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Happy Thursday to all of you peeps out there in ’PRB-land.
As I sit here at my perch listening to Howard Jones’s “No One is to Blame” (lame, I know, but ’tis truly a good song), I’m pondering what do I do once Princeton’s basketball season is over. You’re probably asking yourself right now, “Does this schmuck have a life?” Yes, I do, but as a sportscaster, I always fear the end of a sports season. After covering a team for five months, the end of the season feels like leaving a loved one and not seeing him/her for a long time. You miss it, but you eventually learn to adapt to the changes. This year is no different than all the ones that came before it.
Fortunately for this broadcaster—and you the listening audience—there are three more contests before the curtain drops on the 2007-2008 Princeton Tiger basketball season. This Friday, March 7, the Tigers host Columbia. On Saturday, March 8, Princeton takes on Cornell at Jadwin Gymnasium. Both of those games tip off at 7:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, with broadcasts beginning at 7:10 P.M. at 103.3 FM and at wprb.com. The season finale will be played this coming Tuesday, March 11, at Jadwin against the Penn Quakers. The pre-game show begins on WPRB at 6:40 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time with the tip coming at 7:00.
Although basketball season is coming to an end, this sports enthusiast still has much to keep himself occupied over the next several months. Baseball season—college and professional—is now under way (cue up Mike Ditka’s rendition of “Take Me out to the Ballgame”), lacrosse season is in full swing, and—most importantly—SOFTBALL SEASON IS STARTING! Now I can don the blue shirt (or red or green, depending on the beer league) and perform my other favorite job. Other than the temperature here in Princeton, everything is in place for spring to commence.
That said, notice how italicized the words “standard” and “daylight” in the paragraph preceding the last. For those of you that may not have realized, Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday (March 9). This has been a sticking point for me after the congressional act extending DST took effect last year. Why in the world is “Summer Time” beginning in the winter? Please Congress, throw me a bone here. Do you really think this is really going to save energy or do anything else relevant for the United States? Didn’t think so. Can we just move the beginning of DST to the first Sunday of April and its end to the last Sunday of October?
Now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, here is the list of sports and other special broadcasts coming to WPRB in the next ten days. All games can be heard on 103.3 FM and at wprb.com.
Friday, March 7—Special Edition of No, You’re under Arrest w/ Diana (1:00 P.M. EST)
Friday, March 7—Princeton Men’s Basketball vs. Columbia (7:10 P.M. EST)
Saturday, March 8—Princeton Men’s Lacrosse vs. Virginia (11:40 A.M. EST)
Saturday, March 8—Princeton Men’s Basketball vs. Cornell (7:10 P.M. EST)
Tuesday, March 11—Princeton Men’s Basketball vs. Penn (6:40 P.M. EDT)
Friday, March 14—Princeton Men’s Ice Hockey vs. TBD (Game 1, ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, 7:00 P.M. EDT)
Saturday, March 15—Princeton Men’s Lacrosse vs. Hofstra (2:10 P.M. EDT)
Saturday, March 15—Princeton Men’s Ice Hockey vs. TBD (Game 2, ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, 7:00 P.M. EDT)
Sunday, March 16—Princeton Men’s Ice Hockey vs. TBD (Game 3—if necessary—ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, 7:00 P.M. EDT)
So what have we learned this week? Sports is family, spring isn’t always warm, and Howard Jones can get you through writing a blog. Until next week, my friends, take care and don’t hurt yourselves.
And don’t forget to turn your clocks back Saturday night.
Raymond’s Hump Day Extravaganza –
Welcome to the first ever Hump Day Extravaganza! I’m sure you’re curious, so I will cut straight to the chase. Personally, I sometimes find it difficult to make it through an entire week without some kind of mental ‘pivot point’. For me, that’s Hump Day aka Wednesday. So, without further ado, I present our topic this week:
Low End Theory NYC
To set the stage, the Low End Theory started as a weekly event (it also happens on hump day) in Los Angeles. Resident DJs include Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles and resident MC Nocando (2007 Scribble Jam Battle Champ). In addition to these core DJs, Low End Theory has hosted a huge family of independent hip hop, electronia, experimental artists. But you live on the east coast, and probably weren’t paying attention to any of this until last Saturday night, which began the first of (hopefully) many Low End Theory NYC, at the Knitting Factory. Currently, Low End Theory NYC is scheduled to drop on the first Saturday of every month. Last weekend featured Flying Lotus, which was absolutely incredible. Everybody really held it down, I’ve seen a bunch of these guys a number of times and they keep things really fresh. D-Styles blew everyone away with raw turntablism. So keep your eye out for Low End Theory, on April 5th Daedelus will be the guest performer, which will be appropriately insane.
