Friday, January 03, 2020

"480 Minutes" - 2020 Vision


It's 2020 and there is a new vision a-brewin' for the 480 Minutes show going forward. Nothing much will change until submissions ramp up again and we begin receiving 500-800 new songs per week. In the meantime we'll focus on the best music of the 2010s and hope to cobble together for your our top music of the decade lists by the end of January.

Next week your host will be taking his first vacation since the start of 2014, so there will not be a new show next Friday (1/10). There will be a new show on Friday, January 17th.

Today's show will be live-hosted from 9am-5pm Eastern U.S. Time and will feature new music by Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin (Downey, CA, @davealvin), Shriekback (London, England, @shriekbackmusic), and The Voidz (New York, NY, @Casablancas_J).

Sadly there were a couple of good submissions that I can't play for you today because the files received were too low bit rate and/or had no metadata so I don't know the name of the band or the album. The democratization of music production has been great for independent artists, but has also made people who don't know what they are doing prove that they don't and shoot themselves in the foot in the process. Sending out poor quality files with no metadata is the equivalent of sending out scratched vinyl records with blank labels -- they are not likely to be listened to, let alone get played on the air.  

All that said, please tune in and enjoy some live radio. I will probably be less crabby once on the air unless of course a "Wag The Dogshooting war breaks out between the U.S. and Iran (whose biggest ally is Russia, a country which might just have an asset or two in the highest levels of the U.S. government), I may be less crabby once on the air.

The marathon 8-hour show is followed by 2 hours of uninterrupted music and is then rebroadcast in its entirety beginning at 7 p.m. Friday,  5 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and one final time at 1 a.m. on Sunday. That is followed by a rebroadcast of a Fuzzy Road radio show at 11 a.m. and then a couple of old 480 Minutes episodes from this week in past years, making for hosted shows all weekend long.

For help with remembering when the live-hosted shows and re-runs air, check out the program schedule (which you can import into your favorite calendar program!) embedded here:

Tune in! somafm.com/bagel, plus SomaFM channels are available on many set top boxes and home audio systems as well as by voice command on many smart speakers.  Also, iOS users can also take advantage of the Shortcuts app to create a home screen button that will launch BAGeL Radio via a single touch or a simple Siri voice command. Open Shortcuts; search for SomaFM; select BAGeL Radio; unselect the "show when run" toggle to avoid the extra dialog box; give the shortcut a name; bingo!

The BAGeL Concert Finder gig calendar is...down. Not sure what happened. Updates to follow as the situation is investimagated.

Contact the DJ during the live-hosted show hours:
e-mail: ted(at)somafm.com
Twitter: @bagelradio
facebook.com/bagelradio/ (comments only, no FB messenger, sorry)
chat with other listeners: https://internet-radio-slack.herokuapp.com

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