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Everyone here at WNUR wants to extend a big big thanks to all of our listeners, especially those who were able to contribute during the 2014 Phoneathon fundraiser that we’ve just wrapped up. It’s a time of year when we’re able to speak with listeners worldwide and offer them premiums our friends are nice enough to provide. It’d be impossible to make an exhaustive list but I know just this year Atavistic, Delmark, Southport, Merge, and the Secretly Label Group all provided premiums for us to offer donors.  It’s tedious for us to solicit donations while on-air, but the whole Phoneathon project brings the station together like no other event, and besides it is absolutely necessary given our budget constraints.

It’s unclear as of now whether or not we hit our goal of $30,000 because online donations still need to process but we’re going to be close. So once again, thanks for keeping Chicago’s Sound Experiment alive, and cheers to another great year!

Of course you can always donate to WNUR here: https://www.give-northwestern.org/donate

We just won’t bring it up on-air until next year.


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PHONEATHON 2014: February 21st – 28th!
Every winter WNUR conducts its annual Phoneathon, the only time of the year we ask listeners for their financial support. As an independent, commercial-free station this fundraiser is how we survive! We have plenty of new and exciting premiums to offer donors, from concert tickets to signed posters to CDs and records.

Update: Premiums!

Our goal this year is to raise $30,000 and we can only do that with your help! A successful Phoneathon lets us keep our programming ad-free, bring world-renowned musicians (Cave, SoSaLa, and Expo 70 just in 2013) to the Chicagoland area, and host shows at venues as prestigious as Chicago’s Smart Bar.
Keep tuned to Chicago’s Sound Experiment for more info and check back for the new premiums list on Friday!

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These are our favorite Jazz & Improvised Music albums that came out in 2013.  If you listened to the Jazz Show (M-F 5am-12pm) sometime in 2013, chances are you heard us giving one of these a good spin.  It was a really tough choice to narrow it down to the top 10, but you’ll notice we have a convenient 6-way tie in the 10th position (^_-).  Big congratulations to the artists on this list—may you continue to create amazing records long into the future.  We are also extremely grateful to the labels and promoters who hooked up WNUR with so much fantastic music last year, keeping Chicago’s Sound Experiment as new and bold and fresh as ever.

Here are the Top 10 Jazz/Improv Albums of 2013 as voted on by the Jazz Staff at WNUR

  1. Frank Rosaly – ‘Cicada Music’  (Delmark)
  2. The Whammies – ‘Play The Music Of Steve Lacy Vol. 2’  (Driff)
  3. Black Host – ‘Life In the Sugar Candle Mines’  (Northern Spy)
  4. Dawn Of Midi – ‘Dysnomia’  (Thirsty Ear)
  5. Ches Smith & The Arches – ‘Hammered’  (Clean Feed)
  6. Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal – ‘Aquarius’  (Delmark)
  7. Spontaneous Music Ensemble – ‘Challenge’  (Emanem)
  8. Flex Bent Braam – ‘Lucebert’  (BBB)
  9. Keefe Jackson’s Likely So – ‘A Round Goal’  (Delmark)
  10. (tie) The Kahil El’Zabar Quartet – ‘What It Is!’  (Delmark)
  11. (tie) Carl Testa  – ‘Iris’  (LockStep)
  12. (tie) Jon Irabagon’s Outright! – ‘Unhinged’  (Irabbagast)
  13. (tie) Cecile McLorin Salvant – ‘Woman Child’  (Mack Avenue)
  14. (tie) Harrison Bankhead Quartet – ‘Velvet Blue’  (Engine Studios)
  15. (tie) Iverson / Konitz / Grendadier / Rossy – ‘Costumes Are Mandatory’  (HighNote)
To all our listeners, if you haven’t heard these.  Click the links and go fix that!

 


Congratulations to Rock DJ Grace Hahn, the Northwestern sophomore who won this year’s t-shirt design contest! These tees will become available as gifts for listeners who donate (called premiums) to the station starting a week before our annual Phoneathon: Feb. 21st – 28th. Since WNUR is an independent, non-commercial radio station, over half our operating budget comes from your donations. In addition to t-shirts, we’ll have more WNUR merchandise, as well as tons of CDs, records, and concert tickets to offer donors in February.

More on Phoneathon and all of the premiums to come very soon! Long live independent radio!

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Photos and videos by Jessica Peng ’16

In SoSaLa, front-man, saxophonist and vocalist Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi blends melancholic melodies with those of his native Iran. Fueled by improvisation, with lo-fi electronics, the diverse instruments make for an ambient and psychedelic take on World music.
Members: Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi on sax & vocals, Lucas Gillan on drums, Alex Wing on guitar & oud and  Daniel Thatcher on electric bass.

 

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Buy their album, Nu World Trash, at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sosala