Saturday, July 28, 2007

Mainstream Music

Live365, where I host my radio station, provides listeners the opportunity to rate each track I broadcast between one and five stars. It's always funny to see the ratings, because the mainstream type of music that may have at one time been top-of-the-pop-charts almost always gets low rates while the more unfamiliar (to the general public) tracks get rated higher.

If I took the cue from my ratings, I'd get rid of all of the familiar and embraced-by-pop-culture tracks. But I just CAN'T. I've always resented that divide between "cool" music and "popular" music and have yearned for a station that plays anything and everything, so that's what my station is about. I mean, how can Beastie Boys' "She's Crafty" rank at half a star? There's no way I'm ditching that from the current playlist since it's one of my favorite songs of all time. How can ZZTop's "Cheap Sunglasses" receive only two stars? OH MY GOD!!! It's craziness!! That is a fucking five star song!!

At least my listeners have rated Prince's "The Beautiful Ones" at five stars. I'm shocked to report, however, that "I Would Die 4 U" is swinging from only HALF a star. Oh my GOD!!! It's MADNESS!! "I Would Die 4 U" and "Take Me With U" are, like, my favorite 80's songs performed in a major key!! It's so disheartening.

Fortunately everyone seems quite fond of her dirty holiness, Lucinda Williams. Peaches, Tin Hat Trio, and (oddly) Herb Alpert are also doing well in the ratings. The same cannot be said, however, for Bad Company, Buddy Holly and T. Rex.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Lonesome Music

I just added the blog "Lonesome Music" to my sidebar. Even though I haven't had a chance to read into it, any blog with a tagline of "keeping you melancholy all day" is a surefire winner in my book (or blog, or whatever the case may be).

If anyone has recs for other readable music-oriented blogs, feel free to plug them in comments.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Scorching HOT New Playlist

Has it really been a whole season since I added new songs to the station? Yes . . . yes, I suppose it has, but I finally devoted some time to buying, ripping, uploading and arranging, so GIVE THEM A LISTEN HERE.

The playlist is like a summer day from 3 am to 3 am, abbreviated into less than five hours and has a range of artists from Little Richard to Kings of Leon. A couple of my favorite tracks were pulled off of Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof soundtrack.