Monday, February 08, 2010


Hey all --

stack sessions is back and out of beta! we have a couple of new staff members workin' real hard to bring all sorts of live music to the masses via the KWUR studios. Here's what's set up so far:

February 8: Theodore
February 12: Two Man Gentlemen Band
February 13: Generationals
February 20: Title Tracks

and there's more to come....

OH YEAH DON'T FORGET KWUR Week is coming, too. Check below for the details, okay.


Monday, November 30, 2009


It's been awhile, I guess, and we've got a huge backlog of interviews/in-studios, which will hopefully see the light of day soon. No better place to start, I think, than a session we did with Elsinore a few weeks ago. These guys have been touring around the Midwest for awhile now, bringing tidings of pretty, thoughtful pop. Also, dig the vocals - phenomenal. This is one of my favorite recordings, so grab a few mp3s from the session below:

The Wooden Houses
Body Of Water
Breathing Light

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Sunday, October 25, 2009


A couple weeks ago Tom Russell stopped by the station before his show at Off Broadway.

We talked about: the state of modern radio, Leonard Cohen's "There is a crack in everything/That's how the light gets in" and how that applies to shamelessly broadcasting dusty vinyl, fanbase interactions, The Blogosphere, the edginess of Juarez and the borderland, edginess, Dylan, Bukowski, machismo, "insurgent country," the kinship between songwriting and painting that excludes poetry, art, REAL SONGS, "New Folk," "insurgent country," Andy Warhol, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Willem de Kooning, Mt. Olive, IL, Mother Jones, Merle Travis' "Dark as a Dungeon" and "Sixteen Tons" & a whole bunch of other subjects that did, as you might expect, include other famous names, but also other things.

For all you KWUR loverboys--TR name-dropped us at Off Broadway that night, citing "graffiti on the walls and DJs sleeping on the floor," that anecdote meandering to the oblique conclusion "America still exists inside used book stores and on the faces of Amish women" (which I believe he credited as a Lenny Bruce paraphrase). This was a sit-down Off Broadway show and the KDHX sponsorship unsurprisingly ensured the joint was brimming with blue hairs appalled at having to wait in line on Lemp before the doors opened. Great show - the man clearly thrives under the spotlight and his on-stage charisma surpasses his studio delivery (not to undercut the albums). I especially dug an extended version of TR's Dave Van Ronk monologue and the included phlegmy DVR impersonations: "shut up and listen to this goddamn song!" and the clever but somewhat meaningless banter introducing "Criminologist," centering around the "New Folk" heroes and their high voices. "Navajo Rug" encore brought down the house (in a staid, sitdownshow sense, natch).

listen to the whole things right here

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Last night Justin Kinkel-Schuster - lead-singer and songwriter for local band Theodore - stopped in, played some songs and talked some talk. We discussed his band's recent label-signing, his recent RFT awards for "best male vocalist" and "best country (alternative)," George Hamilton IV's "Abilene", "high-voiced New Folk heroes," rock operas, and probably some other things. I'll be broadcasting the interview live on the airwaves (@90.3 fm/ at 7 or 8pm (central time, natch), but if you wanna check out the songs right now, give a listen below. Perhaps most importantly, Theodore will be performing tonight at Off Broadway with Samantha Crain and it promises to be a blockbuster humdinger bonanza mindblower so, you know, keep that in mind. Hopefully we'll get the full band in the studio some time soon.

Theodore - Death's Head

Theodore - I Won't Be a Stranger

Theodore - Abilene

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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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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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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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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


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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Friday, August 28, 2009


UK rockers Band Of Skulls dropped by the station to play a couple of acoustic tunes on Monday. If you've heard their new album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, then you're in for a surprise - their set was a far cry from its stompin' rock n' roll (ala early Yeah Yeah Yeahs or White Stripes). Grab the lushly arranged "Impossible" and "Fires" below, as well as my favorite, "Honest." As always, many thanks to the band for stopping by!


Or just listen to the whole damn thing here (interview text coming soon)


Lots of bands have/are being confirmed for more Stack Sessions - check the twitter/blog in the coming days for more info!

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Monday, August 24, 2009


Hellooooooooo Broooooooklyyyyynnn
Photo courtesy RFT and Egan O'Keefe

Sat down with Matt and Kim before last night's sold out show at Off Broadway (Stack Sessions alumni Gentleman Auction House opened) and chatted about their VMA nominated video, what it's like to be huge now, and life on the tour bus. For as much fun as it was (and believe me, it was a lot of fun), the duo also offered an interesting and well-spoken take on their fame and appearances in various commercials. Oh, also, it looks like Ben Allen will be producing their next album (he produced "Merriweather Post Pavilion" and Gnarls Barkley's last). Exciting!

Download the interview HERE.

And check out the RFT's coverage of the show HERE. If you missed it, you might have missed one of this year's best concerts.

Also, I think we're going to start publishing interviews in text form. Thoughts on this?

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Summer is drawing to a close, and it's been a busy one around here... BUT NO REST FOR THE WICKED. Without further ado, the Fall (September, basically) line-up:

8/24 - Band Of Skulls
8/26 - Hermit Thrushes
9/1 - The New Familiars
9/5 - Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (guest DJ set)
9/6 - Capybara
9/15 - Dear And The Headlights
9/17 - Pomegranates
9/23 - Miniature Tigers
10/16 - Tom Russell

As always, there's more to come; October and November will be fleshed out as time goes on. And who knows, there might be some last minute, exciting announcements too. Exact times will be announced as the dates draw closer - check our twitter ( for more info.



Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Athens pop veterans Casper and the Cookies played a couple of tunes and chatted for a bit last week before their show at the Firebird. They sounded great in the studio and put on a hell of a show on stage - next time they roll into town I'd recommend catching them live. Anyway, we discussed their new album, Modern Silence, the convoluted story behind the 15-minute-long song on said album, and the value of Schnuck brand whiskey, among other things. Check the interview HERE, and snag a song from the performance, in crystal clear stereo, below.

You Love Me (live at KWUR)

(Oh yeah, if you are or know someone who is interested in being our in-house in-studio photographer, drop me a line at music one at kwur dot com. My shitty Canon PowerShot and even shittier photography skills aren't doing these performances any justice.)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009



a couple weeks back me and Ms. Tara Audio Service headed over to Off Broadway for some lively chit chat with those super cool gals, Those Darlins. We talked about country music and female empowerment and getting mooned and also other important things. LISTEN HERE!!!
and If you have not checked out their album you really ought to
and also for all you folks listening at home, let it be known that I won the dance competition
this song is great:

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Nashville's JEFF The Brotherhood dominated Open Lot last Tuesday, alongside St. Louis' very own Spelling Bee and Radical Sons. It was one of the best shows I've seen all summer, and I'm hoping they roll through town again soon (seriously, check out their myspace - I can't quite place their sound but I'm pretty sure my co-MD would dig it. Thoughts, Dan?) Anyway, I sat down with bros Jake and Jamin after their set for a very entertaining, fairly drunken conversation about the Nashville scene, running a record label, and things we love and hate.

Check the interview HERE. Also, check out their label, Infinity Cat, for a taste of the Nashville sound.

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Friday, July 31, 2009


Aaaand we're back. Langhorne Slim played a sold-out show with Josh Ritter at Off Broadway this week, but before he took the stage he dropped by our humble station to lay down a few tracks. They're all cuts from his new album "Be Set Free" - out September 29th on Kemado - and they're acoustic. This, in itself, is pretty cool; Mr. Slim has filled out his sound with more instrumentation throughout the past few releases, and when you hear these songs on the album, they won't sound quite like this (as is, they sound great). So whether you're a fan of the newer stuff or the older stuff, you'll probably dig these. Thanks again to Langhorne and crew for hanging out!


The whole thing

Back To The Wild (new!)
I Love You, But Goodbye (new!)
Land Of Dreams (new!)

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Thursday, July 16, 2009


Ben and Seb stopped by to play a few tunes and chat for a bit - check the interview for tidbits on their new album, what they've been up to in the mean time, and them stealing my ideas (you'll be hearing from my lawyers, guys). Anyway, it was a great, if short, session as well - they acousticized the single from their self-titled debut, "Gold And Warm," as well as what will probably be the next single, "Falling Tide." Both are of the utmost sound quality, and as always, you can download everything right here.

The whole thing
Bad Veins - Gold And Warm (live)
Bad Veins - Falling Tide (live)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009


In case you missed it, last Sunday St. Louis' very own Gentleman Auction House performed a set on the air in the KWUR stacks. The band braved a torrential downpour, cramped into our tiny studio, and busted out five songs, including a brand new track! Full disclosure: the session was controlled chaos at best, but I had a hell of a lot of fun, GAH were amazing to work with, and the recording is one of our best yet.

The interview is here.

BONUS ::: Check out this incredibly amazing picture from the in-studio (taken by Stephen Tomko). Sorry for all of the megaupload links (I know it blows) - we'll be switching over to WordPress soon and they'll be gone forever! But seriously, snatch that photo, it rules.

