Princeton University Concerts’ Neighborhood Project: New Outreach Program Launches in Trenton

The new initiative builds on Princeton University Concerts’ mission to facilitate access to the world’s greatest musicians, launching with a partnership with public schools in Trenton, NJ.

A collaboration with the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation and Trenton Arts at Princeton, the five-year pilot program both brings Princeton University Concerts artists to Trenton’s public schools, and brings Trenton’s public school students to recitals at Princeton University Concerts.

The artists participating in this year’s launch are violinist Stefan Jackiw,pianists Gabriela Montero and Conrad Tao, and tap dancer Caleb Teicher.

PRINCETON, NJ – Princeton University Concerts is expanding the legacy of Gustavo Dudamel’s residency last season to launch the Neighborhood Project: an educational initiative designed to connect musicians on Princeton University Concerts’ series and students from neighboring low-income communities. Building on Princeton University Concerts’ mission to facilitate access to the world’s greatest musicians, the new five- year pilot program launches in the 2019-20 season in a partnership with the Trenton Central High School. The Neighborhood Project is a collaboration with Trenton Arts at Princeton, and is generously supported by The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation, expanding the opportunity to experience music for as many children and communities as possible, and by individual donations. Thanks to the generosity of our funders, The Neighborhood Project is fully funded for 5 years. After the 5-year launch of the program, we expect that the program will generate new funds to continue on its own.

Princeton University Concerts’ Neighborhood Project provides interested students rehearsal, concert, and backstage access to artists on the series. Select performers, part of PUC’s 2019-20 season, will also visit the Trenton Central High School prior to their concerts at Richardson Auditorium, giving an informal performance, playing alongside the students during ensemble rehearsals, engaging in a Q and A, and – by popular demand – posing for selfies. Artists participating in the 2019-20 season are violinist Stefan Jackiw, pianists Gabriela Montero and Conrad Tao, and tap dancer Caleb Teicher. After his visit to the Trenton Central High School Orchestra’s rehearsal this fall, Jackiw commented how much he enjoyed spending the day with the “talented, inspiring, and fun orchestra students,” an experience that reaffirmed his belief that “the future is bright.”

Speaking of the launch, Princeton University Concerts Director Marna Seltzer shared:

“Although formally conceived this year, our Neighborhood Project has been in the works for many seasons. I consider this type of program to be crucial in fulfilling our commitment to providing arts access for every member of our extended community, and especially for our youth. Watching Stefan Jackiw interact with students in the Trenton High School Orchestra during the soft launch of this initiative was one of the highlights of our year. The rapt silence with which the high schoolers listened to Stefan’s performance of Bach after they had bonded with him over instrument care woes was magical. Seeing so many of them in the audience at his recital in Richardson Auditorium the next evening, and the excitement with which they flocked to him backstage, was the cherry on top. I am very much looking forward to witnessing this spark again and again as we continue to bring a diverse lineup of musicians to participate in this initiative.”

The Neighborhood Project follows on the heels of Gustavo Dudamel’s residency at Princeton University Concerts during the 2018-19 season. Maestro Dudamel, the Music and Artistic Director of the LA Philharmonic, made community engagement central to his residency activities. In addition to visiting the Trenton Central High School Orchestra students and working with students in local music programs, Maestro Dudamel’s residency culminated in a free concert at the Trenton War Memorial. Support from The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation is earmarked for two specific areas of The Neighborhood Project: Support for the Trenton Youth Orchestra (a member group of Trenton Arts at Princeton) and support for the new Trenton Arts fellowship, which will enable a select cohort of Princeton students to pursue arts service projects in collaboration with the Trenton Public Schools. Princeton University Concerts’ Neighborhood Project continues in the spirit of Maestro Dudamel’s residency, and will continue to do so for years to come.

Aidan & Devin LIVE at WPRB 1/2 @ 2:15 PM

Tune in to Esoterica’s show on WPRB 103.3FM tomorrow 1/2 at 2:15PM for a LIVE performance by local jazz artists Aidan and Devin!

