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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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