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Monday, May 05, 2008

Altrok Radio Music Update #200

Firstly, the important stuff:

Altrok Radio is at

Please remember to tune in whenever you can - every hour you listen turns into more visibility for the station; we show up higher in search listings, and such like that. And if you'd like to help us keep the stream running, check out the advertisers if they appeal to you; your interest actually helps fund us.

Now then, in addition to the outstanding Altrok Radio music mix that got us an Editor's Pick nod at Live365 and at, we've added features we know you'll like...

Mondays at 11:30am Eastern (with a preview at 0730 GMT) you get to hear Sean Carolan (often referred to in these dispatches as "me") showcase the new music we've added this week on the Altrok Radio FM Showcase. New stuff, classic stuff, and Jeff Raspe with his Altrok Radio Underground Pick Of The Week...

And on Friday, it's Altrok's Eighties Friday: music from the eighties that mattered then AND now. An eight hour playlist that features some of the best that decade had to offer, drawing from all the music that was available at the time (yes, even from the seventies.)

But for now - we've got songs to let you know about.

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

- Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong
- The Ting Tings
- The Duke Spirit
- The B-52's
- Midnight Juggernauts
- Nine Inch Nails

Plus we've got newly-added music:

- Autons - Election Singer
- Blood Red Shoes - Doesn't Matter Much
- Coldplay - Violet Hill
- CSS - Rat Is Dead (Rage)
- Danny & Dusty - New York City Lullaby
- Foxboro Hot Tubs - The Pedestrian
- Gnarls Barkley - Charity Case
- Ladytron - Ghosts
- Lismore - More
- The Long Blondes - Century
- My Morning Jacket - Touch Me I'm Going To Scream
- Radiohead - Nude (Bathing In The Icefloe Mix by Thomas Dolby)
- Young Knives - Up All Night

Our Featured Classics:

- The Bongos - Skydiving
- Buzzcocks - Fiction Romance
- Killing Joke - Kings And Queens
- Stan Ridgway - Drive She Said
- The Specials - Ghost Town (12 inch version)
- Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
- Tears For Fears - The Hurting
- The Three O'Clock - Half the Way There
- Vicious Pink - Cccan't You See

- Sean Carolan
Altrok Radio
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