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2015 Earth Day Music Festival (4/18)

Friday, April 17th, 2015
Fuck yeah, Earth!

Fuck yeah, Earth!

This year’s annual Earth Day Music Festival, sponsored by EAC, WSPN, SEC, and Lively Lucy’s, is this Saturday, April 18th, out on South Green. There will be food, including Chipotle (!!) and–most importantly–a killer lineup of bands. Here’s a quick breakdown:

12:00pm – Rim Joe and the Boys (Battle of the Bands winner!)
12:45pm – Modern Vices
1:45pm – Free Cake for Every Creature
2:15pm – Evolfo Doofeht
3:30pm – Quarterbacks
4:20pm – Future of What
5:15pm – TOPS
6:00pm – YACHT

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WSPN Big Meeting (2/2)

Sunday, February 1st, 2015
The coolest logo for the coolest club.

The coolest logo for the coolest club.

You’ve heard the rumors, and they’re true. The esteemed position of WSPN radio show host just might be yours for the taking. Lots of guts. Lots of glory. Lots of cred among the Clark’s-wearing, undercut-sporting demigod(desse)s.

If any of this has some ounce of appeal to you, then go to the WSPN Big Meeting tomorrow night at 8pm in Gannett. Swing on by, meet the WSPN board members, and snag an application for a radio show this semester. Look into this shit now, because I’m pretty sure they dish out the good time slots based on seniority–and it’s much better to have a 4am time-slot your freshman year than your senior year when you actually start listening to good music. So start working your way up now, noob scum.

What’s that? You don’t like the shit they play on WSPN? Well, get a show and change that! Play your music! Be the meaningless change you want to see in the world.

WSPN Halloween Show: The Sons and Heirs & Batman Nosebleed

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
You know what's real spooky? The lyrics to "Unhappy Birthday."

You know what’s real spooky? The lyrics to “Unhappy Birthday.”

Tonight at 8:00pm, WSPN will host their annual Halloween Show in Falstaff’s. This year’s bill will feature Skidmore band Batman Nosebleed, who will be donning the costumes of indie royalty, playing a Radiohead cover seat.

Formerly known by the so-bad-it’s-good name “Chromatic Breakdown,” they’ll be opening for NYC-based Smiths cover band The Son and Heirs, about whom The Daily Beast wrote “The Smiths will never re-form…so for most fans, The Sons & Heirs are the closest they will ever get.” In other words, it’s like seeing The Smiths live without having to, well, see The Smiths live, which is kind of nice, because these days Morrissey is really just a pretentious asshat with an insufferable Internet presence.

There will also be a costume contest with highly-coveted prizes like Uncommon and Pizza 7 gift cards. And free Esperanto’s. So fuck this indie red side bullshit, because you know this is worth going to just for that.

But really, the folks at WSPN don’t host shows often, but when they do, they always make quality picks for their headliners. Plus Batman Nosebleed is sounding smoooooth these days. So kick-off Halloweenmorethoughtmatters weekend in the best way possible: listening to solid covers of some great songs by two of the more influential bands of the past 30 years. (Pssst! Need guidance? We gotchoo.)

WSPN Big Meeting – 9/14 @ 8pm in Gannett

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Did someone say vinyl raffle?

Did someone say vinyl raffle?

Want to become a part of what The Princeton Review has consistently called the one of the best college radio stations* in the country? Do you think that the radio sucks and want to instill some sense of taste into our culture? Do you want to impress that one cool girl in your Scribner Seminar by landing a sweet radio show and then inviting her to join you in the studio to provide you company while you surf the lonely airwaves at 5am?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then go to WSPN‘s “Big Meeting” tomorrow (9/14) at 8:00pm in Gannett Auditorium. You’ll be able to hear more about the radio station and how to apply for a show, and this is the only opportunity you have to receive an application for fall semester season. There will also be a vinyl raffle. But you’ll have to buy your own record player, because we fucking know you don’t actually own one.

*While we at Skidmore Unofficial (like most level-headed people) don’t actually buy into any of the shit that “publications” like The Princeton Review peddles, it’s worth noting that WSPN produces fucking awesome work, and they actually got something right with this one.

WSPN Radio Show Featured in International Radio Festival

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

WSPN radio show Recess: with Spinelli featuring Alex Calder Spinelli has won the International Radio Festival’s award for “Best US/Canada Campus Radio Show” and was broadcast live in Switzerland (yeah, Switzerland) on September 5th as part of the 2014 IRF in Zurich.

This guy had his radio show streamed in Switzerland. What have you done lately?

This guy had his radio show streamed in Switzerland. What have you done lately?

Both Recess: with Spinelli and WSPN received positive reviews from the site, who wrote

WSPN is one few college radio stations in the US solely made and run by students. The station being on air 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, playing primarily Alternative Rock, is not only available on the campus of Skidmore College, but is also extremely popular among citizens of Saratoga Springs, New York. … In his show Spinelli presents new international and local music, interviews locally grown musicians and hosts exclusive live gigs straight out of the campus studios. We are looking forward to welcome the young, thoroughbred radio journalist in Zurich and introduce him to a worldwide audience.

Worldwide audience. Not fucking bad. Congratulations to Spinelli for making both WSPN and Skidmore proud. You can stream the most recent episode (along with previous episodes) here, and we suggest you do just that. The folks at WSPN do great work, so be sure to stay posted for more info on their fall season. And if you’re interested in joining the airwaves of WSPN, be sure to attend their big meeting next Sunday, September 14th.


