Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Flyweight Top 10 of 2008

every Thursday evening from 5:00-7:00pm spinning shoegaze, spacerock, psych, post-punk, paisley underground, C86, dreampop, early post rock and other fuzzed out bliss...

10. Crystal Stilts
Crystal Stilts (EP)
Woodsist Records
Track: "Converging in the Quiet"

09. Vivian Girls
Vivian Girls (CD)
In the Red Records
Track: "Tell The World"

08. Portishead
Three (CD)
Mercury Records
Track: "Machine Gun"

07. Wire
Object 47 (EP/CD)
Pink Flag Records
Track: "One of Us"

06. Atlas Sound
Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (CD)
Kranky Records
Track: "Another Bedroom"

05. All The Saints
Fire On Corridor X (CD)
Killer Pimp Records
Track: "Farmacia"

04. Deerhunter
Microcastles (CD)
Track: "Nothing Ever Happened"

03. Raveonettes
Lust Lust Lust (CD)
Vice Records
Track: "Ally Walk With Me"

02. Black Angels
Directions To See A Ghost (CD)
Light In The Attic Records
Track: "Doves"

01. December Sound
December Sound aka The Silver Album (CD)
self released
Track: "Drone Refusenik"

Other artists with 2008 releases
Air France, School of Seven Bells, Sun Kil Moon, M83, Milling Gowns, Boat Club, Christy Romanick, Exit Calm, Pacific UV, Spiritualized, Magnetic Fields, Beach House, Sigur Ros, Wedding Present, Stereolab, Monade, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Four Tet, Studio, Warlocks, No Age, Kontake, Hammock, Duke Spirit, Clinic, Darker My Love, Daysleepers, Piano Magic, Antony and The Johnsons

For more information:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Animal Collective Boston Listening Party!

WZBC was asked by Animal Collective and Domino Records to host the Boston listening party for Animal Collective's upcoming 9th studio release, Merriweather Post Pavillion, on January 6th, 2009. Anticipation has been ridiculously high since the album was announced way back in October, and we at WZBC are stoked to be working with the band to celebrate the release. Keep your eyes and ears open for free giveaways, prizes, and more secret goodies as we get closer to the date.

We'll be announcing more information in the very near future on a location and event details on air, so keep listening to WZBC 90.3fm or stream us online at

Read Domino Records' press release here.

And for more cryptic information about the record, check out their website.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

WZBC Fundraiser Update!

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WZBC is hosting its biennial fundraiser this year. Since 'zbc is a non-commercial station, we rely heavily on the wonderful support of our listeners to keep things running in our end of town. We understand that economic times are tough right now, but any amount that you can spare is greatly appreciated.

If you've ever been kicked off of our online stream, you can understand the frustration with not having enough stream slots for the station. With your pledges, we'll look to increase the slot numbers.

If you've ever been to one of our "WZBC welcomes..." concerts, you also know that we look to bring in the best and most exciting acts from the past and present. Just last week, WZBC welcomed Wire to Boston in support of their new album.

Additionally, we have a ton of great gifts to give for certain donation amounts.

Station Premiums:
Bottle Openers
Tee Shirts
Tote bags
Grab bags

We have a bunch of cds available including:

Stereolab- Chemical Chords
Tapes 'n Tapes- Walk It Off
Jaguar Love- Take Me To The Sea
Shearwater- Rook
Friendly Fires- S/T
Sigur Ros- Med Suf Ieyrum Vit Spilum Endalaust (2008)

Vinyl Records:

Stereolab- 7" single (2008)
Cat Power- Moon Pix
Vampire Weekend- S/T
British Sea Power- The Decline of British Sea Power
The Libertines- Up The Bracket

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Persuasion at The Speaker Project

Hey Z-sters,

Just wanted to give you a quick heads up about a really cool exhibit going on right now at the Stephen D. Paine Gallery at MassArt. The Speaker Project is a "sculptural sound project" by Chicago artist Juan Angel Chavez. The exhibit runs until November 22. Even more good news: FREE ENTRY!

WZBC's own Sarah Joy and Will Lynch of Persuasion (Thursday NCP II) will be doing a DJ set for the exhibit this Saturday, October 18, from 12p-2p. The set they're planning is a little more spacey than Persuasion's usual gamut of deep house and minimal techno. Instead, to showcase the installation's unique soundscape, Will and SJ will be focusing on more atmospheric, avant-garde, echoing electronic tracks (e.g., Gas, Deepchord, Robert Henke, Klimek, etc.)

If you can't make it out this Saturday, be sure to check out this awesome exhibit before it closes in November. Check out the website above for a full schedule of performances.

