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.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

WNYU Party/Concert! October 22!

Hey all,

We're putting on a big show next Thursday the 22nd of October. It's going to be at Market Hotel, under the Myrtle-Broadway JMZ stop (really convenient to the Lower East Side where I know you will all be for CMJ!) Here's all the info:


Gary War
::Eric Copeland
::::Amen Dunes
::::::Expo '70
::::::::Fluffy Lumbers
with DJs: Mike McGill and Mr A*Ok


If you don't have any other plans that night, I'd recommend kicking things off at the new Brooklyn branch of the Beauty Bar (around the corner) or some weird basement Karaoke spot I heard about once that's also close.
We'll have tshirts and fun other WNYU swag.
See you there!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Guest DJ Teddy King on A Downtown Affair


Last week on the show we had Teddy King of Boundless NY in the studio for a special guest set. A former employee of 21st Century Music in NJ, Teddy brought through a fantastic set of classics and rarities. Gotta appreciate the caller that was getting all misty over the Barrabas track! Be sure to check out the end of part 2 for Teddy's rundown of the tracks he played.

Audio available at LET'S GET SERIOUS

Mojoba "Disco Music" (Polydor) 7"
Del Richardson "Rainbows (Jazz Mix)" (Joy Spring) 12"
Rumple-Stilts-Skin "I Think I Wanna Dance With You" (Heat) 12"
Deodato "Keep On Movin (Remix)" (Wb) 12"
Donald Byrd "Love Has Come Around" (Elektra) 12"
Oneness of Juju "Every Way But Loose" (Black Fire) LP
Miami "Party Freak" (Drive) LP
Hamilton Bohannon "Me And The Gang" (Mercury) 12"
Loose Joints "Is It All Over My Face (Masters At Work Remix)" (West End) 12"
GQ "Disco Nights (Rock Freak)" (Arista) 12"
Chic "Dance Dance Dance" (Buddah) 12"
Carrie Lucas "Dance With You" (Solar) 12"
Nick Straker "A Little Bit Of Jazz" (Prelude) 12"
Manzel "Space Funk " (Test Press)
Cosmic Force "Chocolate Starfish" (Truth and Soul) 12"
Disco Dub Band "Disco Dub" (J.D.) 12"
Barrabas "Woman Wild Safari" (RCA) 12"
Lafayette Street "Can You Dig It" (Groove Sound) 12"
Universe City "Can You Get Down?" (Midland Int'l) LP
Marboo "What About Love" (Midland Int'l) 12"
Impact "Rainy Days, Stormy Nights" (Fantasy) 12"
Nolani Cypriano "Lihue" (Hanaola) LP

Part 2: Tackleberry

Starshine "All I Need Is You (Inst)" (Prelude) 12"
Sa'bata "How Do You Like Your Music" (Barsonel) 12"
Kim Tolliver "Party Lights" (Tayster) 12"
Surface "Falling in Love" (Salsoul) 12"
The Strikers "Body Music" (Prelude) 12"
- "Dancin'" (Truth Is Light) 12"
Sargeant & Malone "Love Message" (Half Moon) 12"

Next week, Asaf of 100 Limousines will be joining us for a special guest set. Tune in Friday at 10:30pm. More information available at the program website for A Downtown Affair.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Famous Class Show Tomorrow @ LPR!

Famous Class Records bringing their Brooklyn DIY stylings to Le Poisson Rouge for the firstfirstfirst time, with WNYU's own DJ Mr. A*OK. These dudes have been playing tons of shows lately and getting love from places like the Village Voice, The New York Times and NYPress. Catch 'em on the way up.

Snakes Say Hiss
Boogie Boarder
(the) Tony Castles
Mr. A*OK


Get tickets here

Check out Famous Class and archives of Mr. A*OK's show RADIOK.

Friday, September 25, 2009

ShowPaper Benefit Tonight!

