For some reason, it’s hard to find electronica on normal radio stations. At least here in Southern California. Up until a couple years ago, you could at least rely on Indie 103 to deliver The Crystal Method’s weekly show, as well as a good deal of club worthy ear candy on the regular rotation. Sadly, when it comes to stations like KROQ, you’re lucky to get the occasional Fatboy Slim or NIN track. More mainstream top 40 stations will, of course, yield perfectly passable Lady Gaga or Justin Timberlake tracks, but certainly nothing remix-y. It is an unfortunate state of affairs that Paul Oakenfold, VNV Nation, and Scooter have not at least reached Moby or Chemical Brother status among the American masses.
So I was really happy when the last car we bought came equiped with Sirius preloaded, as well as 6 months of service. After just a couple of months, I was hooked. The cost is relatively cheap on a per month basis, and they’ve got not one, not two, but THREE channels devoted to modern dance, ranging from radio friendly dance tracks to the downright head spining hour long sets by Armin Van Buuren. My personal favorite is Channel 36 (BPM) because I discover alot of random dance track remixes that are actually downloadable on Rhapsody. (Occasionally DJ’s like Paul Oakenfold will also post their shows on the interwebs for you to download, but that can be hard to track down sometimes.)
So, that’s my tip of the day – up with satellite radio, down with corporate radio nonsense. (Also, watch the video above because it is awesome and Kontor.tv is one of my favorite YouTube channels.)