Friday, April 30, 2010

The Penultimate Show Airs Tonight!

All good things must come to an end, even yours truly and Jim Adair understand this. But we've got two more shows left in the tank until we retire this old college radio program for good. Rest assured, Never Mind the Mainstream will dominate 88.3 FM KUR for our final two editions. We are not messin' around - these shows will display some of the greatest alternative and indie rock from yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We kick-off this crunch-time show with new music from LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Broken Social Scene, The National, Surfer Blood, and more. Don't forget that we always pay tribute to the movers and shakers of alt. rock, and this week we do so with Pixies, Heavenly, Cake, and Flesh For Lulu. Mix that all up with the "Allen Reed Memorial Cover Of The Week", "The Mighty Mighty Boss-Tune", and the "Punk Trunk!" (with a newly acquired opening sound byte!). The party begins at 6 PM TONIGHT! Stream the show live @ Call into the studio line: (610) 683-4058 or IM us on AOL Instant Messenger: KURRequest. Tune in to mellow out/rock out/or just plain hang out before final exams week.

Cold War Kids - "Saint John"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New Music (4/29/10)

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Sorry for this being a day late (and a couple of bucks short).

Well folks, today was my final day of classes at this institution. And it's more than safe to say that it was my final "legit" day of classes of my life. Maybe sometime down the road of life, I'll attend a few seminars for my job, or I'll attend meetings and get assigned "homework", but this is definitely the end of what young people consider "classes". It's a bittersweet feeling, like with most growing-up-type events that happen to soon-to-be graduates. I can't believe I'm graduating in a week and a half. Where did four years go? I'll spare you what I said in my speech to all the members of 88.3 FM KUR on Tuesday's (final) meeting. That's wasn't an easy thing to get through. I'll write a HUGE post sometime after I graduate next Saturday about my feelings towards college radio, Never Mind the Mainstream and KUR specifically, and the "college rock" genre of the past four years. It should be pretty heartfelt. After final exams, I'm sure I'll be fed up with writing, but I'll muscle out something poignant for all of you. In the mean time, here's some great new music that came out since last Wednesday. Enjoy it with a beer and the anticipation of summer on the horizon, just like I am. Disregard my exclamation points for Interpol and Kele. I'm just really psyched to hear their new tunes.

From Pitchfork From Stereogum

Monday, April 26, 2010

April 23, 2010 (Playlist)

April 23, 2010 (Playlist):
"Our Forty-Fifth Show!"

Phoenix – Lasso
Tegan & Sara – Don't Rush
Band Of Horses – Compliments
Josh Ritter – Rattling Locks
Goo Goo Dolls – We Are The Normal
The Mountain Goats – Palmcorder Yajna
New Order – Love Less
Pavement – Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence
*"Allen Reed Memorial Cover Of The Week": Echo & The Bunnymen – People Are Strange (The Doors Cover)
The Hold Steady – The Weekenders
Pearl Jam – Hail, Hail

*"The Mighty Mighty Boss-Tune": Bruce Springsteen – Sherry Darling (Live)
Stars – Fixed
Bloc Party – The Marshals Are Dead
*"Punk Trunk!": Joe Jackson – I'm The Man
*"Punk Trunk!": Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone
Imogen Heap – Tidal
Titus Andronicus – Richard II
Sonic Youth – Star Power
Radiohead – Optimistic
Modest Mouse – Paper Thin Walls

*Background music consisted of various tracks featured on the Fired Up! Ultimate Dance Collection compilation. They ranged from Amber to Rockell. Cheesy, 90s club jams and roller rink anthems alike.

Mark it down: 45 shows (total) in the book! Your hosts, Jim Adair and myself (Mike Pop) added to the greatness of Friday's sunny afternoon by bringing you a superb edition of Never Mind the Mindstream. With only a few shows left to go in NMTM's lifespan, we're pulling out all the stops and bringing you the greatest programming a college radio frequency has ever seen. This week featured a few shockers, even for our show: Goo Goo Dolls, (a Doors cover via) Echo & The Bunnymen, Joe Jackson, and Blondie. New music brought to you by Tegan & Sara, Band Of Horses, The Hold Steady, Stars, and Titus Andronicus. Jim pulled out his vinyl collection and it was an absolute thrill to play those records on our player for the first time in our show's illustrious history. Thanks to everyone who tuned in. We know the weather is beautiful and everyone wants to be outside, so why not turn us on outdoors? We sound better in nature, anyway. There's only two shows left and the final two are going to be awesome, so you do not want to miss a single note. Tune in next week for another great set.