Earth Day Promises Killer Musical Lineup feat. BADBADNOTGOOD

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Another Garrett Lloyd Evans design.  Kid is killing it.

Another Garrett Lloyd Evans design. Kid is killing it.

Skidmore’s annual Earth Day Festival brings together various clubs around campus to provide family-friendly “earth-centered activities” for the campus community to enjoy.  We already know about a clothing swap, an afternoon hike, free food, and a petting zoo featuring Lil’ Sebastian.  But best of all, WSPN and SEC team up to provide a killer lineup of bands to keep us entertained all day.  Check out the run down and get ready for what’s shaping up to be the best Earth Day Festival yet.


This Toronto-based trio has backed up Frank Ocean at Coachella 2012, performed live with Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler, the Creator, and has produced music for the RZA, Earl, and James Blake.  They’ve also been the most exciting thing happening in jazz for the last few years.  They combine hip hop, traditional jazz, and other elements in an exciting and modern way and put on shows that will make you ruckus.

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Porches. And Mugsy Boges @ Falstaff’s 3/20

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Courtesy of Garrett Evans

Courtesy of Garrett Evans

This Thursday at Falstaff’s Skidmore’s own Mugsy Boges will be opening up for Porches., a Brooklyn-based quintet predominantly powered Aaron Maine, who’s also the drummer of the band Frankie Cosmos.

Porches. has been making rumbles lately with their 2013 album “Slow Dance In The Cosmos,” a project that introduced many to their grit-layered way of wooing experimental, folk rock vibes and utterly inviting lyricism that begs rapid replays. Their calling it “moan pop” or “sad rock” and well, it’s sweet. Plus, uhh, Pitchfork says nice things about them, so, yeah.

Don’t miss this chance to see Porches. for free with Mugsy Boges and three dollar beers. That’s not a band, they’re just selling three dollar beers.



A Night With Ms. Diane: An Exclusive Interview with Shaun Fleming

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Given the amount of new music produced daily, it is rare to find an album that is prolific–that shines amongst a sea of lukewarm new releases. Diane Coffee creates a lust to hear more. The band’s debut album, My Friend Fish, pops open with a startling organ glissando: like a child running its fingers recklessly up a keyboard. The virgin listener doesn’t know how long the screech will last until a voice cues the band with a soft “1-2-3” towards a soothing Carole King-like comfy tempo, a background for a teeny-bop girl to sing her heart out.

Behind that voice is 26 year-old Shaun Fleming, playing underneath the moniker Diane Coffee. Fleming grew up in Agoura Hills, California but moved to New York last Fall, only to be welcomed by an empty apartment filled with no friends and the flu. Isolation served as inspiration and Diane Coffee was birthed. Fleming is on the rise, and it is best to watch out for Diane Coffee. Their debut album speaks for itself, and there’s no more need for Fleming’s fame as Foxygen’s drummer or even his childhood acting gigs on Kim Possible and Lilo and Stitch.

WSPN found time to interview Shaun Fleming in between sound check and an Izumi dinner prior to Diane Coffee’s performance at Skidmore College last Saturday, February 22nd. Skidmore Entertainment Committee funded the concert, and native band Los Elk opened. For those who didn’t attend- you missed out. The band comprised of Jared Walker (guitar), Emily Panic (bass), Steve Okonsi, (keyboard), and Joey Lefitz, (drums,) created a foreground for Fleming’s theatrical excitement. The band’s energy was palpable, generating a collective awe. They brightened up the funky black light lighting that is Falstaff’s. We talked about everything from high school music inspiration to soup, enjoy:

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WSPN Begins Springs Broadcast

Monday, February 10th, 2014

91.1FM, Skidmore College Radio, has begun their Spring broadcast. Below is a bootleg photo of the weekly line-up. Check for your friends, check for yourself, listen to your friends, listen to yourself.


WSPN, Bro.

WSPN, Man.

WSPN, Man.

Still Need a WSPN Show Application?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

This is an old logo.

Skidmore’s radio station, WSPN, decided to hold their semester kickoff meeting during Super Bowl XLVIII.  I’m not really sure how many people showed up, and I’m less sure how many Skidmore students know the game of football.  But fear not!  If you were like me and missed yesterday’s big meeting, you can still pick up an application in the WSPN office TONIGHT (Monday 2/3) from 7:00-8:30.  A note from the WSPN programmer, Lena Bilik…

Hi everyone,

Good turnout at the meeting tonight! Thank you so much to everyone who came out despite the Superbowl. We will be definitely considering that fact when we read through the applications this week.

But, if you couldn’t make it tonight we are allowing a second chance: tomorrow, Monday February 3, Gretchen and I will be in the radio station from 7pm – 830 pm. If you want to, come get an application from us then and we will fill you in (quickly) on what you missed at the meeting.

Remember, the applications are due on TUESDAY AT 6pm IN THE RADIO STATION no matter when you pick up the application. The program will be posted on Friday.

Note: we will be marking the applications that we receive tomorrow, and the people who came to the meeting tonight will be recognized for their commitment. Thanks guys!

It is actually important to come to the big meeting, we had some new information as well as crucial reminders that you will have missed if you didn’t come. That is why between 7 and 830 pm tomorrow will be the only time to get another application if you missed the meeting tonight. We usually don’t offer another chance to get these, but we did feel badly about the scheduling, so take advantage of it.

See some of you tomorrow!