(And don't forget... this week is our biennial fundraiser! So call 617-552-4686 to share some love with WZBC!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Make it New" @ Middlesex Lounge, 9/25/2008

Hey Z Peeps,

Just a late heads up that this Thursday, WZBC's Will Lynch (co-host of "Persuasion" on Thursday NCP2) will be DJing at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, opening for Shed, a critically acclaimed producer from Berlin. Shed is a regular at the infamous Berghain/Panoramabar, and released his debut album earlier this month on Ostgut-Ton, one of the most provocative and influential house/techno labels running. This will be his first performance ever in the US, and its only $5. So, if you're the type that parties on Thursday nights, and you find yourself jonesing for a bit of untz untz, come on down, and feel free to say hi. I'll be the guy trying not to wet his pants behind the DJ booth from 9pm-10pm, and 10:45-11:30. Hope to see some of you there!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Thursday, August 7th: WZBC Countdown + 2 Featured DJs at River Gods

This Thursday is the first Thursday of the month, so it's time for another WZBC night at River Gods.
Monthly Countdown as usual from 10-11 p.m.
And 2 featured WZBC DJs before and after the countdown.
DJs this month are Justin Grotelueschen and Nick van der Kolk (aka DJ Sailor Pants) - co-hosts (along with John Purcell) of WZBC's Cafe of Shame every Sunday night from 10 p.m. to midnight (

Justin will be spinning somewhat familiar, somewhat mellowed, somewhat ambient beat-oriented electronic musics that will gently massage your ear drums.

DJ Sailor Pants will bring you on an underwater adventure of delight. Meet dreamy-eyed naïve dolphins, mean old octopuses, frightening krakens, and the bumbling sea wizard Syd Barrett, and still get home in time for your mother to tuck you in. Your mother who loves you very much.

And by the way, Justin and Nick are also helping to organize a WZBC-sponsored event at the Dilboy VFW in Davis Square on Friday, August 15th:

Paradosaurus Wreck
featuring fashions on the catwalk from local designers
Stormcloud, Bring Rainbows, Joy Adams, BECKY, Julia Ramsey, and Karovan.
Plus live rock from The Flaming Fire, Deer Tick, and Andre Obin, and
dance partying with DJ Phil.

WZBC's Top-14 of July 2008
No. 14: Emeralds, "The Quaking Mess (edit)," Solar Bridge (Hanson)
No. 13: Silver Jews, "Suffering Jukebox," Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City)
No. 12: The Chap, "Caution Me," Mega Breakfast (Ghostly International)
No. 11: Love Is All, "Make Out Fall Out Make Up," Mixed Up (EMI)
No. 10: Awesome Color, "Eyes of Light," Electric Aborigines (American Dust)
No. 9: Gang, "Squatters, Inc." Zero Hits (Absolutely Kosher)
No. 8: The Notwist, "On Planet Off," Me, You + The Devil (Domino)
No. 7: Bernard Bonnier, "Italian Junk Food," Casse-tete (Oral)
No. 6: Endless Boogie, "Low-lifes," Focus Level (No Quarter)
No. 5: Fleet Foxes, "Ragged Wood," Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)
No. 4: Wolf Parade, "California Dreamer," At Mount Zoomer (Sub Pop)
No. 3: No Age, "Teen Creeps," Nouns (Sub Pop)
No. 2: Sic Alps, "Mater," U.S. EZ (Siltbreeze)
No. 1: Low Motion Disco, "The Low Murderer Is Out Tonight," Keep It Slow (Eskimo)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

This Thursday is the first Thursday of the month so it's time for
WZBC's Monthly Countdown at River Gods.
Countdown runs from 10-11 p.m.
- Our favorite tracks from our favorite discs of June.

Plus 2 featured WZBC DJs
(Re-scheduled from last month since they were pre-empted by the Celtics):

Matt Crook – host of WZBC's Space-Mind Continuum every Wednesday from
6-7 p.m. This Matt will be spinning soundwaves from late 60's British
psychedelia. Close your eyes and be transported to the ethereal time
that was swinging London. Good vibes will be had by all!

Matt Kane – host of WZBC's Hydrogen Economy alternate Fridays from 10
p.m. – 1 a.m. This Matt will be playing all kinds of dubby techno –
new, old, and older.

21+, no cover
kitchen closes at 10, bar closes at 1
125 River Street near Central Square

WZBC's: Top-13 of June 2008:

No. 13: Simply Saucer, "Illegal Bodies," Half Human/Half Live (Sonic Unyon)
No. 12: Groupo de Totoko Francois, "Bololo O Kolilo," Victrola
Favorites: Artifacts from Bygone Days (Dust-to-Digital)
No. 11: Fuck Buttons, "Sweet Love for Planet Earth," Street Horrrsing (ATP)
No. 10. Excepter, "Entrance 08," Debt Dept. (Cak)
No. 9: Animal Collective, "Street Flash," Water Curses (Domino)
No. 8: Retribution Gospel Choir, "What She Turned Into," Retribution
Gospel Choir (Caldo Verde)
No. 7: The Wedding Present, "I Lost the Monkey," El Rey (Vibrant)
No. 6: Sic Alps, "Mater," U.S. EZ (Siltbreeze)
No. 5: The Notwist, "On Planet Off," The Devil, You + Me (Domino)
No. 4: Portishead, "We Carry On," Third (Mercury/Island)
No. 3: Free Kitten, "Erected Girl," Inherit (Ecstatic Peace)
No. 2: All the Saints, "Hornett," All the Saints (Killer Pimp)
No. 1: Spiritualized, "Soul on Fire," Songs in A&E (Fontana/Universal)

another blog? is that completely necessary?

