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Twas the Show Before Christmas (with apologies to Clement Moore)

Twas a week before Christmas, when all through the town, everyone madly shopping as I drove around. When what to my wondering ears did I hear, but community radio bringing good cheer! So up through the airwaves the DJs they flew, with a sleigh full of holiday tunes on KRUU. And I heard them exclaim as I drove out of sight, tune in to A Reasonable Alternative from 8 to 9 on Friday night!


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Turn your dial over to 100.1 FM this Halloween for some musical treats, no trick! Michael and I will be spinning some new spooky tunes from Stars (above left) and Sir Sly (above right), along with some of our old favorites from The Killers and Florence and the Machine. Tune in to A Reasonable Alternative from 8 to 9 Friday!


Tonight on A Reasonable Alternative we look back on the highlights of 2013. Oh what a year it’s been! We lost some heroes, like Nelson Mandela and Lou Reed, but I’ve discovered some more, like Pope Francis and Senator Bernie Sanders. In entertainment, many thanks goes to the Orpheum Theatre, for allowing me to watch Monday Night Football again, a couple of comedic characters named Ron (Burgundy and Swanson) for making me laugh, and authors named John- Le Carre (A Delicate Truth), and Grisham (The Racketeer), for helping me get over my readers block. I’ve been lucky enough to attend some great concerts this year, from Green Day to Mason Jennings, to Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellies and The Pines- and of course, Fairfest!

Aw c'mon, ya got to admit, it was fun last time.

So I'm doing another alternative country show, featuring the one and only Lyle Lovett, Jason Isbell & and Elizabeth Cook, Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well as Norah Jones and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong covering the Everly Brothers.

Tune in Friday at 8 PM to hear A Reasonable Alternative, country(ish) style!

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watermelon brainImagine Dragons

It's Halloween 2013! It's going to be a scream! We're going to eat your brain! No, not really, just trickin', we're going to fill your brain with spooky tunes, with treats from Imagine Dragons (above), Vampire Weekend, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, The Black Angels and much more. Tune in to hear songs about scary things like ghosts and monsters...and brain (watermelon) 8 PM Friday on KRUU. Boo!!!

CowboyJimmie Rodgers

"So I drank myself my whiskey and dreamed I was cowboy and rode down to the border". Maybe it's the end of summer, the heat and the sunbaked grass turning brown, but I've been having cowboy dreams. So for this week's show I'll be heading for the border, just like in the Lyle Lovett song, and exploring some different musical genres. I'll celebrate the birth of the Jimmie Rodgers, who some call "The Father of Country Music", by playing some country, but also some blue grass and even a little blues. Hope you tag along and tune in, Friday at 8 PM on KRUU.

no gunsjim carrey

Yes, we don't usually get political on this show, but the recent failure by Congress to pass a reasonable alternative to gun control legislation has inspired some thematic musical selections this week. As Canadian comedian Jim Carrey said, "it is the responsibility of every American to speak up." At the risk of offending those who equate guns with freedom (as in just another word for nothing left to lose), I'll be playing Carrey's "Cold Dead Hand", Snoop Lion's (ne Dogg) "No Guns Allowed" as well as some great alternative tunes by Young the Giant, Metric and ZZ Ward. Tune in from 8 to 9 this Friday for A Reasonable Alternative, and peace out!!!

first aid kitmuse

Could it be that time of year again? Yes, December is upon us. The holidays are coming. The Mayan calendar is winding down. Our gift to you is our top tunes of 2012, great music to build bunkers to, or party like it's the end of the world, an era, a paradigm, or whatever. The Mullenneaux-Halley brothers have compiled our "Best Of" list a little early this year, just in case, which includes newcomers such as First Aid Kit, an alt-folk duo of Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg, and the Avett Brothers, which includes Scott and Seth Avett. Not all of the artists on the list are siblings in the traditional sense. We've also got some Muse, repeat offenders from last year, and School of Seven Bells, and much more. Tune in Friday from 8 to 9 PM, or Monday from 9 to 10 AM to hear A Reasonable Alternative's Best of 2012.


"My dear, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!" OK, so James Bond may not have appreciated rock n' roll, but that's not stopping us from paying tribute to the world's favorite secret agent on the 50th anniversary of his big screen debut, on the opening night of his newest film, "Skyfall." And what better way to do so than to play our favorite Bond theme songs, from the likes of Nancy Sinatra (pictured), Madonna, and of course, Adele, singing the theme from this year's movie. We'll also reflect on the most memorable moments in the history of an icon. Tune in Friday night at 8- Matt and Mike will be serving up the best of Bond, shaken, not stirred.

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