Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ultimate Poster Collection

All our posters on one post! Only they're 125x125. Just click, they'll get bigger. Enjoy our artwork. It's mediocre photoshop samples, but hey, this is college, you don't expect us to learn anything, right?

Starting with our first show of the school year
and ending with our most recent:

Fall 2008

Spring 2009

What a great year. Which semester was best?
Let us know!
Comment on this post!
Next year - new posters, same artists, same great show.


Another appropriate music video coming your way brought to you by my wandering thoughts. And this is considering that I found out yesterday (yes, it's almost 5 AM - Finals Week, I'm telling you!) that an old friend of mine whom I hadn't talked to in YEARS just had a baby. She's really not that much older than me. I hope all is well with her, though I'm sure whatever the circumstances, being a young mother must be tough. I'm not sure who should be more worried here: her, or me, considering our short age differences. I'm talking months, people. Probably her. I know a lot of people have these experiences, but still, nevertheless shocking. And hey, life's crazy. "Sometimes your ahead, sometimes your behind, the race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself."

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How's That Ride On Feist's Coattails Feel?

Roll down the window and let the air blow through your hair, boys. You've only got a few more acoustic-solo singles to put out as a band to put out.

Eat it up, lonely teenager girls.

Two For Tuesday!

Well, it's finals week. What does that mean? It means life sucks. You want to drink, party, and be tan for summer, but instead, your stuck in the library or planning your leap out a 12 story building, depending on how extreme you get. And so far, I've only had one final exam - in Electronic Media. Granted I'm retaking the course, but it was still a slap in the face kind of final, just because it was more intense than the Normandy invasion of 1944. That is one course that I will definitely not miss. Sorry Professor, but during class, I mainly counted down the clock, wrote song lyrics, and predicted the next time some nerd would make a stupid audio/video comment. Good lord.

Last night, and yesterday, I guess. I read one of the best Top 50 Greatest Albums of the Past 5 years - I've ever read. Very pleased. Naturally because Arcade Fire won the top lost for Funeral. Damn straight! It's all on Stereogum and the list comes to us via Enjoy it here.

So here's where the last night comes in: The Decemberists were back on The Colbert Report! One of Stephen's finest shows of 2009, I believe. Very funny. I love how he brings indie rock star persons down to a human level by the way of epic bitch out/call out. Musicians need to realize that they're really not hot shit unless fans make them hot shit. Not saying The Decemberists were acting pompous, but you can bet your ass that they do from time to time. I would know, I judged the Battle of the Bands and dealt with the world's greatest musicians ... in the Kutztown area. Gah, spare me. The video should be up somewhere around the Internet soon, but until then, here's a classic video from the Colbert Report favorites. Enjoy.

More music videos like this please? I'm tired of all the seriousness.

Back to finals. Or sleeping. ...Sleeping.

UPDATE!: Here you go, Decemberists/Colbert fans: w00t.

Monday, April 27, 2009

April 24, 2009 (Playlist)

April 24, 2009 (Playlist):
“Our Twenty-Third Show: Never Mind the Mainstream Finale (Spring 2009)!”

The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection
Neutral Milk Hotel – King Of Carrot Flowers (Parts 2 & 3)
The Damned – New Rose
Radiohead – Morning Bell
Big D & The Kids Table – Shining On
Colour Revolt – A New Family
Kevn Kinney – Chico & Maria
Bon Iver – Beach Baby
Joy Division – Digital (Mike’s Favorite Song He Played)
Justin Townes Earle – Can’t Hardly Wait (The Replacements Cover) (Jim’s Favorite Song He Played)
The Replacements – Color Me Impressed (Edit)

Delta Spirit – People, Turn Around
Bloc Party – Always New Depths
The Decemberists – Summersong
The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations (Mike’s Favorite Song Jim Played)
The Jim Carroll Band – People Who Died (Jim’s Favorite Song Mike Played)
Bruce Springsteen – Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Björk - Hyperballad (Live)
Blink 182 – Not Now
R.E.M. – Nightswimming
The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer

*Caller Of The Year: "Redneck" Jeff.

