Sunday, February 13, 2005

Satellite Radio

There are some interesting guest hosted shows on Sirius that I have been listening to lately. On the Pure Jazz channel, Blue Note boss Bruce Lundvall hosts The Blue Note Hour on Sunday morning - a nice propaganda coup for them, but since the label has one of the deepest catalogs in jazz, there's usually something interesting going on. Today's show was the Grammy preview show, which unfortunately meant a lot of singers like Bobby McFerrin and Norah Jones which I don't particularly care for but also had some interesting instrumental tracks from Joe Lovano and Don Byron. Another Sunday show is Artists Choice hosted by Gary Burton. He gets a big chunk of time, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and plays some of his favorite recordings and talks about the musicians he knows. Finally, and on a different note, former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham hosts a weekly show on the Underground Garage Sirius station, filling in with some new and classic garage rock an also telling a lot of stories about British Invasion rock and roll. At the risk of turning into a shill, I have to say that I'm really getting hooked on this satellite radio thing, and while I'm not totally convinced that it will be able to avoid all of the pitfalls that have ruined most commercial radio, in it's present state it offers an excellent alternative.

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