Wednesday, March 30, 2016

KPISS.FM

I appreciate a good pirate radio station. But that's not quite what this is.  KPISS is an internet radio station. Most of their shows are hosted on Mixcloud. I first heard of them from an article in the Village Voice (of course) which was otherwise about a flea market. [LINK] Their website cuts to the chase:
"KPISS.FM IS A COMMUNITY INTERNET RADIO STATION AND PODCAST RECORDING STUDIO WITHOUT ANY BULLSHIT."
Their studio was a shipping container. The ten-by-ten-foot box is included the necessary turntables, mics, record shelves, couches and of course.. a disco ball. Founded by Sheri Barclay formerly of CJSR, she named it for the slightly stinky container. The studio is a recording studio, not a broadcast studio and it resides in Bushwick's punk "flea market alley". More here and here.

They do sometimes broadcast live, which they announce on their twitter feed. [LINK]  aside form that they function somewhere between a co-op radio station and a vanity radio station. Barclay finances the station herself, as the glue that holds it together, but the DJs also pay $30 a month. For that fee they get trained on the studio equipment and get a set of keys.

In an MSA of 20.2 million people there is no shortage of budding DJs. The station abounds with shows on New York politics, Queer issues, all manner of remote broadcasts, romance, hair-styling, and music. What kid of music?  Everything: local music, international music, indie rock, obscure psychedelia, Swedish prog rock, incoherent electronic noise, 1980s hip-hop, there is no end to it. If I lived in Bushwick, this is the station I'd want to be on.