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!!!
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.
A Reasonable Alternative's Halloween 2012 Show!
Get ready for some scary tunes from Madd Mullenneaux and Michael Howley this Friday night at 8 PM, and tune in to KRUU's "Unreasonable Alternative Show"! You'll hear Ariel Pink and the Haunted Graffiti, Florence and the Machine, and Gnarls Barkley, featuring Cee-Lo "Every day is Halloween" Green. Plus, we'll play one of the best Halloween alt-rock songs ever, "Bones" by The Killers. Check out the dancing skeletons in the MTV video directed by Tim Burton. So get dressed up and walk that dial over to 100.1 FM for some auditory tricks and treats.
This Friday I've got something special planned for my show, A Reasonable Alternative. We're celebrating the 42nd wedding anniversary of my parents, Hap and Lin Mullenneaux. They were married at my father's farmhouse in the Catskills in upstate New York, just an hour away from where they had attended the iconic Woodstock music festival a year before. Tonight they will be my guest DJs, talking about some of the legendary artists that they had the privilege to see perform live, like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Andy Kaufman, and will play songs by other incredible but lesser known artists they've seen, such as the Incredible String Band. Tune in tonight at 8 PM, for an inspiring musical journey down memory lane.
What better way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Joshua Tree, one of the all-time greatest albums, and St. Patties Day than by showcasing all things Irish on A Reasonable Alternative? So put on something green and tune in Friday night from 8 to 9 as play tunes by Irish artists- including others BESIDES U2, such as Lisa Hannigan, The Cranberries and Two Door Cinema Club (pictured above). DJs Matty O'Mullen and Mac Halley will be your faithful musical guides as always:)
A Reasonable Alternative celebrates the week of Mardi Gras by showcasing crazy French music, from indie bands like Tahiti 80 (above) to mainstream alternative groups like Phoenix to chill out electronica groups like Air and Enigma (okay, they're actually German, but sing in French). Monsieurs Halley and Mullenneaux will once again be the musical chefs, preparing an auditory feast for your fun-loving Friday nights. Tune in at 8 PM, February 24th- Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Time once again for our "Best of the Year" show, where Michael and I include our favorite tracks that we've collected over the past 12 months. As I reflect back on 2011, there are two musical themes that come to mind: bizarre yet cool super groups and retro soul. In a year that saw Mick Jagger teaming up with Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and A. R. Rahman (SuperHeavy) and Gorillaz mixing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers to create Rocketjuice (Damon Albarn, Flea), it should come as less of a surprise to see Tired Pony (above left)- made up of Gary Lightbody (lead singer of Snow Patrol), Peter Buck (R.E.M. guitarist), Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian drummer) and a motley collection of other musicians. We'll play them, plus other returning favorites like Death Cab for Cutie (above right). In a year when Amy Winehouse tragically passed and Adele became a superstar in her own right, it's newcomer Lana Del Rey that impresses me the most and we'll also include her and other lovely ladies, like Florence Welch and Priscilla Ahn. Tune in from 8 to 9 Friday night to hear A Reasonable Alternative's Best of 2011 Show!
A Reasonable Alternative is pleased to have two of the Honkanen sisters on tonight's show, now known as Carissa Price (above left) and Nena Botto (above right). Another one of Fairfield's creative forces to be reckoned with, Nena last week screened her new web series that she wrote, directed and acted in, Blue Fiddles, at the Central Park Furniture Store. Her sister, Carissa, played on the soundtrack.Blue Fiddles is the story of three women searching for meaning amongst the day to day grind living in Nena's current hometown of Portland, Oregon. The theme is a mix of comedy and drama that has aims to be glamorous through honesty -women who have scars from life experiences not from numerous Botox sessions.
A Reasonable Alternative celebrates the birthdays of two rock n' roll icons this week in Michael Stipe, who turns 51 on the 4th, and David Bowie, who turns 64 on the 8th. Aside from being born under the sign of Capricorn, these two have a lot in common: both have had long careers characterized by continual reinvention and innovation, defying convention and avoiding categorization, influencing newer generations of artists. In addition, both were known for surreal and poetic lyrics. Later in their careers, they became more involved in film, with Bowie acting in movies like "Labyrinth" and "The Prestige" and Stipe producing "Man on the Moon" and "Saved." Tune in Friday night from 8 to 9 as we discuss some fun Bowie/R.E.M. facts, and play some of our favorite tracks and covers on KRUU 100.1 FM.