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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Altrok's Top 30, 2/21/2012

If Altrok 90.5 HD2 has had a really stellar lineup of new tracks lately, it's because more bands have been coming 'round to our way of thinking - that the best rock tracks are confident about challenging you, and they make you move while you're thinking. That's generally what we try to add hereabouts, and by and large there's enough new music of that sort out there that we're successful at it.

Of course, if it's the classic stuff we play that turns you on, this weekend heralds the coming of the Melody Bar Classic Era Reunion at the Elks Club in New Brunswick, NJ. That's Saturday night (2/25) and the decks will be unleashed at 7pm promptly. Myself and many of New Brunswick's alternative elite will be in full effect. It's an early night (ending at midnight) so getting there by the night's beginning is the ticket to getting in. Just saying.

Here's what we've been playing most over the past few days...

1 SLEIGH BELLS Reign Of Terror Mom And Pop
2 KI:THEORY "I Wanna Run" [Single] Kringer
3 YOUNG KNIVES Ornaments From The Silver Arcade
4 ROCKETS Rockets Creative Vibes
5 BIG PINK Future This 4AD
6 A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Onwards To The Wall Dead Oceans
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS Please, Please, Please A Tribute To The Smiths (Compilation)
8 YOUNG REBEL SET Curse Our Love
9 GUIDED BY VOICES Let's Go Eat The Factory GBV
10 TING TINGS "Hang It Up" [Single] Columbia
11 WHITE RABBITS "Heavy Metal" [Single]
12 POLICA Give You The Ghost Totally Gross National Product
13 CLOUD NOTHINGS Attack On Memory Carpark
14 KAISER CHIEFS "On The Run" [Single] Universal
15 NADA SURF The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy Barsuk
16 PALOMAR Sense And Antisense Self-Released
19 FANFARLO "Shiny Things" [Single]
20 LITTLE BARRIE King Of The Waves Tummy Touch
21 YACHT Shangri-La DFA
22 ANI DIFRANCO Which Side Are You On Righteous Babe
23 CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG Stage Whisper Elektra-Because
24 PINK MINK Pink Mink little veronica
25 VARIOUS ARTISTS Ready Set Go (Compilation)
27 TWILIGHT SAD No One Can Ever Know FatCat
28 JOHN K. SAMSON Provincial Epitaph-Anti
29 NEW CASSETTES Winterhead Hype
30 FRANKIE ROSE Interstellar Slumberland

We just got a bumper crop of new music in, too, and we're weeding through it now - so far, there's much to recommend, and you'll hear it when you tune in at Altrok 90.5 HD2.



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