**Background music consisted of various summery songs, you know, in case we didn't play enough of those during the show itself. We had everything under the sun from Bananarama to Sublime.

That's a rap, folks! With the conclusion of this edition, the Never Mind the Mainstream guys are hanging up their headphones and putting down their records for a well-deserved vacation this summer. And although we'll miss the airwaves and the fans, we'll survive the time apart and be ready to rock once more in the fall. This show was one of our strongest and it's all thanks to the combined efforts of both DJs and listeners. Our summer theme went over swimmingly and we loved all the IMs and phone calls we got from you all. It's a part of the show we hold near and dear to our hearts and it will be sorely missed. We got to play some rare tunes that we always wanted to play and never could, like The Stone Roses, The Damned, Kevn Kinney, and Delta Spirit. Safe to say: we were satisfied. Jim revealed that he'll be hosting a summer show on KUR (pre-recorded, obviously), so keep it here to find out more information on that one as it comes in. I, on the other hand, plan on taking summer courses, catching up on the state of rock 'n' roll, and of course, celebrating my 21st year on this planet. Truly exciting times to come. So we leave you with our playlist and best wishes for the summer. Be safe, WEAR SUNSCREEN, and "don't you forget about us". Because we'll be back next September with more great sets. Take care, spread the word of the gospel, and we'll find you to the left of the dial.

"Can. you. stand. me. on my feet?"

"I'm not sure all these people understand."

"We're gonna build something this summer."


I thought this would be appropriate, considering I am now a lobster. "Mike Pop, where's the playlist? The show recap? Your excellent, reportorial journalism?" Well kids, I went on a bender this weekend. Thus which explains my sunburn. FML. Rock 'n' roll.

Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Your Killing Me, Smalls.

The Killers are going to release a record of all covers eventually. Clever. I like that kind of stuff. However - am I a fan of this? This video leaves me baffled.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Battle of the Bands - Results!

From KUR Manager Mike Regensberger:


A huge "Thank You" from co-sponsors KUR, Alpha Phi Omega, and KU Housing for making our Spring 2009 Battle of the Bands a raging success! Hundreds of folks came out on April 22nd and supported great music for a great cause. A nice chunk of change was made for the "Mary Therese Rose Fund" and Kaeyo was the winning band! Thanks again to everyone who made this wonderful event happen and thanks to all the fans and supporters who came out to support the cause!

Runner-up: 3 Second Lead


Tonight is the last waltz.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

KUR Battle of the Bands - TONIGHT!

Yes. The Battle of the Bands is tonight. A long and strenuous journey is over and now our hard work will pay off - hopefully. The weather might be shitty, the bands might not sound the best, and a slue of other things could go wrong, but we're committed to pulling this off and gaining money for the Mary Therese Rose Foundation, which helps kids with genetic disorders. So I'll be there. So will Jim, among other KUR DJs. We promise great fun and a night of ... music. For more information, check out our homepage @ The event starts tonight at 7 PM out on the DMZ. C-ya then!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ricochet Magazine/Interview with Billy McCarthy of Pela

Photo by Bob Sanderson

While the full interview will be the main story in the first issue of Ricochet Magazine, (more to come on that later) here are a few key snippets of the interview I conducted.

Going back to your older stuff like the All in Time EP. From there to Anytown Graffiti it seems that there was definitely a shift towards more aggressive songs, was that intentional?

You know I was reading a great interview with Hüsker Dü who are one of my favorite bands and they were talking about the difference in their first album which was very fast, and I think what they said was that they were playing fast because they were an opening band and they didn’t have a whole lot of time to play their set so they wanted to get as many songs in as possible. I think that its kinda possible that the aggressive sound was more of the live stage experience and I think that we feel like we’re getting out point across that way with the tempo and the tone.

Now you’ve had some past issues on tour, you had the hand injury in Chicago and you broke your foot in Seattle, are you more careful on stage now do you take any special precautions?

Yeah, I take it into consideration now. I went to the hospital forty times this year with physical therapy and surgery and I think it’s just an altitude thing. I think the precarious situations were about me climbing up things so I probably won’t be doing that as much anymore, although, if you get a couple beers in me who knows.