I've started another music blog, in addition to all the ones already out there. As of right now, by my estimations, it is amongst the top 5 blogs currently in existence within the internet tubes. You should get on that and check it out. I'll be writing about new music I hear, and shows I see, and other musings which may or may not be about music.

Help me celebrate the body electric!

-Brian G

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

This Thursday is the first Thursday of the month, so it's WZBC's monthly night at River Gods.

Countdown from 10-11 p.m.

Plus 2 featured WZBC DJs:

Matt Crook – host of WZBC’s Space-Mind Continuum every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. This Matt will be spinning tunes from the American underground covering the sixties to the present.

Matt Kane – host of WZBC’s Hydrogen Economy alternate Fridays from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. This Matt will be playing some classic dub, bollywood, belly dancing music, and other thrift store gems. He will also preview a Basic Channel feature which he will air on WZBC tomorrow from 6-7 p.m.

Each DJ will spin a "dinner set" before the countdown and a "bar set" after the countdown.

WZBC's: Top-16 of May 2008:
No. 16: Matmos, “,” Supreme Balloon (Matador)
No. 15: Cut Copy, “Out There on the Ice,” In Ghost Colours (Modular Interscope)
No. 14: Mountain Goats, “Autoclave,” Heretic Pride (4AD)

No. 13: Mission of Burma, “Devotion,” Signals, Calls and Marches: The Definitive Edition (Matador)
No. 12: Dodos, “Jodi,” Visiter (French Kiss)
No. 11: Thalia Zedek Band, “Come Undone,” Liars and Prayers (Thrill Jockey)
No. 10. The Mae Shi, “Lamb and Lion,” HLLLYH (Team Shi)
No. 9: The French Kicks, “Abandon,” Swimming (Vagrant)
No. 8: All the Saints, “Sheffield,” All the Saints (Killer Pimp)
No. 7: Sun Kil Moon, “Heron Blue,” April (Caldo Verde)
No. 6: Clinic, “Memories,” Do It! (Domino)
No. 5: Portishead, “Small,” Third (Mercury/Island)
No. 4: December Sound, “Drone Refusnik,” The Silver Album (
No. 3: Animal Collective, “Water Curses,” Water Curses (Domino)
No. 2: Neptune, “Red Sea/Ebbing,” Gong Lake (Radium/Table of the Elements)

No. 1: No Age, “Eraser,” Nouns (Sub Pop)

21+, no cover
kitchen closes at 10, bar closes at 1
125 River Street near Central Square

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mesmerization Eclipse presents Love Is All at Great Scott

Love Is All
Mean Creek
Big Digits

at Great Scott in Allston
Sunday June 15 2008
Show starts at 9 pm

Facts about Love Is All:

1. They're awesome.
2. They're from Sweden.
3. Their second album, A Hundred Things That Keep Me Up At Night, comes out later this year on What's Your Rupture?
4. This'll be their very first show in Boston.
5. They hardly ever tour the States, so who knows when you'll get a chance to see 'em again.

Listen to Mesmerization Eclipse on Friday June 13 from 3 to 5 pm from tickets and Love Is All t-shirts.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Test Pattern Schedule for (part of) Summer 2008

May 30 - Jim - Wierd Records
June 6 - Matt - Basic Channel
June 13 - Andrew - Kevin Martin
June 20 - Jessica - Easy Tempo
June 27 - Rob - Nocturnal Emissions
July 4 - Carrigan and David Day - The Field
July 11 - Patrick - Gary Mcfarland
July 18 - Matt - Underworld
July 25 - Andrew - Adaadat Records
August 1 - Carrigan and David Day - The Knife
August 8 - James - Ed Keupper

Friday, May 23: Thalia Zedek on WZBC

Thalia Zedek will be the special guest co-host for part of the afternoon on Friday, May 23rd. Thalia's not completely sure what time she'll be able to arrive, but she will be joining WZBC DJ John Straub by 3:30 at the latest, and sticking around until 4:30 or so.

Thalia's new album, Liars and Prayers, came out last month on Thrill Jockey Records. She's also playing Friday night at The Middle East Upstairs on a bill with Joe Lally (of Fugazi), Glorytellers (feat. members of Karate), and Drew O'Doherty.

