Top Five New Albums of the Week: February 25th

1    NATURAL CHILD    Dancin’ With Wolves    Burger

This follow-up to 2012′s Hard in Heaven has been a long time coming. At least it’s felt that way for me, a hopelessly devoted and childishly obsessed Natural Child fanboy. And goddamn if Dancin’ With Wolves is not every bit as groovy and hopped-up as you could hope for. From the angsty drunken twang of “Saturday Night Blues” to the downright Brazilian glow of the loungey “Bailando Con Lobos,” Dancin’ With Wolves is quite simply a pleasure. Who needs Kevin Costner when you’ve got Natty Chile?

2    TACOCAT    NVM    Hardly Art

These jangley palindrome and internet lovers are quite a bit more than meets the eyes and ears. Singing about everything from the surfy joy that can be your period to a quinciñera on acid, Tacocat seem to always find the perfect catchy melodies to fit their playful and distinct sense of humor. From overdriven riffage to playful lyrics about toxic shock syndrome, Tacocat have a distinct and endlessly enjoyable personality that the polished NVM showcases so well.

3    CHERRY GLAZRR    Haxel Princess    Burger  

There is something doubtlessly pretty and oddly spooky, it seems, about every song on Haxel Princess, Cherry Glazrr’s sophomore release on Burger records. Cherry Glazrr’s brand of guitar pop is uniquely unsettling, continuously shifting, and really really impressive. It’s impossible not to mention that these guys still have one more year left of high school. It’s certainly a part of their identity. But Haxel Princess is a seriously cool and great record regardless of any condescendingly “cute”  assumptions of age and talent. One thing’s for sure; these weirdos are here to stay.

4    ETERNAL SUMMERS    The Drop Beneath    Kanine

Equal parts shimmering and fuzzy, Virginia’s Eternal Summers are reminiscent of their good buds Bleeding Rainbow as well as a plethora of scuzzy ’90s guitar bands, all of which comparison with is purely flattering.


5    MICHAEL KIWANUKA    You’ve Got Nothing to Lose 7″    Third Man

Unfortunately for the clearly talented English soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, it’s quite impossible to mention a release like his on Third Man Records without talking about Jack White. Kiwanuka’s Richie Haven’s -esque spirited voice is undeniably sweet, reminiscent of the may rallying crys of singers of his musical ilk during the ’60s, but White’s production on both the A side single and the backing Townes Van Zandt cover is rich, spectacular, and absolutely necessary.

- Ethan Hill

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 Spring Pledge Drive 2013

Just 10 years ago WESU was in disrepair. The institutional memory was shot and the studios, music libraries, and business records were in shambles. The station’s license was nearly lost. Fortunately a dedicated group of student and community volunteers worked hard with the Wesleyan University administration to develop a plan to get the station back on its feet.

Currently, WESU operates  24 hrs per day, 7 days per week, and is supported by a volunteer staff of over 150 student and community volunteers, 2 part-time paid staffers, and one full-time General Manager. WESU is supported by a partnership between Wesleyan University and listeners, organizations, and businesses throughout the CT River Valley. As evidence of WESU’s transformation over the last decade, for the first time, WESU was crowned “The Best College Radio Station” in the 2013 Hartford Advocate’s Annual Readers’ Poll! 

WESU receives no federal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or any other grant or foundation sources. WESU depends on listener support to cover roughly one third of their lean $120,000 annual budget. When other public radio stations around the country, including right here in CT, have budgets so huge they can afford to pay their General Managers more than twice WESU’s entire annual budget, WESU continues to grow and develop as a community service. With Public affairs programming from NPR, Pacifica, local and independent sources in addition to a plethora of free-form music and community programming, WESU offers more perspectives than any other radio station in the region.  

In addition to bringing listeners hard to access news, music, public affairs, art, and perspectives from across the world, WESU enables our local communities to inform, share, organize, educate, celebrate life, and connect with the world around them. Thanks to the growth in internet broadcasting, WESU now also serves thousands of listeners from around the globe each month. WESU has come a long way since a young student named Arch Doty built that first one-watt radio station in his Wesleyan University Clark Hall dorm room back in 1939.

