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Monday, December 03, 2007

Altrok Radio Music Update #184

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.

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:

- Wire
- Black Francis
- These New Puritans
- Love Ends Disaster!
- Frightened Rabbit
- Twisted Wheel

Plus we've got newly-added music:

- Nicole Atkins - Brooklyn's On Fire! - Neptune City
- Crystal Castles - XxzxcZx Me - Downloadable Single
- Damn Shames - Fear Of Assault - 7'' Single
- Electric President - Dotted Lines - A Number Of Small Things [Comp]
- Fiery Furnaces - Duplexes Of The Dead - Widow City
- The Gay Blades - He She Say - Ghosts
- The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon (Minitel Rose Remix) - Downloadable Single
- Lima Research Society - Magic Juice Box - WoO! an EP
- Mum - Dancing Behind My Eyelids - Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy
- Operator Please - Ghost - Yes Yes Vindictive
- Lou Reed - Safety Zone - Nanking
- Tokyo Police Club - Your English Is Good - 7'' Single
- The Video Nasties - Accessory - The Shed Sessions [EP]
- Voxhaul Broadcast - The Backrooms - Rotten Apples
- West Indian Girl - To Die In LA - 4th & Wall

Our Featured Classics:

- The Alarm - Marching On - The Alarm
- Cabaret Voltaire - Sensoria - Micro-Phonies
- Filter - The Best Things - Title Of Record
- The Jam - Pretty Green - Sound Affects
- Kitchens Of Distinction - The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule - Capsule; The Best Of K.O.D; 1988-94
- The Motors - Dancing The Night Away - Motors 1
- Our Daughter's Wedding - Lawn Chairs - 7'' Single
- Siouxsie And The Banshees - Monitor - Juju
- Tears For Fears - Shout (Extended Version) - 12'' Single
- Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone - Violent Femmes

As always, thanks for listening!

- Sean Carolan
Altrok Radio
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