Devin Mastrich and Aidan Donnelly have collaborated in a project entitled “Rocks with Faces” which is dedicated to their friend, Christopher Nanneman, who passed away early last year. Mastrich and Donnelly are exceptional jazz musicians who will highlight some tracks from their new e.p. in a live performance on Esoterica’s show at 2:15 pm Thursday, 1/2 @wprb. Sales of their e.p. go to The Christopher Fund. Visit www.the-christopher-fund.org for more information on the project.

Aidan Donnelly and Devin Mastrich are an up and coming jazz duo based out of Lambertville, New Jersey. Devin and Aidan started their musical pursuits at an early age and both began playing jazz together in the same high school program, and have continued to play and develop a musical dialogue over the past 6 years. Today, Aidan and Devin attend elite music schools and are setting their sights on creating a new and unique sound.

Follow Aidan & Devin on instagram and facebook @aidananddevin !

WPRB: Defining Albums of the Decade

For nearly 80 years now, the voracious appetite of WPRB’s library has made the station what it is today. We aim to keep the newest, strangest, provocative, peculiar music blaring through your speakers helping to make your day a little bit better. At PRB, the music director is the gatekeeper to this vault, the defender of discs, the custodian of CDs, the vindicator of all vinyl. They shape the very soul of the PRB airwaves helping us to identify, procure and proclaim the music that moves us. Over the past decade we have had the good fortune to have some incredibly music directors. These pioneers have helped us put together the list of the defining albums of the decade, works that have meant the most to the PRB staff including works from Holy Ghost! Car Seat Headrest, Olivia Neutron-John and more! Below you’ll be reading from the likes of Devika Balachandran (DB – Music Director 2012), Shane Mitchell (DJ ShaneFM – Music Director 2013), Michael Glassman (MG – Music Director 2014), Olivia Bradley-Skill (OBS – Music Director 2015), Aida Garrido (AG – Music Director 2016), Sam Maeglin (SM – Music Director 2017), Abbie Minard (AM – Music Director 2018), and Ameena Faruki (AF – Music Director 2019). In wonderful fashion PRB music directors chose to tackle this in a variety of different ways, from not answering at all, to providing punctual synopses to beautifully written poetry detailing the song’s very essence. This is truly PRB in its finest, fluctuating, random, ever-morphing form… Enjoy!

2011!!!!

Holy Ghost!, ‘Holy Ghost’
DFA Records
4/1/2011
DFA never fails to get me hype. My sister and I discovered LCD Soundsystem at the East Baton Rouge Parish public library. We listened to “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” literally every day for months in the car on the way to school. James Murphy is a true icon, and I am absolutely tickled that he is from West Windsor and used to listen to WPRB himself. Holy Ghost! and Yacht are two of my favorite bands on DFA. I even have a tattoo on my leg of a symbol I found in Yacht’s Secret Teachings of the Mystery Lights. The first track on Holy Ghost! is “Do It Again” which is one of my favorite songs of all time. The Classixx remix of “I Will Coma Back” is a true bop and “It’s Not Over” burrows into your brain and remains lodged there until you’re convinced that’s precisely why Holy Ghost! named the song as such. I went to a DFA party with two other generations of WPRB music directors (Shane Mitchell ‘14 and Michael Glassman ‘15), and Holy Ghost! was playing – we danced and sweated all night, and my heart was truly full.
– DB

M83, ‘HurryUp We’reDreaming’
Naïve // Mute
10/18/2011
This is the first album that I really remember people around the station being excited about. I didn’t actually listen to it until some time in 2013; turns out it was pretty good the whole time.
– MG

Car Seat Headrest, ‘Twin Fantasy’
Self-released (2011 version) // Matador (2018 version)
11/02/2011
A truly perfect indie epic. Long, multi-part songs, triumphant and heart-wrenching guitar swells, excellent lyrics. Plus, we had CSHR play here on Max’s show in 2015!
– AM

2012!!!!

Faithful Man, ‘Lee Fields and the Expressions’
Truth and Soul Records
3/9/2012
This album hit me like a ton of bricks when I first put it on at music hours. I kept listening to it over and over again, marveling at how raw and beautiful the soul album is. To this day, I find it nearly impossible to listen to “Wish You Were Here,” a song Fields wrote after his father passed away, without tears springing to my eyes. “Faithful Man” itself makes you feel in your bones Fields’ pain and desire simultaneously. I ended up going to a Trombone Shorty concert my senior year, just because Lee Fields was opening, and the whole audience was in awe of the booming, commanding voice emanating from such an earnest figure. It’s clear that Fields has been making powerful music for decades, but his sound is timeless.
– DB

Alabama Shakes, ‘Boys & Girls’
ATO // Rough Trade
4/9/2012
One of the finest PRB traditions is music hours, our weekly time to listen to the new albums that have come into the station. By far the most memorable moment from music hours for me was the first time that I heard Brittany Howard’s voice come through the speaker.
– MG

2013!!!!

The Knife, ‘Shaking the Habitual’
1/28/2013
Rabid Records
2013 was an okay year, as far as the 2010s went. We had some good memes: doge, Harlem Shake, and that stupid “What Does The Fox Say?” video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE). Morrissey succeeded in his decades-long plot to kill Margaret Thatcher, and I got to spend some ~*~quality time~*~ as WPRB’s Music Director. I’m starting my list off strong with a powerful album by some of my favorite Swedes. This is 90ish minutes of dancing bliss: over-saturated synths and crashing drums work together to get the youths to dance. There are few slower parts on this album (looking at you, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized”) which allow the listener to catch their breath before continuing to punish the dance floor. I can’t imagine getting through 2013 without this album. (Re)check it out before the decade slips away.
– DJ ShaneFM

Iceage, ‘You’re Nothing’
Matador/Escho
2/19/2013
Blasting out from Matador Records, Iceage’s You’re Nothing comes in under 30 minutes, but every moment is rockin’ bliss. These Danish youths scream and riff with the best of them—there are lots of great guitar melodies to sink your teeth into here. The boys also bring some great drumming to the table—all around, this is a great album and if you haven’t listened to it, I’ll beat you up.
– DJ ShaneFM

Autechre, ‘Exai’
Warp Records
2/7/2013
I played the bejesus out of this album on my show (Free Candy w/ ShaneFM (also known as Free Scoop Friday if you want to look at my playlists on WPRB’s website)). Seriously, if we had to pay for each play, I could have paid for Sean Booth’s Manchester rent. If you’re not into glitch or experimental music, this might not be for you. But for my fellow brave sonic adventurers, there are endless kernels of audio to unpack with our Galaxy Brains. Not every track is out of control, but over the course of the 2ish hour runtime, your brain will melt, freeze, melt again, and then vaporize entirely.
– DJ ShaneFM

Smith Westerns, ‘Soft Will’
Mom + Pop Music
6/2013
I guess it’s about time I put some Americans on this list. This band came into being the year before I came to WPRB, and died within a year of me leaving—truly ephemeral, but isn’t everything beautiful just so? Their Bowie-inspired sound is mellower than everything else I’ve chosen, with great occasional contributions from the keys. This is a great album, and always makes me feel like I’m home. Good for those times where you want to drive down the Turnpike while a single tear rolls down your face.
– DJ ShaneFM

Arctic Monkeys, ‘AM’
Domino
9/9/2013
I was recently at a hostel where they were playing Do I Wanna Know? over breakfast. Breakfast has never been so sexy and brooding.
– MG

NYPC, ‘NYPC’
The Numbers
10/2013
I was so excited for this album to come out back in 2013. I even donated to their kickstarter campaign to bring NYPC to the US for an album release tour, and I went with former program director Caleb Negash (‘15). Their song “Ice Cream” (from Fantastic Playroom, 2007) was one of the first songs I discovered through WPRB that I had never heard anywhere else. I was still in high school, but my sister was a DJ at WPRB at the time. I heard her listening to it when she had come home for Christmas break and was immediately hooked on the band. I loved how fun and dancey but also kind of dark their music is. On NYPC, I am partial towards “Things Like You” and “Everything Is,” but from start to finish, every song on the album is a haunting delight and an adventure.
– DB

Blood Orange, ‘Cupid Deluxe’
Domino
11/23/2013
Dev Hynes’s 2013 offering gave us some funk, some R&B, and some danceable electronic beats. This album perfectly captures the feeling of walking home alone at 5, as well as the feeling of walking home not alone (thinking of you “Uncle ACE” (great sax on that track, too)). The bass slaps on every track, and there are some great vocal features to sink your teeth into. I couldn’t imagine my 2013 without this one. If you’ve never listened, you’re in for a treat.
– DJ ShaneFM

2014!!!

