The WTJU Rock Marathon is Here!

April 8th, 2013 · 1 Comment · By

So without WTJU I’m not sure I would have found out about Eternal Summers, Thee Oh Sees, The Dead Milkmen, Flipper, The Butthole Surfers, Sunn O))), Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Jesus and Mary Chain and countless other acts that now make their way into my regular listening rotation. I wouldn’t place such a premium on music discovery. I would have gotten a lot more sleep in college.

I’ve been volunteering at WTJU since I was a freshman at UVA and although I’ve been there for almost five years now, combing through the extensive music library, I’m still one of the least knowledgable people there. WTJU fosters an insane level of deep-cut digging from their DJ’s, who outdo themselves every year during the marathon to bring you music you’ll have probably never heard of but immediately fall in love with. It’s a week of not having to slog through allmusic.com, sift through countless repetitive year-end lists, or put up with terrible promoted tracks on lame internet radio stations. You get the cream of the crop hand picked and dropped right in your lap. Take one look at the marathon schedule and it’s obvious there’s a show here that’s going to feel tailor made for you. This year we have shows dedicated to power pop, Australia, a single hip-hop breakbeat, dead people, record labels, riot grrrls, and cars (just to name a few). There are also live bands popping in to play sets from 6-7 every day, usually with surprises you don’t get to hear at their live shows. In short, 2013 is going to be one bitchin’ marathon.

But it doesn’t come cheap.

That’s where you come in. It’s really easy to help support the station. All you have to do is click here and throw them a few bones. There are endless costs to running the station (no one’s getting their pockets lined doing this job) and signing up for a monthly donation helps the station figure out it’s long term budget for the year.

So this week when you’re falling in love with a band you didn’t know about or discovering an entire sub-genre of music you hadn’t yet heard, remember that you can take five minutes and a few bucks and return the favor.

See you at the station – Zak

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  • 1 James // Apr 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    my first WTJU Rock Marathon was in 1994 or 95, because Patrick and Noah and Waldo (none of whom I knew then, all of whom became friends later) were doing an REM show, and I was 12 or 13 and I had never heard of any of the other bands on the marathon except The Beatles, and I donated like $25 (or got my parents to do so), and got the Steve Keane t-shirt that I still have, and that is the short version of how I became the person I am now. I think I might still have a tape of that show, too.