07 December 2006

Beatle Cover-a-thon at Lux

John Lennon
[9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980]

from the news desk...

LuxuriaMusic Says "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!" (And No, No, No!) to the Beatles on Dec. 8, 2006

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. To observe the 26th anniversary of John Lennon's death, Internet radio station LuxuriaMusic (www.LuxuriaMusic.com) will celebrate the music of the Beatles in its own special way this Friday: by not playing one single Beatles performance. Instead, LuxuriaMusic DJs will dig deep into their vinyl vaults and CD cabinets to spin a solid 24 hours of artists - from the sublime to the psychotic - covering Beatles songs.

Fans of the Fab Four will want to visit LuxuriaMusic.com to hear artists such as Ramsey Lewis, the Ventures, the Beach Boys, Enoch Light, Bud Shank, the Hollyridge Strings and Vinnie Bell interpreting Beatles classics.

Beatles non-believers can tune in to "enjoy" artists such as Pinky & Perky, Mrs. Miller and choruses of canines and out-of-tune children butchering the Beatles much like the band did to dolls on the original cover of their Yesterday and Today album. Station DJs who do not normally have Friday shows will be dropping by the studio to play mini-sets of Beatles-inspired gems from their personal collections.

"All of us at LuxuriaMusic genuinely love the Beatles, but pop culture is so saturated with Beatles music on oldies radio, television and commercials, that you don't really have to sit down and listen to them anymore. You can just hear them in your head, and you're satisfied," said program director Chuck Kelley. "So one of the few steadfast rules at LuxuriaMusic is, 'Don't play the Beatles!' There are so many other great under-appreciated artists to play. The way we pay tribute to them is by playing idiotic moog synthesizer versions of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,' wordless-vocal covers of 'Yesterday' and also the unquestionably great, non-ironic cover versions that exist. It'll be fun for both the DJ and the listener. I promise!"

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2 comments:

Katya Oddio said...

SCHEDULE

10am - Noon (pst): Chuck Kelley
12 - 1pm: Andrew Sandoval
1 - 2pm: Kristian Hoffman
2 - 3pm: Strike
3-4 pm: Andy Zax
4-5pm: Steve Stanley
5-6pm: Andy Zax and Steve Stanley
6-7pm: Kari
7-8pm: Becky
8-10: Guest DJ
10 - Midnight: Howie Pyro

*All times are Pacific Standard Time.

Katya Oddio said...

About LuxuriaMusic.com

Targeting an international audience of hip music fiends who are sick of hearing the same standard 50 songs on terrestrial radio, LuxuriaMusic plays an intoxicating and often hallucinatory blend of musical genres, including Exotica, Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad, Bossa Nova, Bollywood, Bubblegum, Soft-Psych, 60s Go-Go, Latin Jazz and Surf music. Our current programming is a mix of live DJs - local authors and musicians who are specialists in their chosen musical genres - as well as taped-for-broadcast and automated shows. On-air guests have included Brian Wilson, Carol Kaye, Vic Mizzy, Lalo Schifrin, John C. Reilly, StuPhilips, Richard and Robert Sherman, David Marks, Van Dyke Parks, Margo Guryan, Ferrante & Teicher and Keely Smith.

The LuxuriaMusic radio format was developed by Chuck Kelley (music consultant on Pulp Fiction) and The Millionaire (Combustible Edison), and launched its first Internet radio broadcast on Feb. 14, 2000. The station ranked #73 in the November 2000 Arbitron ratings, and placed in the Top 30 among Internet-only stations. LuxuriaMusic.com ceased operations in May 2001 after Clear Channel Communications bought its parent company, Enigma Digital. The LuxuriaMusic radio stream was relaunched in March 2003, and live DJs were added in August of 2006. The station is now owned and operated by LuxuriaMusic, LLC with corporate headquarters in San Francisco and broadcast studio in Los Angeles. Chuck Kelley and Eric Bonerz (Program Director of the original LuxuriaMusic) are co-program directors.