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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Show #7 Recording (3/31)

To tell you the truth, I have no idea which show this was, so I decided to name the recording show7. Like always, we had a great show today, despite the insinuations that our show had turned fratty.

Anyways, to listen to the show, click the title above or right here to download, or you can stream it below:

Show #7 Playlist (3/31)

Jane's Addiction-True Nature
The Flaming Lips-Do You Realize??
dredg-Penguins in the Desert
Hieroglyphics-Oakland Blackouts
Leeway- Who's to Blame
Damien Marley ft. Nas- Road to Zion
The Knux- Life in a Cage (Electric)
POS- Why Go (Cover)
Freeway- Take it to the Top
Justice- Push it to the Edge
Sponge- Plowed
Kate Nash- Foundations
Lily Allen - Take What You Take
Morrissey- Black Cloud
Long Beach Dub Allstars- Sunny Hours
Asher Roth- Lark on My Go Cart
Rage Against the Machine- Take the Power Back
Paramore- CrushCrushCrush
The Klaxons- Golden Skans
Dispatch- Bats in the Belfry
The Strokes- Razorblade
Slightly Stoopid- 2 AM
Dandy Warhols- Boys Better
Life of Agony- Bad Seed

Monday, March 30, 2009

T-Pain = Spring Concert

A. T-Pain won a grammy?

B. T-Pain is married?

C. Is that a glass cane? Really?

D. Is that a denim suit?

E. What is that hat? I want one.

F. He is performing in McDonough for Georgetown's Spring Kickoff Concert. Why? Didn't other artists get many more votes? I guess it's still better than Coolio.

Here's the Facebook event.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Best Ad Ever

Though this ad has nothing to do with Cadbury Chocolate, but it's absolutely awesome. It even has it's own wikipedia page. Apparently, this ad went completely viral in the UK and even won awards at Cannes. And it has Phil Collins and a gorilla!

Friday, March 27, 2009

POS Covers Pearl Jam's "Why Go"

With Pearl Jam re-releasing their premier album Ten, Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. decided to cover the track Why Go? for MTV. Awesome. Check it out above. You can download this track from the link below.
(Via CultureBully via NY Mag Vulture)

The Future of Radio

I've had this conversation with my friend Garrett many times now, but I thought I'd put it out there on this blog to see what you all think? The issue is this: What's the future of radio?

With iPods, CD players, and satellite radio, it seems like traditional, commercial, terrestrial radio is facing much more competition these days. And that goes for TV and newspapers/magazines and all other ad-supported media. This forces radio stations to ask themselves why anyone would listen to the radio when they could instead just plug in their iPod and listen to their own music instead of being forced to bear ads, annoying songs, and even worse DJs.

Garrett thinks that radio stations need to switch to having more niche playlists that attract people who wouldn't otherwise listen to mainstream radio (i.e. hipsters). He has a point, people who listen to bands like TV on the Radio and Radiohead aren't likely to listen to typical stations that play popular artists such as the Foo Fighters and Linkin Park. What Garrett would prefer is for radio to adopt a Indie 103.1 type of model.

Indie 103.1 was a radio station down in LA that began as a typical rock station with a typical, corporate playlist. About five years ago though, the station switched to playing more indie music that wasn't found on any other station. It was unique and innovative, and people thought it would be the future of radio. Then on January 15, 2009, Indie 103.1 went off the air. Their business model had failed. The guys who operated the station failed to realize and respect the power of corporate music and radio. And whenever I make that argument, Garrett points out that I am clearly the business student between us, and not much of an idealist as he is.

