The Radiant Radish #92: Back Again

The radio show is back, and episode #92 is here. It features some of the songs and bands from our free Fountains of Wayne tribute comp that we released this month.

Email radiantradish@yahoo.com with any feedback, requests, etc. And if you hear something you like, support the bands.

Playlist:

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs – Care of Cell #44
Weezer – Hero
The Beths – Future Me Hates Me
Jeff Whalen – Jendy
Look Park – Breezy
Sunset Odds – Raise the River
Sweet Diss and the Comebacks – I-95
Home School High Jinks – Barbara H
BJ Blue w/ Jonathan Pretus – All Kinds of Time
The Breton Sound – Why Are You Still Here?
The Feels – Purple Heart
The Easy Button – Pop Song
The Wellingtons – Freak Out
Johnathan Pushkar – Isabella
The Suck – The Catfish
Alex Retro – Invasion on Clearwater Beach
2nd Grade – Boys in Heat

Note: I changed the Look Park song at the last minute and had the wrong title on my list as I was reading what I’d played.
Fountains of Wayne – Peace and Love

Scams for Musicians To Avoid: College Underground Radio

If you are in a band that plays original music of any kind, I hope you know by now to NEVER pay to play. After 25 years of seeing people try to get money out of musicians, I could do a whole series of posts on this stuff, and maybe I will, but for now you should check out the site Never Pay To Play if you’ve never seen it. However, while that site mostly focuses on selling/paying for tickets in order to secure an opportunity to play a live show, there are a bunch of other scams out there. In this post, I’ll be discussing one that I’ve come across several times in the last few months: College Underground Radio.

Every spam attempt I’ve seen from College Underground Radio has been in one Facebook group for punk music (although they’re obviously hitting groups spanning all genres of music). The original post will say something like: “Drop your music for viral promotion!” This particular group has approximately 5,000 members, mostly musicians who are eager to promote their music. So a post like this will get dozens of replies within an hour, all from users sharing their links to their music on youtube, spotify, etc. The original poster will then reply to each comment saying to email the music to him instead of posting it.

This is because he doesn’t care about your music. He doesn’t even need to listen to it. You’ll email it to him, and then he’ll say it’s great and will eventually get around to telling you about the fees they charge.

Now, if you’re a punk musician, you should know that I’ve listened to the “ROCK-COUNTRY-METAL UNDERGROUND MUSIC CHANNEL” for about an hour or so, and the closest thing to “punk” was a track that sounded like a watered down Blink 182 song. But let’s take a closer look at the site.

First, the graphics. I mean, take a look at these and surely you’ll want to hand money over for these services, right?

But most importantly, let’s look at the services. (I personally enjoy the “made with mybannermaker” watermark on each of these images.)

cur-banners

To have a song played on College Underground Radio, you’ll pay $15 (one month) to $45 (three months). There are other packages that will play up to 15 minutes of your music once a week (instead of one song in a rotation) for a similar price. Want them to play your music video on their site for 30 days? That will cost you anywhere from $12 to $35. Being a featured artist with a picture and other info on the site costs $20 to $75. How about a banner?? (Maybe yours can also have the “mybannermaker” watermark as well!) That’s only going to cost you $10 to $45.

My personal favorite CUR service, however, is the interview opportunity! For only $50, they will send you the same interview questions they send to everyone else. You will answer them through email, and they will publish them exactly as you type them.

Here is a good one. “Grammer school” is one thing, but I really like how the second sentence starts in third person and shifts back to first person by the third word. (“Rob assembled MY first band…”) Rob obviously sent info, which they tried to change to third person, but they didn’t even take the time to read it all and make it look consistent.

cur-interview

There are a ton of these interviews, and they all contain the same exact questions. It’s the easiest $50 you could make. In fact, I will post your interviews here on this site for $25. That’s a deal. I have 3.5 billion readers. Trust me.