Phoenix - "Lasso"

The Hold Steady - "The Weekenders"

Sonic Youth - "Star Power"

Friday, April 23, 2010

45th Installment Tonight!

Because I'm lazy and woke up ten minutes ago...

Never Mind the Mainstream. LIVE, TONIGHT, 6-8 PM ET! Only on 88.3 KUR. Stream the show live @ New music tonight from Band Of Horses, The Hold Steady, Stars, Titus Andronicus, and more. Tune in! Studio line: (610)-683-4058. AIM: KURRequest.

Band Of Horses - "Compliments"

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Indie Rock News (4/22/10)

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It's been a while since I've done a straight forward news post, even thought I rarely do any hard reporting on this site anyway. You know, some the links I post here aren't even that specific to the term "indie rock". However, I do get most of these stories from web sites that appeal to an alternative rock audience, so I'll keep calling these posts "Indie Rock News". Some interesting developments have happened since last Thursday. Mainly a lot of buzz has been going around about this year's Coachella festival, which looks to have a better line-up than Bonnaroo. Sucks to be on the east coast. So there's that, and some unfortunate and untimely deaths, which isn't good. And hey, how about this volcano in Iceland? That thing really caused some travel problems. Okay, here are some of the headlines making waves in the world of popular music.
  • Broken Social Scene to release a bonus EP with new record.
  • The Flaming Lips bring Pink Floyd's "Breathe" to Fallon.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New Music (4/21/10)

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Deciding to do this while I wait for my over-charged laundry to finish it's cycle at the laundromat up the street.

How was everybody's 4/20? What a weird holiday, you know? Not like it's an official "holiday", but some people I know really do take off from school and work to celebrate. G4 Network was playing a marathon of stoner flicks and
I saw a lot of red-eyed and hungry people roaming around town like zombies. Hey, wasn't Hitler born on 4/20? Just saying.

The weather is still beautiful around these parts. There's nothing like sunshine and good music. A ton of album's have leaked on the internet since last week, including some of the big name albums we've been buzzing about here on NMTM. But for those who play by the rules, here are the legal newbies that came out in this week's New Music.

From Pitchfork
From Stereogum Indie Rock News and the NMTM Weekly Update comes tomorrow. See you then.

Monday, April 19, 2010

April 16, 2010 (Playlist)

April 16, 2010 (Playlist)
"Our Forty-Fourth Show!"

The Black Keys – Next Girl
The Dead Weather – Die By The Drop
*"Allen Reed Memorial Cover Of The Week": The Bird & The Bee – Rich Girl (Hall & Oates Cover)
Julian Casablancas – Out Of The Blue
Death Cab For Cutie – We Looked Like Giants
Nick Drake – One Of These Things First
Van Morrison – And It Stoned Me
The Pretenders – My City Was Gone
The Coat Hangers – Gettin' Mad & Pumpin' Iron
Pete Yorn – Last Summer
Fionn Regan – Lord Help My Poor Soul

*"The Mighty Mighty Boss-Tune": Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
*"Punk Trunk!": The Replacements – Lookin' For Ya
*"Punk Trunk!": The Adverts – One Chord Wonders
Weezer – Holiday
Toro Y Moi – Talamak
Jamie T – Rawhide (Feat. Lily Allen)
Slow Club – Giving Up On Love
The Twilight Singers – Bonnie Brae
Gin Blossoms – Found Out About You
Rilo Kiley – Glendora
The Thermals – Returning To The Fold

*Background music consisted of various instrumental alternative rock tunes from the 1980s and 1990s. The list features acts the likes of New Order, Pixies, R.E.M., The Replacements, and Sonic Youth.

Returning to our normal time-slot (Fridays, 6-8 PM ET), Jim Adair and myself (Mike Pop) brought the best of yesterday's, today's, and tomorrow's alternative and indie rock to the college airwaves, only on 88.3 FM KUR. Last week's Saturday shift was a fun one-off show, but we really love our two hours on Friday nights (and we know you do, too). It was one our first shows in a long time that we were not graced with beautiful, sunny Spring weather. Instead we got hit with a booming thunderstorm and a pounding downpour. Good thing we broadcast in a basement. This week's show was as vibrant and uppity as The Thermals concert in Philadelphia the night before (Jim and I both attended, met the band, and were treated to a great punk rock setlist). So we gushed for a bit and retold some tales from that evening. Music-wise, we brought you the standard "Grade A" college rock we bring every week. New music featured The Black Keys, The Dead Weather, Pete Yorn, Fionn Regan, Toro Y Moi, and Slow Club. The "Cover" brought guilty pleasure Hall & Oats into the scene, the "Trunk" opened with an early 'Mats demo, and the "Boss-Tune" was my personal favorite Springsteen single of all time ("Gotta learn to live with whatcha' can't rise above!"). Thanks to everyone who tuned in and called into the studio. Tune in next week for another great set.

