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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.


Television History: Thames On 9

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.


Fashion: Backward Glances

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.


Music: Flitwick Records

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.


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Today's NY/NJ Shows That Matter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
 
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones at World Cafe Live, Philly
 
Matthew Logan Vasquez at Boot & Saddle, Philly
 
The New Pornographers and Waxahatchee at Terminal 5
 
SUSTO, Atlas Road Crew and Stop Light Observations at Brooklyn Bowl
 
Juliana Hatfield at Mercury Lounge
 
Jeffrey Foucault at City Vineyard (Pier 26/West Side Highway)
 
Ian Bamberger Trio, Little Bear, Taylor Tote and Society Hill at The Saint
 
 
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ALTROK Ordinals

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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