Friday, January 29, 2010

Thursday 1 28 Set List

1. the Sun - Do the Sucker (4:05)
2. Videohippos - Bear Fight (2:27)
3. Throw Me the Statue - Snowshoes (2:46)
4. Fires Of Rome - Dawn Lament (4:12)
5. Rain Machine - Give Blood (3:26)
6. Delphic - Clarion Call (2:56)
7. The Antlers - Bear (3:54)
8. The Legends - Over and over (2:50)
9. The Radio Dept. - David (3:33)
10. FrYars - The Ides (4:04)
11. The French Semester - The Large Bouquet (3:32)
12. The Smiles and Frowns - Mechanical Songs (5:06)
13. Sea of Japan - All You Ever Need (2:56)
14. The Stone Roses - Fools Gold (4:18)
15. Pallers - Slow Down Quickly (4:48)
16. Real Estate - BEACH COMBER (4:28)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gospel According to Noctis

Attestations of belief, choral swells, a kick to the soul . . .

Dear God--XTC
God Has a Voice, She Speaks Through Me--Cocorosie
Soul Transportation--DJ Me and DJ You
Who's Gonna Save My Soul--Gnarls Barkley
Revival--The Soulsavers
Section 8 (Soldier Girl)--The Polyphonic Spree
Life is Long--David Byrne and Brian Eno
Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up)--Florence & The Machine
Nailed--Hedwig & The Angry Inch
Just a Man--Faith No More
Baked Beans--J Marks and Shipen Lebzelter
I'll Take You There--The Staple Singers
Love the One You're With--Luther Vandross

Monday, January 18, 2010

Annual Songs

I last presented a set of songs with the theme of years:

Leap Year--Maria Taylor with Andy LeMaster
100 Years--Dr. Dog
1989--Clem Snide
Each Year--Ra Ra Riot
Blizzard of '77--Nada Surf
1977--The Clash
This Year--The Mountain Goats
1989--Less Than Jake
1969--Iggy Pop and the Stooges
Cambridge 1969/2007--Yoko Ono & The Flaming Lips
In the Year 2525--Zager & Evans
Space: 1999--Rocket Scientists
Sex Crime (1984)--Eurythmics
Long Was The Year--Broadcast
Holland, 1945--Neutral Milk Hotel

Friday, January 15, 2010


For yesterday's Fracture event, I played songs about outer space.

Original Theme -- Dr. Who.
Supermassive Black Hole -- Muse
Of Moons, Birds and Monsters -- MGMT
Planet Queen -- T. Rex
Making Planets -- Edan feat Mr. Lif
Death of a Martian -- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Vein of Stars -- The Flaming Lips
No Moon -- Iron & Wine
In The Cold, Cold Night -- White Stripes
Space Oddity -- David Bowie
Like A Place In The Sun -- Brainticket
53 Miles West of Venus -- The B52's
Moonchild (The Dream and The Illusion) -- King Crimson


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Set List 1/7

1. François Virot - Say Fiesta (4:07)
2. Flairs - Radio (3:37)
3. Winter Gloves - Invisible (3:00)
4. Letting Up Despite Great Faults - In Steps (3:44)
5. Maps - Valium In The Sunshine (4:23)
6. Delphic - Doubt (4:06)
7. Fake p - qwerty (3:47)
8. Starlight Mints - Black Champagne (3:24)
9. Final Fantasy - Lewis Takes Action (2:54)
10. Vampire Weekend - 06 run (3:52)
11. Forest Fire - Fortune Teller (2:15)
12. [ingenting] - Dina händer är fulla av blommor (6:23)
13. Radiohead - House Of Cards (5:28)
14. Radical Face - Welcome Home (4:45)
15. Hospital Ships - Bitter Radio Single (2:17)
16. Regrets & Brunettes - Call The Cops (3:54)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

WTFis this Grotbox thing, anyway?

[Edited @ 10:37pm]

I've noticed that some of our listeners, staff, arms dealers, mammal smugglers and prawn smelters are unsure of what the Grotbox does. Initially, I was going to make a really horrible chart in MS paint to explain it visually, but I had an attack of laziness. (..and then an attack of industry, and stellar MSpaintage!) Instead, I took the most improbable image from a GIS of the term"Grotbox." Search it on Google if you don't believe me. I'll wait.

See? Crazy, no? Ok, so the Grotbox is just like any machine that connects to a Shoutcast server, except that it is built out of trash, and designed to run with a minimum of human intervention. It sends a single 128kbit/sec stream of audio to our shoutcast server, in beautiful Dallas, Texas, which relays it out to up to 100 listeners.

I hope you're all thinking the same thing, and I hope it's "But why don't you serve audio to everybody from that one machine, and avoid paying $15 a month to pipe it down south before listening to it?" (If you're not thinking of this, I'll wait until you are. You might wanna bookmark the page. Again, I'll wait.)

I'm not wearing underwear, so minds out of the gutter.

We rent a seperate physical stream, in a far-off datacenter, as they have massive amounts of cheap upstream bandwidth that I do not. Is that grammatical? I can't tell! Anyhow, we simply can't host 6.4mbit of upload from a home connection. Yes, we have fiber running to within a mile of us, but they don't give us a pipe that big.

So we do the next best thing, and rent huge pipes in Dallas.

To sum it all up, the Grotbox is a sad cyborg disc jockey, sending a teeny stream to Texas, where all the bandwidth is. Our Dallas-based streaming server slings the data to you when you press play.

Simple. :P

Monday, January 4, 2010

Grot The Third! Now with SAM Broadkaster!

Hiya, Fracturelings! For the one person out there still listening to the Grotbox, I've got great news! My Chinese arms dealers just sent me their yearly tribute (we're big over there) and in it was a shiny, spankin' new copy of SAM Broadkaster. Hourly station IDs are back, as is random-but-logical playlist rotation. Expect things to tighten up as I go through the 30,000-odd (some of them very odd) songs on the drive and lovingly hand-weight them for your listening enjoyment. Thanks to our 2 listeners that make us the number one radio station on some certain small sunken islands in Thailand and Micronesia. You guys rock!

Anyhow, I'm off to strip down a bunch of chocolate assault rifles.

(Edit: 10:27pm) Ok. The chocolate assault rifles are all jammed with orange marmalade, and I'm pleasantly flummoxed. Anyhow, after a short outage, the Grotbox is back up, with a smooth and snappy BBE-flavored sound. All the classic psychoacoustic limiting you've come to love, but with rich robust bass and silken highs. Enjoy!