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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Altrok Radio Music Update #229

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.

And in the interest of keeping you interested...well, you *do* know about our daily retro feature, right? No? Well...


WEEKDAYS, 11:30a-1:30p EASTERN

Now then, we've got songs to let you know about.

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

- Depeche Mode
- We Have Band
- White Lies
- Passion Pit
- Morrissey
- The Wombats

Plus we've got newly-added music:

- Brakes - Hey Hey
- Doves - Kingdom Of Rust
- Gaslight Anthem - Great Expectations
- Glad Hearts - West Fast Enough
- Handsome Furs - I'm Confused
- Hockey - Too Fake
- Kid British - She Will Leave
- Lowline - Gun In My Side
- The National - So Far Around The Bend
- Noisettes - Don't Upset The Rhythm
- The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Young Adult Friction
- The Rifles - Romeo And Julie
- St. Vincent - The Strangers
- The Ting Tings - We Walk
- Voxtrot - Trepanation Party
- The Wrens - Pulled Fences (Live)

Our Newly-Added Classics:

- Bjork - Isobel
- The Church - Almost With You
- Elvis Costello - Radio Radio
- Heaven 17 - Temptation
- The Pressure Boys - Tina Goes To The Supermarket
- The Replacements - Color Me Impressed
- The Stranglers - No More Heroes
- Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
- Ultravox - Sleepwalk

And don't forget the R/SYN Underground night, every Saturday at the Corner Tavern in New Brunswick, where Drew and IronMike keep you dancing with the most advanced playlist this side of the Atlantic (and where, occasionally, yours truly might show up and spin a coupla tracks...ya never know.)

For those who didn't forget about the Melody Bar Reunion (or even if you did) we'll air all the music that played on Satruday, March 21, all day long. Do I really need to say more about that, hm?

- Sean Carolan
Altrok Radio
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