Saturday, June 23, 2018

6.23.18 Weekend Mix




Shinedown - DEVIL
Christoph - Voice of Silence
Justice - DANCE X Fire X Safe and Sound (WWW)
Dennis Quin x Shermanology - Move Out Of My Way
Dakar & Sonny Fodera - First Time (Raumakustik Club mix)
Jonas Blue - Rise (Jonas Blue & Eden Prince remix)
Marco Lys f/Gene Farris - Turn It Up
Monolink - Swallow (Tale of Us remix)
Throttle - All In (VIP edit)
Ibranovski - Symmetry
Mr. Belt and Wezol f/LucyXX - Stupid
VASSA - Like An Egyptian
Aazar & Bellecour - Da Vinci
Above and Beyond f/Justine Suissa - Cold Feet
Afrojack x Jewelz and Sparks - One More Day (Nicky Romero remix)
BIJOU - Pringles f/Davonyea Marcel
Botnek & Aylen - Future of the Underground
Bounce Inc. - Nobody Likes
Brohug - Charlie
Carta - The Factory
Castor Troy & Warden - You and Me
Cedric Gervais - One Night (D.O.D. remix)
CID - I Miss You
CMC$ & Crossnaders - Baller
DJ Zinc & Jay Robinson f/Ami Carmine - Get Me Some
Danny Avila - BRAH
De Sluwe Vos - Insert Track Title


Friday, June 22, 2018

6.22.18 Weekend Mix



Sir Sly and Run
Dillon Francis f/Fuego - We The Funk (Ape Drums remix)
The Voyager - Satellites
Cash Cash f/Abir - Finest Hour
Seven Lions & Jason Ross f/Jonathan Mendelsohn - Ocean
1788-L - C Y B E R S P A C E
Kygo/Imagine Dragons - Born To Be Yours
blackbear & DVBBS - IDWK
Conro - Take Me There
Syn Cole - Who You Are
The Chemical Brothers f/Q-Tip - Go
SUMR CAMP - 24-7
Disclosure - When a Fire Starts to Burn (Midland remix)
Disco Killerz & Liquid Todd - Changes (Gil Glaze & Lanna remix)
Mike McFly - Cone Blower
Nirvana - Polly (Bruno Be remix)
Shakedown - At Night (Purple Disco Machine remix)
Bob Sinclar - World Hold On (Vintage Culture & Dubdogz remix)
Croatia Squad - Deep Dish It
David Penn, KPD - Disc-Jockey
Disciples - Atheist
Yolanda Be Cool f/Kwanzaa Posse - Musika (Flash89 remix)
Alesso - Falling (BROHUG remix)
Magnificence & Steff Da Camp - Out of My Mind
Matroda - The Drive
PNAU - Go Bang (Flash 89 remix)
Syskey - Mind Right
Walker & Royce and Ardalan - Turn It Around
A$AP Rocky - A$AP Forever f/Moby

Thursday, June 21, 2018

6.21.18 Bee-otch of the Day: iHeartMedia



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Name: iHeartMedia
Age: 46
Occupation: media giant
Last Seen: San Antonio, TX
Bee-otched For: another dud format on 106.7 in Detroit

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Once upon a time, there was a radio station in Detroit at 106.7 with some memorable call letters: WWWW.

The station was nicknamed W4 and until 1981 carried a rock format. As a matter of fact, Howard Stern handled mornings there. Of course, if you've seen Private Parts, you know the story. The ratings sucked, the station flipped to country and Howard moved to Washington, DC.

For years, W4 was the top country station in the Motor City. It consistently beat country upstart WYCD in the ratings. W4 did quite well. But then, Alice came to town.

On September 3, 1999, WWWW flipped to the weirdly-named format known as rock AC and it became Alice 106.7. The ratings tanked while WYCD took away their former listeners. Alice finally died in 2002, being replaced with classic rocker The Drive.

In the 16 years since, 106.7 in Detroit has been the home of failed format after failed format. It seemed that it changed format every year or two or even less. It even flipped back to country in 2006 as The Fox, but the ratings were in the shitter. In 2009, after playing "Shutting Detroit Down" by John Rich, they flipped to rhythmic AC as The Beat. Ratings were OK, though it hurt sister station WKQI/Channel 955. In 2012, it flipped back to classic rock as The D.

Now, 106.7 in Detroit is a format it hasn't tried before: alternative. And, whad'ya know? The ratings suck. In the six months it's been on the air, the station has never been above a 1.7 share.

