Ten years ago this week, I nervously headed into the KPSU DJ booth, with a duffel bag full of records and CDs, and delivered the first broadcast of my show. Its original name was “The Post Modern Rock Show”, which was my attempt at coining the new term that we all use to encompass the types of music (indie, punk, new wave, electronic, garage, C86, etc) we all consider to be “the good stuff.” “Alternative” and “modern rock” had previously served this function, but had been eroded by commercial garbage. My hope was that “post modern rock” would catch on, and I would ride that wave. I even created an Urban Dictionary entry for it.
But eventually, it became clear that “post modern rock” was too ambiguous, and also a mouthful. And so “That Sound” was born.
Here is a streamable playlist of my first show. I have mercifully not included my cracking voice amongst these still-great songs.
Two months in, delusions of grandeur still intact, I booked an interview with author and then-regular This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell. I had only done one interview previously (with They Might Be Giants), and so I didn’t yet know how to ask questions I didn’t have written down right in front of me, but she was a pro, and it went amazingly well.
So, here’s to ten years, and hopefully many tens to come. Keep your eyes out for a new podcast, coming soon!