This open session gave their listening public a chance to show their opinions and exercise their voice on 15 different new songs being considered by Program Director Jim McGuinn and staff, to be added into regular play rotation. Most of the Current on-air and music programming team was in attendance (save Mark Wheat who was on-air) as well as reviewers from City Pages and Star Tribune to help facilitate and add to the discussions.
Participants were given numbers from 1-10 (plus a ‘rock hands’ symbol to hold up if you really liked what you heard) to rate the songs which were played ‘blind’. After numbers were held in the air with scores tallied and a sample of voiced crowd and writer reactions heard, the artist/title of each song was then revealed. For most attendees, this was their first opportunity to hear new tracks by the likes of Fratellis, Mazzy Star, Janelle Monae w/ Prince, Rudimental, and Bastille.
While no songs reached collectively into the ‘high positive’ (not even the new Arcade Fire), several received enough of an overall good reaction for consideration.
The session was rounded out by the premiere of a new Jeremy Messersmith song, not due to release until 2014, and a sharp departure from his previous work— the quiet, acoustic coffee-shop style sound being replaced by a larger, more dynamic (and yes, radio-friendly) bigger sound. 2014 already is sounding interesting.
89.3 The Current at Amsterdam Bar, St Paul (09/12/13)