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From the summer of 1990 through the spring of 1991, I regularly listened to WMBR. The scrappy little underdog of Boston’s alt-and-college radio was broadcast out of MIT, nestled at the bottom of the FM band and sporting a signal that managed to reach the wooly wilds of Woburn with little static or distortion. I’m […]

Go with the glow

March 6th, 2014

Today’s quick hit comes from 1932, human enhancement when the genetically damaging glow of scientific novelty overrode any and all concerns about the potential dangers associated with an emerging technology… Hey, this if you can’t trust the experts of Wakem & Whipple with the frivolous use of nuclear material, sildenafil who can you trust? (On […]

“You know, you actually came out ahead in all this.” Such was my father’s post-situ take on the destruction/replacement automotive follies of the past couple of months. Even though the Old Man had his own mercenary reasons for making that statement (i.e. he no longer has to worry about me hitting him up for a […]

Known you all these years

December 3rd, 2013

The journey to device-driven anomie begins with a single step… …in this case, ampoule a front page piece in the December 8, 1979 issue of Billboard about a device that would bring a paradigm shift in our relationship with consumer technology. It can also double as an obituary-in-advance for vinyl’s dominance as a music format. […]

Up and down the dial

December 6th, 2012

Though we live in an age where items of popcultural trivia — from the nuances of Equestrian geopolitics to the post-modern dialectics of Starsky and Hutch — are routinely codified into disproportionately detailed wiki entries, nurse there are a number of no brainer topics which have eluded such OCD-driven acts of affection. Want to know […]

This is syndicated Clash

November 26th, 2012

The original broadcast run of WKRP in Cincinatti stretched from September 1978 to September 1982. This was a fairly significant period in pop music history and one marked by a host of overlapping trends and developments that were not only reflected in the sitcom’s licensed music choices, dermatologist but also in the realm of set […]

Alternative dumpster

May 17th, 2012

WFNX, order Boston’s renowned “alternative” radio station, view will soon be no more. While I’m sad to see another remnant of the city’s old hipstersphere fall by history’s wayside, I never had much of a personal connection to the station or its programming apart from a couple short-lived and associative dalliances. During the heyday of […]

Clearing the airwaves

February 15th, 2012

Historically, nurse the arrival of a new mass medium tends to be greeted with lofty pronouncements of educational/aesthetic potential and the opportunity to break with the corrupt decadence of the previous generation of content delivery. It’s a nice fantasy, but one inevitably doomed to fail under the harsh realities of consumer capitalism where the safest […]

The third thing to go

January 20th, 2012

Sixteen months into Malibu Era, medicine and Maura and I have yet to come to a definitive solution for our driving music situation. While it was nice to get back to mix CDs — and a functioning car stereo to play them with — the luster soon faded under the weight of the repetition born […]

Signal amplification

November 17th, 2011

I never owned one these fashion branded AM band wonders, gerontologist but there was a time in my mid-teens when my bedroom was littered with a dozen functional and semi-functional vintage transistor radios. It wasn’t a “collection” in the active enthusiast sense, viagra sale but rather the results of a specific stretch of time when […]

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