Thalia and John will be featuring some stuff from Thalia's new album, some of her older material, and some music by other artists. They will probably also be giving away a pair of tickets to Thalia's show at The Middle East.

Hope you can listen in!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Flyweight presents 28 Degrees Taurus & December Sound at Great Scott

28 Degrees Taurus
The December Sound
Screen Vinyl Image
Static of the Gods

at Great Scott in Allston
Saturday May 17, 2008
9:00pm show

Event Links:
28 Degrees Taurus

The December Sound

Screen Vinyl Image

Static of the Gods

Great Scott in Allston

Listen to Flyweight on Thursday May 15th to win tickets to the show and CDs from the bands.

WZBC Studio Line: 617-552-4686
WZBC Flyweight:

We're Growing...

ZBC's blog has expanded... ever so slightly. If you check out the sidebar to your right you'll find a number of links that will whisk you away to various sites associated with the station. This list will grow in time, but for now there's a couple of links to shows broadcast on WZBC as well as links to friends of the station/former DJs. You can find free mp3s, various musings on new and old music, photographs, news concerning upcoming shows in the Boston area, and lots of other fun things on those sites. If you think you know of a link or two that should be added to this list, just leave us a comment and we'll eventually check it out.

You might also be interested in the fact that Brainwashed is currently putting together and preparing for a huge three-day music festival called BRAINWAVES 2008. You can bet that WZBC will be increasingly involved in this festival as its time draws nearer, but for now you can check out the website, linked here. Lots of bands featured on ZBC will be there and some of them are playing in the United States for the first time. Check it out.

Thanks for stopping by and continuing to support us.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

WZBC 35TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY and Neptune Reviewed in Pitchfork

For those of you who live under rocks or with overly protective parents, we are in fact turning 35 and are planning on celebrating our encroaching middle age with a balls out rock fest at TT the Bears this Saturday.

Doors at 8:30
No Age
Big Digits
The Big Disappointments

Get there early kids, this shit is sure to sell out. Or listen in all this week to ZBC as we give away tickets!

There will also be an exclusive, sexy party afterwards, but we aren't releasing those details just yet. Keep your ear to the ground.

In conjunction with drumming up some noise about our 35th anniversary show this Saturday at TT's, I thought it might be nice to post a review of Neptune's new record Gong Lakefrom today's issue of Pitchforkmedia.

Check it out:

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Finally, That Long Awaited Times New Viking Session

So, you may recall a couple months ago we had Times New Viking in the studio to record some songs especially for ZBC. You may then recall how we promised to make those tracks available on the blog. And then you waited. And waited some more. Maybe you went out to lunch, read a book, or listened to some Todd Rundgren. Still no tracks. You started to give up hope, you began to frequent the ERS site, these were dark times...

Well I am happy to announce that we have finally made the whole session available to our listeners. Just peep the Mediafire link below, download and unpack the .zip file, and you'll be able to have the whole thing in MP3 format. Depending on if we really get our act together, there may even be some footage too (don't hold your breath). You see? We would never break our commitment to you. Never.

Times New Viking at WZBC Studios, 2/23

Eternally Yours,

Nick (Spectra Sonic Sound)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

WZBC now in iTunes

It's official: WZBC is now in the iTunes radio directory under the new College Radio category. All of our streams (128/56/24) are there, which means WZBC can be heard in multiple formats anywhere iTunes can be downloaded in the free and not-so-free worlds. Undoubtedly this means more unsuspecting listeners will happen upon WZBC's eclectic awesomeness.

So tell all your friends and relatives how they can easily listen to WZBC because of our new exclusive relationship with Apple computers and Steve Jobs (yeah it's a fib, but sometimes fibs are necessary for great things to happen).

Doug (Pinwheels of Your Mind, Wed. 7-10pm) and Judy (WZBC's adviser) and I have worked on this for a while -- thanks to them for willing this to happen.

Cafe of Shame
Sundays 10p-midnight

Monday, April 7, 2008

Derrick May Test Pattern this Friday

As many of you may know, every Friday night, WZBC does a one hour focus on a single artist or label or scene or category or maybe some other constraint that hasn't yet been imagined. One poor DJ gets stuck in the studio for an hour racking his or her brain for the best or rarest of what-have-you.

On April 11 at 6PM, Test Pattern presents the ever-pugnacious innovator; head of the Metroplex subsidiary Transmat Records; two-time organizer of Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival; resident DJ at The Music Institute in Detroit; and former radio host: the one and only Derrick May!*

God, I can barely fit the marketing hype into an hour!

Anyway, there will be music from across Mr. May's long career from 1987 on up to the present (well the past year anyway); including both classics and rarities; co-productions, originals, and remixes. If anyone has footage of Mr. May at Movement 2004, riding around on a golf cart, asking for donations through his megaphone, feel free to send that to me and I'll play that too :)

So anyway, listen Friday at 6PM to 90.3 FM or!