As a Native Philadelphia, I’m interested as to where the song "Philadelphia" comes from?

I have an old friend I went to grade school with that lives in Philadelphia that was going through some upheaval personally, I think, with the fiancé and it was very difficult for me because I went to visit once and I really didn’t appreciate the way he was treating her. And it was strange to be in an adult frame of mind with an old friend that I remember as a childhood friend and I believe that I wrote it thinking of her and how much I really didn’t like this dude. I mean I grew up in Northern California so a lot of it’s kinda imagined, it’s like how believed Philadelphia would be in this scenario I guess. So it was kind of me meditating on the situation my friend had found herself in and the backdrop would be Philadelphia where she lives.

Well on the topic of YouTube videos and bootlegs and that stuff, what’s your outlook on that stuff?

Um...I think in the new landscape of music, you can’t get enough music out there. Personally, being a musician, money comes and goes and I haven’t purchased a record in a while because I also don’t like to accumulate trash and I try to be as green as I can and it makes me feel weird. I mean, I buy it for the album art often and some people don’t even do album art anymore, so I’m stuck with this piece of plastic so I understand it. I mean, I know people get precious about it but they really have to understand that people just want to listen to music and any way that can happen is okay. If we can get past money and all the ridiculous business bullshit I think what you got is people finding their way to music and I wouldn’t want to impede that at all. I mean, people want to listen to art and that’s kinda why we’re doing this right?

I can’t even begin to list how many bands I’ve found through music blogs and those kinds of things, especially through their live stuff. I mean I’ll look for live stuff just as much as studio stuff because music is a live art.

Yeah, thats a big Pela value. A thing we’re really proud of is that, I think when we step on stage it’s not really conscious, but the show is not about us. It’s about the listener, it’s about the audience you know? You guys are coming out and our comfort level is secondary. We’re trying to give you a good time and help you forget, you know, whatever recession or bullshit is going on in people’s lives and we’re trying to elevate and forgot about our mundane lives. I wish more people felt that way because I’ve seen people pull rockstar moves and be ridiculous and it’s like, “man, if you could just understand that it’s not really about you, it’s about the fans that come up to you and talk to you about their lives and what stuff means to them,” that’s what it’s about.

As I mentioned earlier, the full interview will be the main story in the first issue of Ricochet Magazine. So what is that?

Ricochet Magazine is a fan zine written and produced by music fans. Some of us are writing majors trying to get a head start on the business we want to be a part of, and some are just fans who want their opinions heard. We will soon become you number one stop for interviews, reviews, commentaries, and whatever else you want. The first issue is coming in May so keep a lookout here for more information about the zine, and where you can find it once it's out.


Man, that's summery.

Ladies and gentlemen and boys and girls: our awesome, little radio show has reached it's pinnacle and now it is time for the final show. Though we'll be back in late September to rock the airwaves with the best alternative and indie rock from yesterday, today, and tomorrow once more, you will sadly be without our voices and words of wisdom for a lengthy four months, otherwise known as summer break. It is truly a bummer, but never mind that - we're going out in style! We're using this show to play most of the tunes we always wanted to play on the air, but never got around to spinning. So we're excited about this one; I guess you can say it's our gift to ourselves for a job well done. A lot of music will have to do with the summer, which we are patiently waiting for. We'll talk about our plans, give you some summer fun tips, and of course, crank out the greatest underground music the only way Never Mind the Mainstream can! On the line-up, we got mostly classic and themed sets (Big D & The Kids Table, Bruce Springsteen, The Hold Steady, and Neutral Milk Hotel), but we'll offer the audience some newbies, just for fun. Like I said, this show is our finale and we're going out strong with one of best shows yet! So tune in Friday, 6-8 PM, @, and call in to (610)-683-4058 or IM us on our AOL Instant Messenger, KURRequest. See you then! Have a great summer!

The Boss. The Jersey. The Beach. The Girls in their Summer Clothes.
...The Summer.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Total NMTM Playlist (Fall 2008)

Oh yes, some serious crunching of numbers and organizing took place, but this is really something crazy. I never realized how many tunes we play in total, not including background music! Here's what we had played in the Fall of 2008, when our show was in it's first months of life. Aw. And to make it fun, it's all alphabetized. Thanks, Internet!

