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Shortcuts to Internet Millions

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Thanks for listening to KWUR and supporting the station during Hustle Week! Here, as a gift from me to you, is the DJ Invisible Cola hustle week 2009 mix, titled Shortcuts to Internet Millions. The title came from an infomercial for a book that our music director Kenny and I saw late one night.

Tits & Clits – Fist of Steel

Snob Scrilla – Heartbreak Scorsese (’96 Bulls Remix)

Chromeo – Tenderoni (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Guns ‘n’ Bombs – Riddle of Steel (Classixx Version)

The Count & Sinden – African Chant

Zombie Disco Squad – Eurovision (Mowgli Remix)

Oh Snap – Everyone’s a DJ

Don Diablo – Black Heat

Tonka – Website (Malente Re-Edit)

Fantastadon – Anesthesiologist

Brian Cox – Let’s Go to Work (Clockwork Remix)

The Shoes – Knockout

34 Years of Debauchery

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Last night some devoted DJs stayed up all night, broadcasting continuously from 8 pm to 6 am. For the final 3 hours, we counted down with a song from each year since KWUR’s founding in 1976, right up to 2009. Decisions were made by committee so don’t blame me if you don’t like the selections.

Year Artist Song Album
1976 Ramones Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue Ramones
1977 Television Marquee Moon Marquee Moon
1978 Mars 11,000 volts Mars 78
1979 Buzzcocks Orgasm Addict Singles Going Steady
1980 Devo Girl U Want Freedom of Choice
1981 Black Flag TV Party Damaged
1982 Dead Kennedys Bleed for Me Plastic Surgery Disasters
1983 New Order Age of Consent Power Corruption Lies
1984 Minutemen This Ain’t No Picnic Double Nickels on The Dime
1985 The Smiths The Headmaster Ritual Meat is Murder
1986 Slayer Raining Blood Reign in Blood
1987 Big Black Fish Fry Songs About Fucking
1988 Public Enemy Bring the Noise It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
1989 Nirvana Negative Creep Bleach
1990 Sonic Youth Tunic (Song for Karen) Goo
1991 My Bloody Valentine When You Sleep Loveless
1992 Eric B and Rakim Don’t Sweat the Technique Don’t Sweat the Technique
1993 Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
1994 Pavement Cut Your Hair Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
1995 Yo La Tengo Straight Down to the Bitter End Electr-o-pura
1996 DJ Shadow Building Steam With a Grain of Salt Endtroducing
1997 Radiohead Electioneering OK Computer
1998 Neutral Milk Hotel Holland, 1945 In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
1999 Aphex Twin Windowlicker Windowlicker
2000 New Pornographers Mass Romantic Mass Romantic
2001 Daft Punk Harder Better Faster Stronger Discovery
2002 Wilco Heavy Metal Drummer Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2003 White Stripes Black Math Elephant
2004 Death From Above 1979 Turn It Out You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine
2005 Sufjan Stevens John Wayne Gacy, Jr. Illinois
2006 Man Man Engrish Bwudd Six Demon Bag
2007 Animal Collective Winter Wonderland Strawberry Jam
2008 No Age Sleeper Hold Nouns
2009 The Almighty Defenders All My Loving Almighty Defenders


Saturday, July 25th, 2009

If you’re into dance music, you’re aware that the sounds of disco and electro are starting to get over-saturated with too many artists and remixers all treading over the same ground, and that rhythmic traditions like Dubstep and Kuduro are taking over a share of the dance floor real estate (big acts like Major Lazer and Buraka Som Sistema for example.)

Enter Zombie Disco Squad, two London DJs breaking out of the mold with a fresh sound that just has to be heard to appreciate – house, african rhythms, and haunting melodies combine to create something I can’t quite put my finger on. At first glance, these guys would appear to be a couple of electro hipsters with big neon sunglasses, a funny band name, and who cite808 kickdrums and disco hand claps” as influences on their myspace page. But on the same page, they say they’re not into people jumping onto the disco “bandwagon” and say they are against the bloghouse and new-rave phenomena associated with the world of electro/disco. Let’s have a listen, shall we?

Here’s their track Straight Boy, and make sure to wait until the synth horns come in halfway through. This is some tribal King Arthur house music shit right here.

For another solid track try Eurovision (Mowgli remix).
It’s immensely mix-able, and shows up in this set by the Sick
Girls, for example:

They have a few singles out and will be touring the US in
October, so watch for big things from these guys.

Road trip radio report: shout-out to KRCL 90.9 Salt Lake City

Monday, May 25th, 2009

It’s memorial day weekend, the start of summer, and while many of you are having fun in St. Louis many more of you are roaming the earth in search of fun and success. I myself just drove from STL to SF, via I-80 through Wyoming, Utah and Nevada, ending up in Berkeley. For music along the way I mostly stuck to the trusty ipod car adapter, but when we got to Salt Lake City my girlfriend started scanning the dial just to see what was on. I must admit, I was expecting nothing but Mormon Tabernacle stations and other wholesome fare, but to the left of the dial I was pleasantly surprised to hear a deep cut from Cut Copy, followed by a track from Van She. Australian indie-dance in Salt Lake City?? Lo and behold I was listening to KRCL 90.9, SLC’s community supported radio station. I called in and talked to the DJ, who as it turns out was subbing for “Emily” who normally did a show at that time. After we hung up, they dedicated the next song to me (Royksopp’s single Happy Up Here.) I was referred to as “the Wash U guy.” Awesome!

Check ’em out: