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WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm, “Communiqué” – WTF?

WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm: let me start by saying that I love you. I’ve been an active DJ with multiple shows for over three years. I’ve seen people come and go, I’ve even applied to executive positions multiple times because I wish to get involved (admittedly, no success). When Wall Street Journal remarked that a reason we reached our top 10 college radio station position was due to the amount of local interactions and instudios, I attempted to book further instudios of local, marginalized acts. When there were silly ‘activities unlimited‘ events or other school activities which needed volunteers, I volunteered. And, perhaps most importantly, when there were discussions on the development of a WKDU blog, once more, I wholeheartedly endorsed it and wanted to get involved (even making both executive speeches on the exact importance of the launch of a WKDU blog.)

Well it’s over two months since my last bid for executive office and a couple of days since the launch of “Communiqué“, the long anticipated WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm blog revamp from previous attempts. My thoughts? You copied my exact layout, not just meaning the theme but also where links are located, where Recent Posts/Comments are located, color scheme, even where the ‘home’ page is and how articles are displayed. Dissociative Identity Productions‘ website has been up for over two years, paid for, and owns its own domain. WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm cannot nearly say the same thing, only the desperate excuse by current General Manager, Jake, that the WKDU blog once existed and therefore is fully allowed to copy a DJ of WKDU‘s personal blog design which has been refined and developed for over 2 years.

Let us be clear: WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm has done nothing legally wrong. After all, our current website design is a free theme which is available to anyone who registers to WordPress (I do this for fun, so no: I have not hired a professional web developer, something WKDU with it’s vast connections, really should’ve done). However, morally, it’s hard to sympathize. Let us keep in mind that this ‘revamp’ of the blog of WKDU has been in the works for nearly two years (I know this because both times I have run for executive office, this exact issue has been a primary point of interest). During the entire time of this ‘revamp’ process, my website has been up, with the exact same design. So the question becomes: was this accidental or purposeful?

Both arguments are fairly sad to view. Let us suppose it is accidental because, admittedly, this is the answer I tend to lean towards. This would mean that despite over two years of openly promoting my site, posting links within every playlist on WKDU for this time, establishing this site as D.I.’s official site on the WKDU site, the members in charge of the development of ‘Communiqué‘ never noticed. That is not just rude but a horrible procedure of due diligence: if you’re a radio station starting a ‘revamp’ website (because even that comment is a stretch, to say the least), you’d think you’d be sure to check out your own DJ’s blogs in order to see if you can incorporate them or at very least to see how they would interact with your own. This, if we are to assume the ‘we didn’t know’ argument, is pathetic.

Now let us assume the more unlikely option yet final option left: that members of WKDU responsible for the site blatantly copied the aesthetic of this site, a site which has served to try to and diligently support WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm. I dislike this belief because I personally know many of the executive board members and don’t find them nearly sinister enough for this BS. Still, when the General Manager decides its fitting to say my complaints are not important enough to discuss in person because there’s “real shit to do’“, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

In conclusion: get your shit together, WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm. You’re acting like a massive douche who appreciates legal justifications opposed to moral justification, something not exactly popular. Michael Sandel, author of “Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do” can maybe provide some assistance: you’re welcome, from a freedom perspective, to do a lot of things. Yet unless you’re a radical libertarian, it is certainly not the ‘right’ thing to do. Morality is not ‘what you’re allowed to do’, it’s ‘what you should do’ (think Kant Categorical Imperative). WKDU: I tried to help you as much as possible and you see fit to screw me over. If you don’t see what’s wrong with that, I just feel sorry for you.

Cliff.DI

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Benefit Fish Fry – New Angle Lounge

Benefit Fish Fry - New Angle Lounge

It’s today. It’s delicious. It’s to help out a friend. Stop by and show support. Here’s a quick description but frankly, I think you get the picture. Figure I’m planning on going to Punk Rock Flea Market & then this so hit me up if ya wanna meet up, followed by Kurt Vile later that night so Sat = good times. Thanks and talk to ya soon.

