WPRB Fall Silent Drive!

Independent radio is on the rise.

I know – hard to believe, right? New technologies and media outlets are popping up all around us every day, and yet, the communities that support independent radio around the country have only grown stronger. In an era of constant change and uncertainty, you (and the community around you) have refused to give up on the magic that emanates from local independent airwaves, and because of that, WPRB has never been in better shape to continue growing and engaging with its listeners.

In the spring, we took a huge leap forward in our fundraising capabilities by introducing monthly sustaining pledge options. Now that we’ve established a budding assemblage of consistent support, new doors have begun to open up for us. We’ve done away with outdated technology (the kind that you’d find in your grandpa’s attic) in favor of digitized and reliable new systems for on-air announcements and media, minimizing the technical malfunctions and complications that have hindered our broadcasts in the past. We’ve also opened up room in the budget for more live shows, like the one we hosted earlier this month with big names like James Chance along with the local presence of Thin Lips, Sea Slug, and Human Adult Band. On top of all of this, our staff has grown steadily for the past few years, and we have a nearly unprecedented flock of new voices on the air this season. With your help, we’ve extended our dedication to local communities beyond just our airwaves and solidified the bridge between our dark, dusty basement and your very own backyard.

As always, celebration of positive progress here at WPRB is short-lived and followed closely by ambition for whatever’s next. Your support continues to fuel our hard work to keep the station running and growing, and the most daunting task on the table right now is the digitization of our physical music library. WPRB is home to tens of thousands of vinyl records and CD’s, collected over the course of half a century, each with a handwritten review on its cover from one of the many DJ’s you’ve known and loved over the years. The library (or “the stacks”, as we call it) is the backbone of our erratic programming and curatorial wizardry, and it’s slowly but surely reaching its physical limitations, both in space and in longevity. Converting all of this media to a single digital repository requires heavy-duty technological resources and in-depth strategic research, not to mention hundreds of hours of elbow grease. A project as monumental as this one requires support from each of WPRB’s most dedicated listeners, which is why we’re asking for your support again this fall to supplement our steady (and growing) monthly patronage. If you haven’t joined our family of monthly donors, now is the time! If you have, your additional one-time pledge or increased monthly patronage for this drive will help to push this crucial project forward even further.

Our Fall 2018 Silent Membership Drive will be
Monday, October 15th through Sunday, November 11th.

You can make your tax-deductible pledge between the above dates by visiting pledge.wprb.com. In return, our thank-you gifts this fall once again feature designs created by your fellow listeners and local artists, a reminder that every member of the WPRB family is an essential one.

As we continue to grow and evolve as a station and as a community, more important to us than any dollar amount is your continued listenership to WPRB. More broadly, we hope you’ll continue to keep an open mind and an open ear to independent media, and keep seeking out the unheard.

Thanks for listening,
Bobby Lussier
Station Manager, WPRB 103.3 FM

Submit Art to WPRB!

Attention local artists! Ever feel the urge to doodle while listening to your favorite radio program or sketch some wacky independent-radio-inspired effigy that could totally be the next WPRB mascot? Get your art on our website, a t-shirt, or even on the next batch of stickers!

WPRB is accepting art submissions now through August 31st.

Details: Art should be scaled large (around 12” x 12”) and high resolution (300 dpi or higher). We prefer vector files, but high resolution .PNG or .PDF scans are acceptable as well. The art must include some representation our name, “WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton,” though it does not have to be a central component of the overall design.

Compensation: As supporters of independent music and art, we at WPRB completely understand that you’d like to be compensated for your hard work. If we decide to use your art for our website or next batch of Membership Drive swag, we will send you a big ol’ pile of past WPRB swag and potentially the item your art was featured on!

Please send all submissions and any questions to goodart@wprb.com.

Examples of past submissions:

 

Hypnotized Cheese

WPRB Pyramids

 

 

URSONATE PERFORMED BY ABBIE FROM MARS

OK, stay with us here. This is going to be a bit of a ride.

Here at WPRB, excellent eclectic radio happens every day. Once in a while, we send something particularly mind-melting flying out through the airwaves (and over the webstream) into your tiny human ears and decide to preserve it for generations to come. On our blog.

This week, our beloved DJ Abbie from Mars made some delicious radio art out of Kurt Schwitters’s 1932 sound poem Ursonate. Schwitters was a German Dadaist who dabbled with many different art forms, including collage, painting, sculpture, and sound. Here he is:

What a jolly dude. Here at New Jersey’s Only Radio Station, we are most concerned with SOUND art and so SOUND art we shall provide. Listen to Abbie from Mars pay respect to our dude Kurt. The performance starts at 1:38, but start from the beginning to hear Abbie introduce the piece and contemplate getting into breakcore. Her performance is regal at times, nail-bitingly suspenseful at others. Let the sound poetry wash through your neurons and transcend that ol’ body of yours into a whole new realm of existence.

Follow along below.

