Our final bang of Fundraiser Week!!!! We will have six bands covering a wide variety of genres! Starts at 5, and never ends because the experience will always be with you. (It ends at 10)
Our final bang of Fundraiser Week!!!! We will have six bands covering a wide variety of genres! Starts at 5, and never ends because the experience will always be with you. (It ends at 10)
21 AND UP ONLY. Our dance party will be hosted by Breakers Bar & Grill (not Live) and Tyler Digital will DJ! Shake your bottoms and tops and buy beverages in the name of WUSC!
Come out and support WUSC by buying a burrito! Or a bowl! Or a taco! Or a stack! A portion of the proceeds go to us. No proceeds go to us before 5:00 PM so be prompt.
Walking across Pickens St on you way to class from 12-2? Or you just like walking across bridges in your free time? Come by and come buy some treats courtesy of WUSC! 12-2PM.
YOU MADE IT! Started from the bottom now you’re a DJ. Congrats everyone! Come to claim your prize (a show).
Russell House 304 from 7:00-8:00 PM
Bring your writing utensils and prior knowledge! You’re almost done! Good luck! Go over your training manual! Be one of uuuusssss.
Russell House 304 7:00-9:00 PM
Sign-Ups for the hands-on Studio test will be available in the Studio for the Studio testing… Studio. From September 20-26th Time TBD by You
I heard you wanna be a new DJ from the last time you were at training. This is WUSC2016 Training Part II: the Sequel We Promise It Will Be as Good as the First.
Russell House 304 from 7:00-9:00PM
1 FRATMOUTH Nursery Rhymes for the Depleted
2 LOST BOY Growing Pains
3 EMMA LOUISE Supercry
4 SAM BURCHFIELD Unarmored
5 CHRIS FARREN Can’t Die SideOneDummy
6 BLOOD ORANGE Freetown Sound Domino
7 AJJ The Bible 2 SideOneDummy
8 CRYSTAL CASTLES Amnesty (I)
9 SHABAZZ PALACES Live at 3rd Man Records
10 DJ SHADOW The Mountain Will Fall Mass Appeal
11 SWANS The Glowing Man Young God
12 WILLIAM TYLER Modern Country Merge
13 GOGGS GOGGS In The Red
14 RUBY THE RABBITFOOT Divorce Party New West
15 MOURN Ha, Ha, He. Captured Tracks
16 LAURA MICHELLE “Chuck Norris” [Single] 17 CHARLIE FORSTER ANDERSON Long Story Short Banta
18 AUDIENCE KILLERS Floating Islands Self-Released
19 YUNG A Youthful Dream Fat Possum
20 WYE OAK Shriek (Deluxe Edition) Merge
21 A DEAD FOREST INDEX In All That Drifts From Summit Down Sargent House
22 BROODS Conscious Capitol
23 DEERHOOF The Magic! Polyvinyl
24 JERRY PAPER Toon Time Raw! Bayonet
25 GOTOBEDS Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic SUB POP
26 AVALANCHES Wildflower Astralwerks
27 JULIE RUIN Hit Reset Hardly Art
28 WE ARE SCIENTISTS Helter Seltzer 100%
29 PRETTY CITY Colorize
30 HONEY RADAR Blank Cartoon What’s Your Rupture?
1 LOCAL NATIVES Sunlit Youth Loma Vista
2 Y LA BAMBA Ojos Del Sol Tender Loving Empire
3 OVERLORD The Well-Tempered Overlord STORM TOWER
4 WARHAUS We Fucked A Flame Into Being Pias
5 CHRIS FARREN Can’t Die SideOneDummy
Come out to our irresistible September showcase at El Burrito! We will be featuring three musicians: Koichi Pierce, Jonah Canepa, and Fez the Immigrant. It will be from 6:00-9:00 PM and only $5! Looking for a place to eat dinner at a Mexican diner with an easily pronounceable name? Oh, you also want to listen to live music? This is the place and time for you! Don’t miss it for nuthin.
The title says it all! We’re having a mandatory DJ re-training to review station policies and confirm all of you wonderful people are serious about our organization. If you miss it without an advance excuse you revoke your show for the rest of the semester. We hope we don’t see any of you go; we just deem it necessary for the great year we’re planning!
Russell House Room 304 7:00-9:00PM August 30, 2016 AD Gregorian calendar
All prospective DJs are welcome. Be you a USC student, undergrad, overgrad, alumnii, faculty, staff, or in any other way enrolled in USC you are welcome and able to be a WUSC DJ. Meetings are the above posted dates from 7:00-8:00PM in Russell House room 305.
1 TIM HECKER Love Streams 4AD
2 EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY The Wilderness Temporary Residence Ltd.
3 BIG BLACK DELTA Tragame Tierra Master Of Bates
4 SUMMER TWINS Limbo Burger
5 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Painting With Domino
6 VIOLENT FEMMES We Can Do Anything Pias
7 HAELOS Full Circle Matador
8 NEW MADRID Magnetkingmagnetqueen New West
9 MOTHERS When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired Grand Jury
10 MIIKE SNOW Iii Atlantic
11 NIGHT MOVES Pennied Day Domino
12 CALLIOPE MUSICALS Time Owes You Nothing Self-Released
13 HOLY WAVE Freaks Of Nurture Reverberation Appreciation Society
14 HAMMOCK Everything And Nothing Self-Released
15 LIONLIMB Shoo Bayonet
16 LUCIUS Good Grief Mom And Pop
17 KIRAN LEONARD Grapefruit Pias-Moshi Moshi
18 CELLARS Phases Manifesto
19 ADAM GREEN Aladdin Totally Gross National Product
20 THE RANGE Potential Domino
21 GUERILLA TOSS Eraser Stargazer DFA
22 TACOCAT Lost Time
23 HERON OBLIVION Heron Oblivion SUB POP
24 POOKIE AND THE POODLEZ Young Adult
25 NEW TRACK CITY Spring Exceeds Winter
26 SEA GHOST SG
27 IVAN AND THE PARAZOL The All Right Nows Modernial
28 BRING BACK JOEL Bring Back Joel Colossal Squid
29 FEZ THE IMMIGRANT Cielo
30 NEW RESISTANTS Hey, New York!
1 MODERN BASEBALL Holy Ghost
2 THE SO SO GLOS Kamikaze
3 MARK PRITCHARD Under the Sun
4 POLLYN Distress Signals
5 BLACK PISTOL FIRE Don’t Wake the Riot
Don’t worry folks! We’ll be updating our Charts and Adds in the coming weeks!
New DJs will be trained in a half-day orientation. The training will be held in Russell House room 305, and will run from 11am to 2pm, with time provided for lunch. Topics covered will include WUSC’s music policy, history, expectations for new DJs, and an overview of the studio equipment. Expectations for the entire training process will be laid out, as well as tips on how to prepare for the written exam that all new DJs must take to receive a show slot.
If you are interested in becoming a DJ but cannot attend the orientation, you can email Kaylyn, the WUSC Station Manager, and arrange a time to receive all of the appropriate forms and information. Contact information is available on the website’s contact page.
It’s our favorite time of the year! Halloween is upon us, and that means Fundraiser Week fast approaches. Fundraiser Week for WUSC occurs once a semester, and it is a time when listeners can call in and donate, mail in a check, or submit an online donation. WUSC is entirely listener-supported. Our Fundraiser Weeks are the only times we ask for money. All donations go towards the operations of our humble college station, from equipment costs to executive staff paychecks to printing fees.
