New Chart, Same James Blake, This Time with Annotations

1    JAMES BLAKE    Overgrown    Republic


2    ADRIAN YOUNGE    Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics    Wax Poetics The classic 70s Philly soul group (you might remember their iconic “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” single from the Jackie Brown soundtrack) return and sound as beautiful as ever on this collaboration with producer Adrian Younge. Younge, who previously scored the Black Dynamite soundtrack, is also an entertainment law professor, and he’s been killing it lately. He just followed up this Delfonics collab with an impressive Ennio Morricone-style concept album team-up with Ghostface Killah called Twelve Reasons to Die.
3    AUTRE NE VEUT    Anxiety    Software


4    THEE OH SEES    Floating Coffin    Castle Face  Thee Oh Sees follow up the man-dog cover art (which fun-hating Pitchfork put on their Worst Cover Art list) on last year’s Putrifiers II with strawberries, eyeballs and teeth.

5    DEERHUNTER    Monomania    4AD
6    STEEL WHEELS    No More Rain
7    NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS    Push The Sky Away    Bad Seed
8    FLAMING LIPS    The Terror    Warner Brothers
9    JJ GREY AND MOFRO    This River    Alligator


10    KURT VILE    Wakin On A Pretty Daze    Matador  Kurt sounds a lot happier than on the sleepy, melancholy Smoke Rings for My Halo. He’s such a dad (see this adorable video of his daughter dancing to his excellent single “Never Run Away”) but that doesn’t make this album toned down or boring. In fact, this is his most confident, epic full-blown rock & roll record. And “Wakin on a Pretty Day” is so good that after nine and a half minutes I wish it would keep going.
11    WAVVES    Afraid Of Heights    Warner Brothers


12    CRIME AND THE CITY SOLUTION    American Twilight    Mute Check out WESU DJ and Wesleying maestro Zach Schonfeld’s review of this one here.


13    BALLAKE SISSOKO    At Peace    Six Degrees Previously covered this one here.
14    SHOVELS AND ROPE    Johnny 99 B/w Bad As Me [7-Inch]    Third Man
15    CAVEMAN    Caveman    Fat Possum
16    STROKES    Comedown Machine    RCA
17    VAMPIRE WEEKEND    ”Diane Young” [Single]    XL
18    RON SEXSMITH    Forever Endeavour    Cooking Vinyl


19    CANNIBAL OX    Gotham The legendary Def Jux group returns sans El-P (who’s at work on what’s going to be a very very cool collaboration with Killer Mike called Run the Jewels).


20    POND    ”Giant Tortoise” [Single] Pond, who share three members with Tame Impala and a likeminded psychedelic sound, return with new material after their promising and excellently-titled debut from last year, Beard, Wives, Denim.
21    SUUNS    Images Du Futur    Secretly Canadian


22    RAEKWON    Lost Jewlry [EP]    Ice H2O  We wrote about this one here.
23    DEVENDRA BANHART    Mala    Nonesuch
24    JAMES HUNTER SIX    Minute By Minute    Concord


25    OTIS TAYLOR    My World Is Gone    Telarc A blues album that prominently features Native American guitarist Mato Nanji and reflects on the troubled history of indigenous people in this country. A welcome suprise.
26    PARENTHETICAL GIRLS    Privilege (Abridged)    Marriage-Slender Means Society
27    CHVRCHES    Recover [EP]    Glassnote


28    RED BARAAT    Shruggy Ji    Sinj A unique mixture of DC-based go-go music and the British/Punjab genre of Bhangra.
29    COLLEEN GREEN    Sock It To Me    Hardly Art
30    JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE    The 20/20 Experience    RCA

WESU Voted #1 College Radio Station in 2013 Hartford Advocate Reader’s Poll!

Click here to see Advocate writeup
Thanks to all who voted for us!

Voters Said:

“They have a program for everyone.  They’re very diversified, I love it!”

“Still free form after all these years and some of the best music and alternative community affairs programs available.”

“WESU is a great resource for Connecticut as it plays unique music and hosts thoughtful talk shows. Homegrown! Rob DeRosa!”

Congrats to Rob DeRosa for placing in the Best Radio Personality and Best Radio Show categories for his weekly “Homegrown”, CT connected music show heard on Thursdays on WESU at 5:05 pm. 

