Uncluded - "Hokey Fright"
As soon as something is described to me as "quirky" I'm out...I can't hang. I immediately picture the most ironic of hipsters praising their latest bootleg of Tuvan throat singing while wearing some obnoxious pastel t-shirt announcing to the world that they "run on puppy power...quirky indeed
This record will probably be described as quirky by the blogosphere but please friends, do NOT let that turn you off.
This is probably the most lyrically well-crafted album to grace my ears so far this year. Kimya Dawson's gentle, quasi-innocent words dance around the gruff verbal maypole that Aesop Rock has firmly planted into a musical landscape that could easily be straight from the pages of the brothers Grimm.
Humor twirls with sadness, introspection bows to sharp observation, minutea has meaning...this record is deeper than it appears yet it can easily be put on as background music to make heads bob.
TLDR? - Magic words from Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock.
Thank you all so much for ten years of the most fun I've ever had in any endeavor I've been a part of.
From the team here at New Rock to everyone down at the sister stations in DSM. Your friendship and support have made this the best and easiest job anyone could ever ask for.
Thank you to the artists I so blatantly name dropped over the last few days. Your art is what makes my job possible. You are the real heroes of this industry, we just serve the food you cook to the public.
Thank you to the listeners. You chose to spend your time listening to us and for every minute you spent with us I will be eternally grateful.
I have been able to live the dream for ten years in a station that I grew up with, surrounded by people that I care deeply for...very few people in this industry get that chance or that longevity.
Thank you all so, so much.
If you want to keep in touch - @TonyTarbox on Twitter will be the best way.
Fun Fact #1 - This has all been a dream come true.
10 Years Bad Times Free
Whenever I meet a new person and they find out what I've been doing career-wise for the last decade and change, the discussion invariably turns to what famous people I've met.
This also happens whenever I have to host a tour of the radio station or talk to a school classroom about the field of broadcasting....when I lose them while I'm explaining how important advertising is to us, I reel 'em back in with this list, lol.
FAMOUS PEOPLE/ARTISTS I'VE INTERVIEWED/MET BECAUSE OF THE RADIO GIG
The best part of this job has always been working with the bands.
From the four-piece comprised of Iowa State students playing for Iwan's egg rolls, soup and Beer at Bali Satay to the national arena acts taking time to goof off with us before or after the show the level of appreciation for the things we do at the radio station was the same - off the charts.
I count many of these musicians as close friends and my appreciation for them is also off the charts. Watching them sacrifice family, money, blood, tears for their art is something that is truely awe-inspiring. Watching these people on all levels really risk it all in pursuit of a dream is an aspiriation that we should all strive for.
I can remember vividly the marriages, divorces, fights, hugs, vomits, bouts of laughter and scares shared with these true artists over the years and my fondest memories of working here will always be rooted in my interactions with the people making the food we feed to you.
I've been thanked many times over the years for helping to "bolster the scene" or my efforts to selflessly promote the underdogs. All those kudos belong to the artists. I'm just doing my job. I've always said that these guys have made it easy...if the music sucked and it was hard to be excited about, then I am going above and beyond...but it simply doesn't and that's what always made my job a true joy.
BIG THANKS NAME DROP - Consider this a transfer of kudos to the following:
Over the years, we've had some great interactions with our female listeners and sometimes those interactions turn into some really fun/funny promotions.
From the "Girls" calendars that we put out in 2005, '06, & '07, to the annual St Panties Day contest (the Lucky Charms & beer eating contest were particularly choice) held in the late 00's, we've had some really fun opportunities with some very attractive ladies...way more attractive than we deserved.
When I was cleaning out my office I found some pics of me hosting one of the aforementioned St Panties Day Contests. Lol, thin to win:
The white pair of "underpants" that the girl is wearing in photo #1 were on display here in our studio for about five years.
Fun Fact #1 - You can get away with saying a lot when you're on the radio.
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