Guest Blog: University of Oregon’s KWVA Music Director Thor Slaughter on The Donkeys’ In-Studio HangPosted by Eric on July 18th, 2011
The Donkeys spread goodwill wherever they go. It’s just a fact. They recently went into University of Oregon — Eugene’s KWVA’s studio where the interviewer/DJ Thor Slaughter (yes, that is his actual name and we’re enormously jealous of it) was so inspired by his time with the band that he wrote us the kindest email to simply sing their praises. We asked Thor* if he would extrapolate a bit on his Donkey love. And below you will find his recollection The Donkey’s KWVA visit to Eugene on their latest tour. You can also read about it at the KWVA site HERE. Also, The Donkeys are on tour in July and August, sharing a stage with the excellent (and very public Donks fans) The Hold Steady. Peep those date HERE. And now, ladies and gents, I give you Thor Slaughter:
*You should also check out Thor’s great band Le Fiction HERE.
It was five minutes ’til The Donkeys were supposed to arrive. With my cell phone in-hand I waited in the studio anxiously for the band to arrive. I was supposed to interview them while they were in Eugene for a show later that night at a local hot-spot bar.
It had been a little over a year since I saw The Donkeys open for Deerhoof in Portland, Oregon. A fond experience, not only because of the music but because it was one of the my first few concerts I had to travel for. The Donkeys played their hearts out, throwing it all out there for an audience to delve into. They blew the previous band out of the water and set the stage for Deerhoof, no easy task. With their San Diego charm; sitar jams that built up like a George Harrison take on a Who song; lyrics about lost love and fun times; and a crowd-pleasing explosion of radness that was a great cover of “Gloria” that got the crowd on their feet shouting along to the letters. They won me over enough to buy their album that they were still supporting, 2008’s Living on the Other Side. Flash forward an entire year and I’m no longer a kid from high school, but Music Director at a campus radio station that jumped at an opportunity to drag The Donkeys into the studio.