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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Showcase Thursday: Ferris And Sean Do The DJ Thing

Ferris O'Brien's showcase is already in progress, and will be 'til 1:30pm Eastern, then the Altrok Radio FM Showcase takes over from 1:30-3:30pm Eastern.

And if you missed it, we do it all over again starting at 11:00pm Eastern, because we're all about convenience.

Tune in - there's bound to be something that'll make everything right with the world.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Altrok Radio Update #138

This week, our Grinders (the stuff we play heavily) include music from:
  • Bright Light Fever
  • Forward Russia!
  • Field Music
  • Klaxons
  • The Sleepover Disaster
  • Scanners
Plus we've got newly-added music:
  • 120 Days - Come Out (Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone)
  • The Airborne Toxic Event - The Girls in Their Summer Dresses
  • Battle - One More Night
  • Blesk - 50 Proof
  • The Grates - Lies
  • I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - When You Go Out
  • Land Of Talk - Breaxxbaxxx
  • The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratosphere
  • The Magic Numbers - Take A Chance
  • The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes
  • Silversun Pickups - Future Foe Scenario
  • April Smith - Bright White Jackets
  • The Submarines - Peace And Hate
Our High-Profile Classics:
  • Buzzcocks - I Don't Mind
  • The Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais
  • Gang Of Four - Call Me Up
  • Joe Jackson - The Harder They Come
  • The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
  • Nine Inch Nails - Dead Souls
  • The Pressure Boys - Where The Cowboys Went
  • The Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon
  • XTC - Great Fire

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanksgiving Weekend Happenings on Altrok Radio

Our hosted segments on Thanksgiving will be all-new; Ferris O'Brien promises a bunch of his favorites from the year at 11:30am Eastern, and the Altrok Radio FM Showcase dips into its history as well, at 1:30pm Eastern...all of which should make for some good turkey-cookin' music.

Both two-hour shows will repeat that night, starting at 8pm Pacific (11pm Eastern)

Then in the midst of Eighties Friday, a set selected by DJ Shred in advance of her stint at Luke & Leroy kicks off at 11:30am, to be repeated at 11pm for those who stay home...but you're gonna be at Luke & Leroy (21 7th Av South, NYC) helping Shred sequence her next Altrok Radio set starting at 10pm, arent'cha?

In the meantime, enjoy your Deep Fried TurDucKen, willya? Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pierson's Skewed Tube 11/21

Gobble Gobble...

1. DAVID BOWIE on "Extras"

2. XTC - "Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)"

3. NILSSON - "Good Old Desk"
(on Playboy After Dark)

4. REPLACEMENTS- "Talent Show"
(live on awards show/ "it's too late to take pills" version)

5. DAVID BOWIE - on Dinah Shore (1975)
(1 of numerous clips... interview w/ Henry Winkler)

6. IGGY POP - on Dinah Shore (1977)
(w/ David Bowie)

7. PASSIONS- "I'm In Love With A German Film Star"
(on Top Of The Pops)

8. RICH KIDS- "Rich Kids"
(on Top Of The Pops)

9. MOTORHEAD- "Motorhead"

10. POPSICLE - "Hey Princess"

DJ Pat Pierson schedule

Tuesday, November 21st (today) @ WRSU-FM
Pat Pierson's "Radio Boy" program
4-6pm Eastern (1-3pm Pacific)
88.7 FM in central New Jersey
live streaming: (click "listen")

Wednesday, November 22nd @ THE IRON MONKEY
97 Greene St, Jersey City, NJ

Thursday, November 23rd @ THE LOOP LOUNGE
373 Broadway, Passaic Park, NJ
(More info also at MySpace)
special "After-Turkey Party"
w/ Ike (front bar only)
no cover $2 PBRs

Friday, November 24th @ THE LOOP LOUNGE
373 Broadway, Passaic Park, NJ
(More info also at MySpace)
"Loop Lounge Anniversary Party" with:

Monday, November 20, 2006

This Week: Giving Thanks, Musically Speaking

This week on Altrok Radio, we'll settle back and take a look at what the past few years have brought us. That means we're not adding new music this week, but it also means more time to appreciate the tracks that have made it into the library so far.

So that song we added four weeks ago that makes you crazy in all the right ways has a better chance of popping up in our playlists this week - and that song you missed four weeks ago that might make you crazy in all the right ways has a better chance of finding you and making the crazy happen.

And we do want the crazy to happen, don't we?

