First Show in the New Slot 10.24.2007

Thanks for tuning in. I must say the first 3-hour Grand National Championships was a success - lots of calls and kudos. Plus, we played the new Best Song Ever, the closing song to Portal 'Still Alive', by Jonathan Coulton, sung by Ellen McLain, who also voices GLaDOS and the turrets in the game. Her performances are hilarious.

The longer show means more music to come up with - we don't like to repeat things too often. Email or comment us anytime, or call in during the show and let us know if you want to hear anything. Seems like an awful lot of trouble, though.

Yo La Tengo Pass The Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind I Am Not Afraid Of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
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Modest Mouse Dashboard We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
LCD Soundsystem Time To Get Away Sound Of Silver
Sleater-Kinney Wilderness The Woods
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Aphex Twin To Cure A Weakling Child (Countour Regard) Come To Daddy [EP]
Liars Let's Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack Drum's Not Dead
r.e.m. Imitation of Life Reveal
Stevie Wonder Too High Innervisions
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Super Furry Animals Ysbeidiau Heulog Mwng
Giddy-Up Helicopter Scary Pony Ride I Am Secretary
Red Elvises Sad Cowboy Song I Wanna See You Bellydance
Jonathan Coulton Still Alive Portal Soundtrack
Blind Melon Three is a magic number Schoolhouse Rocks
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Portishead Cowboys Portishead
The Octopus Project Bees Bein' Strugglin' The Octopus Project - Hello, Avalanche
Of Montreal The Party's Crashing Us The Sunlandic Twins
pixies Alec Eiffel trompe le monde
Radiohead Weird Fishes/Arpeggi In Rainbows
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The Weakerthans Tournament Of Hearts Reunion Tour
The Toadies Possum Kingdom Rubberneck
Prefuse 73 Prog Version Slowly Crushed Preparations (Warp Recs)
Creation Making Time Rushmore - Soundtrack
Okkervil River You Can't Hold The Hand Of A Rock And Roll Man The Stage Names
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Redd Kross Yesterday Once More If I Were a Carpenter
Caribou She's The One Andorra
The Weakerthans Plea from a cat named virtute Reconstruction Site
Love I Still Wonder Out Here
Born Ruffians This sentence will ruin/save your life Born Ruffians
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Pedro the Lion Penetration Control
mew Snow Brigade Frengers
Frog Eyes The Oscillator's Hum The Folded Palm
Oxes Everlong Half, Half, and Half
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Liars Plaster Casts Of Everything Liars
Figurines Childhood Verse When The Deer Wore BLue
Otis Redding I've Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now) Live in Europe
Tomahawk Birdsong Mit Gas
The Beta Band Dry The Rain The Three E.P.'s
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Smokey And Miho Blue Glasses Smokey and Miho

- requests in italics


Big Announcement

Grand National Championships is moving!!!!

Starting next week, we are moving to the former home of the Vanity Corps. It's still on Monday night/Tuesday morning, just 3 hours earlier, and 1 hour longer. The show will begin at 1am and finish at 4am. We hope that this longer, earlier time slot will allow us to have more live studio guests, performing and otherwise, as well as even more music from all four corners for you.

All the links to the show on this page are being updated. If you spot anything that takes you to a dead end or, God forbid, someone else's show, please let us know. We will drop a remedy on it. The WMNF website should reflect the schedule changes soon.

DJ Nave, or Evan as we know him, is a fine gentleman and has chosen to relinquish his show because of schedule conflicts. We will miss his ever-present maniacal grin and creepy music.


Blocktoberfest 10.16.2007

Good day to you. Alastair here.

We covered DJ Nave's shift this Tuesday morning. His show, the Vanity Corps, runs for 3 hours directly before ours. It was a long morning. Lots of great tunes, including plenty of back-to-back hits from some of our favorite artists. Thanks Nave.

Vanity Corps (1-4am)
Grand National Championships (4-6am)

Tuesday the 16th, Crowbar
Caribou, Born Ruffians, Dumbwaiters

After five hours of show and a full day of work, I wasn't sure if I would have enough energy to take in the show, but I did, and I'm glad I did.

were playing as I arrived, and finished their set one song later, speculated by some to have been their Last.Song.Evah. It was an amazing song. I'm still regretting not getting there sooner. I hope I get to see them again. I know I'm not alone in that sentiment.