Music promotion is a legitimate business. I understand that. If that’s something you want to spend money on and you find a reputable company to do this, that’s fine. But while CUR pretends to be a service that will promote you and your music, everything on the site is geared toward selling products to new clients. When I see a link that says “Discover New Artists,” I expect to find some of the site’s featured artists. Yet when I click on it, it is once again trying to get me to pay to become a featured artist. It took me several clicks to even figure out how to find bands.

Over the last 20 minutes, this rock-country-metal channel has played a mess of songs I’d never listen to. There was a gospel-roots rock pro-Trump song called “Trump Train 2020,” a country track about social media, and then a hard rock Christian tune called “Love vs. Hate.” In between songs there were Christopher Walken impersonations about listening to the station. And people pay to have their music affiliated with this. (Imagine spamming your services in a punk group while a pro-Trump song plays on your radio station.)

trump train

Another funny thing about this site is that some of the pictures of CUR “staff” actually come up on sites for Russian brides when you do a reverse image search. Do you want to give these people your money?

Today, when someone from CUR posted in our group for the 3rd or 4th time, I decided to reach out to him. I grabbed a random acoustic cover from youtube, something that shows no real ability to write or record original music in any way. The guy playing the song was fine, but no real music rep would think anything of this video I “submitted.” I immediately got messages back saying the following:

“The track is super good men I and our team we keep on replaying the track just to enjoy. You are talented our listeners will be very amazed with your track . I will advise you to purchase for play as early this month as we are actually having our peaks of listeners each days this month it will be good for you.”

“Thank you very much for sending us your work for consideration. Your submission has been approved for exposure by our music review panel. Carefully read the information below before submitting your music. Music files must be in mp3 or Wav format.”

“I wanted to follow up with you on the music you had sent us and it’s great stuff for exposure on the magazine. I am interested in doing a press release /artist spotlight interview on you to show our readers more… The format is like an interview so we’ll send you full list of questions regarding your music and carreer, then put it all together.”

There is also a referral system, so I guess the person I contacted would get a commission when I get ripped off.

Look, if you are a new artist, or if you are struggling to find an audience, I don’t think paying for services like these is the way to go. I can’t see one single benefit for you. If anyone is listening to this stuff, it is definitely the other people who have paid to be there, and they’re not there to discover new music. It’s 2020. There are so many internet radio shows, blogs, social media sites, webzines, etc. Look around and take the time to reach out to people. I did a radio show for two years, and I had to fill an hour a week. I was picky about what I played, and I obviously never charged anyone to play their music, but I heard from bands all the time. I almost always listened to music people sent me, and if I liked it, I played it and promoted it.

Please do yourself a favor and have enough pride in your work to avoid scams like this.

Top Films and Series of 2019

Getting this in ahead of the Golden Globes again…

Top 20 Movies

1. The Irishman
2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
3. Ready or Not
4. Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark
5. The Highwaymen
6. John Wick 3
7. Booksmart
8. The Upside
9. Doctor Sleep
10. Roll Red Roll
11. Crawl
12. Curse of La Llorona
13. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
14. Annabelle Comes Home
15. Us
16. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
17. Child’s Play
18. Ma
19. Parasite
20. Rust Creek
Top 10 TV/Internet Series

1. True Detective (S3)
2. When They See Us
3. The Case Against Adnan Syed
4. Don’t F— With Cats
5. QB1 (S3)
6. Derry Girls (S2)
7. Last Chance U (S4)
8. I Love You, Now Die
9. The Confession Tapes (S2)
10. All American (S2-S3)

SNL Season 44: Top 40

Last week’s episode of Saturday Night Live was the Season 44 finale, and we now get to wait four months for the show to return. Below is my list of this season’s top 40 sketches, all conveniently added (in order) to this YouTube playlist. Not included: cold opens, opening monologues, and Weekend Update segments. I also limited repeating sketches to one spot.

