Punk rock, alt-country, r&b, folkestral– 2011 wasn’t short on variety.
As a disc jockey, blogger, tastemaker – however you’d define what I do – it’s always an enjoyable challenge deciding what to write about or play on the radio. In regards to the Late Late Rock Show specifically, deciding how to program two hours of music a week can be a difficult task. For one, I’m limited on time. The freedom to play what I want is thrilling – don’t get me wrong – but I always make an effort to honor requests in a way that equates the amount of new music I’m bringing to the table each week. So when you have a box of new records and two hours to (try to) make the best damn mix-tape you can, objectivity sort of takes over.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a project started by two professional men of music and leisure from Detroit, MI (Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott). Embracing many fringe musical styles while still maintaining an emphasis on quality songwriting, Epstein and Zott built from the ground up, recording in a basement without the benefit of expensive microphones or big-name producers. At the same time, they worked from the top down using drum machines and samplers - keeping the music danceable, interesting, and unique while not distracting. A harmonious collision, one might say.