This semester, Fundraiser Week begins Monday, October 26th and will go through Monday, November 2nd. The theme is “Witches, Warlocks, and WUSC.” Things are going to get spooky on 90.5 FM!
As always, we have cool prizes for different donation levels!
$25: a WUSC logo pen
$50: the WUSC logo pen & a car decal
$75: pen & decal & a WUSC bottle opener
$100: pen & decal & bottle opener & WUSC pint glass
You can “upgrade” any donation by $20 to receive a t-shirt! Just call in, and when a DJ asks if you would like to upgrade your donation by $20, say “Of course!” Only donors who upgrade will receive a t-shirt.
Of course, Fundraiser Week would not be Fundraiser Week without awesome student-organized events. We have a great selection of cool things for you to attend next week.
Events to attend:
Bake sale on Greene Street, Monday October 26th, 11am-2pm
Dance party at Breaker’s Live, Tuesday October 27th, 9pm until close
Maddio’s percent night, Wednesday October 28th, 6pm-9pm
Live music and costume competition at El Burrito, Friday October 30th, 5:30pm-10pm
If we don’t see you at one of our Fundraiser events, we hope you find the time to donate! Happy Hallo-fundraiser-ween!
Tentatively scheduled for Monday, October 19, the written test will cover the training manual specifically.
Location and time TBD.
Wednesday this week and next week will be WUSC’s training dates! Here’s the rundown:
9/23, Russell House 302 from 7pm-8pm– Policy Meeting, where we will discuss the radio station’s conduct and music policy, our history, and expectations for first semester DJs.
9/30, Russell House 302 from 7pm-8pm– Equipment Meeting, where hopeful DJs will receive a tour of our booth and library, as well as learn how to operate the board and other equipment in the studio.
After three weeks of preparation, DJs will take a written exam on Wednesday, October 7th in Russell House 303 at 7pm. DJs with the highest score will receive their first pick of available time slots.
If you cannot make one or more of the above meetings, please reach out to Kaylyn Middleton, WUSC’s Station Manager.
Interest meetings for possible future DJs will be held the second week of September.
September 8: Russell House 305, 8pm
September 9: Russell House 303, 7pm
September 15: Russell House 303, 8pm
If you’ve ever tuned into WUSC and been curious about what we do, or love music more than anything, or just want to saturate the airwaves with your voice, check us out!
The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! Today marks WUSC’s return to regular semester programming, with DJs spinning their tracks in two hour blocks at all hours of the day. Make sure to keep it locked on 90.5 FM to catch shows like “Toucan Say That Again” and “Pop Punk and Pop Tarts,” and local favorites like the Columbia Beet and Blues Moon Radio. Check out our full schedule for more great offerings!
(* indicates a fierce competition for those slots. Stay tuned to see who will win these coveted times.)
On July 10, after flying on the South Carolina State House grounds for 54 years, the confederate battle flag was lowered in a ceremony broadcast around the world.
Here at WUSC, we brought you full team coverage of the events that saw thousands descend on the State House for history in the making.
WUSC aired a special show on the flag debate on Friday June 19, as debate began on the flag in Columbia, in South Carolina and all across the country after the events in Charleston.
WUSC News was at the State House Thursday July 9, when Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill that allowed the flag to come down, and spoke with USC President Harris Pastides and others. Hear our 90.5 Seconds of the News newscast on the event here.
We, along with an estimated crowd of over 10,000, were at the State House the morning of Friday July 10 when the flag came down and spoke with USC students and alumni who were in attendance. Hear our 90.5 Seconds of the News newscast on the event here.
We presented a retrospective on the issues and history surrounding the flag at the State House, and the timeline of events that led to it coming down, on a special edition of 90.5 Minutes of the News Saturday July 11. Click here for the full broadcast.
Thank you to all our listeners for calling into the station with your opinions, insights and stories on the flag, and thank you for your support of the station – support that allows us to bring you programming like these past few weeks.
Thanks also to former WUSC News Director Nick Vogt, WUSC DJ Tony Miranda (aka DJ Nomad, host of Southern Wasteland Wed. 3-6) and WUSC Station Manager Kaylyn Middleton for all their hard work and help.
WUSC News will return with regular newscasts and programming in the fall, barring any other major historic events in Columbia.
– WUSC News Director Ben Turner
Once again, WUSC is hosting our annual, all-ages spring festival, this year dubbed The WUSC Jubilee. Every Spring, WUSC hosts a festival to kick off exam season (if you are a student) or just celebrate spring, good music, and good company. This event means a lot to those of us involved in the WUSC community. It symbolizes another year of accomplishments, another year older (and hopefully wiser) and another chance to hear all of our favorite local bands right before we delve back into our studies to ace those finals. Traditionally our spring festival has kicked butt, and this year will no doubt be the same. Our venue is yet again, the fantastic El Burrito. Their Saturday special is $1 tacos and $2 Coronas, and if that won’t get you out to enjoy the show, then nothing will.
Our band line up is mostly local and consists of Watson Village, DYEL, Masonjar Menagerie, Black Iron Gathering, She Returns From War, Southern Femisphere, Ivadell, SHEHEHE, and Wasted Wine. To find more information about the bands in the line up, check out our Facebook event, where we will be revealing more information about each act as we approach the festival date.
Entry is $8, and raffle tickets are $3. We will be giving away great raffle prizes, like t-shirts, USB car chargers, stickers, posters, and more. We will also be awarding our DJ members with their superlatives for the year, which is bound to be a good time. The music starts at noon on Saturday April 18th, and will go straight until 10pm. You won’t want to miss this extravaganza, so mark your calendars for the 18th and gear up for a great day in the sun (with tacos).
Today, WUSC had to do what we have put off for weeks: we announced that Uncle Gram has retired. Many of you may have already known this. Automation has played in the place of Red Bank Bar and Grill this whole semester, while we in the studio crossed our fingers that Uncle Gram would come back from a prolonged hiatus that began in December. This February, he corresponded his wish to hang up his hat for good. Uncle Gram, aka Mark Lyvers, has devoted an unprecedented amount of time to WUSC. He began broadcasting in 1978, and has kept the Red Bank Bar and Grill show running intermittently ever since.
Outside of the studio, Mark was a truck driver and a folk music enthusiast. He always promoted local events and shows on the air, and even had a hand in hosting some of them. Red Bank Bar and Grill appealed to listeners in the local area and beyond, and Uncle Gram’s fanbase is one of the most devoted the station has ever seen.
In part to ease our own woes about Uncle Gram’s departure and to give his fans a final farewell, a group of WUSC DJs will be hosting a tribute show for Uncle Gram during his regular time slot. On Saturday, April 4th from 10am to noon, we will be playing some of his favorites, as well as accepting requests over the station’s phone line. Help us say a hearty thank you to Uncle Gram, and give the Red Bank Bar and Grill an amazing send-off.
To call on April 4, dial 803-576-9872. To stream online, visit our “Listen” page.