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, ‘Give the People What They Want’
Daptone
1/14/2014
Daptone was on an incredible run while I was music director. Everything they released was so good, but Sharon Jones was the best of them all.
– MG

Bora Yoon, ‘Sunken Cathedral’
Innova
4/29/2014
The scope of my engagement with Princeton’s musical academe is limited to my attendance of Bora Yoon’s Of Matter + Mass sound installation, so beautifully rendered in the university chapel some years ago. Sunken Cathedral is tremendous, an experience beyond wax and mp3, a multi-media assemblage featuring a curious, to put it mildly, range of instruments.
Recommended: Park Avenue Armory Performance
– AG

Princess Nokia, ‘Metallic Butterfly’
s/r // Vice Records
5/12/2014
princess nokia was (imo) a super influential figure, artistically and style-wise, in the y2k aesthetic revival of the 2010s that’s by now been pretty much established in the mainstream. this mixtape is an endearing mashup of so many of that decade’s trinkets and snippets but it doesn’t strike me as irritatingly nostalgic which is part of why i love it; the rest of it is just that it’s so wonderfully genuine and playful and FUN!!!!! she completely nerds out on this with no shame but is also somehow incredibly cool for it? and it’s extremely danceable, which is the most important criterium. we have the original self-released version of this, although it was reissued on rough trade in 2018 with a few bonus tracks. brilliant.
– AF

White Lung, ‘Deep Fantasy’
Domino
6/17/2014
2016 began shitty and it ended shitty. David Bowie put out a brilliant morbid album and then died in January. Prince followed too quickly thereafter in April. In proper WPRB fashion, memorial shows went on for weeks. I was on air for election night Tuesday November 8, 2016, initially calling out electoral college updates between songs, but I stopped when outcomes were becoming clear. The next day was appropriately rainy and overcast, and I walked around Princeton blasting the only music that seemed to make sense in the moment: the loud, fast punk of White Lung’s recent album Deep Fantasy.

DJs got creative in the coming days to express their dismay at the results without crossing any FCC boundaries. One DJ played hours of the sound of someone screaming over Wagner operas. Song choices were key: The Mice’s “Not Proud of the USA”, Talking Heads “Don’t Worry About the Government”, Dead Kennedys “Stars and Stripes of Corruption”. The music of 2016 and before had actually seemed to predict our collective exasperation. There were strong punk albums put out by WALL (EP; Untitled) Downtown Boys (Full Communism; Cost of Loving) and Priests (Bodies and Control and Money and Power; Nothing Feels Natural) that mocked and raged against more than just the presidency. Kim Gordon’s Body/Head project released noise songs that enveloped us in distortion (Coming Apart; No Waves; The Switch). Philly’s Sheer Mag made rock n’ roll that was both stirring and fun (Compilation of EPs; Need to Feel Your Love). We got a lot of bad political music (see: the “Our First 100 Days” project), and yet the best music seemed to be put out by those who had most at stake: women, people of color. Wonder why?
– SM

Horse Lords, ‘Hidden Cities’
NNA Tapes
11/4/2014
NNA Tapes once wrote that Horse Lords “[reconciles] the sweaty force of a killer basement show with the icy precision of conservatory training.” For WPRB’s collection of DJs, this meant that Horse Lords was loved by the experimental classical bro’s, the jangly rock dudes, freestyle groovers, DIY scene kids, “electroacoustic” lovers, and kids like me who didn’t shit about Glenn Branca.
– OBS

Olivia Neutron-John, ‘INJURY TRAIN AND I’M NEVER GETTING OFF IT b/w VULNERABILITY’
Gilgongo
8/18/2014
To listen to and see Olivia Neutron-John was visceral for me and my friends. Anna Nasty is bold and defiant, with amazing stage presence that will haunt me forever. I recently heard that they finally got a cease and desist letter from Olivia Newton-John, which means Anna Nasty has to find a new moniker. It’s the end of a chapter, which really bums me out, but also makes me excited for what’s next.
– OBS

2015!!!!

