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RELAX NOW BABIES, slide into the wormhole and enjoy the cosmic string...

Join us for some musical time travel, as we leap year to year, stretching back to the BEGINNING of recorded music.

It's 1959. Sun Studio reigns supreme - a bit of Ray Charles,The Drifters, and The Flamingos to kick it off.

Bounce forward to 1993. We’re in Brit pop heaven, stiiiinky grunge and golden era hip-hop.

1938. Blues run the game. We’re selling our souls to the devil live on air for the chance to be DJ masters of the universe. Lead Belly, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lester Young, Jelly Roll Morton provide the musical backdrop.

Want to swim in a warm pool of indie? 2004's the year. Ratatat, The Concretes, The Walkmen, Arthur Russell, Air, Arcade Fire, and Elliott Smith are taking off their skivvies.

1981. New Order, Visage and dare we say Duran Duran? [Duran Duran!] Regrettably no visual radio yet, so no one gets to see our cushy shoulder pads or asymmetrical haircuts.

1824. Beet. Hoven. Need we say more.


  • Shoegaze and Bill Clinton both make appearances in this, our 60th episode about the year 1993.\

  • Ben Ward of Eclectic Kettle fame goes back to the year 2002 and his university playlists.

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  • End of year show. Overload of the softest of songs.

  • 1967 in music requires no further introduction. Summer of love. A few guitar heroes and some sitar.

  • A short jump in time to a bit of indie rock and some light indie electronic music via LCD soundsystem before their hiatus.

  • Evan is back for his second guest hosting to tell us all about Olympia, Washington in 1991.

  • In 1968 the Velvet underground goes beyond bananas and monkeys are on the silver screen in Planet of the apes.

  • In 1947 Johan does a poor job of explaining the Marshall plan and Fiona talks about cutting Frank Sinatras wrists with a dull razor.

  • Our 2005 show is split down the middle in a high energy rock beginning and a low energy, wrist-cutting indie folk section with a bit of…

  • Laura Glu comes back on the show for a second time for a more recent year