It’s easier to get WPRB’s reception in NYC when you stand on a roof.
Pitchfork has an interview with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, who have a great self-titled record on the resurrected (and stronger than ever before!) Slumberland Records. You may have heard this record on WPRB recently; last week it was #3 on our Top 30 charts.
Anyway, in today’s Pitchfork interview there’s a little WPRB namedrop that made us go “Aw shucks,” so we thought to share it with you. Yes, it’s true: we really did play a lot of Shellac back then! (But we don’t think that’s a bad thing, since they are awesome!)
KB: I don’t have a car or a radio I can listen to anymore, but growing up, my friend and I were on the very cusp of Princeton’s college radio station, we’d listen to it and try to write down everything they played. But the reception was bad, so it’d be like “And that was just a track by [static noise],” and it was such a bummer. They were so into playing Shellac all the time. And they were into assuming that you just knew who Shellac was, and even bands that weren’t Shellac they’d compare to Shellac; they’d be like, “That band was probably the best Shellac wannabe band!” [laughs] College radio at that time was super great for learning about new music.
Do you have a story about listening to WPRB? Ever struggle to hear us through the static? Let’s hear it in the comments!