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Monday, July 13, 2009


First up, schedule changes. Exercise was not able to make it into the studio today due to work scheduling conflicts, so we're in the process of figuring out when they'll be able to drop by next - hopefully soon. Our apologies if you tuned in! HOWEVER, my favorite Cincinnati band, Bad Veins, have agreed to stop by and play an acoustic set right after Dead Confederate on Wednesday. Both bands will be playing the Firebird that night, so you should listen and then go, as it will undoubtedly be an excellent show. Check out an earlier interview with Bad Veins here - if that's any indication, the in-studio should be a lot of fun.


KWUR Audio Service extraordinaire Tara and I trooped over to the Luminary Center for the Arts to catch DC/Louisville quintet These United States on Saturday. We hung out with the guys pre-show and had a nice conversation, which included talk of their new album (titled "Everything Touches Everything"), their thoughts on these United States (the country, not themselves) and pool parties with 13-year-olds (as featured in a music video from said forthcoming album). Also, Jesse became very upset and yelled at me when I did not know what "crazy bread" was. Sorry dude.

Here's the interview.

Also, here are a few MP3s:

I Want You To Keep Everything
(via A-To-Z, and brand new)
West Won (via the TUS website, and from 2008's "Crimes")


Sunday, July 12, 2009


The (relatively) new local act Kid Scientist dropped by the station to lay down some tracks for Stack Sessions, as well as to help us work out the finer details of in-studio recording (with a lot of help from sound engineer and all around good guy Dan Ruder). They played roughly a billion songs, but we don't want to give away everything, so here are three instead:

Kid Scientist - Micro Boy (live at KWUR)
Kid Scientist - Sea Orphan (live at KWUR)
Kid Scientist - Twenty Two (new!)

These are probably the finest live recordings we've cut yet, so enjoy 'em! And many, many thanks to Kid Scientist and Dan for hanging around all day (on Andrea's birthday, no less!) to help us out.

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Friday, July 10, 2009


SO - just confirmed two more Stack Sessions - Dead Confederate (the lower picture) on Wednesday and Sonic Youth (the upper picture) on Friday. Those, on top of everything else going on this week, should keep us fairly busy. Here's the rundown in full, lest we forget:

Saturday: These United States (interview)
Sunday (2:30PM): Gentleman Auction House (in-studio)
Monday (6:30PM): Exercise (in-studio)
Wednesday (6PM): Dead Confederate (in-studio)
Friday: Sonic Youth (interview)

You can listen in online at and on the radio at 90.3 FM.


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Sunday, July 05, 2009


Zydeco legend CJ Chenier stopped by to play a few songs and chat with Zak before his show at Pop's a few weeks ago. He brought along his ballin' accordion and a washboard player, and jammed out a few tunes on air. Check the whole interview here, and download/listen to the songs below.

Louisiana Two-Step (live)

You Don't Need To Cry (live)
Got My Eyes On You (live)

oh ps we're in the process of switching over to a new blog client, hopefully something that will take megaupload out of the equation and let us host audio in-house. stay tuned for details as they unfold!

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Ben and Bobby of the NYC outfit Benyaro hung out at the station last Wednesday, played some tunes and shot the shit about their new album, making music in New York City, and why I wasn't wearing pants during the interview (I think I was, but Bobby might disagree). The interview was excellent, and they also played a few rad new songs, which you can grab below!


Bullet Like Belief
(off their self-titled first release)
Cutting Words (new!)
Dog (new!)

Pictures (hopefully) coming soon.

Oh, and a quick shout-out/thanks to the RFT music blog, A To Z, for mentioning us. We appreciate it!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009


First up, new sessions to announce:

July 12 - Gentleman Auction House
July 13 - Exercise
July 28 - Langhorne Slim

Very excited to have all of the above in the studio to perform, although fitting all of Gentleman Auction House in the lounge is gonna be interesting. There are more sessions being confirmed as I write this, so keep yr eyes on the blog.


I sat down with Michael Lerner, the creative force and drummer behind Telekinesis, for a chat about the process of making the new record and St. Louis summers, among other things. I believe you can hear the Smashing Pumpkins in the background throughout - Billy Corgan, please don't sue us.


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Friday, June 26, 2009


(poster by John Vogel)

So Many Dynamos are playing a CD release show/party for their new album "The Loud Wars" at The Firebird tomorrow (more info here), and to getchaself ready, you can download and listen to an interview we did with them this past Wednesday. We spoke about the process of making the album, the St. Louis music scene, and what happens when Dave Matthews Band records are sent to the station.

Check it here!

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The Crocodiles show at The Firebird on Wednesday has had a lot of coverage in the last couple of days, mostly because it didn't happen. You can read more about it on the RFT's blog A To Z, which posted an initial report here and followed up with Crocodiles' response here. Listening to the interview post-show kind of reinforces my understanding that it was a shitty situation, and that neither party is to blame (The Firebird handled the situation phenomenally and it's certainly not going to stop me from seeing shows there).

