The Rockology

Monday 9:00AM - 10:00AM

2005- Present
Welcome to The Rockology’s very own page. I know it’s crazy. Anyways I’m Peter Kreten and I am the host of The Rockology, Your Education of Rock n’ Roll. On the Rockology we play a lot of indie underground music such as: “NewVillagers, William Elliott Whitmore, Murder by Death, The Weeknd, and Los Campesinos!” to classic tracks from “The Beatles, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, and R.E.M.”. You really get a little bit of everything on the Rockology, which is the beauty of College Radio. College Radio isn’t concerned about ratings or commercials. It is all about the music. We also recommend listening to vinyl whenever possible. So if you are looking for you new favorite band or just want to reconnect with an old favorite, The Rockology is the show for you.

William Elliott Whitmore Live in Studio

On Friday June 19th, the one and only William Elliott Whitmore visited the WXAV studios for a very special interview. Will discusses his new album Radium Death, college radio, who he would fight in a steel cage, and so much more. You don’t want to miss this!!!

The Conjuring Arts Research Research Center and Harry Houdini

Peter Kreten is joined on the phone with William Kalush, the executive director of the Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York City, and author of The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero.In this interview Kreten and Kalush discuss Houdini’s impact on magic, how Kalush first got into magic, and what the Conjuring Arts Research Center is. For more information on the Conjuring Arts Research Center, please visit their official website here.

Paul McCartney: New
Sir Paul’s first new album in well over six years is catchy and feels fresh for the former Beatle. My favorite track on the album is Queenie Eye. Don’t let the name fool you, this song has a great beat, and showcases Sir Paul doing what he does best, writing great music!

College Radio Day The Album: Volume 2
The only reason why this album isn’t on my list, is I don’t want to seem like I’m biased. (I’m currently the President of College Radio Day) This album captures the essence and spirit of college radio. And it has some great tracks on it from the likes of Wilco, Charlie Peacock, Jukebox the Ghost, and others.

The Great Simpsons Debate
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Back in September, the website whatculture.com posted their 100 Best Ever Simpsons Episodes list. (You can view it here)Well, Brian Laughran from The Xavierite and I (Peter Kreten) took exception to their list. So we took to our microphones to settle this debate once and for all. What are the Best Simpsons Episodes Ever!!!
You hear this broadcast here

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Celebrating 75 Years of Superman
So it’s no secret that I’ve been a major fan of Superman for most of my life. So when I found this new video focusing on Superman, I absolutely geeked out. It’s difficult to believe, but this year is the 75th anniversary of the creation of Superman. To celebrate DC Comics and Warner Bros. commissioned Zak Synder (Director of Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman the Animated Series, Justice League, and Batman the Animated Series) to create an animated short celebrating the character’s history. I for one love the hidden Easter eggs and the way the soundtrack transitions from the classic John Williams score to the Hans Zimmer one. Enjoy!

What is Cereal Thursday?

Let me tell you a little story. About four years ago, Terry Bonadonna (voice of the Windy City Thunderbolts) and Jeff LaMorte (from the Thursday Casserole) created something special. Every Friday, the two gentleman would have waffles for lunch or dinner. They called it, Waffle Friday. The general consensuses was that the greatness of waffles was slightly under appreciated, and that it was high time that we began to show our appreciation to the breakfast giant.  It became a little tradition amongst WXAV staff members. For about a year, Fridays became Waffle Fridays, and we would dine on delicious waffles.

Now I think we can all agree that breakfast food is the greatest amongst all food. No matter the time of day, you can justify dinning on an omelet, whisking up some pancakes, or gobble up the candy meat known as bacon. For me, I’ve always been a cereal man. No matter the time of day or night, I’ll pour myself a bowl and feast of the glory that is Captain Crunch, Frosted Flakes, or Corn Pops.

A few months ago, I was speaking with Terry, and we began reminiscing about the “good old” days. Naturally Waffle Fridays was mentioned, and we both smiled. Later, it dawned on me that cereal, like waffles, was becoming slightly under appreciated. Let’s face it, many of us do not have the time to pour ourselves a bowl, before we start our day. Cereal by its very nature is a stationary food. Yet we all have those great childhood memories of mom or dad pouring us a bowl of our favorite cereal and watching a little cartoons before we headed off school. (If you lived in Chicago, you watched the Bozo Show.)