* There may be other people named Derrick May.

(presented by Matt K from Friday NCP2)

Monday, March 31, 2008

WZBC Countdown at River Gods on Thursday, April 3rd

This Thursday (the 3rd of April) is the first Thursday of the month, so it's time for WZBC's monthly countdown at River Gods.
The Countdown runs from 10-11 p.m. and features selections from WZBC's favorite releases of the previous month.
Two WZBC DJs will also be spinning before and after the countdown.
The DJs start at 8:30, and this month they will be:

Nick Feeley, host of WZBC’s Spectra Sonic Sound every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - noon.
Nick will be spinning ’70s Samba/Bossanova/Tropicalia while you eat before the countdown and loud booty jamz while you drink after 11.

Melissa Komadina - a WZBC alumna
Melissa will continue the funk with classic female soul singers and finish with the best of groovy and upbeat modern tracks.

21+, no cover
kitchen closes at 10, bar closes at 1
125 River Street near Central Square

WZBC's Top-19 of March 2008
No. 19: DeVotchKa, “Undone,” A Mad and Faithful Telling (Anti-)
No. 18: Atlas Sound, “Quarantined,” Let the Blind Lead Those Who … (Kranky)
No. 17: The Dodos, “Fools,” Visiter (French Kiss)
No. 16: Yeasayer, “Forgivness,” All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free)
No. 15: Rafter, “Chances,” Sex Death Cassette (Asthmatic Kitty)
No. 14: Xiu Xiu, “I Do What I Want, When I Want,” Women as Lovers (Kill Rock Stars)
No. 13: Mahjongg, “Problems,” Kontpab (K)
No. 12: Working for a Nuclear Free City, “Troubled Son,” Businessmen & Ghosts (Deaf, Dumb & Blind)
No. 11: Beach House, “Gila,” Devotion (Carpark)
No. 10. December Sound, “Drone Refusenik,” The Silver Album (
No. 9: Raveonettes, “Aly, Walk with Me,” Lust Lust Lust (Vice)
No. 8: Excepter, “Kill People,” Dept Dept (Cak)
No. 7: Crystal Castles, “Untrust Us,” Crystal Castles (Last Gang)
No. 6: Mountain Goats, “Sax Rohmer, Pt. 1,” Heretic Pride (4AD)
No. 5: Pacific UV, “If So,” Longplay, Vol. 2 (Warm)
No. 4: No Age, “Every Artist Needs a Tragedy,” Weirdo Rippers (Fat Cat)
No. 3: The Mae Shi, “Run to Your Grave,” HLLLYH (Team Shi)
No. 2: Times New Viking, “Times New Viking vs. Yo La Tengo,” Rip it Off (Matador)
No. 1: Neptune, “Grey Shallows,” Gong Lake (Radium/Table of the Elements)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday NCP Steps Out!

Join NCP hosts Doug of Pinwheels of Your Mind, and Ghostdad of Mofo Radio, live and in person this Friday at the Channel Cafe as they put the FUN back in Fort Point! Here's the official write up. Spread the word!

Z Night at the Channel Cafe

This Friday, March 28, Fort Point artist and radio DJ Doug Urbank--host of WZBC's No Commercial Potential program "The Pinwheels of Your Mind"--will play music accompanied by video projection by multi-media artist, John Gayle, from about 7 to 9 PM. From 9 to 11 PM DJ Ghostdad of WZBC's "Mofo Radio" will bring the usual mix of back alley funk and uproot dance music from vinyl's forgotten past and the digital music underground.

edit: actually ends at 10 so get there early! Posted by Ghostdad. Holler!

Monday, March 24, 2008

This Week's TP: Go-Go from DC

There's a reason there aren't a lot of MC's that rep Washington, D.C., and that reason is Go-Go. While other cities were nurturing hip-hop and rap scenes during the early to mid-1980s, D.C. was nurturing Go-Go. Funk with a highly syncopated back-beat and heady call and response vocals, it's the party music of choice for D.C. While it's pretty much unheard of outside of D.C./MD/VA (though thanks to some mentions on "The Wire" that seems to be changing), Go-Go remains one of the most popular styles of music in D.C.

I'll be playing a bunch of Go-Go records this Friday. It's by no means meant to be exhaustive, but hopefully it will get people interested in a style of music that doesn't make it out past the 'burbs of D.C. all that often.


The Junkyard Band @ Showplace Photo

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tim Haslett : 1966 - 2008

DJ Brian Coleman revisits: "Funk to the Folks"
and "Back to the Old School" aka
"School Beats"
live on the air on WZBC 90.3 FM
streaming at
Monday March 24, 2008
5 - 7PM

"Music in the Spirit of Tim"
Beat Research
with DJ Flack, Wax and Wayne & Brian Coleman
Enormous Room 567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
Monday, March 24, 2008 9PM - 1AM 21+ Free
[If you’re a DJ type who knew him, come on out & bring a few rekkids Tim woulda liked.]