Here's the sort of thing we're playing today:

Nic Armstrong & The Thieves, Joseph Arthur, Athlete

The B-52's, Ballistic Kisses, Bauhaus, Blondie, Boat, The Bongos, Boy Kill Boy, Bright Light Fever, Ollie Byrd

Calla, Camera Obscura, Carter USM, The Chameleons, Chin Up Chin Up, The Church, The Clash, Lloyd Cole, Colourfast, Controlling The Famous, Julian Cope, The Cure

The Damnwells, The Descendents, Duels, Dustin's Bar Mitzvah

Editors, Elsub

Marianne Faithful, The Fall, The Features, Field Music, Firewater, The Flaming Mussolinis, The Flesh, Forward Russia!, Freur, The Futureheads

Gang Of Four, Gnarls Barkley, The Go-Betweens, Grandaddy, Guillemots

Happy Mondays, Head Like A Kite, The Heavenly States, Hello Nurse, Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, The Hold Steady, The Horrors, The Hourly Radio, House Of Love

IMA Robot, Interpol

Joe Jackson, Jihad Jerry And The Evildoers

Killing Joke, Klaxons, The Koko's

Lemon Sun, The Little Killers, The Long Blondes, Louis XIV

Madness, Lois Maffeo & Brendan Canty, The Majestic Twelve, Mates Of State, Nellie McKay, Mew, Middle Distance Runner, Milburn, Mission Of Burma, Peter Murphy

New Order, Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, The Noisettes

The Olivia Tremor Control, The Organ

Paloalto, Panda & Angel, The Pigeon Detectives, The Pocket Gods, Iggy Pop, The Postmarks, The Pretenders, The Prix, The Psychedelic Furs, The Psychic Ills

R.E.M., The Rakes, The Replacements, Riding Paper Airplanes, Rocket, The Roman Numerals, Rubicks

Sambassadeur, The Sharp Ease, Shoes, Shout Out Out Out Out, Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into Flames, The Singles, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Sky Parade, Sliversun Pickups, The Smithereens, Some Girls, The Sound, Sparks, Stereolab, Strawberry Switchblade, Strays Don't Sleep, The Sunshine Underground

Tears For Fears, That Petrol Emotion, The Thermals, Tokyo Police Club, Tuff Darts



The Walkmen, Weapons


Young Widows

Friday, November 17, 2006

Today's Artists on Eighties Friday; DJ Shred at 11:30am and 11pm Eastern

Eighties Friday happens every Friday on Altrok Radio in CD quality MP3Pro. It's full of the enduringly relevant music we had available in the 80's, and it's on all day and through the night.

Got a slow connection? We've put it up for you in glorious mono as well - check the "slower connections" link on the right of the page.

Plus, on the stereo version today, DJ Shred has a selection of tracks for Eighties Friday over and above the picks below, coming up at 11:30am and 11:00 pm Eastern. (She might sneak in something new,'s entirely up to her.)

Next Friday: If you're in the NYC area, you can be there while she constructs her next set for Altrok Radio, at Luke & Leroy. They're at 21 7th Avenue South in the West Village, NYC, and she'll be spinning the wheels of steel next Friday from 10pm to Midnight (maybe even a bit earlier, too.)


The bands for today (11/17/2006) are:


A Flock Of Seagulls, ABC, Adam and the Ants, The Alarm, All, Alphaville, Altered Images, APB

The B-52's, Bauhaus, Berlin, Big Audio Dynamite, The Bolshoi, The Bongos, The Boomtown Rats, Bow Wow Wow, David Bowie, Bronski Beat

Cabaret Voltaire, The Chameleons, The Clash, The Colour Field, The Comsat Angels, Julian Cope, Hugh Cornwell, Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, The Cult, The Cure

The Damned, The Dead Milkmen, Depeche Mode, Devo, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Thomas Dolby, Dramarama

Eat, Echo & The Bunnymen, The English Beat, The Europeans

The Fall, Fiction Factory, The Flying Lizards, John Foxx

Gang Of Four, Gene Loves Jezebel, Go-Gos, The Godfathers

Heaven 17, The Hoodoo Gurus


Joe Jackson, The Jam, JoBoxers, Grace Jones, Joy Division

Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Killing Joke, Kraftwerk

The La's, Les Rita Mitsouko, Love & Rockets, Lene Lovich, The Lyres

Mad Daddys, Madness, Magazine, Martha and The Muffins, Ministry, Mission Of Burma, Morrissey, Peter Murphy

New Musik, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Nitzer Ebb, Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, Gary Numan

Sinead O'Connor, Oingo Boingo, OMD

The Plimsouls, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Pretenders, The Psychedelic Furs, Public Image Ltd.

R.E.M., The Ramones, The Replacements

Tim Scott, The Screaming Blue Messiahs, Scritti Politti, Secession, Sexbeat, Pete Shelley, Shriekback, Simple Minds, Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Smithereens, The Smiths, Spandau Ballet, Sparks, The Specials, Squeeze, Stiff Little Fingers, The Stranglers, The Style Council, Sugarcubes

Talking Heads, The Teardrop Explodes, Tears For Fears, That Petrol Emotion, The The, They Might Be Giants

U2, Ultravox, The Undertones

The Vapors, Violent Femmes, Visage

Wire, The Woodentops, Pete Wylie



Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Now He's Plug Award Nominated Ferris O'Brien...

Got a jubilant bit of e-mail from our own Ferris O'Brien, which reads as follows...

I am very excited to announce that I have been nominated for a Plug Award this year for SPY RADIO!!!!...and I would encourage all to please vote (for your choice, of course.)