This week wrapped up WUSC’s bi-annual Fundraiser. Each semester, we endeavor to raise half of the money necessary to pay our $14,000 licensing fees. We do this through donations, fundraiser events, and underwriting. As Station Manager and on behalf of everyone at WUSC, I want to express a hearty thank you for all of the calls, letters, and online visits we’ve received in the past week. Our events saw huge turn outs, and Fundraiser Week proved to be a great way to welcome our newest recruits to the station. Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, money, and support to our humble college radio this week.
As many of you probably heard throughout the week, WUSC is more than just a platform for broadcasting great music. We bring students, faculty, and alumni together. We conduct interviews, cover special topics, and bring you the news. This semester has seen the greatest changes in WUSC, along with some of the most exciting additions. With a staff change halfway through the year, this semester has proved challenging. We lost our beloved Director of Student Media, Scott Lindenberg, in September to the Treasury Department. Our devoted graduate assistant Rachael also moved on once her studies came to an end in December. With a reduced staff, our executive body has had to adapt to new roles, take on fresh duties, and work harder than ever. The addition of 25 new faces to our body this semester helped counter these losses, and help make our jobs that much more fun. We trained the newest DJs in February, and were happy to welcome them to the fold this past week.
Throughout Fundraiser Week, our old and new DJs alike brought you their favorite “Spring Break Mixtapes.” As you could probably tell, each DJ brought a different spin on this theme, and exemplified the diversity of tastes we’re proud to represent. Campus radio may be a mixed bag, with jostling music genres and personalities, but it’s a community nonetheless. I am proud to be at the head of WUSC, and am so pleased to recognize how much the station means to not only those who work for it, but to the listeners as well.
The steps we’ve taken to reach our $14,000 goal have been great indeed thanks to your help, but we still have a long way to go. We’ve raised a little more than half of our total, and with only two months left in the semester, it will be a feat to meet the final figure. If you have not donated yet, please consider doing so, either online or by mail. You can learn more about how to donate and the steps involved on our donation page. If you have donated, I encourage you to share this letter and promote the work that WUSC currently does and hopes to continue doing for many years to come. If you operate a Columbia-area business and have not spoken with our Public Affairs office about an underwriting contract, they can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and would be happy to set up an arrangement.
We rely on our community to support us and keep us thriving, and your help does more than just keep us on the air. WUSC was my first true home at the University of South Carolina. My show, Dress Up, has been a wonderful outlet for my passion and musical interests. The same can surely be said for any DJ on WUSC, and without you, our home in campus radio is lost. To those of you who have stuck by us from the beginning, we cherish your listenership and support. And to those of you who are future donors, partners, or listeners, I hope you come to see what makes us so special.
Thank you for reading, sharing, and donating.
WUSC Station Manager and DJ Paper Doll
As part of WUSC’s Free Speech Initiative, News Director Nick Vogt and myself interviewed Randy Covington on 90.5 Minutes of the News.
Covington is the Director of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers Newsplex and a professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked at television stations across the United States, for the Associated Press and in radio. As part of the Newsplex, he travels around the world to present workshops on investigative journalism and new media.
In our conversation with Professor Covington, we focused on free speech around the world. “Generally, the medium that has the largest audience is television,” he said. “It’s not by coincidence that in much of the world television is government owned and government controlled.”
Covington, who has experience training reporters in Russia, cited the country as an example. According to him, once Vladimir Putin took power, he moved to limit independent television stations in Russia in order to silence dissenting opinions.
We also talked about the role of governments in restricting the newest place people are expressing themselves – the Internet. With the Arab Spring and the “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong, the Internet took center stage. “They try their best,” Covington said of authoritarian regimes. “This Internet thing – it’s like whack-a-mole. You think you’ve got it under control, but all of the sudden this information is getting out. People will seek the truth.”
Another role of the Internet and new media is citizen journalism. How do citizen journalists fit in with free speech? According to Covington, “traditional media organizations have yet to embrace the power of the crowd. As a result, we suffer. But it’s not like they are going to do our story about why this government agency is corrupt. We’re gonna have to do that story – but they’re going to help us.”
Towards the end of our interview, we focused on an incident that made headlines last October. Covington, along with his colleague Joe Bergantino, was arrested in Russia on alleged visa violations. Covington suspects it was attempt by the FSB (the successor to the KGB) to stifle their workshop on investigative journalism because it was just a little too much free speech for the government to handle.
The pair were hauled into court. “The thing that struck my attention when I walked in was this big iron cage that they used to put the defendants in,” he said. “Fortunately they trusted us and didn’t put us in the big iron cage.”
Covington recounted how the session began. “[Bergantino] was up first and he’s trying to make the argument ‘I have a visa from the U.S. embassy’…and the judge cut him off and says ‘you don’t really need to make that argument, because you’re guilty.”
Ultimately, neither was jailed or fined, but they were ordered to stop the workshop.
Covington says one of the most jarring things about the whole incident was the reaction he got from two hotel employees when he asked their opinion on his arrest as they were checking out. “I have never seen such fear in my life as the fear I saw in their eyes,” he said. “For me, that…really hammered home what we take for granted.”
As Covington and Jay Bender both pointed out during our Free Speech Initiative interviews, we do take free speech for granted. Hopefully our conversations about it on WUSC have helped to educate about the need for and importance of free speech.
You can hear part of our interview with Randy Covington here.
For WUSC News, I’m Ben Turner.
Fundraiser week has started again!
Every semester, WUSC holds a fundraiser week to get the funds necessary to pay our ever-increasing licensing fees. Each semester we pick a theme, plan events, and try to get the community involved in our cause. This semester’s theme is SPRING BREAK and DJs will be spinning their favorite road trip music, getaway jams, and more.
We’ve been named one of the top ten college stations in the country by mTV, Rolling Stone magazine has called us the reason to go to USC, and in general we think we’re pretty great. Our DJs and our support staff put in countless hours to bring you quality broadcasting 24/7. As the only non-top 40, non-commercial station in Columbia, we provide listeners with new content they won’t be able to find anywhere else on the dial. We provide talk shows, sports shows, punk, indie, and post rock shows, hip hop, live-mixing, and a constant flow of new DJ’s with new ideas and new music.
This semester, we have highlighted free speech, brought you updates about incidents on USC’s campus, and now we’re giving you three great events to attend. We’re starting things off with our bi-annual Dance Party (hosted by Breaker’s) with Moas Collective DJ’ing for four solid hours. We’re hosting a percent night with Uncle Maddio’s, and then having an all-locals show at Tin Roof Columbia featuring Mason Jar Menagerie. Here’s the breakdown:
Thursday, 2/26– Dance Party at Breaker’s featuring Moas Collective. 10pm-2am, no cover, 18+.
Tuesday, 3/3– Percent night at Maddio’s Pizza on Main Street. 6-9pm, bring your friends for delicious build-your-own ‘za!
Wednesday, 3/4– Mason Jar Menagerie, Half Measures, and Noah and the Real Girls. Doors at 7:30pm, no cover, 18+.
We hope that all of our listeners understand how much hard work goes into keeping WUSC afloat. Our student-only staff puts aside classes, second and third jobs, sleep, food, and sanity to provide all this to the Columbia area. Our constant shows, festivals, and promotions are the result of an extremely dedicated DJ body and executive staff who appreciate everything our fans give back to us. Donations can be called into the studio, or submitted online through our donate link. The DJs who receive the most call-in donations receive great prizes (as do you for donating), so dial 803-576-9872 to reward your favorite DJ and keep WUSC running around the clock.
From everyone at WUSC, thanks for the support, let’s keep WUSC around for another 60 years.
Many of us in college radio got our start by listening to our parents’ classic rock, or through the resurgence of that iconic 60s and 70s music from movies like Almost Famous, Across The Universe, and School of Rock. My father’s first album was Led Zeppelin, the debut album of the group by the same name released in 1969; the same year as Altamont and Woodstock and the last public performance by the Beatles. The album was cutting edge metal and the first of a number of widely acclaimed works. Led Zeppelin was ahead of its time and one of the most influential bands in rock history.
Classic Rock enthusiasts, we have something that we know you will love. We have not one, but 5 deluxe box sets up for grabs. Led Zeppelin I, II, III, IV, and Houses of the Holy. Each set includes:
Original album newly remastered in vinyl replica sleeve
previously unreleased concert audio
album on 180-gram vinyl in sleeve replicating original pressing
Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl featuring new artwork
High-definition download card of ALL content at 96kHz/24 bit.
70+ Page hardback photo book featuring previously unseen memorabilia
Individually numbered, high quality print of the original album art
One Winner will take home all 5 Box Sets.
As part of WUSC’s Free Speech initiative, News Director Nick Vogt and myself interviewed Jay Bender on 90.5 Minutes of the News.
Bender is the Reid H. Montgomery Freedom of Information Chair at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he teaches media law. He also teaches media law at the School of Law and is a practicing attorney specializing in first amendment law. He has represented the South Carolina Press Association and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, as well as various reporters and media outlets.
We talked with Professor Bender about free speech. He stressed that the right of free speech is always a struggle. “During times of turmoil, the government puts great pressure on unorthodox speakers and speakers who urge a view contrary to government policy and it’s been that way throughout our history,” Bender said.
Most people know free speech in America isn’t absolute. The classic example is not being allowed to yell “fire” in a crowded theater when there’s no fire. According to Bender, “the Supreme Court has seen the first amendment as a right or a protection to be balanced against other interests the government might have.” This balance includes restrictions against obscenities and speech likely to incite violence.
Professor Bender brought up something we are acutely aware of at WUSC – the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) restriction we must obey against airing swearing on the airwaves. This limits the music we can play and the on-air commentary we can offer, but it’s one of those restrictions the government has deemed in the public interest.
Many people believe individuals abuse their rights, such as the Westboro Baptist church or the KKK. Bender agrees “free speech could certainly be abused in a private context…but the government cannot be offended by speech, particularly where it’s commentary on the operations of government and criticism of government officials.”
He pushed back against the recent push to limit criticism of religion or try to limit “hate speech” against groups. “What is hate speech?” Bender asked. “How do you draw the line between hate speech and protected speech?”
Bender tackled the issue of campus protests, comparing the protest at USC after the events in Ferguson with the protests on the campus of Coastal Carolina. He praised the reaction of USCPD, who worked with protesters and criticized campus police at Coastal, who arrested several students for defacing property when they drew chalk outlines on sidewalks.
Bender praised USC on free speech, arguing “this university in recent times has been tolerant of speech and I applaud the administration for that. It was not always the case.”
He encouraged students to speak out, noting “one of the beauties of being young is you have the opportunity to explore a lot of things and the limits of free speech would be one of those.”
Throughout the interview, Bender offered a spirit defense of free speech. “Citizens benefit when problems can be exposed and discussed,” he said. “One of the philosophical justifications of the first amendment is that it is a safety valve. It allows the society that has unhappiness to express itself and discuss possible solutions.”
You can hear our full interview with Jay Bender here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La5xuH3uvYY
For WUSC News, I’m Ben Turner.
Here’s a little lesson in networking: if you do something for someone, there is a strong chance he/she will do something for you in return. “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” This kind of reciprocity is what got me in a dark room with nine other people while we watched an advanced screening of the Campus Movie Fest finale. I had helped record a Public Service Announcement for CMF to be played on WUSC, and this was my repayment. Pretty cool, right?
If you want a little sneak preview of what you’ll see tonight during the actual CMF Finale, here’s a hint: a mood stabilizer may be required. The tones of the films vary drastically, from funny to thrilling to contemplative. After watching the selections back to back for an evening, I was left reeling. The themes explored had a wide range: dealing with death, survival in an apocalyptic world, self-exploration, or the humor in the every day. So prepare to feel a variety of emotions, and to remind yourself “My peers made that.”
That was the best part for me. I have a hard time sitting quietly through movies as it is, but it was especially challenging not to jump up and shout “THAT’S A DJ! THAT’S MY DJ!” during the screening. As Station Manager of the radio, being a Mother Hen comes with the territory. The DJs at WUSC are already busy, talented people–they plan a two hour show each week, they cultivate on-air personalities, and they become musical connoisseurs in their preferred genres. Now add to that list qualifications like “scriptwriter,” “cinematographer,” and “filmmaker.” WUSC DJs run the gamut. We don’t seek out these creative types; they come to us, with bright ideas for specialty shows and unique contributions that make the station greater than it already is.
That’s what the Campus Movie Fest is all about. It capitalizes on the creativity that pulses on college campuses. It tests its participants to make a movie in a week. Script it, shoot it, score it, and edit it in just a few days. As I was able to glimpse this week, USC students definitely rose to this challenge. There were some films that blew me away with their superb camera work, or highly polished script (or both). Anyone watching the finale tonight will undoubtedly feel proud to know that the students behind these films walk among us every day. I know that’s how I felt. I’m lucky enough to not only call many of the CMF contributors fellow DJs, but also friends. In that case, if you’re in the crowd tonight, kindly ignore any outbursts from yours truly. Though I have already seen all of the films before, my good friend Mother Hen isn’t the quietest.
The Campus Movie Fest Finale Screening is Thursday, 2/12/2015 at 7:30pm in the Russell House Ballroom. Entry is free with a Carolina Card.
WUSC is hosting it’s spring semester DJ training on Sunday, February 8th from 11am to 2pm. The presentation and hands-on workshop will take place in RH 315 and in the studio itself. The topics covered will include radio policy and how to operate the board. The WUSC training manual is available , and will be the main topic of conversation during the policy discussion.
If DJ hopefuls cannot make the scheduled training, there will be a make-up session on Friday, February 13th from 3-5pm in the studio.
There will be two weeks between the date of training and the date of show sign-ups, scheduled for Thursday February 26th at 6pm in RH 315. These two weeks allow time for DJs to complete four, one-hour studio sit-ins with current DJs, fulfill a library hour, complete a CD review, and demonstrate announcing capabilities. The knowledge gained during the training day and these supplemental requirements will prepare DJs to pass an oral and a written exam. The show sign-up will proceed with the highest scorer on the written exam choosing their time slot first, going down the line of test scores.
As soon as a date for the show sign up is determined, it will be posted here.
It’s that time of year: the kids are coming home, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and our favorite football teams are playing for a wild-card spot. I wish everyone reading this the merriest holidays for you and yours; but I would like to talk for just a minute about something serious. I’d like to talk to you all about fear.
