Mixtapes of the Week: Psychedelic Hip-Hop & Rap Auteurs

A week ago I said Mixtapes of the Month should become a regular feature here. Well just this last week, a whole slew of outstanding mixtapes have shown up for your listening pleasure. One that I was excited for, Pusha T‘s Wrath of Caine does not make the cut here. A sizable step backward from the work he’s been doing over the past couple years, that tape sounds like the work of a man past his prime who’s both bewildered and bitter over weak production. Let’s hope he’s got some fire left in him for the album he’s set to release later this year.

Click on the link below to see the mixtapes from this week that I did like:

THEESatisfaction is made up of female MCs/singers Stasia Irons & Catherine Harris-White. The group is based in Seattle and closely associated with the like-minded trippy experimental hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces. THEESatisfaction released an excellent debut LP last year, awE naturalE. This mixtape, a tribute to the great soul enchantress Erykah Badu is short, clocking in at just under 18 minutes and much of it is purely instrumental. However, there isn’t a single note here that will cause you discomfort if you are a fan of laid-back psychedelic soul/hip-hop. The two stand-out tracks, “I Knowoulove(me)” and the Chappelle’s Show-referencing “Game BLOUSES” hit the highs of awE naturalE. Overall, a very rewarding listen and an encouraging continuation of these ladies’ young career.
Recommended Tracks: “I Knowoulove(me)”, “Game BLOUSES”
The Underachievers- Indigoism
This mixtape made my list of albums I was most excited for in 2013 and it lives up to my high expectations for it. The Brooklyn group, made up of Ak and Issa Dash are signed to Flying Lotus‘ Brainfeeder label, so they’ve got one big name behind them, but there are no features on here and no big-name producers. Flying Lotus heard of the band the same way I did: from a friend of his, who showed him the video for “Gold Soul Theory.” And he was as blown away by that video as I was (“Within the first 20 seconds I was pretty sure I was going to try to sign them.”) This is something new and different for hip-hop, despite the fact that the group shares ties with other groups on both coasts. They’re featured in the trailer for an upcoming film on underground hip-hop in New York along with Angel Haze and Mykki Blanco. They shout out Flatbush Zombies, Pro Era and A$AP on “Land of Lords.”And they’ve opened for Kendrick Lamar, whose Black Hippy squad are about the closest West Coast equivalent to The Underachievers. Like THEESatisfaction, The Underachievers make psychedelic hip-hop, but they’ve also got some serious fire-power to them. This is a mixtape that wants to enlighten you or at the very least take you on a ride with some living gods for the next hour.
Recommended Tracks: “Revelations”, “My Prism”, “Gold Soul Theory”, “Potion Number 25″, “The Mahdi.”
Curren$y- New Jet City
Curren$y is nothing if not prolific and consistent. This tape is packed with features: up-and-comers (Trinidad James and French Montana), veterans (Jadakiss, Rick Ross, Juicy J, Styles P and Juvenile) and close associates (Wiz Khalifa, Young Roddy and Trademark). It’s got production from Harry Fraud, Statik Selektah and Lex Luther. It’s also got one of his best covers: a beautiful old-school crime film background with trolley cars and well-positioned lamp posts. Now, this is far from Curren$y’s strongest work, but just when the tape hits a lull (yes the song that features both Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa is the lull of which I speak), in rolls a trademark laid-back smoked-out track (“Sixteen Switches Part Two”), followed by a feature from the always entertaining Juicy J, then an excellent smooth soul sample on “Living for the City.” Young Roddy, who shows up on two tracks, has made some surprisingly great improvements of late. Curren$y appears to be grooming him into a protege, and he makes the biggest impression on a song with both his mentor and Styles P on it (“Drive”).
Recommended Tracks: “Sixteen Switches Part Two”, “Three 60 ft. Juicy J”, “Living for the City”, “Drive ft. Young Roddy & Styles P”
Lil B- Pink Flame
Like Curren$y, Lil B is also prolific and consistent. Both are auteurs of rap with unique and immediately recognizable styles and content. And while Curren$y’s latest mixtape has its own classic-looking cover art, Pink Flame‘s is one of the best covers I have ever seen. The tape gets off to a good start with “Pink Flame (Intro)” on which Lil B shouts out Morocco and Syria. Then “Eat” starts off with an ice cream truck sample before Lil B raps quite bluntly about his sex life, compares himself to Scottie Pippen, and tells us that he is ugly, has a speech impediment and is “a motherfucking gangster” over a slowed down funk/orchestral track. Joey Bada$$, why would you ever beef with Lil B on Twitter? Lil B includes “I’m The Bada$$” here, but that’s really an opportunity to hear his semi-stream of consciousness rap over a nice orchestral soul sample more than it is a dis track. He keeps things topical with “Ban the Weapons,” a rather dark flute-sampling slice of Lil B-style positivity. Thank you Based God!
Recommended Tracks: “Eat”, “Ban the Weapons”, “I’m The Bada$$”, “Up To Bat”

