12-18-12 Jive


Good evening, it’s Tuesday, Dec. 18th. This is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community  programming week nights and weekends. I’m Marianne O’Hare. Thanks to all of the WESU listeners who have chosen to give the gift of community radio during our 8th annual Winter Holiday Pledge drive! If you haven’t yet had a chance to do your part, you can still make that donation online at www.wesufm.org.
Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:
The North End Action Team invites you to celebrate the Season in song with your friends and neighbors in the North End of Middletown tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm.  NEAT’s Community Music Initiative is holding a Community Sing at The MAC650 Gallery on Main Street.  This is a *Free Event* with refreshments for Carolers provided. Bring a friend and a song!  For more information, contact Carolyn: carolyn@neatmiddletown.org, or call the NEAT office: 860-346-4845
Tomorrow/Tuesday evening, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown a free Laughter Yoga session.  Wednesday at the Buttonwood, Deni hosts a free night of Karaoke.  Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes Joe Flood back to the stage for a double bill with George Breakfast for an evening of Americana music called A Window Shoppers X-Mas. Saturday brings The Annual staged reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”  performed live by Peter Loffredo accompanied by Eric Esposito with two Shows at 3:00 and 7:00 pm.  Admission by donations plus a non-perishable food item for The Amazing Grace Pantry.  Saturday evening’s appearance by Jen Hill at The Buttonwood has been postponed. 
Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree.  You’re invited to help prepare them prepare their vegetarian meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.
Throughout December, you can catch a photography exhibit by none other than WESU’s own DJ Bill Revill, host of our Tuesday evening Folk music show, the Acoustic Blender will be exhibited. It’s an eclectic selection of subjects that includes musicians, landscapes, seascapes, local agricultural fairs and more. You can always find out more about buttonwood tree events at www.buttonwood.org 

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight (Tuesday), Ports of Spain hosts an album fundraiser featuring Wess Meets West,  Ovlov,  and Head With Wings. Thursday night at Café Nine BURLESQUE-A-PADES presents “HOLIDAY INN”: A rocking holiday burlesque spectacular direct from NYC. Friday, FAKE FOUR Presents: Ceschi & Anonymous Inc. for an evening of  live progressive instrumental hip hop / electronic music. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker this week.  Saturday night Café Nine presents Rocking around the Beehive Tree with Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez w/ special guests The MIghty Soul Drivers. SUNDAY evening Café nine presents the JEWMONGOUS- Holiday Comedy Songfest .  More online found at www.cafenine.com

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight (Tuesday), you can catch Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, for their weekly engagement. Wednesday, it’s Black eyed Sally’s longstanding Blues Jam session hosted with BRANDT TAYLOR this week. Thursday brings Hartford native Steve Balkun’s Blues Band to Sally’s. Friday night, The Colby’s Xmas Stocking Stuffer takes the Sally’s stage for an evening of Louisiana spiced music.  More at www.blackeyedsallys.com  

At the First Church of Christ on Court Street in Middletown, on Wednesday nights at 7pm, there’s an ongoing Scottish country dance class for all levels of experience. Call 860-347-0278 for more information.

Down in New Haven, at Toads place. Wednesday brings their weekly Electronic Dance Music Night. Friday brings the return of “Dirty” John Valby’s XXX-Mas show. Saturday night brings Kung Fu’s Christmas Spectacular featuring Break Science, Viral sound, and connection.  This is event is also a Toy drive for needy kids.
On the lily pad stage at Toad’s Saturday night Afton presents over 10 local bands. Sunday night you can catch Steady habits, Wess Meets West, and The Royal Swindle on the Lily pad Stage.  More information about all Toad’s shows can be found at www.toadsplace.com

Thursday night here in Middletown, The Russell Library presents the writing workshop: “We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences” under the direction of author Elisabeth Petry . This series invites veterans to share their stories in their own voices Thursdays – through Dec 27 at 7pmin Meeting Room 2 www.russelllibrary.org

On the third Thursday of every month, creative people come together for conversation, art and music at Real Art Way’s Creative Cocktail hour in Hartford. This month’s event offers a Silent Disco party where the crowd dances to DJ that plays through individual wireless headphones. www.realartways.org


Saturday night at 8pm, The Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents an evening of live music with The Marksmen   http://www.mattabesettcanoeclub.com/  860-347-9999

Now Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford through Wednesday night you can catch “The Flat”, “a film that begins as a family quest but evolves into a gripping study of know-don’t-tell reticence and the umbilical tie of a lost homeland.”  

Also through Wednesday, Real Art Ways is showing “The Waiting Room”a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. Tonight’s screening will be followed by a panel discussion about health care. There will be no films shown Thursday night. Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of “In the Family” a drama about an adopted child caught in a custody battle after one of his fathers dies unexpectedly.  Saturday brings the Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012 tothe screen at 2pm offering a colorful collection of short films from around the world, suited for audiences, ages 4 to 8. More information at www.realartways.org .

Through Friday, Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, is now showing Cloud Atlas the film adaptation of a book by British author David Mitchell wherein six interwoven stories, featuring a 19th century bisexual musician in Belgium, and a fast-food worker of the totalitarian future are interweaved.More at www.cinestudio.org .


Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s Finding Bliss: words and music with DJ Lauren “Bliss” Agnelli, an interview, free-form talk show about people who are following their hearts and living authentically.
At 6pm each week night, Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network provides an evening dose of alternative international news and reporting.
 

From 6:30-8:00 Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, provides  an eclectic selection of Americana, country with roots influence.
 

From 8-9pm. The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, is your source for live and local Connecticut arts and music at its best.
 

From 9-11:30 is Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who has a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head, and a musical library at his fingers.

From 11:30pm-12:30 am is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl, the dulcet tones of bluegrass and folk–just not entirely.


At 12:30 DJ Otto Nation steps in for the late night holiday mix you can’t find elsewhere.
The BBC World News   begins at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s programming at 5am with Morning Edition from National Public Radio.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

If you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at wesufm.org anytime – Thanks for listening!

Best Albums of 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the best music this year, and there’s a whole lot of it. This is just one man’s list and a totally subjective one– these aren’t necessarily the most important albums of the year, but they’re the one’s that I liked the most.