Opening thoughts with 2015 Music Director Olivia Bradley Skill:
In Fall of 2015, WPRB’s Program Director Harrison Waldon and I organized a show that took place in one of Princeton’s eating clubs, which included Downtown Boys, Horse Lords, and Quarterbacks. I’ve included them in my “top 5,” with notes below. It was a great night. We had a big budget and were able to pay the bands a good amount of money each. I can’t remember how many people showed up. Whatever. Marissa Paternoster was there and busted her lip on the PA.

SNEAKS, ‘Gymnastics’
Sister Polygon (later re-released by Merge)
2015
Sometime in 2014, deep in an internet wormhole, I found (F*ck) The Media, an ad-free webpaper that focused on DIY communities/music and featured reviews, interviews, mixtapes, and more. The Media really helped define and shape the way I curated WPRB’s new music during my stint as MD. It’s also how I found out about Sneaks and her album “Gymnastics,” which I then burned a copy of for PRB’s library. Someone called her music stripped down Pylon, Eva Moolchan aka Sneaks herself used the bandcamp tags “cold cut”, “violent vibes”, and “zing zongs.” Side note: The Media also introduced me to the work of its editor, Liz Pelly, who currently writes the best pieces out there on the negative aspects of Spotify and the general commodification of music in the age of online streaming.
– OBS

Quarterbacks, ‘Quarterbacks’
Team Love
2/15/2015
Short, sweet pop punk tunes, which capture the tender, broken-hearted, DIY ethos of a lot of the music on WPRB’s airwaves at that time.
– OBS

Macula Dog, ‘Macula Dog’
Haord
3/28/2015
One of the coolest, craziest tapes of the decade. Freaky, cartoony, insect-like, highly rhythmic electronics, plus a whole visual dimension when the duo plays live. They played WPRB in February 2018.
– AM

Hiatus Kaiyote, ‘Choose Your Weapon’
Flying Buddha
5/1/2015
This was another album that everyone at the station was listening to, and we went to see them live a couple of times that year. Molasses still makes me tear up a little bit.
– MG

Downtown Boys, ‘Full Communism’
Don Giovanni
5/5/2015
In the spectrum of Black Lives Matter, “I Can’t Breathe” demonstrations, and protests surrounding the statues / idolization of Woodrow Wilson on Princeton’s campus, Downtown Boys found a welcome home on the airwaves of WPRB. The air was ripe for Victoria Ruiz and Downtown Boys’ blunt and brave confrontations against the prison-industrial complex, racism, capitalism, and lack of equal pay. Her spoken word bits are as powerful and concise as her howling. Plus that sax, oh that sax!
– OBS

Arca, ‘Mutant’
Mute
11/20/2015
The first album I reviewed as a new WPRB DJ was Arca’s Mutant. I had no idea what to say about it. It’s cover featured this strange bubble gum creature and its songs were an unsettling arrangement of ambient music with sirens, earthquake synths, screams, laughter, string twangs, fragmented speech and deep bass. I dreaded calling the song experimental because…well, what the hell does that mean anyway? But, it was enticing.

One of WPRB’s calling cards is its willingness to push the boundaries of radio when commercial stations stick to Top 40. But, what WPRB DJs play also pushes the boundaries of music more generally: from the industrial soul music of Yves Tumor’s Serpent Music, MHYSA’s fantasii and Klein’s Lagata to Visible Cloaks’ alien ambiance on Reassemblage to Laurel Halo’s poetic dancefloor tracks from Dust to Loren Connor’s late-career deep-folk improvisations, to…, to… there were endless excellent experimental albums that made their way through the station in the early 2010s.
-SM

2016!!!!

