What, exactly, is the Altrok lifestyle?
It could have something to do with lining your walls with highly endearing prints from SHAG. Or filling your wardrobe with vintage clothing and tchotchkes from Red Bank, NJ's own Backward Glances. Or even procuring a valuable subscription to Weird NJ Magazine.
The truth of it is, though, that the Altrok lifestyle is what you make it - because the irony is that if you do what we tell you to, you're not doing your own thing. (So nyah.)
These are but highway markers; we invite you to draw your own map.
Didja know that, back in 1976, London's Thames Television took over a TV station in New York? Here's a growing site that has the lowdown.
Red Bank, NJ has come a long way since I first set foot in its formerly declining self. Backward Glances is a survivor, and is now reaping the benefit of having never given up on Red Bank. Vintage is the watchword, and it's not limited to clothes; check out their jukebox, arrange for arcane dance lessons through them, or just stop by and soak up the atmosphere. And if you're not physically near enough to Red Bank to do this yourself, the website is a more than acceptable substitute, at least until Jet Blue has non-stops to Red Bank.
Besides, Cindy was kind enough to mention us on her page, and we're big enough to create a feature just so we could do the same for her.
So if it costs so much to promote a record to retail and radio, doesn't it make sense to cut out the middleman and send out your records for free? The folks at Flitwick Records thought so, and are putting their theory to the test at their website. Just sign up, and every now and again, a record will find its way to you. On real live vinyl, for the most part. So far, I've been impressed by music from Keith John Adams and the Free French, not to mention the originally free and now super-rare 7" single they released from The Fall.
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
Today's NY/NJ Shows That Matter
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Alison Krauss and David Gray at The Mann, Philly
Will Hoge at World Cafe LIve, Philly
Mason Jennings & band and Frankie Lee at City Winery
Shemekia Copeland at Stanhope House
Crescent Moon, Naughty Clouds, Mr Payday and Elk City at Bowery Electric
More NY/NJ Shows That Matter
ALTROK recommends music once a week; here's our most recent choices. Most links will take you to a place where you can buy the music; if there's no link, and you own a record company, consider releasing it yourself...
A Place To Bury Strangers - It Is Nothing
The Boxer Rebellion - Semi-Automatic
The Cribs - Cheat On Me
Datarock - True Stories
Everything Everything - Photoshop Handsome
HEALTH - Die Slow
Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls - Catching More Than We Miss
Julian Plenti - Games For Days
Los Campesinos - The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future (Free download!)
Miike Snow - Black & Blue
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