The Dead Weather - "Die By The Drop"

The Pretenders - "My City Was Gone"

Gin Blossoms - "Found Out About You"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Our 44th Show Is Tonight!

Hey guys, after last week's special Saturday edition, we're back where we belong tonight: Friday nights, 6-8 PM ET, only on 88.3 FM KUR. Jim and I are still buzzing from The Thermals' show last night. Those guys really put on an amazing punk set in Philadelphia. This week, we've got a wide variety of newer and older tunes, some upbeat, some down-tempo, but a great line-up no matter what you're into. There's always something for everyone on NMTM. Some featured artists include The Black Keys, The Dead Weather, Weezer, Toro Y Moi, and more. Call into the studio line all show long: (610)-683-4058, or IM us on AOL Instant Messenger: KURRequest. Stream the show live @ We hope to hear from you. It's going to be a great show!

Pete Yorn - "Last Summer"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Music (4/14/10)

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Another sunny Wednesday (so meet me at the cemetery gates
). No, but really, this weather is really making for up for all the snow we took on in February here in the Northeast. It all seems like a distant memory now. Spring is in full bloom and now my groundskeeper wakes me up every Tuesday morning with his lawnmower. That's a clear sign that the seasons have changed. Things at KU are picking up academically, as I have my hands full with papers and projects and club events. Isn't senior year supposed to be easy? I guess not. Here's some great new music that came out at the end of last week/early this week.

From Pitchfork
From Stereogum

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

KUR News (4/13/10)

From 88.3 FM KUR's website:
  • Thanks to everyone for making KUR's first large birthday party, celebrating 5 years on-air, the raging success it was! Thanks to all our supporters at KU, all the students, & community listeners, all of the KUR members who give the station personality, the decorating crew, to Mike McVicar & Brian Darling for pulling off an amazing remote broadcast, to the Fish Relics for an amazing show, and to anyone else we're missing. THANK YOU!

    We're truly amazed at the stellar turnout and having a ton of people we didn't even know knew about us show up to say they are faithful listeners and fans of the station. We're bigger than we even realize and it couldn't be possible without all of you! Thank you!

    We'll get some pictures of the great event posted soon.
Also, elections for the 2010-2011 Executive Board were held today during our Tuesday 11:00 AM General Members meeting. Here are the results:
  • NEW President: Jim Adair (!) (Senior; Production Director of KUR; Co-host of Never Mind the Mainstream. Congratulations, Big Jim.)
  • NEW Vice President: Kevin Rose (Junior; Host of a blues and folk show on Thursday nights.)
  • NEW Secretary: Enzo Carrante (Sophomore; Host of an oldies show on Friday afternoons.)
  • Treasurer: Blake Kepner (Senior; Co-host of a variety show on Thursday nights.)
Congratulations to all the new leaders. It appears the males in the station will be running the machine next year. I, sadly, will be graduating. But this crew is great and I am expecting big things from them.

Finally, there will be a KUR Car Wash, this Saturday (4/17) at The Kutztown Fire Company, from 9 AM - 3 PM. If you're a local, come by a get your car washed and ready for Spring, all for $5. Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 12, 2010

April 10, 2010 (Playlist)

April 10, 2010 (Playlist)
"Our Forty-Third Show!"

Belle & Sebastian – Another Sunny Day
Death Cab For Cutie – Photobooth
The New Pornographers – Your Hands (Together)
Bloc Party – Rhododendrons
*"Punk Trunk!": Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – Chinese Rocks
*"Punk Trunk!": Hüsker Dü – Celebrated Summer
R.E.M. – So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
Modest Mouse – Breakthrough
The Boat People – Born In The 80s
Dr. Dog – Unbearable Why

*"Allen Reed Memorial Cover Of The Week": Nada Surf – Electrocution (Bill Fox Cover)
*"The Mighty Mighty Boss-Tune": Bruce Springsteen – Crush On You
Doves – There Goes The Fear
The Elected – Would You Come With Me?
The Strange Boys – Be Brave
Harlem – Gay Human Bones
Local Natives – Sun Hands
Manchester Orchestra – I've Got Friends
Vampire Weekend – Holiday
Pixies – Debaser

*Background music consisted of various instrumental alternative rock tunes from the 1980s and 1990s. The list features acts the likes of The Meat Puppets, New Order, Pixies, R.E.M., and Sonic Youth.