Supposedly, alternative is the hot format of the day. But the sad reality is that well, it isn't. True, there are a few alternative stations that do well in the ratings (i.e. KROQ Los Angeles), but for the most part, alt-rock is a ratings dud. Before Alt 106.7's arrival, Windsor's 89X was Detroit's de facto alternative station. Yet, they couldn't muster a two share in the ratings. Oddly enough, after Alt 106.7's arrival, 89X flipped to a harder rock format. It's hard to tell how they're doing in the ratings now since they're focused more on Windsor now.

Other than Alt 106.7, Michigan only has two other alt-rockers: Kalamazoo's Z96.5 and Battle Creek's 104.9 The Edge. Z96.5 does OK in the ratings, but that's because Kalamazoo's other rock stations sadly suck. The Edge, however, is on Q106's turf. With the exception of some butt rock tunes here and there and the fact that they carry Bob and Tom, Q106 ain't too bad of a station.

Michigan used to have plenty of alternative stations to choose from, even here in Grand Rapids. WGRD was alternative for a decade and a half until 2010. As an active rocker, their ratings have been pretty good. Up north, there was The Zone. From 1998 to 2000, they were a wuss station, avoiding most harder rock. However, thanks to new program director Kimberly Fox, she cleaned out the Matchbox 20, Jewel and Paula Cole (is she still alive?) and bands like Slipknot, Rage Against the Machine and Disturbed were in. The result: they ended up being neck-and-neck with KLT in the ratings. Now as Rock 105 and 95-5, they are reportedly STILL neck-and-neck with KLT.

Let's not forget that Lansing had two incarnations of The Edge. The last time around, their ratings were OK for being in a college town and all, but it was still blown up for classic country.

So, why is Alt 106.7 a dud? Simple: alternative rock in general, well, sucks. Most alt-rock stations are very wussy-sounding these days. Some of it's very slow and just too damn folksy. Plus, many of the bands that represent alt-rock nowadays won't be around much longer. Remember Fun.? They only released one album and then they broke up. The truth is that a regular, mainstream active rocker does way better in the ratings. WRIF is beating Alt 106.7 by leaps and bounds. Yet the problem is that record labels are overhyping wuss bands simply because it reaches a younger audience. OK, so why are bands like Ghost and Five Finger Death Punch outselling the likes of regular CHR artists like Dua Lipa, Halsey and even Kendrick Lamar? The simple truth is that there is a market for great, kickass rock 'n roll but the record companies all have their heads up their asses. Because of that, we have shit stations like Alt 106.7.

Let's also not forget that Alt's morning show, Woody is tape-delayed one day out of Los Angeles. Much of Alt 106.7's air talent is voicetracked out of other markets. WRIF, however has a local morning show that gets good numbers.

Question is, how long will it last? Remember, the average lifespan of a format on 106.7 in Detroit is maybe two years tops.

There's a reason why it's called alternative. It's an alternative... to ratings.

 
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

6.20.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Donald Trump


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Name: Donald Trump
Age: 72
Occupation: dick
Last Seen: The White House
Bee-otched For: being too late

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For the past few days, the top news story has been the horrific treatment of children being caged and locked up in so called "tender age shelters" at the US-Mexican border.

So many have put Drumpf on notice for creating the programs that are tearing apart Mexican refugees and their children. It even caused Rachael Maddow to burst into tears. So what does he do to reverse the damage? He signed an executive order to put an end to the kiddie jails. Of course, with the midterms coming up, it's logical for the de facto president to do so, especially since even his fellow Repukes are comparing his antics to the Holocaust and the Japanese determent camps of the 1940s.

Meanwhile up in Canada, the Senate there approved the full legalization of cannabis. THAT'S RIGHT! You can smoke weed, see a free doctor and drink beer while getting a full-nude lap dance up in good 'ol Canada while here in America, we're quickly turning into Nazi Germany.

You know, it's sad that our politics are fucked up comparing to Canada's, and it's all because of the fact that Drumpf's voters are all racists and those easily manipulated. Already, this country's on the track to going back to 2008 again.

Right now, I'm watching the Democratic gubernatorial debate on WOOD-TV here in Grand Rapids. Personally, all three people running would be a better governor for Michigan than Drumpf is president for this country. Even Shri Thanedar, who is probably the most-fake of the three would be a better president, even though he ran laboratories that tested on animals. (Personally, I like Abdul El-Sayed the best so far.)

