2015 Christmas Stories, part one.

November 29th, 2016


Thanks for listening! #wprbxmas

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With under a month to go (!!!!!!) until this year’s marathon, here’s the first half of the Christmas Stories recorded exclusively for the 2015 edition of my 25-Hour Holiday Radio Show on 103.3 fm WPRB.

I’ve posted them in the order they originally aired during the program.

Part two will appear next week! Or else!

Please click on the links provided and support these musicians, artists and talented individuals who were so kind to tape remarkable original pieces for the show. Follow them on Twitter! Like them on Facebook! Buy their records and books! Support their events!

May these works inspire you to record something for this year.

The Brixton Riot – “Holiday In The Sun”

Combining American and English influences, New Jersey’s The Brixton Riot fuses elements of 70’s power-pop and punk, 80’s jangle-rock and 90’s indie rock into a sound that is both familiar and distinct. The Replacements, Big Star and The Jam represent only a small fraction of their influences.

B. Musikoff – “A Can of Simoniz”

Brian Musikoff is a Chooch of Seattle (by way of NJ / NYC) who draws cartoons as needed and plays bass for a rock group named Stuyvesant.

Amy Zuccarino (with Ralph Zuccarino) – “A Holy Night?”

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An original story by Philadelphia’s Amy Zuccarino, joined by her husband Ralph on the piano.

Modern Hut – “Silver Bells”

Playing “extreme loner folk” with a 2013 album on Don Giovanni Records titled “Genetic Treasure,” Modern Hut for this recording is Mr. Joe Steinhardt on the acoustic guitar. Enjoy the group’s third contribution to the marathon in as many years!

Stanley Demeski – “Egg Nog Intro”

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The Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski provides an introduction to the Luna instrumental “Egg Nog,” telling the story behind this 1992 recording. Hear the song in question below.

Mark Robinson – “December 1969”

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Mark Robinson founded Teen-Beat Records in 1984. Best known for founding Unrest (with Phil Krauth and Tim Moran), he has also been a member of Air Miami, Flin Flon, Grenadine, and currently plays with Evelyn Hurley (Blast Off Country Style) in Cotton Candy and also with D. Trevor Kampmann as Fang Wizard.

He has released a number of solo records. His recordings are typically sparse, often based around a carefully controlled guitar.

King Mistletoe Jr. – “Our Secret Santa”

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A last minute submission from King Mistletoe (just Steve and Jim), in the style of Beat Happening’s “Our Secret.”

Amanda Xmas – “New Years”

Hailing from the Kensington area of Philadelphia (home to infamous gangs such as the Yos, Twerks and Fuzzies), Amanda X imperviously sallys forth, creating an oasis of bedroom pop and post-punk among a landscape of toxic speed, eroded enamel and chattering human skin suits. Their debut album was released by Siltbreeze in 2014 and a follow-up is tentatively slated for 2017.

Bela Koe-Krompecher – “Christmas Story 2015”

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Bela Koe-Krompecher has been running Anyway Records from Columbus since 1992, he also writes about his life with his blog. Bela also writes sporadically for various music websites and last year saw the publication of a comic book based on a story about the Ramones adapted from his blog (“Do You Remember Rock & Roll Record Stores?, via Nix Comics). He works as a social worker and addictions counselor.

Bill & Karlee Goffrier – “South Side Of The North Pole”

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Bill Goffrier was in two of my favorite purveyors of terminal plaid shirt rock, The Embarrassment and Big Dipper. He currently lives in Alaska with his wife Karlee.

Cinchel – “Evening’s Sleigh Ride”

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Cinchel is a Chicago-based musician working with guitar, effects and laptop to create abstract ambient music that is both minimal and dense.