2-6-13 jive


Good afternoon, its Wednesday,  February 6th, the second day of WESU’s new spring program season, 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 for tuning in. 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!

And I’m Donna Denert. Thanx for tuning in!

Let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:

On Thursday at the Buttonwood True, and every first Thursday, it’s Bob Gotta’s longstanding acoustic Open Mic. Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m.

Friday brings the Alon Nechushtan ‘Words Beyond’ Jazz Trio, a hard-swinging and inventive piano trio.

Saturday, it’s Saturday Morning Qigong (Chi Kung) at 7:30 a.m., followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates at 8:30.

Saturday night at the Buttonwood, it’s the Grass Routes Bluegrass Band. Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal and to help prepare it beforehand at First Church at on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit www.buttonwood.org.

Café Nine in New Haven, tonight brings singer/songwriter Ada. And Thursday, it’s Anonymous, Inc. Friday’s happy hour features Dan Green, followed by Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos.

Saturday, it’s the SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ JAM w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed by Broken. Sunday’s SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM will be hosted by Dom Zullo and the Cafe Nine All Stars. More can be found at cafenine.com.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, it’s the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley. Thursday brings Heather Maloney and Them Damn Hamiltons, along with Rum Glass Serenade, to Sally’s as part of the Roots Music Series. And Friday, it’s Soul Tsunami. Saturday brings singer/songwriter/guitarist Debbie Davies to Blackeyed Sally’s. More can be found online at blackeyedsallys.com.

Over at Middlesex Community College tonight from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be an opening reception for two exhibits: Michael Digiorgio’s “Drawn from Life,” and Sonya Suydam Gill’s “Color,” The “Drawn from Life” exhibit is in The Niche, located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office, and “Color” is in the Pegasus Gallery in Founders Hall. For more information, contact curator Matthew Weber at mweber@mxcc.edu.

At the Russell Library tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m., it’s Beekeeping for Beginners. a free lecture by the owner of A&Z Apiaries in Hampton. On Thursday at 7 p.m. at the library, it’s “The Beatles: Band of the Sixties,” a 90-minute presentation , supplemented by audio clips of music and interviews with the band. To learn more, visit russelllibrary.org for more info.

At Wesleyan University tonight, at 8 p.m. at Russell House, 350 High Street, author Adina Hoffman will read from her recent work.  She is the author of “House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood” and the acclaimed biography “My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century.” A reception and book signing will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.

Thursday brings the opening reception of “(Re)viewing Bodies – Selected American Photographs” to Wesleyan’s Davison Art Center . The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk by student curators at 5:30. The show includes more than fifty American photographs from the Davison Art Center collection.

Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. brings a performance of work by Emily Faulkner ,  class of  ’86, to the Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio at 247 Pine Street. Schonberg is on the faculty of Movement Research and her choreography has been seen at venues in New York and Edinburgh.

On Friday and Saturday evening at 8, Gallim Dance comes to the CFA Theater to perform the New England premiere of “Mama Call”, a contemporary tale of border-crossing, and “Pupil Suite”, set to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box with a pre-performance talk at 7:30 on Friday by Debra Cash.  For more information about the events, go to www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.   
     
On Friday at 7 p.m., the Greater Middletown Chorale sponsors McKay Jenkins, author of “The Last Ridge,” in a free illustrated talk about the 10th Mountain Division, its beginnings in World War II, its epic assault on Hitler’s troops in Italy, its impact on America’s ski industry and its service today in the Near East. The presentation will be in Middlesex Community College’s Chapman Hall, and a discussion will follow. The Greater Middletown Chorale presents the talk in connection with the world premiere of its newly commissioned work, Letter from Italy, 1944, scheduled for April 28.

