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The KWUR Blog – A Rennaisance

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Hello readers. T.G. Foist here.


We're making an effort to ressurect the blog – start checking back here for KWUR news (there will be plenty of it this semester) and random musings. This is something of a random musing, but first some quick KWUR newses:


– Spring programming is officially ON! Check to see what's happening for the next few months, and of course, tune in on our stream or 90.3 FM.


– Stack sessions are coming back! Stay tuned for more info.


Now on to the post. This is precipitated by today's news that the new My Bloody Valentine album is set to drop some time in the next few days. It's about time. I'm going to pretend that this latest bit of news is totally reliable, and ask: What are we supposed to listen to for the next 2-3 days until the album comes out (besides the KWUR stream)?


I think the answer is a KWUR-prescribed helping of shoegaze, while avoiding MBV at all costs. First, this regimen could help ease the massive level of disappointment that you might experience upon hearing the new album, which is probably the most anticipated album in the entire age of indie music. If it stinks, you can just put the old MBV stuff back on, and even have some new shoegaze artists for your consolation. Furthermore, checking out some of KWUR's favorite shoegaze might help expand your tastes beyond the narrow range of big-name shoegaze bands, who have a near-oligopolistic standing in the genre. Finally, there is something about shoegaze that makes it fit in very well with the St. Louis spring, where you have those random bursts of 70-80 degree days. The basic features of shoegaze music (loudness, melodicism) complement the ecstatic sensory overload that I tend to associate with this type of weather.


Here are some of my favorites. I believe we have original physical copies of all of these albums in the station, too. Cool! Please comment with your own links and suggestions.


The Boo Radleys


The atmosphere of their music is a little lighter and airier than most shoegaze tends to be, but when they go into blister mode, they blister with the best.




All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors


One of the only shoegaze bands I've heard that can jangle, rock, bleep, bloop, and screech all in one song.




Sweet Trip


One album wonder (2003's Velocity:Design:Comfort), but the album is an amazing combination of modern electronics and shoegaze.






Basically everything they do is completely percussionless, slow, dense, and reverby.






Questionable combination of shoegaze and alt rock machismo. But often enough, they get it just right (hear: chorus of Duel).




mixed bag

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Luv N Haight released this compilation of rare 70s soul tracks by this dude Darondo, and we thank them for that.

The name really says it all. Cam sorta belongs to the downtempo genre, but this first album (both studio and live tracks) is really just some nice jazz/hip-hop stuff.

Funk, soul, psychedelic, etc. Love that album cover.

Some Instrumentals

Saturday, November 14th, 2009



Hi! Albums again!

Monday, September 28th, 2009
Been a while…

Some of my favorite beats ever. Large Professor producing and MCeeing here, plus two Toronto DJs, K-Cut and Sir Scratch. Large Pro is still very much around – he released two really good instrumental albums in the past couple of years.


Some might better know Kurious from his work with MF Doom here and there throughout the years, but this is definitely his finest work. Great production from The Beatnuts and SD-50s.

Round 3

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

I know at least one person is enjoying these, so here’s Round 3. For some reason, I happen to be posting 5 albums by MC duos (and also Jeru down there at the end).

Artifacts – Between A Rock And A Hard Place (1994)
This has to be one of my favorite albums of all time. Great production by Buckwild and T-Ray, and Tame-One and El Da Sensei are sick as hell (particularly Tame). Definitely check out their second album, That’s Them (1997).

Da King & I – Contemporary Jeep Music (1993)
Okay I’m gonna so far as to say this is probably the most underrated hip-hop album of all time, simply because it’s extremely good on all fronts and nobody talks about it, ‘ceptin for on this fabulous internet of ours I suppose. Coincidentally, as my brother once pointed out to me, this also has to be the lamest name for a hip-hop group of all time.

Das EFX – Hold It Down (1995)
Diggy Das’ third album gets less love than the first two, and I slept on it for a while, but it’s gotta be best. Great production by Easy Mo Bee, and Drayz and Books rip up the mic as usual.

Organized Konfusion – Organized Konfusion (1991)
You could pretty much go either way with this or their second album, Stress: The Extinction Agenda (1994), but it doesn’t matter because both of them prove that Pharoahe Monch is the BEST MC OF ALL TIME. In recent years Monch has been wasting his talent by singing like quasi-R&B crap with a backing band, but don’t be fooled. The dude is unbelievable. The beats here are nothing special, but Monch and Prince Po are the best rhyming duo ever recorded.

Heltah Skeltah – Nocturnal (1996)
More classic Boot Camp Clik. Ruck (Sean Price) and Rock (Rockness Monsta) are probably the best MCs in BCC, which is saying quite a bit. Just look at those little guys hanging upside down. Love it.

Jeru The Damaja – The Run Rises In The East (1994)
All I really can say is that Jeru is the man. DJ Premier produced the entire album (as with Wrath of the Math, 1996), and it’s probably his finest work.