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Monday, March 19, 2007

Altrok Radio Music Update #151

Firstly, the important stuff:

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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 on our main page if they appeal to you; your interest in them actually helps fund us.

Here's what you need to know about what we play: it's our opinion that there's no such thing as a "golden age" - in fact, "golden ages" are overrated by definition. They occur whenever things are good for long enough that pundits step back and say "wow, things are pretty great right now". Problem is, when the pundits pause to say things like that, it means things have slowed down a fact, it's almost always an immediate precursor to things not being so good anymore.

See, when you're writing about how good things are generally, you're not saying anything about specific good things...and that might be because you're no longer noticing them.

So Altrok Radio doesn't think there was a golden age in the late 70s, the early 80's, the late 80's, or the 90's...because there's good new music being made all the time. You've just gotta know where to look.

And Altrok Radio tries to make it a little easier for you. We're scanning the shops and trawling the Web, finding as much that's happening now as we can - and then we showcase it for you. All you have to do is tune in.

Speaking of new music...

This week, our Grinders (the stuff we play heavily) include music from:
  • DJ Shadow
  • Hadouken!
  • Jill Cuniff
  • Air Traffic
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • The Switches
Plus we've got newly-added music:
  • Air - Once Upon A Time
  • The Airborne Toxic Event - Does This Mean You're Moving On
  • The Blakes - Don't Want That Now
  • The Cinematics - Keep Forgetting
  • The Enemy - It's Not OK
  • The Go Find - Dictionary
  • Lemuria - Hours
  • The Maccabees - About Your Dress
  • The Needles - Dianne
  • The Pigeon Detectives - Romantic Type
  • The Sammies - Falling Out
  • The Vals - The Last Time
  • We Are The Physics - This Is Vanity
  • The Wombats - Backfire At The Disco
  • You Am I - A Nervous Kid
  • You Remind Me Of Rasputin - Sonic Level Three
Our Featured Classics:
  • The B-52's - Roam
  • Beck - Where It's At
  • The Church - Reptile
  • Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth
  • The Cult - Spiritwalker
  • The Cure - Let's Go to Bed
  • Iggy Pop - Candy (with Kate Pierson)
  • Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug
  • The Smiths - William, It Was Really Nothing
  • Talking Heads - Found A Job
As always, thanks for listening!


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