Here's Indie 103's farewell message:
This is an important message for the Indie 103.1 Radio Audience - Indie 103.1 will cease broadcasting over this frequency effective immediately. Because of changes in the radio industry and the way radio audiences are measured, stations in this market are being forced to play too much Britney, Puffy and alternative music that is neither new nor cutting edge. Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with only one option --- to play the corporate radio game. We have decided not to play that game any longer. Rather than changing the sound, spirit, and soul of what has made Indie 103.1 great Indie 103.1 will bid farewell to the terrestrial airwaves and take an alternative course. This could only be done on the Internet, a place where rules do not apply and where new music thrives; be it grunge, punk, or alternative simply put, only the best music. For those of you with a computer at home or at work, log on to www.indie1031.com and listen to the new Indie 103.1 - which is really the old Indie 103.1, not the version of Indie 103.1 we are removing from the broadcast airwaves. We thank our listeners and advertisers for their support of the greatest radio station ever conceived, and look forward to continuing to deliver the famed Indie 103.1 music and spirit over the Internet to passionate music listeners around the world.
Basically, simply catering to one small niche was not a successful business model. Instead, appealing to the largest possible audience will bring in more listeners. So, playing artists that can still sell platinum records like Lil' Wayne and Coldplay and Taylor Swift seems to be a great business model for the moment. That's why some of the best artists like Atmosphere, dredg, and Lucky Boys Confusion rarely end up on the radio. Even though many people agree that Flo Rida and Soulja Boy are trash, they still sell hundreds of thousands of albums and singles. And in this economy and technological age, that is absoltely impressive. So, think about it? What makes good business sense? Playing an artist that can sell 400,000 albums total or an artist that can still sell that in a week? That's why TV on the Radio isn't on radio, but Coldplay and U2 will be played every other song.

And while I don't particularly like some of the artists on my favorite station back home, Live 105, I will usually listen to it whenever I'm home just because I still like most of the artists they play. But someone more fickle than myself might immediately change the station when they hear a band they dislike. And with more options than ever, any wrong move by a radio station might jeopardize their ratings. Radio needs to find a way to continuing introducing good artists to the world. It's difficult with myspace and other music sites on the internet, but radio could still play the role of a legitimate filter on all the nonsense on the internet. For instance, any band can put their songs on the internet, but what radio needs to do is to find the ones that are actually good and play them. I still look to Live 105 for artists that I've never heard before. Recently, I discovered bands like Anberlin, Pendulum, Far, Airborne Toxic Event, and Iglu & Hartly on Live 105. They aren't necessarily that good, but they are decent and deserve a listen.
But another thing that Live 105 does that other stations should replicate is to have a show that focuses on lesser-known artists. Instead of going overboard and playing only indie artists like Indie 103 did, radio should find a middle ground and adhere to the popular, Top 40 type of music that their parent media conglomerates demand, while also having a show like Soundcheck that plays "indie, punk, local, imports, and new music." Every Sunday from 7-10 PM, the music director at Live 105, Aaron Axelsen, plays artists that normally don't get to be played on commercial radio. So, while the normal playlist on Live 105 contains Papa Roach and Incubus, Soundcheck plays artists like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MC Rut, Morissey, and Lady Sovereign (and those are the ones I've heard of). By having a show that premieres smaller bands, radio stations can gauge the aduience's responses to these new sounds and move these artists to the regular playlist. Basically Soundcheck is something of a compromise between purely corporate radio and fully independent indie/pirate radio. Interestingly, both of these extremes are incredibly alienating, so hopefully the compromise of these two proves to be a successful business plan for radio. Otherwise, I honestly don't know what will become of radio.

What radio needs to offer is something that people can't do for themselves. That is the basic definition of a service. If I can listen to that leaked Jay-Z track before it even gets to the radio (and without ads!), why subject myself to radio? I have the ability to listen to a mashup followed by hip-hop followed by classic rock. There is no radio station that can offer that. But that's why DJs still matter. That personal touch is quintessential for radio. People wonder why Rush Limbaugh is the most popular person on the radio? How/why does he get over 14 million listeners each week? Because he does something for people that they can't do for themselves, he gives them opinions that they want to hear. Radio needs to keep me from switching to my iPod. It needs to keep me engaged. It needs to provide a service that I can't provide for myself.

The most successful radio stations in America are either the ones that offer something no others can with their DJs or exlcusives (Power 106, KROQ, Hot 97) or that cater to the older audiences. The most successful radio stations in America are adult contemporary stations that play artists like Eddie Money and Enya. Adults, the ones who don't regularly download music and update their iPods and refuse to listen to any new music of the past decade, are the ones that still listen to the radio. For that reason, instead of keeping playlists modern and innovative with new artists that may even be unsigned, it appears that a more successful business model is to stick to the oldies and proven artists that have large, older, faithful fan bases.