“Last minute so here’s the deal. Couple of people are throwing Tim a Fish Fry in order to raise some money. There’s plenty of food along with a keg, and all of this is only $12! It starts up at noon but it should be going on just about all afternoon/evening so stop by whenever and show your support by eating delicious, homemade food!”

Benefit Fish Fry – New Angle Lounge

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Daphne Lee Martin – “Moxie” Interview & Album Radio Special

In case ya didn’t read my original article, let me just go ahead and summarize, though I imagine you can probably guess where this is going since I am, in fact, setting time aside to specifically write on this again. Yes, I thorough enjoyed Daphne Lee Martin‘s Moxie, the first of twin records: Frost & Moxie. Produced by Bill Readey at Fuzzy Rainbow Production, the album even includes John Panos of Mates of State along with her full band, “Raise the Rent“. Yet these are matters I have already discussed (again, just read the original article already if you’re curious).

The real reason for this article is that Dissociative Identity Productions & WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm are proud and excited to host Daphne Lee Martin at the studio, around 6:30 pm EST (assuming the dreaded ‘punk time’ does not strike) to have an interview as well as an overall Moxie album radio special. This means an hour of tracks off the album, interview and the odd assortment of conversations which come with that territory, as well as some tracks of which have proven influential to the group as a whole. Yeah, it should make for quite an interesting hour so be sure to tune in either at 91.7 fm or simply by streaming through the WKDU site (top right hand corner). See ya then and just to get ya excited, not only is the full album streaming above but we’ve even got an official video for the single “Belly” below. Check it out and thanks for tuning in.

Daphne Lee Martin – Moxie

WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm

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My Education – A Drink For All My Friends

There has been some incredible releases already with the New Year, whether it is through TTNG or Tyvek. Yet as I work through my long overdue articles, a particular one always strikes my attention. Back towards the end of November, an Austin, TX staple, My Education, released their sixth album, A Drink For All My Friends in North America on Headbump Records/Haute Magie and in Europe on Golden Antenna. Sonic explorer’s at heart, My Education’s A Drink For All My Friends is the band’s most streamlined and aggressive effort yet, while remaining an entrancing cinematic journey throughout.

Originally formed in 1999, the band’s membership has expanded and contracted between and after each release. Still, while the material buildup of the group has changed, the sonic landscapes have grown with each release. Think of it like Doug Martsch’s Built to Spill lineup, except within the vast domains of post-rock, post-prog, and post-hardocre. My Education has released 5 full-length albums, several singles, compilation appearances, and a 12″ vinyl collaboration with avant-hip hop duo Dalek. in the past, as well as having their singles remixed by members of bands such as Kinski, Pelican, Red Sparowes and Dalek.

So as for the release itself? At times, My Educations pulls off tracks that faithfully push forward a movement similiar to that of Turing Machines with it’s electronic pedal heavy riffs and uncompromising percussion/bass. Yet at other tracks, it is a blissful acceptance of beauty in patience as displayed by such groups as Tortoise or Collection of Colonies of Bees. If I wanted to be simpler, I would simply say the album is all over the place except that it is not: rather, it is a very purposeful journey with moments of peace followed by the always present shadow of entropy, disorder, and chaos. A Drink For All My Friends is the album for those vinyl nerds, sitting alone with massive headphones in their room for hours. It is for the intellectually curious introverts in all of us. And, more importantly in my opinion, it’s an album for me.

So trust me on this recommendation or don’t. Frankly, it’s not my concern or job to care. Yet it is my job to cover such a beautifully crafted album, one which I nearly missed due to my own slothfulness. It is a mistake I hope to never make again, particularly with the reward that My Education provided me. Don’t make the same mistake: grab a download, catch them live, and let your inner introvert run wild. I know I did.

My Education – A Drink For All My Friends

– Cliff

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Dissociative Identity Productions: 2012 In Review

Hello and welcome to 2013. Here is a quick summary of the Dissociative Identity Productions WordPress for the past year. Anyways, I look forward to additional good times and again, Happy New Years.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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December New Angle Night ’12 – CANCELED

It comes with great displeasure that yes, December New Angle Night ’12 is canceled for this year. Currently, we are trying to figure out how to resurrect the New Angle Night series into one which continues to bring good times over to the New Angle Lounge. However currently, as many can tell, we seem to be in sorry states. So, with that in mind, stay tuned for the New Year.