Born Ruffians
set up right against the front end of the stage. Steve Hamelin drummer was on the right side facing towards Singer-guitarist Luke LaLonde and bassist Mitch DeRosier, all of them in front of two well-centered amplifiers placed well behind them. Staring dead ahead, and hunched like a strange combination of Bob Dylan and Beaky Buzzard from Merrie Melodies, LaLonde yelped and mumbled his lyrics while the rhythm section added further percussive elements to their rumbling presence with their vocal harmonies.
They played plenty of new material from their forthcoming album - it should be out in Feburary - and a few from their self-titled EP that came out last year. Born Ruffians' sound nicely filled the empty space featured by their stark stage setup. The songs were peppered with both subtle and extreme examples of tempo shifts and meter changes, from folksified tribal beats to motorik rock.

"Vampire weekend," said a voice over my left shoulder.
"Beg pardon."
"These guys sound like Vampire Weekend." It was one of the guys named Matt. "Have you heard them?"
"There are a lot of bands sounding like this," he said. He liked it, though. So did I.

Don't think that this show was all fun and games, though, because it wasn't like it was all fun and games. At one point a couple of concert-goers that were feeling no pain ruined it for everyone! For reals!! Here's how it went down:
The taller and more rambunctious of the two drunkards was clumsily pumping his fists, and clapping his hands right up in drummer Hamelin's face. After a particularly raucous round of audiencing, the increasingly perturbed musician told him that he had to calm down because his douche-bagging was distracting and bothersome to the people around him. He claimed he could tell this by the looks on their faces. The fellow was then asked by the staff to leave that area. Within a couple songs, the drummer apologized for his outburst, although I don't think anyone minded. That dude was way too tall to be doing that. Later on the offender was seen still in the bar with a drink in hand, so nobody had too bad a night because of it.

When I got home, I went online and I liked Vampire Weekend, too, by the way. I guess I'm simple like that.

It's getting late. I'll tell you what I thought about Caribou tomorrow.

Hit the links above to hear the audio that accompanies this award-winning setlist.

Figurines Drunkard's Dream When The Deer Wore BLue
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minus story Beast at my Side My Ion Truss
Calvin Harris Colours I Created Disco
The Thermals Remember Today Fuckin A
French Kicks Cloche Two Thousand
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Sunset Rubdown Magic Vs. Midas Random Spirit Lover
r.e.m. Bad Day Live (Disc 1)
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton Rowboat What Is Free To A Good Home?
jason collett Hangover Days Idols of Exile
mathias schaffhauser was es ist -
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The Octopus Project Truck The Octopus Project - Hello, Avalanche
Trans Am Television Eyes Future World
Trans Am Future World Future World
Liars Clear Island Liars
Ensemble Proposal 9 Sketch Proposals
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Radiohead 15 Step In Rainbows
Radiohead Bodysnatchers In Rainbows
Lansing-Dreiden Glass Corridor The Incomplete Triangle
mira calix Skin With Me one on one
orton socket Ice Dint_S 99 Explosions
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neu hallo gallo neu
Black Francis Captain Pasty Bluefinger
Mr. Oizo LnaDJkmd Mix (By Demon) Last Night A DJ Killed My Dog
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Mr. Oizo Bobby Can't Dance Analog Worms Attack
The Most Serene Republic A Mix Of Sun And Cloud The Most Serene Republic - Population
Nico These Days Chelsea Girl
The Velvet Underground and Nico I'll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground and Nico
Led Zeppelin D'Yer Mak'er Houses of the Holy
isolee Tout Se Complique Rest
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Radiohead Weird Fishes/Arpeggi In Rainbows
oucho sparks Mercedes 300D --
The Weakerthans Hymn For The Medical Oddity Reunion Tour
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The Brunettes Credit Card Mail Order Structure & Cosmetics
Billy Bragg & Wilco California Stars Mermaid Avenue
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Bullet The Hanged Man -
The Sea And Cake The Kiss The Biz
Black Lips Boone Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo
Smoosh Massive Cure She Like Electric
Field Music Give It Lose It Take It Tones Of Town
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Mouse On Mars Mine Is In Yours Radical Connector
Isotope 217 Audio Champion Utonian Automatic
seaweed Kid Candy Four
tenement halls As Long as It Takes Knitting Needles & Bicycle Bells
Sigur Rós Hjartad hamast Ágætis Byrjun
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We Versus The Shark Ten Uh Clock Heart Uh Tack Ruin Everything!
Burning Airlines Deluxe War Baby Identikit
Headphones Hot Girls Headphones
Aloha Your Eyes Some Echoes
28 Gates The Real Rhythm Jawja
Bishop Allen Flight 180 The Broken String
Geri X Hallelujah Can't Make You Happy
Born Ruffians Piecing it together Born Ruffians
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dear and glorious physician Frenzy (What Happened Then) Dear And Glorious Physician
Hightower Report - -
Concert Report - -
caribou melody day andorra
Okkervil River Unless It's Kicks The Stage Names
Clairvoyants Camera On A Track Your New Boundaries
archie bronson outfit Cherry Lips Derdang Derdang
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Daft Punk Superheroes Discovery


WMNF Pledge Drive - We need your support!

