Now it really begins.
I began the day at a College Radio roundtable event, where reps from all over the world shared and discussed issues facing campus stations. I learned that most other stations pay their employees (!!) and are very competitive. WJHU is working toward these goals, but its very hard at Hopkins because work is such a priority.
I then sat in on a “Fireside Chat” with Pandora founder Tim Westergren. He was awesome! Gave a lot of insight into how hard it is to start a company, and the sacrifices that often come with reaching a far off goal. He also shared tips with rising artists on how to get paid and protect themselves from financial loss. Cool guy, great talk.
Then on to the shows…
Started off at the Terrorbird day party (@ Cake Shop) with electronic sets from Michna and Flume. Michna was more experimental and scattered, while Flume has clearly found his sound (a more coherent and dubby Rustie). I spoke to Flume after the show about a possible spring booking…look out for more info as the year goes on.
After the shows I walked up to Union Square (with Nick Gersh, Music Director of WJHU) to catch a sparsely attended solo show from Interpol frontman Paul Banks. It was like going to an Interpol show if you didn’t know any of the songs…in other words fantastic.
We ate at Korzo Haus, an Eastern European burger spot in the East Village (they don’t play around…http://aht.seriouseats.com/images/20100316-korzo-fried-innards.jpg)
Brooklyn was the first stop of the night, Brooklyn Bowl to be exact, for the Hypem.com Showcase. We caught Indians, The Neighborhood and Unknown Mortal Orchestra while patrons bowled just feet away.
A return to Santos Party House closed out the night…with Flatbush Zombies! The spot was rowdy and stinking of pure dank. If you are a rap fan, this is definitely a group to check out.