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WPRB Princeton 103.3 FM

The Freeform Pathogen

Mar 29, 2023 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM


With Mike Lupica

Freeform radio for creative weirdos and deskbound dreamers. A sonic one-stop for Acid Dub, Beardo Bhangra, Micro-Folk Turntablism, Krautdrone, Cambodian Synthwave, Glam Pop, Art-Damaged Metal, Electro-Stoner Jazz, Proto Soul-Punk, DIY Hip-Hop, Psychedelic EDM, Minimalist Power Violence, Pre-Hipster NYC Weirdcore, and Afro-Hillbilly Futurism. Up and down this goddam dial since 1992.

Seitan on a Stick


My kid took this picture for her school photography club.
My first thought was "Wow, that's great! It almost looks like blood vessels."
My second thought was: "Is this a good time to talk about Norwegian Black Metal with a 13 year old?"

Refresh this page to see the most recently played songs. All are welcome to join the rest of WPRB's Wednesday Night Pit Crew in the chat. Everyone's cool there. Lots of crackin' wise, but no haters.

Social media is a black hole of bullshit and I've been much happier since I deleted Instagram, Twitter, etc. I've been finding Mastodon a totally refreshing change and encourage you to give it a shot. No ads, no algorithms, and no racist chowderheads. (I mean, I assume they're around, but Mastodon's policies are far more progressive than the "both sides" horseshit that Musk, Zuck, and their ilk insist upon, so they get booted pretty quickly.) Overall, I've found a diverse community of cool folks there who are interested in learning about and supporting one another's creative endeavors. I use the platform to talk about WPRB and community radio in general, but a lot of other things as well. You can find and follow me with this link.

But enough about that. Lots of great new records in the bins tonight. Thanks for hangin' out, we're here until 11 PM.

The Freeform Pathogen
8:01 PM
U.S. Girls - Only Daedalus
U.S. Girls Only Daedalus N
Bless This Mess 4AD 2023
8:09 PM
The Van Pelt - Love is Brutal
The Van Pelt Love is Brutal N
Artisans & Merchants Gringo Records 2023
8:16 PM
Lalalar - Hata Benim Göbek Adim
Lalalar Hata Benim Göbek Adim N
Bi Cinnete Bakar Bongo Joe 2022
8:21 PM
Bar Italia - Nurse!
Bar Italia Nurse! N
(Digital Single) 2023
8:24 PM
The Art Ensemble of Chicago - Thème de Yoyo
The Art Ensemble of Chicago Thème de Yoyo
"Les Stances À Sophie" Pathé 1970
8:33 PM
Elton John - Where to Now St. Peter?
Elton John Where to Now St. Peter?
Tumbleweed Connection (Remastered) EMI 1970
8:46 PM
Set Break: ----------------------------------------------------
8:46 PM
The Nomads - Lowdown Shakin' Chills
The Nomads Lowdown Shakin' Chills
Outburst What Goes On 1984
8:50 PM
Flaming Fire - Gun Through A Razor
Flaming Fire Gun Through A Razor
Surge and Burn 2xLP Cuniglius 2014
8:53 PM
CIVIC - Taken By Force
CIVIC Taken By Force N
Taken By Force ATO Records 2023
8:56 PM
Ibex Clone - All Channels Clear
Ibex Clone All Channels Clear N
All Channels Clear Goner 2023
9:02 PM
The Storm Bugs - Table Matters
The Storm Bugs Table Matters N
Best Before 2027 2023
9:04 PM
Richard Dawson - The Tip of an Arrow
Richard Dawson The Tip of an Arrow N
The Ruby Cord Weird World 2022
9:14 PM
Michael Moorcock's Deepsix - Starcruiser
Michael Moorcock's Deepsix Starcruiser
7" Flicknife 1980
9:17 PM
Death Valley Girls - California Mountain Shake
Death Valley Girls California Mountain Shake N
Islands in the Sky Suicide Squeeze Records 2023
9:21 PM
Les Thugs - Rester Debout
Les Thugs Rester Debout
Tout Doit Disparaître PIAS 2014
9:25 PM
B.A.L.L. - Favorite Day
B.A.L.L. Favorite Day
Period (Another American Lie) Shimmy Disc 1987
9:29 PM
NoMeansNo - Dark Ages
NoMeansNo Dark Ages
Small Parts Isolated & Destroyed LP Alternative Tentacles 1988
9:33 PM
Set Break: ----------------------------------------------------
9:44 PM
Dead Moon - Walking on My Grave
Dead Moon Walking on My Grave N
Echoes of the Past Arena Rock Records 2023
9:47 PM
Dead Moon - Running Scared
Dead Moon Running Scared N
Echoes of the Past Arena Rock Records 2023
9:51 PM
Dead Moon - A Miss of You
Dead Moon A Miss of You N
Echoes of the Past Arena Rock Records 2023
9:53 PM
Dead Moon - Destination X
Dead Moon Destination X N
Echoes of the Past Arena Rock Records 2023
9:56 PM
Dead Moon - Johnny's Got a Gun
Dead Moon Johnny's Got a Gun N
Echoes of the Past Arena Rock Records 2023
10:00 PM
Dead Moon - Poor Born
Dead Moon Poor Born N
Echoes of the Past Arena Rock Records 2023
10:02 PM
Set Break: ----------------------------------------------------
10:05 PM
Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth for Christ Choir - Nobody Knows
Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth for Christ Choir Nobody Knows
Like a Ship (Without a Sail) Numero Group 2017
10:12 PM
Alan Vega - Be Bop A Lula
Alan Vega Be Bop A Lula N
Live at Rockpalast 1982 Play Loud! 2023
10:18 PM
Moss Icon - Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly
Moss Icon Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly N
Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly (Anniversary Edition) Temporary Residence Ltd. 2023
Re-up, orig. 1994
10:28 PM
Witness K - Scream Across the Low Fence
Witness K Scream Across the Low Fence N
S/T Ever/Never 2023
10:32 PM
The Chantays - Pipeline
The Chantays Pipeline N
A Dawning Sun Sundazed 2023
Orig. 1962
10:34 PM
Dry Cleaning - Hot Penny Day
Dry Cleaning Hot Penny Day N
Swampy EP 4AD 2023
Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul remix
10:39 PM
Ky - The Dancer
Ky The Dancer N
Power is the Pharmacy Constellation 2023
10:44 PM
Ivan the Tolerable - Memory
Ivan the Tolerable Memory
Black Water/Brown Earth Up In Her Room 2023
Chat is archived.
richard lyons :) 8:02:44 PM
Well, well, well...Hello!
Commie Francis ☭ 8:05:35 PM
Mike Lupica (host) 8:06:18 PM
In my memory, I swear they were called El DeBarge, which I guess would be "The The Barge"
Space Cowboy 8:06:53 PM
Jon Solomon 8:07:19 PM
El DeBarge is the singer for DeBarge.
Jon Solomon 8:07:32 PM
Eldra Patrick DeBarge.
Mike Lupica (host) 8:07:39 PM
Isn't that Debarge UK?
Jon Solomon 8:08:30 PM
I think they call barges "lorries."
Mike Lupica (host) 8:08:38 PM
3 pointer
Jon Solomon 8:09:26 PM
From the top of the key for 3 -- Villain!
Jon Solomon 8:10:14 PM
I keep forgetting to check out this Van Pelt record, so I am glad you're playing something from it Mike.
Mike Lupica (host) 8:11:49 PM
Only half-listened so far, but this song moved me big time. Sounds absolutely nothing like their old stuff, and given the 25-ish year break between them, I consider that a good thing.
Jon Solomon 8:13:05 PM
I think Jeff Zeigler recorded the record and it has a certain unexpected "Philly sound" to it.
Mike Lupica (host) 8:13:57 PM
I dunno who that is, but I'm glad to hear that Chris Leo's voice finally changed.
Space Cowboy 8:14:44 PM
Dude it's never a good time to talk to a 13 yes old about norwegian black metal
Mike Lupica (host) 8:15:32 PM
Space Cowboy, don't worry -- my good taste and tip-top parenting instincts prevailed.
Space Cowboy 8:16:13 PM
As I would have guessed
Mike Lupica (host) 8:18:05 PM
Modern Anatolian rock sounds on the deck presently. Terrified that I'm going to get a cease and desist email from Captain Ahab.
Ambrose Hughes 8:22:16 PM
Howdy Mike!
Mike Lupica (host) 8:22:35 PM
Welcome back, Ambrose!
Pete Trenham 8:24:22 PM
Here! What are we doing tonight?
Ambrose Hughes 8:24:39 PM
Thought I'd barge in!😉
Mike Lupica (host) 8:25:39 PM
Pete, no idea yet but I've brought a table saw, a sack of onions, three sticks of dynamite, and some HDMI cables.
Brian D 8:25:53 PM
Brian D 8:26:08 PM
Big thumbs up . All 5 of them
Mike Lupica (host) 8:26:37 PM
It's been a while since I've played this. Luckily remembered that it needed an FCC edit.
Kelly Nielsen 8:27:14 PM
Oh yeah! Loved The Art Ensemble track last week.
Space Cowboy 8:27:58 PM
Yeah this swings ...
Mike Lupica (host) 8:28:29 PM
Oh yeah, I DID play them last week! Different song, at least. (DJ wipes sweat from brow, walks quickly from booth...)
Brian D 8:29:48 PM
For more of this vibe, 2 GREAT comps: "Soul of a Nation; Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power" and "Soul of a Nation 2; Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher ". No can lose
Ossy 8:29:49 PM
Jon Solomon 8:30:12 PM
I love this.
Kelly Nielsen 8:30:38 PM
Very different song but so great
Brian D 8:32:04 PM
This track leads off Vol 2 of Soul of a Nation
Mike Lupica (host) 8:32:33 PM
I know the comp you mean, Brian, and indeed, it's all killer/no filler.
Brian D 8:34:55 PM
Recent great finds for the Wed Eve and other fine people: " As-Shams Archive Vol. 1- South African Jazz, Funk & Soul 1975-1982"
Space Cowboy 8:36:33 PM
Great elton john song/ album - befoy giant sparkly elton came to be
Brian D 8:36:36 PM
The Free Music - Free Music (Part 1) - Libyan funk from the 70s-80s
Space Cowboy 8:36:44 PM
Brian D 8:38:47 PM
Dennis Alcapone & Lizzy - Soul to Soul; DJs Choice - Roots, deep reverb, lo fi Reggae - 70s I believe
Brian D 8:39:39 PM
(The Free Music is Habibi Funk 021 btw)
jimboo 8:47:52 PM
Fourteen Litigious Deejays
Alan Pasnyk 8:48:13 PM
Hellooo Pit crew...Late to the party, should've taken the radio into the shower...
Mike Lupica (host) 8:51:14 PM
Alan! Jimbo! Welcome.
Mike Lupica (host) 8:52:08 PM
Now please dress in these ceremonial robes, drink this wine out of a sheep's horn, and get old and die to the sound of this Flaming Fire song.
Alan Pasnyk 8:53:05 PM
Loved that Elton John Track...and commentary...
Pete Trenham 9:01:31 PM
Ibex Clones. Thumbs up!
Mike Lupica (host) 9:02:17 PM
Agree, Pete. Loved that one!
Mike Lupica (host) 9:04:05 PM
By the way, for those who enjoyed last week's self-indulgence, I think we will have another "Dead Moon O'Clock" later on in the show.
jimboo 9:05:10 PM
Does the Barge have all the requisite permits? NJ Water Supply Authority? D&R Canal Commission? Weights & Measures? Pre- and Post-Historic Preservation?
Ambrose Hughes 9:06:31 PM
Mike Lupica (host) 9:06:46 PM
No, but it is certified by the NJ Department of Rickety Staircases, and has been officially recognized by the International Consortium on the Shittiness Of Single Pane Glass Windows Commission.
Mike Lupica (host) 9:07:18 PM
Ambrose, I am in LOVE with this album. Wait for the kicker part... you can tell the collab he did with Circle last year made a lasting impression on him.
Mike Lupica (host) 9:07:39 PM
jimboo 9:09:10 PM
Dead Moon O'Clock is a full hour, RIGHT?
jimboo 9:10:01 PM
Ok, all permits appear to be in order.
Ambrose Hughes 9:10:24 PM
It's been gradually growing on me Mike, I think Circle toured with him throughout Europe last year!
Mike Lupica (host) 9:11:33 PM
So wish I'd seen that. Watching Circle videos on YouTube is a nasty habit I developed during lockdown. And I've seen them live (in person) twice.
Mike Lupica (host) 9:12:04 PM
Jimbo, WE SHALL SEE. I'm planning to milk this all the way through the next fundraiser.
jimboo 9:12:05 PM
I am up to my neck in Circle...I hope I never Finnish their catalogue.
Mike Lupica (host) 9:12:18 PM
Ambrose Hughes 9:12:25 PM
Mike Lupica (host) 9:13:04 PM
If I had plastic elf ears, I would be wearing them right now.
Ambrose Hughes 9:13:09 PM
Bad pun bad pun!
Ambrose Hughes 9:13:29 PM
JK jimboo!🤗
jimboo 9:13:35 PM
Why did I just get early Judas Priest vibes?
jimboo 9:13:49 PM
Yeooo Bo!
Mike Lupica (host) 9:14:19 PM
Oh I hear it.
Ambrose Hughes 9:14:38 PM
@Mike you mean you don't own at least ONE pair!?!
Mike Lupica (host) 9:16:02 PM
Jimbo, some similarities to "Victim of Changes", for sure.
Mike Lupica (host) 9:16:15 PM
Jimbo, I'm sure my wife does. I can ask to borrow.
jimboo 9:16:22 PM
lordy this is gooood
Ambrose Hughes 9:16:34 PM
Nice segue!
Mike Lupica (host) 9:16:35 PM
Amrose, I'm sure my wife does. I can ask to borrow.
Mike Lupica (host) 9:16:56 PM
What's the name of the Moorcock book that everyone read in 8th grade?
Ambrose Hughes 9:17:31 PM
Um ...I was sick that year.
jimboo 9:17:46 PM
there must be a hawkwind/nik turner connection here
Mike Lupica (host) 9:18:28 PM
Very perceptive, Jimbo. Turner plays on that record!
Alan Pasnyk 9:18:54 PM
Starcruiser to Death Valley...Smooooth!
Ambrose Hughes 9:19:09 PM
No flies on you jimboo!👀
Ambrose Hughes 9:20:04 PM
😍Death Valley Girls!
Ossy 9:20:31 PM
Death Valley, the deadly scorching desert!
Alan Pasnyk 9:20:51 PM
..Add it to the "must have" list..
Colin 9:22:32 PM
ambrose, you just triggered a memory of boy scout summer camp where we used to chant to other troops, 'there ain't no flies on us, there ain't no flies on us, there might be flies on some of you guys but there ain't no fliea on us"
jimboo 9:26:52 PM
did everyone survive Colin? Sounds very Lord of the Flies-ish
Ambrose Hughes 9:27:22 PM
@Colin, Hello! 😝😝😝
jimboo 9:27:29 PM
errrrrrybody SHIMMY disc, now
Ossy 9:28:48 PM
I know a boy named Colin from Zelda that survived a monstrous warlord
Pete Trenham 9:29:13 PM
I do miss Kramer.
Colin 9:29:47 PM
ossy, i do have those types of days.
Colin 9:31:38 PM
i had shimmy disc some tapes that lived in car and got played till they disintegrated.
Mike Lupica (host) 9:31:38 PM
Wait, what happened to Kramer?
Mike Lupica (host) 9:31:54 PM
Everybody Bongwater.