So where does that leave college radio? It helps being subsidized by a major university as something of an educational experience, but we surely don't get the listenership that warrants us being on the radio. I don't know what will happen, but I suspect as more media ends up on the internet, more and more radio stations will be forced onto the internet as well over time. This does alienate radio's largest listeners, people in cars, but it's a sacrifice radio will have to make. We are at a point in history where all media must reexamine its business model to figure out in which direction it wants to head. Something innovative must occur, otherwise audiences will continue finding ways around advertising. And while TV has found something of a replacement for ads through product placement, this is something radio and newspapers/magazines can't really do.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More New Releases!

So this week, I thought it would be cool to write something about my favorite new releases from this week (March 24 release dates). First up is the new release, Crack the Skye, from Atlanta metal masters MASTODON.

While I will admit I like "heavy" music more than most people, I am still not a big metal fan. Mastodon, though, is one of the few legitimate "metal" bands I can get down on. They have a knack for writing story albums, and Crack the Skye is no different. Their last two albums were Leviathan, which narrated the Moby Dick story, and Blood Mountain, which told the story of some explorers in search of a Crystal Skull. This concept could obviously be some weird metal nerd shit, but Mastodon actually pulls it off as they are especially talented at writing some pretty crazy and innovative riffs. Crack the Skye shows Mastodon taking a more prog-rock approach, though they still bring their A Game when it comes to riffs, bordering on some YES, Rush, and even Zeppelin inspired segments. Overall, I would say Mastodon is a more accessible "metal" band, and is a cool band to check out if you are sick of listening to Godspeed, You Black Emperor or whatever.

Next up is the newest CD from Michigan pop-punkers Fireworks entitled, All I Have to Offer is My Own Confusion.
If I'm not mistaken, this album was produced by Chad from New Found Glory, so you know it has some pretty catchy melodies and vocal parts. Fireworks creates a more refined sound, at times bordering on pop-punk forefathers Lifetime, while at others times showing the grit and speed of Kid Dynamite. Overall, the album doesn't stray much from standard and lovable pop-punk roots, but brings a more mature and well-written style. For fans of catchy pop-punk, makes great warm weather music for all your pool party and BBQ needs.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Just tonight I watched the first trailer for upcoming release Where the Wild Things Are, or, as I like to call it, WTWTA. I was psyched to hear that Spike Jonze was directing this when I first heard about it a year or so ago, and now the trailer looks really cool. Check it out!

edit: Guess the studio is pulling the trailers from YouTube and Vimeo, so check it out in HD here.

The Offspring

I've been a pretty big fan of The Offspring ever since 4th grade when Americana came out. Before that album dropped, I was only listening to bands like the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. But when "Pretty Fly for a White Guy" came onto the radio, I knew I was destined to listen to shitty rock from that point on. And for my 10th birthday, I got Americana. Pretty soon after I got the album though, my brother lost the album and I was left listening to Britney Spears and Ricky Martin until I discovered CD burning.

The Offspring have fallen off recently with their new album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. It seems like they are one of those bands that unfortunately gets worse with every album they release. Smash is an incredible album and the highest selling independent album of all time with 16 million copies sold worldwide. Ixnay on the Hombre is also incredible, but clearly not as good as their previous effort. And though Americana is the band's second best selling album, it is much more poppy than this punk band should sound.
Nonetheless, even though the band has shown its age (they are all around mid-40s), I still respect the band for their awesomeness. Firstly, Dexter Holland, the lead singer, is an absolute genius. Before joining the band, Holland was pursuing a Ph.D in molecular biology from USC. And he runs marathons. Secondly, when Napster came out, they were one of the few bands that encouraged their fans to download their music. They were contrarian and anti-establishment before Nine Inch Nails re-started the trend. Thirdly, when Axl Rose appeared at the MTV VMAs with blonde dreads, years after Dexter Holland had the same hairstyle, The Offspring decided to steal his album title, Chinese Democracy. Their album would be called Chinese Democrazy (You Snooze, You Lose). Eventually the dispute was settled, and the album was titled Splinter. And finally, what prompted me to write this post was the name of The Offspring's summer concert, This Shit is Fucked Up. How ridiculous is it that they can title their concert This Shit is Fucked Up. Who does that? Check out the video below for their tour preview. The tour includes some absolutely awesome bands like Pennywise, Shiny Toy Guns, Sum 41, and Alkaline Trio.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Show #? Recording (3/24)

Another Tuesday, another show. This show wold probably have been better had Decker's iTunes not tried to assert its independence by deleting his music and had we not both felt sick. But you can't be perfect every week.