This weekend marked the first ever Never Mind the Mainstream Saturday edition and Jim and I could not have been more pleased with how this landmark show turned out. The reason this was held on Saturday from 2-4 PM ET was because Friday night from 4-9:30 PM was 88.3 FM KUR's 5th Anniversary Party, in which alumni, young and old, came together to celebrate KUR's success. It was a great experience and we want to personally thank all of those who came out to support us. The cake was delicious, by the way. Onto the show. This week featured a handful of new tunes from the likes of The New Pornographers, The Boat People, Dr. Dog, The Strange Boys, and more. The "Punk Trunk!" came in early with The Heartbreakers and Hüsker Dü and two of their greatest tunes ever. "Boss-Tune" crushed it and "The Cover" showcased Nada Surf's ability to create epic covers. Jim and I were graced with some of our closest friends who were eager to get on the airwaves and talk about anything and everything from obtaining teaching degrees to bar advice. And we closed out the show with a scrambled sing-a-long to "Debaser" and left the station with a great feeling of accomplishment. A big thanks to all our listeners, callers, and messengers. Our fans make the show what it is. Tune in next week as we'll be back on Friday nights (6-8 PM ET). Tune in next week for another great set (and a report on the live The Thermals concert the preceding night in Philadelphia!).

Death Cab For Cutie - "Photobooth"

R.E.M. - "So. Central Rain"

Local Natives - "Sun Hands"

Friday, April 9, 2010

Show Postponed Til' Tomorrow

That's right. 88.3 FM KUR is having it's 5th Anniversary Party and the airwaves have been cleared for on-the-spot programming. We'll be live TOMORROW, 2-4 PM ET. So tune in then for some great college rock. See you then.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Music (4/7/10)

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It's a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon, high around 87 degrees here in lovely, green Kutztown, PA. A few weeks back, I wouldn't be saying this. My jackets have officially been shoved to the end of my closet and my sandals are now seeing the light of day, or more like the back of my feet and the ground. This kind of weather makes me want to skip all my classes, go swimming, and listen to songs that have the words "sun", "spring", or "warm," in their titles. After looking through my iTunes library, there's a surprisingly good amount of songs that those words fit into. Here's some new music for you on this beautiful hump day. Personally, I can't stop listening to the new Band Of Horses tune and "In The Sun" (ah) by She & Him.

From Pitchfork
From Stereogum

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Indie Rock News (4/6/10)

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Hey, folks. After making my rounds through the web's most prestigious web sites recently (news-related and music-related), I found some pretty unique links that I'd like to share. This could be a new segment, but it may not be. Things are getting a little wild here in Kutztown as I begin to wrap up my college career, so you'll have to excuse me for my lack of posting. I generalize a lot of things here nowadays. The show posts are still pretty tight, though. Anyway, here's what I found.
Look forward to New Music Wednesdays tomorrow. This week has been great. The Spring 2010 music release season looks better with each passing day.

Monday, April 5, 2010

April 2, 2010 (Playlist)

April 2, 2010 (Playlist):
"Our Forty-Second Show!"

The Replacements – Bastards Of Young
Free Energy – Dream City
Fang Island – Daisy
Happy Birthday – Girls FM
Pavement – Range Life
Tape The Radio – Stay Inside
Wilco – Poor Places (Live)
*"The Mighty Mighty Boss-Tune"
: Bruce Springsteen – Radio Nowhere
Iron & Wine & Calexico – He Lays In The Reins
MGMT – Flash Delirium
Billy Bragg – Walt Whitman's Niece

The Sundays – Here's Where The Story Ends
*"Punk Trunk!"
: The Thermals – I Let It Go
*"Punk Trunk!"
: Fugazi – Waiting Room
Elliott Smith – Amity
Nirvana – Serve The Servants
Okkervil River – Pop Lie
Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave
Pinback – How We Breathe
Big Star – In The Street
*"Allen Reed Memorial Cover Of The Week"
: Streetlight Manifesto (The Dead Milkmen Cover)

*This show was prerecorded due to a time conflict, so no background music was used.

Tune in next week for another great set.

The Replacements - "Bastards Of Young"

MGMT - "Flash Delirium"

Dum Dum Girls - "Jail La La"

Friday, April 2, 2010

Prerecorded Show For Tonight

Tonight's show has been prerecorded due to a time conflict.

Never Mind the Mainstream. TONIGHT, 6-8 PM ET! Only on 88.3 KUR. Stream the show @ New music tonight from Free Energy, Fang Island, MGMT, Dum Dum Girls, and more. Tune in!

Fugazi - "Waiting Room"