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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Altrok Radio Music Update #248

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:

- Esben And The Witch
- Animal Kingdom
- Field Music
- Reni Lane
- Animal Collective
- The Cribs

Plus we've got newly-added music:

- Alberta Cross - Taking Control
- The Answering Machine - It's Over! It's Over! It's Over!
- Arctic Monkeys - Sketchead
- The Drums - I Felt Stupid
- Gordon Gano & The Ryans - Man In The Sand
- Holloways - Jukebox Sunshine
- Hot Chip - Take It In
- Cosmo Jarvis - She's Got You
- Ladyhawke - Magic
- Little Comets - Adultery
- Shy Child - Criss Cross
- The Twang - Encouraging Sign
- Two Door Cinema Club - I Can Talk

Our Featured Classics:

- Cake - Never There
- Julian Cope - Planet Ride
- Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes (Annihilation)
- Joy Division - Warsaw
- Killing Joke - Birds Of A Feather
- Love & Rockets - Lucifer Sam
- Metronomy - My Heart Rate Rapid
- Soft Cell - What
- Visage - The Damned Dont Cry

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.)

'Twas The Night After Christmas: The Court Tavern, December 26. Lotsa good DJs including Drew and IronMike, plus your Altrok proprietor. Classic deep alternative and new music, too. Creatures will be stirring.

About the Classic Era Melody Bar Reunion: Oh yeah, it's happening, February 27, 2010. If you're turning 38 sometime in 2010, you're in (even younger if you can vouch for being there, but you'll have to stand out from all the other folks who'll say they were there.) If it gets tight, bring a Melody Bar card (free drink card, VIP, whatever) to speed you past the velvet rope; last year was crazy, and this one will be too.

- Sean Carolan
Altrok Radio
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