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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Altrok Music Update #119

This week, our Grinders (the stuff we play heavily) include music from:
  • The Presets
  • The Spinto Band
  • Be Your Own PET
  • Magneta Lane
  • Scanners
  • Don Dixon

Plus we've got newly-added music:
  • Barnacle Bill - Feels Like Seven
  • Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken
  • The Coachwhips - Hands On
  • Controlling The Famous - Two Sides
  • The Flesh - Compulsion
  • The Loud Family And Anton Barbeau - Rocks Off
  • Mission Of Burma - Donna Sumeria
  • The Oohlas - Small Parts
  • Rubicks - I See You
  • The Shell - Everywhere Is Home
  • The Walkmen - Lost In Boston
  • Weapons - Love Is Thunder
  • White Rose Movement - London's Mine
  • Zoppo - Pure Ownage

Our Newly-Added Classics:
  • Bis - Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Frank Black - Pray For The Girls
  • Cake - I Will Survive
  • China Crisis - Tragedy And Mystery
  • The Clash - I'm So Bored With The USA
  • Comsat Angels - On The Beach
  • Depeche Mode - Shake The Disease
  • The House Of Love - I Don't Know Why I Love You
  • The Jam - (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
  • The Psychedelic Furs - House (Long Version)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Here Comes The Summer

FYI: Pat's spinning at The Loop Lounge: "Start!"
along with DJ Brian Molloy
Thurs. June 1st (no cover $2 PBRs)
and they're giving away Arctic Monkeys tix...

Being someone who came of age in the late 1970s, I have my biases and favorites. Sometimes I don't go for the "Summer Begins On Memorial Day Weekend" schpeil. This year, however, mother nature complied, and New Jersey is in full blown Summer Mode, so the tuneage must follow suit.

I'm not talking about surf music, although that's fine if ya like surfing and Southern California. I do have a warm spot for my fellow brethren who'd split for Baha when the time was right, but they were listening to The Chameleons and the Sex Pistols back in those days (mid 1980s).

For me, I sense there's something unwritten about tunes that resonate when this time of year sneaks around. Basically it's your boy-girl pop and power pop stuff. Endless Summer. Endless Summer Nights. Drive All Night. School's Out. Do Whatever We Want To.

As my friend Mike Lively would often do once the North Country lost hold of the Arctic blast and something smelling like fresh summer air came through, I like to gather the stuff that works best as the soundtrack. The weird thing these days, is that there's really not a lot of stuff that makes the cut past 1980 (compared to the motherlode of the 1970s; which for some reason really gave us some bonafide top-down classics).

Sure we have a lot of pop groups who tried/try to work the nostalgia angle, but that doesn't cut it. Of course, I'm working from a generational disadvantage (if you're looking for new songs that fit "Here Comes The Summer").

So why all the blabber??? Here in New Jersey we've had a slightly testy Spring, with nary a shot of summeresque luv. And so this past weekend's blast of HEAT & SUN came as a supercharged surprise. No one was expecting this to be the case. (Sadly, Monday saw thunderstorms break the luv.)

Today it's back in the mid 80s and it's a bit humid. Thank you. So off I go and hopefully our station's transmitter won't be shutting down before they get the new A/C in. Extend the holiday. Or at least pretend to.

Brian Wilson Knows Your Name And I've Seen His.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Altrok Radio Music Update #118

This week, our Grinders (the stuff we play heavily) include music from:
  • Scissors For Lefty
  • The Little Killers
  • Persephone's Bees
  • Mellowdrone
  • Forward Russia!
  • The Chilling Details
Plus we've got newly-added music:
  • Battle - Children
  • Don Dixon - Roommate
  • The Eighteenth Day Of May - Sir Casey Jones
  • The Fever - Bye Bye Betty Blue
  • The Futureheads - Skip To The End
  • Head Like A Kite - Injecting 10ccs Of Temptation
  • Keith - Back There
  • Lemon Sun - The Face
  • The Loud Family And Anton Barbeau - Mavis Of Maybelline Towers
  • Radio 4 - Too Much To Ask For
  • The Rogers Sisters - Never Learn To Cry
  • Rubicks - Midas
  • Sambassadeur - Kate
  • The Spinto Band - Late
  • Tokyo Police Club - Be Good

Our Newly-Added Classics:
  • Aztec Camera - Good Morning Britain
  • Elvis Costello - (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
  • Dr. & The Medics - Spirit In The Sky
  • Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
  • Living Colour - Type
  • John Moore - Perfect End
  • Gary Myrick & The Figures - She Talks In Stereo
  • Gary Numan - Down In The Park
  • The Screaming Blue Messiahs - I Wanna Be A Flintstone
  • Violent Femmes - American Music

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Good And Bad

The Dixie Chicks are back and unrepentant. Good.