What is Plug, you ask?

PLUG is different from all of the institutional accolades for the music industry ? the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, GRAMMY Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Music Awards, etc. etc. Those are all devoted to recognizing the mainstream hits. Very rarely do these honors reach, let alone embrace, independent music or the community of artists and fans who now represent more than 25% of the global music market. We?re a community that thinks for ourselves ? we don?t take our cues from mainstream media or marketing.

PLUG is about the independent music community coming together to recognize our own. We?re fans from every walk of the music world who gather together each year to celebrate these artists who live and flourish in the margins. PLUG is about the artists who inspire and the music that disrupts the artistic and corporate mediocrity that dominates our culture. Some of the artists on the ballot each year are well known to us, but most all are no where close to the household names we wish they were.

We?ve discovered these records on blogs, in magazine blurbs, fanzines, recommendations from our local record store, in IM conversations, in links from friends and passionate testimonials overheard in line outside a club... PLUG is the experience of trading mix tapes with friends. The most satisfying thing for us is to see how often fans of one artist become new fans of another during each year?s get-out-the-vote campaign.

Important note about major labels: PLUG recognizes that there are talented and important, artists whose careers develop on major labels. Although many of these artists are forced to fight their own upstream battles within the large companies that adopt them, there are opportunities and resources afforded them that only large companies can provide. PLUG devotes its resources to those artists, labels and media who operate outside that market share.

Again, thank you so very much for listening & supporting these artists, labels & other media...

So if you're ready to vote, go here and sock it in for O'Brien!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pierson Spins Vinyl Tonight at Maxwell's

Got the following from our own Pat Pierson...
Preparation for doing tonight's "Vinyl-Only" gig at Maxwell's has my abode looking just like Matt Pinfield's place in Somerset circa 1988. Crates of albums & 12-inches and leftover stacks against the wall. Can't say I miss such stuff. But this will be a fun gig and there will definitely be surprises.
I've seen those stacks. They were not to be trifled with.

Pat'll be in the front room of Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ, starting around 9pm, until 1am. No cover, unless you count some of the tracks Pat'll be playing.

In addition, Pat's on the radio, too:
Pat Pierson's "Radio Boy" program
Tuesday, November 14th (today)
east coast: 4pm-6pm
west coast: 1pm-3pm
airwaves: 88.7
live streaming: (click "listen")

Monday, November 13, 2006

Altrok Radio Music Update #137

This week, our Grinders (the stuff we play heavily) include music from:
  • The Horrors
  • The Pigeon Detectives
  • The Sunshine Underground
  • The Noisettes
  • Rocket
  • Thailand
Plus we've got newly-added music:
  • 120 Days - Get Away
  • Bright Light Fever - Broken Hands
  • Citizens Here & Abroad - Appearances
  • Graham Coxon - Standing On My Own Again
  • The Distants - Falling Apart
  • Erase Errata - Tax Dollar
  • Forward Russia! - Nineteen (Single Edit)
  • Land Of Talk - Seafoam
  • Letters And Colours - 1917
  • The Long Winters - Pet Name
  • The One AM Radio - Untied
  • David Vandervelde - Jacket
  • Yes Boss - Tongues In Knots
  • Young Widows - The Charmers
Our Featured Classics:
  • B-52's - 52 Girls
  • Frank Black - Hang On To Your Ego
  • Comsat Angels - It's History
  • The Cure - Close To Me (Extended Remix)
  • Depeche Mode - Flexible (Remixed Extended Version)
  • The Fountains Of Wayne - Radiation Vibe
  • Generation X - Ready Steady Go
  • The The - Voidy Numbness
  • The Untouchables - I Spy (For The F.B.I.) [National Security Mix-Up]
  • Wire - Kidney Bingos

Friday, November 10, 2006

DJ Shred On Altrok Radio (Fridays at 11:30AM and 11PM Eastern)

Tune in for free access to CD-quality Altrok Radio every Friday for two hours at 11:30am to hear DJ Shred's set from Luke & Leroy - or if you can't get to a computer during the day, tune in at 11pm Eastern.


Take yer body over to Luke & Leroy to be a part of Shred's next set - she kicks off at 10pm, and she might even start a bit early if you're there for it. In fact, if you egg her on to play things that are darker and less mainstream, she'll very likely oblige...

The particulars:

DJ Shred at Luke & Leroy
10pm-Midnight (maybe earlier if the stars align properly)
21 7th Avenue South (between Carmine & Leroy Sts)
West Village, NYC

She'll be doing it again live on November 24 - and again, if you're there from 10PM to Midnight, you'll have a chance to be a part of it. (Ain't that what rock'n'roll's all about?)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

I'm Normally Not One For Politics, But...

Hey, that's funny - I just got this call saying I should remember that polls are open until 8PM tomorrow.

Problem is, today's election day.

MP3: The US Chamber Of Commerce Reminding Me To Vote After The Election's Over

(Caller ID showed "Out of area" calling from 800-547-2764; looks like the number tends to serve Republican interests, according to
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