Every week this summer WPRB will highlight one its DJs in “Get To Know WPRB’s DJS.”
DJ Name: Julia Factorial
Show: “Cleanr Yr Room” (with Art), Mondays from 7-9PM.
Type of music played on show: Teenage concerns–ie; songs about hating your parents. A lot of punk rock–”The Replacements, The Marked Men, So Cow, Lunachicks, Ted Leo, Karp, Lungfish, The Raincoats, Kurt Vile, Reigning Sound… Pretty much anything on the following labels: Richie, Hozac, Tic Tac Totally, Siltbreeze, Homestead, K, Hyped To Death. Art occasionally takes us on a trip through the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and beardo records, and I love scouring the stacks at WPRB for the forgotten, terribly amusing and occasionally profound records that live there.”
Reasons for being a DJ: “I began listening to WPRB when I was a lowly 8th grade loner nerd in Cherry Hill, NJ. I spent a few years taping my favorite shows and trading those tapes with other folks. Eventually, I became close with a few DJs. Flash forward a couple years to 2002. With the help of Mike Lupica (who hosted ‘Hey You Kids’ with Jen M. and ‘Hip Transistor’) I got a timeslot on the summer schedule, which I shared with Her Jazz host Maria T. I hosted ‘Mixtapemaker Heartbreaker’ from 2002-2007, and then teamed up with Art (who had a show called ‘Your Saxophone is My Guitar’ for a number of years). We’ve been hosting ”Clean Yr Room” since 2007 and love every dumb minute of it.”
Day Job: Student.
Home Town: Willingboro/Cherryville/All over New Jersey.
Listening to now: “Slutever, F*cked Up, ‘Allo Darling, The Ettes, Thin Lizzy. The Futureheads cover of Kate Bush’s ”Hounds of Love” makes me want to be in that band. So much fun! Oh
yeah, and a friend bought me Paul & Linda McCartney’s “Ram” for my birthday and I can’t take it off my turntable. It is perpetually playing in my head. When you are talking to me, I am hearing the hook for “Eat At Home” in my head.”
Favorite summer food: Gin and Tonic.
Reading now: “Girls Like Us” by Sheila Weller. An interesting look at feminism in the 70s and the music industry as viewed through the experience of Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon. Also, ”Something in the Air: Radio, Rock, and the Revolution That Shaped a Generation” By Marc Fisher. (Written by a former WPRB DJ!) An in-depth look at the history of radio and the movers and shakers who defined each major development.
Favorite city visited: Chicago.
Anything else?: “Little known WPRB trivia about our show: Fellow DJ Wilbo (‘The Clothesline’) sings and performs the opening theme song to our show. The song that follows is by the band Screaming Urge and it’s called ‘Homework’. We get a phone call about each of those songs every week.”