Click through to see the list


1. Ab-Soul- Control System

Kendrick Lamar’s album is getting all the attention this year, and for good reason. He’s made two classics in the past two years. But Control System has more highs than good kid, m.A.A.d city (including my favorite song of the year, “Book of Soul”). Kendrick and Ab make up half of the Black Hippy crew, which may be the best group of rappers who all seem to like each other since the heyday of Wu-Tang. Ab-Soul is the mascot of the band, the only one who actually looks like a hippy. He’s also the most out-there, rhyming about stuff like the pineal gland. This is what he said about that song in an interview with Complex, “Because you like the song you might want to ask somebody what a pineal gland is. Feel me?” I feel it. There’s a very strong theme of paranoia to Control System, much like another of the year’s best album’s, Cancer 4 Cure. As the album title indicates, Ab-Soul is drawing attention to systems of control– the military, the government, the police, etc. In “SOPA,” he takes on internet censorship. “Double Standard” takes on sexism. But there’s nothing preachy about Control System. He’s not Lupe Fiasco, railing against the system from some moralistic high-horse. His influences range from Eminem and Jay-Z to Basquiat and Banksy, but he’s definitely his own man. As he puts it on “Illuminate”: “I used to wanna rap like Jay-Z, now I feel I can run laps around Jay-Z.” That’s not empty bragging. Ab is a seriously gifted MC, who can hit you with punchlines that make you pause the track. Then there’s “Book of Soul,” an autobiographical tour de force about getting Stevens-Johnson syndrome (the reason why he’s nicknamed Black Lipped Bastard and wears sunglasses all the time) and the tragic death of his girlfriend, Alori Joh, who’s featured both on this album and Kendrick’s Section.80. It’s one of the most emotionally powerful rap songs I’ve ever heard.

2. Japandroids- Celebration Rock

Like Control System, Celebration Rock gives you a good idea of what to expect in the title. Do you like Celebrations? Do you like Rock & Roll Music? Then you, my friend, will dig this. It’s good to have a band that rocks out as hard as these guys around. There’s nothing particularly deep or game-changing about this album, but it kicks more ass than just about anything else.

3. Natural Child- Hard in Heaven

Natural Child also rocks hard. They are a group of scruffy long-haired Southerners who sound like they’re playing at the best, seediest bar in Nashville circa 1976. This was the year that I discovered Burger Records, and this is my favorite out of the treasure-trove of weird, wonderful albums that label puts out.

4. El-P- Cancer 4 Cure

This album is even more uncompromising than Control System in its dystopian vision of America as an authoritarian police-state. No song in 2012 may be more prescient than “Drones Over Bklyn.” On “The Full Retard,” he even has a cartoon voice mock him: “You are so fucking paranoid.”Oh in case you were wondering whether he cares about whether that song title offends you: “Did I give a shit? Of course not.” El-P has been an underground hero for a long time– member of Company Flow, producer for Cannibal Ox, founder of Def Jux. Recently he’s been reintroducing himself to a new generation of underground hip-hop fans, working with some of the best: Das Racist, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Killer Mike and Danny Brown (the last three appear on this album). He’s got an auteur’s vision for his production– dark and almost hallucinatory, like a Cronenberg movie. And “For My Upstairs Neighboor” is the best rap song about domestic abuse that I’ve heard.

5. Killer Mike- R.A.P. Music

This album starts out with the best banger of 2012, “Big Beast,” a song that teams up Killer Mike with two other legends of Southern rap, Bun B & T.I. The video is one of the best things that happened in 2012– a tribute to slasher movies and Drive with zombie strippers, El-P in a Ronald Reagan mask, and T.I. hilariously looking like a kid next to Mike and Bun. This album is a collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P, who produced every song on the record. It’s an unexpected but inspired partnering of two men from very different worlds– the Dungeon Family and the New York underground– who share a strong love for rap music and a questioning, critical political sensibility. Like Control System and Cancer 4 Cure, this is another album that challenges the persistent perception of hip-hop as a misogynistic art form. “Untitled” is Mike’s tribute to women, and he has admitted in interviews that having a daughter has made him change some of his previously-held sexist views. “Reagan” is a political dissertation in song form– the most thorough expression of hip-hop’s fascination with and hatred for Ronald Reagan. “JoJo’s Chillin'” is old-school Slick Rick-style hip-hop storytelling. “Willie Burke Sherwood” is about Mike’s late grandfather, and I saw him tear up in concert when he played it.

6. Kendrick Lamar- good kid, m.A.A.d. city

The cover tells you a lot about this album– it’s Kendrick’s coming-of-age film, a strongly cinematic album that holds together as a complete narrative about a good kid trying to find his way in a very tough place– Compton, California. The three song cycle from “m.A.A.d. city” to “Swimming Pools (Drank)” to “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” is unbelievably good. MC Eiht, a Compton veteran, delivers a scene-stealing verse on “m.A.A.d. city,” a song about how a kid gets drawn into crime. Kendrick made it to household-name stature with this album, and he’s got some big names helping him out– Dr. Dre and Wheelchair Jimmy, who appear on this album, along with Lady Gaga, who thankfully did not. But far from depending on those established acts or on input from label executives to polish him into some commercially viable rapper, Kendrick made an ambitious, personal statement without compromising his artistic integrity one bit, and it worked! This is the most reassuring story for the music industry this year.

7. Tame Impala- Lonerism

As someone who has spent a lot of time alone in the Jardin de Luxembourg, this album cover hit almost too close to home. The themes of the album– loneliness and unrequited love– are likely familiar to just about anyone. But this isn’t a album that broods in unhappiness. Rather, it’s dreamy, psychedelic music that can make you smile in spite of whatever troubles you. The boys from Perth have surpassed the high expectations placed on them after their stellar debut, Innerspeaker. This album recalls the greatest psychedelic music of the sixties and seventies, but it’s not derivative. Along with other Tame Impala-associated acts, Pond & Melody’s Echo Chamber, Lonerism is an exciting indication of a psychedelic rebirth.

8. Dirty Projectors- Swing Lo Magellan
Dirty Projectors have a pretty unparalleled ear for melodies and beautiful arrangements. Thankfully, they also know how to rock out, as the album opener “Offspring Are Blank” demonstrates, starting off pretty, but featuring some badass guitar riffery. While other “indie” acts like Grizzly Bear, the XX & Bat for Lashes went minimalist this year, making boring, lifeless music, every song on this record sound full of energy and possibilities. It’s a highly varied album musically, which makes sense, considering David Longstreth has cited everything from Lil Wayne‘s Da Drought 3 to “Homeboy” by Eric Church as influences on the record.

9. Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso- Exalted
Nacho Picasso is a character. He raps about topics like Greek and Norse mythology and makes 80s pop culture references, just as much as he touches on subjects like drugs, sex and violence. This album is one of the funniest of 2012, but it also sounds like the soundtrack to a movie about a dark, twisted criminal underworld. The beats by Blue Sky Black Death are hard hitting, dark, and synth-y, almost like the Drive soundtrack, but harder edged. Both are vital elements of a surprisingly awesome Seattle hip-hop scene, which features the likes of Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction and Kingdom Crumbs. Possible line of the year: “I say my name and I do a little chuckle.” I would too, if I was named Nacho Picasso.

10. King Tuff- King Tuff

This is a thoroughly fun glam rock album made by a man who sounds like he would be a whole lot of fun to hang out with. King Tuff AKA Kyle Thomas is perhaps best known as the singer and guitar player in Witch, a stoner metal band that features J. Mascis, who put out a killer album of his own this year, Dino Jr.’s I Believe in Sky. It’s hard not to be in a good mood when you listen to this album.

