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