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WKDU celebrates 15 years of the Electronic Music Marathon

Rich Medina in WKDU’s studio | photo courtesy of WKDU

Drexel’s WKDU returns this year with its infamous annual Electronic Music Marathon, which brings an entire long weekend’s worth (over 80 hours!) of non-stop electronic music to the university radio station’s airwaves. Featuring a roster of over a hundred local DJs, this year’s event will run from Friday, October 5 through Monday, October 8. Continue reading →

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Dark Thoughts releases new tape recorded at WKDU

Dark Thoughts | via WKDU.org

Philly punk trio Dark Thoughts released a teaser of new music this week in the form of a live EP, recorded at Drexel University’s radio station, WKDU. Titled Dark Thoughts Live! on WKDU and recorded by Key contributor and WKDU host Yoni Kroll, the live EP contains four tracks split over the two sides. The live tracks are previews of Dark Thought’s upcoming sophomore album, Dark Thoughts at Work.  Continue reading →

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WKDU announces 14th annual Electronic Music Marathon

WKDU counts down the hours at EMM 2015 | Photo by John Vettese

College radio? Playing 86 straight hours of electronic music? Raising money for Philly AIDS Thrift? Yes, count us in. WKDU, the student-run radio station of Drexel University, has been throwing its annual Electronic Music Marathon for 14 years now, and this year’s event seems like the most ambitious yet. The marathon starts at noon on Friday, Oct. 6 and runs until midnight on Monday, Oct. 9. WKDU has chosen Philly AIDS Thrift as this year’s nonprofit partner; they’ll split the money raised during the event.

Over the past three marathons, WKDU has raised over $10,000 for charities including the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Village of Arts & Humanities, and Musicopia. You may be familiar with this year’s partner, Philly AIDS Thrift, from the quirky treasure trove that is their thrift store down on S. 5th Street. The nonprofit donates the store’s proceeds to several local organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Continue reading →

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Listen: Lady Alma spins classic house and R&B tracks on WKDU’s Hot Mix

 


Legendary vocalist Lady Alma hit the local airwaves last week, joining WKDU host Chris B on his Tuesday evening Hot Mix show. The West Philadelphia native live-riffed over some great house, R&B and funk tracks while highlighting a few favorites from her own catalog, like 2014’s “It’s House Music.” Between songs by Fela Kuti, D’Angelo and The Roots, Alma shared a new song she recorded with King Britt for his Sylk130 greatest hits album What Happened Was… called “Rise Up” (learn more about Britt’s project here).

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Check out this cool find from WKDU: The Black Experience live at Kim Graves Nightclub, 1978

The Black Experience on WKDU master tapes | Photo via WKDU’s Communique

WKDU recently stumbled along some pretty interesting recordings back in February. After digging into their archives and searching through mounds of tapes that had “completely disintegrated into a pile of dust and polymer goo,” a DJ found a recording of jazz funk band The Production performing at the Kim Graves nightclub from late 1978. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Maceo Parker at Ardmore Music Hall, Thief, Steal Me a Peach at Kung Fu Necktie, Xiu Xiu at First Unitarian Church and more

 

Maceo Parker | photo by Philip Ducap | courtesy of the artist
Maceo Parker | photo by Philip Ducap | courtesy of the artist

Maceo Parker is a one-of-a-kind performer, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t willing to borrow from the best. Playing saxophone in bands with both George Clinton and James Brown provided a pretty solid basis for how to get a crowd going and Parker has used this experience, as well as his own long solo career, to put together one of the most energized and exciting live performances going. Parker will be at Ardmore Music Hall tonight alongside Philly-natives Rugby Road; click here for more info. Continue reading →

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Listen to some awesome DJ sets from WKDU’s Electronic Music Marathon

DJ Cosmo Baker, DJ Matthew Law and King Britt chat after their sets in the WKDU Lounge | Photo by John Vettese
DJ Cosmo Baker, DJ Matthew Law and King Britt chat after their sets in the WKDU Lounge | Photo by John Vettese

WKDU held its annual Electronic Music Marathon from October 9th through October 12th. The event was a 78 hour, nonstop DJ curated radio-thon bringing together a diverse group of some of the best DJ talent in Philly to raise money for Philadelphia Mural Arts & WKDU. Over 40 DJ sets from the EMM have been posted to WKDU’s Soundcloud. Continue reading →

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There are 60 hours left in WKDU’s Electronic Music Marathon and they’re going to be incredible

EMM 2015 | via wkdu.xyz
EMM 2015 | via wkdu.xyz

Do you like to dance? Then cancel your weekend plans, call out of work on Monday, turn down the lights and turn up Drexel’s student-run station WKDU. They’re 18 hours into their 12th annual Electronic Music Marathon, it’s only noon, and the beats are fierce. Last night Joe Patatucci from Data Garden played music from plants (really) for two hours, with Foreign Affairs following for two hours in the late night. Right now, Kevin Rucker is wrapping a set of bright and beautiful house jams. Tomorrow sees celeb sets from Spank RockDev 79, and Jack DeezlContinue reading →

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12th Annual Electronic Music Marathon will feature talented Philadelphia-area DJs (and one of them could be you)

 

@djphsh bringing the grooves #2014EMM #sickshoes

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75 hours of electronic music brought to you by live DJs may seem crazy, but that is exactly what our friends at WKDU plan to do for the 12th Annual Electronic Music Marathon, and they may need your help. Continue reading →

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Watch Fugazi rage at a WKDU band bash circa 1991

Flyer for Fugazi's March 2, 1991 Philly show
Flyer for Fugazi’s March 2, 1991 Philly show

Here’s an incredible bit of Throwback Thursday action for you: iconic DC post-hardcore outfit Fugazi played a show at the Creese Student Center on Drexel’s campus in March of 1991, and thanks to a tweet from WKDU this morning, I’ve stumbled across a treasure trove of YouTube videos from the show – as well as a recording of it over at the Dischord Records website. Continue reading →