Total KUR NMTM Playlist (9/19/08 - 12/5/08):

¡All-Time Quarterback! – Plans Get Complex
A.A. Bondy – American Hearts
A.A. Bondy – Oh The Vampyre
Aesop Rock (Feat. John Darnielle) – Coffee
Albert Hammond Jr. – GfC
Arcade Fire – Black Mirror
Arcade Fire – Headlights Look Like Diamonds
Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent
BC Camplight – Couldn’t You Tell?
Band Of Horses – Is There A Ghost?
Band Of Horses – No One’s Gonna Love You
Band Of Horses - Detlef Schrempf
Barton Carroll – Brooklyn Girl, You’re Gonna Be My Bride
Bayside – The Walking Wounded
Beck – Gamma Ray (TWICE)
Belaire – Through The Air (Kanye West Cover)
Belle & Sebastian – Step Into My Office, Baby
Ben Gibbard – Thriller (Michael Jackson Cover)
Ben Kweller – Wasted And Ready
Big Star – Thirteen
Billy Bragg – A New England
Billy Bragg & Wilco – All You Fascists
Birdie Busch – Go Go Gadget Heart
Björk – All Is Full Of Love
Black Flag – TV Party (TWICE)
Black Kids – Hit The Heartbrakes
Bloc Party – Hunting For Witches
Bloc Party – One Month Off
Bloc Party – Signs (TWICE)
Bloc Party – The Once And Future King
Bloc Party – Your Visits Are Getting Shorter
Blondie – Union City Blue
Bob Mould – It’s Too Late
Bon Iver – Creature Fear
Bon Iver – Flume
Bon Iver – For Emma
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Boyz II Men – Mo’ Town Philly
Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life
Bruce Springsteen – A Night With The Jersey Devil
Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of The Town
Bruce Springsteen – No Surrender
Built To Spill – Big Dipper
Built To Spill – Car
Built To Spill – Sidewalk
CSS – Rat Is Dead (Rage)
Camper Van Beethoven – Eye Of Fatima (Part 1)
Cat Power – He War
Chad VanGaalen – Molten Light
Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah – Yankee Go Home
Coconut Records – West Coast
Coheed & Cambria – The Suffering
Cold War Kids – Every Valley Is Not A Lake
Cold War Kids – Hospital Beds
Cold War Kids – Relief
Cold War Kids – Saint John
Cold War Kids – Something Is Not Right With Me
Cold War Kids – Welcome To The Occupation
Color Revoult – Mattresses Under Water
Common – The People
Conor Oberst – I Don’t Want To Die In The Hospital
Conor Oberst – Souled Out!!!
Cortez! Cortez!! – Newspapers
Crystal Castles Vs. Health – Crimewave (TWICE)
David Bazan – Hallelujah
David Bowie – Life On Mars
Death Cab For Cutie – Your New Twin Sized Bed (TWICE)
dios (malos) – I Want It All
Dodos – Fools
Does It Offend You, Yeah – Dawn Of The Dead
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter
Editors – An End Has A Start
Elliott Smith – Ballad Of Big Nothing
Elliott Smith – LA
Fleet Foxes – He Doesn’t Know Why
Franz Ferdinand – The Fallen
Gnarls Barkley – Run (I’m A Natural Disaster)
Gogol Bordello – Wanderlust King
Good Old War – Coney Island
Hold Steady – Lord, I'm Discouraged
Hot Chip – One Pure Thought
Hot Chip – Wrestlers
Illinois – Alone Again
Illinois – Headphones
Imogen Heap – Headlock
Interpol – Evil
Interpol – Narc
Interpol – Obstacle 1
Iron & Wine – Jezebel
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll
John Frusciante – This Cold
Josh Ritter – The Temptation Of Adam
Kevin Devine – Brooklyn Boy
Kevn Kinney – MacDougal Blues
Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
Ledbelly – Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
Los Campesinos! – We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
M83 – Graveyard Girl
M83 – Kim & Jesse (TWICE)
MGMT – Electric Feel (TWICE)
Matt Pond PA – Basement Parties
Metric – Monster Hospital
Miracle Legion – Academy Fight Song (Mission Of Burma Cover) (TWICE)
Miracle Legion – The Backyard
Modest Mouse – Fire It Up
Morningwood – New York Girls
Morrissey – I Don’t Mind If You Forget Me
Motion City Soundtrack – Even If It Kills Me
Muscles – Hey Muscles, I Love You
My Morning Jacket – Gideon
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me, I’m Going To Scream (Part 1)
New Order – Age Of Consent
New York Dolls – Trash
Nine Inch Nails – Head Like A Hole
Nirvana – On A Plain (Unplugged)
Nirvana – Plateau (Meat Puppets Cover)
Noah And The Whale – 5 Years Time
Oasis – Shock Of The Lightning
Of Montreal – Du Og Meg
Of Montreal – Know Your Onion! (The Shins Cover)
Pattern Is Movement – Bird
Pattern Is Movement – Peach Trees
Pattern Is Movement – Right Away (TWICE)
Pattern Is Movement – Sylvia
Pearl Jam – Jeremy
Pela – Cavalry
