Sunday, February 29, 2004

Last night's Single Frame show went extremely well. They sounded absolutely amazing, and the crowd was good. Then we got to take the band out to the Pub for a drink and then to Brats this morning for some greasy, Wisconsin bar food. Thanks so much to everyone who came, even if it might not have been your "thing"! The next band I booked is the Natural History (similar sound to Spoon) on Friday, April 2. Mark your calendars!

Oh, and a transcript of the interview will be up on the website sometime this week, along with a show review and pictures from the interview, show, and Pub.

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Coachella tickets have been purchased! Seriously, if anyone has that weekend free I encourage you to take the trip with me- free housing right by the venue is available! Just look at who we can see:

Radiohead, Pixies (reunion!!!!), Kraftwerk, The Rapture, Stereolab, Trail of Dead, Death Cab, the Black Keys, Junior Senior, the Stills, Phantom Planet, Dios, Q and Not U, Stellastarr, Erase Errata, The Cure, the Flaming Lips, Air, Belle and Sebastian, Bright Eyes, Atmosphere, BRMC, Cursive, Broken Social Scene, Le Tigre, the Crystal Method, Dizzee Rascal, Mogwai, Ash, Danger Mouse, the Thrills, the Sleepy Jackson, Prefuse 73, !!!, Pretty Girls Make Graves, the Cooper Temple Clause, Sage Francis, and more . . .

The Church Key's jukebox has the Dismemberment Plan and the Shins! Gosh, that makes me happy.

Friday, February 27, 2004

And here it is! And with a plug for the Perfect Face for Radio and everything!

Thursday, February 26, 2004

A brief Single Frame preview will appear in the Daily Cardinal tomorrow! So pick up a copy. My name might be in it.
Who wants to go the the Coachella Festival with me May 1&2?

I'm not kidding. Just look at that lineup.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

That was in the mailbox last week too, and they didn't show. If they are really lucky (and show up this week), they'll get to sit in on the Single Frame interview!
This just in from the PFFR mailbox:

We have WSUM trainees shadowing us this week!

I guess I'll have to be on my best behavior.
I've listened carefully to about the first half of the new Modest Mouse album, and I must say so far I am pleased. It's no Moon and Antartica, but it is really good. Lighthearted and fun, a little different than the older stuff but not so far off.

In other Modest Mouse news, I gave my students a handout today that said "Modest Mouse Company" on it, and these two students in the back just laughed their asses off at the name. They just don't understand :( . However, when I told them it was a band name, like all the other names I'd been using for their problems, one guy said "oh yeah, I noticed that with Built to Spill Audio the other day." BLESS HIM.
News by me up on tinymixtapes!

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

I have been presented with a bootleg of the upcoming Modest Mouse album, Good News for People Who Like Band News. I a little nervous about it, because their last album, The Moon and Antarctica is clearly one of the best albums ever made, or at least in the past 10 years, and that's hard to live up to in my mind.
Looks like due to the grand success of the Anniversary Party on Sunday (WINNERS: Urizen and the Orin Project), Andrew WK is probably a go for Party in the Park! The DPC was also booked due to popular demand.
Wow! New York was great. I have a lot to report, but I'll save it for the show.

Sorry Nicole, I'm going to a professional wrestling exhibition in Waukesha this Friday so I can't make it to the Catacombs. Though, I will definitely be coming with you on Saturday to the Single Frame Show (as should everyone else).

Monday, February 23, 2004

I just saw the Sex and the City finale. I didn't like it at all. First of all, Carrie needs to end up alone. That's just the way it is supposed to be. Second of all, Mr. Big's name is John? How lame, we never should have known his name. Unless it was Cosmo or something. It was too much happily ever after bullshit where everyone ends up with the man of their dreams- what the hell is that? Too many cliches and none of what made the show so great in the first place.

