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

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!

Photos and video from WESU Record Fair!

Today’s record fair was a great success! Photos and video courtesy of Dave Bauer.

Record Fair SUNDAY!!! and Zammuto photos!

come buy some records!

come buy some records!

Our record fair is this Sunday and should be oodles and oodles of fun here’s all the info…

Who? Vendors of music in all formats and other mysterious trinkets from all around our area. WESU DJs spinning all-vinyl sets. YOU!!!

What? Vinyl, cassette, dvd, cd, 8track??? You name it, and someone at our record fair will have it. Find that Zappa bootleg you’ve been looking for forever. Pick up your 15 thousandth copy of Bridge Over Troubled Water. All of your musical dreams are here!

Where? Beckham Hall, Fayerweather, Wesleyan University, 55 Wyllys ave. Middletown, Connecticut, United States, North America, Planet Earth, The Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, Known Universe, Reality

When? This SUNDAY April 7th, 2013 from 11am-4pm

Why? Because you can’t scratch an MP3.

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If you really badly still want a table email lberman@wesleyan.edu and he might be able to squeeze you in.

Hey there Nick Zammy!

Hey there Nick Zammy!

Thanks to everyone who came to see Zammuto, Snowblink, and the Japanese! Click the photo above to see more photos from our friends at Truancy Park. Our apologies to anyone frustrated by Wesleyan students tendency to chat a bit much. Keep an eye out for info about our next concert with Boldy James next Friday April 12th.

3/30 SATURDAY: Zammuto (of The Books) RSVP NOW!

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Free for everyone! If you do not have a Wes ID, please RSVP here.

Zammuto is the new solo project from Nick Zammuto, a former member
of The Books—one of the most acclaimed and innovative groups of the
past decade. In Zammuto’s progressive new endeavor, “dexterous
musicianship and catchy pop writing are upgraded to hyper-reality,”
(Pitchfork) as he mixes digital rhythms with complex orchestration for
an emotionally intese music experience that blurs the line between man
and machine. 12 am

Snowblink is a Toronto based duo dubbed by the CBC
as “one of the most compelling new voices on the Canadian scene” for
their delicate, ethereal sound. 11 pm

The Japanese make paw-stomping space music. 10 pm

WHERE: Eclectic Haus, Wesleyan University, 200 High St. Middletown, CT

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THANK YOU to the Wesleyan Student Assembly Concert Committee, the Student Program Fund, and the Music & Public Life series for making this series possible!

February: WESU Fans Huddle Together For Warmth; Good Times

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Ain’t No Concerts Like the WESU Concerts cuz the WESU Concerts are in SPACE

Thanks to everyone who came to our events this month! We bipped and bopped in new ways, learned what it means to really DO-IT-yourself, and heard a hundred cell-phones ringing at the command of a punk rock legend. Here’s all the fun we had:

The Stepkids // Sidewalk Dave // Featherwood Bee @ Memorial Chapel

Featherwood Bee and Sidewalk Dave rollicked in some good ol’ time rock n’ roll. Then The Stepkids brought us to some deep corner of the galaxy of the soul. You can find some spectacular photos on dear WESU friend and high-stakes photographer Truancy Park’s Facebook. You can read a decidedly unconventional review from Wesleyan campus blog, Wesleying, here.

Thanks to the Wesleyan Concert Committee, the Student Activities and Leadership Department, and TuneIn for support with this series. TuneIn is a service you can use to listen to radio stations from around the world, including WESU, on your smartphones, tablets, and online.

Ian MacKaye @ CFA Hall

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Ian Mackaye shared his sage wisdom and fiercely independent attitude to a loving crowd of students and Connecticut fans. An on-air broadcast of the talk as well as a podcast are coming soon. Click through after the jump to view a photo gallery. You can also check out the Wesleying Review here.

Stay tuned for more awesome WESU events all Spring long! Like us on Facebook and listen to WESU for updates on all these awesome radio parties! Everything WESU does is open to the public!

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WEDNESDAY: Ian MacKaye at the CFA

We are excited to announce that WESU is co-sponsoring a talk by Ian MacKaye at the Center for the Arts Hall, located at 287 Washington Terrace in Middletown, CT. This event will take place February 27th at 8 PM. It will be free and open to the public. Be sure to show up early to make sure you can get a seat. The talk will be made up entirely of questions and answers, so please think of questions in advance!

Ian MacKaye is co-founder and owner of Dischord Records, an independent Washington D.C.-based label that has existed since 1980. He has been lead singer, songwriter, bassist and guitarist for world-changing rockbands The Teen Idles, Minor Threat, EmbraceFugazi, and The Evens. His latest album with The Evens, The Odds was released on November 20, 2012. The Needle Drop’s Anthony Fantano (past WESU lecture guest) describes the concoction, “great songwriting, strong messages, and tight playing are the main ingredients.” An awe-inspiring documentary about his band Fugazi, Instrument directed by Wesleyan alum Jem Cohen was released in 1999. It shows the band playing at such locations as prisons and college gyms, and getting interviewed by an eighth-grade girl on public access TV.