Pela – Drop Me Off
Pela – Lost To The Lonesome
Pela – Tenement Teeth
Pinback – Blue Harvest
Pixies – Caribou
Pixies – Debaser
Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
Polaris – Waiting For October
Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way
Public Image Limited – Rise
Queens Of The Stone Age – Burn The Witch
R.E.M. – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
R.E.M. – Man-Sized Wreath
R.E.M. – Maps And Legends
R.E.M. – World Leader Pretend
Radiohead – Bangers And Mash
Radiohead – Videotape
Radiohead – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Rogue Wave – Chicago X 12
Santogold, Julian Casablancas, & N.E.R.D. – My Drive Thru
Say Hi – Spiders
Say Hi To Your Mom – Blah Blah Blah
Say Hi To Your Mom – Sweet, Sweet Heartkiller
Sea Wolf – Middle Distance Runner
Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla
Sigur Rós – Gobbledigook
Simon & Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy In New York
Sleater-Kinney – Modern Girl
Smoking Popes – Megan
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin – I Think I Wanna Die
Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot
Stars – Take Me To The Riot
Stephen Malkmus & The Million Dollar Bashers – Maggie’s Farm (Bob Dylan Cover)
Streetlight Manifesto – Day In, Day Out
Sufjan Stevens – Dear Mr. Supercomputer
TV On The Radio – Dancing Choose
TV On The Radio – Family Tree
Talking Heads – Burning Down The House (Live)
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Ted Leo – Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson Cover)
Tegan & Sara – Walking With A Ghost
The A-Sides – Cinematic
The Band - I Shall Be Released
The Black Keys – Just Got To Be
The Black Keys – Your Touch
The Breeders – Cannonball
The Cranberries – Zombie
The Cure – Lullaby
The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
The Decemberists – O Valencia!
The Doors – Love Me Two Times
The Godfathers – Birth, School, Work, Death
The Good Life - Empty Bed
The Helio Sequence – Keep Your Eyes Ahead
The Hold Steady – Slapped Actress
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
The Killers – Bones
The Killers – Human
The Killers – Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
The Knife – Heartbeats
The Libertines – Boys In The Band
The Manchester Orchestra – Wolves At Night
The Mountain Goats – This Year
The National – All The Wine
The National – Mistaken For Strangers
The National – Murder Me, Rachael
The Offspring – Can’t Repeat
The Pharcyde – Passing Me By
The Postal Service (Feat. Jen Wood) – Nothing Better
The Raconteurs – Level
The Ramones – Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?
The Ramones – Rockaway Beach
The Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait
The Replacements – I Will Dare
The Replacements – When It Began
The Roots – The Seed
The Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
The Shins – Gone For Good
The Smiths – Sheila Take A Bow
The Smiths – Still Ill
The Sounds – Rock ‘N’ Roll
The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
The Strokes – Juicebox
The Teenagers – Love No
The Thermals – Pillar Of Salt
The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go
The Vines – In The Jungle
The Virgins – Rich Girls
The Walkmen – Little House Of Savages
The Whigs – Right Hand On My Heart
The White Stripes – You Don’t What Love Is (You Just Do As Your Told)
The White Stripes (Feat. Beck) – It’s My Fault For Being Famous
The Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division
They Might Be Giants – Don’t Let’s Start
Throw Me The Statue – Lolita
Throw Me The Statue – Your Girlfriend's Car
Tilly & The Wall – Fell Down The Stairs
Tokyo Police Club – Citizens Of Tomorrow
Tokyo Police Club – Graves
Tokyo Police Club – In A Cave
Tokyo Police Club – New New Song
Vampire Weekend – Campus
Vampire Weekend – Exit Music (For A Film) (Radiohead Cover)
Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance
Violent Femmes – Kiss Off
Wall Of Voodoo – Mexican Radio
Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London
We Are Scientists – It’s A Hit
We Are Scientists – Lethal Enforcer
Weezer – Falling For You
White Rabbits – The Plot
Wilco – Bob Dylan's 49th Beard
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cheated Hearts
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Y Control (The Faint Remix)
Youth Group – Shadowland
ZZ Top – La Grange