Anyway, enough of my rant about that. I just got free tickets to the Mountain Goats at the Catacombs this Friday through Becky. Anyone else want to go with me?
His and Her Vanities will be opening for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and SSION next Wednesday at the Barrymore! Looks like it will be their last show until Terrin has her baby.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

i heard an interesting rumor at the built to spill show last night (fantastic show, despite the shocking lack of songs from 'keep it like a secret') - that the jim mercer of the shins is the bastard son of brian wilson. truth, wishful thinking or outright lies?
Single Frame is a GO to come on our show for an interview next Saturday!

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Don't forget, WSUM's 2-year Anniversary Party is tomorrow night at Luther's Blues. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8. 8 bands, 8$ in a battle of the bands for spots at Party in the Park. New WSUM t-shirts will be for sale! If we make some money on this event, there is a good chance we'll have Andrew WK at Party in the Park . . . whether or not that's a good thing I'll leave you to decide!

Friday, February 20, 2004

Meanwhile, here are some suggested concerts for the weekend:

Friday, February 20: Since By Man w/ For Rights, STS and Temper Temper at Club 770
Friday, February 20: Saving Face w/ The Dog and Everything and Ludo at the Orpheum Stage Door
Friday, February 20: The Shivers w/ The Kites and the Randy Cliffs at the Anchor Inn
Saturday, February 21: The Paragraphs w/ the Violet United and Glad and Lad at the Catacombs Coffeehouse
Saturday, February 21: The Poster Children w/ the Box Social and the Etiquette at the Memorial Union

And some suggested new albums to check out:

Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles (really freakin' weird, but I love it)
Air - Talkie Walkie
The Walkmen - Bows and Arrows
All Night Radio - Spirit Stereo Frequency
The Cansecos - The Cansecos
Yeesh. Last night our students had their first exam, and it was a killer. Then we stayed up until 2 AM grading the suckers. I'm pretty sure my students were all giving me the evil eye throughout the exam, thinking "That bitch didn't teach me this!!!"

Thursday, February 19, 2004

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB W/ THE RAPTURE: April 11 (Sunday, but it's at 7:00) at the Rave!!! Don't know if there will be a Chicago show too, but SOMEONE is coming to this with me!
The Shins to play on an episode of the Gilmore Girls? Jigga-WHAT?

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Oh, and I just voted and I hope you all did too.

Friday, March 26: My tickets to the Darkness have arrived in the mail
Sunday, April 4: Pretty Girls Make Graves- FREE at Union South! Tickets will probably be given out similar to Distinguished Lecture Series speakers at the Union for this one.
Saturay, May 5: Okkervil River w/ Katie Todd Band on the Terrace


Three Doors Down was an evil, vicious rumor. Flaming Lips is not out of the running yet . . . stay tuned!

Oh . . . and did anyone see WSUMers on Library Mall campaigning for their presidential candidate of choice, Chester A Arthur (Slogan: 119 years is too long)? Makes me proud to be a fly girl in the WSUM experimental band, Chester A and the Fucktards.
This Thursday my students have their first exam. Then we, the TAs, spend upwards of 3 hours grading the exams Thursday night. I've been tapped to provide musical entertainment during the grading (and by "tapped" I mean, I'm forcing everyone to listen to my music). We'll see if I can inspire these accounting TAs to try something new, or if they'll boo me and replace my CDs with the country station.

Monday, February 16, 2004

The showtunes are unlikely, but the pirate voice is very enticing . . .
There is much buzz around the first year class in anticipation of this "Lazer." Will he meet expectations? Will we drink much at the cost of the department??? Signs point to yes.

Word on the street is though, that the grad school is thinking about cutting back on the free drink budget for saturday night- so most of the crazy antics must happen friday night when the department still pays for it. But I'm sure it will be good anyway and over here we're trying to canoodle the grad school for more money sighting the fact that no good students will want to come here if we don't get them drunk. We'll see what transpires. I'll keep the weblog posted...
I predict a weekend filled with canoodling. Not to mention GREAT company.