Also on Friday, at 8 p.m., at the gallery MAC650, 650 Main St., there will be a fundraiser and dance party to raise money for an animation/video project, “Projected.”,  a pilot project to serve as an example for an after school program and  equipment to be used for movie and video game night at MAC 650. The event features  music from 8pm until 10 p.m. followed by dance music til midnight.

This Sunday At the MHS Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, THE GREATER MIDDLETOWN CONCERT ASSOCIATION presents the high-energy Chamber ensemble, “Fireworks” in a program that moves from the bluegrass to Sacred Harp, Zydeco to Chicago Blues, plus rock and hip hop.  For info call (860) 347-4887or visit http://www.greatermiddletownconcerts.org

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

At Real Art Ways, Oscar-nominated short films, both animated and live-action, make up the bulk of the week’s schedule. Go to realartways.org for all the details.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, “The Central Park Five,” a documentary about the wrongful conviction of five black and Latino teens in New York City, continues through tonight. Thursday brings one showing of “Bound,” in which a female ex-con moves in next door to a low-level mafioso and his hot wife. As they devise a scheme to rip off a Mafia don, the two women’s friendship begins to heat up. Friday and Saturday bring “ARGO” to Cinestudio, and Sunday through Tuesday, it’s “Chasing Ice,” about the effects of global warming. More can be found at cinestudio.org.

Now let’s look at what’s on tap here at WESU tonight with our new spring schedule.

Right after the Jive at 5, it’s 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 6-6:30 it’s
Free Speech Radio News. Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

Starting 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!

From 8-9:30pm it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

B

9:30-11pm

+(1,3,5) The Vault with DJ Anton Banks
On the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.
+(2,4) Missteps with Nicholas Msall
Missteps is a club night, record label, and radio show run by 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.
11pm-12:30am
+(1,3,5) N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk
Serious Turntablism – Dubstep, DnB, Ragga Jungle, and Breakbeats mixed live since 1998.
+(2,4) 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.
12:30-2am
+MidniteMunchiez with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.
2-3am
+(1,3,5) Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow with Fuzzball
Follow along as we ride the contours of recorded sound through history and explore the interplay of past and present.
(2,4) Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian
(Primarily) sad pop music with a different title-based theme every show.
3-4am
(1,3,5) Motion Picture Soundtracks with $pace Cadet, DJ Shoelace and DJ Sandwich
Tune in to soundtracks of movies that don’t exist
(2,4) Tracking Transience with Ethan
A show that follows different musicians and producers by looking at the diverse range of projects they become involved in throughout their careers and using those connections to link each song to the next.

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.

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Tuesday, February 5th

Good afternoon, its Tuesday,  February 5th, the second day of WESU’s new spring program season, 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 for tuning in. Im Isabelle Gauthier
Let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:

Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown is Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire and a vegetarian potluck supper to the Buttonwood, beginning at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, and every first Thursday, it’s Bob Gotta’s longstanding acoustic Open Mic at the Buttonwood,  Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. Friday brings the Alon Nechushtan ‘Words Beyond’ Jazz Trio, a hard-swinging and inventive piano trio, to the Buttonwood Tree.
Saturday, it’s Saturday Morning Qigong (Chi Kung) at 7:30 a.m., followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates at 8:30.

Saturday night at the Buttonwood, it’s the Grass Routes Bluegrass Band. Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal and to help prepare it beforehand at First Church at on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit www.buttonwood.org.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight early show at Café Nine is Soiree Brassens, with Joe Flood interpreting the songs of legendary composer George Brassens, followed by Sugarbat. Wednesday brings singer/songwriter Ada. And Thursday, it’s Anonymous, Inc., at Café Nine. Friday’s happy hour features Dan Green, followed by Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos.
Saturday, it’s the SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ JAM w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed by Broken. Sunday’s SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM will be hosted by Dom Zullo and the Cafe Nine All Stars. www.cafenine.com for details.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, brings Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, to Sally’s stage. And Wednesday it’s the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley. Thursday brings Heather Maloney and Them Damn Hamiltons, along with Rum Glass Serenade, to Sally’s as part of the Roots Music Series. And Friday, it’s Soul Tsunami. Saturday brings singer/songwriter/guitarist Debbie Davies to Blackeyed Sally’s.   www.blackeyedsallys.com for more info.