Runners Up (in no particular order):
Lil B- Obama Basedgod
The Coup- Sorry to Bother You
Cult of Youth- Love Will Prevail
Curren$y- Muscle Car Chronicles
Dinosaur Jr.- I Believe in Sky
GLC- The Anti Simp
Angel Haze- Reservation
Ka- Grief Pedigree
Gucci Mane- I’m Up
Kane Mayfield- Rhymes By Kane: Thievery Corporation Edition
Nas- Life Is Good
Niki & The Dove- Instinct
SpaceGhostPurrp- Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp

12-17-12 Jive


Good evening, it’s Monday, Dec. 17th. This is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community  programming week nights and weekends. I’m Marianne O’Hare. Tanks to all of the WESU listeners who have chosen to give the gift of community radio during our 8th annual Winter Holiday Pledge drive! If you haven’t yet had a chance to do your part, you can still make that donation online at www.wesufm.org.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:

On Monday evenings, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown presents the weekly Anything Goes Open Mic hosted by J-Cherry (who also produces a Tuesday night radio program, Voice of the City, here in WESU).

Tomorrow evening, there’s a free Laughter Yoga session with Mylene at the buttonwood.


Wednesday at the Buttonwood, Deni hosts a free night of Karaoke.  Friday night, The Buttonwood Tree welcomes Joe Flood back to the stage for a double bill with George Breakfast for an evening of American music called A Window Shoppers X-Mas.


Saturday brings The Annual staged reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”  performed live by Peter Loffredo accompanied by Eric Esposito with two Shows at 3:00 and 7:00 pm.  Admission by donations plus a non-perishable food item for The Amazing Grace Pantry.


Saturday evening’s appearance by Jen Hill at The Buttonwood has been postponed.  

Each Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food in front of the Buttonwood Tree.  You’re invited to help prepare them prepare their vegetarian meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.


Throughout December, you can catch a photography exhibit by none other than WESU’s own DJ Bill Revill, host of our Tuesday evening Folks music show, the Acoustic Blender will be exhibited. It’s an eclectic selection of subjects that includes musicians, landscapes, seascapes, local agricultural fairs and more. You can always find out more about buttonwood tree events at www.buttonwood.org  

At Café Nine in New Haven tonight, THE FISTFUL OF JOKES MONTHLY COMEDY SERIES begins at 7:30.The ELM CITY AMERICANA SERIES begins at 8pm tonight and features Sub Verso, Pools Are Nice, and Milksop:Unsung.  Tomorrow at Cafe Nine, Ports of Spain hosts an album fundraiserfeaturing Wess Meets West,  Ovlov,  and Head With Wings. Thursday night at Café Nine BURLESQUE-A-PADESpresents “HOLIDAY INN”: A rocking holiday burlesque spectacular direct from NYC.

Friday, FAKE FOUR Presents: Ceschi & Anonymous Inc. for an evening of  live progressive instrumental hip hop / electronic music.
Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by George Baker this week.  Saturday night Café Nine presents Rocking around the Beehive Tree with Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez w/ special guests The MIghty Soul Drivers. SUNDAY evening Café nine presents the JEWMONGOUS – Holiday Comedy Songfest .  More online found at www.cafenine.com

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, it’s their weekly Jazz Monday event. Tomorrow brings Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, to Sally’s stage for their weekly engagement.
Wednesday, it’s Black eyed Sally’s longstanding Blues Jam session hosted with BRANDT TAYLOR this week. Thursday brings Hartford native Steve Balkun’s Blues Band to Sally’s. The Colby’s Xmas Stocking Stuffer takes the Sally’s stage for an evening of Louisiana spiced music.
More at www.blackeyedsallys.com

The North End Action Team invites you to celebrate the Season in song with your friends and neighbors in the North End of Middletown tomorrow/ Tuesday, evening at 7pm.  NEAT’s Community Music Initiative is holding a Community Sing at The MAC650 Gallery on Main Street.  This is a *Free Event* with refreshments for Carolers provided. Bring a friend and a song!  For more information, contact Carolyn: carolyn@neatmiddletown.org, or call the NEAT office: 860-346-4845

At the First Church of Christ on Court Street in Middletown, on Wednesday nights at 7pm, there’s an ongoing Scottish country dance class for all levels of experience. Call 860-347-0278 for more information.

Down in New Haven, Wednesday brings their weekly Electronic Dance Music Night. Friday brings the return of “Dirty” John Valby’s XXX-Mas show. Saturday night brings Kung Fu’s Christmas Spectacular featuring Break Science, Viral sound, and connection.  This is event is also a Toy drive for needy kids.

On the lily pad stage at Toad’s Saturday night Afton presents over 10 local bands. Sunday night you can catch Steady habits, Wess Meets West, and The Royal Swindle on the Lily pad Stage.  More information about all Toad’s shows can be found at www.toadsplace.com

Thursday night here in Middletown, The Russell Library presents the writing workshop: “We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences” under the direction of author Elisabeth Petry . This series invites veterans to share their stories in their own voices Thursdays – through Dec 27 at 7pmin Meeting Room 2 www.russelllibrary.org

On the third Thursday of every month, creative people come together for conversation, art and music at Real Art Way’s Creative Cocktail hour in Hartford. This month’s offers a Silent Disco party where the crowd dances to DJ that plays through individual wireless headphones.


Saturday night at 8pm, The Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents an evening of live music with The Marksmen   http://www.mattabesettcanoeclub.com/  860-347-9999


Now Here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford through Wednesday night you can catch “The Flat”, “a film that begins as a family quest but evolves into a gripping study of know-don’t-tell reticence and the umbilical tie of a lost homeland.”   


Also through Wednesday, Real Art Ways is also showing “The Waiting Room”a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. Tonight’s screening will be followed by a panel discussion about health care. There will be no films shown Thursday night. Friday Real Art Ways opens a run of “In the Family” a drama about an adopted child caught in a custody battle after one of his fathers dies unexpectedly.  Saturday brings Real Art Ways shows Best of NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012 on the screen at 2pm offering a colorful collection of short films from around the world, suited for audiences, ages 4 to 8. More information at www.realartways.org .

Through Friday, Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, is now showing Cloud Atlas the film adaptation of a book by British author David Mitchell wherein six interwoven stories, featuring a 19th century bisexual musician in Belgium, and a fast-food worker of the totalitarian future are interweaved. More at www.cinestudio.org.


Now here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five,it’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show.

At 6pm each week night, Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network provided an evening dose of alternative international news and reporting.

At 630 tonight Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog moves through the blues Diaspora featuring front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul.

at 8pm on the Rumpus Room, Lord Lewis presents his Annual Christmas showcase for the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves with a holiday flavor.

At 9:30 it’s a special 3 hour winter edition of Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, where you can hear
The music of yesterday’s future, today.