(It’s technically Monday night, but I’m doing my blogo-homework on time). This tuesday I, Kelsey Flapjacks, bring you (1, 2, 3 )four reviews of albums that we are rocking here at PRB… The rocking may be short-lived in the case of the last one. I’m going to make some sorry attempt at a rating out of 10 each week. (but I’m really just pulling a number out of a hat people)
Also, for your viewing pleasure (because it is already turning out to be a long long week) here is one of my favorite music videos ever: Revillos-”Where’s the Boy for Me?” (Thanks Narin!) Reviews after the jump….
Beach House- Devotion [Carpark Records #042]
WHAT IS UP WITH BALTIMORE?! Between Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, Celebration, Cex, Wzt Hearts, Pony Tail, and Ecstatic Sunshine and now Beach House, you are becoming a threat to be reckoned with in the modern music scene world. Quality, not quantity I say! Beach House solidified themselves as a legitimate group in my mind with this album. I was only mildly impressed with their live show which seemed a little scattered a year ago when they were opening for Animal Collective. It was pretty, but sleepy. But now they are back with melodies that have grown a backbone and a beautiful music video. I really feel the simple lo-fi beats with the distant spaceyness and haunting vocals on top make for an unbelievably beautiful atmosphere. I’ve always liked the organic feel of the recordings clashing with the electronic nature of what drove the songs. But the second time around was the best time around, and their sound is yet another awesome contribution out of Baltimore. If you haven’t checked it out, Stereogum had a sneak peak here. [8.2/10]
Xiu Xiu -Women As Lovers[Kill Rock Stars #484]
If you don’t know Xiu Xiu, (Pronounced: Shu-Shu) you will probably fear for your life and wonder if Jamie Stewart is mildly schizophrenic. If you do know Xiu Xiu, your heart gets torn out by his songs, danced on, and then put back in your body when you are reminded he probably is mildly schizophrenic. His wild, atonal moaning vocals are backed this time around by a much more lush full sound that is different from La Foret’s electronic glitchiness or previous albums eerie silences. Similar to other hard-hitting albums, Women as Lovers deals with topics from abortion to nationalism to child abuse. The album is as creepy as it is poignant and emotionally challenging. But what can you expect from the morose geniuses that are Xiu Xiu? Personally I found this album much more listenable than many of the previous, with the rich sound of the first track and its free jazzy breakdown starting the record strong. While sometimes I just can’t take any more of his vocals, I feel they are used much more deliberately than in other more frantic compositions. And really, you should at least listen to this album for the Xiu Xiu/ Michael Gira (Angels of Light/Young God Records) collaboration covering David Bowie’s “Under Pressure.” It makes you want to sing along, but has a desperation and anxiety about it unique to the Xiu Xiu sound. As always, surreal; and here is a beautiful Xiu Xiu cover by the lovely Melissa Nadler. [7.5/10]
HEALTH- HEALTH [Lovepump United #014]
Okay this album is kind of old but because the blog is brand spanking new, so I want to review it. This album has been rocking my world for most of my recent memory. And the fact that something so noisey and abrasive can also be so dance-oriented and beat-driven is impressively fun. Not to mention that this band can be making something so out there, but have groups like the Crystal Castles and other electronica artists remixing them into trashy-glitchy dance oblivion. The 7” we’ve been spinning pretty intensely with the “Crimewave” remix is fantastic. [Check another online exclusive here at RCRD LBL] The album begins with a nearly inaudible drone (almost enough to make you want to turn your volume up) and then suddenly erupts into a total freak out (where you either regret or love that you turned that volume up). The record is nicely balanced between some really experimental and less-accessible tracks and some unbelievable grooves. The vocals are almost entirely indecipherable as they were live, but the beats fade in and out through the noise- keeping you hooked into the sonic bliss your ears are experiencing. They’re on tour now and do an awesome live set, so check this record and band out while they’re hot. [9.1/10]
Speedknot Mobstaz- Money to Blow[Koch Records #???]
