Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hi! Albums again!

Been a while...
Some of my favorite beats ever. Large Professor producing and MCeeing here, plus two Toronto DJs, K-Cut and Sir Scratch. Large Pro is still very much around - he released two really good instrumental albums in the past couple of years.

Some might better know Kurious from his work with MF Doom here and there throughout the years, but this is definitely his finest work. Great production from The Beatnuts and SD-50s.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Album Review: The Dutchess and The Duke, "Sunset/Sunrise"

RIYL: Mamas and The Papas, Simon and Garfunkel, other such sixties folkish pop acts. Vocal harmonies backed by rhythmic acoustic guitar, spare arrangements recorded beautifully. Moving, intimate, lovely songs. Great; gorgeous, sonorous.

Play All, But Especially: 1+++, 3++ (folky), 5+++ (dig weird guitar), 7+ (Be My Baby drums!), 8+++(oh my god...), 9


Phoenix, AZ pop enthusiasts Miniature Tigers played four songs - two old, two brand-spankin' new - in the studio a few days ago. Their first album, "Tell It To The Volcano", was a hell of a lot of fun, but I enjoy the direction they are taking their new material (especially with Lolita). All tracks are acoustic. We also discussed what it means to be "indie" these days, and what horrible movies M. Night Shyamalan has made. All content for your downloadable consumption below!

Tell It To The Volcano
Dino Damage
Fake Blood (new)
Lolita (new)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Album Review: Times New Viking, "Born Again Revisited"

Our MD, Kenny, calls this "sludgegaze", which I think is about right. Honestly, sounds almost exactly like Guided By Voices' "Bee Thousand", but with even more of a pop sensibility, which is just fine by me.

Play all, but especially: 2,3++, 4++, 6, 7++(love romantic trash, see also 14), 10, 11+, 13+, 14++

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Goner Fest 6 This Weekend

Yesterday I suddenly remembered that Goner Fest 6 was going down this weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. One of the good things about being unemployed is that it gives you an extremely open and flexible schedule.

So it looks like I'm going to go on ahead and make the 8 hour drive (from Georgia) to catch the festival which runs from Thursday night through Saturday (or Sunday if you can hang around for some extra wind-down DJ festivities).

Goner Fest is an annual punk and garage rock (garage punk? punk garage?) festival hosted by Goner Records, the Memphis based label and record store owned by Eric Oblivian (you got it, of the legendary Oblivians).

It's a pretty great lineup this year, especially for me. Some highlights:

Ty Segall (San Francisco, CA)
Reatards (Memphis, TN)
Intelligence (Seattle, WA)
Davila 666 (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Sonic Chicken 4 (Perpignan, France)
Fresh & Onlys (San Francisco, CA)
Mantles (Oakland, CA)
Compulsive Gamblers (Memphis, TN)
Yusuf Jerusalem (France)
Gentleman Jesse & His Men (Atlanta, GA)
and my personal favorites, Thee Oh Sees (San Francisco, CA)...
(full lineup here)

And speaking of Thee Oh Sees, remember when I said we could hope for another LP by the end of the year? Well the wish was granted (and earlier then expected). Their new LP, Dog Poison, is out now on Brooklyn based Captured Tracks. Do these guys (and girl) ever stick with the same label? Anyway, I know what I'll be picking up this weekend...
[EDIT: Dog Poison is, in fact, a 45 rpm 12" EP: 10 songs, 23 minutes. Full review coming...]

Suggestions for bands to catch welcomed.
But after all, Memphis is only a four hour drive from St. Louis. Something to consider.

Recap and pictures to come...

KWUR Charts for the week from 9/14-9/22

1 WILCO Wilco (The Album)
2 CYMBALS EAT GUITARS Why There Are Mountains
3 HEALTH Get Color
4 TIMBER TIMBRE Timber Timbre
7 WHY? Eskimo Snow
8 YPPAH They Know What Ghost Know
9 THROW ME THE STATUE Creaturesque
10 HORNET LEG Ribbon Of Fear
12 VIVIAN GIRLS Everything Goes Wrong
13 YO LA TENGO Popular Songs
15 BLITZEN TRAPPER Black River Killer [EP]
16 ANTLERS Hospice
17 AU REVOIR SIMONE Still Night Still Light
18 DODOS Time To Die
19 FUN Aim And Ignite
20 WILD BEASTS Two Dancers
21 GAY BEAST Second Wave
22 LITTLE CLAW Human Taste
25 TINY VIPERS Life On Earth
26 SPEECH DEBELLE Speech Therapy
28 JAY REATARD Watch Me Fall
29 GOD HELP THE GIRL God Help The Girl

Friday, September 18, 2009


(photo courtesy

Earlier this week, Thomas chatted with Nick and Paul of The Books, who will be playing the Luminary Center for the Arts on September 20th (that's this Sunday, y'all). They discussed how and where the two find their samples, the impact of geography and hypnotherapy on their music, and hell, THE NATURE OF MUSIC ITSELF. An interesting and enlightening interview, which you can download RIGHT HERE.