From 12:30-2:30am you can catch a refreshing mix of holiday tunes  you are not likely to hear elsewhere thanks to DJ Otto NAtion

at 2:30 am Maximum Rock and Roll Radio features the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n roll record collection.

at 3:30am DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections. You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.

The BBC World News   begins at 4am and we begin tomorrow’s programming at 5am with Morning Edition from National Public Radio.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

If you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at wesufm.org anytime – Thanks for listening!

Friday’s Jive 12-14-12

Good evening, it’s Friday, December 14th, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I’m Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.

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For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That’s arts2GO.org

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, throughout the month of December, photos by WESU’s own dj Bill Revill are exhibited. Tonight Marci Geller’s Open Book Tour comes in to The Buttonwood, with a musical trio led by singer-songwriter Geller on piano and vocals. Saturday afternoon, in association with Holiday on Main Street, the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department sponsors an ornament decorating activity. Supplies will be provided. Saturday evening brings the Electroacoustic Improvisation to The Buttonwood.  Among the performers is a percussionist/laptopist and an effects-addicted guitarist. The music has been called ambient, spacious and cinematic.
Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood Tree welcome to all.  Prior to the feasting, you’re invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Later on Sunday, at 4pm Suzy Lamson hosts a Poetry Potluck, not an open mic and not a salon, the afternoon falls safely in between and is meant for poets and poem lovers. Find out more about Buttonwood events at 
www.buttonwood.org.

ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet presents SUBMERGED! at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street in Middletown tonight. SUBMERGED!  is a sixty minute, five person circus about water-related environmental issues. The show starts on the beaches, lawns and bathrooms of central Connecticut and journeys around the globe, exploring human impacts on the hydrosphere through the artistry, imagination and spectacle of circus. Contact: Dic Wheeler dic@art-farm.org or 860.346.4390 for information.

There’s blues dancing at Vinnie’s Jump and Jive tonight, things get started at 7 pm with dance classes and continue until midnight with dancing. Find out more about the classes and open dance at vinniesjumpandjive.com

On Saturday beginning at 8pm, listen to classic rock with lively dance music by Out of the Basement at the Canoe Club at Harbor Park, 80 Harbor Drive in Middletown. Call 860-347-9999 for more details. On Sunday at 5pm the Canoe Club features the jazz trio, The Three of Us, for dancing and listening and then at 6pm the Eric Kuhn Group takes the stage at the Club.


The Rusted Keys play Sunday morning, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Higher Grounds, 70 Main Street, East Hampton. The Keys (Diane Kozikowski & Dave Downs) perform a style of music they call “Nouveau Croon,” blending early jazz/pop influences with modern acoustic sensibilities. Call Higher Grounds at 860.467.6643


Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight you’ll find Riders on the Storm, a Tribute to the Doors, in a celebration of Jim Morrison’s birthday, as well as Electric Lady Band, INK, Silvergun, Terra Firma, and Action Potential. Saturday, it’s Marion Meadows’ Annual Jazz Christmas Show. Find more online at toadsplace.com

At Café Nine in New Haven, the Friday happy hour brings in Sal Paradise, followed by Bill Kirchen’s Honky Tonk Christmas, with The Forgotten Ones, described as “the twangiest holiday show in town” with the Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen. Then Saturday, it’s the  Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by the North Shore Troubadours; w/ the Clams; MC “Thick Beef” and DJ Dave Coon. Sunday, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found at cafenine.com

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight the Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends will be in. Saturday at Sally’s it’s Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. More can found at blackeyedsallys.com

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight and continuing through the weekend into next week catch “The Flat”, “a film that begins as a family quest but evolves into a gripping study of know-don’t-tell reticence and the umbilical tie of a lost homeland.” The Waiting Room, a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients is a weekend choice as well. And on Saturday, it’s the Best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012, a family favorite, suited for Real Art Ways’ youngest audiences, ages 4 to 8. This and lots more can be found at realartways.org.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema through the weekend, also in 4-K, are screenings of Samsara. Shot over four years in 100 locations in 25 countries, it offers images of our planet that few of us will have the opportunity to see in person. The mesmerizing scenes of unprecedented clarity were created by shooting large format 65mm film, then transferring the film through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K format. Tonight also brings a 10:30 p.m. showing of Back to the Future, with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, to Cinestudio. More can be found at cinestudio.org.

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And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 Wild Wild Live with MC Apper

A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists’ campus shows.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm 
it’s Free Speech Radio News – Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

For the next half hour, until 7pm you have the Middletown Youth Radio Project – A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

At 7, until 8:30pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee – Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it
 From the Otherside with 
Rok-A-Dee – The Voice of Hartford, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

From 10 until Midnight, take in
 the sounds of Rumba en el Patio 
with Michael
- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At Midnight until 1:30am Saturday it’s 
N.E. Tempo with 
DJ Berk
- Serious turntablism – Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

At 1:30am we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave 
until 3am – Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 3, to 4am it’s the Bassment Beats – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

Then, we bring you
 Sing Out! 
from 4 to 5am, on a mission to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the 
BBC World News 
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italiafrom 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU’s own WESParla 
 – A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.

The written form for what you’ve heard on today’s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive 

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening!

Thursday’s Jive

Today’s Jive was recorded and produced by: 
J-Cherry… producer and host of, ‘VOICE of the CITY’
 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
Live and local… This ain’t no commercial radio!
jcherrypresents.com


Good evening, it’s Thursday December 13th, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I’m J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,  Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. WESU is now recording our live stream! Visit wesu.streamrewind.com to hear VOICE of the CITY, and other great shows recorded here on WESU! Thanks for tuning in.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, throughout the month of December, photos by WESU’s own dj Bill Revill will be exhibited.Tonight Thursday, it’s Writers Out Loud, the monthly open mic showcase of literary prose. Friday, it’s Marci Geller’s Open Book Tour , with a musical trio led by singer-songwriter Geller on piano and vocals. Saturday afternoon, the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department sponsors an ornament decorating activity. Supplies will be provided. Saturday evening brings the Electroacoustic Improvisation to the Buttonwood.  Among the performers is a ?percussionist/laptopist? and an ?effects-addicted guitarist.? The music has been called ambient, spacious and cinematic.

Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome.  You?re invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Find out more about Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org.