With this in mind, I would like to propose the creation of Cereal Thursday. All you have to do is at some point on Thursdays treat yourself to a bowl of cereal. It can be for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just take a small portion of your day for yourself, and remember the joys of your youth. Additionally feel free to talk about it. I for one will be tweeting what cereals I will be dinning on, and sharing pictures. I’m also interested in testing the power of the internet and see if we can turn this into a thing. If you wish to participate in Cereal Thursdays, use the hashtag :#cerealthursday or #sxucerealthursday on Twitter. If your curious about what cereals we at WXAV will be dinning on, follow us on Twitter, Twitter.com/wxav883

Moby’s Thoughts on Photography
Over the past three weeks, I have been incredibly lucky. Not only have I been able to interview The Man, The Myth, The Legend. The Andrew W.K. (Take that bucket list!!) But I was also able to interview a musical artist that I’ve only just begun to really appreciate over the last few years. And that would be Moby.

In an exclusive interview that will air on College Radio Day, I always have to do a plug when possible, Moby and I discuss a wide range of topics. We talk about his new album Innocents, which comes out on Oct 1st, his love of college radio, and his favorite song of all time. Moby is incredibly articulate and makes some really fascinating points. The interview is about 20mins long, and I’ll be sure to post it on this blog after College Radio Day.

However when the subject turns to photography, things really got interesting. Two of my cousins and my uncle are photographers, and I always enjoy picking their brains about art and photography. So I thought it would be fun to share Moby’s take on photography too. It is only about 2 mins long.

My Andrew W.K. Interview

Last week I was able to interview an artist that has been on my bucket list of dream interviews since 2003. It was the man, the myth, the legend, the Andrew W.K. When I first heard his debut album “I Get Wet”, I was immediately sucked into the headbanging, party nature of the album. The album sort of became the unofficial party album for my friends and I. You can rock out anytime you wanted to, and not have to apologize about it. That’s the genius of Andrew W.K. He writes party anthems that are accessible to everyone.

Surprisingly I was not nervous for the interview. I’m usually a little nervous before every interview, but I was cool. calm, and collective for W.K. As soon as we started talking, I felt liked this was the 15th or 16th time I had talked to him. He was super cool, and relaxed. I’ve included the interview below. I hope you enjoy it.

And party hard!!!!

Andrew W.K. Interview

Ringo Starr: The Under-Appreciated Beatle
IMG_0727I’ve recently found myself to be on a massive Ringo Starr kick. This all started when I visited Oak Park Records back in March. While I was there I was able to pick up, on vinyl no less, almost every single Ringo Starr solo album. Ringo the 4th, Sentimental Journey, Bad Boy, Beaucoups of Blues, Ringo’s Rotogravure, and Stop and Smell the Roses all came home with me on that eventful day.

Finding Ringo’s work on vinyl, other than Ringo or Good Night Vienna, is incredible difficult. So to say I was rather excited is a little bit of an understatement.  As I began listening to these records, I began to realize something. The more I dive into Ringo’s solo catalog, the more I enjoy it. After listening to the vinyl, I had to pull out my Ringo CDs and give those a listen to as well. Again the more I listened, the more I was blown away by the hidden gems in his catalog. RingoRama, Time Takes Time, and Ringo’s Rotogravure are just a few examples of excellent pop rock albums.

A misnomer that has plagued Ringo’s solo musical career is that it is simple and safe music. This could NOT be further from the truth. In fact Ringo’s first two solo releases were huge artistic and commercial risks. Sentimental Journey released in 1970 features Ringo covering his favorite standard/pop songs from the 1940s. I seem to recall a major release by Sir Paul McCartney in 2012 called Kisses on the Bottom, which featured Sir Paul covering his favorite standard/pop songs from the 1940s. Hmmmm. (Additionally hasn’t Rod Stewart made a career doing the exact same thing for the last ten years…oh I think so.)

That’s not all. Later in 1970, Ringo released an album entitled Beaucoups of Blues. This album features Ringo performing country and western cover songs and a few originals, along side some rock n’ roll tracks. Now it’s not a complete copy, but in 1975 John Lennon did a cover’s album called Rock N’ Roll, which featured him covering his favorite rhythm and blues, rock n’ roll songs. Follow that up in 1999 with Run Devil Run, Sir Paul McCartney covering his favorite old school rock n’ roll songs too.

Now let’s be honest, a lot of Ringo’s music may not meet the mythical status of say: Imagine, My Sweet Lord, or Maybe I’m Amazed. But just because it may not meet this mythical status, does not mean we should write off or dismiss the quality of the music. Ringo’s solo catalog is catchy, showcases some fantastic drumming, and features some AMAZING guest stars on the albums. Other than the three other Beatles, (if that wasn’t enough) Ringo’s music features the likes of Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Dr. John, Peter Frampton, and Harry Nilsson.

So if you are looking for some incredibly catchy, poppy, and enjoyable music, I cannot recommend Ringo Starr’s discography enough. I’ve include some videos of some of my favorite Ringo solo albums below. Let me know what you think.