Introducción:
Fümms bö wö tää zää Uu,
pögiff,
kwii Ee.
Oooooooooooooooooooooooo,
dll rrrrr beeeee bö
dll rrrrr beeeee bö fümms bö,
rrrrr beeeee bö fümms bö wö,
beeeee bö fümms bö wö tää,
bö fümms bö wö tää zää,
fümms bö wö tää zää Uu:
primera parte:
tema 1:
Fümms bö wö tää zää Uu,
pögiff,
Kwii Ee.
tema 2:
Dedesnn nn rrrrr,
Ii Ee,
mpiff tillff too,
tillll,
Jüü Kaa?
tema 3:
Rinnzekete bee bee nnz krr müü?
ziiuu ennze, ziiuu rinnzkrrmüü,
rakete bee bee,
tema 4
Rrummpff tillff toooo?
exposición:
Ziiuu ennze ziiuu nnzkrrmüü,
Ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüü
rakete bee bee? rakete bee zee.
desarrollo:
Fümms bö wö tää zää Uu,
Uu zee tee wee bee fümms.
rakete rinnzekete
rakete rinnzekete
rakete rinnzekete
rakete rinnzekete
rakete rinnzekete
rakete rinnzekete
Beeeee


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kwiiEe.
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rakete rinnzekete
Beeeee


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Dedesnn nn rrrrr, Ii Ee, mpiff tillff toooo, tillll,Jüü-Kaa?llll,Jüü-Kaa?
(cantado)
Fümms bö wö tää zää Uu, pögiff, kwii Ee.
Dedesnn nn rrrrr, Ii Ee, mpiff tillff toooo, tillll, Jüü-Kaa?
Rinnzekete bee bee nnz krr müüüü, ziiuu ennze ziiuu
rinnzkrrmüüüü,
Rakete bee bee.
Zikete bee bee
Rinnzekete bee bee
Rakete bee bee
Zikete bee bee ennze
Rinnzekete bee bee ennze
Rakete bee bee ennze
Zikete bee bee nnz krr
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Zikete bee bee nnz krr müüüü, ziiuu
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Rakete bee bee nnz krr müüüü, ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüüüü
Rakete bee bee
Rummpfftillfftoooo?
Ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüüüü, ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüüüü;
Rakete bee bee
Rakete bee zee
Fümms bö wö tää zää Uu, pögiff, kwii Ee.
Dedesnn nn rrrrr, Ii Ee, mpiff tillff toooo, tillll, Jüü-Kaa?
Rinnzekete bee bee nnz krr müüüü, ziiuu ennze ziiuu
rinnzkrrmüüüü,
Rakete bee bee.
Rrummpff tillff toooo?

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Rum!
Rrummpff?
Rum!
Rrummpff t?
Rr rr rum!
Rrummpff tll?
Rr rr rr rr rum!
Rrummpff tillff?
Rr rr rr rr rr rum!
Rrummpff tillff toooo?
Rr rr rr rr rr rr rum!
Rrummpff tillff toooo? Ziiuu!
Rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rum!
Rrummpff tillff toooo? Ziiuu ennze!
Rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rum!
Rrummpff tillff toooo? Ziiuu ennze ziiuu!
Rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rum!
Rrummpff tillff toooo? Ziiuu ennze ziiuu nnzkrrmüüüü!
Rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rum!
Rrummpff tillff toooo? Ziiuu ennze ziiuu nnzkrrmüüü
ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüüüü!
Rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rr rum!!!
Rrummpff tillff toooo? Ziiuu ennze ziiuu nnzkrrmüüüü
ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüüüü!
Rakete bee bee!
Rr rr rr rr rr rr
Rr rr rr rr rr rr
Rr rr rr rr rr rrumm!!!!!!!!!!
Rrummpff tillff toooo? Ziiuu ennze ziiuu nnzkrrmüü
ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüüüü!
Rakete bee bee
Rakete bee zee
Fümms bö wö tää zää Uu, pögiff, kwii Ee.
Dedesnn nn rrrrr, Ii Ee, mpiff tillff toooo, tillll, Jüü-Kaa?
(cantado)
Rinnzekete bee bee nnz krr müüüü, ziiuu ennze ziiuu
rinnzkrrmüüüü,
Rakete bee bee.
Rrummpff tillff toooo?

