WCBN 2018 Program Guide

Our 2018 winter semester program guide is here! You might be able to spot it in various locations on campus and around Ann Arbor. Or, just check out the full-color online version below.


The booklet contains the full schedule for this semester, as well as information about the station, our social media presence, DJ training, and our upcoming fundraiser. This year's edition was lovingly created with original artwork by the WCBN Design Team: Kara, Maggie, Lilli, Victoria, Jeremiah, and Sarah.




WCBN Presents: Everybody Loves WCBN

WCBN kicks off 2018 with a full day of music at Canterbury House on Saturday, January 20, featuring student groups and DJ's from across campus! The lineup includes Yandere, Puppet Shark, Stunt Doubles, Ossi Music, Satan Face, Eight Carl, Cool Socks, and WCBN's very own Crush Collision DJ's. Admission is FREE and more information including set-times can be found on our Facebook event. We hope to see you there!

Special Event: Live Broadcast of Congressman John Lewis 11/27 7:00pm

John Lewis is a civil rights leader and an American politician, serving Georgia’s 5th district since 1987. A member of the Democratic party leadership, Lewis has served as Senior Chief Deputy Whip since 2003. Born the son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lewis’s childhood was filled with deeply inspirational moments, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. heard on radio broadcasts. As a college student, Lewis’s inspiration fueled his commitment to end legalized racial segregation; he was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won Lewis the admiration of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress. Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. Lewis co-wrote his story with his then-Congressional Aid, now Digital Director and Policy Advisor, Andrew Aydin, in the form of the graphic novel trilogy, MARCH (2013). The collaborative work is illustrated by New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Nate Powell.

Join us on Monday, November 27 at 7:00pm, right here on 88.3 WCBN-FM.

Above the Static Newsletter: November

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Our November newsletter is out! Read it online, and don't forget to subscribe for monthly updates on WCBN awesomeness.  


Above the Static 8 November


Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

The streets surrounding Royal Oak Music Theater in Detroit should have been empty on the chilly Monday night before Halloween but Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s show drew a large enough crowd to pack the sidewalks stretching between the parking structure and the theater.

Kurt Vile, originally from Philadelphia, released Walkin on a Pretty Daze in 2013. That same year, Courtney Barnett, from Melbourne, exploded into the music scene in with her EP How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose. Courtney and Kurt released their first single together “Over Everything” in late August and their album Lotta Sea Lice on October 13th. The album mashes American and Australian singer-songwriter styles and is Kurt’s seventh album and Courtney’s second.

Even though the duo mostly played new songs, the crowd bobbed their heads to them like they were old favorites. When one of the artists played an old favorite like “Dead Fox” or “Pretty Pimpin” the familiar tunes stole the show and turned the audience into a chorus of backup singers. They ended the encore with Courtney Barnett’s “Avant Gardener” whose witty lyrics and beautiful sound reminded us why she became such a sensation here in the States. - MB

Tonight: All-Female DJ Lineup at Club Above!

Crush Collision is a long-running WCBN specialty show in which DJs mix techno, house, and other electronic music genres live on Thursdays from 10 pm to 12 am. Recently, members of Michigan Electronic Music Collective (MEMCO), a University of Michigan student DJ organization, have been featured on the show. Since the start of the semester, four MEMCO student DJs have played guest mixes live from Production room A. The most recent mix features MEMCO's current president Laura (Lavici) and can be found on the organization's Mixcloud page linked below. Stay on the look out for more featured student DJs in the coming weeks, including a special rapid-fire back-to-back mixing session scheduled for November 30th. Outside of this new collaboration with WCBN, MEMCO organizes monthly "how to" DJ workshops and social mixing events. This Friday, November 3rd, MEMCO is also sponsoring an all-female DJ lineup at Club Above on Main Street. For more information, check out the MEMCO Facebook page linked below. 

 Mixcloud:https://www.mixcloud.com/memco/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/memcollective/

Dustin Payseur is a Lizard Person (And other reasons Beach Fossils is so cool)

Somersault, released in June, is Beach Fossils’ first venture into collective writing and recording, but you’d never know by listening to it. Venturing beyond the instantly classic sun-washed, surf-via-Brooklyn sound of frontman Dustin Payseur’s earlier releases, the album effortlessly incorporates new elements like strings, prominent brass, and even spoken word contributed by Cities Aviv to create an incredibly well-balanced record.

The collaborative energy doesn’t just stay on the album, Beach Fossils is clearly enjoying their tour, playing impromptu bits of Oasis, The Beach Boys and a few more during their set.  On stage and in our interview at the Loving Touch in Ferndale, Dustin, Tommy, and Jack were clearly ready to crack a few jokes and talk about what makes Beach Fossils so undeniably cool. Below is a transcript of our interview.

At WCBN [FM Ann Arbor: we put radio on the internet], we like to start things off with a light icebreaker.  Did Lee Harvey Oswald kill JFK, and why or why not?

Jack: I don’t think anybody will ever know.  Because I wasn’t even there, so like . . .

Dustin: Yeah, nobody will ever know, mysteries of the universe.

Lindsey (of Snail Mail): That’s like basically asking are you a conspiracy theorist


What’s your favorite conspiracy theory?

Dustin: That I’m a reptilian humanoid.

WCBN: Not just the New world order, but you in particular?

Dustin: Yeah yeah, like someone literally wrote a book [David Icke’s The Biggest Secret about how my family is reptilian humanoids.  Like my specific family.

WCBN: On that note, we should get actual questions in

Dustin: No these are more fun, everybody asks about the music but you can find that shit on Google in twelve seconds.

Jack: What’s your sign?


What is your sign?

Jack: Taurus.

Dustin: Aquarius, but I don’t believe in it.

Tommy: Peace. Choose love.

Dustin (using pentagram ring to melt pentagrams into ice cubes): This one’s gonna be so sick! The ice started bubbling up underneath it, look at that one!


We noticed some clout goggles on Instagram, who in the band has the most clout?

Dustin (immeditely): Me.

Jack: Clouty with a Chance of Meatballs.  

Tommy: I think it’d have to be . . .

Dustin: No it’s me.  I’m head clout master.

Tommy: Well here’s the thing, is that I have the most MySpace and Livejournal followers of the group.

WCBN: Okay but who has the most Datpiff followers?

Jack: Wait what’s Datpiff?

Dustin: It’s for mixtapes, it’s the s**t.  It’s sick.  There’s a lot of good s**t on Datpiff.

Tommy:  I’ve never heard of it.  Our clout’s too high, Datpiff’s beneath us.  We’re stratospheric, Datpiff’s down in the subterranean, we don’t frick with them.


What are your current phone backgrounds?

Dustin: Mine’s fire.  It’s a self-portrait. [It’s a plastic skull with a pretty metal black wig on it, both featured here] Pretty enchanting.

Jack: My outside one’s infinidog.  Then the inside is dick [shaped fishing] lures.  Like dicks, with hooks on them.

WCBN: Any experience using dick lures?

Jack: No, but I wish I could just like hang them on my wall.

Tommy: Mine is stock.  The aesthetic is Windows XP hillside sunlight Teletubbies background.


What’s your favorite meme of the moment?

Dustin: It changes every twenty seconds, but Post [Malone] memes.

WCBN: Post memes as in beyond memes? Postmodern memes?

Tommy: I think the next level is just going back to the first meme, the origin of that, and then the genuine humor you get from that is the second level of Post.  They’re gonna come back genuinely and that’s the new irony.  It’s always binary, it’s irony and then it becomes genuine and that’s the second level irony but then the odd number again of irony is going re-ironic.  You keep on going, it’s a binary situation, it oscillates.


So you all just got back from your European tour, how was that?

Jack: It was good, it was a long tour, like five weeks.  We went a lot of places, did a lot of things, I got punched in the face.

WCBN: Where and why?

Jack: In Amsterdam, I was just drunk and walking, he was on a Vespa with his friends.  They were trying to go through us all aggressively.  I got out of the way but I was like hey that’s crazy and I went like this [slapped] at the Vespa and he didn’t like that.  He was also like twice my height.  Cheap shot.

WCBN: So just a punch or the whole group got in on it?

Dustin: I would have but I wasn’t there.

Jack: Yeah we’re probably lucky he wasn’t there because he would’ve gone in on him.


If you could pick a name what would it be?

Jack: I wouldn’t want the name S**thouse.

Dustin: I could make any name work.

S**thouse: Your first name could be Privates.

Dustin: If Tommy could pick a name it’d be something really long, and it’d be like the thirteenth or something and it would sound super 1700s.  Or he would just say Chip or something.

My parents almost named me Thorne, I kind of wish they did it.

(Tommy walks back in)

Tommy: If I could pick a name that I didn’t want it’d be like either Jackson or Desabaesor. Be a leper of society.

Dustin: See?

--> Somersault is available on Bayonet, and Beach Fossils continues their Eastern US tour this October.  


Above the Static October Newsletter

Our October newsletter is out! Within is news about sports broadcasts, info about our new journalism show The J Word, the new Living Writers website, and more. Read it here



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