Archive for November, 2013


Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
  • KWUR all-star Music Director and world music aficionado Henry Osman has compiled a list of 5 South American female rappers that everyone should hear! Check it out below:



    5. Miss Bolivia – Alta yama –


    Miss Bolivia, Buenos Aires’ premier underground cumbia-rap superstar (I know that’s an oxymoron), goes on what looks like a super-awesome road trip and dances on traintracks (safety first!). I’m jealous.


    4. Leidi Li- Mate a mi novio –


    This may sound like low quality beroom-rap, but Leidi Li is actually Li Saumet, Bomba Estéreo, one of the biggest bands to come out Colombia in the last few years. “Mate a mi novio” (I killed my boyfriend) lets Saumet shed her pop veneer and embrace the song’s hazy, almost intergalactic beat.


    3. Alika – Jengibre 0


    Gorgeously shot, Alika elevates the sparsely populated Argentine Northwest to a new level of cool; she breakdances on ancient ruins, salt flats, and mountain sides, wears some really cool sunglasses (1:24).


    2. Ana Tijoux – Shock –


    Tijoux’s had the most crossover success of all the raperas here, but she’s also the most overtly political. “Shock” highlights protesters and activists from around Chile, directly attacks both Pinochet’s legacy and the conservatism of the Catholic Church, and weaves in references to Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine,” which is the song’s namesake.

    1. Princesa- Más fuego –

    She is a princess, has a fucking face tattoo and “Más fuego” looks like the best block party ever. What else do I have to say?


Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, we talked with avant-garde genrebenders The Body (consisting of guitarist/noisemaker Chip King and drummer Lee Buford) after their incredible show at Apop Records. We were able to wrangle a list of songs out of them, ranging from gloomy post-punk to poppy folk. Check em out!


1. The Cure – 100 Years

2. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky

3. Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

4. Big Star – Daisy Glaze

5. Fleetwood Mac – Planets of the Universe (demo version)


Huge thanks to Chip and Lee for their time. The Body's excellent new record "Christs, Redeemers", is available via Thrill Jockey Records (!!) and can be purchased here. Stay tuned to Thought Forge Sundae to hear a full interview with The Body soon!

KWUR DJ’s performing with the St. Louis Chamber Chorus last Sunday

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Besides having shows at KWUR, it's not always known that several KWUR DJ's each year participate in the larger musical life of the Wash. U. and St. Louis community, through performing with various groups.  This past Sunday was one of those cases, with the concert by the St. Louis Chamber Chorus at United Hebrew Congregation in Creve Coeur, West County.  The Washington University Concert Choir and their director, Nicole Aldrich, were guest artists with the Chamber Chorus.  The WUCC sang one selection on its own, and joined the Chamber Chorus for 4 works.  The KWUR folks involved in this concert were Aine O'Connor, Charles Herrera, and past KWUR DJ Alex Luke in the choir, and guest violinist Jonathan Karp.  The review of the concert from the St. Louis Post Dispatch is here.  Well done to all.


The Wash. U. Concert Choir is giving a concert at Graham Chapel on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 PM.  The program includes the one work that they sang on their own at the Chamber Chorus concert, "Barechu" by Salamone Rossi.  Please show your support for fellow KWUR DJ's, the Concert Choir, and classical music at Wash. U. by attending this concert.


Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

This week is KWUR Hustle Week, our annual fund-raising drive!  Radio isn’t cheap so we have to ask you, our listeners, to please donate so we can continue providing the quality programming you enjoy. KWUR is one of the last remaining independent and fully student managed stations in the country.  Our freeform format allows students to Boldy Go Where No Station Has Gone Before. If you care about KWUR and enjoy the programming we provide everyday, please consider donating!

To donate any amount to the station, you can call the station to pledge at (314) 935-5952. DJs will be manning the phones most hours from 9:00 AM to midnight through Saturday to take your pledges.You can also now donate online, check out the "Get Involved" section on our website for instructions.

Here are the gifts available in exchange for your donations this year:

$10: A special acrostic CD, personalized to your name

$25: KWUR T-shirt


$50:  Custom KWUR Sweatshirt

$100: name part of station after you for an entire year

$150: custom station ID

$300: We will dedicate a day of programming of your choosing to you

Also, we will have our annual All Night Broadcast this Thursday. Tune in between 8 PM on Thursday and 8 AM on Friday to hear special programming throughout the evening from KWUR DJs.

Support college radio! We are thankful for any and all contributions that you decide to make.

Spotlight: The Hobosexuals

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Check out this awesome backwoods local folk band! The Hobosexuals are St. Louis natives and recorded their 2012 debut album in Columbia, MO. The album, “No Bull Honky, Just Honky Tonky,” reminds us of just why we love Missouri. Listening to this album is like a relaxing drive through the farmlands of the Midwest to a barn-raising hoedown! Banjos, washboards, and loose folk harmonies, all recorded in a homey, casual style, will leave you feeling right at home as you listen. Meanwhile, the lyrics of these songs tell stories of anarchy, of love, and of day to day struggles. Join these outlaws and bar flies and, if you like them, catch them performing live at venues around St. Louis frequently!

Recommended Tracks:
“Pigs,” “I Ain’t Takin’ You Home Tonight,” “Mean Jean,” “Gettin’ Robbed (a true story”

Download their album here: