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Monday, April 09, 2007

Altrok Radio Music Update #154

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 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), 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.)

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.

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

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

  • The Wombats
  • Bobby Cook
  • Voltage Union
  • Air
  • The Rakes
  • Kaiser Chiefs

Plus we've got newly-added music:

  • Art Brut - Nag Nag Nag Nag - It's A Bit Complicated (Unmixed Advance EP)
  • The Cat Empire - The Car Song - Two Shoes
  • The Chiara L's - Odio - April Mix
  • Dave Dark & The Sharks - I've Resigned - Man Alone [EP]
  • The Fall - Reformation Uncut - Uncut Magazine's The Playlist March 2007
  • Grammatics - The Shipping Forecast - The Shipping Forecast [CD Single]
  • The Holloways - Generator - CD Single
  • LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver - Sound Of Silver
  • Ted Leo + Pharmacists - A Bottle Of Buckie - Living With The Living
  • Maldroid - He Said She Said - Malfunction
  • Minipop - Like I Do - Minipop MP3 Demo
  • Ed Vallance - Deep End - Deep End [EP]

Our Featured Classics:

  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Stop - Take Them On, On Your Own
  • The Clash - Safe European Home - Give 'Em Enough Rope
  • Doves - Catch The Sun - Lost Souls
  • Hot Hot Heat - Get In Or Get Out - Make Up The Breakdown
  • The National - Murder Me Rachael - Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers
  • Sex Pistols - Holidays In The Sun - Never Mind The Bollocks
  • The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drums - The Stone Roses
  • U2 - Two Hearts Beat As One - War
  • The Vapors - News at Ten (Single) - New Clear Days
  • XTC - Making Plans For Nigel - Drums And Wires


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