On September 11th, 2001 the United States of America changed in immeasurable ways; out of pain, confusion, and most of all fear. On that day in September, I was in second grade at St. Mark’s School in Catonsville MD, about forty minutes from Washington D.C. and the Pentagon. I don’t recall what I considered fear to be before but ever since then the high-water mark of fear in my life has been that day in September.
In order to protect our way of life, and out of fear, we as a nation changed in whatever ways we deemed necessary to survive. It was out of this fear that the Central Intelligence Agency commenced their Detention and Interrogation program, which most Americans would identify as the torture programs ended by President Obama’s Executive Order 13491.
At the beginning of December, the summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program was declassified. This study, prompted in 2007 after the CIA’s destruction of interrogation videotapes under investigation by the Attorney General, is highly critical of the CIA’s actions in their Detention and Interrogation program. Included in the study are the gruesome and shocking details of the atrocities involved in the program, the lack of oversight and communication, and the general ineffectiveness of the program. While the entirety of the study (6,700 pages) remains declassified for the time being, the 500-page declassified Executive Summary contains more than enough information on the shortcomings and wrongdoings involved in the program.
Before 9/11/01 the CIA had concluded that torture programs were generally ineffective and could also produce bad intelligence. This same conclusion has been reached over a decade later by the Committee in their study; not only were the “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” incredibly cruel, the quality and importance of the information gained through these techniques was repeatedly exaggerated and misconstrued by the CIA in their reports to The White House, Congress, the Department of Justice, and the American public. Much of the information gained through torture procedures was already available in the U.S. Intelligence Network, and most of the original intelligence gained through torture was either bad or non-useful.
Through the study it was also found that the CIA used methods of torture that were far more brutal than the ones laid out to The White House and the Legislature. The CIA officials leading the operations also repeatedly avoided and impeded internal, Congressional, and Executive oversight of the program.
The Executive Summary lays out twenty main findings and conclusions, supported with evidence and examples. The summary has been declassified and is readily available all over the Internet.
Because of the damning nature of the report, apologists have already come to the defense of the Central Intelligence Agency’s actions with the same arguments that were made in favor of torture in the first place: the intelligence that can be extracted is too vital and possibly life saving to ignore.
Fear is terrifying. It can freeze us, it can break us down, and most terrifying of all it can change us. I can still feel the stuffy, pervading sense of fear that engulfed the nation for years after 9/11, the same fear that still lingers in airports and crowded stadiums today. But I refuse to make exceptions and excuses on the basis of fear anymore, and I refuse to accept the “necessity” of inhumanity in the face of terror.
I was raised with the belief that we, the collective United States of America, are the good guys. But as I’ve grown up as a post-9/11 American it has become clear that the difference between the good guys and the bad guys is an ocean of doubt and grey. I’ve come to accept that, in such a complex and interrelated world, the lines between right and wrong are blurry. And while I believe the United States does its’ best to aim for the right side of the grey, some aspects of our national conduct certainly do not fall into the grey category.
Truthfully, I had never considered the CIA torture programs to be completely unnecessary, and I had bought into the notion that the information was too valuable to ignore and impossible to extract otherwise. But earlier last week, I sat down for an hour and read the report. In light of the findings, my mindset changed drastically.
The Executive Summary of the report is available for all to see, and I hope that every citizen of the United States reads it. The truth is, there is no grey area in this circumstance. Not only was the intelligence gained not as vital as we’ve been led to believe, the methods used to extract the intelligence betrays every core value to our nation that we hold so dear. For almost a decade, we allowed our nation to become unimaginably cruel and inhumane out of fear.
It is our responsibility, as civilians in the Home of the Brave, to shed our paralyzing fear in order to reclaim our stake as the Land of the Free. A systematic operation of inhumane torture in clandestine prisons hidden inside undisclosed countries is not a “good guy” action.
Still, it would be easy for this report to get lost in the flurry of the holidays, the racial tensions surrounding Ferguson and New York, and the NFL Playoffs. It is our responsibility as free citizens to not lose sight of this report, to read this report, and to formulate personal opinions on its implications.
We’ve come a long way since 2001, and as a nation we are on the road back to where we once were. When my kids grow up, I hope that they’ll have no question as to who the good guys are. It’s up to us to answer that question for them now.
Thank you, and have a Happy Holidays.
I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey. Join us at Benson Theater on Saturday, December 6th to Time Warp the night away with WUSC’s shadowcast performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This cult classic is sure to thrill you, chill you, and fulfill you. Doors open at 8:30 and the performance starts at 9:00, but be sure to get there early since space is limited! Audience participation packs will be included with the $5 admission, and we will be doing a costume contest, so be sure to dress up for maximum pleasure. So, come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab, and remember, don’t dream it!
$5 // Doors at 8:30, Starts at 9:00 // Benson Theater
Southern Wasteland with The Nomad presents:
December 6, 2014
Art Bar – 1211 Park St, Columbia SC
Tune in every Friday to Southern Wasteland with The Nomad from 10pm-12am on WUSC 90.5 FM Columbia.
More details TBA on the Facebook event page!
We have the best Music Directors, DJs, and friends. Here’s a video by Tucker Prescott of our most recent dance party at Lucky’s.
WUSC and Blue Tile Skateboards are bringing you the best of the Palmetto State with a showcase of local (and regional) music and short film.
Blue Tile Skate Shop
631 Harden Street Ste A
Doors are at 8:00, music starts at 8:30.
Bring $5 and a friend!
Shoegaze/Surf Pop from Clemson, SC. If you haven’t heard of these guys, definitely check em out. They’re goin places.
South Carolina Rock n Roll
Don’t miss out! RSVP to our Facebook event!
I had the wonderful opportunity to check out New Politics, Bad Suns and SomeKindaWonderful on the Charlotte stop of the Everywhere I Go tour.
SomeKindaWonderful kicked off the show with a short but upbeat set, including their popular single, Reverse. They quickly warmed up the crowed with their fun soul-funk-alternative sound. Singer Jordy Towers and percussionist Sarah Dyer put forth particularly powerful performances, and these guys had the crowd jumping in no time.
Bad Suns followed with a much mellower sound. This California-based band has cultivated a certain dreamy quality to their performance that really seemed to captivate the audience, and by the end of their set the crowd buzzed with excitement.
Finally, David Boyd, Søren Hansen, and Louis Vecchio took the stage and New Politics closed the show with a bang. Throughout their performance, this three piece band managed to fill the entire room with their infectious energy and dance-rock sound. Their set included everything from their hit songs Harlem and Tonight You’re Perfect to a Beastie Boys cover. Toward the end of the show, Boyd jumped into the crowd, who happily held him aloft as he sang. This is without a doubt a band that knows how to keep a crowd entertained.
You can catch these great bands on the rest of the Everywhere I Go tour. Check here for dates!
Dear WUSC Supporter,
The purpose of WUSC has always been to entertain, to educate, and to expand the musical horizons of our listeners. Since 1946, we have worked to provide Columbia and surrounding areas with a break from the normal, the repetitive, and give listeners twenty four solid hours of original programming developed and designed by our DJs. No agendas, no commercials, just the music that we love.
And we can tell that you love it too, as every year we receive hundreds of calls during our Fundraiser Week pledging support to our entirely student-run, non-commercial station. This year, our fall fundraiser begins on October 16 and we will once again need the help of our community to keep the station running and the music on. During this week of specialized programming, DJs will be “dressing up their show” with something spooky, and exploring new areas of music. As always, donors will be met with a number of premium WUSC-FM items chosen specifically for this year alone.
We have never been, however, just a radio station. WUSC-FM is heavily integrated into the community that keeps it going year after year. In the past few months we’ve brought local vendors new audiences through an all-day festival and vendor fair, the Back to School Slam. We have brought bands from all over the country to play at local venues, including Michael Parallax from Florida and Family & Friends from Athens, Georgia. In November, we’ll be trying to break our second world record: longest live performance by a solo artist. And as always, there is much more to come.
WUSC embodies an unending love for music and its community. With the help of our supporters, we can maintain our high standard of programming and continue to grow as a station. The donations that we receive, like all money we fundraise, is spend exclusively on the licensing fees that keep us on air, repairing and improving our equipment, and continue support our community through events and promotions.
Please join us for our Fall Fundraiser Events and call in to donate during your favorite DJ’s show or by clicking the link below. Thank you for your constant support!
Get bloody with us and march alongside your undead brothers and sisters to the most cacophonous concert of the year! Watch local bands become possessed by the spirits of their favorite artists dead and gone.
Show up at 5pm on Greene Street to get zombified -OR- come in costume for a costume contest hosted by Hip*Wa*Zee.
– FAMILY FRIENDLY
– FREE BLOOD + MAKEUP
– Meet at 5 pm on Greene St in front of Russell House
– March to El Burrito starts @ 6:00 pm
– Music starts @ 7:00 pm
– Costume Contest @ 8:30 pm
– $5 at El Burrito
*KIDS EAT FREE AT EL BURRITO*
This event is a part of our Fall Fundraiser. We count on your donations to keep the station running each year. Thanks for your support!
Ladies and folks, this Saturday, local college radio station WUSC FM is gifting the city of Columbia one more shot of sunny magic vibes before the sunbeam faeries disappear for the fall. Taking place at local hot and spicy spot, El Burrito, you can saunter down and meal while you watch some mighty fine electronic, dreamy, janglin’ bands, such as:
Michael Parrallax is an excitement artist, with his explosive pop fueled sets often containing costume changes, sing-alongs, and a feeling of floating. Described as Floridian Dance Party / Tent Spiritual Revival Music.
Freaky folk with a warm buzz from Athens, Family and Friends are notorious for heartfeelings and severely gutsy folk jams. Your cat would love them if it knew music apart from vacuum cleaner sounds.
Jazzy dreamlike tenderness is the lavel, if any, that fits upon the soothing and transcendental tones produced by this New Orleans outfit. Worth a vibe or two, no doubt.
Jake and Josh are innovative devils. That’s all I’ll say.
September 13th, 7:00 – 9:30
El Burrito (934 Harden St)
It promises to be quite a night. Come check it out!
An embarrassment of riches awaits Columbia on Saturday, September 13th. Come down to El Burrito, home of your favorite taco friends, and meal while you watch some mighty fine electronic, dreamy, janglin’ bands, name of:
░ Michael Parallax ░
[FLORIDIAN DANCE PARTY / SPIRITUAL REVIVAL]
▒ Family And Friends band ▒
[ATHENIAN HEARTFEELINGS / GUTSY FOLK JAMS]
▓ Bois ▓
[JAZZY DREAMLIKE TENDERNESS]
█ 1-800-DOG-CIGS █
[JAKE AND BEN’S MARGINAL MUSINGS / IMPROV DUO]
September 13th, 7:00 – 9:30
El Burrito (934 Harden St)
You’d be really nuts to miss a Saturday of Soda City’s best home grown music and businesses- an all day showcase squeezin summer to the last sweetest drop. FT. an embarrassment of local riches, as well as Athens GA’s most explosive megamen- REPTAR -to headline.
See you there!
Moogfest, the annual electronic music festival and production showcase hosted in Asheville, NC, began last night and runs through Sunday night. Mainstream music fans have criticized this years’ festival for it’s niche lineup, but for hardcore fans and producers of electronic music it is going to be a paradise. Moog, the iconic music company that popularized the synthesizer, has gotten underground LA favorites like Flying Lotus, Lapalux, and Tokimonsta, classic producers and performers like CHIC, Nile Rodgers, and Giorgio Moroder, and huge EDM acts like Dillon Francis, M.I.A., and Riff Raff to make the long weekend and eclectic experience. Even Chaz Bundick, a Columbia native and the frontman for Toro Y Moi, is going to be performing his Les Sins side-project during the 4th night of the festival. During the day, many of the most innovative producers in the world will be hosting production workshops and giving lectures, and at night many of these same lecturers will be performing at venues all over Asheville. It is going to be a truly unique weekend, and WUSC is excited to send representatives to the festival to cover the events.
fk mt. are an indie punk band causing a stir in Columbia’s local music scene. You may have seen these Soda City natives play recently with of Montreal during the Indie Grits Film Festival. If you missed it or just can’t get enough of fk mt., you’re in luck because they are joining us for the WUSC Jamboree at El Burrito next Saturday!
Check out their track out ov it below and come party with fk mt. at the WUSC Jamboree!
This exciting Columbia trio will be playing at the WUSC Jamboree on April 26th. With their brutally catchy riffs and heavy punk influences, it’s not hard to see why MyBrother MySister are some of Cola’s favorite hometown kids.
Check out their song Secondhand Embarrassment below and be sure to catch them at the WUSC Jamboree!
Returning to El Burrito for the 3rd consecutive year, we’ve packed the 2014 line-up with lots of out of town talent and hometown sweethearts. WUSC JAMBOREE will have plenty of food, drinks, and music to keep you wildly entertained!
Vacationer (Philadelphia, PA and Brooklyn, NY) Blend of escapist dream pop and somewhat-mystical electro-pop. Vacationer are self-proclaimed ‘relaxation specialists’ who provide ideal sunny weather songs that we are so excited to share with Columbia for a second time!
Heyrocco (Nashville, TN): This South Carolina-bred trio may be known for their dark, nostalgic pop tunes, but their compelling image and onstage persona is in-your-face rock and roll. Their music is reminiscent of bands such as The Cure, Nada Surf, and early Pumpkins spiked with an experimental blend of Broken Social Scene meets On A Friday.
Michael Parallax (Orlando, FL): Michael Parallax brings huge analog beats to an extremely clean down tempo electronica. In the artists own description: Celebratory Electronic Spiritual Revival Tent Music. We’ll give you some time to figure out what that means, but you know you want to see it.
Zack Mexico (Kill Devil Hills, NC): Music to go to (and be angry at) the beach with. Mexico brings all the light-hearted riffs and echoing vocals of classic beach rock, but manages to distinguish themselves from the pack with a sound that’s a blend of dream-pop, dark vocals, and extremely experimental elements.
Amy Godwin (Atlanta, GA): Amy Godwin hails from Atlanta, GA and provides the beautiful female vocals for Valley Maker. Her solo material features ukulele accompaniment, a capella, and rich looper pedal harmonies.
Lonely Ghost (Columbia, SC): Lonely Ghost is a recently formed four-piece. They are all very serious, emotional dudes whose music makes you want to kill yourself.
One Two Skidoo – Acoustic Set (The inside of a pinãta): You just need to know that Kanye West is the band’s spirit animal. Since their formation, they have been inspired by Kanye’s recent tweet, “I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of.” Their sound has been described as if Frankie Muniz bought a python that he just couldn’t take care of. If you haven’t seen them yet, it’s performance art in band form.
fk mt. (Columbia, SC): soda city stoner pop http://fkmt.bandcamp.com/
MyBrother MySister (Columbia, SC): They’ve opened for about every band in Columbia, and with their brutally catchy riffs and heavy punk influences, it’s not hard to see why My Brother My Sister are some of Cola’s favorite hometown kids. http://mybrother-mysister.bandcamp.com/
Tickets: $8 at the Door
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City of Sound is a pretty fitting title for this release by New Orleans-based rock band The Revivalists. Each track has a sound pulling from all different genres, including jazz, ska, funk, blues, and country. This wide range of influences makes for an authentic, classic sounding rock album that reflects the whimsically playful nature of their hometown.
Full of soulful southern charm and sprinkled with funky undertones, every song on City of Sound puts forth a different yet oddly familiar sound. With the conventional rock instruments, the band has a horn section that blows through staccato horn breaks and solos. Either with a jazz feel or a ska vibe, it could go either way. “When I Die” features a beachy-sound, as does “Navigate Below”, which contains flamenco guitar strumming and a Caribbean-style drum beat. Tracks like “BTBD” and “Criminal” features large and loud Imagine Dragon-esque choruses complete with John Frusciante type guitar solos. Groovy strumming patterns add to the buoyancy of the album that weaves it’s way through genres.
City of Sound sound like a mixture of the Dave Matthews Band and Streetlight Manifesto, with a dash of Kings of Leon soul, combining to make a laid-back rock album for summer days. With such a unique sound, The Revivalists set out to destroy the traditional sound of indie-rock bands with their killer City of Sound.
Key Tracks: When I Die, Navigate Below, Criminal, BTBD
RIYL: Dave Matthews Band, Streetlight Manifesto
Indie-rock band Cloud Nothings released their fourth album, Here and Nowhere Else, on April 1. The album is full of gritty, fast-paced punk rock that abrasively drives you to headbang along.
Each track is filled with machine-gun drum fills that will rock your face off. The drumming is very spirited, and is what really fuels the velocity of the album. The guitars are noisy, overlapping, and distoreted, playing crunching chords of raw dissonance. The gravelly, screaming vocals add a punk feel, with youthful exasperation forcing dry emotion into the air. With no slower breaks, you may feel a bit exhausted after listening all the way through. It’s easy to get lost in the jungle of noise if you don’t pay attention. At some points, it gets a bit redundant, with no real melodic or dynamic changes, but it’s so fun and fast-paced you probably won’t even mind.
Cloud Nothings have crafted an album that may lack true greatness, but make up for it in pure, unadultered punk rock. They’ve shown a clear maturation in their sound that will most likely have the band continuing on their road to roaring, anthemic rock noise.
Key Tracks: Quieter Today, Psychic Trauma, I’m Not Part of Me
RIYL: Japandroids, Real Estate, Yuck
Writing about SXSW is rather difficult. So much happened in such short a time and it’s difficult to wrap my head around it all. It seems as if my spring break was a fairy tale adventure that I dreamt up while I was sitting on my couch eating Oreos in my undies. We went with a group of 5 and mobbed around the city of Austin for 7 days straight, dropping into different venues and house parties, filming interviews/performances with a number of bands, and meeting more people that I can even remember. I have decided to write a few recaps like this, as the footage gets uploaded, about specific bands and our adventures that arose because of these bands.
Firstly, we’ve got Young & Sick. He’s a genuine, talented young man who not only creates fantastic music, but also is an artist (he recently designed the art for the new Foster The People album) and involved in fashion. What a legend. We were lucky enough to interview and get an exclusive acoustic rooftop performance with Young & Sick, and from this performance, friendships blossomed like chrysanthemums blooming in the fall. We spent quite a lot of time with Young & Sick, their manager Aaron (http://www.voicelessartists.com) and his other artist Mahaut Mondino (we have a interview/performance with her that we will be posting next week) over the week and it is a bit difficult now that we are separated, not sure of the next time we will reunite. However, we had enough good times together to last at least a few months.
They had a number of shows throughout the week, including showcases with Bipolar Sunshine, Arthur Beatrice (interview coming soon), and a massive show in Butler Park with Washed Out and Foster The People. Of course, we went to all of these. We saw the band in a number of forms, from purely acoustic in our rooftop sessions to full-band acoustic in a beautiful apartment on Rainey Street to the whole shebang at Butler Park. Every single form was something special. There are some bands that I see that I just know are going to go to great heights, and this band is one of them. I’m not just saying this because they are lovely people; but that definitely is an added benefit. My friend and I were just talking about how a band can create “forever fans” by not only having fantastic music but also being extremely personable and giving. Young & Sick is both of these, and this is going to propel the band to a top spot in the music scene. They already have secured spots at Coachella, Sasquatch, and a support run with Foster The People, and they only played their first show this February.
This group influenced a large amount of our experience at SXSW and I am extremely excited about their future. They recently released their new single Heartache Fetish that continues the trend of sexy, passionate, and complex songs that Young & Sick is starting to be known for. Their new album will be in rotation on April 8 and I already know that it is going to secure a high position on WUSC’s charts.
With our spring fundraiser having come to a close March 6, and final donation calculations coming in, it is time for a simple thank you.
From beach bum, chill jams, to stringy mountain tunes, we brought our favorites in spring break mixtape songs, while encouraging listeners to give us a call and make a donation, big or small.
Beyond special programming, we also offered the opportunity to support us through events such as our kickoff dance party at Breaker’s, acoustic night at Red Door Tavern, percent night at Mellow Mushroom and closing show at Foxfield Bar & Grille.
Between called-in, mailed and online donations, plus all of our events, we made about $4,000 in the week, bringing us just about $500 shy of our $13,000 yearly budget!
On behalf of everyone at WUSC, I’d like to extend a hearty “thank you” for each and every dollar given to us–both in this fundraiser and beyond. With operating costs rising, equipment falling apart and updates being needed, our biannual fundraisers are what keep us going year after year.
I invite you to please continue supporting us to see all the wonderful ways your dollars make an impact on WUSC!
I don’t speak Russian, but that doesn’t keep me from being able to hear the anger and the passion in songs like “Kill the Sexist” and “Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland”. It also doesn’t require fluent Russian to see that something is wrong in a country when 6 protestors get beat by the whips of paramilitary police for a brief, silly demonstration.
Of course, I’m talking about Pussy Riot, the punk collective/political and social rights activists focused on defending the rights of the marginalized Russian people (especially but not limited to woman, prisoners and homosexuals) from the [President] Vladimir Putin led government, a regime they accuse of being a dictatorship rather than a presidency. Pussy Riot members have been in and out of jail for various protests and demonstrations, the most notable incident coming after Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina were imprisoned for 2 years following a demonstration music video shot in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
But Pussy Riot is relentless. Right after being released from prison early in a show of “mercy” from President Putin ahead of the Sochi Olympics, Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were again imprisoned for supporting 8 Russian protestors that participated in the 2011-2013 Russian protests (commonly referred to as the “Snow Revolution”) in a demonstration outside of the courtroom. Those arrests came after the aforementioned whippings in Sochi.
There are punk bands, and then there are punk bands with balls. The Russian government isn’t an institution that many people choose to mess with, and President Vladimir Putin isn’t somebody you win an argument with. But Pussy Riot doesn’t care. How punk is that? Whether or not they’re being whipped, mocked, kicked, or arrested, they don’t stop. They just do not care. Punk.
“This is my country, understand?” says the male Russian Cossack (paramilitary police officer) that beat Pussy Riot with whips. The Russian “Old World” is clashing with the “New World”, and it’s tough to determine who’s winning. While Pussy Riot and other demonstrators make waves in New Media, it’s still the old world mentality that dominates politics and the social mentality in today’s Russia. And it’s the same old world forces (*Ahem* Vladimir Putin) that decided to invade Crimea, Ukraine. Yes that’s right, as I type away on my MacBook in the middle of class, the Russian military is currently occupying the southernmost island of Ukraine, and threatening to assault the rest of the country if the situation doesn’t stabilize.
It is a volatile situation in the Eastern world. Four years removed from the Georgian invasion, and in the wake of various Ukrainian uprisings and revolts, Russia has deployed and positioned troops in the pro-Russian, yet still Ukrainian region of Crimea, and has also set in motion a massive training exercise across the northern Ukraine-Russia border, priming their forces for an invasion. Uncertain times like these invariably mean change…
Re-enter Pussy Riot.
Change requires strong voices. To me, it is apparent that change is required when whippings are accepted punishment for free speech, and invasion is the answer to a revolution. Pussy Riot is a voice to be listened to, a small yet growing crowd of voices screaming out for equality and the end of oppression. Russia and Ukraine now stand at a crossroads that is relevant for the entirety of the eastern world, and the rest of the world at large. We should all be paying attention, especially because Pussy Riot won’t stop screaming out until we do. (And I hope they don’t.)
– Nick Vogt
Fundraising week is coming to a close, and we’re ready to go out with a bang! Be sure to come out for WUSC’s spring fundraising concert at Foxfield Bar and Grille Thursday night. Doors are at 8 pm, and we’re super stoked to be featuring Bearstronaut, an electro-pop group from Boston, MA whose smooth, tropical sound is sure to get you dancing. Their most recent EP, “Paradice,” topped our charts soon after its release, and the group is well known for giving energetic live performances.
Along with Bearstronaut, Art Contest, a fantastic math-rock trio from Clemson, SC, is heading down for the show. Their recent debut album, Math Major, has been one of my favorite albums of the year. I’ve seen these guys live a couple of times, and trust me, you don’t want to miss them. Their music is colorful and disjointed with super clear vocals and driving rhythms, and they’re definitely on my list of up-and-coming South Carolina bands to watch.
We also have some solid local groups to start the show. Ningas Tongas, a dynamic noise – rock quartet will be kicking things off, followed by Hey Lightning, an alternative indie-rock group with an experimental touch.
If you haven’t had a chance to show your support for WUSC, you can always donate by calling into the station at 803-576-9872 or by donating online.
It’s midterm week. The professors have unloaded mountains of papers, presentations, and exams upon us. Along with this, it is cold outside, forcing us to have no excuse to stay inside and study. It is my last semester here at USC, meaning that my mountain of work due is humongous, which means that I should be spending my time thinking about the different facets of negotiation between cultures or the marketing funnel. However, all that is on my mind is the mammoth of a week that I am going to be experiencing in Austin, TX while attending South By Southwest, one of the biggest music festivals in the world (if not the biggest).
I was lucky enough to win a Music Badge to SXSW this year through Team Clermont and I quickly assembled a team to join me on my adventure to Austin. We are rolling deep, a group of 5 representing WUSC, which will be absolutely necessary in order to experience as many aspects of SXSW as we can. The thing is, I am probably going to see about 5% of the things that I want to see at the festival, if not less than that. There is just so much to do. First off, there are over 1000 “official” SXSW acts that spend the evenings playing at a number of showcases, such as the NPR Showcase next Wednesday featuring Damon Albarn, St. Vincent and Eagulls, one of my most anticipated events. However, there are 10 other great acts playing at the same time including Stepdad and Macauley Culkin’s new band The Pizza Underground. Normally, this type of festival would create extreme fear of missing out for many, but after talking to many people who experienced SXSW in years past, I have decided to pick a number of bands that I really want to see and try my hardest to see them, then go with the flow for the rest of the time.
The way SXSW works is extremely different from other festivals. Many of the official showcases require that you have a badge or wristband to get in (unless you want to line for ages only to get turned away), but there are just as many day parties/showcases that only require a RSVP beforehand to get in. For example, the mobile event app Applauze is hosting a number of showcases and parties throughout the festival; at least one a day. Their main event on Monday at the Scoot Inn is chock full of massive artists such as MS MR, Charli XCX (check out her new collab with Iggy Azalea), Robert Delong, among others. In order to get into this event, you have to download Applauze from the app store and RSVP on the app itself. Regardless of whether you’re attending SXSW or not, I highly recommend this app; it’s a good one. Along with their main event, they are going to have many others at the Casa de Applauze featuring free food, drinks, and bands such as Jordan Klassen, To Kill A King, and The Family Crest.
The Fader Fort is another major event at SXSW. It is extremely hard to get into one of their day parties, as they have gotten bigger and bigger every year. So far, the lineup boasts artists such as Sam Smith (one of my must-sees), Little Dragon, Chromeo, Glass Animals, and a many more incredible acts. The fact of the matter is that pretty much every party or showcase has at least one or two amazing bands featured as there is so much talent packed into the city for the week. Other exciting events include the Spotify House (Hozier, Phantogram, Real Estate), Hype Hotel (Tokyo Police Club, Wye Oak, SOHN – another one of my priorities), and the Harvest Showcase (Arthur Beatrice, The Preatures, Banks). As you can see, it is rather overwhelming, but exciting and crazy at the same time. Also, the MTVu Woodie Awards will be taping in Austin during this time, which is a big deal for WUSC as we have been nominated for an award. If we win, our station will be represented on stage at the awards show and receive the award for Best College Radio Station. Be sure to vote for us at http://bit.ly/voteforwusc.
I could write for ages on how excited I am for next week, but I should probably get back to the work that I have to finish before our trip begins. We will be regularly updating WUSC’s social media (Twitter & Facebook) with live tweets, videos, pictures, and more so be sure to keep an eye out for that. If you’re interested in heading to Austin for spring break/the festival, all the information you need can be found at SXSW’s website.
By Rupert Hudson
Be sure to come out for tonight’s Acoustic Night at Red Door Tavern! We’ll be featuring Yosef’s Hunter Duncan, a fantastic local acoustic musician. (Check him out here!) Last month’s acoustic night was our first time hosting at Red Door Tavern, and it proved to be a great time. The recently-renovated bar and restaurant has an intimate and relaxed atmosphere that couples perfectly with our great performers, and there are pinball machines and pool tables to keep you entertained in between acts. Basically, it’s everything you’d ever want in an acoustic night! Can’t make it tonight? Don’t worry! We’ll being hosting more acoustic nights on the first Tuesdays of every month. Stay tuned for more fundraising week event previews!
Red Door Tavern is located at 134 1/2 State Street West Columbia, SC 29169.
Music starts at 8:00pm, $5 cover.