Tim Haslett 1966-2008: some WZBC shows archived:

Tim Haslett joined WZBC in the summer of 1990. He hosted "Funk to the Folks", "Back to the Old School"a.k.a. "School Beats", "Hard Wired" and "Tranquility Bass." He contributed to CMJ New Music Monthly and New Music Report, Rockpool, Streetsound Magazine. He was associated with local record stores Boston Beat, Biscuithead, Other Music, and Twisted Village. We will miss him.

WZBC Tributes: call-ins welcome at 617-552-4686
or instant message at "wzbcdj"

DJs pay tribute, live on the air at 90.3FM WZBC
streaming at

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Flyweight (6-7pm)
with DJ Ravioli and Petrina
an hour tribute to Tim Haslett
followed by Susanna at 7pm, also paying tribute

aturday March 22, 2008
The QE2 Show on Saturday 1am -6am is having a special show
on Detroit Tech. and Old School Hip Hop
Dedicated to the life of Tim Haslett a.k.a. "The Professor"
with Victor a.k.a. 'The Captain,' DJ Duo & 'The Navigator' Carlos B.

DJ Brian Coleman revisits:
"Funk to the Folks" "Back to the Old School" aka"School Beats"
live on the air on WZBC 90.3 FM
streaming at
Monday, March 24, 2008
5 - 7PM

Music in the Spirit of Tim

Beat Research w/ DJ Flack, Wax and Wayne & Brian Coleman
Enormous Room
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
(above Central Kitchen)
Monday, March 24, 2008
9PM - 1AM 21+
If you’re a local DJ type who knew him, come on out and bring a few rekkids Tim woulda liked.

Memorial Service
Friday March 21, 2008
Friends Meeting House
5 Longfellow Park (off Brattle Street near Harvard Square)

Links to tributes and articles:

Pernice Brothers:

Friendster Profile:

Michigan State University Newspaper:

Weekly Dig Tribute:

Lemmingtrail Boards:

Hua Hsu:

Beat Research Tribute:


Boston Magazine:

Changs Place:

Universal Hub:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Circus Comes to ZBC

Friday (ahem, tomorrow) on ZBC's Friday night Test Pattern, I'll be featuring furiously fabulous Parisian house label CIRCUS COMPANY.

This is not your standard brand of French House. That is to say, the releases CC has to offer are a far, far cry from the electro-house bug that bit after last summer's Daft Punk Alive 2007 tour. But there's no reason for an elitist alarm-- this stuff isn't only for the ever-more-pretentious "mnml" community. (RE: the label's myspace quote: "MINIMAL MY ASS.")

Will Lynch and I first found out about Circus Company from reading Philip Sherburne's adorations, but we really fell in love with them when we found some of their 12"s (Le K's Hurluberlu, Jean Nipon and Ai's With All Your Power, and Audio Werner's Flatfunk) on our second trip Berlin's famous Hardwax record store, home of the most life-changing and mind-blowing selection of records I've ever had the honor to browse. In my fast and furious education in electronic dance music, this label is still one of my favorite discoveries. I can't emphasize enough how unique and awesome these sounds are.

So if you want to start your Friday night with some incredible funky French beats, tune in from 6-7pm and shake your butt. If this can't put a smile on your face and a groove in your feet, maybe you should get yourself and analyst. Or a louder stereo.

(If you like it, I'll be posting an mp3 of the live mix after the fact.)


Sarah Joy (of Future Daze -- bi-weekly Fridays from 10p-1a, with Lynch, on your very own WZBC)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Charts 3/4!!!

So it's been a while since the charts have been posted, but I figure now is as good a time as ever to do it and why not on the official WZBC blog? Enjoy and keep listening...


WZBC Radio 200 Adds 3/4:

1 DODOS Visiter Frenchkiss
2 THESE NEW PURITANS Beat Pyramid Domino
3 RUBY SUNS Sea Lion
4 MURDER BY DEATH Red Of Tooth And Claw Vagrant
5 A FAULTY CHROMOSOME As An Ex-Anorexic's Six Sicks Exit Self-Released

WZBC Radio 200 3/4:

