Wednesday, August 04, 2004
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.