The band says right off the bat that they love playing shows in St. Louis, and they came across as approachable and interesting guys, at least to me. Anyway, if nothing else, it adds another dimension to the scenario (the interview took place 2 hours before the show started).

Crocodiles interview

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only on KWUR 90.3 FM


Tuesday, June 23, 2009


UPDATE: due to technical issues (dead keyboard), the in-studio has been post-poned BUT the band will still be in the studio at 4:30 for an interview. We'll be rescheduling the in-studio for some later date, don't worry man!

River Front Times darlins So Many Dynamos will be stopping by the station tomorrow at 4:30 PM to chat about their newly released album, The Loud Wars (full disclosure: it's totally fucking rad go buy it right now). They were originally slated to perform live for your aural pleasure BUT it looks like tragedy has struck in the form of a busted keyboard, so the performance is unconfirmed at the moment. It hasn't been ruled out entirely yet, but things aren't looking good - which is a real bummer for the guys, as they're about to kick off a tour and have a bunch of shows coming up in the next few days. You can follow updates on the situation (whether there'll be a live performance or not, basically) in REAL TIME on our Twitter (so lame). In any case, be sure to turn yr radio dial to 90.3 tomorrow!


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Thursday, June 18, 2009


Here's the line-up for Stack Sessions OH NINE, as promised:

21 - Telekinesis!
24 - CJ Chenier // So Many Dynamos
25 - Benyaro
26 - The Features

5 - The Paper Chase
11 - These United States
24 - Those Darlins

3 - Casper & The Cookies

Okay so that seems a bit sparse, BUT, it's pretty fluid - new shows are announced all the time, and we're working on getting a lot of local acts in as well. Needless to say, this is just the beginning - stay tuned for more announcements in the coming days and weeks (it's like a big 3 month long music festival!). Also, keep your eye out for postings of interviews and instudios past.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Awhile ago, Jon Hardy (of Jon Hardy + The Public) was in the station to discuss the band's new EP "Little Criminals" (available for free download from the RFT and KDHX) and how they made this totally fucking awesome music video, among other things. You can download the interview HERE, and as an added bonus, there are a few songs from the EP sprinkled throughout. Hoping to have these guys back in for a full-on in-studio, but right now it looks like that won't happen for another couple of months. Keep your ears and eyes peeled, though.

(photo courtesy of JH+TP myspace)


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(excellent poster design courtesy of Bob Hartzell)

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Phil and Elroy from Cut Off Your Hands about the New Zealand music scene, departed band members, how their sound is progressing, and what it really means to stand around the water cooler at work. They played the Firebird with Viva Voce, and all bands involved put on a killer show. The interview was a lot of fun and you can check it HERE. ((sorry about the sound quality at the beginning, I was still getting a hang on how to use the Marantz)).

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Okay kids, listen up. Summer’s here and you know what that means: cold beer, hot pavement, and even hotter live band action in KWUR’s very own CD/vinyl stacks. We’ll be covering concerts around town, interviewing bands, and hosting them in the KWUR lounge/recording studio for live, in-studio performances. You can always listen live (you really should), but in case you miss it we’ll be posting the interviews and some of the in-studios right here on the KWUR blog (for the time being, at least until we find someplace better). An ongoing Stack Sessions line-up will be available soon, but for now, bask in the glory of the inaugural edition: RED COLLAR + MEAT PUPPETS, live from May 28th, 2009.

Red Collar



Meat Puppets

all photographs courtesy of Lane Goodman

Interview (the first few minutes are missing but it is a fascinating listen nonetheless - don't worry about context, trust me)

That's it for now, but there's much more to come so stay tuned......

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Looking Back: Eulogies + Bad Veins Interviews

A couple of months ago, then-promotions director Amanda and I sat down and had a conversation with Eulogies and Bad Veins when they came through town. We recorded both interviews and, like many interviews with KWUR (coughNirvanacough), they sat on a dusty hard drive (mine) for months before someone (me) even thought about letting them see the light of day. My laziness aside, I finally got around to editing the audio and now present them to you, faithful readers, for your listening pleasure:

Eulogies Interview

We and guitarist/vocalist Peter Walker discuss their new record "Here Anonymous," the Twitter phenomenon, and Scrabble. Also he tells us we are great, and we return the compliment.

Bad Veins Interview

Ben, Sebastien, Amanda and I discuss just about everything. Highlights include: how they're going to name the new record, crazy shows, and their invention company.

(both interviews took place at an Imo's, hence the background noise).

((oh yeah, I'm sitting on a bunch of other interviews - Vivian Girls, Cut Off Your Hands, Meat Puppets - which I want to get out soon. I won't promise anything because if I do it'll probably never get done. But keep your eyes peeled))

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