Part 2 coming when Part 2 of our show's life is over! (Early May).

Sunday, April 19, 2009

April 17, 2009 (Playlist)

April 17, 2009 (Playlist):
“Our Twenty-Second Show!”

The Killers – On Top
Black Kids – Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)
Los Campesinos! – It Started With A Mixx
Gnarls Barkley – Going On
Cursive – We’re Going To Hell
Mew – Special
Tokyo Police Club – The Harrowing Adventures Of
Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch
Say Hi – Hallie & Henry
Matt Pond PA – Hearts And Minds
Warren Zevon – Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner

Feist & Ben Gibbard – Train Song (Vashti Bunyan Cover)
St. Vincent – Actor Out Of Work
CSS – Left Behind
Pela – Interview/Song Writes Itself
The Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant
Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun.
Queens Of The Stone Age – 3’s & 7’s
Elliott Smith – Independence Day (Live)
Bob Dylan – Tangled Up In Blue

*Background music consisted of various songs from Explosions In The Sky. A great instrumental outfit who's music we frequently use - so you know it was good!

This was our twenty-second show and it was also our second to last show of the semester. And there were two of us in the studio. See how we're working with two's here? Never mind the math - Never Mind the Mainstream is running out of steam, but we still have a lot of gas left in the tank. Rock is alive and our playlist proved just that: we played everything under the sun, new and old, from The Sex Pistols to Tokyo Police Club to Gnarls Barkley to Warren Zevon, and featuring Jim's interview with Brooklyn indie rebels Pela! A crazy mix devised by crazy DJs for crazy music fans. Next week is our big finish for the school year and you'll be without us for the entire summer. Bummer. But it doesn't have to be a somber, sniffle fest. You can call in and IM us all show long to show your love for great alternative and indie rock 'n' roll. See you next week for another great set and our finale!

Our show really did have a lot to do with numbers. Learn something, kids.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Indie 101 Segment: Top 5 Favorite Death Cab Videos

You know these guys. They're basically the welcoming mat for all those who wish to journey into the independent music circuit. Yes, they are a springboard. Yes, they are from Seattle. Yes, they have had their major label battles. And yes, they're a hit with the ladies (chicks dig the sensitive and shy indie nerds). They've been around for awhile, since '97 to be exact. Since then, they've made some really interesting music videos - some released officially, others released on limited edition DVDs. With all that being said, the videos are worthy of a NMTM countdown. Let's start, shall we?

5. The Sound Of Settling

One of their first major successes. A really unique video, haven't seen much like these around. Got some Subterranean airplay back in the day. Deserving of the number five spot.

4. Cath...

You know where's a cool place to hang out, sit indian-style, and sing along? A forest-esque dressing room. Let's tell stories of a sour romance that leads to a dooming marriage. The second most recent and pretty well done.

3. What Sarah Said
death cab for cutie: what sarah said[directions]

Featured on "Directions", the DVD of profound music videos for "Plans", this was a very moving video. Watch for yourself. We've all been in these types of situations, just maybe not to the theatrical extent of this one.