Over at Middlesex Community College on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be an opening reception for two exhibits: Michael Digiorgio’s “Drawn from Life,” and Sonya Suydam Gill’s “Color,” The “Drawn from Life” exhibit is in The Niche, located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office, and “Color” is in the Pegasus Gallery in Founders Hall. For more information, contact curator Matthew Weber at mweber@mxcc.edu.

At the Russell Library on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., it’s Beekeeping for Beginners. a free lecture by the owner of A&Z Apiaries in Hampton.On Thursday at 7 p.m. at the library, it’s “The Beatles: Band of the Sixties,” a 90-minute presentation , supplemented by audio clips of music and interviews with the band. www.russelllibrary.org for more info.

At Wesleyan University on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m., it’s the opening reception of “Traces of Life – Seen Through Korean Eyes, 1945-1992”, in the Freeman East Asian Studies Center gallery room.
Later on Wednesday, at 8 p.m. at Russell House, 350 High Street, author Adina Hoffman will read from her recent work.  She is the author of “House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood” and the acclaimed biography “My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century.” A reception and book signing will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.
Thursday brings the opening reception of “(Re)viewing Bodies – Selected American Photographs” to Wesleyan’s Davison Art Center . The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk by student curators at 5:30. The show includes more than fifty American photographs from the Davison Art Center collection.

Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. brings a performance of work by Emily Faulkner ,  class of  ’86, to the Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio at 247 Pine Street. Schonberg is on the faculty of Movement Research and her choreography has been seen at venues in New York and Edinburgh.
On Friday and Saturday evening at 8, Gallim Dance comes to the CFA Theater to perform the New England premiere of “Mama Call”, a contemporary tale of border-crossing, and “Pupil Suite”, set to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box with a pre-performance talk at 7:30 on Friday by Debra Cash.  For more information about the events, go to www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.    
      
On Friday at 7 p.m., the Greater Middletown Chorale sponsors McKay Jenkins, author of “The Last Ridge,” in a free illustrated talk about the 10th Mountain Division, its beginnings in World War II, its epic assault on Hitler’s troops in Italy, its impact on America’s ski industry and its service today in the Near East. The presentation will be in Middlesex Community College’s Chapman Hall, and a discussion will follow. The Greater Middletown Chorale presents the talk in connection with the world premiere of its newly commissioned work, Letter from Italy, 1944, scheduled for April 28.
Also on Friday, at 8 p.m., at the gallery MAC650, 650 Main St., there will be a fundraiser and dance party to raise money for an animation/video project, “Projected.”,  a pilot project to serve as an example for an after school program and  equipment to be used for movie and video game night at MAC 650. The event features  music from 8pm until 10 p.m. followed by dance music til midnight.

This Sunday At the MHS Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, THE GREATER MIDDLETOWN CONCERT ASSOCIATION presents the high-energy Chamber ensemble, “Fireworks” in a program that moves from the bluegrass to Sacred Harp, Zydeco to Chicago Blues, plus rock and hip hop.  For info call (860) 347-4887or visit http://www.greatermiddletownconcerts.org
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways, Oscar-nominated short films, both animated and live-action, make up the bulk of the week’s schedule. Go to www.realartways.org for details.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, “The Central Park Five,” a documentary about the wrongful conviction of five black and Latino teens in New York City, continues through Wednesday. Thursday brings one showing of “Bound,” in which a female ex-con moves in next door to a low-level mafioso and his hot wife. As they devise a scheme to rip off a Mafia don, the two women’s friendship begins to heat up. Friday and Saturday bring “ARGO” to Cinestudio, and Sunday through Tuesday, it’s “Chasing Ice,” about the effects of global warming. More at cinestudio.org.
Now let’s look at what’s on tap here at WESU tonight with our new spring schedule.
after the jive at five is the Wayfaring Stranger with Lily Myers. Then from 6:00-6:30 is Free Speech Radio News from the Pacifica Network.
From 6:30-8:30 is Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill. from 8-9 is the Voice of The City with J Cherry. 9-10:30 is Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat. 10:30-11:30 is Radical Roots with DJ Kat Co. Then Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with DJ Sleepy Girl.  All tomorrow Parties with Ethan and David is from 12:30-1:30 am. then Declan MacNamus: International Art Thief with DJS Moe and Jeffrey. from 1:30-2:30am. Up next is Romanciipation with DJ love and DJ Smooth. and then 3-4am is Great Finds with Matt Fine.

