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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Altrok Radio Music Update #146

Firstly, the important stuff:

Please remember to tune in to Altrok Radio 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...

Thursdays at 11:30am Eastern (and repeated at 9:00pm), Ferris O'Brien hops aboard the Altrok Radio signal to give you a taste of his approach to the world of alternativity. He's bringing you the overflow from his own SpyRadio showcase at Rock 100.5 The KATT in Oklahoma City, itself the lingering legacy of 105.3 The Spy, a legendary indie station in its own right that disappeared one night. No reason to quit just 'cause the station's gone, right?

Then at 1:30pm Eastern Thursday (repeated at 11:00pm Eastern) you get to hear 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.)

As if that weren't enough, Fridays at 11:30am Eastern (and repeated at 9:00pm) you'll find New York's own DJ Shred and her hand-picked set filled with classics from the darker and more challenging corners of the Eighties. You'll be able to join her next Saturday as she creates her next Altrok set live:

DJ Shred with Mister X and Dr. Lorenz
at The East Village Lounge
Saturday, February 17th
10pm til late (free admission 'til 11pm)
186 East 2nd St., between Av. A & B
East Village, NYC

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

This week, our Grinders (the stuff we play heavily) include music from:
  • Bloc Party
  • !!!
  • The Video Nasties
  • Teddybears
  • Locksley
  • Modest Mouse
Plus we've got newly-added music:
  • Blood Red Shoes - Try Harder
  • Elephants - Special Thing
  • The Fall - Blindness
  • Good Shoes - Ice Age
  • Kristin Hersh - Peggy Lee
  • Klaxons - Atlantis To Interzone
  • My Teenage Stride - Terror Bends
  • The Sunshine Underground - Borders
  • Vanessa And The O's - Bagatelle
  • The View - Superstar Tradesman
  • Virago - She's All That!
  • Wicked Automatic - Easy
  • Xerox Teens - Darlin'
Our Featured Classics:
  • Bauhaus - Dark Entries
  • Blur - There's No Other Way
  • The Clash - Spanish Bombs
  • The Cure - The Blood
  • Depeche Mode - Leave in Silence
  • Thomas Dolby - Dissidents
  • The Maisonettes - Heartache Avenue
  • The The - I've Been Waitin' for Tomorrow (All of My Life)
  • Violent Femmes - Nightmares
  • XTC - Punch And Judy
As always, thanks for listening!


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