WPRB is going to hate itself a couple months down the line when Twista and his “Mobstaz” crew makes it big- and this record is left in our stacks for unknown reasons. Someone proposed we add this to rotation at our music listening hours, jokingly, and some of us agreed it was a great idea. But you know what, I still think it’s a great idea. Big production, big thugs, big claims to fame. I’m all about it. Plus I love the idea of asserting “gangsta” masculinity through the act of non-dancing. The idea that being distant and cold is that which defines badass. We’re getting so Godfather-y with these hip hop artists. What happened to shaking your tailfeather? Nelly? Anyone?!? Not that it matters what they do because really they’re spending a ton of dough and the babes love it. But honestly these songs are kind of unbelievable in how bad and great they are simultaneously. It’s not like that new Redman song that I secretly turn to other radio stations to listen to in my car, but it is something that makes you want to laugh and dance in a really big way. I played it on my radio show tonight for kicks, and as a request from some WPRBers at large, and suprisingly got some calls from listeners saying they couldn’t stop laughing and it was the best thing they ever heard. I mean, this guy has 600 dollars a day burdgeted to making it rain, or so they claim- and they look like this. But the bottom line is, it is overproduced and their lyrics like much mainstream rap are talentlessly misogynistic. (But when did that stop us from dancing?) All in all: WPRB may be snobby in it’s tastes, but it also has a bad sense of humor. (Why am I reviewing this again…?) [3.0/10]
Stuff I took out to review this week and am psyched about:
- Reykjavik!- Six or Seven songs we are trying to promote to US Radio (Saw these dudes in Reykjavik, actually at a rad music festival at one of the Icelandic national Universities, they are way poppy and fun!)
- The Battle Royale- Wake Up Thunderbird (Self described as a “bad mixture of everything- we copy everyone” there doesn’t seem to be enough spazzy disco-electro coming out these days. But as opposed to trashy they tend towards the experimental side. I dig.)
- Nadine Mooney- MouseHouseWormHole (CocoRosie like childish vocals with more sprase compositions reminiscent of the Thanksgiving-centric Portland OR scene she is coming out of-beautiful!)
ivers Cuomo- Alone: The Home Recordings (Pre-Weezer Rivers sounds like, well, Weezer. The jury is still out on this. Nostalgia vs taste vs an iconic sound I immediately want to stay way from….)
- Headlights- Some Racing, Some Stopping (These guys were SO much fun to see last weekend. Never enough tambourine!! Sadly, the fire alarm went off the the show was cut short. That being said, everyone in the band was really attractive, really fun, and really knew how to rock while spreading that addictive craziness.)
Hey everybody, I’m Gracie, the new Director of PNP here at PRB. Here are some shows happening this week that you should check out:
Now that Kelseytron has introduced us, I’d like to give you an idea of how our blog is going to be organized each week. We don’t guarantee that things will always be the same, but our goal is to bring you a new post every day, with each day of the week being assigned a certain theme:
- Mondays: Gracie Remington, from our Publicity and Promotions Department, will discuss upcoming shows in our listening area.
- Tuesdays: Kelseytron (aka Kelsey Johnson, our Music Director emerita) will be posting a selection of recent music reviews from the WPRB Music Department’s work.
- Wednesdays: Raymond Weitekamp, current Music Director, will be talking about musical topic whatever interests him.
- Thursdays: Kelseytron will discuss concerts and other events in Philadelphia.
- Fridays: Kelseytron will be back yet again, with a set of links and a kind of “week in review” report.
- Saturdays: Will Sullivan, our illustrious Station Manager (that’s me), will be writing about what’s going on at the station: new shows, broken equipment, frayed nerves.
- Sundays: Dave Sassaroli, WPRB rock DJ, will review a recent show or two for your information.
Everyone at WPRB is excited about the blog — please read it!
Hey all of you cool cats, WPRB is making its every effort to enter the 21st century, and this blog will hopefully be a great way for us to keep in touch with you (listeners and fellow djs alike) to let you know upcoming shows, reviews of shows we’ve seen, reviews of records we’re spinning, and other music and programming related news. WPRB had an incredibly exciting year in 2007 as we became community-supported radio, and thanks to help from many of you the station is in better shape than ever before. So this should be a great outlet for us to open communication to the community like never before in 2008. We try to keep you guys savvy to events going on in the area with programming on air like our awesome concert calendar, (if you haven’t checked it out the whole list before, go to wprb.com for the entire concert calendar listing!) but this blog should allow us more extensively to talk about all of the fantastic tunes out there. Check back frequently and there should always be new stuff posted! We have an awesome cast of writers from our station board who will be posting regularly, and hopefully some other guest characters and syndicated posts from the blogs of some of your favorite djs.