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.

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Mon., Feb. 4, Jive

Good evening, it’s Monday,  February 4th, the first day of WESU’s new spring program season, 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 for tuning in.

Let’s look at what’s going on in the community this week:

Over at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight at 7:30, it’s the “Anything Goes” open mic night.
Tomorrow brings Laughter Yoga with Mimi Claire and a vegetarian potluck supper to the Buttonwood, beginning at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, and every first Thursday, it’s Bob Gotta’s longstanding acoustic Open Mic at the Buttonwood,  Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. Friday brings the Alon Nechushtan ‘Words Beyond’ Jazz Trio, a hard-swinging and inventive piano trio, to the Buttonwood Tree. 
Saturday, it’s Saturday Morning Qigong (Chi Kung) at 7:30 a.m., followed by community yoga for beginners and intermediates at 8:30.

Saturday night at the Buttonwood, it’s the Grass Routes Bluegrass Band. Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares food at about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome to enjoy a free vegetarian meal and to help prepare it beforehand at First Church at on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information about all Buttonwood events, visit www.buttonwood.org.
Over at Café Nine in New Haven, tonight brings GET TO THE POINT! • Volume Three, the monthly series of storytellings and readings, this month with Terri Klein, who will do a words-and-music re-examination of Catherine the Great;  The event also features Daniel Smith, Fran Fried, Steve Bellwood; and Drew Gray.

Tomorrow’s early show at Café Nine is Soiree Brassens, with Joe Flood interpreting the songs of legendary composer George Brassens, followed by Sugarbat. Wednesday brings singer/songwriter Ada. And Thursday, it’s Anonymous, Inc., at Café Nine. Friday’s happy hour features Dan Green, followed by Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos.
Saturday, it’s the SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ JAM w/ host Gary Grippo and Friends, followed by Broken. Sunday’s SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM will be hosted by Dom Zullo and the Cafe Nine All Stars. www.cafenine.comfor details.

Up in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight is Jazz Monday. Tomorrow brings Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band, to Sally’s stage. And Wednesday it’s the Blues Jam with Ed Bradley. Thursday brings Heather Maloney and Them Damn Hamiltons, along with Rum Glass Serenade, to Sally’s as part of the Roots Music Series. And Friday, it’s Soul Tsunami. Saturday brings singer/songwriter/guitarist Debbie Davies to Blackeyed Sally’s.   www.blackeyedsallys.com for more info.

Over at Middlesex Community College on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be an opening reception for two exhibits: Michael Digiorgio’s “Drawn from Life,” and Sonya Suydam Gill’s “Color,” The “Drawn from Life” exhibit is in The Niche, located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office, and “Color” is in the Pegasus Gallery in Founders Hall. For more information, contact curator Matthew Weber at mweber@mxcc.edu.

At the Russell Library on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., it’s Beekeeping for Beginners. a free lecture by the owner of A&Z Apiaries in Hampton.On Thursday at 7 p.m. at the library, it’s “The Beatles: Band of the Sixties,” a 90-minute presentation , supplemented by audio clips of music and interviews with the band. www.russelllibrary.orgfor more info.

At Wesleyan University on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m., it’s the opening reception of “Traces of Life – Seen Through Korean Eyes, 1945-1992”, in the Freeman East Asian Studies Center gallery room.
Later on Wednesday, at 8 p.m. at Russell House, 350 High Street, author Adina Hoffman will read from her recent work.  She is the author of “House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood” and the acclaimed biography “My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century.” A reception and book signing will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.
Thursday brings the opening reception of “(Re)viewing Bodies – Selected American Photographs” to Wesleyan’s Davison Art Center . The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk by student curators at 5:30. The show includes more than fifty American photographs from the Davison Art Center collection.

Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. brings a performance of work by Emily Faulkner ,  class of  ’86, to the Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio at 247 Pine Street. Schonberg is on the faculty of Movement Research and her choreography has been seen at venues in New York and Edinburgh.
On Friday and Saturday evening at 8, Gallim Dance comes to the CFA Theater to perform the New England premiere of “Mama Call”, a contemporary tale of border-crossing, and “Pupil Suite”, set to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box with a pre-performance talk at 7:30 on Friday by Debra Cash.  For more information about the events, go to www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.     
       
