Archive for the ‘stack sessions’ Category

STACK SESSIONS: REBOOT

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Hey all –

stack sessions is back and out of beta! we have a couple of new staff members workin’ real hard to bring all sorts of live music to the masses via the KWUR studios. Here’s what’s set up so far:

February 8: Theodore
February 12: Two Man Gentlemen Band
February 13: Generationals
February 20: Title Tracks

and there’s more to come….

OH YEAH DON’T FORGET KWUR Week is coming, too. Check below for the details, okay.

STACK SESSIONS: ELSINORE

Monday, November 30th, 2009

It’s been awhile, I guess, and we’ve got a huge backlog of interviews/in-studios, which will hopefully see the light of day soon. No better place to start, I think, than a session we did with Elsinore a few weeks ago. These guys have been touring around the Midwest for awhile now, bringing tidings of pretty, thoughtful pop. Also, dig the vocals – phenomenal. This is one of my favorite recordings, so grab a few mp3s from the session below:

The Wooden Houses
Body Of Water
Evens
Breathing Light

STACK SESSIONS – TOM RUSSELL

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

A couple weeks ago Tom Russell stopped by the station before his show at Off Broadway.

We talked about: the state of modern radio, Leonard Cohen’s “There is a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in” and how that applies to shamelessly broadcasting dusty vinyl, fanbase interactions, The Blogosphere, the edginess of Juarez and the borderland, edginess, Dylan, Bukowski, machismo, “insurgent country,” the kinship between songwriting and painting that excludes poetry, art, REAL SONGS, “New Folk,” “insurgent country,” Andy Warhol, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Willem de Kooning, Mt. Olive, IL, Mother Jones, Merle Travis’ “Dark as a Dungeon” and “Sixteen Tons” & a whole bunch of other subjects that did, as you might expect, include other famous names, but also other things.

For all you KWUR loverboys–TR name-dropped us at Off Broadway that night, citing “graffiti on the walls and DJs sleeping on the floor,” that anecdote meandering to the oblique conclusion “America still exists inside used book stores and on the faces of Amish women” (which I believe he credited as a Lenny Bruce paraphrase). This was a sit-down Off Broadway show and the KDHX sponsorship unsurprisingly ensured the joint was brimming with blue hairs appalled at having to wait in line on Lemp before the doors opened. Great show – the man clearly thrives under the spotlight and his on-stage charisma surpasses his studio delivery (not to undercut the albums). I especially dug an extended version of TR’s Dave Van Ronk monologue and the included phlegmy DVR impersonations: “shut up and listen to this goddamn song!” and the clever but somewhat meaningless banter introducing “Criminologist,” centering around the “New Folk” heroes and their high voices. “Navajo Rug” encore brought down the house (in a staid, sitdownshow sense, natch).

listen to the whole things right here

STACK SESSIONS – THEODORE

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Last night Justin Kinkel-Schuster – lead-singer and songwriter for local band Theodore – stopped in, played some songs and talked some talk. We discussed his band’s recent label-signing, his recent RFT awards for “best male vocalist” and “best country (alternative),” George Hamilton IV’s “Abilene”, “high-voiced New Folk heroes,” rock operas, and probably some other things. I’ll be broadcasting the interview live on the airwaves (@90.3 fm/kwur.com) at 7 or 8pm (central time, natch), but if you wanna check out the songs right now, give a listen below. Perhaps most importantly, Theodore will be performing tonight at Off Broadway with Samantha Crain and it promises to be a blockbuster humdinger bonanza mindblower so, you know, keep that in mind. Hopefully we’ll get the full band in the studio some time soon.

Theodore – Death’s Head

Theodore – I Won’t Be a Stranger

Theodore – Abilene

STACK SESSIONS: THE BOOKS

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

(photo courtesy thebooksmusic.com)

Earlier this week, Thomas chatted with Nick and Paul of The Books, who will be playing the Luminary Center for the Arts on September 20th (that’s this Sunday, y’all). They discussed how and where the two find their samples, the impact of geography and hypnotherapy on their music, and hell, THE NATURE OF MUSIC ITSELF. An interesting and enlightening interview, which you can download RIGHT HERE.