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WCSB DJ Beth Cieslik picks three albums you should check out

October 2, 2018

WCSB DJ Beth Cieslik picks three albums you should check out

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Looking for some new music to spin? Cleveland’s college radio DJs have their thoughts about what you should be listening to, and often it’s music they’re playing on the airwaves.

WCSB, the college radio station run out of Cleveland State University, hosts a huge range of shows hosted by both students and community members. One longtime station member is Beth Cieslik, who helps host the “Friday Nite Rock Rotation” show.

Cieslik has been with the radio station for 14 years, since she was a CSU student in 2004. In the past, she’s hosted shows called “Hot Trash,” “Music for Gracious Living” and “Drinking Electricity.” “Drinking Electricity” was on the air from 2007 until 2015, and Cieslik continues to update the show’s Facebook page with playlists and mixes.

Her current work on the “Friday Nite Rock Rotation” show consists of new-wave, post-punk and goth rock from the ’70s and ’80s. You can tune in to the “Friday Nite Rock Rotation” on Fridays from 7-9 p.m. on WCSB, FM 89.3.

Here are the three albums Cieslik thinks you should be listening to:

The Cure – “Three Imaginary Boys”

“This is The Cure before they were cool. A little more punk than the mainstream hits we all know and love. Plus, they cover Jimi Hendrix.

Standout track: ’10:15 Saturday Night’ is better-known, but ‘Fire in Cairo’ is more fun to sing.”

The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Psychocandy”

“Scotland produced so many great bands in the early ’80s, but these guys have my heart. A friend once told me this album sounds like what he imagines it must sound like inside my brain, which I took as a compliment.

Standout track: Most people would probably say ‘Just Like Honey,’ but I prefer ‘The Hardest Walk.’”

White Lies – “BIG TV”

“I rescued this album from a crate of cast-off CDs at the station, and now it’s one of my favorites. They somehow manage to sound super-’80s and super-modern at the same time. My greatest wish is for them to come to Cleveland so I can see them live.

Standout track: It’s hard to choose, because I love them all, but ‘There Goes Our Love Again’ wins out.”

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