Any and all suggestions are welcome: simply hit us up and let us know what you would like to see out of New Angle Nights. Still, regardless, it is with a heavy heart that Dissociative Identity Productions & New Angle Lounge are forced to cancel the December New Angle Night ’12. We hope for big things in the near future and rest assured, this is not the end of the New Angle Night series. Thanks.

– Cliff

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Vintage Kicks/Scooba – COPYCATS

Bloomsbury Coalition is, well, “a badass collective of musicians and artists from the Delaware Valley.” Vintage Kicks and Scooba are, well, “surf-giants”. So what the hell is “COPYCATS“? COPYCATS is the first split by the two groups  for Bloomsbury Coalition, featuring a newly written track by each. In addition, and what makes this a particularly memorable EP, is the fact that each group also performs and reinterprets an older track from the other group. Released on November 30, 2012, and recorded/mixed by Vintage Kicks Chris Penny, COPYCATS stands out as a release which not only highlights two amazing groups from the Delaware Valley, but also their unique perspectives when handed foreign material.

The album opens with Vintage Kicks, performing their brand new single, “Cherry“. A deceitfully innocent tab followed by a ride through late 80’s garage-pop makes the track easy to love and, well, dance to (if I were not at work, I would probably start skanking in my tiny corner). Furthermore, the vocals bear the loveable sound of the new era of emo-rock meets post-hardcore, an always welcoming sign in my mind. “I Wish I Was Owen Wilson” follows, playing out as a, “cheeky letter to Owen Wilson about his career path but ends in total appreciation of the man.” Written by Scooba and reinterpreted by Vintage Kicks, “I Wish I Was Owen Wilson” actually does a damn good job. A recounting saga of success and failure, the hard hitting rhythm with the casually strolling percussion leads elegantly into a chorus of shouting, including a mid monologue which all but encompasses the message.

Scooba is up next with their new single, “Serious Lunch“. With a far heavier sound along with darker tinges, Scooba plays with “Serious Lunch” with a sound reminiscent to prog rock meeting post-hardcore. Odd, for sure, but certainly a frankly badass experience for any 90’s child to listen to. This message is best presented with their interpretation of Vintage KicksIron Fist“. With a “dark swirling atmosphere, reminiscent of Deerhunter or Joy Division” according to Bloomsbury Coalition, “Iron Fist” does play well off of a sound that is both hauntingly simple with a sense of minimalism yet intensive echo/distortion to fill through the nooks.

Point being, not only is the concept of the EP a brilliant idea, but each artist is able to add a significant dose of themselves to make the release a remarkable representation of both groups. This kind of task is far easier said than done so, to get a full appreciation, I would suggest attending the fundraiser, to assist a friend with leukemia, over at Studio Luloo in Oaklyn, NJ this Friday, December 21. So do yourself a favor: take a listen, hell grab a download (it’s name your own price anyways), but for sure catch them live this Friday to learn a little more. It’s a time worth having.

Vintage Kicks/Scooba – COPYCATS

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Scooba

– Cliff

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Little Owl Live @ WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm

Little Owl

It’s soulful without being pretentious. Heartfelt without being saturated. It’s in depth while remaining minimal. I first experienced Little Owl (Shana Isadora) over at Jollys, participating in a Tuesday night show case. Playing the same night as The Resonators, Little Owl caught my eye, or I guess I should say my ear, with her sincerity. May as well go ahead and address the fact that yes, the female singer/song writer feels, particularly in popular culture, played out. But this is not one of those cases. With a tone and attitude remarkable to early Des Ark and an endearing simplicity with folky tinges sound that brings Bowerbirds to mind, Little Owl carries you through a meandering floating journey from “Valley Below” to “Angel Knight“.

