Sunday, July 19, 2015

More New (sort of) Music Added and New (actually) Features On The Way !

Our underpaid and overworked staff has been hard at work in the Alt Class X studio, churning out more music for the station.  Poor little Slappy The Intern has been locked in the dubbing facility since late Spring, recording more classic vinyl.  Slappy's hard work is beginning to pay off, thanks to an endless supply of Central Market coffee and Dr. Dude's high octane TexMex cuisine in the palatial employee lounge

Just Added to Alt Class X:



David Bowie-Nothing Has Changed


Bowie's 2 disk HD vinyl album was released in late 2014, containing tracks spanning his entire career.  The vinyl release is stunning in it's clarity and resolution, much preferable to the CD or Digital version.  Includes Heroes, Changes, Life on Mars?, Space Oddity, Starman, Ziggy Stardust and more.

Siouxie And The Banshees-Through The Looking Glass

Released in 1987, Siouxie And The Banshees' Through The Looking Glass contains cover versions of many classic songs.  Included among the many fine tracks are "This Wheel's On Fire" (Bob Dylan and The Band), "The Passenger" (Iggy Pop).and the Billie Holliday classic "Strange Fruit".


Camper Van Beethoven-Vampire Can Mating Oven (EP)

Released prior to the band's signing to Virgin Records, this EP contains six tracks showcasing their California Indie Rock sound and the band's twisted sense of humor. The band's tongue in cheek liner notes are worth the read.



Now...let's get on the "New" features coming to Alt Class X!

1.) Doctor Dude's Lowbrow Cooking Show
       Join the kindly Doctor as he demonstrates his world renowned cooking skills.  Marvel at dishes like Armadillo Con Queso, Crispy Critter Enchiladas, and Jade Helm Field Ration Flambe!

2.) Laundry With The Stars
       Marvel at the detergent-slinging skills of some of rock's biggest names! Can Iggy Pop really fold towels?  Will the Pet Shop Boys manage to remove those pesky stains from their silk shirts? Stay tuned and find out!

3.) Talk Back To Dr. Dude
      The kindly (sometimes) Doctor opens up the email and Twitter lines to field your questions and insult your intelligence.


Note:
Only one of these things is true.

Clue:
It's Number 3


Friday, February 20, 2015

                     



   "New" Vinyl Coming to 





Regular listeners to Alt Class X may already be aware of the fact that a large percentage of our music is sourced from vinyl...and yes, we know it ends up being streamed as ugly, lossy MP3 but one of the "secrets" to streaming high quality audio comes down one rule.  

RULE #1: Always start with the BEST quality audio.  

If the broadcaster starts with an MP3 version of a song, it will more than likely be processed again by the streaming service.  This means that any already "lossy" file is compressed again and made even more "lossy".  We start, whenever possible, with an uncompressed, high quality file that has been rendered from vinyl, hand edited to remove any clicks or pops and transmitted to the streaming service where it is converted once.  The end result, in our opinion, is a much better quality, warm sounding music stream.  Some audio geeks may disagree, in which case they should start their own station.  

Recent Vinyl Adds to Alt Class X

XTC's 1982 singles compilation features Making Plans For Nigel, Senses Working Overtime, Sgt. Rock and 9 more from 1977 to 1982














Elvis Costello's 1979 album, Armed Forces, includes (What's So Funny About) Peace Love and Understanding, Oliver's Army and Accidents Will Happen.  This LP made it onto many "Greatest of All Time" lists.










Australia's Icehouse released Sidewalk in 1984.  The LP includes such songs as Taking The Town, Dusty Pages and Don't Believe Anymore. The album reached #8 on Australia's record charts.















Stay tuned to Alt Class X and watch this blog for more updates on new music and news about the artists we feature.