Click here to support WESU with a much needed donation.

Board Meeting Notes 04-23-13

Live Show meeting feedback – talk to Adam W or Avery if you know of anyone who you think should perform. There will be another meeting next week on Tues at 4.

Apparently someone has never signed the log for his show. Is he even doing it? Adam will look into this.

BREAKING NEWS: WE WON A PIZZA PARTY!!! May 7th. Thank you, Issy, for collecting our award.

Tabling for Usdan – We have enough volunteers, can store the stock in the WSA conference, and keep the money in mail boxes. Bring stickers to sell for a dollar.

Mailing is almost ready to go out, we have 5 or 6 more promos but we need more.
Every board member should make one. Contest for best promo. Issy will send out email. Remind people to talk about it on air. Communicate more with staff.

Some issues with email listserver.

Manic Productions – Pick 5 shows for ticket giveaways.

Advocate party! – Music Directors have cars! Meet up at 6 at the station, to be back at least by 9.

Commencement and Reunion Open House plan – Virgil will make sure we are on the event schedule, Ben will find the contact. Avery will talk to Rob about Red & Black catering.

Scan all the posters/letters of intent for Election Projection! Someone should moderate it – Avery. She will bring the quacker. Virgil will make a ballot. Katherine will send out an email about the scanning, say that they can send their poster directly, mention that tech director is open, and that everyone will have to make a minute speech. If you are running for multiple positions, multiple speeches.

Awards for people who have done exemplary service for the station, and for 5 year anniversaries. Avery will contact Sam to ask where the information from last year is.

 

Still need to move the records to the Goodwill.  Katherine will email the people who need service hours seeing if any of them can drive the van/help load and figure out a day to do that. Fun opportunity to go to Goodwill!

J and A will be at COL dinner next week. Cap’n Cohen will take the helm.

Cardinal Printing traded us underwriting to print our letter, and they folded it and put in envelopes!

Grateful Dead talk – the poster is “groovy”.  April 30th. Mickey will make the promo tomorrow. Interview with John is all set up. Mad props to Mickey!!
Megapolis was super cool, highly recommended, future WESU kids should volunteer to get in for free. You get to meet cool people.

Board Meeting Notes 04-16-13

Advocate Party – Thurs 25th 6-9pm – should we plan our own dance?
Need a driver, will ask Cathy for a van.

Advocate Ad – It looks great, Virgil is a champ.

Boldy James/Gifted Higgz – Dan DJ’d for the opener, excellent job. Many enthusiastic fans, much stage presence. Best sausage fest. Peak attendance of maybe 80? Mickey had a strange interaction with PSafe about checking IDs. Seemed like they weren’t made aware that the event was open to the public. Mickey will follow up on why this was.
Should get a blurb about it for the site, there was a dude filming, so maybe we can get some footage from him.

Congrats on the Concert Series!!! In the future, Mickey recommends one concert a semester, so that we can really focus on promoting and working on it. Does limit ability to cater to diverse tastes, so the board would have to make sure to be aware of representing this diversity either within one varied line up or over time.

Psychedelic Grateful Dead lecture – Speaker is now in touch with Uncle J, Mickey is working on getting a phone call to make a promo. They will be making their own poster, we might need to make a black and white flyer. They are mostly working through CFA so it’s unclear how much publicity they need us to do.

 

Featured DJ from the music director’s blog should go onto the main page.

Record Fair follow up – All music from the fair is still at the top of the stairs because we need to get rid of it. Organizing party to put it in a van and take it to Goodwill.

Student Leadership Award – Izzy is going anyways, so she will represent us.
Live Radio Show meeting – next Tuesday at 4. Piers is in! Adam W will do a wesleying post.

Pledge drive – We should tell everyone when the packets come up. They will include a letter, a program guide, and a thing you can mail off for a tshirt, plus an addressed envelope. Need to get everyone to play the promos.
Look into sending out bulk mailing using Wesleyan’s status as a non-profit.

Tabling for shirts in Usdan – new for $15, old for $10. Avery will talk to Frank at SALD. Once we get the table we can organize staffing.