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Stupid DJ Tricks Part 5
Naked DJs on the highway, DJs parachuting, Djs leveling death threats.. where does it all end? It never does end, DJs are continually crying out for more attention. Installment five is not the topper; it just has the best nicknames.

It was in Jacksonville, North Carolina on the Northern edge of the Wilmington market. On August 1, 2003 this Dj went door to door... naked. (I dont know about you, but I'd call the cops)

Shock Jock "Fat Boy" from WXQR 105.5 sent his sidekick, a show member known as "Waffleman" covered in mud to ring doorsbells at the homes of rich folks, requesting permission to use their shower. as you might expect, the cops were called numerous times and residents complained a lot.

WXQR did make the gesture of offering to suspend Fat Boy and Waffleman, but Fat Boy opted to resign. The fate of Waffleman is currently unknown.

more stupid dj tricks here

hustle week idea anyone?

Album Review: Islands, "Vapours"

Montreal based Islands (ex-Unicorns) releases another album of sleek, synth and drum machine indie pop, this time heavily informed by glam pop. Honestly, kinda disappointing, some stand out tracks, but ultimately doesn't go anywhere.

Play: 2+++(indie jam of the fall, right here), 3++ (T-Rex anyone?), 8 (slow), 10+

Thursday, September 17, 2009


KWUR's very own Julie and Max, under the moniker of Chariots, played in the studio last Saturday. This is their first recording as a band, and I think they were dead on when they cited Dodos as an influence. Enjoy!

Take Me Somewhere
We Are Dust
Untitled 1
Untitled 2

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Local experimentalists Exercise recently stopped by the station to drop off some tracks from their new album, "Grandma's House." They actually played five songs, but everything was sequenced together so beautifully that we decided to keep them intact as two separate tracks (with the interview in between). Check out pictures from the in-studio and the intricately spaced-out tunes below.

Robot + Lasso + Fire Drills
Tail Feather + Panama

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KWUR Charts for the week from 9/7-9/14

KWUR's wave charts for the first week of programming:

1 SPOON Got Nuffin
2 YACHT See Mystery Lights
3 DODOS Time To Die
5 DARLINGS Yeah, I Know
6 AU REVOIR SIMONE Still Night Still Light
7 WHY? Eskimo Snow
8 DEERHUNTER Rainwater Cassette Exchange
9 YO LA TENGO Popular Songs
10 CYMBALS EAT GUITARS Why There Are Mountains
11 NURSES Apple's Acre
12 MOUNT EERIE Wind's Poem
14 THESE UNITED STATES Everything Touches Everything
15 ANTLERS Hospice
16 PISSED JEANS King Of Jeans
18 FOREIGN BORN Person To Person
19 TIMBER TIMBRE Timber Timbre
20 WILCO Wilco (The Album)
21 FOOL'S GOLD Fool's Gold
22 SON VOLT American Central Dust
23 THOSE DARLINS Those Darlins
24 FRUIT BATS The Ruminant Band
25 GENERATIONALS Con Law Park The Van
27 HEALTH Get Color
28 DEAD WEATHER Horehound
29 AIR WAVES Air Waves

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Kansas City's Capybara opened for Casiotone For The Painfully Alone at Off Broadway a few weekends ago, but before they took the stage, they played a few tunes in KWUR's studio. Rock n roll music and an entertaining conversation followed, both of which we present to you here. Bonus points if you can guess which movie the samples in the song came from.

Capybara + Owen of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (photo: Liz Deichmann)

The Wimp + Birthday Song For Bridgegirl

Also, check out some post-interview questions we did with Mushpot, Capybara's label, here.

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stack sessions - bobby bare, junior

Bobby Bare Jr. and Band (sometimes also known as the Young Criminals' Starvation League) stopped by the station last week for some talk and some tunes.

We discussed: Shel Silverstein, America, guilty pleasures, bitter defeats (a failed Grammy bid as a young boy, an unsuccessful audition for the role of Shrek in the Broadway musical adaptation). These are some of the best recordings we've done so far (imho), so enjoy and make sure to pick up one of Bobby's new albums and catch him live the next time he's in town.

