FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, CURATED BY THE BODY

November 19th, 2013 by Arrrrrv

A couple of weeks ago, we talked with avant-garde genrebenders The Body (consisting of guitarist/noisemaker Chip King and drummer Lee Buford) after their incredible show at Apop Records. We were able to wrangle a list of songs out of them, ranging from gloomy post-punk to poppy folk. Check em out!

FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, curated by THE BODY:

1. The Cure – 100 Years

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSr0aeHYMSc

2. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjPqsDU0j2I

3. Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VerK4zwMRQw

4. Big Star – Daisy Glaze

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS6M80aY2KE

5. Fleetwood Mac – Planets of the Universe (demo version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcyIs2E7sp8

 

Huge thanks to Chip and Lee for their time. The Body's excellent new record "Christs, Redeemers", is available via Thrill Jockey Records (!!) and can be purchased here. Stay tuned to Thought Forge Sundae to hear a full interview with The Body soon!

KWUR DJ’s performing with the St. Louis Chamber Chorus last Sunday

November 16th, 2013 by George Y.

Besides having shows at KWUR, it's not always known that several KWUR DJ's each year participate in the larger musical life of the Wash. U. and St. Louis community, through performing with various groups.  This past Sunday was one of those cases, with the concert by the St. Louis Chamber Chorus at United Hebrew Congregation in Creve Coeur, West County.  The Washington University Concert Choir and their director, Nicole Aldrich, were guest artists with the Chamber Chorus.  The WUCC sang one selection on its own, and joined the Chamber Chorus for 4 works.  The KWUR folks involved in this concert were Aine O'Connor, Charles Herrera, and past KWUR DJ Alex Luke in the choir, and guest violinist Jonathan Karp.  The review of the concert from the St. Louis Post Dispatch is here.  Well done to all.

 

The Wash. U. Concert Choir is giving a concert at Graham Chapel on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 PM.  The program includes the one work that they sang on their own at the Chamber Chorus concert, "Barechu" by Salamone Rossi.  Please show your support for fellow KWUR DJ's, the Concert Choir, and classical music at Wash. U. by attending this concert.

ITS HUSTLE WEEK!!!

November 12th, 2013 by laurelmo

This week is KWUR Hustle Week, our annual fund-raising drive!  Radio isn’t cheap so we have to ask you, our listeners, to please donate so we can continue providing the quality programming you enjoy. KWUR is one of the last remaining independent and fully student managed stations in the country.  Our freeform format allows students to Boldy Go Where No Station Has Gone Before. If you care about KWUR and enjoy the programming we provide everyday, please consider donating!

To donate any amount to the station, you can call the station to pledge at (314) 935-5952. DJs will be manning the phones most hours from 9:00 AM to midnight through Saturday to take your pledges.You can also now donate online, check out the "Get Involved" section on our website for instructions.

Here are the gifts available in exchange for your donations this year:

$10: A special acrostic CD, personalized to your name

$25: KWUR T-shirt

 

$50:  Custom KWUR Sweatshirt

$100: name part of station after you for an entire year

$150: custom station ID

$300: We will dedicate a day of programming of your choosing to you

Also, we will have our annual All Night Broadcast this Thursday. Tune in between 8 PM on Thursday and 8 AM on Friday to hear special programming throughout the evening from KWUR DJs.

Support college radio! We are thankful for any and all contributions that you decide to make.

Spotlight: The Hobosexuals

November 11th, 2013 by robertmkapeller

Check out this awesome backwoods local folk band! The Hobosexuals are St. Louis natives and recorded their 2012 debut album in Columbia, MO. The album, “No Bull Honky, Just Honky Tonky,” reminds us of just why we love Missouri. Listening to this album is like a relaxing drive through the farmlands of the Midwest to a barn-raising hoedown! Banjos, washboards, and loose folk harmonies, all recorded in a homey, casual style, will leave you feeling right at home as you listen. Meanwhile, the lyrics of these songs tell stories of anarchy, of love, and of day to day struggles. Join these outlaws and bar flies and, if you like them, catch them performing live at venues around St. Louis frequently!

Recommended Tracks:
“Pigs,” “I Ain’t Takin’ You Home Tonight,” “Mean Jean,” “Gettin’ Robbed (a true story”

Download their album here:
http://youcanbeahobosexual.bandcamp.com

World Keeps Sinking: An interview with Northless + FIVE MORE SONGS TO LISTEN TO

October 10th, 2013 by Arrrrrv

Milwaukee's best sludge purveyors NORTHLESS just released a terrific new record, entitled "World Keeps Sinking". It's 60 minutes of pummeling, uncompromising metal, and we were fortunate enough to be able to ask guitarist/vocalist Erik Steinglein a few questions, as well as wrangle a segment of FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO out of him. 

KWUR: Can you introduce everyone who worked on "World Keeps Sinking"?

ES: Absolutely. I'm Erik, and I played guitar and did vocals. Nicholas Elert played guitars. John Gleisner played drums. Jerry Hauppa played bass guitar. The record was recorded by Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Studios, was mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, and was co-released by Cory von Bohlen (Halo of Flies Records) and Adam Bartlett (Gilead Media). Paul Jeffrey did the artwork. They worked on the record a ton (just not the music side), so I am including them.

