Monday, June 28, 2010

Cloud Nothings Live at WNYU

Cleveland four-piece Cloud Nothings sprung onto the distorted pop scene in November with their debut LP Turning On — and they've been getting some heavy WNYU airplay with their track on the most recent Blackburn Recordings comp.

The band stopped by WNYU to play some new tracks live on The New Afternoon Show last Thursday — the next day, they opened for Wavves at the Knitting Factory as part of The L Magazine's Northside Festival. Click here to download the live set, and be sure to check out their latest 7-inch, "Didn't You" b/w "Even If It Worked Out," out 6/24 via Old Flame.

Download: Cloud Nothings Live on WNYU 6/23/10

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Recruitment Meetings!

Hey all,

Interested in becoming a DJ, newscaster, or sportscaster on WNYU? Tonight and tomorrow night we are having recruitment meetings at 8PM, on the 7th floor of the Kimmel center (60 Washington Place). Come learn about WNYU and how you can join!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Jersey: The Emerging Cradle of Extreme Metal. Proof? Disma Hits WNYU: December 12, 2009.

November 2009: I was looking up some new bands to play on my radio show, Soma Degenerate, which I host every Saturday at WNYU. As I stumbled across such New Jersey-based metal outfits as such Evoken and Funebrarum, I found myself before the black, abysmal metal backdrop of Disma’s myspace page. Upon picking up on the serious old-school death metal vibes of their tracks, coupled with the band still being active, I was determined to get them on my show.

Based out of Clifton, New Jersey, Disma was formed in 2007 by guitarists Bill Venner and Daryl Kahan. The band released a demo, entitled Vaults of Membros, this past October. While the band remains relatively underground, it boasts of a lineup that features current and former members of Incantation, Evoken, Goreaphobia, among many others.

Fast-forwarding to the recent present: Disma had agreed to play on my radio show, and was setting up in our closet-sized performance studio. As I walked back from the restroom, a smile crossed my face; the floors beneath me were shaking, as the sounds of the band rehearsing reverberated through all corners of the building, through to the bathroom stalls of lower-level Weinstein. As I entered the studio, I observed five guys, interspersed between colossal Marshal cabs, drum kits, and other equipment. Amidst the congestion and heat of the packed room, all members were headbanging in synchronization to their first track: “Lost in the Burial Fog.” The band proceeded to play four songs: three old, one new (“Manifestation”), followed by a short interview.

Each song was deliberately written. The guitar parts were technical and forceful, yet complemented each other well: adding a doubly discordant dimension to each track. This was only perpetuated by the intensity of Shawn’s drum parts, machine-like in delivery, as well as the soul-piercing, low-tuned bass lines. The vocals, quintessentially death metal in nature, were by no means “cookie monster” in sound, but viscerally resonant of early Incantation (I’m talking Mortal Throne of Nazarene). Each member added his own, unique sound to the total package, without sounding out of place or overpowering. Their band chemistry was visibly tight, which only made for an equally solid sound. Standing before the studio in which the legends of Disma were doing a live-set, I found myself in the crowd of the early Morbid Angel shows I’d always wished I’d been old enough to witness beyond the youtube vid on a 2-D computer screen.

For more on Disma, or to get a copy of their demo tape, visit The show will be aired this Saturday, December 19th, between 4-6 p.m. (EST), and available thereafter at (Soma Degenerate archives).

Photos by: Barbara Ng.
Thanks, girl.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tonstartssbandht & Ultrathin

Yesterday Tonstartssbandht and Ultrathin, both hailing from Montreal, came to do a live set on the New Afternoon Show. It sounded great - a raucous and melody-filled afternoon. You'll soon be able to listen to the set in the WNYU archives. In the meantime, both bands are playing tonight at Shea Stadium (Meadow St. and Waterbury, four blocks from the Grand St. L train stop). More information here:


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Grindcore Take on Shiro Ishii: 11.20.09.

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Shiro Ishii is comprised of a modest quadruplet: Julius, Kishor, Jason, and Forrest. Previously consisting of just three members, Forrest is the most recent addition to the band, having been assimilated into the lineup as their “Lakhdive Insurgent.” Paralleling this verbal reduction to primal form is their music: combining the visceral growls and pounding drum beats of grindcore, melodic touches of black metal, and abrasive technicality of death metal, to compose each short (the seeming trademark of modern grind) but musically deliberate track. Such was the case when the band paid a visit to WNYU Radio, 89.1 FM, playing a live-set for Hellhole, the station’s extreme metal show, which hits the airwaves every Friday night, from 9-10:30 p.m.

In the closet-sized performance room of our basement radio station, I got some one-on-one bonding time with the band, recording their 30 minutes on the air. Amidst the claustrophobia of four metal dudes (and their gear) in a small room, listeners were cast into the raw aggression and haunting ambiance of “Chapter Hell: Part II (Prisoner),” which, at the 1:45 mark, catapulted itself into complete rhythmic frenzy. With the wall of atonal guitar riffs, marked by the traces of minor melodies, the drum parts effectively established a rhythmic duet: delivering beats that were fast, without sounding triggered. The bass lines were prominent, bold yet well-complemented by the steady drum beats. All of these elements collided to form the sonic medium through which Forrest delivered his vocals: visceral growls that called to remembrance the horrors of warfare, zombies, and the human destructive impulse. Though a better part of their songs start with modest tempos, the band quickly shoves them into a furious pace that absolutely compels those listening to headbang.

Currently on hiatus writing new material, this is a group that keeps itself busy: saturating the New York metal scene with what’s fresh in grind and beyond, à la local hole-in-the-wall venues that permit. To hear their recorded in-studio performance, as well as brief post-set interview, visit the Hellhole archive at:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

...we're inching towards Thanksgiving, and if you're as nerdy about your music as I am, you're already thinking about what's gonna be on your year end list. I just threw together a play list of records to consider, and it's far from a top 10...

...58 artists, 64 releases, 226 tracks, 29 hours of music...

..looks like there's some fat yet to trim...

...who's on your short (long) list? throw your two cents in the comments. come on, we won't judge you...


Friday, November 13, 2009

Crystal Stilts Interview

Here's an interview Jonathan (Music Director) and I (Promotions Director) did a while ago. Better late than never. Learn here about alumni that are now in great bands. You, too, can be famous.

Frankie Rose, drummer: I'll interview you. So do you go to NYU then? 

Jonathan: ...Gallatin 

Andy Adler, bassist: I didn't go to Gallatin, but I took a lot of classes in Gallatin. And a lot of my friends were in Gallatin. And in the big graduation I sat with Gallatin because my friends were there. And my friend Kevin who was there left graduation to get soda and fries, it was cool. 

Frankie: So who are you here to see tonight, anyone in particular? 

Jonathan: I like Crystal Stilts.