The setting: a pub in Dublin. A steady stream of American music is sung by the man of the hour at the front of the bar. All he has is a guitar and a microphone. He plays everything from Bob Marley to Bruce Springsteen until his acoustic version of an English punk song breaks the familiar stream of tunes. We — myself and ODR’s talented web designer — had to know who the artist was. Like the obnoxious Americans we are, we rushed up to his little stage with our Guinness and Bulmers and anxiously asked what the last song was called. “Jilted John,” he replied. “Song’s called Jilted John, an’ the band’s called Jilted John.” Alright, we’ll take it. That night, stumbling through the stone streets of Temple Bar back to our little room in the early AM, we couldn’t help but sing “Gordon is a moron” over and over again. This song, I’ve now learned, was recorded in 1978 by the brilliance of Manchester’s Graham Fellows. It’s a punk-pop hybrid. The lyrics? Pure brash punk. The instrumentals? Early seventies pop with driving syncopated percussion. Saturated in attitude, adolescent bitterness, and, of course, cheeky Brit humor, this one is timeless.
Beginning as a small music venture in the summer of 2012, OurDeadRadio was produced as a solution to common problems transmitted through the airwaves: tuning frustration, exhaustive pop-processing, and unoriginal repetitive top-twenty tracks. This site is dedicated to the relentless mix-makers, eclectic music junkies and compulsive indie gem scourers of the world. OurDeadRadio is a carefully selected preview of what is good and thriving and ultimately, what is rarely heard on the radio. From indie up-and-comers to dusty tracks of the past, OurDeadRadio presents what is not often produced through standard FM stations. As a cultivation of music found though blogs, local scenes, and submissions, please enjoy the sounds of OurDeadRadio.
Creator/Writer: Geneva Trelease
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When: September 21st, 2013 at 3:00pm
FM 94/9’s Independence Jam was September 21st at the Junior Seau Memorial Amphitheater at the Oceanside Pier. The line-up featured Cage The Elephant, Smallpools, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., American Authors, Royal Teeth, The Colourist and Dead Feather Moon. We were blown away by these artists’ live performances at the idyllic location with two stages, right on the water in Oceanside. Be sure to check out the FM 94/9 website for more local San Diego shows!
SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2013 AT 12:00PM
Lou’s Records, one of our favorite San Diego-based record stores, held a Labor Day sale this weekend featuring 50% off all used CDs. Total score. Lou’s has been around since 1980 and is home to an impressive collection of new and used CDs, LPs, Tapes, DVDs and other things you won’t know you need until you dive in. It’s well worth a trip to beautiful Encinitas — spend a few hours and dollars at this endearing place and score some nice music next time you’re cruising through San Diego. It’s also surrounded by amazing coffee shops and restaurants and is just a few blocks from the beach. Go check it out soon, and keep up to date with Lou’s events here.
August 3rd, 2013 at 10:00PM
Anticon records celebrated 15 years of great music at Anticon Weekend, an event that featured Baths, Daedelus, D33J, Sodapop and Low Limit. This summer, these artists came to the beautiful ACE Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs to showcase a refreshing dose of unconventional pop, electronic music, and DJ sets for pool-goers and Cali vacationers alike. Here’s a photo we took of Will Wiesenfeld of Baths in the Amigo Room at the hotel, creating the ideal summer soundtrack at a perfect location. Be sure to keep up with great music happenings at Anticon Records.