WPRB is so ridiculously pumped to go check out legendary musician Vince Clarke (of Depeche Mode)–an early explorer of electronic music who helped write some of Depeche Mode’s classic tracks like “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “New Life”.
Along with Erasure, Yaz(oo) and VCMG, he’ll be DJing a long set on the main floor of
This is especially beast because WPRB’s own DJ TM5 / Pete DeFillipo ( Tuesday night 11pm “Transitional Soundscapes” ) will be showing all kinds of Depeche Mode and VCMG music videos and concert footage of Depeche Mode and Erasure on the large video screen over the dance floor.
He’s also giving out WPRB bumper stickers and shirt pins, so come get that PRB swag.
“And there he was… this little strange man from Berlin…”
Debuting to critical fanfare back in 2004, I was recently thinking of (and was pleased to find) The Nomi Song streaming on YouTube. Through archival footage and interviews with various East Village luminaries (Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf among them), this documentary tells the story of Klaus Nomi‘s meteoric rise to late-70s artworld superstardom. Nomi released a batch of brilliant (and now frustratingly difficult to find) records that crossed traditional classical music with new wave, and went on to collaborate with iconic NYC artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Nomi died from AIDS-related complications at the age of 39. His ashes are said to have been scattered over New York City, thirty years ago this August. If you’ve got even a passing interest in way left-of-center NYC cultural studies (No Wave Cinema, guerrilla theater, Andy Warhol, loft jazz… that kinda thang), The Nomi Song is a 90 minute investment you’ll not soon forget.
Just in case you were feeling particularly confident about your accomplishments, we thought we’d introduce you to Dr. Anthony Branker–a composer, arranger, jazz educator, conductor, bandleader and scholar.
Dr. Branker will be hosted on Jerry Gordon’s Serenade to a Cuckoo on Friday, April 12, 12PM to 2PM.
Dr. Branker just released his newest album, Uppity, on March 19th.
He composed his last album, Blessings, during a residency in Estonia, and was described by John Barron in 2009′s All About Jazz as music with a “…strong rhythmic foundation, with Afro-Cuban inspired grooves and solo sections over energetic vamps…With a unique combination of depth and accessibility, Branker is able to put forth a jazz perspective steeped in soulful optimism.”
You guys! It’s been a completely arbitrary period of time and as such is time for trivia again! I know you want ridiculously awesome prizes.
HELLO I AM A SLOTH DECAL I NEED TO BE PUT ON YOUR LAPTOP OR YOUR WINDOW OR YOUR FACE OR YOUR OTHER SLOTH DECAL
Rules recap: Two rounds! The first round has ten questions, and the answers will have a mystery theme. The second round is four movie mashups.
What’s a movie mashup? We take the last word of one movie title and bleed it into the first word of a second movie title–and then we give you the plot. For example–if the clue was ‘a movie about a whale who inherits a candy factory’, the answer would be ‘Free WillyWonka and the Chocolate Factory’.
To enter, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following things:
The answers to the first round
The mystery theme to the first round
The answers to the second round
If you get every question right, you don’t win a car. But you do win bumper stickers for the car you don’t win.
LET US DO THIS THING!
In 2000, this crooner was declared the Entertainer of the Century.
Zeus transformed into a white bull in order to abduct this Phoenician princess, but she ultimately became queen of Crete.
Barbara Streisand starred in this movie about a young Polish girl who disguises herself as a man after her father’s death.
You might once have found Peggy Olson and Pete Campbell working at this Madison Avenue company.
Paul Ryan expressed his fondness for this author, founder of ‘objectivism’.
If you can’t succeed in business unless you have close connections with a variety of government officials, you might be experiencing this form of capitalism.
This close relative of the urchin is also known as the ‘sea cookie’ and the ‘snapper biscuit’.
This social networker dropped out of college.
Michael Caine played this famous butler in a recent film franchise.
This Bravo ‘docusoap’ series spans the United States, from California to New York to Georgia. Two potential contestants caused quite a commotion when they crashed a White House function.
A high school senior skips class and it’s literally the end of the world.
A post menopausal couple communicate through a mailbox while weathering the hardships of the prairie lifestyle.
Heath Ledger seduces a high school classmate for money in a series of quirky email exchanges.
An inner city math teacher makes a difference in the lives of some West Virginia campers as they brave the Appalachia wilderness.
Don’t cheat. Cheating on the Internet is for squares.
Email your answers to email@example.com! We will send you SO MUCH SWAG if you win.
After a week or two of heavy listening to most of his tracks (some were just too experimental), I wikied him. It turns out the producer behind XXYYXX is seventeen, and recorded most of this music at sixteen.
If you’ve got nothing to do and want some arts and culture all up in your life, you should get in your car, tune into WPRB and drive over to check out some of these events.
(Alternatively, you could take public transportation and listen to WPRB on a mobile device. That would potentially be even cooler.)
The New Jim Crow Read-Out Sunday, April 7 – Saturday April 13 every night from 5-6 PM
The New Jim Crow movement wants to bring attention to problems in our prison systems, especially racial issues influencing African-American and Hispanic-American citizens.
Every evening will be a chance to hear selections from Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and to listen to people who have been imprisoned or have worked with inmates. Continue reading →
A note from Tobias, to express the feelings of all of us at WPRB:
Rabbi Jim Diamond
I owe my twelve-year career as a classical music announcer to Jim Diamond. For almost twenty years, I listened to WPRB and wondered if I could be an announcer. Then, in 2001, I heard a familiar voice on the air. Jim was announcing a classical music program. I asked him if I could watch him produce a show. He was very welcoming, and two weeks later, I started creating shows on my own.
Jim had a wonderful radio voice. You always felt that he could actually see his listeners, because he talked directly to them.
He was also Rabbi Jim Diamond, Hillel director of the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton, for nine years. In that role, he was a fine manager, teacher, and a voice of just morality.
He had a full life until this morning, when he was struck and killed in a senseless auto accident.
Rabbi Jim Diamond: you were only 74 years old. We mourn our loss.
Wait! I know. It sounds a little ridiculous. But just listen to this song:
Now imagine thousands of men and women—dishwashers and cleaning ladies and plumbers—walking down the Champs Elysees in Paris and singing this together.
Why? Basically, the island of Corsica is an island off of France that belongs to France, and there was a big push for independence in the 80’s and 90’s (which continues today, but with less singing). For a more in depth treatment of the history of the situation, you can check out this relatively detailed article, but here’s a simple version:
When French colonialism became less of a force, it left a lot of Corsicans without work, and the island started to fall apart economically. This started a big regionalistic movement, in which Corsicans really began to push for recognition of their unique culture and language, both of which were jeopardized by the economic situation.