Quick programming note.
On Tuesday night at 7pm, VPR's call-in program Switchboard will focus on the best music of 2005. You can submit your favorite albums via email here or you can just call into the show. Unfortuantely, I have to be in NJ for a holiday luncheon for my company tomorrow and probably won't be back in time to call into the show. However, if you want to stream the show, you can link to the stream on the front page of VPR's site. Hopefully, the show will be available via podcast after the broadcast too.
I'm hoping a few of you fine folks call in to offer a counter opinion to the majority of callers who will claim that Trey's Shine is the album of the year.
The phone number for calling in is (800) 639-2211.
One last comment, I want to use this post to remind everyone to write to VPR requesting an indie rock show on the new all-music station they are creating. You can find my original post about it here.
UPDATE: I got to hear the show while driving back from Jersey tonight. I also managed to be the first caller on the show. However, I was on my wife's cell phone in White River Junction when I called. As I made my way up I-89, I knew I was going to run into bad cell coverage areas. Thankfully, they took me first but the hosts still said I started to fade out about halfway through my praising of The Go! Team's Thunder Lighting Strike. Hopefully, most of it got through. I think they also got my name wrong by calling me Ryan but that was understandable since I was on a cruddy cell phone.
The odd thing about the show was that the hosts kept focusing on crappy middle-aged female hippie folkies from Vermont. However, between my call and a few others, the callers were focusing more on indie rock from national bands (Arcade Fire, New Pornographers, Clap Your Hands). Meanwhile, Bob Kinsel and Steve Lind had no idea what any of us were talking about. It was a perfect example of how VPR is out of step with younger listeners.
There was a fantastic call from a guy named Jeff in Montpelier who started his call by talking about how much he likes The New Pornographers' Twin Cinema. He then smoothly transitioned into a plea to VPR to diversify away from just jazz and classical. He said the VPR needs to play more of "this kind of music". However, the knucklehead hosts completely missed his point about indie music and said something like "geez, with all of the different types of music we've been talking about tonight, I don't know what kind of music you are talking about". Basically, they stuck VPR's head back in the sand.
Regardless, it was a great call and if anyone knows Jeff give him a thumbs up.
If you want to see the songs that were played during the show or get the podcast of the show, the link is here.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Quick programming note.