 

KWUR: On this new record, your sound is tighter, and a little bit sludgier than your previous split with Light Bearer. How do you think your sound has changed, if at all?  

ES: I think the new record definitely shows more of our progressive influences. 90's math rock, and 70's prog rock are huge influences on us collectively. To play stuff like that, you have to play tightly, so I think that motivated us to shape up our chops. I also think the newer material is more melodic in retrospect, though I wouldn't say that was intentional. As a band, we do what feels best at the moment. We don't try to write to fit a certain style or expectation. Learning how to record music on my own also opened up the ability to heavily scrutinize material during the writing process, which I think led to a more cohesive finished product overall.

 

KWUR: What are some of the themes behind "World Keeps Sinking"? Did you have anything specific in mind when you wrote the songs?

ES: Hatred and existential misery are ongoing themes for us, but for this record, I actually was in the midst of a full-blown fallout with some people who were close friends of mine. It was a really fucked up situation that left me in a very bad spot, let's just leave it at that. I channeled all the negative energy I could into these tunes, and it all came together pretty quickly. I would say that 85% of the record was written in the several months right before we recorded in May. Spontaneity can be great. Hopefully I won't go through any shit like that again, though. The next time I won't survive to write another record.

 

KWUR: Can you tell is more about your local scene? I know you guys are releasing your new record through Gilead Media, which is based in Wisconsin. If you were to play a local show, who'd be on the bill beside you?

ES: The scene here is great. There are a lot of diverse bands doing killer things, and it makes for more diverse shows, which wasn't the case for a while there when the metalcore scene had its grip on Milwaukee's penis in the early to mid 2000's. Thankfully, most of those bands and people are gone now, and the creative people who actually gave a shit were left behind to create good sounds.

At this moment, if I could jam with any Milwaukee bands on a show, it would be Group Of The Altos, Shut In, Shroud of Despondency, and Sacrificial Massacre. I'm certainly not saying these are the only good bands from Milwaukee (far from it), but these are the bands striking me right the fuck now.

 

KWUR: Any future plans for Northless? Touring, splits, etc

ES: Yes. We're working on a covers record. It will be either really awesome or really shitty…but it's happening so fuck you! We're also planning to release splits with a couple of bands in late 2014/early 2015…Don't want to announce those until things are confirmed. We'll be doing a small bit of touring this year…8 days on the East Coast in March, and about a week doing middle America places, not really the Midwest. More on those soon…

 

And now, FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, courtesy of NORTHLESS:

Swans- “Coward”: What else can I say? Easily one of the biggest influences on me personally as a musician. Heavy in a completely non-metal way. Totally minimalist and dark. Genre-less. Grim. If you're not familiar, you need to get familiar yesterday. The future happened almost 30 years ago, and we're barely catching up now.

Discordance Axis- “End Of Rebirth”: Not many people can singularly point to their favorite band, but I can, and it's Discordance Axis, specifically “The Inalienable Dreamless” record. It's the most intense record I've ever heard, from any genre. It's bizarre and blazing fast and punishing. This song is one of the most intense pieces of music I've ever heard. I also just plain love blast beats, and Dave Witte's are the best ever. I wish he'd play more of them nowadays…

Portal- “Omnipotent Crawling Chaos”: Metal music as an artform is arguably entering it's 43rd year, if you consider that Black Sabbath essentially formed in 1970. I've been listening to metal for 24 of those years, and I really thought until recently that I had heard everything there was to hear, and that metal music had pretty much reached its apex of silliness and creativity…And then I heard Portal. Out of nowhere they came, completely atonal, devoid of melody, with terrifying timbres recalling the darkest nethers of R'lyeh, or like choking to death slowly on a distant planetary moon devoid of life. This song has always stuck out of their catalog to me for some reason. It's crushing, in every possible way.

Phillip Glass- “Koyaanisqatsi”: So in college I took a lot of Philosophy courses. One of my most memorable classes was an Environmental Ethics class, which in many ways opened to my eyes to so much bullshit in this world. Our professor had us watch the film, and most people fucking hated it, even if they got it. I was simply blown away by the musical compositions in the film, and this was my first exposure to modern, avant garde classical music. I can't choose one section of the piece to suggest, so I'm just suggesting the whole thing since I view it as one solid composition anyway. A must see and listen.

Tom Waits- “I Don't Wanna Grow Up”: Tom Waits is a genius, plain and simple. The man can pen a tune like no one's business. His “Storytellers” record is fucking essential, and this song is about as honest as it gets. The lyrics hit me hard, every time…I guess I'm one of those regretful grown-ups that never wanted to be, but here I am. The melody and guitar tone are so simple and yet beautiful. Tom Waits writes some of the heaviest music ever.

 

Big thanks to Erik for his time. "World Keeps Sinking" is available via Gilead Media, Halo of Flies records, or digitally at northless.bandcamp.com.