The whole interview!
"I Need You" - America cover
"Valentine, Valentine, Kill Your Valentine"

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Saturday, September 12, 2009


as seen on groover's paradise:

don't forget to come out tonight and bring yr dancin shoes!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

KWUR DJ Showcase! - Sept 12th in the Gargoyle

Hey, all,

READY TO SHAKE YO' BUTT OFF?!?! Do it at the Gargoyle on Sept. 12th at the 1st KWUR DJ Showcase!

What? Krazy sweaty dance party

Who? KWUR Audio Service DJs

When? 9pm-12am, Saturday, September 12th, 2009

FREE with a WU ID;
otherwise, a mere $5

Come ready to party and work what yo' mama gave you.

Attend the Facebook event and invite all your friends (and enemies) at:

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Also, KWUR is collaborating with WU Cypher on an event the night before, on September 11th. Come break in your dancing shoes at WU Cypher's Bboy Exhibition Battles on Friday night. Then wear out your dancing shoes at the Showcase on Saturday!

Their event can be seen at:


Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Album Review: Wild Beasts, "Two Dancers"

Crisp, electronic pop along the lines of a pared down Menomena, but with the nice added touch of a frontman who sounds like Antony of Antony and the Johnsons. Somewhat engaging, listenable.

Play: 1,2+,3,5+(Morricone vocal trope), 8+ (bit of bass)

Saturday, September 05, 2009


"Finding Your Animal Totem

1. This exercise is best performed outside, in Nature, for it is there,
after all, that the animals reside. If you can manage it, take your drum
with you and travel deep into the woods. Find an isolated spot to sit.
Bring a blanket or mat to sit on if that makes you more comfortable.

There are many, however, who live in the city and do not have ready
access to the great outdoors. Don't worry about it; this exercise can
easily be practiced indoors as well. All you really need is some room to
move and a place to sit.

As you sit, you may wonder which way to face. There are, in fact, many
shamanic traditions about the four cardinal directions. The west serves
as the direction of transformation, death and rebirth. The east, as the
opposite direction, represents all the opposite qualities. The north is
commonly regarded as a difficult direction; it is from the north that
the winter snows descend upon humankind to chill the earth. The opposite
direction, south, is symbolic of abundance and fertility.

The answer to our question, then, is to face any direction you please,
though east or south would be preferable.

If you are working outdoors at night, you may wish to focus your gaze
upon the North Star. If you live in the city and are working indoors,
you can simply visualize the North Star shining above your head. The
easiest way to find the North Star is to look for the Big Dipper. You
probably know where it is already, for it is one of the best-known and
most easily identifiable constellations in the heavens. Now focus on the
Dipper's bowl. Note the end of the bowl farthest from the handle, and
follow its line to the top or rim of the bowl. Then keep following the
same line with your eyes until you reach the next star. This is Polaris,
the North Star. You will know you've located it correctly if the star
you're gazing at forms the top of the handle of yet another dipper--the
Little Dipper.

2. Indoors or out, begin this exercise with drumming. Drum slowly and
rhythmically at first. If you can work with a partner, so much the
better. Let your partner do the drumming for you, the better to focus
your own concentration.

As you feel yourself become part of the drumbeat, build up your inner
World Tree in your imagination. Breathe in and out with deep and
constant rhythm that harmonizes with the drumbeat. Breathing in, draw
the energy up from the earth to the topmost branches of the tree;
breathing out, circulate the energy back into the earth.

3. When you feel fully empowered with the energy of your own Internal
World Tree, stand up and increase the pace of the drumbeat.

If you are working alone, you may need to get the hang of holding and
beating your drum while moving around. Moving and drumming all at once
may seem awkward at first, but Native American shamans do it all time.
Of course, if you are working with a partner, you won't have this
problem; and when you stand up you will be signaling your partner than
you are ready to dance, and that the pace of the drumming should

If you genuinely feel that dancing with drum in hand is likely to cramp
your style, and if your powers of imagination and will are sufficient to
keep the drumbeat pounding in your head without the aid of the physical
instrument, then by all means you may set down the drum at this

4. Move around the room, or around the outdoor space you have selected,
in a circular motion. For this kind of work, always move in a clockwise
direction. Walking in the path of the sun symbolizes increase and
beneficence, while moving counter-sun wise produces the opposite effect.
As you move, feel free to use any kind of footsteps you please, but try
to keep your movements more or less in time with the drumming. If
someone else is drumming for you, or if you feel sufficiently confident
to work without the drum, then you can use your hands as well.

