Monday, November 30, 2009

STACK SESSIONS: ELSINORE

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
Evens
Breathing Light

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Album Review: Tegan and Sara, "Sainthood"


You listen to the new Tegan and Sara album once. You think, hmm, maybe they screwed up this time. Maybe there's too much T-40 mixed in with their Lilith Fair-informed brand of emotionally charged power-pop. Then you listen to it again. Then it gets stuck in your head. Then it gets to you.

Play: 1, 3+, 4++ (Nice choruses on 3 and 4), 5, 6++(killer bridge), 9+ (piano nice here)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Album Review - Various Artists, "Daptone Gold"


The rawest, funkiest, most soulful label since Stax went under - Brooklyn-based Daptone Records - releases a best of collection that really earns the title. It's all good: jaw-dropping instrumental and vocal talent, tight arrangements, sterling recording; I'll just point out the previously vinyl-only/unreleased/rarities here.

Play: 2++(great, insane sax), 6+++(amazing ballad, will break you), 7, 10++(horn hit), 12++, 14+, 18+++(unbelievably great instrumental), 19+++(cover), 22+

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bar-B-Q Killers Reissued?

I've spoken highly of Athens, GA based Bar-B-Q Killers before. Well, it seems that someone (Mike Turner and Gordon Lamb) has finally stepped up to get their one and only album, Comely, properly remastered and reissued (with bonus tracks too).

I guess this project is dependent on raising some money first. You can donate/pre-order here. It looks like the goal is to get it out on CD, and if enough money is raised, possibly even vinyl. Vinyl, Vinyl, Vinyl!

Thankfully, I tracked down two original LPs both for extremely reasonable prices. I found one from a seller in Washington state on ebay and one at a used record store in Los Angeles. Both quite far from the Athens/Atlanta homebase. For a while, I even considered reissuing the LP on bootleg cassette. Glad I don't have to because someone's doing it legitimately.

KWUR also has the Athens, GA: Inside/Out soundtrack LP. Pretty rad BBQ Killers live track on that one..

And just to get you excited, here's a clip of the Bar-B-Q Killers from that very film (directed by KWUR alum, Bill Cody)...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Some Instrumentals

THE PRUNES - TRACKS FROM THE DARKSIDE (1996)

EL MICHELS AFFAIR - ENTER THE 37TH CHAMBER (2009)

FAT JAZZY GROOVES VOLUMES 11 & 12 (1996)

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Album Review: Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Contonou, "Echoes Hypnotiques"


Seventies afrobeat group from Benin. Obvious RIYL is Fela, but more given to weird psychadelic guitar and drone-y Highlife rhythms. Which makes it pretty cool. Play any and all, none particularly stand out to me, but be warned, 6 and 8 are longer than 9 minutes long.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Shortcuts to Internet Millions

Thanks for listening to KWUR and supporting the station during Hustle Week! Here, as a gift from me to you, is the DJ Invisible Cola hustle week 2009 mix, titled Shortcuts to Internet Millions. The title came from an infomercial for a book that our music director Kenny and I saw late one night.

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?0j2j0jyzzzz

Tracklist:

Tits & Clits - Fist of Steel

Snob Scrilla - Heartbreak Scorsese ('96 Bulls Remix)

Chromeo - Tenderoni (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Guns 'n' Bombs - Riddle of Steel (Classixx Version)

The Count & Sinden - African Chant

Zombie Disco Squad - Eurovision (Mowgli Remix)

Oh Snap - Everyone's a DJ

Don Diablo - Black Heat

Tonka - Website (Malente Re-Edit)

Fantastadon - Anesthesiologist

Brian Cox - Let's Go to Work (Clockwork Remix)

The Shoes - Knockout

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Friday, November 06, 2009

34 Years of Debauchery


Last night some devoted DJs stayed up all night, broadcasting continuously from 8 pm to 6 am. For the final 3 hours, we counted down with a song from each year since KWUR's founding in 1976, right up to 2009. Decisions were made by committee so don't blame me if you don't like the selections.



