Usually, Pablo is enthusiastic about pretty much anything related to the tango world. But a series of late starts, spelling mistakes and unexplained interruptions really ruined this concert for him:
Two Fridays ago I went to hear Martin de Leon, a moderately respected, not very famous, tango singer.
He was being accompanied by Octavio Brunetti. The admission ticket said “Oscar Brunetti”.
An unfortunate start.
An even more unfortunate follow-up: the concert, scheduled for 7 PM, started at 8:20. Bummer. I had to leave at 9:15!
I decided to relax and enjoy what I had. But the music (which was performed at a church, with the audience sitting on the benches) was interrupted twice by dancers who had performances of their own. I did not understand why, as this was a concert, not a dance show.
Then there was the fact that the concert was announced as a tribute to Piazzolla, yet only 3 of his songs were played in the time that I was there. The rest were other tango songs.
Conclusion: Argentines are well known for their flexibility (read lateness). We are even proud of it at times, as a nice side effect is that we are able to adapt to circumstances. But this is going too far!
Crowds are not going to magically “show up” at tango events, especially since this genre does not attract many people from outside Argentina. We need to make it more professional and smoother, so that newbies can more easily have a good time.
If you want a good introduction to tango, try listening to Pablo’s The Death of Tango, Wednesdays from 11AM-1PM! He always starts on time!
Mark your calendars, set the clocks: Jon Solomon’s 25th edition of the Holiday Radio Show is coming soon! A special 25-hour program to mark 25 years on the radio!
The show begins on Tuesday, December 24 at 5:00 PM ET and ends Wednesday, December 25 at 6:00 PM ET.
An influx of never-before-played pieces and original stories/songs recorded specifically for the program are in store come Christmas Eve 2013 as Jon celebrates a quarter century of marathons.
You can RSVP for this show on Facebook.
Jon wants you to know that if you would like to make some requests, by all means get in touch.
Links to the live listener chat and in-studio webcam will be posted here on 12/24.
If you like psychedelic underground/overground rock & roll, then you probably should have been at the Wooden Shjips concert at Underground Arts on November 15th.
But just in case you missed it, WPRB’s Big Baby (Free Dissociation–Thursdays 11PM-1AM) went to check it out:
The Philly-based band “Creepoid” opened, and even though they were a little melodramatic, they got nice and sludgy towards the end of the set.
Bardo Pond, of an older generation, played after them and didn’t do it for me. They relied on power chord rock drones, which doesn’t work unless there’s something specifically good about the cadence or something.
But the crowd was warm for Wooden Shjips, who played a good mix of old and new.
I noticed a lot of people doing funny slow motion dances, mapping certain elements of repetition to parts of their body… anyway, it seemed like people were laughing and grooving to the beats, rather than getting all trancy.
Laugh and groove to the beats yourselves, WPRBuddies:
Boyd Theater Auditorium
There aren’t tons of old-timey theaters left in America. You know the kind that I’m talking about–they have absurd plush, red velvet curtains and fancy ceilings (bonus points for naked angels) and just generally a healthy dose of quirk.
Philadelphia has two great examples of this kind of theater: The Boyd and the Royal. The Boyd isn’t even called a theater. It’s technically a movie palace.
It’s also now in danger of becoming an apartment complex.
Read the whole story here.
Friends, this is not the first time that I have clued you in to train related things that you could be doing with your life and it will not be the last.
From November 30th to December 29, 2013, head down to the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge.
Monday thru Friday 11AM – 4PM
Sundays and Saturdays 2-4PM
There will be trains.
But beyond that, there will be a tiny model fairground!
With a monorail!
I am not making this up.
There is also a mini Tilt-a-whirl and a Ferris Wheel that run as though they were real-sized except they are in fact small.
Listen to WPRB 103.3 FM on Wednesday, November 13th at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon welcomes South Bend, Indiana duo The Rutabega to the Doctor Cosmo Production Studio for a joyous four song live session.
The band’s most recent album “Brother The Lights Don’t Work,” which some have rightfully deemed the best record of 2013, can be streamed below in full.
One more quote about this week’s guest, this from CMJ:
“[The Rutabega] features distant almost dream-like vocals against handclaps, the odd train whistle, and often pretty powerful drumming. Guitar arrangements are sparse without feeling like there are too many empty spaces in the instrumentation. Sometimes sonically huge and distorted, other times a mere whisper of a song, the record is slightly creepy but mostly lovely.”
Be won over by The Rutabega this Wednesday night.
Listen to WPRB 103.3 FM on Wednesday, November 6th at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon welcomes Sondra Sun-Odeon to the Doctor Cosmo Production Studio for a four song live session.
The Brooklyn-based Sun-Odeon is “a multi-instrumentalist/solo recording artist, and formerly singer and half [of] the songwriting force behind [the] dark psych folk band, Silver Summit.”
For this set she is joined by longtime collaborator Benoit Guerroue.
Sun-Odeon’s debut album “Aetherea” can be streamed below in full.
It’s one thing to have a collection, but maintaining it is a whole different can of worms.
Trenton Museum decided to take a new and different approach to museum maintenance. With their Adopt an Artifact program, patrons got to adopt works of art, books and figurines from the collection.
Some 20 artifacts were restored and repaired– and now you can see them, any time from October, 2013 to February 9th.
Here’s a non-comprehensive list of the things that you can take a gander at:
1. Porcelain figures with names like “Crested Titmouse” and “Alaskan Native American Woman”
2. A Nautilus Shell Vase
3. Mid 19th century Trenton City Directories
4. Paintings like “Bronciculator” and “Farmer’s Tan”
Go check it out! And tell us what you think.
In past drives, we’ve put up posts about WPRB and how it has changed our lives.
But this year, Chester took it to a whole new level:
You pledged $1500 for TOTALLY WIRED.
So Chester got a mohawk on the air.
That’s what WPRB means to us.
We can’t do it without you.
IF CHESTER DUBOV GETS $1500 OF PLEDGES HE WILL GET A MOHAWK HERE ON BLOG.WPRB. BETWEEN 10:45 PM EST AD 11:00 PM EST ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 10TH 2013 A HISTORIC DAY GET WIRED PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST