speed dating w/ wkdu djs (pt.2)

a little bit of get-to-know-ya with the hosts of your favorite radio shows!


Alison Durham


SHOW NAME & SLOT: Dial Error, 12pm-1pm on Thursdays

TOP GENRES: punk, post-punk, folk

MOST RECENTLY ATTENDED CONCERT: Fleabite /Wet Nurse / Microsoft Saint / Missing Earth @ Glitter Galaxy

MOST RECENT LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT: ate a Wawa pumpkin muffin while typing and got grease/crumbs all up in my laptop!!


Esmail Hamidi


SHOW NAME & SLOT: I don’t do a show right now (because school is really hard and I’m trying to graduate owwwwwww) but over the summer, I do a show with Nick Stropko called Toilet Radio. You can check out our manifesto here: Toilet Radio: an UPDATED manifesto and my show archives/mixes here: Mixcloud .

– Long story short, its a philosophy. I always struggle to draw common threads between all the music I like. And alot of its on old records..

-I also produce sessions on http://wkdu.bandcamp.com, make silly station ID’s and fix broken stuff around here.

TOP GENRES: dub anything, weird 90’s rock, lofi disco

MOST RECENTLY ATTENDED CONCERT: Lena Willikens DJ at the Dolphin a couple weeks ago. Other than that, Cayetana and Weaves at PhilaMOCA back in August

MOST RECENT LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT: Getting too deep into Wikipedio instead of sleeping.

(HEADS UP (this is not part of this dj’s bio): WKDU is presenting a show on Saturday and Cayetana will be opening for PUP along with Chastity. Its going down this Saturday at Union Transfer)


James Friszell


SHOW NAME & SLOT: Cool Times and Sad Jams, Mondays 7-9pm

TOP GENRES: math rock, emo, punk


MOST RECENT LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT: I missed out on that Shannon Moser show. That looked cool.


speed dating with wkdu djs

Curious about the voices behind your favorite radio shows? Look no further… In this new blog segment, we’ll introduce you to a handful of WKDU DJs every week!


Jamila Payne

SHOW NAME & SLOT: Heart & Hustle Friday 4pm – 6pm
TOP GENRES: Classic Soul, Modern Soul and Afro Beats
MOST RECENTLY ATTENDED CONCERT: Judith Hill and Hiatus Kaiyote
MOST RECENT LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT: Leaving my keys in an Uber and going to pick them up from the driver who was on stage singing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” on Karoke night at TGI Friday’s


Jordan Pyle
SHOW NAME & SLOT: Poltergeist, Mondays 1-3pm
TOP GENRES: rock, punk, experimental
MOST RECENTLY ATTENDED CONCERT: Japanese Breakfast at Everybody Hits
MOST RECENT LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT: brought compost bin into a clothing store without realizing that it smelled like a compost bin…
Matt “Sunny” Sundal
SHOW NAME & SLOT: Sundown Lounge, Sundays 6-8pm
TOP GENRES: electronic, noise rock, hip-hop, experimental stuf
MOST RECENT LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT: I’d rather not say, but another one is buying 3 festival tickets without regard for my other life expenses.
Chris Burrell
SHOW NAME & SLOT: Hot Mix, Tuesday 10pm-12am
TOP GENRES: house, techno, disco
MOST RECENTLY ATTENDED CONCERT: Lena Willikens at the Dolphin… she plays weird powerful dancey music while effortlessly chain-smoking cigarettes… I was in awe.
MOST RECENT LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT: turning the shower on when the curtain wasn’t inside and flooding my hotel room.

The Week’s New Music Highlights

Joyride! from their Bandcamp page

Some of the best musicians from a year or two ago are coming back around.

Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas’s new song, “Brickwall,” is one of his best yet. If it sounds familiar, it may be from his fantastic 2015 shows. His album Changer follows up 2015’s amazing All Are Saved, and is out January 20, 2017 on Polyvinyl. More info can be found at the Fader

Continue reading “The Week’s New Music Highlights”

Meshuggah Is Coming To Tear Philly Apart


— by Ebonie Butler

What’s up, ‘KDU kids?  Ebonie from Metal & Coffee here. If you haven’t heard already, Sweden’s finest Meshuggah are set to stop by the Trocadero Theatre on November 4th to wreck havoc on your not-so-innocent eardrums. These extreme metalists have been around since 1987 so if you are a metalhead and have not heard of them, that’d be kind of strange. But for the not-so-familiar and generally willing to have their cherry obliterated… here’s the scoop.

Meshuggah just released their 8th full-length album, The Violent Sleep of Reason, on Nuclear Blast records and they remain closely honed into the intensity and chaos that alone pioneered the djent-ish standard of mainstream metal today.

The first album I heard by them was Catch Thirtythree (yeah, I know. Late to the party) and opening track ‘Autonomy Lost’ threw me into an instant love affair with machinic prog-metal.  

Not to mention that High On Fire is supporting them on this tour… a lineup that has caused many metalheads to climax simply off the thought.

So make sure to get your ticket for the show here and I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

And listen into Metal & Coffee [+ other metal shows] for a ticket giveaway!

Punk Turns 40: The Buzzcocks at TLA

Maren Larsen

If the Buzzcocks were a person, that person would be right on schedule to hit its midlife crisis. It might buy a shiny car or quit its job and burn all its ties. Or maybe it would go on an international tour for its 40th birthday, just to prove it can still rock and rage.

Their most recent album, The Way, which premiered in May of 2014, contains “People Are Strange Machines”: a tune I would rate in their top ten. The opening track, “Keep On Believing,” has the kind of restless, unstoppable energy that only a bunch of perpetually angry, aging British punks could muster.

The Buzzcocks will be playing at Theater of the Living Arts Friday September 30, presented by yours truly and your fellow punks from WKDU. It’s a good venue for loud noise, and despite several rotations of band members and various breakups and reunions over the years, the Buzzcocks haven’t lost their good vibrations. I hope to see you there.

7 Reasons to Get Up and Go the New Alternative Music Festival


The New Alternative Music Festival (NAMF) is September 16-18 in Asbury Park, NJ. Running by Don Giovanni Records, NAMF is a one-time event meant to be an alternative to the obstacles and backwards thinking presented the music industry. The result is a diverse lineup spread across three days, with no overlapping set times.  It’s one of the most significant musical events of the past several of years. Continue reading “7 Reasons to Get Up and Go the New Alternative Music Festival”