Tag Archives: 99.1 WPLR


15 Jul

Back in the day, which was a Wednesday (hehe. Last Dane Cook joke I swear), there was no such thing as auto-tune. Bands actually consisted of people playing music and the lead singer sang with their own voice. I know, crazy idea. However, today it seems all you hear on the radio is auto-tuning. Even singers who once never thought of it are allowing producers to change their voice.

Clearly I am totally against auto-tuning. It is what makes me thing Lady Gaga is nothing more than an overly-elaborate gimmick (yes, I know she has a music degree from NYU. Why doesn’t someone tell her to use it and make real music?) and what has made me start listening to 99.1 WPLR more than KC101, my favorite station since I knew how to work a radio.

Today I was perusing PerezHilton.com (don’t judge me) and he posted what Britney Spears’ Hold It Against Me without auto-tune. I don’t hide the fact that she is one of my favorite celebrities and I will continue to buy her music as long as she makes it, so I understand if you think I’m biased, but I don’t think she sounds that terrible. Trust me, she hits her rough spots. I almost wish the producer just had her go back and redo them until they sounded good though because the song as a whole is not too bad. When I first clicked on the link, I was terrified to what it was going to sound like. Did her multi-year smoking stint affect her voice? Had she just lost it? I am happy to report that I was plesantly suprised.

Click here to check it out

Music for the Ride Home

5 Jul

There is something relaxing about the ride home after a long summer day at the beach, or if you’re like me and Virginia the other day baking in the sun at a ballpark followed by a pack train ride.

As I was on my way home from the train station, I had on 99.1 WPLR (a classic rock station in Connecticut that I highly recommend) and Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb came on the radio. At that moment I was so tired and so just ready to collapse, and the song was so relaxing, and the sky was at that point where all the pink of the sunset had just turned into a deep blue. It was a perfect combination. Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven came on next. More perfection.

I’ve always found that the sun takes a lot out of me, even when I’m not really doing anything exhausting. So on my way home I want something relaxing. Since the other night, I’ve made a Led Zeppelin station on Pandora Radio and it is the perfect mix for a summer night ride. Mixing Led Zeppelin with “similar artists” like The Doors and The Who it can work for the ride to the beach as well as home.