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.
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.
Listen to WPRB 103.3 FM on Wednesday, October 2nd at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon welcomes Slumberland recording artist Terry Malts all the way from the west coast to the Doctor Cosmo Production Studio for a live session.
Recalling the animatronic nihilism of A-Frames and 100 Flowers with the simplistic tunefulness of The Ramones, Terry Malts recently released their second album “Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere.”
The trio will rip through five songs off said record, sure to be stuck in your head for weeks/days/months/eons to come.
But a taste of what’s in store:
Listen to WPRB 103.3 FM on Wednesday, April 17th at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon talks with one of his favorites, the tremendous rock band Kinski.
After a relatively inactive six years, Seattle’s Kinski have returned with their sixth studio album “Cosy Moments,” released last week on Kill Rock Stars.
Dusted rightfully praises their effort, writing:
“Cosy Moments is a fantastic rock album, and like all Kinski albums, it gets you to wondering whether it’s just a rock album or something transcendent…This is one of the best guitar rock albums of the year.”
The four members of Kinski stopped by WPRB during their first East Coast tour since the late 2000s to talk about the new record, the band’s slight change in direction, and to answer various questions that have always nagged long-time Kinski appreciator Solomon.
Here’s a ragin’ song off of “Cosy Moments” called “Conflict Free Diamonds”:
Stream the full album here.
You can follow the band on Twitter or become a fan on the Facebook.
Can catch Kinski at Death By Audio in Brooklyn on Friday, April 19th.
Listen to WPRB 103.3 FM on Wednesday, March 27th at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon interviews director Seth Pomeroy about his documentary Couldn’t You Wait?: The Story Of Silkworm.
Nearly seven years in the making, Pomeroy’s tremendous film about one of America’s great rock bands (which includes interviews with Steve Albini, Jeff Tweedy, Stephen Malkmus and Gerard Cosloy among others) was released last month to universal acclaim.
In a nearly 80 minute conversation that will air for the first time this Wednesday evening, Pomeroy and Solomon talk extensively about the development of this project, the obstacles encountered along the way and their mutual love of Silkworm’s impressive body of work. A few selections from the Silkworm catalogue are added throughout for good measure.
You can purchase a DRM-free download of Couldn’t You Wait? for just $5 but there are hours of impressive bonus features available at the $10 and $20 levels.
The trailer for Pomeroy’s movie is embedded below:
You can learn more on the film’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Listen to WPRB 103.3 FM on Wednesday, February 20th at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon welcomes Don Giovanni recording artist Waxahatchee to the Doctor Cosmo Production Studio for a live session.
Waxahatchee is the voice and guitar of Ms. Katie Crutchfield, formerly of P.S. Eliot. Her tremendous, tiny and personal debut “American Weekend” was included on Solomon’s “Best of 2012” program.
Coke Machine Glow wrote kindly about this record last year, saying:
“[A] damned great album. Think of it as a kind-of Blue (1971) for the basement punk set. Like Joni Mitchell, Crutchfield displays a rare emotional intelligence in singer-songwriters.”
Above, Crutchfield performs in an Oklahoma cemetery.
Her second LP “Cerulean Salt” will be released next month. Here’s a preview track from this anticipated record titled “Peace & Quiet”
Want more? You can stream Waxahatchee’s split cassette with Chris Clavin here.
Listen to 103.3 fm WPRB on Wednesday, February 13th at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon welcomes Ernest Jenning recording artist Trummors to the station for a live session.
The lovely, whispy duo of Anne Cunningham and David Lerner (formerly of Native Nod and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists) released their debut album “Over & Around The Clove” last year and Alternative Press wrote of it at the time:
“An album made for listening while you stare from your back porch (or apartment window) as the sun sets…the latest proof that the well of traditional American music is truly bottomless.”
Here is a video for the record’s title track.
You can see Trummors live on Valentines Day in Philadelphia at Kung Fu Necktie with Mary Lattimore, Fred Thomas and Morning River Band.
For more Trummors visit their Tumblr, become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
Listen to Classical Discoveries with Marvin Rosen this Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m to hear him talk with American composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel.
Derek Bermel is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ and Creative Advisor to the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
He worked with composers like William Albright, Louis Andriessen, William Bolcom, Henri Dutilleux, André Hajdu and Michael Tenzer, and studied clarinet under Ben Armato and Keith Wilson. He also travelled to Jerusalem to learn ethnomusicology and orchestration from André Hajdu, then Thracian folk music in Bulgaria with Nikola Illiev, caxixi in Brazil under Julio Góes, and Lobi xylophone in Ghana from Ngmen Baaru.
During the show, you will have the opportunity to win a free copy of his new Cantaloupe Records album, Canzonas Americanas, featuring “Alarm will Sound.” Be sure to listen to the whole interview and for the cues to phone in to receive your copy.
Full program details and more information about Derek Bermel can be found at the Classical Discoveries website.
For a limited time, we’re offering a streaming archive of Teri Noel Towe’s 12-hour Philadelphia Orchestra special. This program originally aired on Thanksgiving Day of 2012. Use the player below to stream the program, which is divided into two segments. Click through for a complete playlist and Teri’s notes for the program.