“So it’s what, only two songs in and somebody at stage left throws something at Party Photographers singer Elizabeth Rogers. She takes no guff – tosses it right back, doesn’t let it distract her from delivering on her band’s fuzzed-out pop bliss tones. Except, as we’ll see, there’s more to them than this…but dude is relentless. He continues antagonizing, and she hits a breaking point. From the center of the crowd, we watch Rogers dumping the remains of a Natty Boh on the provocateur, and he relents. And it’s back to the music. Right the fuck on.
Party Photogs get drawn into Jesus and Mary Raveonettes parallels for their speedy rhythms and reverb’d take on proto-rock n roll. And sure, the influence is undeniable. So what? It sounds phenomenal bouncing off the cement walls of Kensington DIY space The Ox. And it made the moments where they slowed it down into a tense simmer all the more striking, breathtaking. Rogers and her three bandmates… can slam you into a fierce dancing frenzy with their fastest songs. But their introverted moments have such a grip, you won’t make a peep, lest you get in a fight with the band. And you don’t want that.”
Enjoy an archived version of Monday’s in-studio performance!
Tuesday, July 20th, 8:30-11am discover a wide variety of music performed by Christoph Eschenbach! Because Eschenbach is such a wonderful musician in so many regards, the Famous Accompanists show will deviate from its normal scope of chamber music and art song. He is the only musician that I know of who has mastered orchestral conducting, opera conducting, solo piano, and collaborative piano. He has even made some fantastic piano duet recordings!
Among other things, we will hear the Trio and Finale of Act III of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier (sung by Renée Fleming, Barbara Bonney, Susan Graham and Walter Berry), Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin (performed by the Orchestre de Paris), Schumann’s Six Etudes in Canonic Form (arranged for two pianos by Debussy and performed by Eschenbach and Tzimon Barto), Saint-Saens’ La muse et le poete (a piece for cello, violin, and orchestra, with soloists Steven Isserlis and Joshua Bell), and (my personal favorite) various Schumann Lieder (performed with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau) accompanied stunningly in a seeming mix of techniques drawn from Gerald Moore, Roger Vignoles, and Gilbert Kalish!
On Friday, July 16th, from 11AM to 1PM, we will be listening to 2 shows:First, “Fiorello” (1959), with music by Jerry Bock. Members of this original cast recording cast include Tom Bosley, Howard Da Silva, and Patricia Wilson. The second show is “I had a Ball” with music and lyrics by Jack Lawrence and Stan Freeman. This 1964 original cast recording features Buddy Hackett and Richard Kiley.
WPRB was ecstatic to have renowned contemporary Israeli-American cellist Maya Beiser as a guest on Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries! Stay tuned for when we upload the interview for those who have missed it!
UPDATE: You can now listen to the entire broadcast, right here!
Listen to 103.3 fm WPRB on Wednesday, June 2nd at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon welcomes British twee sensations Tender Trap live in-studio.
With a pedigree that includes members of Heavenly, Marine Research, Allo Darlin’ and Police Cat, Tender Trap are making a rare trip to the United States in support of their third album “Dansette, Dansette,” which shall be released stateside on Slumberland in June 2010.
A video for the infectious song “Girls With Guns” is below:
Listen to 103.3 fm WPRB on Wednesday, April 28th at 8:00 pm ET as Jon Solomon welcomes legendary New Jersey jokecore band Detention to his show.
Back together for the first time in two decades, Detention’s appearance on WPRB is just their second show since their heyday. The band can be seen live one more time, at The Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ on Saturday, May 1st.
Listen to the band’s bile-coated 1983 single “Dead Rock N Rollers”:
Here’s a brief video preview of Wednesday night’s session:
WPRB News: a special edition of “Taking On” with the head of United States Central Command General David Petraeus about military issues in the Middle East, from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to drones, to cybersecurity. Gen. Petraeus is the 2010 recipient of Princeton’s James Madison Medal, the highest honor conferred upon a Princeton graduate alumnus. Tune in today (Sunday, Feb 21, 2010) at 12pm EST to catch the broadcast. You can also listen to the full interview and a web extra (both recorded Feb 20, 2010) at the WPRB News website.
As part of WPRB’s educational outreach, on Sunday, February 7 and 14 from 12:00-1:00 PM, WPRB News will be airing a two part radio show created by Princeton University students enrolled in JRN 450: Audio Journalism. Their show, called Back Story, reveals the realities of student life at Princeton.
It’s not Christmas without Jon’s annual holiday marathon. Seriously! From the absurd and bizarre to the beautiful and almost-kinda-holy, Jon’s show traverses the terrain of holiday music. No two marathons are alike, and perhaps that’s why listeners both near and far flock to the radio and/or webstream. So says Inside Jersey:
Forget the Bing Crosby-Nat King Cole-Mariah Carey loop that seems to air on every station in every mall – Solomon mixes covers of traditional hits with songs by bands from the region, recordings lost to attics and basements, and esoteric picks like “Mr. Russian, Please Don’t Shoot Down Santa’s Sleigh,” a Cold War-era number.
Which is not to be confused with “Can Santa Miss Those Missiles,” Solomon says.
Jon wants you to know that if you would like to make some requests, by all means get in touch.
Tune in now for a new series from WPRB News — The Dispatch: Voices on Same Sex Marriage. In this two part series (airing Sunday 12:00-1:00pm Oct 25 and Nov 1) we look at how different groups have engaged the issue of gay unions. This week, Leif Johnson takes a look at what happens when a University is asked to take a political stance, Sophie Jin visits a march in Washington DC, and historian Neil J. Young explains how one particular religious denomination, the Church of Latter Day Saints, became involved in the passage of California Proposition 8 last year.
Miss the show or want to hear it again? It’s here.