Also, to get a copy of the Street Sweeper tracks, check out the NIN/JA 2009 Tour site.

Unlike other weeks, you will be unable to download this show because the site sendspace is currently down. But you can still stream the show below. If this is a problem, complain, and I may do something about it.

Show Number ? (3/24) Playlist

The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Herculean
Third Eye Blind - Faster
Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section
Beastie Boys- Hold it, Hit It
The Casualties of Jazz- Fairies Wear Boots
Black Milk- Long Story Short
Coconut Records- Back to You
Bad Brains- Right Brigade
The Weathermen- Made You Shit Your Pants
Dizzee Rascal- Hardback (Industry)
Common- Be
Dave Holland- Happy Jammy
Wolfmother- Vagabond
Street Sweeper- Clap for the Killers
Muse- Feeling Good
Into Another- Poison Fingers
Cold World- How Shook is One
Queens of the Stone Age- Leg of Lamb
No Doubt- Spiderwebs
Jimi Hendrix- Burning of the Midnight Lamp
Transit- Radio Flyer
Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Heads Will Roll
Wale- Chillin
Jefferson Airplane- White Rabbit
Saves the Day- Firefly
Ludacris- Get Back (Remix feat. Sum 41)

Monday, March 23, 2009

New Tracks!

Two really good bands from PA just put up some new tracks, so I figured I would share them with everyone. First up- Tiger's Jaw from Scranton, PA combining 90's sounds with great pop-punkish and indie sensibilities. Peep their new track, "I Believe in Harvey Dent".

Next up is another cool band from Doylestown, PA called Balance & Composure. They also have sort of a 90's melodic sound, but with some Britpop and Shoegaze influence, as well. Check out their new track, "Show Your Face".

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Recording (3/17)

'Tis St. Patrick's Day and we had a show. Yet for some reason, we forgot to play Against Me! and U2. I am ashamed and I must apologize. Nevertheless we did play The Pogues and we had to rep The Wire.

Hopefully you all had an enjoyable St. Patrick's Day.

To listen to the show, click the title above or right here to download the show, so you can keep it forever and ever! or stream it below:

St. Patrick's Day Playlist (3/17)

Dropkick Murphys- Spicy McHaggis Jig
Flogging Molly- What's Left of the Flag
Saul Williams- Sunday Bloody Sunday
Boxcar Racer- I Feel So
AFI- The Boy Who Destroyed the World
Cappadonna- Dart Throwing
Dropkick Murphys- The Walking Dead
Brother Ali- Room with a View
Arctic Monkeys- This House is a Circus
Down- Swan Song
Dr. Dre - Topless
Kid Cudi-Sky Might Fall
B.o.B- I'll be in the sky
The Promise Ring- Red and Blue Jeans
Neil Young & Crazy Horse- Cinnamon Girl
The Pogues- The Body of an American
The Cranberries- Linger
John Coltrane- Giant Steps
Balance & Composure- Show Your Face
Silversun Pickups- Panic Switch
The Cool Kids- Pennies
George Harrison- What Is Life
Neutral Milk Hotel- The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 2
Sonic Youth- Incinerate
Mental- Climbing Aboard

Most Epic Music Ever

So, if you are a fan of Zelda like I am, you might like these mashups. Here's the first one: 8tracks. And the other: Ketchup Please?

Absolutely epic.


Decker Tweets

So, Decker just told me that he has a twitter. You can follow it here. What a lame-o.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Fancy Underwear

Here's the video for Weezy's new rock song, "Prom Queen."

Some observations:

a) So, apparently Wayne was a loser in high school. Does he expect us to believe that he actually went to high school? The truth is that he actually dropped out at 14 and later earned a GED.

b) He can play guitar.

c) That's Korn in the video. Apparently the band is down to three guys now that David Silveria left, so Jonathan Davis is playing drums.

d) I know too much about Korn.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Spring Break '09

This spring break I will be road dogging on this tour for a few dates, so make sure you come out and say what's up. Also features Fireworks, A Loss For Words, This Time Next Year, and Fireworks.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Spring Break Recording (3/3)

Yet another flawless show! And yet another lie. It was a good show, except for the submarine noises we heard in the studio. Anyways, we sorta had a Spring Break theme for this episode, which really didn't mean much because we never stick to our themes anyways.

