Monday, December 28, 2009

Flyweight - 2009 Retrospective

This Thursday (New Years Eve) Flyweight reviews all of this year's releases. Based on an intricate playlist algorithm, we have scientifically selected the 25 most played new artists of 2009. This wont be a top-to-bottom countdown- we dont believe in hierarchy. We just want to celebrate the amazing music released this past year.

2009 featured artists from Boston, Scotland, LA, Australia, SF, Sweden, Brooklyn, Peru, Philadelphia, Atlanta, London, Minneapolis, Singapore, and Denmark.

Tune in this Thursday, 12/31/2009 from 5:00-7:00 PM on WZBC 90.3 FM in Boston or online at

Monday, August 10, 2009

WZBC Studio 2009 (Part 2)

Local photographer and guitarist Christy Romanick revisits WZBC (July 30, 2009) with her camera and playlist (Schema, She Sir, Halcyon High, The Longest Day, Elika, Aarktica, Soundpool, Amp, Echostar, Bowery Electric)

For more information:

Her pics:

Friday, July 24, 2009

Test Pattern tonight - Iridite Productions

Tonight's Test Pattern will focus on Glasgow label Iridite Productions. From their press package:

"It’s all about the music"

Iridite was founded on this principle in the summer of 1999. Dedicated to producing quality electronic dance music, and acting as a platform for both established and new artists whose work was yet to be heard. This music would be unified not strictly by genre but by its quality, the styles ranging from down tempo to Detroit inspired Techno, Dub and House. Initially the aim was to bring together different artists on each release, each track being the strongest possible selection by that artist for the EP at that time, creating a fluid mix of high quality music without trying to hard to be overtly "eclectic".

From Matt:

I will be playing tracks from Iridite's entire 10-year history (well, most of it). If time permits, I will also present some unreleased, untitled tracks by unnamed artists coming up on future Iridite releases.

Listen in tonight at 6PM on 90.3 FM or

Thursday, June 18, 2009

WZBC Studio 2009

Local photographer and guitarist Christy Romanick stopped by WZBC studios on June 11, 2009. She not only snapped a few pics but also produced and hosted an entire episode of Flyweight - with just 30 seconds of training. Here are some of her pix.

For more information:

And for the record, here is her stunning playlist:

Helium “Baby's Going Underground” from The Dirt of Luck CD
Destroyalldreamers “Wish I Was All Dreams” from Wish I Was All Flames CD
The Depreciation Guild “A Room, A Canvas” from In Her Gentle Jaws CD
Moscow Olympics “Ocean Sign” from Ocean Sign CD
Air Formation “In Formation” from Ends In Light CD
My Bloody Valentine “Drive It All Over Me” from You Made Me Realise CD
Jessamine “Corrupted Endeavor” from Don't Stay Too Long CD

Bowery Electric “Out Of Phase” from Bowery Electric CD
All in The Golden Afternoon “All In The Golden Afternoon” from All In The Golden Afternoon CD
Jessica Bailiff “Crush (version 2)” from Old Things CD
Low/Piano Magic/ Transient Waves “Sleep At The Bottom” 7"

The Lily's “Coby” CD Single
South Pacific “Built To Last” from 33 CD
Monoland “Motel Fumatore” from Cooning CD
LSD and The Search for God “This Time” from LSD and The Search For God EP
Hammock “The Air Betweeen Us” from Kenotic CD

Amp “So Hot (wash away all my tears)” from Tribute To Spacemen 3 CD
Hood “September Brings The Autumn Dawn” from The Cycle of Days and Seasons
Clear Horizon “For Days” from Clear Horizon
The Longest Day
“Silver” from Slumber CD
Cloudsound “Asteroid Harbor Lullaby” from Cloudsound

Thisquietarmy “Radio-Galaxy Quasar” from Transmissions
Windy & Carl “Smeared” from Introspections
Landing “Blue (for Rav)” from Centrifuge
Snow In Mexico “Velvet” from Snow in Mexico CD
Auburn Lull “Finland Station” from Alone I Admire CD

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Test Pattern : Too Pure Records

Every Friday at 6PM, WZBC presents Test Pattern - a one hour spotlight on a band, label, genre, or theme as hosted by a different ZBC DJ each week. This Friday, Flyweight host, Ravioli features a retrospective of the (sadly) defunct Too Pure Records.

Formed in London in 1990, Too Pure became an instant super-indie giving the world PJ Harvey, Stereolab, Moonshake, Th Faith Healers, Mouse on Mars, Electrelane, Laika, Seefeel, McClusky, Pram, Long Fin Killie, Hefner, Seely, Scout Niblett, Voodoo Queens and more. The label was ultimately absorbed by 4AD Records last year, though they still operate a singles club. We'll try to squeeze many songs as we focus on the early days of the label.

