KWUR and sort-of rival KSLU (of Saint Louis University) met recently to duke it out for the title of 2007 Saint Louis College Radio Champion of the World. On a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon, the teams met at Tower Grove Park for this semi-annual event. KWUR, who “brought the heat” more plentifully (We had 13 team members to KSLU’s 7), took an early lead, ending the first inning with an 8-1 lead. The seven-inning game continued as such, ending with a 15-3 victory for the ragtag KWUR team. KWUR will soon be the holders of the Homer Simpson doll kickball trophy.
Better luck next year, SLU
TEAM KWUR back row: Leah, Claire, Milstein, Evan, Andrew Schneiderman, Turner, Mansoor’s head, Steven, Kinsley, Sarah front row: Anna, Mikey, Andrew Senter
While Hermano Rabbit, Craig, and Dan Kandy are getting cozy in the Holiday Inn, I figured I’d give you guys an update of what’s going on here at CMJ. On Thursday, we went to a couple panels, and learned how to make KWUR the best station in the world (don’t change a damn thing) before having a totally surreal hour or so. Over at the World’s Fair showcase, we saw Stardeath and the White Dwarfs, Tiny Masters of Today, and 1990’s – and John Norris. Tiny Masters of Today, the band consisting of 13-year-old Ivan, his 11-year-old sister Ada, and Russell Simins, put on a decent set, but ended it with a cover of House of Pain’s classic “Jump Around.” Ivan, finally without guitar, went all out and wound up sprawled out on the stage, covered in sweat. If I could have done something like that when I was 13, I would have been the happiest kid alive, so congratulations Ivan. After they were done, Craig, the eagle-eye, spotted John Norris of MTV News, so we went over and shot the shit with him for a few minutes. Then, right before the 1990’s came on, we talked to Kim and Seana, two actresses filming a webshow about two girls who go to all sorts of music festivals. They brought their own camera crew and made sure there was a clear path for them to be filmed, right at the front of the crowd. So as they “rocked out,” the 1990’s put on a great show. It was high-energy and lots of fun, but the real question is why they went on so early. After a few more drinks (for us), they would have been even better.
The beneficiary of more drinks (but not that many) was the Toronto band Golden Dogs. In a crowded Mo Pitkin’s, they put on an amazing show that forced us to ask someone from Yep Roc to send us their CD.
Yesterday, we saw a bunch of bands at the Fanatic party, including Afuche and Old Time Relijun before momentarily splitting up. As the Holiday Inners saw some hip-hop over in Williamsburgh, I (along with the KSLU girls) ran from the Lower East Side to Park Slope to see Turbofruits. Of course, they were great, and if you didn’t know them before, you should go check them out because I can not do them justice. Back in the Lower East Side, and reunited with KWUR, we saw Pattern Is Movement, who were great, but ended up being right before the showstealers in Yeasayer. Watch out for Yeasayer. They consider themselves “Middle Eastern-Psych-Pop-Snap-Gospel,” but if you’re like me and don’t really know what that means, just take my word for it: they were awesome.
Some bands that I wish I had seen are O’Death, Black Kids (who also were showstealers, according to allmusic, Pitchfuck, and a text message I got), Japanther, Health, and Vampire Weekend. On the docket for today, maybe, is more Yeasayer, Clockcleaner, Professor Murder, Matt and Kim, and of course, the St. Louis showcase from 8-10. Come check it out if you’re in New York, and if you’re not, stay tuned for more updates.
I thought I would start a new “feature” here on the good ‘ol KWUR Blog about new “Subversive Cinema” DVD releases.
Subversive films “attempt to undermine existing institutions or value systems“. “The subversive attacks something in control and wishes to replace it by what does not yet exist and has as yet no power“. (Amos Vogel – Film as a Subversive Art)
Luckily October features a slew of nice subversive DVD releases, lets check some out…
The Films of Kenneth Anger, Volume 2 (October 2 – Fantoma Films)
Kenneth Anger is one of the leading American avant-garde filmmakers, who also blew shit up with the publication of Hollywood Babylon which detailed all the juicy gossip of Hollywood pre-1950. These brilliant restorations continue where volume 1 left off. Essential for any basic subversive collection. [Note: Puce Moment, found on Volume 1, was screened during KWUR Week 2007 Movie Night]
Included are Scorpio Rising (1964), Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969), Rabbit’s Moon (1979 version), Lucifer Rising (1981).
Battleship Potemkin (1926, Sergei Eisenstein, USSR) (October 23 – Kino International)
This is a newly restored 2-disc “ultimate edition” which includes a 5.1 mix of the originally specified score (with a 55 piece orchestra) and restored intertitles. Considered one of the best films of all time (a Film 101 necessity), this film glorifies the story of a 1905 battleship crew who overthrew their oppressive tsarist captains.
O Lucky Man! (1973, Lindsay Anderson, UK) (October 23 – Warner Home Video)
Another 2-disc “Special Edition” with star Malcolm McDowell (think Clockwork Orange) providing commentary. This film, an “allegory life in a capitalist society” is the sequel to 1969’s If… (also recently released on Criterion).
Finally one of the most important films of all time (Goddard’s first) gets a proper 2-disc Criterion Collection release. At first look, this films seems rather conventional, which speaks to its influence on modern cinema. The films tells the “irrelevant” story of a French gangster by ingeniously purging all the conventional Hollywood norms.
Paradise Now (1970, Marty Topp) (November 1 – Arthur Magazine)
This limited edition DVD (of 1000) is Arthur Magazine’s (now back!) second DVD release, following Ira Cohen’s Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda. The film is the definitive document of a 1968 performance by the experimental theatre group “The Living Theatre” in Brussels. [Note: Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda was screened during KWUR Week 2007 Movie Night]
All these films are mentioned in some way in Amos Vogel’s exhaustive landmark study, Film as a Subversive Art (originally published in 1974 – now back in print!)
Last night, I went to see Mike Reiss (left, Simpsonized as Mr. Bergstrom, a character voiced by Dustin Hoffman), a long time writer on The Simpsons, speak at Graham Chapel. While he was very funny, it really saddened me that he still thinks The Simpsons is as great as it was during the first few seasons. The show has been a giant cop out over the last few years. I tried to ask him a question about why the show has chosen to resolve long running gags, such as the location of Springfield and Smithers’ homosexuality, and he looked at me like I was a huge douchebag. Maybe I am, but the show is pretty fucking awful now, and as a loyal fan, the new episodes are now just too painful to watch.