1 BEACH HOUSE Devotion Carpark
2 NEPTUNE Gong Lake golden lab
3 HOT CHIP Made In The Dark DFA-Astralwerks
4 TIMES NEW VIKING Rip It Off Matador
5 DEVOTCHKA A Mad And Faithful Telling Anti
6 MONADE Monstre Cosmic Too Pure
7 VAMPIRE WEEKEND Vampire Weekend XL
8 BLACK MOUNTAIN In The Future Jagjaguwar
9 BON IVER For Emma, Forever Ago Jagjaguwar
10 BORN RUFFIANS Red, Yellow And Blue Warp
11 DEVASTATIONS Yes, U Beggars Banquet
12 HELIO SEQUENCE Keep Your Eyes Ahead SUB POP
13 MAGNETIC FIELDS Distortion Nonesuch
14 MAHJONGG Kontpab K
15 MOUNTAIN GOATS Heretic Pride 4AD
16 NO AGE Weirdo Rippers FatCat
17 SUPER FURRY ANIMALS Hey Venus! Rough Trade
18 VALET Naked Acid Kranky
19 YEASAYER All Hour Cymbals We Are Free
20 BLACK LIPS Good Bad Not Evil Vice
21 BLOOD ON THE WALL Liferz Social Registry
22 BRITISH SEA POWER Do You Like Rock Music? Rough Trade
23 DEAD MEADOW Old Growth Matador
24 DEERHUNTER Cryptograms Kranky
25 AKRON/FAMILY Love Is Simple Young God
26 DIE! DIE! DIE! Promises, Promises S.A.F.
27 DIRTY PROJECTORS Rise Above Dead Oceans
28 EVANGELICALS Evening Descends Dead Oceans
29 EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT Third Transmission Graveface
30 FRENCH HORN REBELLION French Horn Rebellion Vurse

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A huge thanks to Times New Viking for coming in and recording some songs at ZBC this past weekend!

If you didn't hear it today, we'll be posting those tracks right here on the blog. There may also be some YouTube worthy video as well. Be sure to keep your eyes on the blog!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Times New Viking at WZBC!!!

I'm absolutely obsessed with Times New Viking. You can ask any of the friends, roommates, ex-girlfriends, current girlfriends, concerned family members, and perfect strangers who I have attempted to convert to Times New Viking fandom. Really, Rip It Off is an awesome record and the band is an awesome live show.

Anyway, now that I've gotten all that out of the way I'll get to my point. Times New Viking will be doing a radio session at WZBC this Saturday before their show at the Paradise with Super Furry Animals. We'll be recording it and playing it the following Tuesday on Spectra Sonic Sound (10 AM - 12 PM). Who knows, they may also do an interview and tell me personal stuff. We just don't know and you'll have to tune. Also be sure to check here in the coming week for exclusive mp3's of the tracks they play. Maybe even some Youtube worthy video? You'll just have to wait and see!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Friday 2/15, 6-10 p.m.: Karlheinz Stockhausen Special

This Friday, WZBC will be airing a special 4-hour Test Pattern devoted to the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. The program will be hosted by John Straub (host of WZBC's Kraft-o-Matic Bed o' Nails, every other Friday, 3-5 p.m.)

It's hard to imagine very many people wanting to listen to this many different Stockhausen pieces in a row for 4 straight hours. So here is an annotated list of approximately when different pieces will be aired. That way interested listeners can "pick their battles."

The program will focus on Stockhausen's recordings from the 1960's, with just a couple earlier pieces from the '50's and one later piece from the 1990's.

Annotated program from John:

6:00: I'm going to start with a 23-minute excerpt from Kurzwellen, recorded in 1969. This is a personal favorite. Stockhausen's own liner notes for the recording also put the piece into context by looking back at a few of his earlier pieces that I'll also be featuring, so I thought I'd read some of those notes as an introduction.

~6:30: Gesang der Junglinge (1956) An early classic mixing synthetic sounds with the recording of a boy's voice singing a Biblical passage, "Chant of the Adolescents in the Fiery Furnace"

~6:45: Kontakte (1958-1960) - piano & percussion playing along with pre-recorded sounds on tape. I'll play the 1st 12 minutes.

~7:00: Momente (1962-1964) Side 1 of the mid-60's vinyl release on Nonesuch. A cantata for soprano, choir, brass, percussion and electric organs. A lot of commentators emphasize how this piece was about "existence in the moment and ignoring the past," which is seen as a hallmark of Stockhausen's most famous work.

~7:30: Mixture (1964): Electronics with Orchestra. I'll play the 2nd half of this piece which is a mirror image of itself.

Stockhausen spent a lot of time in Japan in 1966, which had a big influence on his late '60's work. The next few things tend to be less complex and seem to be striving towards some kind of electronic world music.

~8:00: Telemusik (1966)

~8:20: Hymnen (1966-1967) - Electronic stew of various national anthems.

~8:30: Holger Czukay's "Boat Woman Song". This was my introduction to Stockhausen. Czukay was a student of Stockhausen's in the early 60's before he co-founded Can in 1968. This early solo recording from 1968 mixes shortwave radio signals from all over the world and recordings of traditional Vietnamese and Cambodian singing. Obviously influenced by Stockhausen's "electronic world music" especially Kurzwellen (Short Waves). My interest in Can led me to this beautiful solo recording, which led me to Stockhausen's Kurzwellen.