Tune in this Friday June 12 at 6PM on WZBC 90.3 FM in the Boston area or online at and on iTunes.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Test Pattern: FM3's "Buddha Machine"

"Sometimes a product comes along that is so poorly made, so awkwardly packaged, so undermarketed, so bereft of features and so technologically backward that the initial reaction of most customers is: 'Give me two.' It highlights our still-uneasy relationship with technology."
-Jeremy Wagstaff, The Wall Street Journal

Of all the possible explanations for The Buddha Machine's strange allure, this is probably the most cynical. After all, you wouldn't expect the Wall Street Journal to have much patience for a $20 plastic box that plays drone music. But then again, you might not expect them to mention it at all.

Since its release in 2005, The Buddha Machine has garnered a truly remarkable amount of buzz. It has received glowing reviews in Wire, Pitchfork ("8.2"), The New Yorker, and a variety of music blogs. Tens of thousands of units have been sold so far, and Buddha Machines have been used as instruments in dozens of musical projects, including works by Robert Henke and Sunn O))). The New York Times calls it a "weird, mesmerizing, beautifully useless thing," and Sasha Frere-Jones thinks of it as "a receiver of transmissions from a place you will never see."

Whatever your interpretation of this cryptic little box may be, there's no denying its musical value. The Buddha Machine's loops are tense, elliptical, and hypnotic. Each loop is as much a finished product as it is a creative tool, and users are encouraged to experiment with different combinations of loops (as I'll be doing on this week's Test Pattern). And if you're not ready to shell out $20 (plus the cost of AA batteries), all the loops are available for free download on the Buddha Machine's official website. You can also play around with a wall of twenty Buddha Machines on a website called Zendesk, or download the iPhone app ($3.99).

For my Test Pattern on FM3's Buddha Machine, I'll be using the original product itself, as well as the individual loops in WAV and mp3 format. Check it out live the on air today (Friday, May 22nd) at 6:00pm, and look here for an archived version of the show later tonight...

-Will Lynch

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Octave One Test Pattern Friday March 20

This coming Friday's Test Pattern will feature the music of Octave One along with an exclusive interview with Lawrence Burden in which he talks about his live experiences; the history of his label, 430 West; his band's new album; and his favorite remix project.

Friday March 20, 6PM on WZBC 90.3 FM

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Test Pattern schedule for Spring 2009

Test Pattern airs every Friday from 6 to 7pm on WZBC, 90.3FM. Each week, a different WZBC DJ hosts a one hour show featuring the music of a particular artist, band, label, or scene of his or her choice. Here is the schedule from not until early June.

Jan 23 - Stephen - Situation Two
Jan 30 - Rob - The Strawbs
Feb 6 - James - Long Fin Killie
Feb 13 - Pip - LSD Acronym Songs
Feb 20 - Matt - Subject TBD
Feb 27 - Jim - Editions Brokenresearch
Mar 6 - Andrew - Ghost Box
Mar 13 - John - SXSW Music Preview
Mar 20 - MKB - Octave One
Mar 27 - James - Subject TBD
April 3 - Carrigan - Subject TBD
April 10 - James - Subject TBD
April 17 - Nick - Pulp B-sides and Rarities
April 24 - Tom - Subject TBD
May 1 - Peter - The Blake Babies
May 8 - Carrigan - Subject TBD
May 15 - Ryan - Flowers for Reagan
May 22 - Sarah - TBD
May 29 - MKB - TBD
June 5 - Susanna - Raster-noton

Test Pattern : Situation Two Records

Tune in this Friday at 6:00 pm as WZBC's weekly Test Pattern focuses on Situation Two Records.

Situation existed as an indie-boutique to its more prominent mother label, Beggars Banquet. Spanning just over a decade (1981-1992) it featured releases by Tones on Tail, The Fall, The Associates, Loop, Darkside, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Main, Hair and Skin Trading Company, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Bolshoi, Fields of the Nephilim, Death Cult, Go-Betweens and more.

Hosted by Ravioli.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Final WZBC Countdown at River Gods on Thursday, January 8th

After many years (we're not even sure anymore how many!) WZBC is going to stop presenting monthly countdowns at River Gods. The final countdown will be on Thursday, January 8th.

The final countdown will run from 10-11 p.m. as usual, but it will feature a WZBC "Best of 2008" rather than our favorites from just the previous month.

WZBC DJ's Raviolli and John Straub will be spinning before and after the countdown. They will be featuring WZBC favorites from years-gone-by, personal favorites from 2008, and whatever else strikes their fancies.

It would be great to see as many ZBC fans as possible to send the series off in style!

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