The Stepkids win the WESU Lottery!

(aka: What decade is this? Fleetwood Mac & ELO in the WESU top 30!)

WESU Top 30 for the week ending July 18, 2013:


1 STEPKIDS / “The Lottery” [Single]
2 BROTHER SUN / Some Part Of The Truth
3 SMITH WESTERNS / Soft Will
4 FLEETWOOD MAC / Extended Play
5 HOUNDS OF FINN / Gravity Pulls

6 CSS / Planta
7 SIMONE STEVENS / The Beautiful Old: Turn of the Century Songs
8 JAMES LEE STANLEY & JOHN BATDORF / All Wood and Stones
9 BETSE ELLIS / High Moon Order

10 GUIDED BY VOICES / English Little League
11 BEPPE GAMBETTA / The American Album
12 LONE BELLOW / The Lone Bellow
13 UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA / II
14 LAURA MVULA / Sing To The Moon
15 DEERHUNTER / Monomania

16 POKEY LAFARGE / Pokey LaFarge
17 BOZ SCAGGS / Memphis
18 CAROLINE DOCTOROW / Little Lovin’ Darling
19 BECK / “I Won’t Be Long” [Single]
20 KARYN OLIVER / Magdalene

21 ARI AND MIA / Land On Shore
22 GOGOL BORDELLO / “Maladrino” [Single]
23 ALEX BLEEKER AND THE FREAKS / How Far Away
24 RONNIE EARL AND THE BROADCASTERS / Just For Today
25 ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA / Live

26 VAMPIRE WEEKEND / Modern Vampires Of The City
27 HOT CHIP / Dark & Stormy
28 SHANE ALEXANDER / Meet Me in the Hurricane
29 BASS DRUM OF DEATH / Bass Drum Of Death
30 SHANNON & THE CLAMS / Dreams in the Rat House

WESU TOP 30 for week ending July 12, 2013:


1 AOIFE O’DONOVAN Fossils
2 TIM ISMAG Anthem – EP
3 BIG STAR Nothing Can Hurt Me
4 CHASER EIGHT Up And Up
5 BOB ANDY Love Is Sure – Single

6 STEEL WHEELS No More Rain
7 I-OCTANE Stay Above Crime – Single
8 GREGORY PEPPER & MADADAM Big Huge Truck
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS True Blue
10 BARRELHOUSE CHUCK & KIM WILSON’S BLUES ALL-STARS Driftin’ from Town to Town

11 THOMAS SNOW Friends
12 NOISITRON You [EP]
13 VARIOUS ARTISTS Decibels Riddim
14 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS Nanobots
15 DIRT MONKEY Bussitup – EP

16 SHANNON MCNALLY Small Town Talk
17 BRIAN MCFADDEN The Irish Connection
18 RED TAIL RING The Heart’s Swift Foot
19 DAVID EGAN David Egan
20 ERWIN HELFLER Erwin Helfler Way

21 KARYN OLIVER Magdalene
22 GOLD TOP “Uh Oh” [Single]
23 JAMES COTTON Cotton Mouth Man
24 HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS An Omen
25 SWIM feel

26 ABOUT GROUP Between The Walls
27 DAUGHN GIBSON Me Moan
28 BRIAN IRVING Radiant Things
29 BOSNIAN RAINBOWS Bosnian Rainbow
30 DEADLY GENTLEMEN Roll Me, Tumble Me

WESU TOP 30 for week of July 4, 2013


1 HANS THEESSINK Wishing Well
2 BOARDS OF CANADA Tomorrow’s Harvest
3 BASS DRUM OF DEATH Bass Drum Of Death
4 STEPKIDS “The Lottery” [Single]
5 BREAKTHROUGH FREQUENCIES Temporary Limbs

6 EMILY HERRING Your Mistakes
7 RED TAIL RING The Heart’s Swift Foot
8 MOLLY VENTER AND EBEN PARISER Goodnight Moonshine
9 VINCENT CROSS A Town Called Normal
10 BEPPE GAMBETTA The American Album

11 NELL ROBINSON AND JIM NUNALLY House And Garden
12 DAVID FORD Charge
13 ROSENTHALS Fly Away
14 DARDEN SMITH Love Call
15 BLACK LILLIES Runaway Freeway Blues

16 GENE DUDLEY GROUP Saturday Shifting
17 STOLEN THYME Time Is Possibility
18 ROY BOOK BINDER The Good Book
19 OMAR “The Man” [Single]
20 MARK MULCAHY Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You

21 POST MODERN PANIC Lost In The Patterns
22 MANCHURIANS Big Rhythm
23 DUCKTAILS The Flower Lane Domino
24 IVAN ROSENBERG Oldies And Old Time
25 ROBYN HITCHCOCK Love From London

26 SALVIA PLATH The Bardo Story Weird World
27 MAPS Vicissitude Mute
28 HEAD FOR THE HILLS Blue Ruin Self-Released
29 BOSNIAN RAINBOWS Bosnian Rainbows Sargent House
30 BRIAN IRVING Radiant Things

David Ford Charges to the top of the WESU charts

THE WESU TOP 30 PLAYLIST FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 28, 2013

1    DAVID FORD    Charge
2    COPPER PONIES    Ring Them Bells
3    ADAM STEFFEY    New Primitive
4    DARDEN SMITH    Love Calling
5    BETSE ELLIS    High Moon Order


6    GOLD TOP    Uh Oh [Single]
7    THE MANCHURIANS    Big Rhythm
8    DEADLY GENTLEMEN    Roll Me, Tumble Me
9    VARIOUS ARTISTS    Woody at 100
10    SCHOOLBOY & JAMES EGBERT    The Silver Lining [Single]
11    PROTOHYPE    Jelly Roll
12    GENTICORUM    Enregistré Live
13    STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (& DUCHESSES)    The Lost Highway
14    PROTOHYPE & PRIMA VOLTA    Bigger Than You and Me
15    STOLEN TIME    Time Is Possibility