Matmos, ‘Ultimate Care II’
Thrill Jockey
2/19/2016
Almost all of music has become passé in the face of this masterwork which features the washing machine as its instrument. F.T. Marinetti said that a roaring car is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace and I say that the hum of a home appliance is more sonorous than the stradivarius. Because of this album, I now belong to a cult where ammonia is my salve, bleach is my ablution, and tide pods are my eucharist.
Recommended: Excerpt 9
– AG

Pinegrove, ‘Cardinal’
Run for Cover
2/12/2016
It’s hard to overstate the influence of the Montclair, NJ band Pinegrove’s second studio album Cardinal when it dropped in February of 2016. The band seemed to unite some disparate strands of WPRB DJs: the bedroom-poppers, raised on Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore’s oddities, but looking for more sentimentality; the emos, forever mourning Modern Baseball and debating the new Touché; the avante-gardists, looking for something to squeeze between the Memphis blues and Bjork. The album personally introduced me to the emo revival, and (at risk of upsetting strict genre boundaries) emo more generally: TTNG, Hop Along, Algernon Cadwallader. The band reissued their compilation record Everything So Far and a few DJs made a pilgrimage to a Pinegrove concert at (I think) TCNJ at what then felt like peak Pinegrove hysteria in the spring of 2017.

In November 2017, the band released a strong new single “Intrepid” and there were reports of a new album in the works, when band leader Evan Stephens Hall posted a sudden and somewhat bizarre apology for accusations of sexual coercion on the band’s Facebook page. These were the early rumblings of the #MeToo era, (reports of Harvey Weinstein’s pattern of sexual assault were published in October 2017) and another favorite indie rock band PWR BTTM had been completely dropped by their label and their fans in May of 2017 after disturbing accusations of sexual assault. But this somehow felt different. Perhaps it was because Pinegrove was a “local” band. As their lyrics had put it earlier: “how come every outcome’s such a comedown?”
– SM

Essaie Pas, ‘Demain est une autre nuit’
DFA
2/19/2016
This is the incarnate of everything I loved as an angry high school girl in the wretched ever-lasting temperate climes of sunny San Diego. I came of age in college when I found a scene that gestasted and evolved the dark 80s post punk, synth, and industrial music which were so formative to the development of my adolescent ears. Essaie Pas offers a masterpiece to goth club-goers and perennial bedroom dwellers alike with their 2016 release which, in english, translates to ‘Tomorrow is another night’. Essaie Pas figures in the uncanny 80s fetishism that is now culturally ascendant, as exhibited by Stranger Things, John Carpenter’s emerging status as auteur, and Gucci’s Dapper Dan collection to name a few relevant phenomena. This wave [sic Grave Wave] is also represented by labels like Dark Entries and Veronica Vasicka’s Minimal Wave and more broadly by micro-genres like vaporwave and chillwave. More to the point: this is album is excellent from start to finish. It would make anyone want want to dance in a derelict parking garage in east Germany while Günter Brus’s film of his self-lobotomy projects in the background.
Recommended: Retox
– AG

2017!!!!

Pharmakon, ‘Contact’
Sacred Bones Records
3/31/2017
power electronics and industrial noise…. mmm… my favorite words. absolutely terrifying and brutal and uncannily intimate. i love everything she’s released, but contact wins for me because of the extremely CATCHY “no natural order”.
– AF

Makaya McCraven, ‘Highly Rare’
International Anthem
11/17/2017
Jazz/hip-hop/crazy improv fusion. Raw, dancey, awesome.
– AM

Chelsea Wolfe, ‘Hiss Spun’
Sargent House
11/22/2017
the goth queen fully ventures into sludge + doom metal and i don’t really know how to coherently talk about it without making it very obvious that this record still makes me absolutely loseeeeeeee my mind despite listening to it since its release. moments of deceptive calm, elegance and malice, the tide that finally cuts into some dark, deep part inside that you didn’t really know you wanted to feel bleed before…
-AF

2018!!!!

Palberta, ‘Roach Goin Down’
Wharf Cat
6/15/2018
Palberta is what WPRB is all about. Local, DIY, janky, quirky, goofy, a band of best friends. Songs are mostly under 2 minutes featuring catchy harmonies, silly lyrics, and sparse post-punky grooves. Played a show at WPRB in February 2018.
-AM

Meuko! Meuko!, ‘Ghost Island’
Danse Noire
7/6/2018
intense, stifling, mysterious(ly eerie), brutal, and anxious. blurred lines between states of reality and consciousness in a cyberpunk-ish futurist urban setting based on the artist’s native taipei, taiwan.
-AF

Deafheaven, ‘Ordinary Corrupt Human Love’
Anti-
7/13/2018
gorgeously cathartic black/post-metal; contemplative, aching, and gut-wrenching but also makes me feel very happy for some reason…
-AF

Julia Holter, ‘Aviary’
Domino
10/26/2018
Arty, ethereal, masterful.
-AM

2019!!!!

black midi, ‘Schlagenheim’
Rough Trade
6/21/2019
(Double pick!!)

