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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

But Enough About Us, Let's Talk About You...What Do You Think Of Us?

As the warm memory of the Melody Bar Reunion (hopefully the first of at least a few) recedes in the distance, we're left staring at the decaying remains of the party decorations, spilled drinks and odd bits of shredded ephemeral clothing that metaphorically populate what, for lack of a better term, we'll have to call "normalcy".

Yeah, post-reunion depression has set in. But we're in a "building mode", right? So the question is: what are you hearing these days at Altrok Radio that make you happy?

I'm all ears (and with a properly significant amount of time tuned in, you will be too) so feel free to throw a comment or two at me...and if you're looking for some bands we're playing to prime the pump, here's today's lineup:

APB, Keith John Adams, Anemo, The Arcade Fire

The B-52's, Blesk, Blonde Redhead, The Blood Arm, Blood Red Shoes, Blue Zoo, Bon Savants, David Bowie, Brakes, Bromheads Jacket, David Byrne

The Church, Hugh Cornwell, Elvis Costello

Dead Disco, Desperate To Impress, Devo, Dinosaur Jr, Director, Dogs Die In Hot Cars

Val Emmich

Feist, Fields, Fischerspooner, The Flying Lizards, Foals, Forward Russia!, Fun Boy Three With Bananarama, The Futureheads

Game Theory, Jigs Giglio, Good Shoes

Hadouken!, Harrisons, Hello Nurse, The House Of Lords, Hyper Kinako


The Jam

Kasabian, Klaxons

LCD Soundsystem, Ladytron, Larrikin Love, Leon, Letters & Colours, Little Man Tate, Locksley, The Long Blondes, The Longcut, Los Campesinos!, Louis XIV, Lene Lovich, The Lyres

Madness, The Majestic Twelve, Mary's Danish, Maximo Park, Malcom Middleton, Modest Mouse, My Teenage Stride

The New Violators, Colin Newman, Noisettes, The Noisettes

Orbital, The Ordinary Boys

The Pigeon Detectives, Polyrock, The Postmarks, The Producers, The Psychedelic Furs

R.E.M., The Radio Dept., The Rakes, The Receiver, The Replacements, The Rifles

The Shins, Shiny Toy Guns, Shout Out Out Out Out, Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into Flames, Simple Minds, The Sleepover Disaster, Christine Smith, Patti Smith, The Specials, Stereolab, The Strokes

Takka Takka, Tokyo Police Club, Frank Tovey, Two Gallants

The Uncertains, The Undertones, Urge Overkill

The Video Nasties, The View, The Vines, Violent Femmes

The Waitresses, We Are Scientists, Wicked Automatic, Keller Williams, Amy Winehouse, The Wonder Stuff

Xerox Teens

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yes Boss

Let me know, m'kay?


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