So now that I have raved on Little Owl, let me go ahead and get to the point. Dissociative Identity Productions  and WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm are proud to present a live instudio with the one and only Little Owl. To give ya a preview, in case you are unfamiliar, be sure to check out the bandcamp (which, by the way, is name your own price so it’s hard to go wrong… though come on, don’t be cheap) and hell, maybe at a local show near you.

Life can seem, oddly enough, boring. More often than not, there appears to be a growing white noise which overwhelms our mind and spirit. Relief from such violent turbulence is always a reward, and it is perhaps for this exact reason that I feel excited for this Wednesday. I hope you do too. Tune into WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm this Wednesday, December 12th, from 6:30-7:30 pm for Little Owl. It’s an experience worth having.

– Cliff

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Glacial Records

Glacial Records

Glacial Records



Before the Thanksgiving break, which all but cemented my slothful nature, I have to say that I have been pleased with the sorts of independent, local groups coming forward. Sure, I do love my Sargent House however it always raises my spirits to see more local, small, and independent acts coming forward and making their presence known through a vigilant commitment to patience and passion. It is largely for this reason that I wanted to go ahead and write this article in honor of Glacial Records, an upstate New York record label which has given us the likes of Winterlong and Lives of the Obscure. (both releases recently reviewed).

So why write about Glacial Records? Sure, there are plenty of small outfit labels, striving to provide a new sound to an often over saturated music industry. The first explanation I would offer is the simplest: they have done an incredible job picking out acts. Whether it was Deathfete 7″ from Lives on the Obscure or Five Songs from Winterlong, Glacial Records has proven that they not only know how to seek out and master a niche, but also how one can expand a niche to a larger sound that seems to blend genres and scenes. Believe me, I tend to never compare the sounds of Plastic Constellations with Jawbox but somehow, Glacial Records has forced the comparison through some of their acts (Oh, and there are plenty of additional amazing acts on the label, acts I hope to write about in the future. For now, however, I will stick with the two I know and love).

The biggest explanation for this article, however, is that I like their style. For several weeks, we were unable to get in contact to discuss articles and the like. It turned out that he was on the move, hopping from one location to the next and thus, one computer to the next. After living around the MICA scene, I can certainly sympathize. Thus, get used to the ad we will be trying out on the side column. It’s well deserved.

Glacial Records

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Lives of the Obscure – Deathfete 7″

With “Sins Like These“, who needs virtues? Ok, sorry, just me trying to be clever with the opening track title. Based out of Hudson Valley, NY, Lives of the Obscure are off of Glacial Records (with fellow label-mates Winterlong) and are attempting to warmly introduce themselves through their upcoming release, Deathfete 7″. It looks as though they have succeeded. Coming in at a little under 10 mins, Lives of the Obscure pack a remarkable amount of material into an EP bursting with nagging enthusiasm.

As stated, the EP opens with “Sins Like These“, which draws the listeners with it’s elegantly stumbling percussion and lyrical authenticity which begs the comparison of Medications. Taking a meandering pace, the song has a hauntingly charming feeling, bringing a sensation of deep, meaningless meditation. Although an odd statement, I would argue it is extremely important. Moving onto “Skin of the Sun“, Lives of the Obscure are able to pick up their pace into a rhythm almost demanded by “Sins Like These“. To me, it brings up a nostalgia towards Connor Obrest‘s the Desaparecidos, yet over all it is a nice, spanking new reboot of early 00’s post-hardcore.

Finally we move onto “Small Perspectives“, a perfectly fitting ending track to the EP. Complacent yet uplifting, apathetic yet emotional, “Small Perspectives” goes a long way to wrapping the album up with its over a min. instrumental, post-rock climax that will make your ears ring with a combination of blasting bass and humble yet proud hooks.

The release will be available via Glacial Records on vinyl and should be shipped out by November 24th, 2012 (God, I’m a sucker for vinyl). Do the smart thing, buy a copy and support a sick act. Who knows, maybe the purchase can ensure a North-East tour. One can only hope…

Lives of the Obscure – Deathfete 7″

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