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Monday, November 26, 2007

Altrok Radio Music Update #183


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.

Of course, you can't help us if you find that listening is either annoying or difficult, and there are lots of ways you can smooth that process out. Here's a few:

1. Use an MP3 player to listen. Live365, our provider, starts off with a web-based player that uses Windows Media to play the station. Unfortunately, that creates two problems: the station's being translated from its native MP3 format, which deteriorates the sound quality, and the player window itself may open other ad windows that degrade your system's performance.

Thankfully, they provide an option to use your own MP3 player. You can make this change by logging into the Live365 website, then choosing "My Live365" and clicking "listen Settings" - under "MP3 Player", choose the option that enables your own default MP3 player.

Then, when you start the station, just close all the other web-based windows. (If you like having the songs display, you can go to to see what's playing.)

2. Once you've done that, you might consider using Jet Audio ( to listen. It comes with MP3Pro decoding, meaning you get to listen in fully CD quality. You can also get an MP3Pro plugin for WinAmp; search for MP3Pro among the Input plugins at

Now that you've done all that, you might want to know what you're listening to...

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

- Voxhaul Broadcast
- Moving Units
- Motel Creeps
- Hot Chip
- Young Galaxy
- The Maple State

Plus we've got newly-added music:

- Kyle Andrews - Get Mad
- Carbon-Silicon - What The F--k (radio edit)
- Mitch Easter - Time Warping
- Elle s'appelle - She Sells Sea Shells
- Frightened Rabbit - The Greys
- Calvin Harris - Colours
- Kaiser Chiefs - Flowers In The Rain
- The Killers - Tranquilize (feat. Lou Reed)
- Lima Research Society - Android Boy (Reboot)
- Love Ends Disaster! - Suzanne
- The Raveonettes - Aly, Walk With Me
- James Severy - Do The Circus Circus
- The Steers - Rewind Repeat
- Wire - No Warning Given
- Yeasayer - 2080

Our Newly-Added Classics:

- Julian Cope - Pulsar
- The Cure - In Between Days
- Joe Jackson - Sunday Papers
- The Lords Of The New Church - Open Your Eyes
- The Pressure Boys - Policeman (In My Neighbor's Yard)
- The Replacements - I Will Dare
- The Smiths - Barbarism Begins at Home
- The Stranglers - Straighten Out
- The Wonder Stuff - The Size Of A Cow

As always, thanks for listening!

- Sean Carolan
Altrok Radio
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On the radio Fridays at 10pm, at 90.5 The Night


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