Archive for June, 2009

Looking Back: Eulogies + Bad Veins Interviews

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

A couple of months ago, then-promotions director Amanda and I sat down and had a conversation with Eulogies and Bad Veins when they came through town. We recorded both interviews and, like many interviews with KWUR (coughNirvanacough), they sat on a dusty hard drive (mine) for months before someone (me) even thought about letting them see the light of day. My laziness aside, I finally got around to editing the audio and now present them to you, faithful readers, for your listening pleasure:

Eulogies Interview

We and guitarist/vocalist Peter Walker discuss their new record “Here Anonymous,” the Twitter phenomenon, and Scrabble. Also he tells us we are great, and we return the compliment.

Bad Veins Interview

Ben, Sebastien, Amanda and I discuss just about everything. Highlights include: how they’re going to name the new record, crazy shows, and their invention company.

(both interviews took place at an Imo’s, hence the background noise).

((oh yeah, I’m sitting on a bunch of other interviews – Vivian Girls, Cut Off Your Hands, Meat Puppets – which I want to get out soon. I won’t promise anything because if I do it’ll probably never get done. But keep your eyes peeled))

Sonic Adult

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Sonic Youth’s 16th studio album, The Eternal, drops on Tuesday.

Not including the wonderful SYR series, it’ll be their first full-length indie label release since 1988′s now classic Daydream Nation (as recognized by the Library of Congress National Recording Registry).

If you were lucky enough (or really just had the disposable cash-money) to pre-order from Matador, you’ll get a nifty bonus LP from their free/WFMU sponsored July 4th NYC concert from last summer. It’s a good one.

And finally, I’ll be the first to admit this is pretty great:

Even better: Letterman on 6/10:

Jon Hardy & The Public

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

So we’ll be going live with JH&TP pretty soon (6PM CST), and in the process of getting ready for the interview, I stumbled upon this:

Little Criminals from Jon Hardy & The Public on Vimeo.

The song is a cover of Randy Newman’s Little Criminals, and the video is one of the most visually arresting things I have seen in quite some time. Be sure we’ll be talking about that, among other things. So….. tune in!

In 25 years, will they make music with Wiis?

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Meet Anamanaguchi. Here’s how they describe themselves: “Anamanaguchi makes loud, fast music with a hacked NES from 1985.” Here’s what Oh My Rockness has to say: “Guitarist/Programmer Peter Berkman hacks into an original Nintendo and manipulates its sound chip to create, along with Ary Warnaar and James DeVito, some of the catchiest and most delightful rock-outs you’ll hear.” My goal for the summer now is to see them live, but you can listen for yourself here. Or better yet, watch.

Anamanaguchi – Sting Operation
(MP3 via 8bitpeoples)

DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

KWUR WILL BE GIVING AWAY TICKETS TO THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN, THE #1 WORLDWIDE OUTSIDER BLUES FESTIVAL

CEDELL DAVIS IS COMING OUT OF HIS NURSING HOME RETIREMENT TO PLAY THE SHOW

ALSO: ELMO WILLIAMS AND HEZEKIAH EARLY – PROBABLY THE BEST BLUES DUO ALIVE – ARE GONNA BE THERE

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