Wed 6/21, 6PM: Sunwatchers live on Jon Solomon’s show

Hey, gang. Jon Solomon here. In a year full of terrific long jammers, the self-titled Castle Face debut by New York’s Sunwatchers stood out as one of my favorite records in 2016.

I’m delighted to welcome’m to WPRB for a live session, which will premiere at 6:00 pm ET on Wednesday, June 21st. The band will be playing a set loaded with previously unreleased material.

If this description of Sunwatchers doesn’t get you excited for Wednesday night, there may be no help for ya.

“Hard to pin down, harder to hold onto. Bent circuit board snake charmers unfurl across hexagonal grids. A seemingly familiar sound but then you realize you have your ear pressed against a reflection. Sunwatchers are a distorted prism to so many past greats. Reminiscent of Ethiopiques, John Handy Band, Terry Riley, Art Ensemble meets Laddio Bolocko…Forever swirling saxophone blended belly to belly with elastic guitar and tin foil thin phin (a thai instrument not unlike an electrified tenor guitar or sitar). A whirlpool of repetitious interpretations. Militaristic marches ascend into meditations. These songs map out great pyramids and deep buried labyrinths. They are massive. They are leviathans.”

You can see Sunwatchers later that same evening in Philadelphia at PhilaMOCA as part of a killer bill with Feral Ohms, Honey and Writhing Squares!

Wed 6/7, 6PM: Street Eaters live on Jon Solomon’s show

After several weeks away from the airwaves, Jon Solomon returns to WPRB this Wednesday night in his new 5-8 pm ET time slot.

He’ll be joined by Bay Area truewave duo Street Eaters for a killer live session, highlighting songs off their latest full-length “The Envoy,” which is also streaming below.

For WPRB listeners overseas, Street Eaters are touring Europe into July 2017. See their site for dates. The Street Eaters live session is slated to air at 6:00 pm ET on Wednesday, June 7th.

News and Culture: November 14, 2016

We take you to a demonstration at Princeton University the day after Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the Presidential elections. Then we’ll hear from students at a walk-out that happened later in the week. We’ll learn about the labyrinthine world of second hand clothes, return to the refugee crisis in Lesbos, and continue to explore smart cities. Somewhere in the middle, we’ll hear some spooky poetry.

Thanks to the Free Music Archive and KieLoBot for the songs you hear in this episode, “Another Dimension” and “Cant Go On With It.”

WPRB Membership Drive Starts This Thursday, 10/13

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Dear Gentle Listeners,

This year’s membership drive starts on Thursday, October 13th, 7pm and ends on Thursday, October 20th, 10pm.

Around this time last year, we were preparing to celebrate 75 years of WPRB, one of New Jersey’s most precious cultural phenomena, with our most ambitious membership drive to date. The response to our celebration was incredible and heartwarming. We are so grateful to have struck a chord in our community and to be the recipient of such generosity from donors. In every sense of the phrase, we could not have done it without you.

The drive’s success has allowed us to work more effectively to create the kind of broadcasting that our community needs and deserves. We have updated necessary equipment, including our emergency alert system, our CD playing equipment, and our computer in the on-air studio. We’re moving towards broadcasting our unique content on a professional platform.

We’re capturing this momentum and propelling forward, taking WPRB’s sense of history into the modern age. This year, we hope to fulfill a long-term goal of remote broadcasting capabilities. Purchasing the equipment necessary to broadcast outside of our main studio would open up a new world of sounds to put on your dial, including live concerts and interviews.

So once again, we need your help to celebrate another year of WPRB.

Our annual fall membership drive will take place from Thursday, October 13th, 7pm – Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 10 pm. We hope that you’ll tune in during that time for our favorite on-air party of the year. We’ll bring the entertainment, while you give us a ring on the phone or visit our donation page. As always, we’ll say thank you with great swag and awesome giveaways. Stay tuned to our social media for behind-the-scenes action!

Love and radio,

Zena Kesselman ‘17
WPRB 103.3FM

Station Manager

News and Culture: October 7, 2016

We are back on the internet! We’re sharing some of our favorite stories that we’ve broadcast since the start of the semester at Princeton University. We’ve got big ideas and little lessons: smart cities, Azerbaijan, and how to make the perfect latte. We’re glad to be back.

Shoutout to Strobotone for their song, San Fran Interlude (Edit), and the Free Music Archive for the music in this episode.

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Wed 9/21, 8PM: Thalia Zedek live on Jon Solomon’s show

One of music’s great, distinctive voices shall be heard on WPRB this Wednesday night at 8:00 pm ET when the remarkable Thalia Zedek joins Jon Solomon on his program for a live session.

Last month Thrill Jockey released “Eve,” Zedek’s sixth solo album after a career fronting iconic independent acts like Dangerous Birds, Uzi, Live Skull and Come the past three decades. It is a gorgeous, gritty and deeply personal record which Bandcamp called “thrilling” and The Quietus described as “[a]n almost unbearably poignant, diamond-hard bolt of blue beauty, red-white pupils, brown-black irises.”

Prior to Wednesday’s broadcast, listen to “Eve” in full below.

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