On Friday, ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet presents SUBMERGED! at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street in Middletown. SUBMERGED!  is a sixty minute, five person circus about water-related environmental issues. The show starts on the beaches, lawns and bathrooms of central Connecticut and journeys around the globe, exploring human impacts on the hydrosphere through the artistry, imagination and spectacle of circus. Contact: Dic Wheeler dic@art-farm.org or 860.346.4390 for information.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight: A Nite of Reggae Dancehall & Soca, with Mr.
Vegas, Laza Morgan, Shane Fre, Indian, Alandon and Frassman & Dezey Coyotte.
Friday brings Riders on the Storm, a Tribute to the Doors, to Toad’s, a celebration of Jim Morrison’s birthday, as well as Electric Lady Band, INK, Silvergun, Terra Firma, and Action Potential. Saturday, it’s Marion Meadows’s Annual Jazz Christmas Show. More can be found online at toadsplace.com

Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight  it’s Them Damn Hamiltons. Also performing: Lys Guillorn.The Friday happy hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Bill Kirchen?s Honky Tonk Christmas, with The Forgotten Ones, described as ?the twangiest holiday show in town with the Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen.Then Saturday, it’s the  Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by the North Shore Troubadours; w/ the Clams; MC “Thick Beef” and DJ Dave Coon.Sunday, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars. More can be found at cafenine.com

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight is the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley to Sallys tonight
it’s Eight to the Bar and Friday brings the Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends to Sallys.
Saturday at Sally’s it’s Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. More can found at blackeyedsallys.com

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight screenings of The Flat continue. Friday through Sunday bring screenings of The Waiting Room, a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. Also on Saturday, it’s the Best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012, a family favorite, suited for Real Art Wayss youngest audiences, ages 4 to 8. This and lots more can be found at realartways.org.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema tonight, Roman Polanski’s Tess in 4K continues. Four-K is the new ultra high-definition digital projection format now in place at Cinestudio.
Tonight through the weekend, also in 4-K, are screenings of Samsara.
Shot over four years in 100 locations in 25 countries, it offers images of our planet that few of us will have the opportunity to see in person. The mesmerizing scenes of unprecedented clarity were created by shooting large format 65mm film, then transferring the film through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K format.
Friday brings a 10:30 p.m. showing of Back to the Future, with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, to Cinestudio. More can be found at cinestudio.org.

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at 5,Thursday, 5:05-6pm
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.


Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.


Total Praise with Minister Latrecia
A diverse and inspirational blend of contemporary gospel music to uplift your spirit!


Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.


Bridging the Gap with Jesse Brent
Exploring how music has changed forms through the years, and the links that tie together seemingly disparate genres such as blues and rap, or funk and Krautrock.


Alphabet Soup with DJ Blaze
An anti-genre, request-based melting pot. Each episode, we randomly select a letter from the alphabet, and play bands or artists whose names start with that letter. A wild romp through the annals of WESU’s music library, supported and guided by the interests of our listeners.


Bach Party with Canyon Girl
Bach Party will feature a unique theme each week showcasing work from a grand pool of classical composers and compositions. Tune in, remain composed, and keep it classy.


Hip-Hop Kitchen with Alex G
We play positivistic, afrocentric and jazz influenced hip-hop/rap that’s mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. Basically good food to eat while you listen to good hip-hop.


Songs Without Words with Jacob Feder
Songs Without Words offers an eclectic assortment of instrumental musics both new and old.


UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel
The best covers take original tracks and transform them into their own creations. Bridging genres, musical styles, and time, Undercover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation. Sometimes they surpass the original, sometimes they miss the mark – it’s your call.


Jack’s Jazz and Jam with DJ Jack
I will be playing music that features that blends styles, genres, and interesting melodic and harmonic arrangements. I would focus specifically on jazz and jazz influenced music, rock n’ roll, jam bands, bluegrass, funk, and any blending of the above genres.


Rock Fatale with DJ Stella
Featuring the first ladies of rock, from The Marvelettes to Metric.


Sunspot Loops
A sporadic exploration of what exists in music at the moment.


Corporate Radio Talk Show Live Superstar 9000 with \.com
The talk show that has the FCC raving! We never cease to disappoint.


The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5 a.m. with Morning Edition from NPR.


That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at www.wesufm.org/jive, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them tojive@wesufm.org If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at www.wesufm.org, every dollar counts and we need to hear from you.Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa


12-12-12 jive


Good evening, it’s Wednesday, Dec. 12th, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I’m Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night’s Evening Jazz where “hearing is the best experience” and Connecticut’s number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!!
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Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, throughout the month of December, photos by WESU’s own dj Bill Revill will be exhibited.

Tonight brings Evening Oasis, a belly dancing presentation to the Buttonwood.

Thursday, it’s Writers Out Loud, the monthly open mic showcase of literary prose.
Friday, it’s Marci Geller’s Open Book Tour , with a musical trio led by singer-songwriter Geller on piano and vocals.
Saturday afternoon, the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department sponsors an ornament decorating activity. Supplies will be provided.

Saturday evening brings the Electroacoustic Improvisation to the Buttonwood.  Among the performers is a ?percussionist/laptopist? and an ?effects-addicted guitarist.? The music has been called ambient, spacious and cinematic.

Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome.  You?re invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
Find out more about Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org.

On Friday, ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet presents SUBMERGED! at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street in Middletown. SUBMERGED!  is a sixty minute, five person circus about water-related environmental issues. The show starts on the beaches, lawns and bathrooms of central Connecticut and journeys around the globe, exploring human impacts on the hydrosphere through the artistry, imagination and spectacle of circus. Contact: Dic Wheeler dic@art-farm.org or 860.346.4390 for information.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight is the weekly EDM Night.

Thursday brings Sessions: A Nite of Reggae Dancehall & Soca, with Mr.
Vegas, Laza Morgan, Shane Fre, Indian, Alandon and Frassman & Dezey Coyotte.

Friday brings Riders on the Storm, a Tribute to the Doors, to Toad’s, a celebration of Jim Morrison’s birthday, as well as Electric Lady Band, INK, Silvergun, Terra Firma, and Action Potential.

Saturday, it’s Marion Meadows’s Annual Jazz Christmas Show. More can be found online at toadsplace.com

Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight brings Vandaveer to Café Nine,  w/ Kindred Queer.

Thursday, it’s Them Damn Hamiltons. Also performing: Lys Guillorn.

The Friday happy hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Bill Kirchen?s Honky Tonk Christmas, with The Forgotten Ones, described as ?the twangiest holiday show in town with the Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen.
Then Saturday, it?s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by the North Shore Troubadours; w/ the Clams; MC “Thick Beef” and DJ Dave Coon.

Sunday, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More can be found at cafenine.com

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight is the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley to Sallys. It’s one of the longest running open blues jams in New England.

Thursday, it’s Eight to the Bar and Friday brings the Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends to Sallys.

Saturday at Sally’s it’s Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood. More can found at blackeyedsallys.com

Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight and Thursday, screenings of The Flat continue.
“Right now, from 4 to 6″ is the Thomas Chapin Quartet CD Release.

Tonight also brings Inescapable Rhythms to Real Art Ways, the every-second-Wednesday poetry reading and open mic series.

Friday through Sunday bring screenings of The Waiting Room, a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.

Also on Saturday, it’s the Best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012, a family favorite, suited for Real Art Wayss youngest audiences, ages 4 to 8. This and lots more can be found at realartways.org.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema tonight, Roman Polanski’s Tess in 4K continues. Four-K is the new ultra high-definition digital projection format now in place at Cinestudio.