Hello everyone! It that time o’ the year again… The WMNF Pledge Drive!

If you don’t already know, Alastair and Jerrad host the Pre-Dawn alternatives show (called Grand National Championships) from 4am-6am every Tuesday morning on WMNF 88.5 FM. We play a mix of alt rock, a bit of dancy stuff, and some classic R&B for a li’l bit o’ flava. With boatloads of new music, our particular brand of witty banter, and a (disgruntled) talking robot, what’s not to like? We’ve received a lot of positive feedback for the show over the past year, but now we have to prove it…

We, and WMNF, strive to bring you the widest variety of commercial-free music on the air, including artists you won’t EVER hear on commercial radio. Commercial free. Let me say it again… Commercial free!!! But it’s only possible with your support…

This year, we have been given the modest goal of raising $700 for our show…which is pretty modest compared to the higher profile shows that have goals in upwards of $10,000. We can do it!!! But only with your help and generosity….

There are a couple of ways to donate…

1. Call into our show! Of course, this may prove difficult for anyone on a normal schedule, as we go on at 4am Tuesdays. If you happen to be up this Tuesday that early, give a call! We’ll trade requests for donations! Or, you can call now - 813-238-8001 or 813-239-9663 and a friendly WMNF volunteer will guide you through the process.

2. Go to https://www.wmnf.org/donations/new . You can make one-time contributions here, in any amount. Also, there are “thank you” gifts available for certain donation amounts… t-shirts, tote bags, concert tickets, CD’s, etc. The list on this page doesn’t list ALL of the gifts available…so if you’re looking for something in particular, check with us. Maybe we've got it!

We will thank you on the air, if you wish. Be immortalized on the airwaves!!!

IMPORTANT - Make sure, whether you call in or donate on the site, that you indicate that your donation is for the “Tuesday Pre-Dawn Alternatives Show”, so we get the proper credit for your generosity. On the site, you can add that into the “comments” section on the donation page.

Remember, we are all volunteers, and ALL of the proceeds go to maintaining the facility and radio equipment, helping the music library grow and stay up-to-date, producing news and public affairs programming, and to organize community events, such as exclusive concerts and local festivities.

Oh, and did I mention that WMNF is a section 501(c)3 charitable organization? That means all gifts and donations are tax deductible in accordance with the law. Yowza! What a bonus!

Donate as little or as much as you want…every bit helps! Thank you for listening and your ever-appreciated support!!!

P.S. – Forward this to anyone and everyone you know who’s a fan of music and/or likes to give back to the community. Awe heck, forward it to everyone you know!!!

P.P.S. – You may get another “reminder” from us or grandnationalchamps@yahoo.com before the pledge drive is over… we are nothing, if not tenacious. =)

Playlist 10.2.2007

Daft Punk Crescendolls Discovery
The Beatles Good Morning Good Morning Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Deerhoof The Perfect Me Friend Opportunity
Teenage Fanclub Did I Say Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds
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Led Zeppelin What Is And What Should Never Be Led Zeppelin II
Radiohead Where I End And You Begin -The Sky Is Falling In- Hail to the thief
Talking Heads Radio Head True Stories
Figurines Childhood Verse When The Deer Wore BLue
The Knife silent shout Silent Shout
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Otis Redding That's How Strong My Love Is The Complete Stax/Volt Singles '59-'68
The Black Lips I Saw a Ghost (Lean) Good Bad Not Evil
Elvis Costello All Grown Up Mighty Like A Rose
hum Stars You'd Prefer An Astronaut
Tapes 'n Tapes Just Drums The Loon
Four Tet Spirit Fingers Rounds
The Toadies Backslider Rubberneck
The Sugar Oaks Los Rebeldes Red Grapes In The City EP
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PALANTINE Market Me Live on WMNF
Zillionaire The Gardener The Street Lights Have Been Turned Down
melody day andorra
Hightower Report - -
The Concert Report - -
misfortune 500 Low Level before this winter ends
Spoon You Got Yr Cherry Bomb Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Bob Dylan Outlaw Blues Bringing It All Back Home
Okkervil River A Girl In Port The Stage Names
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Robert Pollard Miles Under The Skin Coast To Coast Carpet Of Love
The Flaming Lips Suddenly Everything Has Changed The Soft Bulletin