Roseanne Carrara – “Jean Nate Christmas (or Splendour In The Bath)”

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The author of “A Newer Wilderness,” Roseanne Carrara holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto. She is now completing an “opera novel set in Toronto” entitled, The Week In Radio, a second book of poems, “Spectral Evidence ” and with her husband Blaise, a translation of “Silences,” the poetry of Jacques Ellul. Roseanne documents her activities with her children during the school year at The Lunchbox Season and at Summer of Funner over the summer holidays. She also works as a professional writer and educator.

The Beach View Family Singers – “Wenceslas of Sound”

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Beatrice, Toby and Blaise, with a grand piano and sundry virtual instruments, including a mellotron, give a holiday favorite a somewhat psych deconstruction. Recorded and mixed on a phone.

From the non-existent album “Winter Fuel”, just over 90 seconds at 110 bpm in the key of A major.

Aerialist – “Little Andromeda Boy”

Lary Hoffman began making music as Aerialist in 1997. Over the years the project morphed from bedroom electronic pop to synth-rock collaborations with drummers Stevie Treichel & Nikhil Ranade, to both analog and computer-based solo instrumental productions. After a long hiatus, Lary has been steadily digitally self-releasing new Aerialist music since the fall of 2015. Based in the DC area, Lary and his wife Erica own Virginia bars Galaxy Hut and Spacebar.

Keith Beck’s Zigman Bird – “Santa Clause Where Are You (Don’t You Leave Me Out)”

Keith Beck’s Zigman Bird fearlessly switches between a full-piece rock’n’roll band and an exciting acoustic act, mixing catchy hooks, melodies and lyrics.

11/16/16 : 19:00 – 22:00 pm ET

November 16th, 2016

The Rub – The Death Of Pop – Bikini Gospel

J Church – Not Proud Of The USA – Palestine – The Mice cover.
Curtis Mayfield – Mighty Mighty (Spade & Whitey) – Live! – 1971.
Girls Against Boys – Kill The Sexplayer – Cruise Yourself
Electrelane – V.O.R. / “As Yet Untitled” / The Partisan – Live on WPRB – Last song is a Leonard Cohen cover. RIP.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – I Can’t Wait (Instrumental) – Got Your Money Cd5
The A-Bones – A-Bomb Bop – Free Beer For Life! – RIP Billy Miller.
2.3 – Where To Now? – Mutant Pop – [C]

E – I Want To Feel Good – S/T – Thalia Zedek, Jason Sanford & Gavin McCarthy.
Sekou Kouyate – Fanion Diarra – Mali Stars – Malian.
Green Milk From The Planet Orange – Phoenix – .mp3 – They’re back!
Tara Jane O’Neil – Hey That’s No Way – Wings. Strings. Meridians. – Leonard Cohen cover. RIP.
Lambchop – The Hustle – FLOTUS
Jake McKelvie – Rhinestone Busboy – The Rhinestone Busboy EP
TAD – Hibernation – Salt Lick – Re-mastered re-issue.

James Arthur’s Manhunt – Chain – Digital Clubbing
Creative Source – Who Is He And What Is He To You – Blaxploitation – The Payback – Volume 3 – [C]
Joel R.L. Phelps – The March 1970 – .mp3 – Unreleased!
Inter Arma – Transfiguration – Relapse Sampler 2016 – [C]
Ruin… – Master Song – Songs Of Reverie & Ruin – Leonard Cohen cover. RIP.
Dexter Story – Veggie Wondem Combo (Ras G Afrikan Space Program Remix) – Wondem Remixed
The Intended – Huguenot – Time Will Tell

Frustrations – Dreamt – Transmission From The Ether – [N]
Harvey Milk – One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong – Courtesy & Good Will Toward Men – Leonard Cohen cover. RIP.
Joe Tex – I Gotcha – Funk Essentials – [C]
Furry Things – Introism – The Big Saturday Illusion

11/9/16 : 19:00 – 22:00 pm ET

November 9th, 2016

The entirety of tonight’s program was a sound collage I built earlier today around the opening of The Mice’s “Not Proud Of The U.S.A.” It was broadcast at 19:00 pm ET, 20:00 pm ET and 21:00 pm ET.