On Friday at 7 p.m., the Greater Middletown Chorale sponsors McKay Jenkins, author of “The Last Ridge,” in a free illustrated talk about the 10th Mountain Division, its beginnings in World War II, its epic assault on Hitler’s troops in Italy, its impact on America’s ski industry and its service today in the Near East. The presentation will be in Middlesex Community College’s Chapman Hall, and a discussion will follow. The Greater Middletown Chorale presents the talk in connection with the world premiere of its newly commissioned work, Letter from Italy, 1944, scheduled for April 28.
Also on Friday, at 8 p.m., at the gallery MAC650, 650 Main St., there will be a fundraiser and dance party to raise money for an animation/video project, “Projected.”,  a pilot project to serve as an example for an after school program and  equipment to be used for movie and video game night at MAC 650. The event features  music from 8pm until 10 p.m. followed by dance music til midnight.
This Sunday At the MHS Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, THE GREATER MIDDLETOWN CONCERT ASSOCIATION presents the high-energy Chamber ensemble, “Fireworks” in a program that moves from the bluegrass to Sacred Harp, Zydeco to Chicago Blues, plus rock and hip hop.  For info call (860) 347-4887or visit http://www.greatermiddletownconcerts.org
Now let’s take a look at cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut.
At Real Art Ways, Oscar-nominated short films, both animated and live-action, make up the bulk of the week’s schedule. Go to www.realartways.org for details.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema, “The Central Park Five,” a documentary about the wrongful conviction of five black and Latino teens in New York City, continues through Wednesday. Thursday brings one showing of “Bound,” in which a female ex-con moves in next door to a low-level mafioso and his hot wife. As they devise a scheme to rip off a Mafia don, the two women’s friendship begins to heat up. Friday and Saturday bring “ARGO” to Cinestudio, and Sunday through Tuesday, it’s “Chasing Ice,” about the effects of global warming. More at cinestudio.org.
Now let’s look at what’s on tap here at WESU tonight as we kick off the spring schedule.
Right after the Jive at 5, from 5:05 to 6, it’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, a well-rounded jazz show for true jazz fans.

Then at 6pm each weekday, it’s Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network, your evening dose of alternative international news and reporting.

From 6:30-8pm, Bill Revill’s Acoustic blender fill in for Johnny Analog’s Life is a Killer .

From 8-9:30pm, it’s Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis, the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves.

From 9:30-11pm, it’s The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, the music of yesterday’s future, today.
Then from 11pm-12am, it’s A Hate Supreem with DJ AWOL, a mostly jazz and metal show.
 From midnight to 1 a.m., it’s Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void, surveying punk in all its innovation and abrasion.

That’s followed by Live From The Paris Hotel with The Sparrow, a  mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry.

From 2 to 3 a.m., catch a new show, Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks, followed by another new offering,

From 3 to 4, it’s 88 Keys with Mads. Playing tracks hand-picked for their captivating piano features.
And then the BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM followed at 5 by 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!

The sound bed for Today’s Jive at Five features the sound “Irish Step Dancing” from the MiddletownRemix project, 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 learn more online at www.middletownnremix.org


Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

New Chart: WESU Goes Electric

1    RICHARD THOMPSON    Electric   
2    O PRESIDENTE    Clube de Futebol   
3    ADAM ANT    Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter   
4    DUM DUM GIRLS    End Of Daze    SUB POP
5    YO LA TENGO    Fade    Matador

6    YEASAYER    Fragrant World    Secretly Canadian
7    KENDRICK LAMAR    Good Kid In A M.A.A.d City    Aftermath-Top Dawg-Interscope
8    LUST FOR YOUTH    Growing Seeds    Sacred Bones
9    TILLY AND THE WALL    Love Riot Remixes    Team Love
10    NIKI AND THE DOVE    Instinct    SUB POP

11    MIGUEL    Kaleidoscope Dream   
12    BRIAN ENO    Lux    Warp
13    FRANK OCEAN    Channel Orange    Def Jam
14    DUCKTAILS    The Flower Lane    Domino
15    FOXYGEN    We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic    Jagjaguwar

16    TORO Y MOI    Anything In Return    Carpark
17    CHRISTOPHER OWENS    Lysandre    Fat Possum
18    A$AP ROCKY    LongLiveA$AP    RCA
19    MY BLOODY VALENTINE    m b v   
20    THE UNDERACHIEVERS    Indigoism   

