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.
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:
Over the years, WPRB’s amazing Phil Jackson has brought lots of local artists onto his show, Side-B Radio (Sundays 5-7PM). Two artists in particular were impressed by all our vinyl and asked to shoot music videos in the PRB stacks.
Check out these videos, shot on-site in the WPRB studio.
First up, Mr. Fickle (The Hip-Hop Nerd), with his video Panco P.S.A. Freestyle:
(warning: some graphic language)
This Camden, NJ artist is currently played heavy rotation on Side-B Radio. Once part of hip-hop groups ‘DA NUTHOUSE’ and ‘B-BOY AKADEMY’, he’s now moved into solo work in and around New Jersey, and even out of state. For more, check out his bandcamp.
From Trenton, Scatta Rpee is part of ‘SPITATAINMENT’ and a regular on Side-B. His new album, DA POWER OF NOW is getting good reviews on Top Mics Tour. Check him out on soundclick.
Special thanks to Phil Jackson from SIDE-B RADIO for clueing me into these awesome videos and giving me background. If you have videos or stories you’d like to see on the blog, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Norwegian Arms, a jangly folksy trio from Philly, recently came down to WPRB to record a session.
With their mandolin, drumsticks, and synthesizer in hand, Brendan Mulvihill, Eric Slick, and Andy Molholt, respectively, rocked out in our basement—ascending to shrill heights in their rendition of Kiva Ikva.
They shared “fun facts” and some great music with us, and now we’re sharing all of that with you! Check out our recording of their time here, and be sure to check them out on the internetzzz.
Also: they’ll be performing at PhilaMOCA on March 8th; and they released an album earlier this year, Wolf Like a Stray Dog, inspired by Brendan’s time in the wilds of Siberia. Listen to it.