2. Your Heart Is An Empty Room

One of my favorite animated music videos. I consider it up there with Radiohead's "Paranoid Android". This song brings me back to my freshman year of college when I was interested in this one girl who really dug this video. I kind of pictured us as the two characters in this one. One of the strongest messages in all of the Death Cab music library.

1. A Movie Script Ending

This was kind of the reason for making a list in the first place. I always go back to this song. It's the song I want to be played at my funeral, among others (sick thought, right? I'm too young for that). It takes me back to the final months of high school. It's a call to a conclusion. The video itself is the typical American teenage relationship, or atleast what most kids aspire. See for yourself. It's one of my favorite records of all time and it's my number one.

Agree or disagree?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

2nd To Last Show Of The Semester, Ahoy!

We always make good on our promises. And mark this down: we promise that our show, this Friday, from 6-8 PM on Kutztown University Radio, will be stellar. Hell, it might be our best show ever - that's how confident we are. It's crunch time, radio-listeners. The semester is nearing the end and you'll soon be without our lovely program for an entire four months. But don't fret, because before the seasons switch yet again, we'll provide you with the soundtrack for your summertime blues. Take a gander at this poster: The Sex Pistols! Cursive! Silversun Pickups! Los Campesinos! Variety, variety, variety! So call a friend and fill him or her in on this great occasion. Rock and roll is alive with Never Mind the Mainstream and our calling is to bring the tuneage to you. Call in at (610)-683-4058 or IM us at KURRequest all show long! See you then (at the low end of the dial).

"It's the only way to be!"

Reason # 1,000,000 To Love Jenny Lewis

Not a new segment by any means, but I'm in a Rilo Kiley phase at the moment. This song actually popped back into my brain after hearing it on Kyle & Tim's show on KUR Tuesday night. It was a nice change of pace from their usual male-powered "indie rock 101", as Jim so nicely puts it. So now I'm playing this tune on repeat and Jenny has become my desktop background, bumping off the cute chick who played Enik from the Joy Division movie, "Control".

She can do anything. She's too lovely for words.

Monday, April 13, 2009

April 10, 2009 (Playlist)

April 10, 2009 (Playlist):
“Our Twenty-First Show!”

The Shins – Australia
Grizzly Bear – Deep Blue Sea
Jane’s Addiction – Stop
The Hold Steady – Massive Nights (Live)
Takka Takka – Fever
Jason Lytle – Brand New Sun
Guided By Voices – I Am A Scientist
The Thermals – We Were Sick
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Morrissey – I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Bon Iver – Brackett, WI
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Hysteric

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
k-os – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell
Bat For Lashes – Moon And Moon
Pixies – Plant Of Sound (Edit)
Rivers Cuomo (Feat. Rainn Wilson) - One Of Us (Joan Osbourne Cover)
The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray
Wild Light – Surf Generation
Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band – Nikorette

*Background music consisted of various special request tunes from our listeners! Thanks, guys! Hope you enjoyed the music and the shout-outs!

This week's edition of "Nevermind" was all about new music. Jim selected all his fresh tunes right from this year! 2009! (I had a few, but you know me; I'm more of an 80's alternative guy, anyway. Makes for an interesting balance). This was a very good show on a very Good Friday. Pun intended. We got to spin some of our favorite cuts from some of our favorite artists: The Hold Steady, Midnight Oil, Bon Iver, and Pixies. It's always great when you get to play personal vices. The new music is out on the shelves right now at your local record store - so go pick it up! And tell the cashiers you heard it first on our show! Tune in next week for another great set. We want more callers, too! (Even though it's hard to control the callers that we do get; they're animals). And remember: we only have two shows remaining! The end is near, my friends! Keep tuning in!

"Massive" at THE STONE PONY!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Spring Mix!