1. Weezer (44.9)
2. Unity Song (44.5)
3. I Love My Dog (44.11)
4. A Frightening Tale (44.3)
5. New Orleans Vacation (44.11)
6. Extreme Baking (44.13)
7. Trees (44.3)
8. Kyle Google Pixel (44.9)
9. Another Brothers (44.11)
10. The U.E.S. (44.11)
11. Chad Horror Movie (44.14)
12. Fortnite Squad (44.1)
13. Permission (44.5)
14. New Cast Member (44.15) (cut)
15. Paranormal Occurrence (44.5)
16. Charmin (44.11)
17. Friendsgiving (44.6)
18. Retirement Party (44.21) (cut)
19. Romano Tours (44.19)
20. Kool-Aid (44.10)
21. RBG Rap (44.6)
22. Late Night Battle (44.2)
23. Ladies Room (44.18)
24. First Impression (44.8)
25. Fresh Takes (44.13)
26. Graphics Department (44.17)
27. Valentine’s Song (44.12)
28. Them Trumps (44.8)
29. Mr. Tumnus (44.11)
30. Ouija (44.21)
31. Best Christmas Ever (44.9)
32. The Duel (44.16)
33. Bar Fight (44.13)
34. Invest Twins (44.5)
35. New Video Game (44.17)
36. Supportive Friend (44.15)
37. Music Box (44.21)
38. KCR News (44.4)
39. Mr. H (44.11)
40. The War in Words (44.7)

 

Music Review: David Brookings & the Average Lookings – Scorpio Monologue

When I pressed play on “And It Feels Like,” the opening track on David Brookings & the Average Lookings’ new record Scorpio Monologue, I initially thought I’d messed up and played a Gin Blossoms song instead. Which was fine with me! But then David’s voice came in, and I realized it was him after all. In fact, once the vocal melody takes over, the track actually becomes closer to something of an Oasis opener, just a great leadoff track that may not be a single on its own, but a song that gives you the feeling that a BUNCH of singles are about to come pouring out into your lap. And that’s exactly what happens here, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone familiar with David’s work.

The second track, “I Grow Up Fast,” has David’s classic sound, melody, and lyrics. It’s a smash hit single just waiting for anyone at any radio station to realize it. Retrospective enough to match the kind of jangle pop he’s playing, David’s lyrics are on point here as always. He says, “I wanna make it last/I grow up fast.” And I mean, we all do. But thankfully, guys like David keep making music like this to accompany the whole growing up thing.

And again, the singles just keep coming from there. “Destiny” has a really cool summer feel, with piano and killer layered harmonies. Fountains of Wayne fans will love it. “Big Gun” has another big ’90s chorus. Meanwhile “Rainbow Baby” slows things down and feels like something McCartney would’ve done for the White album or maybe one of his first solo records.

The cover of Badfinger’s “Without You” was a little surprising, as I’d mostly known versions by Air Supply and Mariah Carey. But it’s a really great display of what David can do vocally. On the other hand, both “Silicon Valley” and “She’s Mad at Me Again” are hilarious yet strong examples of simple rock and roll songwriting that checks all the boxes while also standing out as something completely new and different, which is not easy at all to accomplish.

Overall, this is another solid effort from David Brookings & the Average Lookings. If you’re looking for crystal clear power pop with a Beatles and ’90s rock influence, this is your band.

You can currently stream and purchase Scorpio Monologue through all of your favorite stores and services. Check it out on Spotify here.

Top Films and Series of 2018

With the Golden Globes airing tonight, I wanted to post my favorite films and series of 2018.

Top 20 Movies

1. Green Book
2. Halloween
3. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
4. Eighth Grade
5. A Quiet Place
6. The Strangers: Prey at Night
7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
8. Fahrenheit 11/9
9. Mary Poppins Returns
10. The Mule
11. Game Night
12. Hold the Dark
13. Skyscraper
14. BlacKkKlansman
15. Creed II
16. Searching
17. Hearts Beat Loud
18. A Star Is Born
19. Revenge
20. The Grinch

Note: Films I haven’t seen yet include Vice, If Beale Street Could Talk, Roma, Incredibles 2, The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, and all superhero movies.

