Jon wants you to know that if you would like to make some requests, by all means get in touch.
The webcam and Live Listener Chat will be added to this post the afternoon of December 24.
You and yours are also cordially invited to join Jon Solomon downstairs at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on Saturday, December 16th from 10:00 pm ET -> 2:00 am ET for a preview of this year’s marathon. Free to attend, 21+.
In honor of that joyous, time-tested holiday LABOR DAY, we here at WPRB are proud to present L A B O R W A V E, a 20 hour specialty programming marathon starting at 6AM on September 4.
We have an all-star lineup of WPRB DJs who will each be taking a two hour chunk of the day and doing a show with an intriguing theme – you’ll hear everything from music made with industrial appliances to field recordings of protest movements worldwide to stuff from the Nurse With Wound list (read: left-of-the-dial radio scripture).
Check out our full schedule below, including short descriptions for each show! Also, be sure to RSVP to our Facebook event here and tune in on September 4 at WPRB.com or on your FM dial at 103.3.
It is an hour of conversation and music, combining discussion about Molina’s life with selections from both the Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. catalogues.
Here’s a few words about Osmon’s superb book from the publisher, plus a song from a Songs: Ohia single recorded just down the road in Philadelphia.
Erin Osmon presents a detailed, human account of the Rust Belt–born musician Jason Molina—a visionary, prolific, and at times cantankerous singer-songwriter with an autodidactic style that captivated his devoted fans. The songwriting giant behind the bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. had a knack for spinning tales, from the many personal myths he cultivated throughout his life to the poems and ballads he penned and performed. As with too many great musicians, Molina’s complicated relationship with the truth, combined with a secretive relationship with the bottle, ultimately claimed his life.
Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost details Molina’s personal trials and triumphs and reveals for the first time the true story of Molina’s last months and works, including an unpublished album unknown to many of his fans. Offering unfettered access to the mind and artistry of Molina through exclusive interviews with family, friends, and collaborators, the book also explores the Midwest music underground and the development of Bloomington, Indiana–based label Secretly Canadian.
As the first authorized and detailed account of this prolific songwriter and self-mythologizer, Jason Molina provides readers with unparalleled insight into Molina’s tormented life and the fascinating Midwest musical underground that birthed him. It’s a story for the ages that speaks volumes to the triumphs and trials of the artistic spirit while exploring the meaningful music that Molina’s creative genius left behind.
For the third time this month, Jon Solomon welcomes a live band to his Wednesday evening program. This time out terrifically melodic / impressively abrasive Philadelphia trio Psychic Teens stop by WPRB to perform. They’ll be playing songs from their new 12″ titled “Hex,” available on either yellow or green vinyl via Hex Records.
Hear the record in advance below.
That will make it easier to sing along when the Psychic Teens session premieres at 6:00 pm ET on June 28th.
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.”