Attention NYC music aficionados, please be aware of this awesome event goin' down tonight to help raise money for ShowPaper, everyone's favorite indie show listing. If you've gone to any sort of DIY show over the past two years, chances are you were handed the newsprint of concert, art and film listings on your way out.

"I often say ShowPaper runs on a love of music, not money," says Kate Wagner, ShowPaper volunteer and event curator. "But of course we don't run on money, since we have none!" ShowPaper has been volunteer-run and free since it was founded by Todd P two years ago.

Tonight's benefit will go down at 7 p.m. in Red Hook, Brooklyn's Kidd Yellin Gallery and artist collective at 133 Imlay Street. "The event will reach out to an extended new audience of arts enthusiasts while preserving the intimate feel of a typical ShowPaper underground show," Kate said. More details on the event below.

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2009 7 p.m. doors, $8-25 sliding scale
WHERE: Kidd Yellin Gallery
133 Imlay Street @Verona Street, Bklyn
F/G to Smith & 9th Sts

[[ MUSIC ]]
:: The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
:::: Shilpa Ray --- of Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, formerly of Beat the Devil
:::::: Kendrick Strauch --- of Harlem Shakes
:::::::: Rebecca Schiffman
:::::::::: Sarah and Michelle Cagianese
:::::::::::: Your Nature --- formerly Frankpollis

[[ ART ]]
:: Gibby Haynes ---- of Gibby Haynes and His Problem, Butthole Surfers
:::: Charlotte Kidd
:::::: Rebecca Schiffman

:: and special guests...

Donate to ShowPaper by clicking HERE.

And some secret info from Katie on tonight's event:
Kendrick Strauch from now-defunct :( Harlem shakes and Shilpa Ray are doing a duet, and, Kendrick says, "...someone's going to pretend to be Karen O at some point during the night (for context for this strange comment: download or visit" Basically, Kendrick recorded a "Fever to Tell" Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover album over one drunken weekend on a dare. It came out brilliantly (especially circumstances considered!).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Jandek at WNYU

Jandek's performance at WNYU has been archived for streaming now here:
Thanks to Corwood, Karl Bauer, Tom Carter, Marcia Bassett and Pete Nolan, and to Jared Ellison for engineering.

Photo by Kristin Anderson

Saturday, September 12, 2009

No Age and Raekwon Perform for NYU at Le Poisson Rouge

On Thursday, NYU's annual Mystery Concert went down at Le Poisson Rouge with No Age and Raekwon performing for NYU students and anyone else who was able to sneak in. The crowd seemed to have mostly shown up for Raekwon, although a small push-pit did ensue after No Age offered some encouragement. Raekwon offered some encouragement as well, mentioning between nearly every song that his new album is out, and that everyone should keep "real music" alive and go buy it.

Check out this video of No Age — who are dropping a new EP next month and also returning to LPR on October 14 — performing their hit "Teen Creeps" below.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Recruitment Meetings!

If you'd like to become a member of WNYU, come to our recruitment meetings - Monday, September 14th, and Wednesday, September 16th, in the Kimmel building at 8pm.

Monday, September 7, 2009

WNYU Hellhole Metal Night - Friday, 9.18.09.

Hellhole 89.1 FM is proud to sponsor a Metal Night, this Friday, September 18, which is to be held in Brooklyn, New York (at the Red Star Bar).

Hellhole is the Friday night metal show, running on the New York University’s radio station, and airing on 89.1 FM and, starting at 9 PM (EST). The show, created 25 years ago, has established itself as a staple in the New York metal community, saturating the airwaves with everything along the spectrum of extreme metal: death, black, grind, doom, thrash, sludge, gore, and beyond.

This September’s show will be concentrating on modern death metal acts, in particular, Misery Index, Criminal Element (featuring members of Suffocation, Misery Index and ex-Dying Fetus), Lethean, The Communion, and Pyrrhon. It will be co-sponsored by Generation Records, a record shop based in Lower Manhattan.