~8:40 Kurzwellen (1968) Here I'm going to play an excerpt from the 2nd half of a 1968 recording. I will open the show at 6:00 with the first half of a 1969 recording of the same piece. Performance of the piece involves musicians responding to random short wave radio broadcasts. The same timpani motif (a BBC station ID) happened to come over the shortwaves during these two different performances. The different reactions by the musicians to that identical stimulus is something that intrigued Stockhausen about these two recordings of Kurzwellen.

~9:05: Helicopter String Quartet (1995) - Beginning in 1977, Stockhausen spent most the rest of his life working on a 7-part operatic opus called Licht. The 7 parts corresponded to the 7 days of the week. Wednesday was one of the last pieces he completed in the mid-1990's. His Helicopter String Quartet is part of that piece of Licht. The Helicopter String Quartet involves each member of a string quartet playing in a different helicopter with independent flight paths. The musicians stay synchronized by wearing headphones in which they all hear the same click track. The 1995 premier was performed by the Arditti String Quartet. Here's a YouTube clip of a 2003 performance:

~9:35: Talk about Stockhausen's controversial quote on September 16, 2001. The excerpt from the quote that stirred up the controversy was that the 9/11 attacks were, "... the greatest work of art that exists for the whole Cosmos."

I will read the full quote and discuss the context.

~9:45: I will sign off and play an excerpt of the new recording of Stimung (1968).

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Neptune on the Z mk. II

So remember a few days ago, when I told you all that Neptune was coming to the Z but we didn't know when? Well, now we do. Check it:

Time: 10AM - 12PM, Feb 12.

Be sure to tune in suckers.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

dj ning nong hosts a Test Pattern on The Shadow Ring

Friday, February 1 at 6PM EST dj ning nong will host a one hour special on the music of The Shadow Ring, as part of WZBC's weekly Test Pattern series. After early 90's releases on various labels, such as Siltbreeze and Corpus Hermeticum, the trio hit their stride with three albums released on Scott Foust's Swill Radio label. The program will include tracks from all phases of the band's career (1993-2003), including an unreleased live track or two. ning nong's regular weekly program, ning nong radio, is switching to Thursday nights this semester; same time: 10PM-1AM (NCP2).

Neptune on the Z

On a date yet to be confirmed, the two representatives of Neptune (LTD) will be joining me (Nick) on my show. More than likely there will be girly giggling, noisy machines, and fun for all ages. They'll be talking about their new record, Gong Lake, which is coming out on February 19. Keep checking here to find out when I'll have an actual date and time set up for this.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Flex Your Head with ZBC DJ Pete Ireland

Alternate title: It's the Economy Stupid!

ZBC DJ Pete Ireland (of Monday Rock 1 "Love and Mathematics") explains why we will more than likely have a recession in America soon. Meanwhile, the rest of the world continues to flood the U.S. with their precious, precious Euros.

Monday, January 7, 2008

WZBC Counts Down Favorite Releases of 2007 at River Gods on Thursday, January 10th

Thursday, January 10th is the 2nd Thursday of the month - so it's time for WZBC's monthly night at River Gods. As usual there will be a countdown from 10-11 p.m., but instead of a regular monthly countdown, this time we will count down WZBC's Top-15 for 2007. WZBC DJs John Straub (Friday rock 1-3 p.m.) and Saul Jacobowitz (Thursday No Commercial Potential 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.) will be spinning other personal faves from 2007 before and after the countdown.

21+, no cover
125 River Street, near Central Square
kitchen closes at 10, bar closes at 1

Top-15 of 2007
No. 15: Black Lips, “Veni Vidi Vici,” Good Bad Not Evil (Vice)
No. 14: Hallelujah the Hills, “Hallelujah the Hills,” Collective Psychosis Begone (Misra)
No. 13: Black Dice, “Gore,” Load Blown (Paw Tracks)
No. 12: Apparat, “Not a Number,” Walls (Shitkatapult Strike)
No. 11: Wooden Shjips, “Blue Sky Bends,” Wooden Shjips (Holy Mountain)
No. 10: Blonde Redhead, “23,” 23 (4AD)
No. 9: Reports, “Yr Honor,” Mosquito Nets (The Paper Cities)
No. 8: Do Make Say Think, “In Mind,” You, You’re a History in Rust (Constellation)
No. 7: M.I.A., “20 Dollar,” Kala,” (Interscope)
No. 6: LCD Soundsystem, “North American Scum,” Sound of Silver (DFA)
No. 5: !!!, “A New Name,” Myth Takes (Warp)
No. 4: Low, “Breaker,” Drums and Guns (Sub Pop)
No. 3: Panda Bear, “Comfy in Nautica,” Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
No. 2: Trans Am, “Conspiracy of the Gods,” Sex Change (Thrill Jockey)
No. 1: Deerhunter, “intro/Cryptograms,” Cryptograms (Kranky)