We talk on the show, frequently these days, about the changing of the seasons. Winter seemed to linger like a bad dream. We had snow on our Spring Break (if you want to call in that). And the early parts of Spring tantalized us with cold weather trickery (kind of a slap in the face when on days like St. Patty's Day, the high was in the 70's). Weird stuff. So what is it people say about April? In like a lion, out like a lamb? April showers bring May flowers? What does this have to do with alternative rock? Good question. Here's a good answer (on Good Friday): I've devised a nice little mix for you all to enhance your springtime merriment. It socks. It's called being a nice guy - I'm trying it out. These songs have to do with the time, the feeling, and the greatness that
comes with Spring. For me, Spring is pretty much just a "springboard" to the Summer. This really is just a warm-up. I'm anxiously looking forward to fun in the sun and brews with the bros. But for now, here's my list. Enjoy:

The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything This Is A Season). You think Spring and this song doesn't come into your head?

Miracle Legion - Madison Park. Spring has sprung and winter's gone. Time to be outdoors once again.

R.E.M. - Green Grow The Rushes. "La-la-la-la-liii". Plants are starting to grow again. Now I need to start cutting the lawn again.

Of Montreal - Our Spring Is Sweet Not Fleeting. At a whopping 1:02, this instrumental whirlwind of keys drops you off in a patch of daises. Luckily for you, the bees are still hibernating.

Matt Pond PA - Neighbor's New Yard. Their grass is always greener than yours, isn't it?

Bruce Springsteen - Girls In Their Summer Clothes. Break 'em out, ladies.

Eh, I'll clean it up tomorrow...

Show Tonight! Good Friday! New Music!

New music is the essence of tonight's show, kids. Half of our music tonight is from 2009! But for our older listeners, we still got a stacked line-up of great classics, just for them. The poster paints the picture. Also, our background music tonight is all your requests! So, call in or IM us with what you want to hear. This is a people's show. So it goes. Tune in and enjoy Never Mind the Mainstream!

"Believe in UFOs" ???

Interview with Billy McCarthy from Pela...

Photo by Bob Sanderson (

Coming Soon...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Very "Good Friday" Show On The Way!

Now that's damn good.

Every school, workplace, and government job should be off for Good Friday, right? It's the Lord's day to party. But guess what - we're still rocking the revolution here on Never Mind! Check out that poster: we got so many new tunes this week, it's madness, ranging from Bat For Lashes to Grizzly Bear; and also, but not feautured in my artwork: Bon Iver, The Hold Steady, k-os, Ra Ra Riot, and Takka Takka. Roots tunes include the epic loud-quiet-loud foundation planted by the Pixies, the bible-meets-80's clash proclaimed by Peter Gabriel, and the down-unda heat provided by Midnight Oil. A very, VERY good show hits KUR Friday, 6-8 PM, streaming @ Call in @ (610)-683-4058 or IM us @ KURRequest. Lent is over - rejoyce! Jim and myself are here to be the saviors of alternative and inide rock! Ye (Yay).

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"War! War! War! War! I Want To Declare A War!"

Though I can predict that MGMT's shows are pretty psychedelic, futuristic, and mind-melting, these indie "hippies" would falter to Bloc's almighty rock 'n' roll. They're not the fighting types, but I'm sure it would help if they knew a little self defense (here's looking at you Kele; Johnny Rotten's calling for another round).

Also, so Gordy's the lead guitarist now? I want my Bloc Party interviews full and specific!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Folks, We've Been Lacking.

It's true. We haven't been updating the blog as frequently as in weeks past. I mean, there's some cool news out there. Like, um, oh! You know that Chris Brown asshole? He plead not guilty. Yeah, I'll believe that, just like how I believe the banks aren't screwing up this country. What else we got, um, we're moving closer to the summer, which means cool summer fests and a new Blink 182 record (it'll sound just like Angels & Airwaves, A.K.A.: no good.) I'm personally looking forward to the change. The weather's getting nice, baseball's back, I'm in a major Springsteen phase, and schoolwork is pouring down on me like a killer monsoon. Don't worry, I'm not doing of any of that though; mainly because there's some great TV on (South Park, Dog, Eastbound And Down, Colbert Report). Poor excuse. Anyway, we've been lazy. It happens. The spring is here but we desperately want the summer. We promise cool stuff is on the way. Keep following us!

A perfect world? I think so.