Thursday through the weekend, also in 4-K, are screenings of Samsara.
Shot over four years in 100 locations in 25 countries, it offers images of our planet that few of us will have the opportunity to see in person. The mesmerizing scenes of unprecedented clarity were created by shooting large format 65mm film, then transferring the film through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K format.
Friday brings a 10:30 p.m. showing of Back to the Future, with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, to Cinestudio.
More can be found at cinestudio.org.
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And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at 5 stay tuned for The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano
An hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30pm, it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Beginning at 6:30 and running until 8pm it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It’s a vinyl world!

Starting at 8 it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11pm it’s Missteps with Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall
Missteps is a club night, record label, and radio show run by Guy Fridge and Nicholas Msall that seeks to bring attention to the latest in underground club music from around the world. Missteps focuses on forward-thinking dance music including juke, global bass music, uk-garage, underground house/techno, and wonky beats.

And from 11pm-12am stay tuned for Shelf Life with DJ Quandry
Shelf Life is an electronic music show consisting of random cds plucked from the shelves of the electronic music section minutes before the start of the show. It’s a guaranteed way to discover new, different, and surprising artists in the electronic genre.

From Midnight until 1:30am it’s Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

Then in the wee hours from  1:30-2:30am it’s Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian McCarthy
(Primarily) Sad pop music with a different title-based theme every show; experimental, ambient, riot grrrl, synthpop, baroque pop all somewhat represented, plus more.

In the early morning hours of 2:30-3:30am it’s Alive Not Amplified with Adrien
The longest running student radio show on WESU! Electronics discouraged.

From 3:30-4am
DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections
You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4am and we begin another day with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at 5. If you didn’t get a chance to write anything down you can access the Jive at WESUFM.org/jive. Tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at wesufm.org anytime. Thanks for listening!

An Interview with Shloggfather: Godfather of Shlogg

Current Wesleyan senior, “mysterious beatician hailing from Eugene, OR” and occupant of the room beside mine, Shloggfather has cultivated a unique sonic palette/soft palate over the years. I sat down at my computer and gchatted with him while he made dinner for our apartment. Listen to “recent” chef-d’oeuvre “Intergalactic Furgle-Fest” on his bandcamp page, where it is available for free download.

Click through to read the interview

WESU: Hi, [Shloggfather's real name]. I’m a Music Director at WESU.
Shloggfather: K.
W: We received a copy of your album, “Intergalactic Furgle-Fest,” a few years ago, and it just made its way to the top of our pile. Have you sent your music to other radio stations?
S: When I finished that album (the summer between freshman and sophomore year) I sent it around to KWVA in Eugene, WESU and various indie labels and artists. I may have sent it to WFMU also but not too many radio stations. Excuse me, I have to check on the potatoes.
W: Does KWVA play this kind of music?
S: KWVA is similar to WESU in many ways. Definitely some of the same kinds of music get played, though I think the main difference is the level of commitment DJs have to the station.
W: Maybe you could also explain what genre you consider your music a part of?
S: This may be a cliche, but I prefer not to construct musical value around arbitrary nomenclature. That said, my music has been classified on last.fm as slutwave and sexperimental.
  
W: Those are helpful specifications. Did you take a similar approach to naming your album? Is “Intergalactic Furgle-Fest” an arbitrary generation of words?
S: It’s a reference to a character in (Joseph Heller’s) Catch-22 who is so preoccupied with taking pictures of women that he is unable to simultaneously furgle them. I took the idea of a furgled furgle and expanded it to resonate through the galaxy.
W: Which character? Milo? Huple?
S: Hungry Joe.
W: Right. Inspirations. What sounds inspire you?
S: I am inspired heavily by heavy machinery, as well as rattling, clanging and banging.
W: “You’re sweet but you can be a cold hard bitch sometimes” sounds far from industrial/metallic. You’ve clearly got some funky melodic proclivities, too.
S: Right. I also take cues from Jean-Pierre Rampal. Ken Davis’ “Pan Flutes by the Ocean” is seminal.
S: Dinner is ready. Let’s eat now and finish this after.
W:  Okay. Bon appetit.
W:  Hi. If your music were a sport, what it would be called?
S: Poopscatball.
W: Who are the musicians on campus you like working with?
S: I really haven’t played with that many people on campus, but Jeremy Webber ’13 and Henry Molofsky ’13 and I have formed a band this semester called Goodbye Goodbye Penis Penis Penis which has so far played 1.5 aborted gigs.
W: What’s a dangus? 
S: A dangus is a dry dingus.
W: You mentioned that you released this album three summers ago. Was your freshman year at Wesleyan at all formative in the creation of IFF?
S: Definitely. Taking Intro to Experimental Music with Alvin Lucier really expanded my horizons, and Physics for Future Presidents, well… Some of the tracks on that album are reworkings of things I’d started long before Wes, too. That’s often how I work – I’ll start something, get sick of it, and return to it after a few months with fresh ears.
W: One (ish) more question. What can we expect from Papa Shlogg in the future? Similar aesthetic? Sun Ra + Stockhausen? Organ blowing?
S: Lately I’ve been focused on composing for the pipe organ as well as designing custom audio software in Max/MSP. In fact, I’ll be combining the two in my senior organ recital this spring, which will focus on the work of Olivier Messiaen and his forbears. That could be a nice story for a children’s book. O.M. and his Four Bears.
W:  I look forward to the audiobook. Thanks for your time! Last words of wisdom to students who want to make electronic music but are too intimidated to start?
S:  Download Propellerhead’s Reason for free online and figure out how to use it. That’s a great way to learn how to fit different sounds together in time, as well as how physical audio equipment works. Reason was my gateway drug.
W:  Great. Happy Hanukkah.
S:  Matzoh Tov.

Tuesday, December 11th

 Good afternoon, it’s Tuesday, Dec. 11th, Jackie Soro’s day of birth, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends.

