Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Weekly charts/adds

Top 30 most played records this week:

2 SPLINTERS Kick Double Negative
3 GONJASUFI A Sufi And A Killer Warp
4 SPOON Transference Merge
5 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Happy Birthday Sub Pop
6 SURFER BLOOD Astro Coast Kanine
7 RUBY SUNS Fight Softly SUB POP
9 MANNERS Look Into Look Unto Whitehaus Family Record
10 TWIN SISTER Vampires With Dreaming Kids
11 GORILLAZ Plastic Beach Virgin
12 TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS The Brutalist Bricks Matador
13 QUILT Quilt Self-Released
14 AVIATOR Thank You, Come Again Base Trip
15 DUM DUM GIRLS I Will Be Sub Pop
18 GOLDEN GIRLS "Amateur Teen Sex Attics" [Single]
19 FANG ISLAND Fang Island Sargent House
20 TORO Y MOI Causers Of This Carpark
21 GIGI Maintenant Tomlab
22 REAL ESTATE Real Estate Woodsist
23 GIRLFRIENDS Girlfriends Self-Released
24 PAVEMENT Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement Matador
25 VARIOUS ARTISTS Mozart Park All-Stars Breakfast Of Champs
26 MAGIC MAN Real Life Color Self-Released
27 BEST COAST "When I'm With You" [Single] Black Iris
28 THIN HEIR Thin Heir [EP]
29 CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Genuine Negro Jig Nonesuch
30 EELS End Times Vagrant

New in rotation this week:

VARIOUS ARTISTS MtyMx: A Pitchfork Mix For DIY Mexico (Compilation)
VARIOUS ARTIST Don Giovanni Records Sampler (Don Giovanni)
WILD ASSUMPTIONS Wild Assumptions (Self release)
EVELYN EVELYN Evelyn Evelyn (Eleven)
JOSIAH WOLF Jet Lag (Anticon)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bad Kids From Georgia: The Black Lips

It’s rad to be able to listen to real rock and roll music again; thank God for The Black Lips. The Georgia-based revivalists have been making a dirty, lo-fi mix of rock and roll and blues for about 10 years now. They tour extensively, including places Western rock bands don’t frequent including India and Israel. The four garage-rockers have also become famous for their wild live shows.

I caught up with Black Lips bassist Jared Swiley on the phone. We talked about everything from boiled peanuts to his grandmother.

So How’s it going?

Jared: Good, I’m building a fence in front of my house.

That’s pretty awesome, do you still live in Georgia?

Yeah, I live in Atlanta.

You and Cole [the rhythm guitarist] started The Black Lips right?

Me and Cole started a band in high school called The Renegades before that and we just morphed in to the Black Lips. And then Joe [the drummer] joined. And then Ian [the lead guitarist] came a few years after. He’s our fourth guitar player.

I read somewhere you and Cole used to bully Ryan Seascrest in high school, is there any truth to that?

Uh, [laughing] he went to our high school but I think he graduated before I did, he’s a lot older than us. I think Cole was joking around in an interview, saying that. He used to do the morning announcements before I got there. I wish it was true.

So what of you think of being signed to Vice? They are your third record label.

It’s been great for us, cause we did seven years kind of touring, just as much as we do now, but no one knew who we were. It’s hard to survive off nothing, when you’re in that much poverty. So, Vice gave us a lot of exposure we wouldn’t have gotten before so, it made it easier for us to do this full time.

They also filmed you guys in India right? You guys got in some trouble right? You’re pretty well known for your stage antics.

[Laughing] Yeah. It was so silly because I worked on booking that tour with them for a year and they knew everything about us. We were the ones being up tight when we got there because we thought it was so strict; we were on our best behavior. Then the guys doing the tour were like, “You don’t have to hold back, you can do whatever you want, just be yourselves.” And right when we did that the promoters kicked us off the tour and we didn’t get to finish it. It was kind of a bummer, but we didn’t let it get us down.

Last Summer I saw you guys in Chicago. A guitar was broken and thrown in to the crowd on the very first song, there was fire extinguishers shot at everything, and you asked the crowd to rush the stage. The security guards were pissed. They wanted to get you in trouble.

We usually don’t ask people to [rush the stage]. I think we did it then because we had just gotten back from doing a bunch of festivals in England. English kids would break down the barriers and run on stage. We thought it was really funny because they would freak out on us, and yell at us, but we didn’t do anything. Actually we shoulda yelled at them for letting the crowd get through security.

