WCBN Free Night at the Movies presents OUR FAVORITE THINGS by Negativland!

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 8:00pm
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This movie features twenty of the best tracks by the avant garde collage group Negativland with animation by twenty different artists from across the U.S.

WCBN Fundraiser T-shirt Design Contest!

   Calling all artists among our listenership - are you tired of your doodles being confined to your notebooks? WCBN is looking for adventuresome single-color t shirt designs for our upcoming Fundraiser! We are taking submissions from our listeners, so you may see your creations upon the torsos of proud WCBNers worldwide! Plus, if your design is selected, we'll give you all the credit and you'll be sent a free shirt with your design!

Selections must be entered in PDF or PNG format by Monday, January 5, 2015 to dd@wcbn.org. Good luck - and may your pen guide you to glory!

Mittenfest Jan 1-4 at the Blind Pig

Mittenfest is an annual music festival in Washtenaw County, Michigan, that serves as a fundraiser for 826michigan as well as a good-time holiday get-together. 

WCBN is proud to cosponsor the event this year.  

See the Mittenfest website for each day's full lineup.

FLASHBACK TO THE FUTURE PICK OF THE WEEK - “Mr Krinkle” by Primus (1993)

by Kirsten Carey

 

Primus has been something of an obsession of mine for the past few months. You can guess that Les Claypool has had a rather expansive playlist, from funk to hard rock and metal to bluegrass - hell, when I saw Primus live, they had Spike Jones blaring between sets. Yet, Primus’s music doesn’t sound like the sum of its parts, and in that way it’s completely unique. Plus, Claypool’s goofiness and dark sense of humor are an integral part of his music - it’s a kind of warped, absurdist sincerity previously popularized by early Talking Heads. But the style of disillusionment and cynicism belongs squarely in the 90s - somehow, it makes perfect sense that Primus and The Ren and Stimpy Show co-existed. (Let’s not forget Claypool’s role in South Park, after all.) What "Mr Krinkle" is actually about, if anything, is up for debate, but it communicates that trend of dealing with frustration through wittiness.

Spotlight on: Wax Tailor

Wax Tailor

 Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra

This week’s spotlight album is Wax Tailor’s live recording compilation, Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra, which sits at number two on our chart. Wax Tailor, born Jean-Christophe Le Saoût, is a French trip hop/hip hop producer. In the early 90s, he was the host of a radio show in a suburb of Paris called “Droit de Cite”. His guests, such as The Roots and Cypress Hill, inspired him to start his own band, La Formule. He served as the producer, MC, booking agent, and manager.

Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra is his fifth album. In 2004, he released his first two EPs: Lost the Way and Que Sera / Where My Heart's At. In 2005, he released his first full length album, Tales of the Forgotten Melodies, in which he mixes hip hop, downtempo, and trip hop with samples taken from movies. His other four albums include Hope and Sorrow (2007), In the Mood For Life (2009), Dusty Rainbow From the Dark (2012), and Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra. Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra is compilation of live recordings Wax Tailor has performed this year with a symphonic orchestra. Sometimes is an example of the mix of classical instrumentation, electronic beats, and samples typical of the album.

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