Saturday, August 29, 2009

Album Review: Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens, "What Have You Done, My Brother?"



"You got gospel in my R&B! You got R&B in my gospel!" An actually pretty interesting record from Brooklyn's tremendous soul label, Daptone, it combines an R&B tempo and instrumentation with gospel vocal arrangements. Ms. Shelton's voice is really distinctive, and the record sounds terrific. Play all, but esp:

1, 4++(groove!), 6+ (now there's gospel), 7, 10+(deep soul)

Friday, August 28, 2009

STACK SESSIONS: BAND OF SKULLS

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!









Fires
Impossible
Honest

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

ANNOUNCEMENT/ADDENDUM:

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

STACK SESSIONS: MATT AND KIM

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

STACK SESSIONS: (partial) FALL LINE-UP

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 (www.twitter.com/KWUR) for more info.

OKAY LET'S DO THIS

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

STACK SESSIONS: CASPER AND THE COOKIES

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

STACK SESSIONS - THOSE DARLINS


PICTURE COURTESY NICK SCHNELLE

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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Friday, August 07, 2009

R.I.P. John Hughes, 1950-2009

In addition to directing many classic 1980s films, John Hughes was also a brilliant writer.

A scene (set in St. Louis) from the 1983 National Lampoon's Vacation, which he single-handedly wrote:

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

STACK SESSIONS: JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD

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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