So, to listen to the show, click the title above or right here to download the show or you can stream it below:

Spring Break Playlist (3/3)

The Game-California Vacation
Notorious B.I.G. - Going Back to Cali
Radical Face- Welcome Home
Young Jeezy- Vacation
Quicksand- Landmine Spring
Weezer- Pink Triangle
CunninLynguists- Sunrise Sunset
Tiger's Jaw- I Believe in Harvey Dent
Clipse- Breakfast in Cairo
Mistah F.A.B.- Sideshow
Tupac- 2 Of Amerika'z Most Wanted
The Diplomats- My Love
The Roots- Step into the Realm
RHCP- Get on Top
Beastie Boys- Super Disco Breakin'
Title Fight- Evander
Fireworks- David Mackinder vs The World
Incubus- The Warmth
Blink 182- Take Me Home
Natty Dread 'Pon the Mountain Top- Bad Brains
Jimmy Eat World- Bleed American
Zion I - Caged Bird Pt. 1
E-40- Yay Area
Coconut Pete- Pina Colada-berg
Jay-Z- Girls, Girls, Girls

Monday, March 2, 2009

Guilty Pleasures

Since it's midterms time, I decided I would avoid studying and write about my favorite guilty pleasures. We all have them, but for some reason, we act like our taste in music or movies or TV is above that. We have this innate fear of being like everyone else and must prove our superiority by listening to only artists that aren't on the radio. But like I've always said, there's a reason these artists aren't on the radio. Indie 103 failed for a reason. It's classic psychology, I think. We lie to ourselves instead of admitting to ourselves that we enjoy mass consumer culture. Admit it, you like that new Miley Cyrus song.

For some reason, we all like to act as if we are scholarly individuals who only partake in the best of things. We only watch shows like Lost or The Sopranos or The Wire and listen to bands that no one has heard of yet. In reality, we watch Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives, and The Hills when no one is looking and our iTunes are filled with Limp Bizkit and Lily Allen. I'll admit it, I love the the "trash" of our culture. But I do need to make one thing clear, I actually do detest The Hills. I am above that fake MTV nonsense.

My point is this, everyone has guilty pleasures, so there is no need hiding them. There shouldn't be a stigma associated with liking the same music as an 11 girl who shops at Hot Topic or reading the same books as your 7 year old cousin.
Look at my last.fm page, I listen to Fall Out Boy more than I do my favorite band, Rage Against the Machine. I listen to Justin Timberlake more than I listen to Bruce Springsteen. Why might this be? Perhaps because Fall Out Boy and JT have mastered the ability to create universal appeal in every single one of their songs. They produces catchy music that I can listen to at any time, in any mood. Could I listen to Rage Against the Machine or Aesop Rock or Queens of the Stone Age or Radiohead at any time? Not really, unless I had serious emotional issues.
I decided to write this post because the great teen-punk band Paramore just came my iTunes and I didn't feel like changing it. iTunes shuffle is magical like that. Paramore, along with Fall Out Boy, Panic (!) at the Disco, and other bands that are "pop" seem to have a stigma that comes with listening to them. There may be no uniqueness or true artisitc quality to it, but these artists are making music that everyone enjoys, even your Mom. Basically, we should be able to accept people despite their musical tastes, however strange they may be. Unless they listen to country because that is just wrong. Who does that?

And what's with people trying to justify their liking of shows like The O.C. and bands like Paramore by saying they think the characters or singer is hot. Why can't we just admit it to ourselves that our lustful desires are not the reason we listen to Paramore or Evanescence. Sometimes we just need easy music that makes us happy. And, truth be told, they are capable of producing decent music, that is why they have record deals and you don't. But my god, how is every single character on Gossip Girl that attractive? It's ridiculous.

So, from this day forward, don't hide your guilty pleasures because what's the point in lying to yourself? Besides, everyone else is doing it...