'Connor, LuAnn Paladino, Joseph S. Pete, Christopher Peterson, Rachel, Greg Salustro, Dmitry Samarov, Bill Savage, Tom Schneider, Christopher Sholes, John Shuster, August Spies, W.R. Logan Sq. , Jamie Trecker, Vincent Truman, Katharine Uhrich, Shanna van Volt, Sam Weiner, Julie Welsh, Mary Zerkel and others.

Comics by: Andy Burkholder, Ben Marcus, Danielle Chenette, Eddy Rivera, George Porteus, Nate Beaty, Sarah Leitten, Grant Reynolds, Kevein Budnik, Krystal Difronzio, Mike Carretta and Nate McDonough.

While the results are slowly coming in on election day, Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar will also be hosting it's own Mayoral Brew Ha-Ha, where we will feature a specialty designated drink for each of the major candidates involved. Every specialty candidate drink consumed will be given one vote for that candidate. We will tabulate the votes at midnight and name the winner of the Mayoral Brew Ha-Ha. We cannot say if these results will reliably reflect either the popularity of the candidates or the drinks. The Rahm-ifications are endless.


Lumpen Magazine issue 123

Lumpen Magazine #123 : Meet Your Makers
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This is our "Makers" edition of the magazine and focuses on the work of some rad local small manufacturers, artists and artisans.

We are entering our 24th of year of making this little family magazine and it was edited by a new crop of Lumpens: Sara McCall, Emma Saperstein, and Dan Sloan.

The issue features interviews with: Angela Venarchik, Johnny Wator (Daredevil Pedals), Julie Ghatan, Doug Kaplan & Max Allison of Hausu Mountain, Kelsey Dalton & Andrew McClellan of Heart & Bone Signs, Dusan Katić of Katić Breads, Coyote DeGroot of Labrabbit Optics, Dave Rand of Local Foods, John Taylor Wallace & Emily Moorhead of Metal Magic Interiors, Nancy Klehm of The Ground Rules, Pablo Ramirez of Pilsen Outpost, Jes Skolnik of Pure Joy, Dan Salls of The Salsa Truck, Shirley Kienitz & Jenny Stadler Wolfbait & B-Girls, Marie Akerman of Working Bikes and Blake Sloane formerly of Rebuilding Exchange.

Lumpen #123 also features the usual world class comic art you expect from us including ork by: Andy Burkholder, Ben Bertin, Ben Marcus, Danielle Chenette, David Alvarado, Eric Rivera, Grant Reynolds, Jason T Miles, Joe Tallarico, Krystal DiFornzo Leslie Wiebeler, Nate Beaty and Sarah Leitten.



Brian Mier Slow Ride

Lumpen Publishing presents:

Slow Ride - By Brian Mier -
ISBN: 978-0-9905023-0-2

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We are pleased to announce the occassion of printing our first Lumpen novel. It is by Brian Mier, a long time contibutor and Editor of Lumpen magazine.

Brian Mier grew up on the North Side of Chicago and has lived in Brazil since 1999.  He is currently a policy analyst at the Centro de Direitos Economicos e Sociais. From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the national directorate of the Brazilian National Urban Reform Forum (FNRU). He has worked with the Landless Peasants Movement (MST) and was a two time speaker at the World Social Forum. Brian has written extensively on Brazilian news and culture for the underground press over the years. His writing has appeared in Lumpen and Vice, and elsewhere.

About SlowRide

A double-trailer rig winds its way slowly through the Brazilian countryside.  Zeca, an old-fashioned, macho truck driver decides to break up with his wife. As he drives along, his niece ridicules his sexist ways. Slow Ride is an anti-adventure travel story created through mixing audio transcriptions of a real truck ride with fictional and expository passages. Inspired by Sam Miller's "Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity", it finds the humor in mundane events and offers a window into Brazil, a country struggling to reconcile the old with the new.


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Think about yer Beer Geek buddy. (S)he needs the entire collection of Mash Tun Journal - our bad ass magazine about the culture of craft beer. You can now buy them online at our shop. The four pack costs $30. The five pack costs $35. The 6 pack costs $40.

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