In the end, the young children who were separated from their parents will be scarred for life. I know, there's some Drumpfers that will cry, "OH! IT WAS THEIR PARENTS FAULT FOR COMING HERE ILLEGALLY!" I cry bullshit. Unless you're a Native American, you are a product of immigrants. My ancestry is Dutch, English, Welsh and Canadian, just to name a few. My ancestors all came here for a better life and the same should be for everybody else. I know, there's immigrants here who are all assholes. But one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch.

The Orange Shitgibbon cries that the Mexicans bring all the rapists. Well, he's raped a bunch of kids of their childhood.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

6.19.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Phil Boyce


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Name: Phil Boyce
Age: ??
Occupation: chief programmer of talk radio, Salem Radio Network
Last Seen: ??
Bee-otched For: reaching the wrong audience


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On Saturday, I was listening to my favorite weekly podcast, Southpaws, which is also syndicated through Pacifica. Most of the time, hosts Darren Gibson and Jack Prince were talking about how Pothole Johnny himself, ex-Michigan governor John Engler was fucking up Michigan State University.

During the broadcast, Gibson touched on an article on The Daily Beast where Phil Boyce, the head of talk programming at Salem Radio Network talked about why he thinks that talk radio hosts need to stand up for Drumpf. Boyce was speaking at a Talkers Magazine conference in Manhattan last week.

"This guy does have the support of our audience, despite the daily attacks of the mainstream media. Our listeners despise the mainstream media," Boyce said on stage in front of 100 people. He called Drumpf's win in 2016 a game-changer for the talk format and thought that if Hillary Clinton won instead, that it would be all over for him.

Sadly, during his diatribe, Boyce proclaimed "The problem is we’re reaching for a 25-to-54 demo that’s not going to come. A twenty-something isn’t going to listen to us. A 26-year-old who’s living on his parents’ couch in the basement, who’s more worried about his video games or watching porn, is not gonna listen to us. So why do we change, and go after him, and risk running off the ones that will come and listen to us." On Southpaws, Gibson told the truth and I agree 100%: THE REASON WHY THERE'S 26-YEAR-OLDS LIVING WITH THEIR PARENTS IS BECAUSE OF HOW FUCKED UP THE RIGHT BECAME IN THE 1980S UNDER REAGAN!

Look, I was born JUST BEFORE the millennial generation. When I graduated from a small tech school just before 9/11, there were no jobs for me. I had to return to washing dishes at the Mexican restaurant in northern Michigan where I worked at as a teen. When they severely trimmed my hours because they decided to hire somebody older than I was and needed the money more than I did, I ended up working at a convenience store. However, the asshole Iraqi owner sold the store to a father and son who knew NOTHING about running a c-store and they ALSO cut my hours. During all this, my asshole polack stepdad wanted me to go out on my own, even though it was just after 9/11 and there were no jobs ANYWHERE. I finally ended up moving to Grand Rapids in 2002 where I worked for ANOTHER asshole who didn't give me a raise for a decade. Oh, and guess what? He was a "Christian".Yep, a so-called "Christian" who owned homes here in Grand Rapids, Alaska and Florida. The only good thing about all this is that he has since retired and I've gotten a few raises from my company's new boss.

The funny thing is that Salem calls themselves a "Christian" company. Oddly enough, they syndicate programs that either talk about the Bible or some reich-winged loudmouth who thinks that Obama was born in Kenya and was the Antichrist and that Drumpf is really Jesus. But, guess what? NONE OF THEIR FUCKING HOSTS OR STATIONS HAVE RATINGS!

Look, talk radio is dying thanks to aging hosts and an aging demo. Most young people hate Drumpf and so do most older folks, too. True, there *are* some towns where Rush and Co. still have ratings (and sadly, one's Grand Rapids), but the truth is that people like Phil Boyce are delusional. If people like Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher and Michael Medved are going to take me to Heaven, thanks, but I prefer to take another route.

And with the way conservative media is, it's all going that same direction.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

6.18.18 Bee-otch of the Day: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



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Name: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Age: 232
Occupation: newspaper
Last Seen: Pittsburgh
Bee-otched For: firing their beloved cartoonist over telling the truth

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Right now, thousands of children are being separated from their parents all because they want a better life in America. The camps the children are being thrown in are now being compared to the Japanese deterrment camps during World War II. So far, it's definitely one of the worst policies created by Drumpf since taking the Oval Office.

It's too bad that a man who put some light on the situation has been fired.