As you dance, mentally call upon all the world's creatures to be with
you in your circle. Send forth a voice from your mind, and see the sound
waves traveling out through the universe. You will soon begin to sense
the presence of the animal powers, to feel wings brush against your
body, to hear the birdsong and the howling of wolves or coyotes, the
neighing of horses, the scream of the jaguar--all the sounds and
sensations of the animal kingdom.

5. As you dance in a circle, surrounded by the animal powers, be aware
of how your footwork changes, and be aware of your hands and arms, if
you're using them. You will take on a particular gait, a particular
stance, a particular set of motions. These movements are characteristic
of your animal, whose presence you will now begin to feel.

When an animal has fully established itself within you, let it dance in
your spirit for a while. Then, stop dancing. Stand still until your
breathing is slow and rhythmic once again. Welcome your animal into your

Be open minded as to what animal you receive, albeit the biggest or
cutest or trendiest critter, isn't necessarily the most powerful animal
for you. In European lore, the little mouse was the spirit traveler par
excellence, and hence an animal of great power. Don't try to bend the
powers of the animal kingdom to your will, just let your animal come to
you. Your animal totem may change over time, anyway, or you may find
yourself hosting more than one.

Don't intellectualize about the qualities attributed to different
animals-by doing so, you will only end up choosing an animal image of
how you want to be, rather than finding the totem you really need. You
can go read about you animal totem after you've found it. You may still
wish to examine some of the relevant Native American animal lore, simply
to acquire a fuller perspective. "


Friday, September 04, 2009


YEE HAW we've conned more bands into giving us interviews/coming in for in-studios, thus Stack Sessions lives on! Here's the line-up, with additions in BOLD:

9/5: Bobby Bare Jr. - 5PM *
9/6: Capybara - 1PM *
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - 4PM %
9/9: Jumbling Towers *
9/10: James McMurtry #
9/11: Exercise - 5PM *
9/12: Chariots - 2PM *
9/13: Black Hollies #
9/15: Dear And The Headlights
9/16: Light Pollution - 4PM %*
9/17: The Books - 3PM #
Pomegranates %
9/23: Miniature Tigers
9/24: The Jaguar Club #
10/16: Tom Russell - 12PM *
10/23-24: Theodore *

* = in-studio
# = interview
% = guest DJ set

Because we don't have class and stuff and can dedicate all our time to working at a radio station!


Thursday, September 03, 2009

Album Review: Mayer Hawthorne, "A Strange Arrangement"

Weird album. Guy with a singing voice that sounds like a slightly flat Elvis Costello makes an album that sounds very specifically like Detroit sweet soul (think Spinners, but also Dells, Delfonics). Somehow makes a weird sort of sense, like a James Chance record. Also, odd, too perfect, modern instrumentation.

Play: 3, 4+(great cover), 5(a bit quicker), 6++(kooky, good), 12

P.S. in certain photos, this guy looks like a clone of old music/events director Mike Sher.


Charlotte, NC folk rockers The New Familiars stopped into the station on Tuesday for a brief chat and some sweet jams before their show at Pop's Blue Moon.

We talked about selling out to the evils of demon electricity and making exactly twelve people upset. Check them out when they come to your town, man.

All in All (live at KWUR)

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009


What college radio means to me: an essay with pictures (NSFW)

I've had a lot of fun doing these Stack Sessions; it's always interesting to meet the musicians behind the records you like and listen to regularly. When Hermit Thrushes were confirmed to come in, I was excited - they play a messy but intricately fashioned take on noise rock, and I looked forward to hearing how it would translate live. Unfortunately the show was canceled, but they agreed to come in and play on air anyway. They pulled up in a huge van, something like what airports use to shuttle people between parking lots and the terminal, and out came 8 or 9 people. If you've been in the station, you know that we're a little tight on space, and I was concerned about fitting everyone in. They weren't - in fact, they insisted on cramming the entire band (and the various hitch-hikers they'd picked up along the way) into the old recording studio, probably one of the smaller rooms in the station. What followed was the most insane, wild and entertaining in-studio to date. No listenable audio of the music they played survived. All that's left are pictures and an interview, which are presented, in rough chronological order, below.

Interlude (interview)
(at this point the band asked if they could disrobe, and no one seemed to mind, so... they did)

(all photos courtesy of Allegra Fisher)

8 naked, sweaty people, crammed into a 10x10 room with their instruments, equipment, mic stands and piles of accumulated station crap, playing loud fucking rock and roll - this is what college radio means to me.

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