Ten Tracks : BJM Radio


Anyone here use Pandora?  No, me neither. It does seem to be the streaming service of choice in my neck of the woods, or it has been for a few jobs i’ve worked. Apparently one way to use it is to choose an artist, and it will set up a playlist stream “radio station” of the artist, influences, related artists, and influencees. So – ie. Grateful Dead Radio or White Stripes Radio.

When i manage to shanghai the tunes, my go-to choice is the Brian Jonestown Massacre Radio station. (Even I can only take an hour or so of Jack White).  BJM’s Anton Newcombe has his finger in an awful lot of pies, and so there’s plenty of 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon to make a varied stream that i can listen to for 6 hours straight without disliking a single tune. They play plenty of Bowie, Stones, Iggy, VU, Sonics, 13th Flr Elevators, etc.  Also Radiohead, Cure, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Stone Roses, Beck, and then artists like Ty Segall, Tame Impala, Thee Oh Sees, Allah-Las, the Hives, and Black Lips that show up on my playlists with some regularity, so for the most part i left these off of the lists.

To knock all of this down, i took Prof. Abahachi’s idea of an A and a B list. Tossed a bunch of tunes on the A-list (below) to get them out of the way, so i can focus on the B-list (above).

I suspect this is marmite stuff. If you already like this sort of thing, you’ll know a lot of them and might find a band or two that you don’t. If it’s not your basket of cookies, i don’t know that i’ll convince you. If you’re curious – there’s a (woefully insufficient) A-list for starters, and then a B-list.


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