Sunday, March 15

WHAT'S GOING ON (in the middle of March)

KJRW is halfway through Women Who Rock month. We achieved the milestone of having over 60 thousand visits to the station page at Live365.com.

Your current favorite songs on KJRW are:

  1. Human Fly - Cramps
  2. My Generation - Green Day
  3. Do You Wanna Touch Me - Joan Jett
  4. Alternative Ulster - Stiff Little Fingers
  5. Merchandise - Fugazi
  6. Dangerous - Big Data
  7. House of the Rising Sun - Adolescents
  8. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  9. Los Angeles - X
  10. Woman - Wolfmother

Listen for Celtic punk rock from Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly and more on St. Patrick's Day on KJRW.



Sunday, March 1

WHAT'S GOING ON (at the beginning of March)

At a recent bed-in at the KJRW studios (It's a thing.  See: John and Yoko.), it was decided that it was time to come out from Under the Covers. And since March is Women in History month, KJRW honors  Women Who Rock. Linda Perry, Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox, Tobi Vail, Kat Bjelland, Allison Wolfe, Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, Kim Deal, Siouxsie Sioux, Polly Styrene, Kathy Valentine, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Coffey, Karen O., Courtney Love,  Patty Schemel, Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, Patti Smith, Kim Gordon, Shirley Manson, Alison Mosshart, Tina Weymouth, Exene Cervenka, Kim Warnick, Poison Ivy, Kristen Hersh, Tanya Donnelly,  Kim Shattuck,  Johnette Napolitano,  Brody Dalle, Beth Ditto, Jennifer Finch, Lita Ford, Nina Gordon, Juliana Hatfield,  Annie Lennox,  Aimee Mann, Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Dee Plakas, Selene Vigil, Mia Zapata, Stefanie Sargent, Elizabeth Davis, Sandy West, Valerie Agnew and many more.

Let's take a quick look back at February.  As you may recall, January was the best month ever for KJRW.  We kept the momentum going in February.  Even though our rank clicked down a couple notches due to a few less streams being launched, the average amount of time people spent listening to the station was the highest ever. In other words, a slightly smaller amount of people pressed the play button, but when they did they stuck around longer.  And you know, "the longer you listen, the more songs you hear".
People listened the most in the U.S., Sweden, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Poland, Germany, Republic of Korea and Italy.  Inside the U.S., listeners spent the most time with KJRW in our home base of Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Los Angeles, CA; Tampa, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; New York, NY and Beaumont, TX.

Your favorite songs at the end of February included 4 Get Under the Covers tunes:
  1. My Generation - Green Day
  2. Radar Love - Ministry
  3. Merchandise - Fugazi
  4. House of the Rising Sun - Adolescents
  5. Underground - Sneaker Pimps
  6. Nearly Lost You - Screaming Trees
  7. Violet - Hole
  8. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  9. The Hardest Button To Button - White Stripes
  10. Bittersweet Symphony - Verve

Tuesday, February 17

WHAT'S GOING ON (In the Middle of February)

Hope you enjoyed the "love" songs on KJRW this past week, and they made you feel all gooey inside. The station's rank continues to inch higher day by day. About 700 streams have been launched so far this month, and people have spent almost a thousand hours listening to KJRW in the last couple weeks. Your current favorite songs are:

  1. Radar Love - Ministry
  2. Underground - Sneaker Pimps
  3. Bodies - Sex Pistols
  4. Nearly Lost You - Screaming Trees
  5. Merchandise - Fugazi
  6. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  7. Violet - Hole
  8. Death By Diamonds and Pearls - Band of Skulls
  9. Song 2 - Blur
  10. Woman - Wolfmother
To vote for your favorite song, click on the thumbs up icon while it's playing on KJRW.

Friday, February 6

WHAT'S GOING ON (At the beginning of February)

Hey Kids! We are very happy to report that January was the best month in KJRW's sordid history!
We were picked as a favorite station the highest number of times in a month ever.  We finally cracked the top thousand of the several thousand stations on Live365.com. There are 500 rock stations on the site, and last month KJRW was ranked number 17!!
People spent the most time listening to KJRW in January also, especially in:

  • U.S.A.
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Russia
  • Czech Republic
  • New Zealand
  • Slovenia
  • Malaysia
Inside the U.S.A., listeners were from:
  • Seattle
  • Philadelphia
  • Los Angeles
  • Tampa
  • Louisville
  • Kansas City
  • New York
  • Dallas
  • Sacramento
  • Cincinnati
Your current favorite songs on KJRW are:
  1. Natural One - Folk Implosion
  2. Love In Plaster - Hives
  3. Bodies - Sex Pistols
  4. Violet - Hole
  5. Song 2 - Blur
  6. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  7. Rocket - Smashing Pumpkins
  8. Kick Out the Jams - Bad Brains with Henry Rollins
  9. If You Could Only See - Tonic
  10. Alternative Ulster - Stiff Little Fingers

Listen for love songs next week on KJRW...



Monday, January 26

Scientists Just Discovered Why All Pop Music Sounds Exactly the Same

Tom Barnes wrote at mic.com:
"Anyone who listens to pop radio regularly has probably been hit with this realization at one point or another – a ton of pop music sounds very similar. It seems like grandpa logic, but a growing body of research confirms what we all suspect: Pop music is actually getting more and more homogeneous. And now, thanks to a new study, they know why.
new study, surveying more than 500,000 albums, shows simplicity sells best across all music genres. As something becomes popular, it necessarily dumbs down and becomes more formulaic. So if you're wondering why the top 10 features two Meghan Trainor songs that sound exactly the same and two Taylor Swift songs that sound exactly the same, scientists think they finally have the answer.
The study: In a recent study, researchers from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria studied 15 genres and 374 subgenres. They rated the genre's complexity over time — measured by researchers in purely quantitative aspects, such as timbre and acoustical variations — and compared that to the genre's sales. They found that in nearly every case, as genres increase in popularity, they also become more generic.
"This can be interpreted," the researchers write, "as music becoming increasingly formulaic in terms of instrumentation under increasing sales numbers due to a tendency to popularize music styles with low variety and musicians with similar skills." 
So music all starts simplifying and sounding similar. Not only that, but complexity actually starts turning people off of musical styles. Alternative rock, experimental and hip-hop music are all more complex now than when they began, and each has seen their sales plummet. Startlingly few genres have retained high levels of musical complexity over their histories, according to the researchers. And ones that have — folk, folk rock and experimental music — aren't exactly big earners. Unless, of course, they fit into the Mumford & Sons/Lumineers pop-folk mold.
The findings are somewhat intuitive. Of course a genre will sell more once it forms an established sound that listeners can identify with. But the science is only proving the now-dominant truth of pop music: Record companies are only comfortable promoting things they already know will sell. And they know that now better than ever.
Record labels are pouring resources into data analysis tools, using them to predict which songs will be the next breakout hit. According to Derek Thompson at the Atlantic, executives can use services like Shazam and HitPredictor to see which songs will break out next with surprising accuracy.
Once a worthy song or artist emerges from the data, radio conglomerates have mechanisms in place to ensure that music will connect with an audience. Clear Channel's "On the Verge" program is one of the most talked about. When a song is dubbed "On the Verge," every station in the Clear Channel network has to play it at least 150 times — blasting it to a potential network of about 245 million listeners. This undoubtedly helped launch Iggy Azalea to incredible new heights of success, which she may not have otherwise earned with her talent alone. And her success, in turn, is spawning legions of hip-hop pop imitators whom labels will choose to blast out because their chance at success has been proven. It's a cycle.
The study is right — and it's more of a problem now than ever. Iggy Azalea may be the harbinger of hip-hop's eventual homogenization, but she is only a pawn of the larger media circuit. As reported by the Atlantic, "Top 40 stations last year played the 10 biggest songs almost twice as much as they did a decade ago."
Human beings crave familiarity. Numerous psychological studies show that people choose songs they're familiar with over songs that more closely match their reported music tastes. Our somewhat manipulative music industry, which chooses familiar-sounding music and pushes it to listeners in massive quantities, knows well how to capitalize on those cravings. Genres standardize over time as a way to plug into this psychology. And then we hear the same songs, over and over again.
But there's a point at which that becomes tired, and the space opens for something revolutionary — something that totally shifts the way we think about music. If we're aware of these sort of trends and practices, we can better resist what they do to our music. We can champion the genuinely original and leave aside the derivative. We can make a better musical culture."
Champion the genuinely original with KJRW! 

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