more Marathon goodness

April 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments · By

The entire damn WTJU marathon schedule for Friday just looks absolutely spectacular, and I’m really excited to play a small part of it.

I just came back from the station after hanging out at the end of the 1969 show and then answering phones for the Pacific Northwest Punk show with Emily and Christopher, and as we speak the Virginia Punk show (brilliantly titled “Sic Semper Tyranus”) is about to begin…

After that, from 3-6am it’s a Minutemen show with Nick Rubin; aw heck, I don’t even know when I’m gonna manage to catch any sleep. I really wanna hear that Minutemen show, especially after just reading Our Band Could Be Your Life.

Jordan and Walt are doing a Lambchop show at 6am. I don’t know anything at all about Lambchop but plenty of folks seem to love them.

At 8:00am it’s a Broadcast show with Andy Blossom; Broadcast were a widely underrated band while they lasted; often dismissed as a Stereolab derivative, anyone who ever caught them live or delved into their albums could tell you they were singular and worthwhile.

From 10:00am to Noon, I’m doing a CAN show; although I’ve been in the  station all week, this will be the first marathon show where I’m at the helm, and I’m both thrilled, nervous, giddy, and terrified. Can were just a spectacularly cool and mind-blowingly forward-thinking band, and I’m gonna try to fit all of their greatest songs (both legenedary and obscure) into a mere two hours.

After that Keicy and Dominic are doing a Velvet Underground show, which should be excellent; you can’t really go wrong with the VU, and I imagine the Velvet/Baconfat lineup should make for a great on-air comedy duo.

Then at 2:00pm, Scott will do a tribute to Prince Buster in the Reggae Vibes timeslot; I’ve been really into Jamaican ska over the past few years, pretty much devouring anything I can find by the Skatalites and related musical groups; Prince Buster thus remains a rather large hole in my ska education, one I’m glad to see filled (ahem) by the show tomorrow.

Then there’s a news hour at 5, which is disappointing and boring but I understand that we’re contractually obligated to do it. Then Jordan, Emily, and Chris are doing a tribute to early Bowie at 6:00pm. Supposedly they’re just gonna dig real deep into the first 6-7 years of his career, which should be worthwhile…

Then Nick’s doing a Parliament-Funkadelic show at 9:00, followed by Jordan coming back to the studio for the 1979 show… really, at that point, I think we’ll have covered just about every major moment of musical excellent from the late 60’s to the early 80’s yes? What more could you possibly want?

Oh yeah, and then at 11pm Professor Bebop is doing a show about “Culinary Affection,” e.g. food-as-love/sex metaphors … if you haven’t heard the promo yet, it’s just incredible. The way Bebop says “Did you ever need to get your hambone boiled?” cracks me up every time.

Honestly, Charlottesville is blessed to have a radio station this inspiring and excellent, and you should definitely tune in, and you might also seriously consider pledging some money to help keep the station running… it’s worth it!

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  • 1 john // Apr 24, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Just listened to the last half hour of the “Sic Semper Tyrannis” show; effin’ sweet.

  • 2 Sarah // Apr 24, 2009 at 5:50 am

    I was wondering how I’d manage to catch Nick’s show this morning… Luckily, this bout of insomnia kicked in around 2am and it’s been nothing but radio since. I’d embarassingly never even heard of the Minutemen until that screening of We Jam Econo at BtTV a couple years ago, but since then have been a big fan. Looking forward to listening into the rest of the shows today and I’m even contemplating tracking down a totally sweet boombox to take to work with me tonight so I tape some shows while I’m there as well. Does wtju ever make podcasts of any of the marathon (or any of their shows, in general)?