But, usually security guards hate anyone that’s doing anything awesome. Which I can understand but, I think it’s fun for everyone. I got beat up by security after a show in London we did last year ‘cause kids invaded the stage. And it was an all ages show, so it was like really young kids, like girls jumping on stage and getting thrown off. They were really man-handling people so I was trying to get them away. Afterwards I was running my mouth at them, and they ‘bounced’ me.

We haven’t gotten in to much trouble lately. It was mostly in the early days, in the smaller clubs. Cause we wouldn’t bring anyone in, so we’d do stuff like that and they’d freak out. But, if people come to see you, you get a little more leeway.

What’s the most fucked up thing you’ve done on-stage?

We’ve never really done anything too bad, never intentionally hurt anyone, or intentionally break anything unless it’s our stuff. Nothing too fucked up. Nothing I’d want my grandmother to see, but stuff my Mom wouldn’t be too offended at. I mean there has been some gross stuff.

How and why do you do your stuff lo-fi?

We just record everything analog. That’s already gonna give it an older, warmer feel. We try not to overdo it on microphones. Even when The Beatles were recording, they were one of the top-selling bands ever. They didn’t use very many microphones. It’s about placing everything right. We’re more into minimalism than lo-fi. There’s a lot of stuff that’s too lo-fi where you can’t hear anything. We just use old equipment, we only use tape and a lot of tube microphones.

Anything new coming up?

We pretty much have the new album written. And we’ve done a couple of sessions; over the spring we’ll have the album done. So hopefully it’ll be done this year.

Top three bands you’ve been listening to right now. Go.

Hmmm. I just got this French girl group compilation. I’ve been listening to that a lot. French sixties girl groups. I’ve been listening to Reckless Eric a lot. And Alex Chilton a lot.

What do the Black Lips eat for snacks on the road?

Boiled peanuts are our favorite, but you can’t really get those outside of the South. And beef jerky. I usually eat a lot of that.

Very cool. I will see you when you’re in Boston.

Take it easy.

You can check out the Black Lips this Thursday at Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lady Gaga Bake Sale Slideshow

Some of you may remember several weeks ago when a couple E-Board members and hardcore WTBUers/bitchin' friends took over some spots on campus to peddle baked goods. What the WTBU devotees will remember is that these were no ordinary cookies--they were themed around Lady Gaga, everyone's favorite pop star, fashion icon, Illuminati conspirator, and Twitter-er.

In case you aren't up on the baking world, WTBU's own Renee made a slideshow featuring fantastic photos and baking pointers, all set to the Lady's music. Check it out here:

Lady Gaga Cookie Slideshow

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


WTBU programming will resume on Monday, March 15th.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010



1 RUBY SUNS Fight Softly SUB POP
4 SURFER BLOOD Astro Coast Kanine
6 SPOON Transference Merge
7 MANY MANSIONS/TRUMAN PEYOTE Peaced Together whitehaus family
8 TWIN SISTER Vampires With Dreaming Kids
9 CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Genuine Negro Jig Nonesuch
10 GIGI Maintenant Tomlab
11 MANNERS Look Into Look Unto Whitehaus Family Record
12 XIU XIU Dear God, I Hate Myself Kill Rock Stars
14 QUASI American Gong Kill Rock Stars
15 MAGIC MAN Real Life Color Self-Released
16 VARIOUS ARTISTS A Grinding Tapes Promo Disc Grinding Tapes
17 QUILT Quilt Self-Released
18 GOLDEN GIRLS "Amateur Teen Sex Attics" [Single]
19 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD Heavy Days Infinity Cat
20 THIN HEIR Thin Heir [EP]
21 FUCKED UP Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009 Matador
22 BYNARS Party All Nite
23 MIDNIGHT MASSES Rapture Ready, I Gazed At The Body
24 MAGNETIC FIELDS Realism Nonesuch
25 NANA GRIZOL Ruth Orange Twin
26 LOS CAMPESINOS! Romance Is Boring Arts And Crafts
27 GIRLFRIENDS Girlfriends Self-Released
28 KAL MARKS Recovering After The Storm Self-Released
29 EELS End Times Vagrant
30 OUTERNATIONAL Eyes On Fire [EP] Self-Released


1 GONJASUFI A Sufi And A Killer Warp
2 SPLINTERS Kick Double Negative
3 FANG ISLAND Fang Island Sargent House
4 LIARS Sisterworld Mute
5 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Happy Birthday Sub Pop