I’m Isabelle, host of the Fuss, a free form interview show airing every 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday at 1:30.
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Here’s a rundown of some of what?s happening in our area:
At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, throughout the month of December, photos by WESU’s own dj Bill Revill will be exhibited.
Wednesday brings Evening Oasis, a belly dancing presentation to the Buttonwood.
Thursday, it’s Writers Out Loud, the monthly open mic showcase of literary prose.
Friday, it’s Marci Geller’s Open Book Tour , with a musical trio led by singer-songwriter Geller on piano and vocals.
Saturday afternoon, the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department sponsors an ornament decorating activity. Supplies will be provided.
Saturday evening brings the Electroacoustic Improvisation to the Buttonwood.  Among the performers is a ?percussionist/laptopist? and an ?effects-addicted guitarist.? The music has been called ambient, spacious and cinematic.
On Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome.  You?re invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at
11:30 am.
Find out more about Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org.
On Friday, ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet presents SUBMERGED! at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street in Middletown. SUBMERGED!  is a sixty minute, five person circus about water-related environmental issues. The show starts on the beaches, lawns and bathrooms of central Connecticut and journeys around the globe, exploring human impacts on the hydrosphere through the artistry, imagination and spectacle of circus. Contact: Dic Wheeler dic@art-farm.org or 860.346.4390 for information.
Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place Wednesday is the weekly EDM Night.
Thursday brings Sessions: A Nite of Reggae Dancehall & Soca, with Mr.
Vegas, Laza Morgan, Shane Fre, Indian, Alandon and Frassman & Dezey Coyotte.
Friday brings Riders on the Storm, a Tribute to the Doors, to Toad’s, a celebration of Jim Morrison’s birthday, as well as Electric Lady Band, INK, Silvergun, Terra Firma, and Action Potential.
Saturday, it’s Marion Meadows’s Annual Jazz Christmas Show.
More at toadsplace.com
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight brings Joe Flood Soiree Brassens.
Wednesday brings Vandaveer to Café Nine,  w/ Kindred Queer.
Thursday, it’s Them Damn Hamiltons. Also performing: Lys Guillorn.
The Friday happy hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Bill Kirchen?s Honky Tonk Christmas, with The Forgotten Ones, described as ?the twangiest holiday show in town with the Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen.
Then Saturday, it?s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by the North Shore Troubadours; w/ the Clams; MC “Thick Beef” and DJ Dave Coon.
  Sunday, it’s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More at cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s tongiht is Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18 piece band jamming and working out new material.
Wednesday brings the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley to Sallys. It’s one of the longest running open blues jams in New England.
Thursday, it’s Eight to the Bar.
And Friday brings the Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends to Sallys.
Saturday, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood.
Details at blackeyedsallys.com
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight through Thursday, screenings of The Flat continue.
Right now, from 4 to 6 is the Thomas Chapin Quartet CD Release.
Wednesday brings Inescapable Rhythms to Real Art Ways, the every-second-Wednesday poetry reading and open mic series.
Friday through Sunday bring screenings of The Waiting Room, a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.
Also on Saturday, it’s the Best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012, a family favorite, suited for Real Art Wayss youngest audiences, ages 4 to 8.
This and lots more can be found at realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema tonight through Wednesday, Roman Polanski’s Tess, in 4K,  continues. Four-K is the new ultra high-definition digital projection format now in place at Cinestudio.
Thursday through the weekend, also in 4-K, are screenings of Samsara.
Shot over four years in 100 locations in 25 countries, it offers images of our planet that few of us will have the opportunity to see in person. The mesmerizing scenes of unprecedented clarity were created by shooting large format 65mm film, then transferring the film through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K format.
Friday brings a 10:30 p.m. showing of Back to the Future, with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, to Cinestudio.
More can be found at cinestudio.org.
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And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Up next is Finding Bliss with DJ Bliss Agnelli
From 6-6:30 is Free Speech Radio news from the Pacifica Network, your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.

From 6:30-8:00 is Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, an eclectic selection of Americana, country with root influence.

From 8-9pm is The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, your source for live and local Connecticut arts and music at its best.

From 9-10:30 is Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who has a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head, and a musical library at his fingers.

From 10:30-11:30 is This Southbound Train, with Mary Barrett, featuring bluegrass, newgrass, and other acoustic sounds.

From 11:30pm-12:30 am is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl, the dulcet tones of bluegrass and folk–just not entirely.

Wednesday, 12:30-1:30am is Radical Roots, with Junkyard Augustine and KC-Gull, presenting lo-fi music with a message.

Wednesday, 1:30-2:30am is The Wayfaring Stranger with Lily Myers, bringing the newest and best in contemporary folk and folk-rock from around the country.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

The soundtrack  behind today’s jive at five is called “Tap Dancing Hens” and is a featured sound of MiddletownRemix , a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables participants to develop and express the acoustic identity of Greater Middletown, and to explore and experience the soundscapes of the city. You can find this sound as well as many more and learn how to participate yourself, online at www.Middletownremix.org

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WESU Radio 200: Swedish Pop on Top

1    EL PERRO DEL MAR    The Pale Fire    Control Group
2    FLYING LOTUS    Until The Quiet Comes    Warp
3    PRINCE RAMA    Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World    Paw Tracks
4    AMANDA PALMER AND THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA    Theatre Is Evil    8 Ft.
5    EVENS    The Odds    Dischord
6    MR. MUTHAFUCKIN’ EXQUIRE    The Man In The High Castle   
7    METRIC    Synthetica    MMI-Mom And Pop

Click through to see the rest of the chart, featuring The Coup, Cactus Channel, Ex-Cult, Ab Soul & Converge

8    THE COUP    Sorry To Bother You    Anti
9    SUFJAN STEVENS    Silver And Gold    Asthmatic Kitty
10    KING TUFF    “Screaming Skull” [Single]    Sub Pop
11    ROC MARCIANO    Reloaded    Decon
12    TITUS ANDRONICUS    Local Business    XL
13    TOY LOVE    Live At The Gluepot 1980    Goner

14    CACTUS CHANNEL    Haptics    Hope Street
15    KAKI KING    Glow    Velour
16    MATH THE BAND    Get Real    Anchor Brain
17    U.S. GIRLS    Gem    FatCat
18    FATHER JOHN MISTY    Fear Fun    Sub Pop

19    EX-CULT    Ex-Cult    Goner
20    DUM DUM GIRLS    End Of Daze    SUB POP
21    MENAHAN STREET BAND    The Crossing    Dunham

22    AB-SOUL    Control System    TopDawg
23    NON/BOYD RICE    Back To Mono    Mute
24    ALVARIUS B    Alvarius B    Abduction
25    MAC DEMARCO    2    Captured Tracks
26    SIDEWALK DAVE    Hard On Romance    Telegraph
27    KENDRICK LAMAR    Good Kid In A M.A.A.d City    Aftermath-Top Dawg-Interscope
28    TAME IMPALA    Lonerism    Modular

29    CONVERGE    All We Love We Leave Behind    Epitaph
30    GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR    Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!    Constellation

