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

WPRB Pyramids
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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Joe from Don Giovanni talks New Alternative Music Festival on WPRB!

This weekend Don Giovanni Records presents the New Alternative Music Festival at Convention Hall in Asbury Park.

On Friday, September 16 and Saturday the 17th, 40+ truly independent bands from all over North America – groups such as Screaming Females, Ought, Radiator Hospital, California X, Fake Limbs, Downtown Boys and Rye Coalition – will unite for a one-time only all-ages event that is not beholden to any major labels or corporate interests.

Don Giovanni founder, proud New Jerseyan and former WPRB DJ Joe Steinhart will be calling in to Jon Solomon’s show on Wednesday, September 14th at 8:00 pm ET to talk about this incredible undertaking and to play music from a cross-section of acts that will be performing. They’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to each day’s show too!

For the full New Alternative Music Festival line-up and to purchase tickets, head here.

Summer Emo’s Queered Cartographies

by Max Grear

https://thehotelier.bandcamp.com/album/goodness

 

The Hotelier’s Goodness and Pinegrove’s Cardinal hit Bandcamp a couple weeks apart at the beginning of the summer, and both of these loosely emo releases have become soundtracks to the warm and woozy months since. Both bands have mastered the formula of melodic guitars and wordy, sentimental lyrics (complete with emotionally direct confessions and geographic signifiers) that has propelled the emo genre for decades, but the Hotelier’s and Pinegrove’s latest share a few more unique characteristics.
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