Archive for September, 2008


Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Hey folks,

Tune in for KWUR’s homemade debate coverage. We’ve got a panel of Washington University Political Review folks and special guests, and KWUR madmen broadcasting live from the madhouse of Spin Alley. Pre-debate stuff starts around 7, post-debate stuff starts when, you know, the debate ends (Flyer says 10, but think more 9:30).

Fact: Unlike Fox News, KWUR’s debate team has no convicted felons.


Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Oh, it is catching. Please tune in to us (90.3 FM,, channel 21 on your campus cable) or to WUTV (channel 22 on your campus cable) at 8 tomorrow to hear our contribution to the rabid election mania that is setting this campus ablaze. Our very own, David Rheinstrom, will be hosting the Warm Bucket Special, chatting it up about “what is VP?”, “Palin: O RLY?” and “Biden can has cheezburger?” with Professor Steven S. Smith, Kate M. Gregg Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy and Greg Allen, the editor-in-chief of the Washington University Political Review.

Fun fact: unlike MSNBC, no one on KWUR/WUTV’s election team is a half-crazed syphilitic.


Raucous Rock ‘n’ Roll Fights, Volume 1

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Sub Pop Singles Club: August

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Recently, everyone’s favorite Seattle institution, Sub Pop records, re-established their well known singles club to celebrate their 20 anniversary. For $75, 1500 lucky subscribers will receive a special 7inch 45rpm record every month for one year. I’ll review them all right here on the KWUR Blog.

The now sold out series started in August with our favorite California psychedelic doom band, OM.

“Gebel Barkal” b/w “(Version)”

OM formed from the ashes of the rhythm section of stoner rock band, Sleep. Featuring just bass and drums, OM delivers the right mix of heavy slow rhythms and soothing psychedelic chants. This release is the first with new drummer, Emil Amos.

“Gebel Barkal” doesn’t deviate too much from that formula, which is a good thing – it’s perfect for throwing on the turntable for a quick (four minute) light-up.

But, the real jem here is the B-side, “(Version)”. “(Version)”, quite simply, is a “dub remix” of the A-side. The reverb has been turned up slightly, some delay added, and a few fancier drum fills thrown in, for an even smoother psychdelic dub jam.

I have no clue what Sub Pop has in store for September (that’s part of the fun), but it should be arriving in my mailbox soon. However, we have been promised that within the next 11 releases, we should at least see material from: Unnatural Helpers, Tyvek, Black Mountain, Black Lips, Arthur & Yu, Mika Miko, Blues Control, and Notwist. Of course, some surprises should be in store as well.


Community Programming

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

We’ve got a few special programs on the schedule, done by folks from the greater Wash U community, that I’d like to draw your attention to.

Tuesdays 6:30-7:00 – Kemper Art Waves

Every other Tuesday, join curators and friends from the Kemper as they discuss art and kulcha. This Tuesday, Dr. Meredith Malone discussed the exhibit “The Birth Of The Cool”, opening this Friday at the Kemper. In two weeks, Kemper Art Waves will return with an interview of a musicologist specializing in Miles Davis.


Fridays 6:30 – 7:00 – Cadenza Radio

Tune in on Fridays to hear the editors of Cadenza, Student Life’s arts and entertainment section, hold forth on movies of all sizes and shapes. Last Friday, they reviewed “Burn After Reading” and commented on Moolah’s midnight showing of “Shawn Of The Dead”. This week, WHO KNOWS? You can get the fancy shmancy podcast on Stud Life’s website.


Also coming to the community airwaves: The Writing Program (soon to wednesdays from 2 to 3, featuring readings of Writing Program and guest writers, as well as interviews), and who knows, maybe SU?

If you are a community group (whether Wash U or the greater St. Louis area), and you are interested in getting on the air, please shoot me an email at gm[at] There are still a few open slots, and I’d be happy to show you the ropes and make it happen.