This time we tracked down our DJs and asked them to let us know the best way to stalk them, asking each one what their favorite spot is at the University at Albany. For the sake of diversity in answers I informed everyone that answering WCDB wasn’t allowed because that would probably make this a really boring survey, and instead we got a wide variety of answers which spread from the libraries to the bathroom, and you can learn who said what right here and right now.
“GAZEBO. GAZEBO. GAZEBO.
But also the park bench I hid in the middle of Indian forest. Good times.“
- Enzy Penzy
“The Science Library, 3rd Floor.“
“The science library. It’s not as mainstream as the main library. And super quiet in the basement.”
“The bench by Indian Pond, right after you cross the bridge. I used to read my paper there everyday, when i lived on campus.”
- Robby Red
Alternative Rock Director
“The piano practice rooms in the basement of the performing arts building are where it’s at. Go in, shut the door, space out and make some music between classes.. This was the key to my maintaining sanity while on campus.”
Alternative Rock DJ
“My favorite place on campus is the Dewey Library. The stained glass and murals all over the walls make it way less oppressive than the uptown campus library, which has always made me feel uncomfortable. More specifically there is a wooden desk all the way in the back corner on the first floor which is the best place to sit in the whole library. I hated going to the library until I started going to the downtown campus. Also, there is an observatory on the roof of the Earth Science building which is pretty cool if you can get permission to go up there.”
“In the handicap stall in the second floor men’s bathroom in the fine arts building. It’s super roomy, has really good natural lighting, and there’s this vent that always shoots out this perfect lukewarm air. It’s super relaxing to just put your face over that and just think about THE STRUGGLE.”
– DJ Milky
Alternative Rock DJ
“It’s gotta either be the tunnels or the secret staircase.”
This week we asked some of our DJs to give us some information about what they like in a different realm of entertainment, literature. We asked our DJs what their favorite book was, and received the following responses.
Kyle: The Stranger by Albert Camus
DJ Brian: I have two favorite books (one of them is more or less a long critical essay). One of them is definitely 1984. I believe it brings up important topics of the increasing power of technology through a sociological lens. My other favorite is The Theory of Communicative Action by Jürgen Habermas. I believe the is a module by which public speaking within the public sphere should take place. It provides a guideline for educated discussion, however it’s only flaw is it takes place in an idealistic world. Regardless I believe it is one of the most important works of all time as it applies to any period of time.
Enzypenzy: I’ll have to answer this in two:
The book that pops into my head after hearing the words “favorite” and “book” in the same sentence is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Rightfully so considering that I must have reread it about five times, crying and feeling all the feels every time. Augustus Waters is an amazing character, and at the time of my first read-through, my grandfather was going through cancer along with him. The emotional connection for me was pretty significant.
However, the book that has always haunted me since many years ago is The Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It isn’t a horror, it isn’t a terrifying mystery, but at the same time it is. If any of you read it, you’ll know what I mean when I say that Hannah’s words always sent chills down my spine. The whispers of a dead girl being left for me to imagine is creepy after all, especially since I was young when I was introduced to this book.
Robby Red: Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
As WCDB DJs, one of the perks that you get is the opportunity to see a lot of live shows, be it free or not. This survey asked our DJs what the best live show is that they ever attended.
featuring Blackstar, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Nas.
I loved t&s their harmonies were fantastic. And their banter was pretty hysterical. Best live show I’ve seen by far.
Taco Party Box: Lollapalooza in ’96, Starscape 2002
Best Festival (Live Music) Lollapooza 96 (Syracuse NY)’: Ramones Farewell(actual) tour, Rancid (when they were still in their 20′s), Wu Tang Clan (with the Ol’ Dirty Bastard), Soundgarden, and Metallica (which i didn’t stay for, too much of a red-neck presence).
Best Festival (Electronic Music), starscape 2002 (Baltimore MD) This was the last year when they still had 7 stages. Since this was right around the time of the “Crack House Law” crackdowns on parties there was a very light drug presence. Lonnie does an amazing job on putting together his parties. It was amazing.
The best live show I’ve ever been to was mayhem festival. All day, all metal. I mean, with bands like Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, and Machine Head on the same bill, how could you go wrong? On top of that, I saw Job for a Cowboy’s Nick Schizendielos, one of the best metal bassists today. To wrap up the show, Rob Zombie tore it up along with John 5 and Ginger Fish. Loved it.
Deerhoof at Valentines was amazing. Best show I’ve ever been to.
Kyle: WCDB’s 34th anniversary
Mainly based upon the mosh pit of CDB’ers past and present during Titus Andronicus. I got to yell in people’s faces phrases like “THE ENEMY IS EVERYWHERE” and “YOU WILL ALWAYS, BE A LOSER” and sway with them arm in arm two minutes later. All in all it was probably the most exercise I’d had in years.
DJ Milky- Black Moth Super Rainbow
One time I saw Black Moth Super Rainbow in a fancy hotel ballroom. I was 16 and wearing a homemade cardboard robot helmet and dancing furiously. There was a man on stage whose job it was to dance around and wave a flag while wearing a fur body suit and a rubber mask that resembled an elderly Asian man. At one point this man was throwing water bottles out to the thirsty crowd. The man foolishly threw one underhand in an attempt to reach the back of the crowd. This particular water bottle hit the strange chandelier that hung over the croud. (For a visual, this chandelier looked like a bunch of upside down waterglasses) The water bottle shattered a few of these “glasses” and shards of glass rained down upon the audience. Though the glass shattered directly above me, I was saved by the large cardboard helmet I decided (perhaps due to some sort of divine providence) to wear. To this day, I cannot forget the visual of angry bald reporter with a bloody head yelling at an extremely apologetic masked man in a fuzzy suit. Their words could not be heard behind the sound of Dandelion Gum era Black Moth (who never stopped playing by the way). But they could be seen flailing about cartoonishly. Black Moth played a pretty great set too.
All of our DJs have found their home at our station within a department that best fits their music tastes, but where would they be if that department wasn’t available to them? This DJ survey asks our students where they would be if they had to move to a new department in WCDB.
Enzo: If I had to be in a different department for WCDB, I would most definitely be in the hip-hop department. As much as I love my loud guitars and crazy drum fills, I really love me some clever rap lines over a classic boombat beat. Artists like MF Doom, NAS, Joey Bada$$, Capital STEEZ, Common, Tyler the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt are always playing on my musical devices. Maybe some time in the future I’ll cover a hiphop show or something. I’d be really excited to do so!
Rich: I would join either Hip-hop or electronic since a lot of my shows feature tracks that incorporate elements from both and I would eventually like to explore both genres more deeply.
Martin: I’m not too sure… I’ve started to embrace alternative rock a bit more so I guess I would probably be in that department.
Kyle: I’d head to my second love in the Sports department. I know a good amount about the NFL, NBA and NCAAB and do a good job of staying unbiased if talking about them. I’ve done some halftime sports coverage on CDB before during our homecoming and NCAA tournament game coverage, but I don’t know if I’d be prepared to do a full show on the topic.
Robby: If I was in a different department than the Alternative Rock Department, I would be a metal DJ, because that’s what I know the most. In my youth, I was pretty into it.
On the radio playing a long track can be a death sentence to your listenership, but there are still those tracks that are so great that they need to be played either way. This time we checked in with our DJs to ask them what their favorite long song is and got some terrific responses. A song had to be at least eight minutes long to be considered.
Jed Davis: “Stairway to Heaven”
Just kidding. Shellac- “The End of Radio”.
Robby Red: The Velvet Underground- “Sister Ray”
The studio version of “Sister Ray” by the Velvet Underground is seventeen and a half minutes long. When the Velvet Underground played it live they would make it last anywhere from twenty to forty minutes long. Runner Up: “Marquee Moon” by Television
Andrew: William Basinki- “d|p 1.1″
If I exclude things like full sided cassette rips, mixes, and anything that might be more then one song strung together I get rid of lots of favorites like Yard’s 37mx (1 hour 14 mins) which I guess is technically a mix.
But if I have to pick a favorite that is really just one song it is probably William Basinski’s d|p 1.1 from The Disintegration Loops. d|p 1.1 weighs in at 63 minutes and I have played it in its entirety on WCDB before. Basinski is playing at EMPAC in the fall.
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