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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Band: Tame Impala
Label: Modular Recordings
The Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala is back with their second album, two years after their previous release of Innerspeaker. Their unique sound of psych guitar riffs and echoing vocals brings a style of old school meets new. A modern album that would appeal to fans of the Pink Floyd and late 60’s early 70’s rock era, but with a fresh dreamy take. Singer and songwriter, Kevin Parker, brings a haunting voice similar to John Lennon–and when I say similar I mean a straight reincarnation. Tracks such as “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” and “Be Above It” give off Beatles inspired vibes, while “Elephant” and “Mind Mischief” delivers a heavier “stoner rock” feel. The 57 second track “She Just Won’t Believe Me” even reminds me of a lighter version to Ozzy Osbournes’s intro in “Mr. Crowley.”
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Pondering what terrible/magnificent force brought our DJs into the station with a desire to share their playlists is always an interesting train of thought. Regardless of the time spent considering this, the only way to know is to ask! Here are some of our DJs sounding off on the prompt:
What artist really “got you into music”?
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