Mike Lupica (host) 9:32:20 PM
Everybody When People Were Shorter And Lived Near the Water.
Mike Lupica (host) 9:32:35 PM
Everybody First GWAR LP.
Andrew Gruen 9:32:50 PM
Mike Lupica (host) 9:33:27 PM
So funny to remember that GWAR really did come out of the kooky NYC performance art scene.
Colin 9:34:08 PM
i first picked up that gwar tape when they played revival, still have it.
jimboo 9:36:50 PM
Everybody Soul Discharge by Boredoms on SHIMMY
Alan Pasnyk 9:38:04 PM
Radioactivity turns paper yellow...
Ossy 9:42:28 PM
How do you lose a knight or samurai sword?
Alan Pasnyk 9:43:13 PM
It happens if you come from a large family..
Ambrose Hughes 9:43:48 PM
Mike! It's where you left your giant elf ears.
Dennnisons 9:44:09 PM
I never read Michael Moorcock, but the Stormbringer cover looks familiar.
Colin 9:45:11 PM
somewhere out there in new jersey somebody is gonna find that sword and giant elf ears and become the chosen one.
richard lyons :) 9:45:18 PM
ding, ding, ding!
jimboo 9:45:38 PM
Yesssssssss 💀🌒🌘🌗🌖🌕🌔🌓🌑
Andrew Gruen 9:45:44 PM
my box set showed up monday! 🌛
Alan Pasnyk 9:45:54 PM
"Beekeeping for Beginners" by Michael Moore?
Colin 9:46:01 PM
they'll probably be listening to this song when it happens
Andrew Gruen 9:46:23 PM
so much fun swag
Ambrose Hughes 9:47:13 PM
@Colin, Haha! No doubt.
richard lyons :) 9:49:15 PM
That's so cool, Andrew!
Kelly Nielsen 9:58:25 PM
Waaaaaay late but that Ibex Clone track was awesome
Mike Lupica (host) 9:59:08 PM
@Kelly, agree -- I dunno squat about 'em, but I'll be digging deeper into that record this week for sure.
Mike Lupica (host) 9:59:29 PM
Also, Toody is the coolest. Fight me IRL.
jimboo 10:00:08 PM
this sounds gooooood...did they remaster any of this?
Mike Lupica (host) 10:00:41 PM
Is it possible to remaster mud from dirt?
Ossy 10:00:55 PM
Background music, as viewing Cobra Kai
Ambrose Hughes 10:01:51 PM
Sounds like a slightly peeved Roky Erikson!
richard lyons :) 10:02:47 PM
Such a goooooood set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike Lupica (host) 10:06:39 PM
Ossy 10:09:27 PM
Take us to motown church!!
Mike Lupica (host) 10:10:00 PM
As I often say, if the music at the church I grew up going to had sounded like this, I might actually believe in god.
Ossy 10:15:12 PM
Mike Lupica (host) 10:15:38 PM
I am humbled to say that I was fortunate enough to book an Alan Vega show in Brooklyn many years ago and can confirm that her 100% sounds like this all the time.
Mike Lupica (host) 10:15:48 PM
Mike Lupica (host) 10:16:55 PM
He is (well, was) a walking Gene Vincent cover who's using 80% of what he's made of to keep Hell's hoardes locked behind the gates.
Ambrose Hughes 10:17:29 PM
WEIRD! As I read that my speakers just went on the blink!😳🤔
richard lyons :) 10:24:06 PM
Loving this Moss Icon!
jimboo 10:24:50 PM
Mike Lupica (host) 10:25:52 PM
Haven't listened to this in ages. Super weird to hear it again. I was the world's worst and least-committed hardcore kid, but even in hindsight, some of the stuff my generation kicked out under that banner was pretty righteous.
Mike Lupica (host) 10:26:56 PM
Or at least, headier than your garden variety moshathon gunk.
Mike Lupica (host) 10:28:06 PM
Also, jeez. The Van Pelt and Moss Icon in the same radio show. "Mike, 1995 is calling, says something about you being an asshole with a stupid haircut?"