*Tickets at the door, and at Generation Records at 210 Thompson Street, Manhattan, New York, 10012: situated in the West Village.

$13, 18+ show

Red Star Bar:

37 Greenpoint Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 349-0149

(Questions? Hit me up:

Monday, March 30, 2009

Pink Reason & Hue Blanc's Joyless Ones

On air Monday, March 30, 2009
(picture taken from

Brooklyn based Pink Reason stopped into the studio today along with Wisconsin group Hue Blanc's Joyless Ones. Hue Blanc's double drum garage assault is followed by a noisy incarnation of Pink Reason, featuring members of the Joyless Ones. This was recorded on the last day of their joint tour. The two bands released a split 12" on Florida's Dying Records this spring, as well. Here's a link to the archive:

The live sets start about an hour into the archive.

For more about the bands:


On Hellhole Friday, March 6, 2009

(picture taken from Tombs MySpace)

Tombs brought their sludge assault in full force as they performed live on Hellhole. The trio just released their sophomore release on Relapse. Based in Brooklyn, and featuring members previously in Anodyne and Asra, Tombs has an eclectic style that will appeal to fans of sludge, black metal, hardcore and more.

The archive beings 2/3 of the way through the archive (at 10 PM):


For more info on Tombs:

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


On-air Friday, February 27, 2009

Searing, raw, driving NYC black metal (fans of Darkthrone take note). Malkuth came by HELLHOLE and left a barren, icy plain behind. Featuring members of No Neck Blues Band! Their debut full-length was released by Hospital Records. Here is the link to the archive:

The live set starts 30 minutes (1/3 of the way) into the archive.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Andrew WK

On-air Friday, February 27, 2009:
Andrew WK came on to the New Afternoon Show yesterday to talk about what he's been up to lately - mystical experiences and Santos Party House among them.

(the live set starts 20 minutes into the show)

For more info about the band:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


On-air Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009
(picture taken from the band's myspace)

Sisters came in to the WNYU studios this week. The band lives at Death by Audio, a venue/practice space/pedal factory multiplex in Williamsburg. They also brought probably the most amps our live room has ever seen. The interview we did will be up soon! Here's the link to the session:

It starts about an hour and fifteen minutes in.

Find the band here:

Friday, February 6, 2009

Rumpelstiltskin Grinder

On-air Friday, February 6, 2009:
Beware of the thrash brigade!! Rumpelstiltskin Grinder came by HELLHOLE for a live performance and quick interview, tearing their way through a slew of thrash anthems. Hailing from Philadelphia, their latest album, Living For Death Destroying the Rest, was just recently released by Relapse Records.

(the live set starts 30 minutes into the show, about 1/3 of the way through the archive)

For more info about the band:

Monday, February 2, 2009

Jonas Reinhardt

On-air Friday, Jan 30, 2009
(picture taken from the band's myspace)

Jonas Reinhardt came into the station to do a session last Friday. It was the first time I had seen the band and a pretty surreal event - we turned off all the lights in the studio and listened to driving Krauty jams for 35 minutes. Here's the link to the session:

It starts about an hour in.

Find the band here:

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


On-air Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009
(picture taken from the band's myspace)

Tyvek recorded a session for us the weekend of their big NYC blowout (Jan. 9-10.) The first song is a new one and the other four are Tyvek garage classics. There's also an eleven second track about Crunchwraps that I'll post if I can find it. Starts about an hour and 15 min in:

Find more about the band here:

Thursday, January 22, 2009


On-air Tuesday, Jan 21, 2009
(picture taken from the band's myspace)

White/Light came by WNYU to record a session last weekend. The band is based in Chicago and artfully combines droning noise, interesting synth and pedal work, and guitar solos (making good use of what's known as the "Smashing Pumpkins" guitar pedal. They played with Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth on drums - the first time the group had played together. Here's the link to the session:

It starts about an hour in.

Find the band here: