Posts by Gillian Levy

Mark McGuire @ Cafe 4 in Knoxville, TN 3/39/14

Mark McGuire @ Cafe 4 in Knoxville, TN 3/39/14

A couple of Rock Show DJs had a chance to sit down with guitarist Mark McGuire, formerly of Emeralds, to talk about his new album, his upcoming collaborations, and his approach to making music. Be sure to check out Mark’s most recent album, Along the Way, out now on Dead Oceans!

Listen to the interview here, or check the text after the jump!

Interview with Mark Mcguire by Wnur-Fm on Mixcloud


Glenn Kotche
Glenn Kotche @ the Bijou Theater, 3/27/14

Here begins our rollout of coverage of Big Ears Festival, which went down last weekend in Knoxville, TN. First up, we have an interview with Chicago’s own Glenn Kotche, who you might know as the drummer from Wilco. Kotche is a man of many hats – a percussionist and a composer. Check out his new album, Adventureland, which was released on Cantaloupe Music on March 25.

Listen to an audio version of the interview here, or check the text after the jump.

Interview with Glenn Kotche by Wnur-Fm on Mixcloud


I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (Columbia, 1953)

Track of the Day will be on hiatus for Northwestern’s winter break (Dec 16-Jan 5), but to tide you over, here’s a wacky Christmas track picked by Freeform producer Jamie Lee.

In my experience, this Christmas novelty song is very divisive; first-time listeners either can’t stand the song and label it as “annoying,” or absolutely love the song for its blatant and intentional goofiness and inherent humor in its subject matter. Even among radio stations that play Christmas music during the holiday season, the likelihood of hearing the familiar trumpets of “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is extraordinarily low due to its obscurity. Although Gayla Peevey is the original, and perhaps most recognizable, artist behind the song, the song has been covered by a few others, including Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) and The Three Stooges.


Happy Holidays from the WNUR family! See y’all in January!