Mon., Dec. 10 Jive

Good evening, it’s Monday, Dec. 10th, and this is the Jive at Five – WESU’s Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends.
Thanks to your generosity, our winter pledge drive has met its goal and so we are ending the drive a day early. Of course, if you didn’t get a chance to pledge, you’re still more than welcome to do so. Just go to our website, wesufm.org; all the information you need for pledging and claiming your thank you gift is there.
I’m Maria Johnson, host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which airs every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday from 4 p.m. to right before the Jive. My guest a week from tomorrow will be Rev. Gabriella Velardi Ward, one of a growing number of women ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood despite the Vatican?s prohibition of it.
Thanks for tuning in.
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Here’s a rundown of some of what?s happening in our area:
At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, throughout the month of December, photos by WESU’s own dj Bill Revill will be exhibited.
Tonight is the weekly Anything Goes Open Mic night.
Wednesday brings ?Evening Oasis,? a belly dancing presentation to the Buttonwood.
Thursday, it?s Writers Out Loud, the monthly open mic showcase of literary prose.
Friday, it?s Marci Geller?s Open Book Tour , with a musical trio led by singer-songwriter Geller on piano and vocals.
Saturday afternoon, the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department sponsors an ornament decorating activity. Supplies will be provided.
Saturday evening brings the Electroacoustic Improvisation to the Buttonwood.  Among the performers is a ?percussionist/laptopist? and an ?effects-addicted guitarist.? The music has been called ambient, spacious and cinematic.
On Sunday, and every Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome.  You?re invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at
11:30 am.
Find out more about Buttonwood events at www.buttonwood.org.
Tonight and every Monday night at Vinnie?s Jump and Jive in Middletown, there?s a free Swing and Blues Practicum, offering a chance to practice your dancing in a low-key and friendly setting. 
Beginners welcome. Details at vinniesjumpandjive.com.
Over at the Russell Library tomorrow at noon, the 1938 film ?Three Comrades? will be shown. It?s the next in the series Hollywood
Romantic: The Films of Frank Borzage. Director Borzage defined cinematic romance during the Hollywood studio era. Wesleyan film professor Scott Higgins will lead a discussion after the film.
On Friday, ARTFARM?s Circus for a Fragile Planet presents SUBMERGED! 
at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street in Middletown. SUBMERGED! 
  is a sixty minute, five person circus about water-related environmental issues. The show starts on the beaches, lawns and bathrooms of central Connecticut and journeys around the globe, exploring human impacts on the hydrosphere through the artistry, imagination and spectacle of circus. Contact: Dic Wheeler ? 
dic@art-farm.org or 860.346.4390 for information.
Down in New Haven at Toad?s Place tonight, it?s Robby Krieger?s Jazz Kitchen.
Wednesday is the weekly EDM Night.
Thursday brings Sessions: A Nite of Reggae Dancehall & Soca, with Mr. 
Vegas, Laza Morgan, Shane Fre, Indian, Alandon and Frassman & Dezey Coyotte.
Friday brings Riders on the Storm, a Tribute to the Doors, to Toad?s, a celebration of Jim Morrison?s birthday, as well as Electric Lady Band, INK, Silvergun, Terra Firma, and Action Potential.
Saturday, it?s Marion Meadows?s Annual Jazz Christmas Show.
More at toadsplace.com
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight brings the Harris Brothers Band Balkan Jam Session, followed by an Acoustic Open Mic.
Tomorrow brings Joe Flood Soiree Brassens.
Wednesday brings Vandaveer to Café Nine,  w/ Kindred Queer.
Thursday, it?s Them Damn Hamiltons. Also performing: Lys Guillorn.
The Friday happy hour brings Sal Paradise to Café Nine, followed by Bill Kirchen?s Honky Tonk Christmas, with The Forgotten Ones, described as ?the twangiest holiday show in town with the Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen.?
Then Saturday, it?s the Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam w/ host Tony Dioguardi and Friends, followed by the North Shore Troubadours; w/ the Clams; MC “Thick Beef” and DJ Dave Coon.
  Sunday, it?s the Sunday After Supper Jam with host Kevin St. James and the Legendary Cafe Nine All-Stars.
More at cafenine.com
Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally?s, tonight is Jazz Monday.
Tomorrow night, it?s Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18 piece band jamming and working out new material.
Wednesday brings the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley to Sallys. It?s one of the longest running open blues jams in New England.
Thursday, it?s Eight to the Bar.
And Friday brings the Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends to Sallys.
Saturday, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood.
Details at blackeyedsallys.com
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight through Thursday, screenings of The Flat continue.
Tomorrow from 4 to 6 is the Thomas Chapin Quartet CD Release. Jazz artist Thomas Chapin passed away at age 40 in 1998.  “Never Let Me Go” 
is a new 3-CD set of Chapin live-quartet performances from ’95 and ’96. The gathering will be hosted by Chapin’s widow Terri Castillo-Chapin and Emmy-winning filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo. A 7-minute trailer to a new documentary film-in-the-making, Night Bird
Song: The Thomas Chapin Story, about the Manchester native’s life and music, will be shown at the reception, and the 3-CD set will be available for purchase.
Wednesday brings Inescapable Rhythms to Real Art Ways, the every-second-Wednesday poetry reading and open mic series.
Friday through Sunday bring screenings of The Waiting Room, a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.
Also on Saturday, it?s the Best of the New York International Children?s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix 2012, a family favorite, suited for Real Art Ways?s youngest audiences, ages 4 to 8.
This and lots more can be found at realartways.org.
At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema tonight through Wednesday, Roman Polanski?s Tess, in 4K,  continues. Four-K is the new ultra high-definition digital projection format now in place at Cinestudio.
Thursday through the weekend, also in 4-K, are screenings of Samsara. 
Shot over four years in 100 locations in 25 countries, it offers images of our planet that few of us will have the opportunity to see in person. The mesmerizing scenes of unprecedented clarity were created by shooting large format 65mm film, then transferring the film through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K format.
Friday brings a 10:30 p.m. showing of Back to the Future, with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, to Cinestudio.
More can be found at cinestudio.org.
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And now let?s take a look at tonight?s programming on WESU.
 From 5:05-6pm, it?s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry. From classic bop to smooth contemporary sounds. A well-rounded jazz show for true jazz heads.
 From 6-6:30pm: Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.
 From 6:30-8pm, it?s 75% Folk with Michael Benson A serving of contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews. Bring a big plate.
 From 8-9:30pm, it?s Anvil Isle with Nate, a musical monsoon of alternative, blues, dream, funk, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, surf and world music.
 From 9:30-11:30pm, it?s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, the music of yesterday’s future, today.
 From 11:30pm-12:30am, it?s The Noisy Wheelbarrow with Zach Schonfeld and DJ Meat Pie, merging noise rock and other noise-based music with poetry and verse  From 12:30-1:30am, it?s Bazaar Sounds with Mac Taylor, highlighting a different country and corresponding underground/experimental music scene every week  From 1:30-2:30am, it?s Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow, a mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry.
 From 2:30-3:30am, it?s Maximum Rock and Roll Radio, featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore.
 From 3:30-4am, DJ Vegetable Reads Missed Connections: You’ve lost someone. Let’s find them.
Then from  4-5am, it?s the BBC World News, your chance to hear about the day’s news from the famous British news network.
That?s followed by Morning Edition from National Public Radio from 5 to 10 a.m.
That?s all for today?s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at
4:55 pm to hear about what?s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.
The written form for what you’ve heard on today?s jive is online at wesufm.org/jive If you were among the listeners who made our winter pledge drive such a great success, thank you so much! If you have yet to pledge, we do value your support. And thank you!