Rum! (H)
RrRrRrRrummpff?
Rum!
RrRrRrRrummpff t?
Rum!
RrRrRrRrRrummpff tll?
Rum!
RrRrRrRrRrRrummpff tllff toooo?
Rum!
RrRrRrRrRrRrRrummpff tllff toooo ziiuu!
Rum!
RrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrummpff tllff toooo ziiuu ennze!
Rum!
RrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrummpff tllff toooo? Ziiuu ennze!
ziiuu nnzkrrmüüüü
Rum!
RrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrummpff tllff toooo? Ziiuu
ennze ziiuu nnzkrrmüüüü, ziiuu ennze ziiuu
rinnzkrrmüüüü!
Rum!
RrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrrRrRrRRrRrRrRrummpff tllff
toooo?
Ziiuu ennze ziiuu nnzkrrmüüüü
Ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüüüü
Rakete bee bee
Rrrrummmm!!!!(gritando)
RrRrRrRrRrRr
RrRrRrRrRrRr
RrRrRrRrRrRr
RrRrRrRrRrRr
Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrummmmmpffff tillffff tooooooo?
Ziiuu ennze ziiuu nnzkrrmüüüü
Ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüüüü
Rakete bee bee?
Rakete bee zee
Rakete rinnzekete
Rakete rinnzekete
Rakete rinnzekete
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Rakete rinnzekete
Rakete rinnzekete
Beeeee
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fümmsböwötääzääUu pögiff
böwörötääzääUu pögiff
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Rinnzekete bee bee nnz krr müüüü, ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüüüü,
Rakete bee bee.
Rrummpff tillff toooo?
Ziiuu ennze ziiuu nnzkrrmüüüü, ziiuu ennze ziiuu rinnzkrrmüüüü,
Rakete bee bee.
Rakete bee zee.
Fümms bö wä tää zää Uu
Uu zee tee wee bee
zee tee wee bee
zee tee wee bee
zee tee wee bee
zee tee wee bee
zee tee wee bee Fümms

(final)
Fümms bö fümms bö wö Fumms bö wö tääää?
Fümms bö fümms bö wö Fumms bö wö tää zää Uuuu?
Rattatata tattatata tattatata
Rinnzekete bee bee nnz krr müüüü?
Fümms bö
Fümms böwö
Fümms bö wö täää????? (gritando)

McDonald Brothers of Redd Kross on Esoterica’s show!

VALENTIINE’S DAY SPECIAL! This just in!

Rock Gods McDonald Brothers to call in to chat with Esoterica on The Sonic Bloom Wed., 2/14 at 2:05 p.m. EST!

Steven McDonald (Off!, Melvins, Redd Kross) and Jeff McDonald (Redd Kross, Ze Malibu Kids) started in a band called the Tourists in Hawthorne, CA in 1978 and they are still kicking out the jams, just returning from a European tour with the Melvins. Checking out Steve’s instagram this week reveals that, lucky for us, Redd Kross is working on another album. Tune in to 103.3 or stream at www.wprb.com on Wed., 2/14, at 2:05 p.m.(EST)/11:05 a.m. (PST) to hear Esoterica ask about this new Redd Kross project, other things Steve and Jeff are working on, as well as dig into the early days of SoCal punk.

What’s wrong with these Mozart Symphonies? (Tobias, MasterClassics)

Mozart’s symphonies numbered 30 through 34 are rarely played. The 29th made a lasting impression on 20th century musicians, and it is programmed frequently. The last three symphonies, 39, 40 and 41, get most of the programming time. The three big symphonies that precede these, the 35th, 36th, and 38th (there is no 37th) get a lot of attention also, and they have nicknames: The Haffner, the Linz, and the Prague. What happened between 29 and 35? Did Mozart’s symphonic composing fall into a trough?

In the next few weeks (Feb 13th through March, 2018), we will take a listen at these symphonies, beginning with the absolutely delightful 30th. We will see Mozart experimenting—just as he often did—and composing some music that deserves at least as much attention as the 29th.

MasterClassics with Tobias airs Tuesday mornings, 6 to 9am on WPRB.

Wed 1/31, 6PM: Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Duo live on Jon Solomon’s show

In support of the his new record “Midtown Tilt,” (ShhPuma) Nick Millevoi makes a return appearance on WPRB this week.

While the album is the latest for Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio, this time with Jamie Saft accompanying the group on organ, Millevoi will be joined for a guitar / bass collaboration by Ben Rosen.

This performance shall debut on Jon Solomon’s show this Wednesday, January 31st at 6:00 pm ET.

Then on Thursday, Millevoi celebrates his album’s release with a full band set at Johnny Brenda’s, supported by harpist Brandee Younger.

Stream selections from “Midtown Tilt” below and don’t miss Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Duo live on WPRB.

Guitarist Nick Millevoi’s (Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band, John Zorn’s Bagatelles) Desertion project has created its second opus, Midtown Tilt. Now using the title Desertion Trio, the band features Johnny DeBlase (Many Arms, Sabbath Assembly) on bass, and Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Talibam!) at the drumkit, and follows 2016’s Desertion by also featuring guest Jamie Saft (Electric Masada, The New Standard Trio with and without Iggy Pop) on the organ. Vibraphonist and percussionist Ashley Tini joins on three tracks.
Much like Desertion, the formula for Midtown Tilt continues to follow an instrumental country-folkrock mix with elements from jazz, as we would expect from these musicians. The musicians improvise as if their lives depend on it, but also evoke an imagery that takes listeners through the history of instrumental electric guitar music. Inspired by the town of Wildwood, NJ and the anachronistic clash of re-imagined cultures seen in its motels and amusements, Midtown Tilt is an amalgamation of jazz, psychedelic blues, surf music, and country rock instrumentals, often reminding us of Neil Young’s Crazy Horse scoring a western. Through Saft’s organ, something else is added: traces of the rhythm and blues played by Booker T. & The M.G.’s and of the blues-rock of bands like The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith. The mix is explosive.