Steve Kroft is a cowtowing corporate toadie. Bad.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Altrok Radio Music Update #117

This week, our Grinders (the stuff we play heavily) include music from:
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Mates Of State
  • Ima Robot
  • Field Music
  • Morrissey
  • About

Plus we've got newly-added music:
  • Be Your Own PET - October, First Account
  • Graham Coxon - I Can't Look At Your Skin
  • Dirty Pretty Things - Deadwood
  • The Fever - Redhead
  • Forward Russia! - Seventeen
  • Grandaddy - Jeez Louise
  • The Koko's - Last Time
  • Levy - In The Woods
  • The Little Killers - Fly Away
  • Minutes Til Midnight - Vintage Hearts
  • Objects - Popsong
  • Persil - Light Up My Life
  • The Pocket Gods - Jombal Party
  • The Presets - Down Down Down
  • State Radio - Black Cab Motorcade
  • Voxtrot - Rise Up In The Dirt
Our Newly-Added Classics:
  • The Breeders - Cannonball
  • The Icicle Works - Understanding Jane
  • Mary's Danish - Don't Crash The Car Tonight
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Enola Gay
  • Siouxsie And The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden
  • The Teardrop Explodes - Reward
  • Tears For Fears - Change (Extended)
  • Tones On Tail - Go!
  • Violent Femmes - Kiss Off
  • The Woodentops - Move Me

Monday, May 08, 2006

Altrok Music Update #116

This week, our Grinders (the stuff we play heavily) include music from:

  • Zoppo
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • Klaxons
  • Tom Verlaine
  • I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
  • Dirty Pretty Things

Plus we've got newly-added music:

  • About - Stack Of Marshalls
  • Be Your Own PET - Adventure
  • Blow Up Hollywood - WMD
  • Forward Russia! - Nine (Duels Remix)
  • The Golden Dogs - Yeah!
  • The Little Killers - Don't Leave Me
  • Magneta Lane - Daggers Out!
  • Margot & The Nuclear So And So's - Skeleton Key
  • Mates Of State - Fraud In The 80's
  • Mellowdrone - Oh My
  • Persephone's Bees - Nice Day
  • Persil - Arkadelphia
  • The Ropes - Dead And Well
  • Scanners - Raw
  • Strays Don't Sleep - Stay
Our Newly-Added Classics:

  • APB - Talk To Me
  • Bauhaus - In Fear Of Fear
  • The House Of Love - Shine On
  • Japan - Visions Of China
  • The Juliana Hatfield Three - My Sister
  • R.E.M. - Second Guessing
  • Stan Ridgeway - Calling Out To Carol
  • Secret Affair - Lost In The Night
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees - Mirage
  • Time Zone - World Destruction

Monday, May 01, 2006

Altrok Radio Music Update #115

This week, our Grinders (the stuff we play heavily) include music from:
  • Tommy Keene
  • Islands
  • The Wedding Present
  • The Drones
  • Duels
  • The Knife

Plus we've got newly-added music:
  • Arctic Monkeys - Cigarette Smoker Fiona
  • Cat Scientist - I Saved An Airplane
  • The Chilling Details - GoGo
  • The Flaming Lips - Haven't Got A Clue
  • The Koko's - Friday Knight
  • The Long Blondes - Autonomy Boy
  • Magneta Lane - Broken Plates
  • Morrissey - I Will See You In Far Off Places
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
  • Josh Ritter - Girl In The War
  • Scissors For Lefty - Next To Argyle
  • Shiloe - The Rat
  • Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs - Care Of Cell 44
  • Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment
  • Tom Verlaine - All Weirded Out
Our Newly-Added Classics:
  • Ballistic Kisses - Five O'Clock World
  • Crazy 8s - Johnny Q
  • The Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer
  • Depeche Mode - See You
  • Dolby's Cube - May The Cube Be With You
  • Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy - Kiss Me
  • Game Theory - Room For One More, Honey
  • The Plimsouls - Zero Hour
  • The Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait
  • Ultravox - Slow Motion

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