Incredible mathy and experimental post-punk from London — one of the most exciting new bands out and about right now if you ask me. Killer live show.
– AM
wowowow. exhilaratingly epic stream-of-consciousness flow of math/noise/post-punk. a full-body experience. would risk smashing my jaw into some dude’s sweat-drenched back and getting my limbs twisted off for anytime again. super excited to see where they go next.
– AF

Cate Le Bon, ‘Reward’
Mexican Summer
5/24/2019
bouncy, lovely, soft, and smooooth… every single thing about this album is perfect!! it is love and tenderness and emotional vulnerability in the form of wiggly squiggly air :~) it radiates the pure innocent joy only experienced when poking and stretching and squeezing a fresh clear blob of slime straight out the container.
-AF

from the decade:
Azealia Banks
I don’t know of any artist from this decade who represents the almost antiquated concept of diva, star, and celebrity better than Azealia Banks. In addition to being a public thinker, an instigator extraordinaire, a neglected soothsayer, a diviner of drama, and a genius of personality, AB is house music’s foremost archeologist, retro-futurism’s best practitioner, a songstress-lyricist unsung, and a priestess of dance floor exorcisms.
Recommended: Jumanji, Big Big Beat, Anna Wintour, Icy Colors Change
– AG

Summary
(in order by year)
Holy Ghost!, ‘Holy Ghost’
M83, ‘HurryUp We’reDreaming’
Car Seat Headrest, ‘Twin Fantasy’
Faithful Man, ‘Lee Fields and the Expressions’
Alabama Shakes, ‘Boys & Girls’
The Knife, ‘Shaking the Habitual’
NYPC, ‘NYPC’
Iceage, ‘You’re Nothing’
Autechre, ‘Exai’
Smith Westerns, ‘Soft Will’
Blood Orange, ‘Cupid Deluxe’
Arctic Monkeys, ‘AM‘
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, ‘Give the People What They Want’
Bora Yoon, ‘Sunken Cathedral’
Princess Nokia, ‘Metallic Butterfly’
White Lung, ‘Deep Fantasy’
Horse Lords, ‘Hidden Cities’
Olivia Neutron-John, ‘INJURY TRAIN AND I’M NEVER GETTING OFF IT b/w VULNERABILITY’
SNEAKS, ‘Gymnastics’
Quarterbacks, ‘Quarterbacks’
Macula Dog, ‘Macula Dog’
Hiatus Kaiyote, ‘Choose Your Weapon’
Downtown Boys, ‘Full Communism’
Arca, ‘Mutant’
Matmos, ‘Ultimate Care II’
Pinegrove, ‘Cardinal’
Essaie Pas, ‘Demain est une autre nuit’
Pharmakon, ‘Contact’
Makaya McCraven, ‘Highly Rare’
Palberta, ‘Roach Goin Down’
Meuko! Meuko!, ‘Ghost Island’
Deafheaven, ‘Ordinary Corrupt Human Love’
Julia Holter, ‘Aviary’
black midi, ‘Schlagenheim’
Cate Le Bon, ‘Reward’
Azealia Banks.

Jon Solomon’s 25-Hour Holiday Radio Show!

Jon Solomon’s Holiday Radio Show returns for a 31st year.

The 2019 edition of Jon Solomon‘s annual marathon on 103.3 fm WPRB officially begins on Christmas Eve at 5:00 pm ET and runs until Christmas day at 6:00 pm ET, with a pre-marathon ALL-HANUKKAH warm-up mix starting two hours prior to kickoff on 12/24.

You’ll hear well over 300 different holiday songs with zero repeats throughout the program, plus you never know who will stop by the WPRB studios!