Top 10 TV/Internet Series

1. Haunting of Hill House
2. Making a Murderer (S2)
3. Last Chance U (S3)
4. The Staircase
5. The Innocent Man
6. QB1 (S2)
7. Safe
8. Hard Knocks (S13)
9. Evil Genius
10. Undercover High

The Radiant Radish #89-91: Christmas Roundup

The Radiant Radish can be heard on Radio Free Nashville WRFN 103.7/107.1 FM (or through the app) each Wednesday at 8:00 pm CST.

The show can also be heard on popthatgoescrunch.com on Thursdays at 2:00 pm CST and Saturdays at noon CST.

Contact us at radiantradish@yahoo.com with any feedback.

Radiant Radish #89: 2018 Christmas #1

Podomatic archive

Rosebuds – Oh It’s Christmas
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
Fountains of Wayne – Alien for Christmas
Jackson 5 – Give Love on Christmas Day
Beach Boys – Santa’s Beard
Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight)
Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis
Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas
Blink 182 – I Won’t Be Home for Christmas
The Roomates – Santa
Weezer – We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Stevie Wonder – Someday at Christmas
Everclear – I Will Be Hating You for Christmas
The O’Jays – Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas
Tom Petty – Christmas All Over Again
Relient K – I Hate Christmas Parties
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Moonglows – Just a Lonely Christmas
The Ronettes – Frosty the Snowman

Radiant Radish #90: 2018 Christmas #2

Podomatic archive

Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today
Brian Wilson – The Man With All the Toys
Better Than Ezra – Merry Christmas Eve
Dropkick Murphys – The Season’s Upon Us
Joe Pisapia – When the River Meets the Sea
Eels – Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
Polyphonic Spree – It’s Christmas
Surfjan Stevens – The Friendly Beasts
Huntingtons – It’s Always Christmas
Fats Domino – I Told Santa Claus
The Ventures – Sleigh Ride
Aaron Neville – Please Come Home for Christmas
Ben Folds – Lonely Christmas
Paul Sanchez – I Got Drunk This Christmas
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
John Lennon – Happy Xmas
Jonathan Pushkar – Snoopy’s Christmas

Radiant Radish #91: 2018 Christmas #3

Podomatic archive

Vince Guaraldi Trio – O Tannenbaum
Bing Crosby – It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
The Carpenters – It’s Christmas Time
Frank Sinatra – Mistletoe and Holly
Harry Connick Jr. – When My Heart Finds Christmas
Bing Crosby – Christmas in Kilarney
Leroy Anderson – Sleigh Ride
Gene Autry – Here Comes Santa Claus
Louis Armstrong – Christmas in New Orleans
White Christmas Soundtrack – Snow
Home Alone Soundtrack – Somewhere in My Memory
The Carpenters – Merry Christmas Darling
Bing Crosby and David Bowie – Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Soundtrack – Welcome Christmas (reprise)
Harry Connick Jr. – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Bing Crosby – Jingle Bells
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Is Coming
Boston Pops – A Christmas Festival

The Radiant Radish #86-88: November Playlists

The Radiant Radish can be heard on Radio Free Nashville WRFN 103.7/107.1 FM (or through the app) each Wednesday at 8:00 pm CST.

The show can also be heard on popthatgoescrunch.com on Thursdays at 2:00 pm CST and Saturdays at noon CST.

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The Radiant Radish #86: Fall

The Wellingtons – Help Me Fall
Coward – Fell Down
The Queers – Today I Fell in Love
Gin Blossoms – Until I Fall Away
MxPx – Fallen Angel
Linus of Hollywood – Every Day I Fall in Love Again
Weezer – Falling For You
Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers – Falling Into Place
The Mopes – She Fell For Me
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs – Free Fallin’
The Ergs – Everything Falls Apart (and More)
Teenage Fanclub – Fallen Leaves
Zatopeks – The Summer I Fell in Love With Jimmy’s Girl
Eels – Can’t Help Falling in Love With You
Mr. T Experience – I Fell for You
The Carpenters – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
Teenage Bottlerocket – Fall For Me
Ben Kweller – Falling