16    JOHN BARTDORF & JAMES LEE STANLEY    All Wood And Stones II
17    SINGULARITY    Horizon
18    DOCTOR P    The Champagne
19    KARYN OLIVER    Magdalene
20    ROY BOOKBINDER    The Good Book

 


21    HOLLAN HOLMES    Phase Shift
22    PATTY GRIFFIN    American Kid
23    AOIFE O’DONOVAN    Fossils
24    FEMI KUTI    No Place For My Dream
25    BASS DRUM OF DEATH    Bass Drum Of Death

26    JAPANESE GIRLS    The Shark Week EP
27    SIGUR ROS    Kveikur
28    STRANGLERS    Giants
29    ROSE WINDOWS    The Sun Dogs
30    DAFT PUNK    Random Access Memories

Dead Can Dance on top of WESU Top 30

DEAD CAN DANCE

1. DEAD CAN DANCE In Concert
2. BEN FOLDS FIVE Live
3. GUIDED BY VOICES English Little League
4. LONELY ISLAND The Wack Album
5. VARIOUS ARTISTS Let Us In – Americana

ARI & MIA

6. ARI AND MIA Land On Shore
7. CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN La Costa Perdida
8. ROBERT WALTER’S 20TH CONGRESS Get Thy Bearings
9. KERBSIDE COLLECTION Mind the Curb
10. DAVID FORD Charge

BEATA PATER

11. BEATA PATER Red
12. DELBERT AND GLEN Blind, Crippled, And Crazy
13. DEERHUNTER Monomania
14. ANAMANAGUCHI Endless Fantasy
15. JAZZINVADERS FEATURING DR. LONNIE SMITH That’s What You Say!

THE NOMADS

16. THE NOMADS Loaded Deluxe – EP
17. GENE DUDLEY GROUP The Fawcett Negotiation – Single
18. BASEMENT FREAKS Funk From The Trunk
19. FEAST OF FIDDLES Rise Above it
20. HARD PROOF Dragon – Tere – Single

21. ROGUE’S GALLERY Son Of Rogue’s Gallery
22. BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY Pressed For Time
23. MURDER BY DEATH As You Wish: Kickstarter Covers
24. JOHN BATDORF & JAMES LEE STANLEY All Wood and Stones II
25. JOSEPH ARTHUR The Ballad Of Boogie Christ

ANNIE KOZUCH

26. ANNIE KOZUCH Mostly Jobim
27. BETSE ELLIS High Moon Order
28. PUTNAM SMITH Kitchen, Love…
29. URSULA GEORGE One Steady Roll
30. BOSQ OF WHISKEY BARONS Movin’ On / Keep Movin’ – Single

Love from Canada & London in this week’s WESU Top 30

1 Boards of Canada Tomorrow’s Harvest
2 Paul Kelly Spring And Fall
3 Robyn Hitchcock Love From London
4 Laura Cortese Into the Dark
5 Melissa Greener Transistor Corazon


6 The Civil Wars The One That Got Away
7 David Francey So Say We All
8 Alexander Starr No Hype Just Hope
9 Emily Bear Diversity
10 Jeremy Pelt Water and Earth


11 Must Die Water Temple [Single]
12 Syndaesia Break A Leg
13 Le1f Fly Zone
14 Hannalee Morchella
15 David Ford Charge

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16 The Bevis Frond White Numbers
17 Noisitron You
18 Talib Kweli Prisoner of Conscious
19 Burning Bridget Cleary Pressed for Time
20 David Bowie The Next Day


21 Airhead For Years
22 Buddy Mondlock The Memory Wall
23 Lou DeAdder Riding a Bicycle
24 Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Twelve Reasons To Die
25 Putnam Smith kitchen, love


26 Ugly Heroes Ugly Heroes
27 Tantrum Desire Guided Rhythm [Single]
28 Todd Rundgren State
29 Ari & Mia Land on Shore
30 Gensu Dean & Planet Asia Abrasions

WESU TOP 30 for the week of June 7, 2013

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1 RUTH MOODY These Wilder Things
2 ROBYN HITCHCOCK Love From London
3 PETER HOLMES Nice Try, The Devil
4 PUTNAM SMITH kitchen, love
5 STEEL WHEELS No More Rain

 

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6 BIG STAR Nothing Can Hurt Me
7 ALEXANDER STARR No Hype Just Hope
8 TOMMY KEENE & R. WALT VINCENT Nowhere’s Near [single]
9 BOXCAR LILIES Sugar Shack
10 MOORS & MCCUMBER Against the Grain

 

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11 THE BEVIS FROND White Numbers
12 DELLA MAE This World Oft Can Be Rounder
13 WOODY GUTHRIE AT 100! LIVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER Various Artists
14 PHARIS AND JASON ROMERO Long Gone Out West Blues
15 TOI She’s My heart

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16 MILK CARTON KIDS The Ash & Clay
17 CHRIS VALLILLO The Last Day Of Winter
18 BUDDY MONDLOCK The Memory Wall Sparking Gap
19 GUY VILLARI Unchained Meldoy
20 SPACE MOUNTAIN Ferry Lane

 

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21 NOAMI GREENWALD Composite
22 GENE ESS Fractal Attraction
23 TODD RUNDGREN State
24 DAVID FORD Charge
25 RENEE’ YOXON & MARK FERGUSON HERE WE GO AGAIN

 

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26 DEERHUNTER Monomania
27 THOM CHACON Thom Chacon
28 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
29 QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Like Clockwork
30 UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA II

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

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

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.