Archive for January, 2009

According to Fleet Foxes, The World is Choking on Gas Fumes

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Addressing rumors that Fleet Foxes had signed to Virgin Records, Robin Pecknold softly explained, “Fleet Foxes will never, ever, under no circumstances, from now until the world chokes on gas fumes, sign to a major label. This includes all subsidiaries or permutations thereunder. Till we die.” Fleet Foxes are signed to Sub Pop Records. Warner has owned 49% of Sub Pop since 1995. Warner is a major label.


Merriweather Post Pavilion

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Already heralded with reviews calling it the best album of the year, album of the decade, etc, Animal Collective have hit some kind of heavenly balance with this new album. No Avey Tare yelps on this record– much more similar to Panda Bear’s solo work. Catchy, layered without becoming overloaded (or overloading), beautiful melodies and harmonies. I read today that they’ve described themselves as “Electronic music made with traditional instruments” and that really helps me get them, as well as realizing their roots in freak-folk (as unfortunate as that term is). They combine texture and lyrics and electronic shimmer into songs that are both jubilant and sad, minor-key without being downers. Lyrics touch on mature themes, just like all the blogs are telling you– yes, My Girls is about wanting to buy a house. I’m a sucker for finding beautiful in the ordinary, and AC are masters of just that. Spin Spin Spin!

Recommended tracks: In the Flowers, My Girls, Summertime Clothes, No More Runnin, Brother Sport

Subversive Cinema: NFB of Canada Online Archives

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The National Film Board of Canada was founded in 1939 in part as a way to distribute World War II propaganda throughout the Great White North, but went on to become a bastion for experimental animation, “socially relevant documentaries” and other film projects “which provoke discussion and debate on subjects of interest to Canadian audiences and foreign markets.”

Sadly, this government agency which supported so many significant avant-garde filmmakers and animators has been subject to countless budget cuts and department closures over the last 15 years.

However, recently the NFB created a great “online screening room” for your free web-based viewing pleasure. Many of these films haven’t been so easy to find (on video at least), so this is a pretty big deal. Below are some of my favorites…

Norman McLaren’s Neighbors (1952)

Arthur Lipsett’s 21-87 (1964)

Jacques Drouin’s Mindscape (1976)

Robert Kennedy’s I’ve Never Had Sex… (2007)

No doubt countless more films are waiting to be discovered…
(Thanks to the Arthur Magazine Blog for the heads up about this new website)



Monday, January 26th, 2009


from the Music Maker website:

James Arthur “Boo” Hanks is an acoustic blues guitarist with roots in the Piedmont string band and blues traditions who began 75 years ago. He saved money for his first guitar by selling packets of garden seeds, picking out the same old-time songs he heard his father playing after long days in the tobacco field. As a young man in the 1940s, Hanks earned pocket change playing guitar at barn dances with his cousins accompanying him on mandolin and spoons. His rich musical repertoire reflects his multiethnic heritage (his ancestors were white, African American, Ocinneechee Indian and family folklore believes they are descendants of Abraham Lincoln’s mother Mary Hanks.) Today, Boo Hanks lives in Virgilina, Virginia, just over the North Carolina border a stone throw from the rolling hills where he was born. Drawing from the deep musical well of his region, Boo Hanks showcases his virtuosity in the driving time and delicate finger-style guitar of the classic Piedmont Blues made famous by Blind Boy Fuller.
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KWUR does slam poetry – "I am Socrates…"

Monday, January 26th, 2009

“…with Plato pulling at my puppet strings. GET IN THE FUCKING CAVE!”
-Aaron Samuels

KWUR audioservice joined forces with WU-Slam, WUSTL’s slam poetry club, to bring their “Grand Slam” to the St. Louis community. Cats showed up from all places in all ages to see poets take the stage and compete for spots on the slam team headed for nationals. Everyone gathered in the Danforth University Center for this chill event. We will rebroadcast parts of the event over the air during safe-harbor hours. The full audio file is hueg (3 hours of audio), so I can’t host it here unless I split it 10 times, so we’ll keep you posted when its fully available. In the meantime, here are some pictures of the KWUR banner flying high taken with YASCOAP (Yet Another Shitty Camera On A Phone).

Improvised Tech booth above the stage (yeah we had set up backwards :P). We plugged into the house sound system and blasted Mos Def, Sage Francis, Haiku D’etat, !!!, and others (playlist below) for the staff and students alike. We also figured out and fixed the soundsystem problems since the university admins were having saturation issues with it. Three words: check your preamp! Good thing they had compressors…

Main event coming together

In progress with glorious lights and sound. Also, full house!

Needless to say, the slam was great success. Dave and I were surprised by the amount of non-fictional writing by the poets (at least 5 intensely personal verses). After the show, a bunch of people came up to us asking what we played. One dude named Focus (I shit you not, gentle reader) told us we blew his mind with our selection. I wish Focus had a picture of the Dilated Peoples poster he described to me. Mabye it looked something like this:

but wall sized? Who knows. Anyway, here’s our playlist in no particular order:

!!! – Pardon my freedom
Aesop Rock – 1000 Deaths
Cut Chemist – the Garden
Cut Chemist – What’s the Altitude
Cut Chemist – Spat
Madvillian – America’s Most Blunted
Gang Starr – Skills
Mos Def – Do It Now
Mod Def – Mathematics
Haiku D’etat – Mike, Aaron & Eddie
Jedi Mind Tricks – Animal Rap (Feat Kool G Rap)
Jedi Mind Tricks – Nada Cambia
Menahan Street Band – Make the Road By Walking
Poets of Rhythm – Smilin’
Jurassic 5 –
Dilated Peoples – Self Defence
Dilated Peoples – Expansion Team Theme
Zion I – Kharma
Zion I – Bird’s Eye View
DJ Shadow – Organ Doner
Binary Star – Masters of the Universe
Aceyalone with RJD2 – Moore
Aceyalone with RJD2 – All For U
Force of Nature, Nujabes, Fat Jon – Nightshift (That’s right – motherfucking Samurai Champloo)
Tsuchie – Vagrancy (also off Samurai Champloo OST)
Sage Francis – Different
Rob Swift – Shady Beats
Jamie Lidell – Multiply
Zap Mama – Ndje Mukanie
Tower of Power – I Got The Chop
Tower of Power – Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)
The Capitols – Cool Jerk
Beck – Earthquake Weather
Booker T and the MGs – Green Onions
Seeed – What You Deserve Is What You Get
Robert Plant and Alison Kraus – Fortune Teller
Thomas Newman – Dead Already (from American Beauty)
Soweto Kinch – Good Nyooz
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Sage Francis – Strange Famous Mullet Remover

As always, KWUR DJ’s are happy to hold class in fine listening 🙂

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