Brand new “Christmas Stories” recorded by an impressive assortment of bands, artists, comedians and fellow DJs will debut throughout the show for the ninth consecutive year.

A cavalcade of never-before-played pieces are in store come Christmas Eve 2019, not to mention all your past favorites, including…

The All-Ramones-inspired set at 12:34 am ET sharp! The all-Misfits-inspired set at 1:38 pm ET! The All-Fall and All-Joel RL Phelps Xmas sets down the stretch! Snaildartha: The Story of Jerry The Christmas Snail! Lindstrom’s 40:00+ Little Drummer Boy! The Sonics, The Wailers, and The Galaxies plus other traditions within the tradition.

If you would like to make requests or send submissions, by all means get in touch.

You can follow Jon on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.

Advance notice for each story should occur in two of those social locations and on the invite for the marathon.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #wprbxmas!

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The webcam and Live Listener Chat (no audio) are embedded below.

Guest DJ Alert!!

SUPER FAB GUEST DJ ALERT!

Redd Kross and members of Melvins are coming to chat with DJ Esoterica (including a special live segment from the PRB stacks with Don’t Back the Front’s Dana K and the bands) Sat., Oct. 12 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern. Tune in to WPRB 103.3 or stream at www.wprb.com.

Join us as Esoterica tries on her James Lipton hat and chats with the bands, maybe even asking the epic question, “Is it Angel or The Damned Jeff and Steven McDonald chose (well, really Steve) to see when they could only pick one show (pressure!), why Redd Kross loves the Blake Edward’s film, The Party, and why The Treasure of the Sierra Madre figures prominently in Buzz’s consciousness. Film meets Rock meets vinyl spinning deliciousness.

Both bands are legendary: Melvins’ inception was in 1983, with the band taking their name from a guy who Buzz worked with at a Montesano, WA Thriftway. (the) Melvins’ last album from 2018, Pinkus Abortion Technician, has a hilarity and characteristic musical precision highlighted in songs like “Stop Moving to Florida” (a twisted fusion of the James Gang 1969 song, “Stop” and the Butthole Surfers’ “Moving to Florida”, from the Buttholes’ 1985 Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis EP), which includes the crazy line “I’m gonna potty train the chairman Mao”. On that album, both Jeff Pinkus and Steven McDonald on bass.

The McDonald brothers grew up in Hawthorne, CA (same town the Beach Boys hailed from), where they got their start at ages 14 and 11, getting their first gig at a classmate’s 13th birthday party. They also reached out to Black Flag through the Hermosa Beach address on the back of their Nervous Breakdown ep and got to play for them at an old church where Greg Ginn would start the SST label. The older punk dudes admired these young upstarts and their fuel-injected long-haired punk rock. 40 years and counting, Redd Kross just came out Beyond the Door, a pop-inflected power groove ending with a spirited cover of Sparks’ “When do I Get to Sing ‘My Way’”.

Melvins and Redd Kross are currently on tour together, with Steven and Dale Crover doing double duty for each band, on bass and drums, respectively. Esoterica and the bands are sure to discuss the tour and much more. Get your tix for their Stone Pony (Oct. 11) and Underground Arts shows (Oct. 12) which are guaranteed to sell out. They are playing both shows with Toshi Kasai opening.

Make sure to tune in Saturday! 1-2 p.m. Eastern WPRB 103.3 fm www.wprb.com

@melvinsdotcom #reddkross #toshikasai #melvins #wprb

Dave Dreiwitz Interview Today!

This is HUGE!
Dave Dreiwitz, bassist for Ween, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Moistboyz, Instant Death, Old Rugged Sauce and Crescent Moon (with Chris “Tomato” Harfenist of The Sound of Urchin), to name a few collaborations, will be visiting Esoterica and The Sonic Bloom at 2 p.m. Today. Tune in to 103.3 fm or stream at www.wprb.com.

Dreiwitz has been dubbed the “nicest guy in rock and roll” but his bass playing and musicianship is nothing but nasty (and we mean that in a good way!). Dave and Tomato are playing John and Peter’s in New Hope, PA this coming Tuesday, May 21, so it seemed like the right time for Dave to visit WPRB.