Can we get some publicity in the Argus? They apparently want an actual story, so let’s use the Advocate award, and also our new style pledge drive. We can also share this with local news outlets.

Issues with previewing posts on the website, Dan will look into it.

New campus engagement news letter for students, could be a good PR opportunity for us, recruitment tool, etc. Email Ben or Cathy with content.

 

So much interest in the board! Katherine will send out an email discouraging people from running for two many positions. We need to clear some space for letters of intent. Or people could put them on the studio bulletin board.

ICE CREAM PARTY – Ben will talk to the ICE CREAM MAN. Make a promo saying ‘PLEASE GIVE US MONEY FOR ICE CREAM’, maybe work out underwriting with him.

The Boy Scouts cancelled on us!

 

WesFest – Direct interested pre-frosh to look around the station, ask DJs with prefrosh to bring their pre-frosh. Could put a sign on the door saying “Welcome Prefrosh” etc.

Commencement Open House- Figure out who to contact to make sure we are in the book, since this has been an issue in the past. Avery will ask Red & Black about sandwiches and coffee.

N M from Aural Wes wants to see if we can put a stream on Aural Wes. Dan will email Nick about working this out.

SHOFCO is doing an audiobook recording project. We could offer our studio for recording.  Could get a little crazy with scheduling, but we could give them a mobile recording facility.

On the Spot with DJ Quandry


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DJ Quandry, aka Eriq Robinson, is a sophomore at Wesleyan University. We’ve decided to profile him somewhat arbitrarily, but also because he’s a rad dude. This is our first of what we hope will be a monthly feature, “On the Spot,” where we spring on unsuspecting WESU DJs and interview them.

 

I caught up with DJ Quandry at our a cappella rehearsal.
WESU: Surprise! You’ve just been put ON THE SPOT. So, what’s your show called?

DJ Quandry: Okay. My show’s called “Shelf Life.”

W: What’s the format?

Q: It’s an electronic music show. I find random albums off the shelf and play ‘em. [See his Spinitron playlist for this month here.]

W: Groovy. When is your show?

Q: Every second and fourth Wednesday, 11pm – 12:30am.

W: When did you join WESU?

Q: I joined freshman year – first semester I went through training, second semester I had my first show: “Flight 881 with Captain Q.” It was a world music show, where I went to a different country every week. You know: “Flight 881. Buckle up!”

Then I moved to “Shelf Life,” and that’s probably going to be the format I stick with for the rest of my time at WESU.

W: What music have you recently come across doing “Shelf Life?”

Q: Peace Orchestra, which is pretty trippy. One of my friends told me about Four Tet – and KH, who is also Four Tet – and a track called something like “Play that song that you always play… that I like…” – or something – it’s really cool.

W: Do you get calls on your show?

Q: This one time, I was playing Purity Ring, and this dude called in, and he just kept going on and on about how he loves the show, and how he loves WESU – he wouldn’t let me get a word in edgewise – and he was so into Purity Ring, and he said, “That was so deep, and I was so into it, and I’m just at the gas station getting some s***, and that song was so deep, and I love you guys.” And I said “thanks,” and then he said, “Alright, I gotta go.” I was like, “Whoa.” Continue reading

The Return of the WESU Chart

1    JAMES BLAKE    Overgrown    Republic
2    AUTRE NE VEUT    Anxiety    Software
3    ADRIAN YOUNGE    Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics    Wax Poetics
4    KURT VILE    Wakin On A Pretty Daze    Matador
5    JJ GREY AND MOFRO    This River    Alligator
6    DEERHUNTER    Monomania    4AD

7    THEE OH SEES    Floating Coffin    Castle Face
8    FLAMING LIPS    The Terror
9    YOUTH LAGOON    Wondrous Bughouse    Fat Possum
10    RHYE    Woman    Republic

11    TYLER, THE CREATOR    Wolf    Odd Future
12    BESNARD LAKES    Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO    Jagjaguwar
13    GOLD PANDA    Trust    Ghostly International
14    DUCKTAILS    The Flower Lane    Domino
15    JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE    The 20/20 Experience
16    COLLEEN GREEN    Sock It To Me    Hardly Art

17    RED BARAAT    Shruggy Ji    Sinj
18    CHVRCHES    Recover [EP]    Glassnote
19    NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS    Push The Sky Away    Bad Seed
20    PARENTHETICAL GIRLS    Privilege (Abridged)    Marriage-Slender Means Society

