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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Altrok Radio Music Update #247

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:

- Middle Distance Runner
- The Twang
- Screaming Lights
- Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents
- LoveLikeFire
- The Soft Pack

Plus we've got newly-added music:

- Animal Kingdom - Signs And Wonders
- Brendan Benson - Garbage Day
- The Bravery - The Spectator
- The Cribs - We Share The Same Skies
- Dinosaur Jr. - The Backyard
- The Features - Lions
- Flamboyant Bella - Get A Reaction
- Ladyhawke - Magic
- Local Natives - Camera Talk
- Mando Diao - Dance With Somebody
- Raveonettes - Bang!
- The Rifles - Science Is Violence
- Stricken City - Five Metres Apart
- Frank Turner - Poetry Of The Deed

Our Featured Classics:

- The Adult Net - Incense And Peppermints
- Big Dipper - Homosapien
- The dB's - Lonely Is As Lonely Does
- The Fall - Proteinprotection
- Haircut 100 - Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) [Extended Version]
- Hunters And Collectors - Talking To A Stranger
- Magazine - Shot By Both Sides
- The Vapors - Jimmie Jones
- XTC - Life Begins At The Hop

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.)

Plus, a new item on the horizon - a rather nice shindig is coming up on Boxing Day, at the Court Tavern's roomy new upstairs hoedown space. Things have been broadened to accommodate the sorts of hijinks you'd expect from the caliber of DJs like Drew and Iron Mike...and yours truly, in fact, among others. That's December 26 at the Court Tavern, with a complete absence of holiday revelry (but an abundance of the garden-variety kind.)

And, of course: The Pinfield-Era Melody Bar Reunion will be its usual boisterous self on Saturday, February 27. Owing to capacity issues, preference will be toward those who were likely to have actually been at the Melody Bar from 1982-1992. (It might be helpful if you still have a Melody Free Drink or VIP card.)

- Sean Carolan
Altrok Radio
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