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.