21    OTIS TAYLOR    My World Is Gone    Telarc
22    JAMES HUNTER SIX    Minute By Minute    Concord
23    DEVENDRA BANHART    Mala    Nonesuch
24    RAEKWON    Lost Jewlry [EP]    Ice H2O
25    SUUNS    Images Du Futur    Secretly Canadian

26    RON SEXSMITH    Forever Endeavour    Cooking Vinyl
27    VAMPIRE WEEKEND    ”Diane Young” [Single]    XL
28    STROKES    Comedown Machine    RCA
29    CAVEMAN    Caveman    Fat Possum
30    BALLAKE SISSOKO    At Peace    Six Degrees

Board Meeting Notes 04-09-13

Hartford Advocate ad – Virgil has some designs, should direct people to donate, rather than “become a member”. We also need to have an option on the website to say that people decided to donate based on the ad.
We are Mad Men.

Mickey will be sending out an email with the posters, still waiting on the openers. Dan is texting will right now. We could get a DJ. Freestyle collective?

Send the Trainee Army to put up posters, preferably before Thursday at 12.

D W (frosh) will be learning to live stream to take up the Live Stream mantle when Mickey leaves.

UPDATE: Will confirms that he will be the opener.

Mickey will make the promo tonight.

Boy Scouts! Coming on Monday! They should absolutely do a station drop/promo.

Wed 24th – 7th Graders from Oddfellows will be coming to record poetry.

Argus News Radio – previously, they haven’t had to go through training but now they want to, which is good. B and A suggest that they get to count their production work for the Argus as internships.  Maybe just one internship required.

Elections – You can run for multiple positions. Katherine will send out an email about this, reminding people to post letters of intent.

LIVE SHOW – Have a meeting ,reserve a space (CFA Hall, hopefully, or the CHAPEL). Gage interest, put out a Wesleying post saying email Avery.  25th/26th.

Pledge Drive!: Trainees should know that it is an opportunity to make promos. A and I will organize together. Send out an all staff email to remind people to make and play them.
Not clear how far Ben is on the packet, Avery will be in contact.

S C knows how to screen-printing. Katherine will email him about the process so we can do this in the future.
It would be great to sell shirts at tables to students. Maybe see if we can get them a little cheaper for students. Another service hour opportunity.
Sell shirts at WesFest.

Changes to the Code of Conduct – Click through version for DJs to sign?

On the Spot with DJ Quandry

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DJ Quandry, aka Eriq Robinson, is a sophomore at Wesleyan University. We’ve decided to profile him somewhat arbitrarily, but also because he’s a rad dude. This is our first of what we hope will be a monthly feature, “On the Spot,” where we spring on unsuspecting WESU DJs and interview them.

I caught up with DJ Quandry at our a cappella rehearsal.

 

WESU: Surprise! You’ve just been put ON THE SPOT. So, what’s your show called?

DJ Quandry: Okay. My show’s called “Shelf Life.”

W: What’s the format?

Q: It’s an electronic music show. I find random albums off the shelf and play ‘em.

W: Groovy. When is your show?

Q: Every second and fourth Wednesday, 11pm – 12:30am.

W: When did you join WESU?

Q: I joined freshman year – first semester I went through training, second semester I had my first show: “Flight 881 with Captain Q.” It was a world music show, where I went to a different country every week. You know: “Flight 881. Buckle up!”

Then I moved to “Shelf Life,” and that’s probably going to be the format I stick with for the rest of my time at WESU.

W: What music have you recently come across doing “Shelf Life?”

Q: Peace Orchestra, which is pretty trippy. One of my friends told me about Four Tet – and KH, who is also Four Tet – and a track called something like “Play that song that you always play… that I like…” – or something – it’s really cool.

W: Do you get calls on your show?

Q: This one time. I was playing Purity Ring, and this dude called in, and he just kept going on and on about how he loves the show, and how he loves WESU – he wouldn’t let me get a word in edgewise – and he was so into Purity Ring, and he said, “That was so deep, and I was so into it, and I’m just at the gas station getting some s***, and that song was so deep, and I love you guys.” And I said “thanks,” and then he said, “Alright, I gotta go.” I was like, “Whoa.”