If Nicole does go insane I think the funniest thing she could do is reformat the show to have an all broadway show tunes playlist. And host it in a pirate's voice.
Jon, I may see you Friday night! Maggie told me all about it and might canoodle me some free drinks! Huzzah!
Saw Mamma Mia last night and rediscovered my love for Abba's "Take a Chance on Me." That song rules.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Tickets for the Strokes show at the Orpheum Theater on April 22nd are now on sale. They're 25 bucks. Who's game? I am.

I am going to the Big Apple on Thursday so there'll be no DJ Lazer this Saturday. Rest assured I am cooking up a big scheme for this trip. I'll be calling the show with an update and report on the NY music scene.
Our anti-love show tonight was a rousing success, we've had by far the most requests ever!!! Probably the last 20 minutes of our show was pure requests, I didn't even get through all of my playlist. Looks like our theme resonated throughout Madison.

Friday, February 13, 2004

Hey Nicole,

It was like you gave that guy "The Perfect Face for Hockey." BWA HA HA HA HA!

Thursday, February 12, 2004

It's official: I am so old. Today at our Emmie meeting we discussed doing a feature on the best bar jukeboxes in Madison. Great idea, until I realized I was one of the only people on the Emmie staff OLD ENOUGH TO GET INTO THE BARS AND HEAR THE JUKEBOXES.

Meanwhile, today at DJ Lazer's and my floor hockey game. I broke a guy's tooth. Afterwards he told me he would never play floor hockey again.
Lots of great shows this weekend I'd suggest checking out:

Thursday, February 12: The Standard w/ Tangy at the Anchor Inn
Friday, February 13: The German Art Students w/ ifihadahifi and the Motor Primitives at the Klinic
Friday, February 13: Numbers w/ SSION and Trin Tran at Union South Club 770
Friday, February 13: Jeff Hanson w/ Ivan Klipstein and Noel Harris at The Catacombs Coffeehouse
Friday, February 13: Spry Specter w/ Jumbo Maverick at the Memorial Union
Saturday, February 14: Driftless Pony Club CD Release Show w/ Kurmudgeon and Colony of Watts at the Klinic
Saturday, February 14: Mason Jennings w/ Beautiful Girls at Club Majestic

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

There is something so satisfying about grading a bunch of quizzes where students wrote "Single Frame Company- General Journal" on them. The subliminal messaging has begun. Wait until I pull out the ol' overhead in two weeks plugging the Single Frame show- they'll feel STRANGELY COMPELLED to go.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Do you have an opinion on whether or not webcasting should return to WSUM? If so, PLEASE voice it here on our WSUM boards. Our glorious DJ Lazer has started a public thread on the topic, and I encourage you to make a contribution. Up until now, it has been entirely DJs involved in the discourse, and public opinion has been sorely left out of the process.

i think my favorite valentine is:
"if by 'love' you mean 'hate' then yes"

ps. i went to bed at 8:30 last night. 11 hours of sleep, baby! woo hoo
Rockey's and my interview with Ted from the Heavenly States is finally up on Tinymixtapes, check it out!

Monday, February 09, 2004

More valentines y'all can expect to receive from me:
Party in the Park update:

Here are the bands that are either booked or in the process of being booked:
Wolf Eyes (experimental), The Soviettes (punk rock), The Heavenly States (rock), Jeru the Damaja (hip-hop), Space Camp (jam), If Then Else (electronic), SomethingTo Do (punk/ska), German Art Students (funny-ass rock), Black Elephant (hip-hop), and Natty Nation (funk).
Meanwhile, Andrew WK and Flogging Molly are being explored as possible headliners, but their availability isn't sure yet. Looks like it's shaping up to be an amazing PITP, barring weather problems!!!
Thanks for the list of shows Nicole! I must check out the Bowery Ballroom. The Knitting Factory has ok acoustics, but it isn't very big (you get cozy with the person sitting next to you), it's on a sketchy side street in Tribeca (I got lost finding it from the subway), and they apparently like to fill all the toilets and sinks with lots of ice. Does anyone know why they would do that???

