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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 http://kwur.com/schedule/ 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.

 

 

 

Lovliescrushing

 

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

 

 

 

Swervedriver

 

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

 

 

 

Some ‘Best Of’ Nonsense

Thursday, May 6th, 2010
EDAN – BEAUTY AND THE BEAT (2005)

I guess I’m a few months late to the best-of-the-decade superlative party, but fuck it. In the aughts hip-hop got soggy as shit – the music hit the mainstream like never before, and it definitely suffered because of it. However that’s not to say there wasn’t a lot of great output in the last decade, and we saw great albums from the likes of Binary Star, Ghostface, Mr. Lif, and particularly groups outta California like Blackalicious, Jurassic 5, People Under the Stairs, and the whole Stones Throw stable of artists. But then we also saw the rise of Edan, a triple-threat MC/DJ/producer from Boston. I don’t know if his second album Beauty and the Beat is the “best” album from the last ten years, but I certainly think it’s the “coolest.” Edan is a very good MC, and he scratches well too, but the production on this album is just insane. Boiled down to a few words, this is “psychedelic hip-hop,” which I of course mean in the best way possible. This is innovative stuff: he successfully meshes hip-hop with something reminiscent of a Krautrock sound and maybe like early Funkadelic’s trippy rock. Running only 34 minutes, it flows together beautifully. If there’s any justice, this’ll go down as a classic.

A taste:

Miracles…damn….

Thursday, April 15th, 2010
DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK – HOW IT SHOULD SOUND VOL. 1 & 2

This is a collection of previously unreleased instrumental beats from Washington D.C. producer Damu the Fudgemunk.

In my opinion, this is the best hip-hop producer to emerge in the last couple of years. (I say that in terms of straight-up hip-hop beats, as opposed to more hybridized hip-hop forms, like you see in guys like Flying Lotus.) This man continues the finest traditions of crate digging, layering dope soul/funk/jazz samples with all the technical skill of Pete Rock or Premier. His beats are absolutely good enough to be listened to as instrumentals, the sign of any truly dope producer, and are intricate enough to keep you listening and not come off as repetitive. In addition to all the really dusty samples, he has the unique talent of taking recognizable samples used by his 90s predecessors and flipping them in totally new ways. So you get that “oh shit, I know that!” factor but it’s still very fresh at the same time. For some reason, Damu hasn’t absolutely exploded in the underground. (I asked Sadat X if he knew this guy, and we was like “Damon Fudge-who?” and I was like that’s really depressing.) Changing his lame-ass name would certainly be a good start towards fame.

A taste:

Together At Last

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
WU-TANG VS. THE BEATLES (2010)

I don’t know who this Tom Caruana character, is but he puts Danger Mouse’s “Grey Album” to shame.

Some Instrumentals

Saturday, November 14th, 2009
THE PRUNES – TRACKS FROM THE DARKSIDE (1996)

EL MICHELS AFFAIR – ENTER THE 37TH CHAMBER (2009)
FAT JAZZY GROOVES VOLUMES 11 & 12 (1996)