by Dan Bolles
Man, The Radiator is freakin' awesome!
Last night, I made my debut appearance on everybody's favorite local low-power FM station. I was a guest host for Jim Lockridge's totally ass-kickin' local music hour, "Rocket Shop." If you haven't listened, or at least seen the playlists he posts after each show, you're missing out. Especially if you remember "the good old days" when The Pants, Envy et al. ruled the scene. Every week is like a trip back in time, as if Club Toast is somehow inhabiting your transistors. He plays a bunch of newer stuff too, from a wide array of genres. Where else would you see Romans and Guppyboy in the same setlist?
Anywhoo, yesterday I couldn't share the exact tunes I'd chosen since that would have violated FCC codes. Some sort of protection against recording songs and distributing them to 50 million of your closest friends, I suppose. But that was then and this is now.
I started with "Dreams of Lisbon," by dynamic NEK hip-hop duo, Algorhythms. The tune was one of my favorite tracks from the recently released Projectivity/GTD comp, Projected Vol. 2. Take a listen here.
Next up, from his debut disc, Gringolandia, Mickey Western's "Las Vegas." Solid cut from a solid disc. Even if he does sound like Bob Dylan.
Following Mr. Western was maybe the prettiest song I've heard since Weezer's "Butterfly," "Seventh Sin" by Moses Atwood. I kinda bent the rules on this one, since Atwood isn't technically a VT product. He did spend last summer living out of a van in a friend's B-town driveway, so I think that almost counts, right? The dude is playing something like five VT shows in the next 10 days, so do yourself a favor a check him out. Listen to the track here.
Finally, I closed the set with Paddy Reagan's "Coffee & Cigarettes" from his nifty debut EP, Hey! Hi! Hello! While the tune was playing over the studio monitors, Kelsey Hanrahan, who does the "Weekend Update" — a run down of upcoming shows not to miss — remarked "Oooh. I like this one." Me too, Kelsey.
Hopefully, this will become a regular gig or at least happen as often as I have good tunes to share.
Thanks again to Jim Lockridge and crew. I had a blast, guys.