21    STARLITO    Funerals & Court Dates   
22    FIDLAR    Fidlar    Mom And Pop
23    JOSE JAMES    No Beginning No End    Blue Note
24    BALLAKE SISSOKO    At Peace    Six Degrees
25    GROWLERS    Hung At Heart    Everloving

26    UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA    II    Jagjaguwar
27    CAT POWER    Sun    Matador
28    CODY CHESNUTT    Landing On A Hundred    Vibration Vineyard
29    BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW    Cobra Juicy    Rad Cult
30    CLINIC    Free Reign    Domino

Friday’s Jive 02-01-13

Good evening, it’s Friday, February 1st 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 brief rundown of some of the cultural and entertaining events happening in our area this week:

This evening at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown The Modern Riffs present an evening of jazz, classic rock and swing beginning at 8p. On Saturday afternoon at 1pm, The Buttonwood Tree hosts the Free Poets Collective, featuring The Meeting House Poets, with the Piano-Bass Duo of David Sergio and Walter Mayo augmenting the poetry with jazz and American Songbook standards. At 8pm Saturday evening, Jazz Trumpeter Nick DiMaria and his ensemble will be playing original compositions from their upcoming studio release that was recorded at New Haven’s Firehouse 12 Studio. Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood each Sunday. All are welcome to enjoy a meal and help prepare it beforehand at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. For more information go online at www.buttonwood.org

CHUSA- The Connecticut Highly Unsuccessful Songwriters Association- presents the first annual Sandy Song Contest, to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and to benefit climate change research. Interested parties are invited to attend the first official meeting of CHUSA, on Saturday evening, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Contact CHUSA founder Dave Downs at downs.david@sbcglobal.net, or 860-344-8297 for the details.


At Café Nine in New Haven tonight, Rizzo’s Dilemma makes for a night of hard-hitting improvisational rock. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam is hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio this week. Saturday night The Spampinato Brothers take the stage w/ the Ivory Bills. Sunday there’s a special show to gather together to celebrate the life of the late, great Sam Velecca with an afternoon of Grateful Dead music. More can be found online at cafenine.com

Up in Hartford Rhett Tyler & Early Warning make for an evening of Modern Blues at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight. Saturday night The Alexis P. Suter Band brings their roots, blues and soul to Sally’s. More can be found online at blackeyedsallys.com

Saturday morning at the Russell Library in Middletown, the Russell knitters meet and invite you to join them for knitting tips and tricks. All levels of experience are welcome. More can be found at russelllibrary.org

This evening at 8pm Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: “Music at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello” in Crowell Concert Hall: featuring what might have been heard after-hours in the Charlottesville, Virginia home of Thomas Jefferson, as well as in the slaves’ quarters. Featuring performances by singer, guitarist and banjo player Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Dennis James on glass harmonica (a creation of Jefferson friend, Benjamin Franklin), singer Jennifer Hope Wills, violinists Robert Mealy and Mazz Swift, cellist Katie Rietman, Christopher Layer on bagpipes and flutes, and Wesleyan Professor of Music Neely Bruce on harpsichord.

This Sunday Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents: “Violin & Piano: Dramatic Partners” Featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Erika Schroth alongside Violinist Netta Hadari at the Russell House on High Street. Admission: FREE! Sunday also brings the Monthly Shaped Note Singing gathering to Wesleyan’s Downey House at the corner of High and Court Sts. from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. More online at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

At 8:00 pm tonight in Hartford, Canadian Brass trombonist, Achilles Liarmakopoulos and Maestro Edward Cumming with Hartt Sinfonia join Ezequiel Menéndez for a Concert to Benefit Jubilee House at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. More information can be found at jubileehouse.org.

Saturday Night in Hartford at 7:30pm at Real Art Ways, The Taylor Ho Bynum Ensemble presents: The Prince Project World Premiere which pays tribute to the work of Pop icon and songwriter, Prince. More can be found at realartways.org

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford they’re showing 2013 Oscar Nominated Short Films opening tonight for at least 3 weeks with 3 feature length programs – Animated Shorts, 100% kid-friendly and Live Action Shorts open tonight running through Thursday followed by Documentary Shorts opening 2/15. More information can be found at realartways.org.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, tonight and Saturday Wreck It Ralph, an amusing animated movie about 80s-era video game characters who come to life is onscreen. There’s a special late showing tonight of Groundhog Day. Sunday begins a run of The Central Park Five, the documentary directed and written by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon. More at 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 sound bed for Today’s Jive at Five features the sound “Carol of Bells Rush Hour” from the MiddletownRemix project, 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 learn more online at www.middletownnremix.org

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!

