Posts Tagged ‘KCRW’

New Music Sources

October 7, 2009

In other news, I am presently streaming WICB (“the station of innovation, 91.7,” broadcast from Ithaca, NY) on the recommendation of one of my friends/readers, someone who can actually listen to the station on his luddite radio. It’s a good mix of old and new alternatives. Voted best college radio station by numerous counts over the years, I find it interesting it is not from the more famous academic institution of Ithaca — Cornell University. It comes from Ithaca College instead.

My favorite local station KCRW 89.9 is similarly broadcast from the not obvious LA college, as it comes from Santa Monica College, a community college, not nearby UCLA or USC. KCRW is doing its news and talk programs now, until 7 pm (because I am a luddite also, and still own a radio and listen to it), so I go in search of music elsewhere. I was listening to KXLU 88.9, another great LA college station, broadcast from Loyola Marymount University, but sometimes there is only so much new music I can listen to. I like to touch base with familiar landmarks before venturing back out into the experimental seas of the new, so WICB is a great station for easing the mix. Thanks for the recommendation, Mr. Rith!

Of course, I should mention KCRW has a new streaming 24 hours of music site too, which is fabulous, called Eclectic24 (available also on iTunes radio), and the only reason I didn’t go there was I was looking for a different mix of music. I love KCRW, don’t get me wrong, but one thing I have noticed by going to all these music festivals and listening to radio across the country, is that there are still regional differences. Listening to a podcast from KEXP (Seattle) gives you a different take on music from MPR (Minnesota) which is different from Paste, CD Baby and IndieFeed, my other podcasts I listen to regularly. And thank goodness for those regional taste differences!

My mother’s burning question our last phone call was whether there was a new fashion trend that had all the high schoolers dress in black? I asked my parents whether they knew what kind of music they were listening to? My parents responded simultaneously with LOUD! And my father proceeded to imitate the bass from a car speaker. From their description, it sounded like there are a lot of metal listeners in their school district. It makes sense. The predominant music on the radio is country and Christian, and when I have done MySpace searches of the area, Metal comes up big. It is Montana after all, what better way to rebel against Christian/Country music than by listening to loud Metal. Thus the black.

So, like I say, thank goodness for regional differences. You know there are at least four students, maybe a solid dozen, in that graduating class who don’t like any of those three culturally dominant choices on the airwaves. They are thrilled that the internet exists, and they too stream music more to their liking. Just like I am doing, just like anyone with an internet connection can. Praise be access to the internet!

PS. I should mention, if you do check out Eclectic24, if you go to their website (the link above), you get little biographical blurbs on whichever artist is playing, in addition to the song, the album, the chance to buy it from Amazon or iTunes, etc. But if you really like a sound, sometimes that blurb is a godsend, telling you this was the guitarist who used to be in that band you liked, gone solo, and no wonder you like this song so much! You don’t get that if you just stream off iTunes radio.

Oh, and something about a KCRW app for your iPhone that allows you to get all the streams from KCRW. Praise be to cell phone technology too!

Henry Rollins – Again!

March 15, 2009

Oh My God! I am hyperventilating from excitement. Let me tell you why.

I was so thrilled the other day with an email I got from my local public broadcasting radio station, which so happens to also be the home of many DJs who also happen to be music supervisors on TV shows and movies. As in, their musical tastes have a wide range of influence, like it or not. And I am super excited because,

1) there is going to be a dance party featuring many of those djs, including HENRY ROLLINS, and 2) because the venue is within easy walking distance in a building I have been told used to be the place for many punk shows back in the day. A building that is not open to the public that often. I had wondered about that grand old building, when on my walks, so now I get to see inside it. And 3) I just bought my ticket, before the general public sale, because I support my local NPR station by being a member and members got in on the pre-sale today. OMG!

How thrilling!

Maybe I can finally meet Henry Rollins, tell him that I actually read books, not all of which are children’s books, that I love music, that I think he’s cool, that I think his passionate rants are sexy because it shows he cares and I honestly have no idea why he doesn’t have a girlfriend, and maybe we will hit it off and become an item. Maybe you will be hearing about us soon on the celebrity news. And I can even invite him back to my place, because it is just on the other side of MacArthur Park from the venue, no driving involved. How convenient is that for ease of seduction?…. What to wear, what to wear…. 

Hey, I can dream! ‘Til proven otherwise, I can dream any little fantasy I want….

Regardless, I expect to have a fun time, dancing to a bunch of djs I enjoy, all on the weekend before Coachella, to get my dance groove on!