The Radiant Radish #87: Thanksgiving

Third Eye Blind – Thanks A Lot
Weezer – Thank God for Girls
Parry Gripp – Mister Bug’s Thanksgiving
The Beatles – Thank You Girl
Mr. T Experience – Thank You (For Not Being One of Them)
Apples in Stereo – Thank You Very Much
Big Star – Thank You Friends
NOFX – Thank God It’s Monday
Linus of Hollywood – Thankful/It’s Over Now
Linus of Hollywood – Thank You for Making Me Feel Better
The Pastels – Thank You for Being You
Ben Folds – You To Thank
Descendents – Thank You
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Thanksgiving Theme
The Wonder Years – Hey Thanks
ABBA – Thanks for the Music
Loudon Wainwright – Thanksgiving

The Radiant Radish #88: Radish Friends Christmas

Wyatt/Todd – Christmas Makes Me Sick
ELF PPL MUSIC – Christmas Wish
Dicaculis – Schlitzen
Truffle Shuffle – Christmas Is Here
Vista Blue – There’s a Star
35 PSI – CRamping My Christmas
Truffle Shuffle – Valley Winter Song
Rusty – Buffalo Gals
Archez – What If Santa Was My DJ?
Vista Blue – Mistletoe
Braithwaite – I Just Want To Wear Long Sleeves
35 PSI – Ask Love
Rusty – War on Christmas
Wyatt – Merry Christmas, I’m in Love With You
Vista Blue – I Made My Family Disappear
35 PSI – iCicles
Rocky and Terrell – Hey Girl, Merry Christmas
Truffle Shuffle – Merry Christmas to Me
The Heroes – What Did You Get Me?
Kyle – Give Them My Gift

The Radiant Radish #85: 10/31/18

Episode #85 is now archived here.

The Radiant Radish can be heard on Radio Free Nashville WRFN 103.7/107.1 FM (or through the app) each Wednesday at 8:00 pm CST.

The show can also be heard on popthatgoescrunch.com on Thursdays at 2:00 pm CST and Saturdays at noon CST.

Contact us at radiantradish@yahoo.com with any feedback.

The Radiant Radish #85: 10/31/18

Record of the Week: The Cars (1978)

The Rubinoos – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Smoking Popes – Amanda My Love
Tonettes – I Gotta Know
Pale Waves – Television Romance
Phantom Planet – Somebody’s Baby
Nerf Herder – Sportsman Bar
The Cars – Good Times Roll
The Cars – My Best Friend’s Girl
The Cars – Just What I Needed
The Cars – You’re All I’ve Got Tonight
The Cars – Bye Bye Love
The Hippos – Wasting My Life
Amuse – Rad Times
The Chiffons – Sweet Talking Guy
Oasis – Fade Away (Warchild Version)
Resistance House Band – Open Season
Wyatt Funderburk – Back to Yesterday

The Radiant Radish #84: Halloween

Episode #84 is now archived here.

The Radiant Radish can be heard on Radio Free Nashville WRFN 103.7/107.1 FM (or through the app) each Wednesday at 8:00 pm CST.

The show can also be heard on popthatgoescrunch.com on Thursdays at 2:00 pm CST and Saturdays at noon CST.

Contact us at radiantradish@yahoo.com with any feedback.

The Radiant Radish #84: Halloween

Ash – Halloween
Pulp – The Fear
Eels – Friendly Ghost
Weezer – Haunt You Every Day
Lemuria – In a World of Ghosts
Better Than Ezra – Scared, Are You?
Joey Ramone – Spirit in My House
Travis – The Fear
The Cure – The Hungry Ghost
Presidents of the USA – Ghosts Are Everywhere
Belle & Sebastian – The Ghost of Rockschool
Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear the Reaper
Groovie Ghoulies – Becoming a Ghost
Ministry – Every Day Is Halloween

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