Every week I’ll be posting a list of rad music related links, legal downloads, and other stuff we find on the web and are digging at WPRB, so we are going to kick things off with the best of the interweb this week! More after the jump….
- RETRO THROWBACK: In the totally unrelated category, check out this rad but simple design site, put on your favorite song, and play away. If only we could go back to the internet in 1998. [Yellowtail]
- LEGAL DOWNLOAD: I’ve really been enjoying this online-only release, from the great Asa Breed‘s sessions on RCRD LBL. Matthew Dear recorded this beautiful and perhaps overlooked song “Don’t go this way.” It builds with some pretty sweet beats/synth-jangly jams by keeping his beautiful moaning vocals and keyboards sustaining short quick notes that makes a really unique sound. Since RCRD LBL posted this the song has been getting ton’s of good press in the blogosphere. It’s rough and basic considering some of his more lush recordings; but when Matthew Dear even just plays around he makes pretty awesome songs. [Don't go this way]
- LEGAL DOWNLOAD: And speaking of great free songs, the last Tokyo Police Club Smith EP was getting some heavy rotation over here at WPRB. They’ve been signed to indie-darling-label Saddle Creek, and Stereogum has a sneak peak off the new album that will be hitting the streets 4/22. [In a cave]
- Following the awesome Marina Gasolina EP, Marina, Bonde do Role’s lead MC and album namesake, QUIT. So in the news this week, Brazilian group and Philadelphia-scene-Diplo-spawn quickly found not just one but two new band members. And they’re taking their new lineup and funky favela-electro to MTV Brazil with a reality television show to recruit new MCs. I’m skeptical, but then again why should I care? I don’t know when I’ll ever find myself watching MTV Brazil. [Da me mas gasolina]
- RIP. Polaroid announced earlier this week that they are going to stop making film! This is immensely sad. To mourn this cultural relic, enjoy these one-of-a-kind shots from the Black Lips live. [Polaroid rock out]
- Pitchfork made me turn my head, when I realized they were right in questioning why a bunch of hipster orchestral Canadians (the much hyped up Arcade Fire) are doing benefit shows for Barack Obama. [Canadians 4 Obama]
- BEST NEW VIDEO: And here is a great new music video from Beachhouse and a brand new song from Grizzly Bear all in one post! [Heart of Chambers]
- Tomorrow is one of the best days in extended Radioland. WFMU, one of our favorite other independent stations around these parts is hosting their 50th annual (wowsas!) membership drive. And as if that isn’t crazy enough, since 1996 Yo La Tengo has been coming on the air and performing every karaoke singer’s ultimate fantasy, a radio show to “Murder the Classics” and cover whatever they feel like and whatever you request when you pledge. So tune in at 2pm tomorrow with Gaylord Fields and Bob Brainen and Yo La Tengo, donate to a fellow great station, and support your independent radio! Check it online and get more info about their drive!
- In the most exciting news, Animal Collective announced a new EP on Domino! Mark your calendars and attack your local record stores, 5/6. [Water Curses EP]
- In sad news, the Elliot Smith memorial was vandalized. [Again!]
- And in the most controversial news of the week, who writes music reviews without listening to the album? And why is Maxim magazine writing music reviews anyway? (WPRB will try to avoid “educated guesses” about our music reviews!) [Black Crowes "medicore" even without record]
- Oh wait, and then they “guessed” AGAIN [Nas also "medicore".]
- Lastly, the music consuming community at large was informed this week that Steve Jobs owns our ears and wallets; Walmart still owns family-friendly country music. [$$$$]
So that about wraps up our first week in links! Stay posted for more original material and WPRB-curated links and guides to upcoming shows. Regular posts will start Monday. And make sure you don’t miss out on Yo La Tengo tomorrow at 2pm on WFMU, its like nothing you’ve ever heard! (… And as if I didn’t have to tell you, keep those radio dials to 103.3 FM or your iTunes radio to WPRB!)