Bootcamp Day 74 (Delayed) — Raw

Raw warns you that it “may include frequent explicit language”. I guess that’s fair — while I was listening, there were occasional periods of as much as five or six seconds with not one word of “explicit language”, but then they made up for it.

The good news about listening to Raw in my office was that I could turn it off, unlike hearing it coming from the car three lanes over on the highway.

Bootcamp Day 72 (Delayed) — Extreme XM

Extreme XM calls itself “Gonzo Radio at Its Most Warped”. I tuned in during the news, which was just fine; then they continued with last Friday’s broadcast of the Phil Hendrie Show. I lasted through the first few minutes, while they were setting up an elaborate gag to protest the FCC’s recent indecency fines, but it wasn’t worth sitting through the commercials for male enhancement products to get to the payoff (if I wanted to know more about male enhancement products, all I’d have to do is read my spam!). Besides, the show’s website gave away the punchline anyway.

Stupid radio comedy, delayed by a day. Just what I want to listen to. NOT.

Bootcamp Day 73 (Delayed) — Ethel

I was travelling during the Bootcamp’s “Hell Week”, so I’ll be making up for those channels during this week, before Bootcamp officially ends on Friday.

The first channel I visited was Ethel, which plays harder (and uncensored) alternative rock than Fred does. Ethel’s page says:

On Ethel, expect to hear deep tracks from many HUGE artists…songs that were never played on the radio, but you know ’em cuz you bought the CD.

Well, I didn’t buy the CDs played on Ethel, and what I’ve heard doesn’t make me want to go buy them (or even download them). I much preferred what I heard during my visit to Fred — I don’t know if that’s because I visited Fred in the evening, while I’m listening to Ethel mid-day, or whether there are deeper reasons, but I think it’ll be a long time before I come back to Ethel.

Bootcamp Day 79 (Delayed) — Boneyard

I probably had the volume way too low when I listend to Boneyard, so I didn’t get the full stadium rock experience. And let’s face it, stadium rock isn’t intended for background listening, so I missed out twice over.

I might stop by Boneyard again for a dose of energy, but only if I can crank the volume up a bit and only if I can pay attention.

Bootcamp Day 96 — MTV Radio

I expected MTV Radio to suffer from three fundamental problems:

  • TV on the radio is not a great idea
  • I don’t watch MTV
  • I’m not thrilled with the current music that MTV deals with

I was right. One visit was plenty.