Year
Artist
Song
Album
1976
Ramones
Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
Ramones
1977
Television
Marquee Moon
Marquee Moon
1978
Mars
11,000 volts
Mars 78
1979
Buzzcocks
Orgasm Addict
Singles Going Steady
1980
Devo
Girl U Want
Freedom of Choice
1981
Black Flag
TV Party
Damaged
1982
Dead Kennedys
Bleed for Me
Plastic Surgery Disasters
1983
New Order
Age of Consent
Power Corruption Lies
1984
Minutemen
This Ain't No Picnic
Double Nickels on The Dime
1985
The Smiths
The Headmaster Ritual
Meat is Murder
1986
Slayer
Raining Blood
Reign in Blood
1987
Big Black
Fish Fry
Songs About Fucking
1988
Public Enemy
Bring the Noise
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
1989
Nirvana
Negative Creep
Bleach
1990
Sonic Youth
Tunic (Song for Karen)
Goo
1991
My Bloody Valentine
When You Sleep
Loveless
1992
Eric B and Rakim
Don't Sweat the Technique
Don't Sweat the Technique
1993
Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
1994
Pavement
Cut Your Hair
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
1995
Yo La Tengo
Straight Down to the Bitter End
Electr-o-pura
1996
DJ Shadow
Building Steam With a Grain of Salt
Endtroducing
1997
Radiohead
Electioneering
OK Computer
1998
Neutral Milk Hotel
Holland, 1945
In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
1999
Aphex Twin
Windowlicker
Windowlicker
2000
New Pornographers
Mass Romantic
Mass Romantic
2001
Daft Punk
Harder Better Faster Stronger
Discovery
2002
Wilco
Heavy Metal Drummer
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2003
White Stripes
Black Math
Elephant
2004
Death From Above 1979
Turn It Out
You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
2005
Sufjan Stevens
John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
Illinois
2006
Man Man
Engrish Bwudd
Six Demon Bag
2007
Animal Collective
Winter Wonderland
Strawberry Jam
2008
No Age
Sleeper Hold
Nouns
2009
The Almighty Defenders
All My Loving
Almighty Defenders

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Album Review: The King Khan and BBQ Show, "Invisible Girl"


What really differentiates King Khan and BBQ from their similar sounding lo-fi soul/garage punk nogoodnik bretheren (Black Lips mostly, but also Dirtbombs) is the surprising amount of heart and soul they have. The party numbers are raucous and catchy, but it's those slow, doo-woppy romantic ones that'll stay with ya.

Play all, but especially: 1, 2+++(this is what good music is), 4++(Silly!), 5, 6+++(gorgeous), 7++ (catchy), 9

BTW, if you like content like this, you might want to throw a little change to the organization that makes it possible. Hustle Week, our annual fundraising week, lasts until Sunday. Just wait till we get our money right...

Monday, November 02, 2009

KWUR Hustle Week!

We wanted to take a brief moment and let you all know that this week is KWUR Hustle Week. It's a time where we can be honest and let you know that radio isn't cheap, and that we need some money. We're not asking for much, anything, even a dollar, helps to keep KWUR as one of the last completely free form stations in the country. KWUR provides students and the St. Louis community with the unique opportunity to not only get involved with radio, but really shape how it works. So please, we'd love to have your support.

You can call in your pledges to (314) 935-5952. We have DJ's manning the phones this Monday through Friday from 10 AM to midnight. You can also email your pledge to gm [at] kwur.com.  If you'd like to write a check, you can mail it to KWUR 90.3 FM, Campus Box 1205, One Brookings Dr., St. Louis, MO 63130. You can also stop by KWUR's studios on Washington University's campus in the back of the Women's Building and make your contribution in person. 

We'd like to thank you for your contribution with a gift:

$10 – A mix from KWUR's DJ showcase prepared by our own DJ Invisible Cola.
$25 – A KWUR Shirt (S, M, L)
$50 – Adopt a show!
$100 – Have a part of the station named in your, or someone elses honor, for a year.
$200 – Work with your favorite DJ to create a show that's all about you. Your taste in music, your history, whatever you want.

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