I have archived the first of these airings below. If you want to re-create the full show, just listen to it two more times!

Be well. Love each other. Find a way.

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11/2/16 : 19:00 – 22:00 pm ET

November 2nd, 2016

The Rub – The Death Of Pop – Bikini Gospel

The Drags – Anxiety – 45 – Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Frontier – Heatstream / Now – Heater
The Church Universal & Triumphant – Invocation For Judgement Against & Destruction Of Rock Music – American Doomsday Cults
Something Tough – Never Heard That Before – Seattle 2016 – Minutes / Bismarck folks.
Contact – Grand Detector – Zero Moment
Honeybunch – Count Your Blessings – 45 – “International Pop Underground Vol. LI.”
Mike & The Melvins – Limited Teeth – Three Men & A Baby

E – Candiate – E – Forthcoming.
Risking Conversations – The 70s Ruined Everything – S/T – Chris Fuller of Dis-/Sixto’s new moniker.
The Breeders – Istanbul – Mountain Battles
Graves At Sea – The Curse That Is – Relapse Sampler 2016 – [C]
Creek Beds – Taco Truck – .mp3
Landing – Grow – Complekt
Brat Curse – Ride – OH70 – Brainiac cover. – [C]

Hard Left – Western Rifles – Strike For America
Tony Molina – Banshee – Confront The Truth
Pere Ubu – Guitars & One Girl – Architecture Of Language 1979-1982
Lycus – Solar Chamber – Chasm – Out in January.
Laser Background – Something Wicked This Way Comes – Correct
The Terminal Orchestra – The Drums Of War – Leave Home, Rabbit
Groove Diggers – All Time – 45

Tyvek – Origin Of What – Origin Of What
1929 – Happy Electionics – Live On WPRB – 2003 session.
The Silence Kit – One Sixty – One Sixty
Del Rey – E Pluribus Unicorn – Immemorial
The Teeth – Great Failure / Teeth – The Strain
Thomas Leer – Private Plane – Machines – 1980. – [N] – [C]
Raw Power – I Do What I Like – Wop Hour 1984-1994

Sleepyhead – Too Much Fun – 45

The public call for 2016 Christmas Stories!

November 1st, 2016

Each of the last five years I have asked a number of friends, musicians, comedians and others that I admired to record their definition of an original “Christmas story” to be interspersed throughout my 25-Hour Holiday Radio Show on 103.3 fm WPRB.

Come December 24, 2016 – the 28th annual edition of this marathon program will begin.

In 2011-2015, Mac McCaughan (Superchunk), wrestler/author Mick Foley, Glenn Mercer (The Feelies), Tom Scharpling (“The Best Show”), director Lance Bangs, Screaming Females, Pete & Alex from Star Wars MinuteChris Brokaw, Jennifer O’Connor, Peter Prescott (Mission of Burma/Volcano Suns/Minibeast), Rick Rizzo (Eleventh Dream Day), David Hill (“Snap Judgement”, “This American Life”), Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Jon Daly (“Kroll Show”), Nick Thorburn (Islands), Doug Gillard, Rebecca Clay Cole (Wild Flag), Bill Goffrier (The Embarrassment/Big Dipper), Joel R.L. Phelps (Silkworm/The Downer Trio), Mark Robinson (Unrest/Flin Flon/Air Miami), Brett Davis (“The Special Without”), Seth Herzog (“The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”), Boston Red Sox organist Josh Kantor, actor Ethan Sandler (“Crossing Jordan”), Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Kinski), Pat Byrne (“Prove It All Night”), Edith FrostThe Rutabega, SAVAK, Amanda X, The Gotobeds and many other remarkable folks have recorded pieces for the marathon.

2015’s stories are posted here (part one) and here (part two).

2014’s stories have been posted here (part one) and here (part two).

2013’s recordings can be heard here. 2012 stories can be streamed here and 2011 contributions reside here.

The time has come to build on this success with ample advance warning!

I’m not only going to be reaching out to more folks personally to join the ranks with works for the marathon’s 2016 installment but I also wanted to extend the offer TO YOU.

Record something between now and December 21st and there’s a solid chance it will make it into the show. It can be a reading of a favorite Xmas story, a cover of a holiday song you love or an original piece. I leave that in your hands.

Listen to some of the past works as inspiration if you’ve been stumped when I’ve called on you in prior years.

It would be great if these contributions did not exceed seven minutes but if you run long…I am likely going to allow it.

I’d love to get so many recordings that I can yet again debut one of these an hour throughout the marathon.

Submissions can be sent to this email address.

My lone request is that you do not post your piece elsewhere before it airs during the show! Afterwards knock yourself out, just mention the show when you do share on Bandcamp/Soundcloud/Et cetera, OK?

Please spread the word and have a happy holiday season. The stretch run to the marathon begins…now!


Jon Solomon
103.3 fm WPRB

Ps. Songs inspired by The Fall, The Ramones and/or The Misfits will always get priority status!

10/26/16 : 19:00 – 22:00 pm ET

October 26th, 2016

The Rub – The Death Of Pop – Bikini Gospel

Minutes – I Was 19, You Were 20 – 7″
Shannon Wright – Portray – Over The Sun
Hurry – Fascination – Guided Meditation – Local. – [N]
Quantic – Zamia – 12″
The Peer Group – You Are Surrounded – S/T – Unreleased. Happy birthday Peter Prescott!
Link Cromwell – Shock Me – 45 – AKA Lenny Kaye. 1966.
Dow Jones & The Industrials – Damage – Can’t Stand The Midwest 1979-1981

Oozing Wound – Rambo 5 (Pre-Emptive Strike) – Whatever Forever
Goat – Temple Rhythms – Requiem
Daniel Bachman – Brightest Blues – S/T – Out November 11.
The Band From Planet X – Chicken Queen – Gizmo Nation – Gizmos cover. – [C]
Realistic Bodies – Old Pigs – S/T
Purling Hiss – Everybody In The USA – High Bias
Senor Citizen & The Border Patrol – Handsome Jerks – OH7O – Four single box set. – [C]

Ted Leo – In The Mean Times – Kickstarter Election Issues
People Of The North – The Caul – The Caul – Kid Millions & Bobby Matador of Oneida.
Jack Rose – Revolt – S/T
Aa – Homecoming – ZebrAa
James Chance & The Contortions – Melt Yourself Down – The Flesh Is Weak
Rob Kennedy – Return Of The Living Mash-Up – .mp3 – Happy Halloween!
Disappears – Power – Era

The Fall – Slates, Slags Etc. – Slates
Nothing Painted Blue – (I’m A) Haunted House – The Future Of Communications – [R]

10/19/16 : 19:00 – 22:00 pm ET

October 20th, 2016

2016 Membership Drive!

Jennifer O’Connor – The Death Of Pop – Live on WPRB – pledge.wprb.com! 609.258.1033!

The Gotobeds – Brass Not Rash – Blood Sugar Secs Traffic – PREMIUM ITEM
Prince – Let’s Pretend We’re Married – 1999
Fugazi – Target – Red Medicine

Protomartyr – I Forgive You – The Agent Intellect – PREMIUM ITEM
Sunwatchers – Moonchanges – S/T – PREMIUM ITEM
Screaming Females – Ripe – Local Hits – [C] – PREMIUM ITEM

Shellac – Dude Incredible – Dude Incredible – Win a signed Shellac record + tix to see’m in Philly by pledging $45 or more tonight.
The Bats – Law Of Things – The Law Of Things – [R]
Superchunk – Skip Steps 1 & 3 – No Pocky For Kitty

Silkworm – Treat The New Guy Right – Lifestyle
Heron Oblivion – Beneath Fields – S/T – PREMIUM ITEM
Dow Jones & The Industrials – Can’t Stand The Midwest – Can’t Stand The Midwest 1979-1981

Deaf Wish – Dead Air – Pain – PREMIUM ITEM
GZA – Pencil – Pro Tools – Feat. Masta Killa & RZA.
The Ex – Maybe I Was The Pilot – Catch My Shoe

Xetas – The Redeemer – The Redeemer – PREMIUM ITEM
Horse Lords – Towards The Omega Point – Interventions – PREMIUM ITEM
These Estates – Pay Me Some Attention – The Dignity Of Man

Hurry Up – Kick Em Out – S/T
The Chills – Look For The Good In Others And They’ll See Good In You – Brave Words
X__X – Transmography – Albert Ayler’s Ghosts Live At The Yellow Ghetto – PREMIUM ITEM

The Feelies – Forces At Work – 45
Male Gaze – Easy To Void – King Leer – PREMIUM ITEM
Squirrel Bait – Hammering So Hard – S/T

Mission Of Burma – That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate – Vs.
Electrelane – To The East – No Shouts No Calls
The Minutemen – Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs – What Makes A Man Start Fires? – [R]

2016 WPRB Membership Drive show!

October 10th, 2016

103.3 fm WPRB’s 2016 Membership Drive gets underway later this week and I am WORRIED.

My lone show of this year’s week-long drive will be on Wednesday, October 19 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm ET, at the end of the drive *and* at the same time as the third Presidential Debate. We’re up against it, but we’ve only got one shot at this. More than in any prior year I’m going to need your help to hit my goal of 100 unique pledges during that three hour window.

Mark your calendars now and set an alarm to pledge the evening of 10/19. WPRB can’t remain “community supported independent radio” without assistance from the community.

This is the one week of year that WPRB calls upon its listeners to show financial support to keep the station independent, innovative, commercial-free and competitive in a crowded digital world.

Let’s help WPRB endure as a strong, interesting, curious place at the forefront of the airwaves with a tremendous Membership Drive!

If you’ve given in years past, I am sure I can count on you again.

I’d especially love to hear from those of you who haven’t pledged previously and get you to join the WPRB family for the first time.

Old DJs! Friends! Long-time listeners! Current DJs! Internet pals! Folks who just discovered all WPRB has to offer! Family! People who only tune in on Christmas! Those who have never pledged before! Punks! Mods! Rockers!

I need to hear from ALL of you!

This year’s show will be fast-paced fun, as co-host Julia Factorial (who cross-stitched the above image) and I mix 45s from deep in WPRB’s library with selections pulled from Ice Station Solomon. An all-star collection of WPRB DJs will be manning the phones to take your pledges.

I’ll have ridiculous prize packages to give away each hour for those who contribute $45 or more. You’ll get solid odds to walk away with a box of records from the likes of Sub Pop, Don Giovanni, Castle Face, 12XU, Northern Spy and other labels you hear frequently on the station during my show, not to mention a pair of tickets to see Shellac in Philadelphia *and* a copy of their latest album “Dude Incredible” signed by band members Steve Albini, Bob Weston and Todd Trainer.

That’s on top of the incredible WPRB-branded stickers, shirts, scarves, hoodies and other “thank you” gifts available starting at a $15 donation level.


Thank you in advance for your support of WPRB’s unique freeform programming during this year’s drive. You can pledge on-line here or by calling 609-258-1033.

Pledging during my show sends a strong message that my program matters to you, but pledging at some point during the drive is really the most important thing.

Thank you!

Jon Solomon
103.3 fm WPRB

Ps. When you give, please use the hashtags #WPRB2016 and #JS100 on-line so I can properly thank you by screen name and on-line alias!

10/5/16 : 19:00 – 22:00 pm ET

October 5th, 2016

The Rub – The Death Of Pop – Bikini Gospel

SS 20 – Dernieres Mouvelles Du Front – Les Meilleurs Des Mondes – French.
Can – Vitamin C – Ege Bamyasi – As heard on “The Get Down.” Repeatedly.
Closet Mix – Hugh Are You? – 01 EP – Members of Great Plains, Log & Vena Cava.
Windsor For The Derby – Forgotten – Live on WPRB – 2007 session.
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – Rhapsody In Berlin – We Be All Africans – First album in 40 years. – [N]
The Poster Children – Where We Live (Flower Plower version) – Daisychain Reaction – 25th anniversary edition.
Fucked Up – This Mother Forever – This Mother Forever

Mayor For Life – Congratulations – Lake Of Fake 7 – [C]
Sonic Liberation Front – Init – Live on WPRB – 2004 session.
Sumac – Clutch Of Oblivion (Bleed Turquoise Remix by James Ginzburg) – Before You I Appear
Jorsh Horsely feat. PEPPER! – Lodi – PRF Monthly Tribute Series September 2016: Creedence Clearwater Revival – [C]
Cheetah Chrome – Still Wanna Die – 45 – Originally released in 1979.
Jennifer O’Connor – You’re Not There (instrumental remix) – .mp3
Terry Malts – Won’t Come To Find You – Lost At The Party – Forthcoming.

Fake Limbs – An Inconvenience – Matronly – Soon.
Thumbscrew – Trigger – Convallaria – Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek & Tomas Fujiwara. – [N]
Kapital Punischment (Morgan Fisher) – Save Your Kisses For Me – Hybrid Kids: A Collection of Classic Mutants
Hiss Golden Messenger – Like A Mirror Loves A Hammer – Heart Like A Levee
Harlem World Crew – Rappers Convention – Boombox 1: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro & Disco Rap 1979-82 – [NE] – [C]
The Moles – Stray Dog – Tonight’s Music
We’re Gonna Fight The Eskimos Next – Don’t Praise The Machine – Karl Rove: Courage & Consequence – [C]

Useless Children – Stranger – Post Ending Pre Completion
Psychic Temple – Music For Airports – Psychic Temple Play Music For Airports
Niagara Falls – Sequence Of Prophets part 1 – Sequence Of Prophets
Dar Plan – Wat’s Dat? – Normalette Surprise
Jack Rose – Blessed Be The Name Of Thy Lord – Dr. Ragtime & His Pals – Re-issue.
Sonic Youth – (She’s In A) Bad Mood – Confusion Is Sex
Spook School – Gone Home – Continental Drift – [C]

9/28/16 : 19:00 – 22:00 pm ET

September 28th, 2016

The Rub – The Death Of Pop – Bikini Gospel

Glazer – Sleep The World – Repeat Sequence – [N]
Pylon – Danger – Gyrate Plus
Prix – Zero – 45 – 1977.
The Writhing Squares – What Does Orion See When He Looks Back At Me – In The Void Above – Local. – [N]
Ultimate Painting – Bill $ – Dusk
Brother J.T. – Country Blues / Coming Out – Live on WPRB – 2003 session.
1-800-Band – Other People – High Beams – [N]

No Means No – Hello / Goodbye – One – Farewell.
S U R V I V E – Dirt – RR7349
Angel Olsen – Not Gonna Kill You – My Woman – [N]
Elizabeth White – Without – Demo
The Dead C – Five – Trouble – [N]
Waxahatchee – Swan Dive – Cerulean Salt
Juveniles – Scratched Blue Vinyl – Household Shocks – 1980. – [N] – [C]

Chung Antique – Norse Code – 7″ – WORLD PREMIERE!
PJ Harvey – Reeling – 4-Track Demos
Them Teeth – Buried Alive – .mp3 – Lemonheads cover.
Cyanotype – 2silent schnauzers – Two Silent Schnauzers
Dark Blue – Western Front – Start Of The World – Forthcoming.
Bramsam – Move Your Body – Boombox 1: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro & Disco Rap 1979-82 – [N] – [C]
E – Great Light – E – Featuring Thalia Zedek.

Killing Joke – Wardance – S/T – [R]
OPB – Exposure/Communication (full) – .mp3