Sunday, February 08, 2004

The homepage has been updated to reflect the theme for Saturday's show.

Meanwhile, here are the Valentines I'll be giving out on Saturday.
I had nothing to do with that phone call. Cross my heart and hope to die.

Northwestern was phenomenal! Downtown Chicago is a blast! Madison needs to seriously extend bar time and add dance floors if it ever wants me back.

Everyone needs to tune in this upcoming Saturday. DJ Lazer is back and it's a theme show. Can you guess what the theme is?
what's in seattle? FUN is what's in seattle. i went for the weekend and it was the!
Haha, I didn't even notice that.

I'd like to recreate a phone conversation we had, ON THE AIR, tonight with a caller:

CALLER: Hi, I'd like to make a request for Telefon Tel Aviv.

NICOLE: Okay, I can do that for you.

CALLER: Where's DJ Lazer tonight?

NICOLE: Oh, he's out of town this weekend.

CALLER: Oh, that's too bad, DJ Lazer's my favorite thing about this show.

Saturday, February 07, 2004

ok, now i just feel silly as i only now, after reading myself quoted, did i realize my gramatical error- damn you ivy league edumacation!
"Damn you WSUM for keeping yourselfs in the dark ages!"

I think I'm going to quote you on that to all of WSUM.

Tickets to the Darkness: purchased!!!!
Thanks Nicole- It's cool to have someone who just tells me the cool stuff to go see. And Jen- we'll have to go- especially since the bowery ballroom is the coolest place to see music- except for the fact that it's way downtown and I can never find my way around down there...

boo for webcasting! I've been waiting sooooo long! Did you know that I can get webcasts off of i-tunes from just about every other college radio station???!! Damn you WSUM for keeping yourselfs in the dark ages!
Here you go Jen! I picked all weekends since you'll have school during the week.

Thu Feb 19 Broken Social Scene- Eisner Lubin Auditorium
Fri Feb 27 The Impossible Shapes- Knitting Factory
Sat Mar 13 British Sea Power w/ Kaito UK- Bowery Ballroom
Sat Mar 20 The Black Heart Procession- Bowery Ballroom
Fri Mar 26 Grandaddy- Hammerstein Ballroom
Sat Mar 27 Pretty Girls Make Graves- Knitting Factory

Friday, February 06, 2004

Tickets to THE DARKNESS in Milwaukee go on sale tomorrow morning. Anyone who would like to join Becky and I (and some fellow WSUMers) should let me know and purchase a ticket! You too can believe in a thing called love!

Jen- once I'm done working on this TA stuff, I'll provide you with a wonderful list of shows to see as well!
Nicole, save me a Shins sticker for next time I visit Madison! That blog on WSUM about PITP was hilarious, especially the whiny so-called "Musician" guy. He must not have anything better to do than spend all day complaining. Is there any concerts in the NYC area Maggie and I should know about?????

Thursday, February 05, 2004

In response to your guestbook entry, here are some suggestions for shows that are coming up in DC for you:
9:30 Club:
Super Furry Animals, 2/11
Metric w/ South, 2/14
The Walkmen and the French Kicks, 2/26

The Black Cat:
The Shins, 2/10 (highly HIGHLY recommended)
British Sea Power w/ Kaito UK, 3/15
The Black Heart Procession, 3/18
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE WITH STARS, 3/25 (GO GO GO TO THIS!!!!! And I'll be so jealous :( )

New and new-ish albums you should check out that I think you would like:
John Vanderslice - Cellar Door
The Wrens - The Meadowlands
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
The Walkmen - Bows and Arrows (am buying tomorrow because I've heard good things, just came out this week)
I don't even want to get into the kinds of arguments that were going on surrounding the issue of webcasting. And lets not EVEN get into how some people feel about underwriting. Sometimes people at the station just drives me nuts.