W: Were you involved with radio before WESU?

Q: No, but… I’ve always listened to a bunch of podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, The Joe Rogan Experience, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, most of the Death Squad podcasts. And that vamped up story one…like Prairie Home Companion. The Truth! That’s what I’m thinking of. They’ll be at that conference you’re going to.

W: Megapolis?

Q: Yeah.

W: I’m not going to that. They gave us like one ticket.

Q: Cool.

W: Have you ever had to hit the dump button?

Q: No, because I have control over what I say. And I don’t see why people use it – or why people don’t use it.

W: Good answer. So what’s your favorite part about being a DJ?

Q: The way my show’s set up, I’m constantly listening to new music that I haven’t heard before. So it would be this new method of music discovery – especially because it’s bringing things that aren’t to anyone’s attention.

W: We get some weird music sent to us, don’t we?

Q: Yeah. This one time I put on a record – ‘cause I was feeling cool. So I was like, “yo, let me put on this thing from the experimental section,” ‘cause I thought it was going to be a weirder version of electronic. But it’s not; it’s totally its own beast. So this record featured a bunch of girls, one of whom was saying repeatedly, “No. Not again. No…” and it went on for fourteen minutes, and saying some really messed up stuff – it was possibly the same girl doing different voices – and seven minutes in I stopped it, because I was getting freaked out, and I didn’t want to freak my listeners out.

I’ve played some really bad songs, but that’s part of the process. And I enjoy it.

W: And you get to discover some good stuff, too. Right? Like Purity Ring; I assume you discovered them?

Q: Yes, I dubbed them “Purity Ring” … in a weird English ceremony. No, usually on Shelf Life I do feature one artist. So if things suddenly start going down the tube… like, last show I said, “I don’t know what to do anymore…BJÖRK.”

W: Have you ever hosted anyone on your show?

Q: Only interns. I love interns – fun to talk to, shoot the breeze with. I’m usually in there solo dolo, but otherwise it’s fun to have a second body. But I don’t normally want to relinquish any of my control.

W: So you wouldn’t want to co-host a show?

Q: Oh, dear God, no. It has to be all mine.

W: What would be your ideal time slot?

Q: The one I have right now is a real catch. If I could, I would have it from 11pm to 1am.

W: Why’s that?

Q: Well, when my show was an hour, it didn’t feel too quick, but when it’s an hour and a half, then around song 10 is when I really start getting into the rhythm of exploring everything. So it would give me more time to know where I’m going.

I don’t want to lose minutes. “Oh, I wish I hadn’t played this horrorporn from the experimental shelf.” That was a bummer.

W:  Thanks for this! Quick, nearly last question: What do you like best about WESU?

Q: The fact that it is freeform radio. I didn’t even know that was a thing, and now that I know that’s a thing, I notice when other stations are not the thing. Also, I love the fact that we play uncensored music after 10pm. Most other stations are kind of boring…they’re not taking any risks. And my thing is…not taking risks, exactly, but…

W: Kind of a risk, no?

Q: But it’s not like I risk losing tons of listeners.

W: Yeah, but you could lose our license if you keep playing horrorporn.

Q: I don’t think I’m going to dig into the experimental section anymore.

W: Any last words?

Q: Dude. WESU. All that’s left.

4/12 FRIDAY: Boldy James \\ Gifted Higgz // Kill-F

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Free for everyone!

Boldy James is a wildly inventive, cool-headed MC from Detroit. He’s due to release a new project with prolific producer The Alchemist later this year. Stereogum called his latest mixtape, Consignment: Favor for a Favor the Redi-Rock Mixtape “almost shockingly huge in its scope…compulsively listenable.” He is the kind of talent that should be spoken of in hushed tones by anyone who cares about hip-hop as an artform.

Gifted Higgz is an up-and-coming MC from here in Middletown, CT.

Kill-F is a mystery

WHERE: WestCo Courtyard (Rain location: WestCo Cafe), 18 Foss Hill Dr., Middletown, CT

WHEN: 9:00 PM SHARP

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THANK YOU to The Wesleyan Concert Committee, and the Music & Public Life series for making this series possible!