Rob Rogers was the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 1993. He was fired from the paper last week, claiming that their editorial staff pressured him to produce comics that were pro-Drumpf. He refused; as a matter of fact, the final nail of the coffin was his last strip, seen above.

In an editorial piece for the New York Times, Rogers, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1999 claimed that the traditionally-leftist paper had shifted more towards the right in recent years. They claimed that he was too obsessed with Drumpf and that his work had gotten more "angrier". In his op-ed piece for the Times, Rogers said that he'll be at his drawing table every day of his presidency.

Rob Rogers has gotten plenty of support from fellow cartoonists and even Pittsburgh's mayor. It's tragic that a paper that was a lefty stronghold for decades has now fallen to being a shitrag that caters to virtually nobody. Pittsburgh is a town that overwhelmingly hates Drumpf and for the PG to kiss his ass shows that it's about them and not the reader anymore.

Part of the problem is that the PG's editor, Keith Burris is a huge Drumpf supporter. It's not helping that they're doing more shared business with their sister publication, The Toledo Blade. Both papers are owned by the Block family, who also own Toledo's main cable system, Buckeye. They also own several TV stations including Fox affiliate WDRB in Louisville, NBC WAND in Decatur, IL and all the TV stations in Lima, OH.

Sadly, we live in a time where there's no real liberal media anymore, except for maybe the internet. AM talk radio is loaded with Rush and his clones, TV cable news is biased and corporate and even indie papers are either disappearing, or even worse, becoming more middle of the road like my childhood paper, Traverse City's Northern Express. When Luke Haase bought the paper a few years ago, they started publishing more conservative viewpoints and even racist cartoons from now-former editorial cartoonist Glenn McCoy. Recently, the paper pulled its last cartoon, Jen Sorensen's weekly comic.

I know, everything's online nowadays and there, people can provide their own views and opinions. Editorial cartoons are an artform and when its creator is told to provide a different viewpoint that's not his or her's, then it's not really art. It's forced. It's like forcing a black man to join the KKK.

If I'm not mistaken, Rogers' comics are still syndicated through Andrews McNeel, so he still has a job there. But sadly, this is a sign that cartoonists are being forced into the cookie cutter world of once-great journalism. When somebody is forced to present a viewpoint that's not theirs and make it their own, it's cookie cutter journalism at its worst.

I hope that because of this, the PG's circulation drops and the same goes with other publications that no longer present a viewpoint that people actually want. Growing up, I was into bands like KoRn, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot and so on. Radio stations downstate played them, but not up in northern Michigan. Why? Because Traverse City's only rock station, WKLT was owned by a company from North Dakota that was all in it for the money instead of the quality. Of course, there's now Rock 105 and 95-5, but sadly, I've had a love-hate relationship with that station and its predecessor, The Zone. I look at the radio ratings now and the people are revolting from old standbys like 106 KHQ, WCCW and so on. Why? It's because there's other and better radio options out there like Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify. In the case of the PG, people can flip over to the Tribune-Review or stop reading newspapers altogether. I haven't bought a newspaper in years and I feel fine, thank you very much.

Instead of ink, the Blocks have blood on their hands.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

6.16.18 Weekend Mix



Lovelytheband - Broken
Matt Nash & Sebjak - I Need a Friend
Me & My Toothbrush - Hands Off
Mono Mind - I Found My Soul At Marvingate (Sofa Tunes remix)
PAX - Electric Feel
Qlank - Give Back
Ricardo Volilobe - Chicks In Da Club
Sage Armstrong x Bruno Furlan - Gotdamn
15Grams - Feel It
Antoine Delvig - Cinco
Danny Howard - This Sound
Danny Wade - Navigator
David Tort & Albert Neve - Blob 2018
DEL-30 - You Won't Regret
Dennis Cruz f/Martina Camargo - El Sueno
Malaa & Noizu - Music Sounds Better With You
Chris Lake x Walker & Royce - Dance With Me
Krystal Klear - Neutron Dance
KURA - Lambo
Lucati - B2B
Madison Mars - Back the Funk
Magnificence & Julian Snijder - Drop It Low
Matroda x Childish Gambino - This is America (VIP edit)
Mr. Belt & Wezol - Let's All Chant
Matt Caseli & David Jimenez vs. Groove Junkies & Alexander Polinsky - Losing My Mind
Moska - House Religion
Nervo - Hey Ricky (FTampa remix)
Nitti Gritti & Vlien Boy - Bailando