Saturday, February 13, 2010

Jockey of the Disks

I guess the big news on the music front is that I am damn close to done training to be a DJ at Carnegie Mellon's station. We're attempting a new training regime that is supposed to be more "accessible" and immediate to prospective DJs that gets you up front with the equipment from the first day. As well as attending training sessions, I have to shadow at least three DJs - so far, I've shadowed two, and once I shadow my final DJ, I'll be able to take the air test and get on the air.

I'm doing the air test next Tuesday. Perhaps the big surprise is how involved DJing is. You essentially have to log everything you do - every song you play has to be logged into an online playlist database so that listeners can see what's on the air; additionally, we have to keep logs of how air time is allotted - when we play PSAs, when we play promos, when particular DJs or talk show people are on the air. And then there's the stuff you'd expect a DJ to be doing - queueing up CDs, using the turntables, taking requests, using the mixer.

But if all goes well, I imagine I will have a show in a little over a week. If you read my posts from the past year or so - where I explore the depths of the forgotten Nineties indie rock classics - you'll get an idea of what I'm looking to do in my show. My show will be a tribute to the Matador Records, the Merge Records, the Teenbeat Records, the Touch and Go records - all the great Nineties labels that brought us all of the classic Nineties indie bands. And most preferably, the bands and labels that were on everyone's lips way back then, but you hear nothing of anymore.

I just discovered Unrest today browsing through the Teenbeat back catalog. Teenbeat, as I understand, were once as big as Matador - yet look which we remember today. This is the type of stuff I'm looking to play. A manifesto of pure pop, of guitars and pedals, of simultaneous hooks and angularity. This Unrest cut is simultaneously a sonnet to the greats of the legendary C86 compilation, and a reminder of why we don't ever want to forget the Nineties, even if guitar pop is truly a dead genre.

Anyway, more on that when that bridge gets crossed. I'll be setting up a new blog for my show, and will duly link to it.

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