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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Neil Young With Devo, "Hey Hey, My My"

...and the lead vocals are by Booji Boy. So there.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Thomas Dolby: "Amerikana"

Thomas Dolby's got a few things up his sleeve, and he appears to be channeling J.J. Abrams lately in terms of not wanting to let on about too much too soon...but there's new music out as of today.

Go to Dolby's website, join the Flat Earth Society there, and then plunk down your $3 for the three-track Amerikana digital EP, involving Imogen Heap and Mark Knopfler.

Interesting? Enough to plunk down my $3...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tonight On FM: Altrok Radio FM Showcase

So, let's get this straight: The Altrok Radio FM Showcase is a two hour show Friday nights that you can hear on 90.5 The Night on your FM radio, starting at 11pm, so you don't need some kinda special radio for that, got it?

And on tonight's show, you'll hear this:

...among two hours worth of other really good things.

And if you like what you hear, you can tune to Altrok 90.5 HD2 anytime to hear more - but to hear that, you need the special radio (an HD Radio specifically, or click the link to listen online.) But it's a special station, so there's that. Heck, you can listen to that right now.

Your Top Ten: Ramones!

Quick one - use the feedback link here on our page to send your favorite Ramones songs, and we'll count up the top ten and post it.

(This, as you might suspect, is the first of many of these sorts of things...)

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Altrok 90.5 HD2's Top 30 for June 1 (or: Boy, Are We Busy)

So busy, in fact, that we've waited until June 2 to post it. But we're getting ahead of ourselves; where to start?

Okay, so we've got a radio station. It's at 90.5 HD2 at the Jersey Shore on your FM HD Radio (you've got one by now, haven't you?) You can listen online, too, or pick up an iPhone app if it tickles your fancy.

Once an hour, our Twitter feed lets you know some of the bands we'll be playing soon - which we think is kinda good. (We don't tell you all of them, and we don't tell you when they're coming - that'd be cheating.) But really, what's the point of hearing about what's already on? By the time you get tuned in, you've missed it...but not with us, no siree. We want you ahead of the game.

And in the interest of keeping you up on the zeitgeist floating past you (in terms of digitally-enhanced radio waves, anyway) we'd like to let you know what we've been playing this past week. Here's the Top 30 we're reporting out to the music industry (that suddenly cares about what we're playing)...

5BLACKMARKETSt Vincent DecorMine And Yours
6EVEREST On Approach
7FOALSTotal Life ForeverSub Pop
8HOLY F***LatinXL
9HOT HOT HEATFuture BreedsDangerbird
10NADA SURFIf I Had A Hi-FiSelf-Released
11PAUL WELLERWake Up The NationYep Roc
12SETTING SUNFantasurrealYoung Love
16BOOKSThe Way Out
17FUTUREHEADSThe ChaosDovecote
18GASLIGHT ANTHEMAmerican SlangSideOne Dummy
20UNDERWORLD"Scribble" [Single]
21NICE NICEExtra WowWarp
23FOL CHENIn Ruins [EP]Asthmatic Kitty
2565DAYSOFSTATICWe Were Exploding Anyway
26BROKEN SOCIAL SCENEForgiveness Rock RecordArts And Crafts
27FLATFOOT 56Black Thorn
28LOS CAMPESINOS!Romance Is BoringArts And Crafts

Of course, that's in addition to our classic artists; all tolled, there are thousands of modern rock artists in our library. Join us!
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