As an innovative listener-supported community radio station, WESU is constantly exploring new ground. This spring, WESU is taking another risk by exploring a kinder, gentler approach to fundraising in an effort to avoid disrupting the airwaves with another traditional on-air public radio pledge drive. 

You can help prevent an over-the-top pledge drive from taking over the WESU airwaves by donating online at www.wesufm.org  or by sending a check to WESU Radio, 45 Broad St, 2nd fl, Middletown, CT 06457 . WESU is also asking supporters to help spread the word throughout their communities and social networks that reaching new donors is critical to sustaining WESU. Past donors will be receiving letters of appeal in the mail as well.

Community support during this drive specifically supports locally produced free-form radio created by student and community volunteers.  WESU offers a truly unique mix of public affairs and cultural programming that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. With your support, WESU can further distinguish itself from the radio pack and avoid resorting to interrupting regular programming in order to continue doing what it does best!

WESU Lecture Series: Doug Berman ’84 and Ilya Marritz ’99

If you missed the first two events of the WESU Lecture Series, fear not! Video of Ilya Marritz’s October 11th lecture and Doug Berman’s November 1st lecture are now online. Berman is the creator of beloved NPR shows Car Talk and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and Marritz is a business reporter for WNYC. Both are WESU alums. Watch the lectures below, and subscribe to WESU’s YouTube channel for more lectures and other videos!

WESU Lecture Series: Doug Berman ’84 and Ilya Marritz ’99

If you missed the first two events of the WESU Lecture Series, fear not! Video of Ilya Marritz’s October 11th lecture and Doug Berman’s November 1st lecture are now online. Berman is the creator of beloved NPR shows Car Talk and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and Marritz is a business reporter for WNYC. Both are WESU alums. Watch the lectures below, and subscribe to WESU’s YouTube channel for more lectures and other videos!

I Need That Record! Screening


Hi, all!

WESU is pleased to announce that on Sunday, April 17th at 4:00 PM we will be hosting a screening of the film ‘I Need That Record’ to be followed by a Q&A with the documentary’s director – Brendan Toller.

The documentary addresses the closing of thousands of record stores in recent years and the viability of the record store in the age of digital music and illegal downloads. The documentary includes insights from Noam Chomsky, Thurston Moore, Ian MacKaye, Glenn Branca and many others and was filmed right here in good ole’ Connecticut.

The film also captures interviews with former WESU DJ Ian Laforce during the final days of Middletown’s Record Express as well as the closing of the legendary Trash American Style store in Danbury. Wallingford’s Redscroll Records (co owned by WESU stalwart Rick Sinkiewicz) is also spotlighted and provides a glimmer of hope for the future of the business.

Admission is free, but donations are strongly encouraged. Come join us!

When: Sunday, April 17th at 4:00 PM
Where: Shanklin room 107, Wesleyan campus, Church Street
(Shanklin is building #76 on the campus map )

I Need That Record! Screening


Hi, all!

WESU is pleased to announce that on Sunday, April 17th at 4:00 PM we will be hosting a screening of the film ‘I Need That Record’ to be followed by a Q&A with the documentary’s director – Brendan Toller.

The documentary addresses the closing of thousands of record stores in recent years and the viability of the record store in the age of digital music and illegal downloads. The documentary includes insights from Noam Chomsky, Thurston Moore, Ian MacKaye, Glenn Branca and many others and was filmed right here in good ole’ Connecticut.

The film also captures interviews with former WESU DJ Ian Laforce during the final days of Middletown’s Record Express as well as the closing of the legendary Trash American Style store in Danbury. Wallingford’s Redscroll Records (co owned by WESU stalwart Rick Sinkiewicz) is also spotlighted and provides a glimmer of hope for the future of the business.

Admission is free, but donations are strongly encouraged. Come join us!

When: Sunday, April 17th at 4:00 PM
Where: Shanklin room 107, Wesleyan campus, Church Street
(Shanklin is building #76 on the campus map )