WFUV has gone live with The Alternate Side, an HD and internet radio station apparently "devoted to emerging New York City artists and bands." Music is streamed from their website, or can be found on HD at 90.7 FM (whereas WFUV proper is at 90.7 on regular FM).
I listened to a lot of good music today, but so far the station falls miserably short on its NYC music mission. Artists spun today included mainstream acts like The Killers, Coldplay and Oasis, major indies like Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs and The Flaming Lips. None are from NYC (though The Killers do hang at the Rockwood when they are in town). Oh, and Kings of Convenience. Nice tune, but they are from Norway.
Good, though, to hear some Antony, Ra Ra Riot and Regina Spektor (first played on Harris Radio on 2002 - sorry for that little dig). I guess Ra Ra (from Syracuse) still fall into the 'emerging' category.
The Alternate Side is partly funded by The New York State Music Fund, set up by former NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer from money he'd wrung out of the big record labels to settle payola charges. And look where that got him!
Laura Thomas will be performing her song Blind Trinity on Air America Radio's The Steve Earle Show, this Sunday night at 10pm. She'll be part of a segment about the music that's being listened to by troops in Iraq.