MD Picks: Surf Rock, Blue Note & Mali

Fidlar- Fidlar
Much like albums released last year by Japandroids and Natural Child, this is a record of gleefully raucous rock & roll hedonism made by folks having a good time for folks having a good time. Fidlar hails from LA and they like to surf, skate, drink (cheap!) beer and rock out. The music is punk but it’s not sneering. It’s loud but still inviting. On “No Waves” singer Zac Carper informs us that he feels “like shooting up” but he also feels “like a grandpa.” This album is a whole lotta fun.
Recommended Tracks: “Cheap Beer”, “No Waves”, “Max Can’t Surf”
More after the jump

The Growlers- Hung at Heart
Another SoCal group of surfing rockers, The Growlers released a noticeably less polished cassette, Beach Goth on Burger last year. This album contains some very pretty surf-pop melodies, though, like the excellent album cover, there is darkness surrounding the beach-y vibe. A country influence shines through on the melancholy “Living in a Memory.” And “It’s No Use” is slowed down, warped and psychedelic. Also, “Use Me For Your Eggs” is one of the best song titles I’ve heard lately.
Recommended Tracks: “Living in a Memory”, “It’s No Use”, “Use Me For Your Eggs”
José James- No Beginning No End
If you’re tired of waiting impatiently for the long anticipated D’Angelo comeback, José James can provide a much needed fix of smooth soul/jazz/hip-hop. The gifted singer is signed to Blue Note, so as you would expect the arrangements on the album are exquisite: low key, but still avant-garde, allowing James breathing room to do his thing. James’s father was a saxophone player in Panama, and he clearly has a great ear for instrumentation. This is his fourth release, but his first on Blue Note. More soul than anything, James may be lumped together with the current R&B renaissance, but he’s definitely got more of an old school sound than many of his contemporaries. He spoke to Leon Ware, Marvin Gaye‘s collaborator, before making this album. Pianist/producer Robert Glasper and Moroccan Berber/French singer Hindi Zahra also appear on the record.
Recommended Tracks: “It’s All Over Your Body”, “Trouble”
Ballaké Sissoko- At Peace
As I previously wrote about here, the current situation in Mali is very precarious and that is especially the case for music, which Islamist groups have banned in the North. Mali happens to be one of the greatest countries in the world for music, and Ballaké Sissoko has long been one of its masters. He plays the kora, a harp with 21 strings and comes from a traditional Malian musical heritage, as his father, Djelimady Sissoko was a noted griot, or storyteller/musician. The title of this album clearly refers to the war currently raging in Mali, and the music here is indeed exceptionally peaceful and beautiful.
Recommended Tracks: “Maimouna”, “Boubalaka”

Vote for WESU as Best College Radio Station!

WESU and Rob DeRosa, host of our local music show, Homegrown, have been nominated in the 2013 Hartford Advocate Reader Poll!

Please support us by voting for WESU in the “College Radio” categories and for Robbie DeRosa as “Best Radio Personality”. You can cast additional ballots for WESU and Robbie DeRosa’s “Homegrown” in the “Media and Education” category under the “Radio station” and “Radio Show” categories.  The Needle Drop is also listed in the “Radio Show” category. Online ballots must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on February 13th
While you are at it, you can also vote for Wesleyan in “local 4 year University”  and for The Green Street Arts Center in the “Arts Center” category. Then, there’s Middletown’s Art Farm in “Local Arts Organization” and Wesleyan CFA in the “College/University Performing” and “College Performing Arts Center” categories. Oddfellows Playhouse is listed in the “Community Theater Co.” category and you can write in The Buttonwood Tree in the “Concert Venue”.  Don’t forget Red Scroll Records in the “Indie CD/Vinyl Store”  category under “Books, Cds, DVDs”. That’s more than 10 suggestions for the 10 required categories one is required to vote in to submit a ballot.

Please spread the word and help WESU get the recognition we deserves as “The Best College/Community Radio Station” in the Hartford Advocate Readers Poll!