I've spoken many times in this blog about my love for The Current. But there was always one thing I kind of hated about it -- The Morning Show. Okay, I completely and unapologetically hated it. I didn't think their skits were the least bit funny. Only very rarely did they play a song I recognized, much less liked. It was radio for old people and hippies and seemed totally out of place on The Current.
And yet, I listened to it. It's true. I listened because despite its suckitude, it was better than the rest of the putrid radio options we have here. And I couldn't listen to my iPod because the tape thing I use to listen to it in the car stops working once the temps fall below 40 and I've been forgetting to buy a new one every single time I've gone to Target.
Then last month, I heard some great news. The Morning Show was ending. Hallelujah! Even better, Steve Seel would be doing the new morning show. Steve Seel is my second-favorite Current host, right behind the one and only Mary Lucia.
I have to say that Seel has not disappointed me through his first several days in his new gig. Despite the ass-rammingly cold mornings and shitty, snowy drives, my morning commute now seems as pleasant as my evening commute. A good soundtrack can really make a lot of life's minor trials and tribulations seem like nothing. I've yet to hear Seel bust out anything totally odd like Mary Lucia is wont to do (and for which I love her dearly), but that's alright. Hearing something along the lines of Van Halen, Janet Jackson or Tone Loc twice a day might delight me a bit too much.
There is one other thing about The Current that has been bothering me lately. It must be a somewhat recent development -- by that, I mean over the course of this year. I listened all day, every day at work before I was let go in January. I rarely listened for a while when I was unemployed. I didn't listen at the vermin-infested hell job and I don't listen here. Until the temps dropped, I was listening to my iPod all the time in the car.
What I'm saying is, I can't pinpoint when this happened. However, I've noticed that I hear a lot of the same songs pretty damn often on any given day. And I'm not in the car for more than about an hour total all day -- 20ish minutes each way to and from work and then a total of 20 minutes round trip to the gym. Obviously, some days it's more than others if traffic is bad or I'm running errands. But really, I wouldn't think I'd hear one song three times in one day. Maybe it's just the times I'm in the car? I hear that Calexico song at least twice a day (which is fine, because I like it). I was hearing more Ceasars than could possibly be warranted. The Bird and The Bee, Cold War Kids, The BPA, new Franz Ferdinand ... Has anyone else noticed this, or is it just me being a freak?
I hate to complain (hahahahahahaha. No I don't. I love to complain!), because as I said before, even if they are playing the crap out of some songs, the songs are a million times better than whatever the other stations are playing. Even if it is shit like Cold War Kids and new Coldplay. Oh, Chris Martin. Where did it all go wrong?
I'm all weepy for old Coldplay, as I've been listening to Parchutes, The Blue Room EP and the Brothers and Sisters single this morning. Oh, and "Amsterdam" from A Rush of Blood to the Head. I was listening last night as I fell asleep, too. Macho Man and I were talking about how motherfucking good Parachutes was last night while watching Packer fans be disappointed at The Herkimer last night. It really makes me sad to know Snow Patrol is following this same path. But at least I'll always have their good albums, just like I have Parachutes and the EPs and singles that came before.