Playlist of the Week! Friday, April 29, 2016

We might want to have fun Show
But we might not. You don’t know.

Revel in the past and listen to the archive on our Soundcloud!


Did I mention we’re going to be IRL tomorrow?

Because we totally are.

Tomorrow night, I will be packing a Zipcar full of sound equipment and driving it from the WMBR radio station in the basement of Walker Memorial at MIT to the narrow drive leading to Aeronaut Brewing Company. And then Craig and I will set it all up, the band will arrive, and we will BROADCAST THEM LIVE.

Charles River Variety as I created it was always meant to be a live show: live sketch comedy, live creative writing readings, and live music. However, despite our best efforts to invite all our friends, every week, to join us in the control booth, we never have a true audience. This week, that all changes. The show will be savored by the teeming masses present at Aeronaut while also being streamed live over the airwaves resonating at 88.1 MHz (FM WMBR).


The Variety River Charlies rehearsing their super awesome set

In addition, it will be pushing our technical abilities even further than they’ve been stretched before–we’ve already outgrown the station’s basic equipment for putting bands on the air and settled into an astonishing competence with its advanced equipment. And because I never like feeling comfortable for too long, I started looking for opportunities to do the next hardest thing–a remote broadcast of a large music ensemble. A station member connected me with Aeronaut, I had Eli assemble the Variety River Charlies, and this thing started to look like it might actually happen. So, in twenty-four hours, I’ll be making it happen. Or watching it burn in beautiful, beautiful flames. We’ll see.

Either way, if you’re in Boston, come to Aeronaut and say hi! If you’re not, at 11 PM, tune in as always to the live stream on or on relevant WMBR iPhone/Android apps.

It might be fun! Bring yourself!


Playlist of the Week! Friday, April 15, 2016

The Patched Together Pub Show
We just have no more space in our brains for anything but what’s happening next week

Revel in the past and listen to the archive on our Soundcloud!

Playlist of the Week! Friday, April 8, 2016

The Singsong Show
We sing! Classical music for the classical masses.

Revel in the past and listen to the archive on our Soundcloud!

  • Time | Artist | Song | Album [Format] | Misc Info {NEW: New Release, Orig: Original, Ep: Episode, Imprv: Improvisation, Jam: Jam, (_): Label}

Faure, ??? Schubert, Gretchen Barber, A nun takes the veil Mozart, Torna de Tito amato Bernstein, There is a Garden


Charles River Variety IRL!

Hi everyone, it’s Natalia!

I am very, VERY excited to announce that Charles River Variety is busting out of the basement of Walker Memorial and making a break for the real world!

You, dear listener, will be able to not only hear us but See us! Smell us! Touch us! In 3D!

What am I talking about?


Friday, April 22, we are showing up, musicians, sound equipment, and daring crew in tow, at Aeronaut Brewing, Co

You should be there! Come quaff fine beer! Come listen to finer music! Get cultured!



Just to bring that last sentence home, here’s a picture I drew of a rhinoceros wearing a party hat. Now you at least have to be whelmed.