Thursday, August 12, 2004

Letting The Market Decide

More shocking news for you, John McEnroe's new cnbc talk show has scored a rating of 0. Twice. One of the big arguements about content on tv is that "the market will decide" what will make a profit, and what stays on the air. I have had the "good" fortune to catch an episode or two of "McEnroe" and I can tell you that it is the worst talk show I've seen since "The Sharon Osborne Show." Despite conventional wisdom, some people just aren't ment to be talk show hosts. We'll just have to wait and see how long the show lasts...

I also had the good fortune of stumbling into one of my buddys from high school electronic music class current music project. Apparently he's dropped the Fuzzy Green Carpets name that he had been using and now goes by his last name Osteen for his dj and trance and house producing efforts. He's got tons of talent and is well worth checking out.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Just Chill

It's not very often that I get excited about commercial radio, but recently I've really been enjoying the Chill blocks on Alice. The station usually plays tons of Dave Matthews Band, Nickleback, and Train that is the sort of music I can't stand. However, during the weeknight and Sunday morning Chill blocks they mostly play calmer electronic music, mostly trip hop and ambient along with some mellow britpop. The best thing about the program is that it isn't as tightly formatted as most commercial radio because they go beyond the singles. Even better is that the other night they played a set that included Fatboy Slim ("The Weekend Starts Here") and Dubstar ("Stars") played back-to-back, which were two of my most played artists (and songs) on my college radio show back in 1996. I didn't think I'd ever hear my musical tastes so faithfully duplicated, especially when no commercial radio around the Bay Area at the time would play those two.