Saturday, February 27, 2010

Disks of the Jockeys

I had my first show today. Despite culling a list of things in advance I wished to play, I must have played no more than half of those cuts. What ended up happening is that as I entered the radio station's library and started scanning the CDs and the vinyl records, I kept thinking, "I have to play this!".

Looking back at my playlist, it seems to be much more rooted in slowcore and dream pop than I would have ever planned out in advance. Three generations of the stuff - from its roots in Galaxie 500 to bands like Beach House, which add electronic elements to the existing formula - are represented, and even the non-slowcore tracks seem bleak and plodding. It only helps that we're getting a massive influx of snow here in Pittsburgh, and it's near impossible to walk the sidewalks because of the venomous combination of virgin snow and wet, melted sidewalks.

I'll be on the air on Fridays from 7 to 8 PM on WRCT. And yes, you can stream online. There are a number of wonderful shows on WRCT ranging from experimental to psychedelica to jazz to show tunes. This semester, we've done a good job eliminating dead air, and for most all reasonable hours of the day, you'll hear a live DJ. And even if I don't agree with everyone's taste, we have a crap ton of people there who love what they're doing.

Once I name my show and get it officially on the calendar, I'll be starting a new blog for it. Watch out.

Playlist for 2-26-2009:
1. Maserati - Monoliths (from 2009's Passages EP) [6:20]
2. The Wedding Present - Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft (from 1987's George Best) [4:10]
3. Low - Broadway (So Many People) (From 2005's The Great Destroyer) [7:14]
4. Spoon - Who Makes Your Money? (From 2010's Transference) [3:44]
5. Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July (from 1990's This Is Our Music) [5:35]
6. Preston School of Industry - Falling Away (From 2002's All This Sounds Gas) [3:39]
7. Girls - Summertime (From 2009's Album) [5:39]
8. Yo La Tengo - Drug Test (From 1989's President Yo La Tengo) [4:10]
9. Beach House - Zebra (From 2010's Teen Dream) [4:48]
10. Silkworm - In the Bleak Midwinter (From the comp Even a Blind Chicken Finds a Kernel of Corn Now and Then) [3:28]

As much as I rave about '90s indie rock, I realize I skipped over the whole decade! That will be fixed next week.

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