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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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Monotonix Eentarveeeww

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I had a quick chance to speak with Yonatan Gat, guitarist of Monotonix, after their show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (before security kicked us out). It was barely a minute (audio coming soon!). Here is a text preview:

Me: How would you want people to remember you in 30 years?
Yonatan: Rich and bald.

CMJ 2008 First Thoughts

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

What’s up everyone,
So, KWUR’s CMJ crew needed an inside man to get into 21+ shows. Apparently, besides DJ Meatface, I’m the only one over 21 on exec staff. This is indeed a disturbing universe.

Anyway, we arrived in town last night in time to catch the tail end of Thursday festivities. We went to Drom in hopes of catching some hip hop, especially if it’s hosted by dudes like Pharoh Monch. The bouncer said the event was 21+ since the venue wasn’t serving food (which would have made it 18+) – Dj DB, The Intern and Kenny bounced to get some food on a stick (NYC is awesome!). The only artist left on the bill at Drom was Empire ISIS, a female, North African (?) hip-hip/reggae MC who is in charge of so much testosterone on stage you’d think she manages gang bangs after her shows.

She had 3 male backup dancers, a drummer, bassist and DJ. Almost everyone was from a different country, which made the tracks interesting musically, and Empress Gangstress (as she is also known) engaged the audience well, as she is known as a good entertainer.

Ultimately, however, her performance fell flat, since Drom was thinly populated with people at the ends of their evenings. She tried hard to keep us from leaving, becoming “bored” performing her own songs. She also sounds like a cross between every female pop star’s voices combined with a little bit of extra mask to blast your face. I think she could either sound smoother and less forceful, or she should have more female members accompanying her on stage.

Her music varied from bouncy, active, party hip hop to a slow jam she dedicated to all the “gangstas” all over the world. Another track was about female solidarity and fighting for a woman’s right to party by her own rules. All around good message in her music, which was nice to hear compared to other female rappers who tell their listeners to bend over and get flexible for the next available cock.

A different message is welcome anywhere, and Empire ISIS is savvy, world educated (she’s lived many places and even biked through 7 countries – read her bio), and not afraid to do as she pleases. Given the venue (what the hell does Drom mean anyway?) and her growing maturity as an on-stage performer, I’d give her show last night a 6/10. She’s got good potential for the future (positive, emotional hip hop=win), but really needs to change her vocal sound. It is not attractive aurally, and probably strains her voice too.

Late Night Code Monkey Special: Listen to "Return of the Boom Bap" Mondays 1am-2am CST

Monday, October 13th, 2008

I don’t write to the blog often. When I am, it’s usually to show off megatrond on sourceforge, play up cool hardware upgrades (We just got new CD players – Tascam CD-O1U Pro ftw!) or archive old issues of Sample Magazine. Tonight, I’m just coding the night away and bobbing my head to “Return of the Boom Bap” hosted by our very own DJ Dapper Dan.

You all have to listen to this dope. ass. hip-hop show. You better ask somebody.

Tonight’s featured artists include:
The Roots
Handsome Boy Modeling School
Biz Markie
Young Zee
Top Quality
Da Ranjahz
Lordz of the Underground
Binary Star
De La Soul
D&D All Stars

Be sure to catch the show next week now that you know what kind of ill music this Dapper Dan plays!

Alas, you’d never have to worry about missing “Return of the Boom Bap” if our contracts let us stream archived shows…

SU General Budget Joint Session NOW!!! Listen at!

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Right now we are doing a live remote broadcast from the SU Budget joint session! Tune in now at to hear another live edition of SU-SPAN as treasury and senate explain what they plan to do with your student activities fund (besides give a good chunk of it back to Washington University).