FUV And The Alternate Side's Spring Member Drive Is Underway

WFUV and The Alternate Side's spring member drive is underway! Please support the public radio you love. Contribute any amount from April 23-30 and not only are you a supporter of The Alternate Side, but you're automatically eligible to win a trip to Reykjavíc, Iceland for the Iceland Airwaves festival this fall. Contribute $30 and we'll send you Live From The Alternate Side Volume 2, our homegrown CD with exclusive live songs, all recorded in Studio A. For $50 you'll receive The Afghan Whigs' new album, Do To The Beast, while supplies last, and a TAS t-shirt. If you prefer, you can also choose FUV thank you gifts at different levels beginning at $60.  You can contribute online or call 877-938-8907 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

Win Tix To See O'Death At Le Poisson Rouge On January 21

Brooklyn's edgy bluegrass, folk and country practitioners O'Death released their latest album, Outside, last year and launch another tour supporting that album later this month. They'll be playing Le Poisson Rouge on January 21 and The Alternate Side is giving away tickets to this foot-stomping show. 

The TAS Top 25 Tracks Of 2011

Missed our countdown of the TAS Top 25 Tracks of 2011? Never fear, we've got the list right here. Happy New Year!

The Antlers, Elbow And James Blake Sessions Noted As Faves Of TAS Engineering And Video Staffers

Behind every one of 2011's TAS or WFUV sessions in Studio A was an engineer who handled the mix, charged with the responsibility of making notable bands and artists like Feist, James Blake, Elbow, The Naked and Famous, The Antlers, Fruit Bats and more sound as good as possible for on-air broadcast. The bulk of the sessions are also taped by a video team, who are learning to capture performances in a visually exciting way. As the year comes to an end, the TAS video and engineering teams,  most of them students at Fordham University, chose the most rewarding or meaningful sessions they worked on over the last year.

We Were Promised Jetpacks: TAS In Session

One of the biggest (and oldest) New Year's Eve celebrations in the world, Scotland's Hogmanay, raucously marks the end of the old year and the beginning of the new (and Scotland even has their very own bank holiday for much-needed, post-Hogmanay recovery). The Alternate Side thought that the fast-approaching holiday was a fine time to visit the very special session that Edinburgh's own We Were Promised Jetpacks did for us not long ago, marking the autumn release of their sophomore album, In the Pit of the Stomach, out now on Fat Cat Records.

The Alternate Side's Top 25 Of 2011 Countdown Airs December 30


The Alternate Side always likes being a little ahead of the curve. So we'll celebrate New Year's Eve a day early this year with our annual TAS Top 25 Countdown, hosted by Russ Borris and Alisa Ali, this Friday, December 30, on our sister station, 90.7 WFUV and streaming on The Alternate Side. Check back with us over the weekend for a full list of the songs that made our 2011 list.

Breaking Bands 2012: TAS Staff Picks Next Year's New Faces To Watch

Looking ahead to 2012, The Alternate Side staff — not normally betting folk — are gambling that bands and artists like Alabama Shakes, Daughter, Gary Clark Jr., Hospitality, 2:54, Zambri, Lucy Rose, The Cold and Lovely and Friends will making a significant impact over the next twelve months. At the very least, we're really looking forward to their debut (or next) albums. After the jump, check out our full list with audio streams and videos.

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