Radio Dept.-Clinging to a Scheme (Labrador Records originally released in 2010, 180 gram reissue 2011?) this album (or rather the band) brings me back to a time when I could not find this (my) type of music (CDs) locally (early to mid 2000s). As @redrimbaud posted so eloquently, Parasol, Darla, Labrador, Shelflife, Siesta, Elefant, Apricot, It’s A Trap and so many other fantastic indie pop sites were my bible, and my church.
When some friends here in Orlando opened an urban vinyl store chock full of Munny’s, Dunny’s, TokiDoki, Pocky, comics, art, apparel, I pitched in. My amazing partner Yana even agreed to let me curate a Pop Up CD store within the store to carry music that I believed people should hear, but weren’t exposed to. As sensible as she is, she has always been supportive of pursuing ones artistic minded passion. So we bought and sold a few hundred titles of indie pop from around the world. And like any addict that deals, we sold just enough to cover our own!
I made in-store mixes of the music we sold with radio ads/commercials/skits for the store. I enlisted friends who spoke another language (Russian, Hebrew, French, Tagalog, Spanish, Trinidadian) to sit with me and let me record silly stuff, then I would build a track in GarageBand, chop up what I found interesting, and voila! Uberbot branded commercials to be played every three songs! Our friends were awfully accommodating, and it was great fun, though I am not sure I’d want to hear the drops all day (sorry Steve and Sanny). I met loads of great people, and saw tons of great art, and got to talk about the music that I love! Not a bad way to spend some free time! When you have some free time, you can click on the link in my bio for a Spotify playlist of some of the Uberbot fauxmercials! Oh, and about this record/band, you should already know and love them...🤓