Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May 5, 2010 (Playlist)

May 5, 2010 (Playlist):
"Our Forty-Seventh Show: Never Mind the Mainstream: The Final Show!"

R.E.M. – Pop Song 89
Big Star – Thank You Friends
The Alarm – Spirit Of '76
Pela – Cavalry
*"Punk Trunk!": Sex Pistols – The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle
*"Punk Trunk!": The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
The Godfathers – Birth, School, Work, Death
Built To Spill – Big Dipper
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
*"The Mighty Mighty Boss-Tune": Bruce Springsteen – Growin' Up (Live)
*"Allen Reed Memorial Cover Of The Week": The Kingsmen – Louie, Louie (Richard Berry Cover)

Los Campesinos – It Started With A Mixx

Spoon – Written In Reverse
The National – All The Wine
The Doors – Light My Fire
*"Allen Reed Memorial Cover Of The Week": Band Of Horses – The End's Not Near (The New Year Cover)
Bloc Party – The Once And Future King
Morrissey – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Live)
The Who – Baba O'Riley
The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Kiss Them For Me
The Mountain Goats – Sax Rohmer #1
The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There
The Replacements – Left Of The Dial

*Background music consisted of various songs we featured on the very first edition of Never Mind the Mainstream, way back on September 12, 2008. Talk about a blast from the past.

So ends Never Mind the Mainstream, the tiny college radio station show that blew up to capture the attention of so many people around the world (that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but hey, I'm on a roll). It's all over. Kaput. Done. D-d-d-done. I apologize for posting this almost two weeks after the show originally aired, but believe me, my post-college life has been just as intense as my college career was, only now I have to worry about my two jobs. Not fun. Enough about me, let's dive into the music. Just look at that playlist. If you've been an avid follower of NMTM since it's beginning, then there is no way in hell you would have expected us to choose and play the tunes that we did. There's a lot of classic rock, mixed in with some legendary alternative rock anthems and indie rock gems. It truly was a great "mixx". Being that it may have been my final radio gig ever (God, I really hope not), I decided to pull the plug on our normal format, and play what many people may or may not have expect from me: some of my favorite songs of all time. "Spirit Of '76," "Money For Nothing," "Light My Fire," and "I Saw Her Standing There". I could not survive without those hits. They mean the world to me and each one is backed with a compelling story. Jim matched up my choices with some solid picks of his own, and together, like always, we put out a terrific broadcast. Our callers were ecstatic to be on the air for the grand finale and we thank them more than they will ever know. We also want to thank those who stopped in (all our fellow on-air personalities and close friends) and those who messaged us on AOL Instant Messenger. As we've been saying since day one, our fans make our show the great product that it truly is. Jim, the new president of the station, will be on the airwaves with 88.3 FM KUR this summer, so make sure you check out the website for his dates and times. I will be working my tail off, trying to make it as a professional somewhere in the real world. "This one's optimistic." Jim and I would like to thank every single person, from the bottom of our hearts, who ever listened to our show, promoted our show, and/or believed in us. I can honestly say that college radio was the greatest part of my college tenor. A bigger and more emotional essay is still to come here on our blog: nevermindmainstream.blogspot.com, as soon as I get a chance to write everything down. Thank you all so, so much. Keep discovering new and interesting music, and we'll catch you, "left of the dial."

R.E.M. - "Pop Song 89"

Spoon - "Written In Reverse"

Morrissey - "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Final Show Airs Tomorrow.

The time has come to lay this show to rest. Jim Adair, Mike Pop, and present "88.3 FM KUR "Never Mind the Mainstream: The Final Show!" TOMORROW, 6-8 PM ET. Join us as we relive the past two years as Kutztown University Radio's greatest dynamic duo of all time. There's plenty of fun to be had as we expect an alarming amount ...of special guests to come into the studio. The playlist is a little "out there", but why not go a little unorthodox for the final show ever? We're excited about it, and we hope you are, too. Tune in. Tell your parents to tune in. Tell a random stranger to tune in. You will not want to miss our finest (two) hours ever. Stream the show @ kur.kutztown.edu. Call into the studio line: (610)-683-4058. IM us on AOL Instant Messenger: KURRequest. Never Mind the Mainstream: The best alternative and indie rock on college radio. We'll catch you for the finale tomorrow, left of the dial. Thank you all.

Dire Straits - "Money For Nothing"

Sunday, May 2, 2010

April 30, 2010 (Playlist)

April 30, 2010 (Playlist):
"Our Forty-Sixth Show!"

Gogol Bordello – Pala Tute
LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
Pixies – Tame
Heavenly – C Is The Heavenly Option
*"Allen Reed Memorial Cover Of The Week": Death Cab For Cutie – Here Comes The Rain Again (The Eurythmics Cover) (Live)

The xx – Islands

M.I.A. – Born Free
Broken Social Scene – Forced To Love
The National – Afraid Of Everyone
Surfer Blood – Take It Easy
Jenny Lewis – Carpetbaggers (Feat. Jonathan Rice & Elvis Costello)
*"The Mighty Mighty Boss-Tune": Bruce Springsteen – The Promise

Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots Of Danger)
Field Music – Measure
*"Punk Trunk!": Black Flag – TV Party
*"Punk Trunk!": The Ramones – Do You Wanna Dance?
The Tallest Man On Earth – King Of Spain
Cake – Italian Leather Sofa
Foo Fighters – Oh, George
Band Of Skulls – Death By Diamonds And Pearls
The Smiths – Ask
Cold War Kids – Saint John
Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy

*Background music consisted of various instrumentals songs from Bloc Party's past three records: "Silent Alarm", "A Weekend In The City", and "Intimacy".

The penultimate show (which for those who don't know what that means, it's our second to last show - ever!). And what a show it was. Jim Adair and myself understand that for a crunch-time show, there needs to be a kick-ass playlist. As we have both been raving about the new music that came out last month and now in this month, we spun only the best of the best in alternative rock on Never Mind the Mainstream. New tunes this week featured Gogol Bordello, LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Broken Social Scene, The National, Surfer Blood, (brand spankin' new) Tokyo Police Club, and Field Music. We were also graced with some of our favorite callers in the show's history, specifically Redneck Jeff, who revealed himself, after two years of persistent call-ins, to be my own twin brother. Not terribly shocking, but still amusing nevertheless. We got to play a whopping 23 song set and participated in some crazy college antics on the air. You had to hear it to believe it. Tune in next week for another great set.

Oh, and did we mention that next week is our final show ever!? We'll be promoting the last hoorah like crazy over the next couple of days, so we hope you won't ignore us, rather you'll join us. Call in, IM us, hell, even show up at the station. We don't care how you do it, just celebrate two years of excellent college radio programming with us. Never Mind the Mainstream. The finale. You cannot miss this. Thank you so much for the support!

LCD Soundsystem - "Drunk Girls"

The xx - "Islands"

The Smiths - "Ask"