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I went to a concert expecting a concert and ended up stumbling into the world of Jamtronica.
I got my first first taste for the genre when I came across Papadosio’s “Polygonz”.
Album artwork from Papadisio’s newest album, T.E.T.I.O.S.
The song exploited my weakness for climactic Electronic Dance Music sounds. Papadosio seamlessly blended the funk/rock jam-band sounds with synth. So I went to check them out at Stage 48.
The opening act was Consider the Source, a psychedelic jam-band with Middle-Eastern and metal influences. The experience was intense, the crowd totally engaged, and after two hours I had forgotten that these were the openers.
Is your PRB swag collection deficient? Could you use more laptop decals? YES. YES, YOU COULD. And now you can have them!
A laptop decal you could potentially own.
Here’s how: Every month or so, the WPRB blog is going to host a trivia session with a PRIZE! We’re going to start with two rounds–the first round will be ten questions, and the answers will have a mystery theme. The second round will be 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, we’ll send you some sweet decals and probably something hilarious.
I’m a semi-obsessive podcast devotee, so figured I would suggest some great podcasts just floating around on the internet. I practiced restraint and avoided all the main NPR suspects but tried to avoid going too esoteric. So here is a mix of very different sorts of things:
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
Non-fiction – History – Avg. Length ~2 hours – Updates sporadically
Dan Carlin’s brand of history is a mix of sweeping overviews of cause and effect, detailed backstories, and lots of gory tid-bits. He covers everything from Ancient Rome to the Mongol Empire to the 1950s, and does a fantastic job of suggesting historical parallels to present day situations. The show is worth it if only for his quotations—he likes to read out sources in a dramatic and booming voice before lapsing into a more gruff analytical tone.
In Decode DC, Andrea Seabrook tries to give us the stories no one is covering—more in depth, behind-the-scenes pieces that explore the backdrop and backstory of any given headline. She helps put events and decisions into context, and avoids the distracting daily theatrical details.
Retrograde is the first song off James Blake‘s new album, Overgrown–to be released April 8th.
I sat down on Monday with my special, first-listen headphones and let myself escape into the song.
Blake’s humming–backed first by a piano and followed by a steady, heavy beat–pulled me in. The introduction of a forward moving electronic hum livened up the soulful track. This pattern continued moving through several seamless variations. Eventually, this hum disappeared and I was engulfed by a steady beat below Blake’s soul-drenched humming as the track faded.
I will leave it to you to listen to this amazing track for yourself. Be sure to also check out Blake’s video for the new single. With the beauty of the both the video and track, I have high hopes for Blake’s new album.
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.
Last fall, I was just about the saddest girl in the world when I realized that I couldn’t make any The xx concert dates.
I was just about the happiest girl in the world when, bumming free wi-fi and heat from a Starbucks because of a Hurricane Sandy induced power outage, I e-stumbled on the news that show had been rescheduled.
I bought that ticket faster than you can say, “Ugh, ticket resellers.”