Andrew Gruen 10:28:19 PM
Jonathan Vance was a different breed than every other hardcore singer
Alan Pasnyk 10:28:54 PM
"We are, as the private parts of the gods; they play with us!" - Black Adder
Mike Lupica (host) 10:31:24 PM
@Andrew, agree. Although I always considered Moss Icon sort of adjacent to Born Against, he really had a unique style that I think most of those ABC no RIO bands not-so-secretly envied.
richard lyons :) 10:36:36 PM
disco pickle
jimboo 10:36:36 PM
disco pickle
jimboo 10:36:44 PM
richard lyons :) 10:36:58 PM
Mike Lupica (host) 10:37:02 PM
Disco Pickle... isn't that always the way.
Chef Emeril Lagasse 🍳 10:37:45 PM
what's the chat consensus on favorite kind of pickle?
jimboo 10:37:49 PM
gonna try that pet name on my boss and see what happens
jimboo 10:38:00 PM
garlic half sours all the way
Mike Lupica (host) 10:38:29 PM
Chef, I think any answer other than "Disco Pickle" is gonna be an uphill climb at this point.
Dennnisons 10:38:38 PM
Hitting bed, I was in a lousy mood today, but the Dead Moon set cheered me up. Thanks, Mike!
Ambrose Hughes 10:38:38 PM
NOT the one I'm in!👀
Mike Lupica (host) 10:39:05 PM
My wife's uncle makes 'em... we get a jar every year at Christmas, which I promptly devour. Super spicy, super delish.
Mike Lupica (host) 10:39:13 PM
Right on, Dennisons!
Mike Lupica (host) 10:44:27 PM
May have saved the best track for last. Ivan the Tolerable will take us out tonight.
Mike Lupica (host) 10:44:57 PM
Listened to this for the first time late last night. This song is a VIBE.
richard lyons :) 10:46:26 PM
Thanks for the show, Mike! Got a few new bookmarks to investigate! Cheers disco pickles!
Ambrose Hughes 10:46:30 PM
I will tolerate this song very much.
Ambrose Hughes 10:47:09 PM
G'night richard!
Mike Lupica (host) 10:47:25 PM
Right on, glad to hear it Richard. Happy hunting!
Alan Pasnyk 10:47:53 PM
Mike: Nice wrap to a great show, Take care! bcnu
Ossy 10:49:03 PM
Nice bar/lounge jazz
jimboo 10:49:06 PM
e x o t i c a
Andrew Gruen 10:51:46 PM
i could listen to this song for hours
Ambrose Hughes 10:52:07 PM
Where's the waiter with my Singapore Sling?
jimboo 10:52:23 PM
i'm right behind you, Sir
Ambrose Hughes 10:53:26 PM
Why ...thank you jimboo!😜
Chef Emeril Lagasse 🍳 10:53:48 PM
i've gotta go with sweaty deli pickle spears tucked underneath greasy paper under french fries and a burger in a takeout container
jimboo 10:54:43 PM
steamy disco pickle
Colin 10:55:12 PM
ambose beat me too it, but I tolerated that track as well.
Alan Pasnyk 10:55:39 PM
Music to calm the nerves while finishing up the wiring on The Barge..
TAndy 10:56:43 PM
huge thanks for the show tonight, mike!
Colin 10:57:51 PM
tanks mike!
TAndy 10:57:58 PM
DeBarge >:)
Chef Emeril Lagasse 🍳 10:58:00 PM
Alan Pasnyk 10:58:23 PM
Bring Duct Tape...
TAndy 10:58:33 PM
And vicegrips & wd-40
jimboo 10:58:48 PM
webcam YES
Ambrose Hughes 10:58:59 PM
Andrew Gruen 10:59:16 PM
goodnight barge captain
jimboo 10:59:19 PM
we need head mount cam with 360 degree barge tour
Ambrose Hughes 10:59:34 PM
TOP Show Mike, thank you!
Mike Lupica (host) 11:01:15 PM
See y'all next week!
Chef Emeril Lagasse 🍳 11:02:50 PM