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Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Oh well. It was good while it lasted, but this relationship isn't going anywhere, and it can't, seeing as you've changed so much. I asked you months ago, would you be making radical changes? I asked you before I signed up and paid ahead for a year of service, because you said you'd not be dumping my favorite channels, but oooh, you did. You lied. You and your little puppy dog logo. I think it's time you updated your look, Sirius/XM, and put the puppy out of the picture just as you did to so many good channels and DJ's. I'm only hanging around, like that poor little puppy, to see if you change your tune. I filed my complaint/feedback the afternoon you removed BOOMBOX. 27 minutes on the phone with a rep, detailing every reason why I signed up, and why I should cancel, why I shouldn't pay for most of your channels now and why I did pay previously. I hope you pay attention to your customers, because I know it's not just the electronica listeners (Boombox, Area 33), or the punk listeners, or even the hard rock listeners who are really ticked off. It's people who span all genres of music. They're all disgruntled. No one is happy. It's time to sit around that big table and think.
Here's a taste of what's on the net about this disaster.
Wonder powers, deactivate! If you were a Sirius or XM subscriber, as well as a fan of Fugazi, Dead Kennedys, The Clash, Ramones, Black Flag and more, then you're probably not too happy that the twin titans of satellite radio merged. Because all of the bands you love will be replaced with one you can hear on any rock station on any given day of the week.
11/7/08, 1:50 pm EST
On November 12th, both Sirius and XM Radio listeners might find that their favorite channel is misplaced or even missing as the two satellite radio companies begin to merge their stations. The consolidation was first revealed on XM Escape, which announced in a promo that it would make the leap from Channel 78 to 28. The merge date was also confirmed by a DJ on Sirius’ the Pulse. The merge actually started in the weeks following the XM/Sirius deal, as Howard Stern was added to XM’s lineup after being Sirius’ marquee star. Neither Sirius nor XM has announced the realigned station breakdown, but Sirius’ oldies icon Cousin Brucie will reportedly become available on XM, meaning XM’s own oldies station is in danger of becoming dead air. Other genres across the board will also face similar showdowns between their cross-radio counterparts. As long as we can still find Eminem’s Shade 45 station (where he tends to announce major career news) and Bob Dylan’s dispatches, we should be okay. After years in anti-trust limbo, Sirius and XM finally joined forces in July to form Sirius XM.
Boombox went off the air on Sirius XM in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 after almost three amazing years. I designed Boombox as my ideal radio station - all breaks, all the time. It came on the air after I wrote an epic proposal for Sirius Satellite Radio about improving their dance lineup. As a result of unbelievable support and trust from senior management - especially Senior VP of Music Programming Steve Blatter - I was privileged to be able to be a key player in getting three new channels - Chill, Area and Boombox - on the air. Boombox started as a pure breaks channel but, after some (as it turned out, much-needed) guidance from Blatter, moved in a more breakbeat/rock remix/bootleg/mashup direction after the first year.
I’m extremely proud of all the great music we played and for all the people who have written me to thank me for turning them on to artists and mixes they would have never heard without Boombox. It was a great run on a big stage and I am thankful for every day Sirius management let us get away with airing a whole station with nothing but the best remix-tronica available.
I especially want to thank Steve Blatter (for giving us the green light and then a massive amount of support), Jeff Regan (for being the glue that held the whole thing together and for being a damn fine programmer), Geronimo (for helping get Boombox, Chill and Area on the air and for never wavering in his support for my crazy ideas), DJ Icey (for doing “Automatic Static” on Boombox every week without fail - a truly legendary radio show), Gregg Steele (for supporting the channel and empowering us to play what we thought was best), S-Dot and Vanessa (for all their essential behind the scenes work), Kool DJ Red Alert (for his short-lived but great midday show) and everyone else who pitched in to make Boombox happen every day. I especially would like to thank all the wonderful Boombox listeners. We would have been nothing without our faithful and ever watchful audience of super cool cats.
I will continue to play great music on Sirius XM as my Zeros+Ones show moves over to Alt Nation (and maybe even gets a new name) in the weeks ahead.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Back in the 80's (oh how I miss those days!)
Pure Rock News: Mötley Crüe announce 2009 North American tour
New York Daily Photo: A Colorful Life
My son's father is a Deadhead. I am not. Harry's daddy just left to run the soundboard for a Dead style jam band that is playing out here on Long Island tonight. My son is sitting beside me, using his computer, an eMac, playing Dr. Suess's ABC's. I was browsing New York Daily Photo, and I came across this photo just as my fiancé was leaving to do the gig.
As an artist and a supporter of the DIY community, I am in awe of this woman. I'm jealous! She's doing what she wants to, what she loves and she doesn't have to ask for help from anyone. She makes wonderful handmade clothing; I am very partial to handmade arm warmers and cuffs in the inter, and hers are just so colorful.
Last, but not least, she is amazing. She worked with Mother Teresa. She dumped a job with no meaning and hitchhiked to Timbuktu. You just can't make things like that up. This is a site you must check out when you have some free time. Not many people can just get up, leave it all behind and do what she's done.
I know this blog isn't written well, but I had to type it up quickly since my son needs some help with the mouse. He's 22 months old, and his mousing skills are not the best…yet. When they are, I can't let his computer near the cable connection.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This is a doozy. This woman is stalking me. Now she's rabid. RABID!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
THIS WOMAN is a nutter. E-bullies are NOT always mentally insane. What is pitiful about this one in particular is that she's 49 years old, single, with a daughter she had when she was around 27 years old (most likely from a fling with some random guy, because trust me, this is one hell of a nutter) and she spends all her time claiming she's soooo busy, yet she stalks people online and then blogs about them, with HATE and libel. Doesn't she have anything else to do?
I asked this wackjob to cut the shit, take the libel down, remove copyright infringement and cease and desist all harassment. What did she do? Escalate! Yeesh! Some of her stories are so out there, she must have one hell of a stash up there in New England. I don't just mean green stuff either. She must go into the woods with a wicker basket and come out with one full, if you know what I mean.
Fucking people...crazy in the coconut.
Monday, November 10, 2008
As we know, I LOVED Sarah Palin. PFFFT! Thank goodness this freak isn't getting into the White House. WHEW! I was worried, yet deep down, I knew that McCain couldn't win with this wacko as his running mate. Choosing her was his biggest mistake, and THANK GOD! I knew people that were on the fence, and once Palin was at McCain's side, blabbering with that creepy smile, not one was still even thinking McCain. Ha! Cry more, Sarah.
I just read this and found some of the comments amusing. Enjoy.