What's in Seattle?

BTW, I have been given about 300 Shins stickers from D at Tinymixtapes. If anyone wants one, or 20, let me know.
that's one big LAME about the web-casting. i mean, i don't do much at 4 pm on saturday afternoons and i would like to be entertained by the perfect face for radio duo...
in the meantime, i will have to find comfort this saturday in SEATTLE! yee-haw!
Looks like a vote on webcasting will be held off for another month. Sorry, everyone who does not live in Madison, or lives in the dorms or in an apartment that doesn't get service.

I'd also like to point out that my Onion horoscope this week is shockingly and depressingly right on the money. I'm a Cancer.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Tonight at the Station meeting we came to a somewhat compromise, allowing 8 bands instead of 5 to play in the battle after about 30 minutes of discussion. That should get DPC in. I left the meeting about 1 1/2 hours into it after about 45 minutes of arguing about whether or not to start webcasting again. I think the meeting must still be going on now, 2 hours later.
so with this "flawed system," is WSUM going to know that silly little Maggie on the east coast was able to vote today for the DPC about 5-7 times before it made me stop or do i just get that many votes? Muahahaha! I figured out that when I use safari instead of internet explorer, i can just keep opening new windows and voting again- although, for all those votes- i don't think the percentage changed at all-
Ah well, i more than likely won't get to experience the joy of party in the park (tear) even though it looks like a great lineup this year (except for that damn voting page). Nice job Nicole!
Oh yeah, apparently the new cool thing to say when something doesn't matter is "That is as irrelevant as Janet Jackson's other nipple."
That analyze your friendster photo thing is great! I don't think there are any photos of my w/o booze!
My mom has emailed her friends and asked them to vote for DPC both at home and at work. We'll get them in the top 5 yet, flawed system or no flawed system. Call it a grassroots effort.
Analyze your friendster picture
Another Madison concert announcement: The Strokes at the Orpheum, Thursday April 22!

Tuesday, February 03, 2004


I got the Natural History booked for April 2 at Union South! If you like Spoon, you'll like the Natural History. Naturally, I'll be reminding everyone for the next two months. We also booked Bobby Birdman and Y.A.C.H.T (cool electronic) for April 17th for a show and some sort of laptop demo.

Also, Unicorns review is up on TMT. A condensed version of our interview with Ted from the Heavenly States should be up there soon too- Rockey, you will be credited as a fellow interviewer.
Becky, I know you are going to do a great job on Saturday! Just remember: if the station manager comes around, assure him you are "high off the thrill of improving the community through public radio" and not "drunk off Mad Dog 20 20."
Hey Nicole, are we supposed to be drunk during the show?
i did my part and voted for the goodness that is DPC!

The Shins were super good last night - i adore them so!
Becky: I've already incorporated you into the homepage, so now you have no choice but to guest host.

I haven't heard of the band that is winning- I think they are ska???? Hopefully DPC can pull in close.

Monday, February 02, 2004

Everyone should stop worrying about seeing a nipple at the Superbowl and read "get your war on." Warning: contains explicit language and hilarous sarcasm:
Hey Nicole, I will do your Saturday show with you if I get my work done. I have to do people's taxes for them in the morning. I also Voted for bands, who is the band that is winning? Have you heard of them before.
See the pictures yourself at the Drudge Report. I was promised animated GIFs though, and thos pics clearly aren't animated.
yes..."it is unlikely that MTV will produce another Super Bowl halftime."


Sunday, February 01, 2004

It was unplanned!
Go to now and vote for which local band you think should play at Party in the Park this year. The top 5 vote-getters will play in a battle of the bands competition at the WSUM anniversary party on 2/22, with the top 2 (I think) getting to play at PITP along with the German Art Students, who were already chosen for being the #1 played local band on WSUM this year. Vote now!

P.S. I suggest the Driftless Pony Club, but that's just me