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Monday, April 23, 2007

Altrok Radio Music Update #156

Firstly, the important stuff:

Altrok Radio is at

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, to be clear: Altrok Radio is free to listen to, and will be for as long as I can manage it.

But if you'd like to listen without advertising (we'll interrupt occasionally to tell you what's coming up on the station) there's a VIP program run by Live365. When you're a VIP, you get access to the commercial-free version of the station, plus all the ads on their website go away. Cost is actually pretty reasonable; the roughly-$15-every-three-months plan seems to be the most popular option. Here's the link if you're interested:

And yes, we get a small kickback on that - $1.50 when you sign up, and a penny or so about every three hours you listen. Not much, but we're a pretty lean operation; we'll take what we can get.

So much for the sales pitch - here's what you're in for, whether you sign up or 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.

All that said, bet you're wondering what those new songs we've added are...

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

  • Mark Ronson
  • Malcolm Middleton
  • Minipop
  • Bjork
  • Amy Winehouse
  • The Holloways

Plus we've got newly-added music:

  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Weapon Of Choice
  • The Bluetones - Baby Back Up
  • Bromheads Jacket - Fight Music For The Fight
  • The Concretes - Keep Yours
  • Electrelane - To The East
  • Fields - Charming The Flames
  • The Hours - Love You More
  • The Law - Milk And Honey
  • Love Of Diagrams - Pace Or the Patience
  • The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
  • Saturna - Roll Down
  • Sea Wolf - Black Dirt
  • The Shins - Australia
  • The View - The Don

Our Featured Classics:

  • Frank Black - Los Angeles
  • Blancmange - Living On The Ceiling
  • Cabaret Voltaire - I Want You
  • Thomas Dolby - Europa and the Pirate Twins
  • John Hiatt - The Tiki Bar Is Open
  • The Police - So Lonely
  • The Replacements - Alex Chilton
  • The Smiths - Shoplifters Of The World
  • The Suburbs - Rattle My Bones
  • Yello - The Evening's Young

As always, thanks for listening!


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