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Centralized Streaming Radio Stations

I listen to a lot of streaming radio stations during the day and wanted a way listen to each one on demand like a Spotify or Apple Music playlist, essentially a playlist for centralized streaming radio stations. Switching between a new browser tab every couple of hours isn’t an efficient way to stream, so I created a playlist file of indie rock in Seattle and Los Angeles, classical in New York and Switzerland and jazz in New Orleans and Newark and internet trance stations all into a nice collection.

To make it easy to go from station to station I created a radio.pls file that’s a collection of all my streaming radio stations in a single file. I can then open this file in VLC player which loads them all in a nicely organized playlist. When I find a new Internet radio station I like I’ll find the mp3 or stream source url and add it to this playlist file.

Here’s an example of what the playlist file source looks like and how to make a pls file for streaming sources.

Title1=KCRW (Eclectic Mix) - California listener powered radio

Title2=AH.FM - Internet Trance

Title3=UZIC - Internet Techno (Switzerland)

Title4=KEXP - Seattle listener powered radio

Here’s what the playlist looks like in the VLC player, too. This will also work with other player programs that are compatible with pls files – like Winamp.

VLC playlist example

Music About Food And Drinking: A Thanksgiving Playlist

It’s Thanksgiving time and that means firing up my Thanksgiving playlist. This playlist is a mix of music I’ve put together over the years with songs that are about Thanksgiving, food, family and a little bit of drinking. Really everything that you love and possibly don’t love so much about Thanksgiving wrapped up in one jazz, blues, hip-hop and indie rock playlist.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is a full track list of my Thanksgiving playlist:

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massacree
Ray Charles – Mess Around
Carolina Chocolate Drops – Cornbread and butterbeans
Dee Dee Sharp – Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)
The J.B.’s – Pass The Peas
The Roots – Bread And Butter
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Thanksgiving Theme
Brandi Carlile; Emmylou Harris – Take Me Home, Country Roads
Digital Underground – Food Fight
They Might Be Giants – Dinner Bell
A Tribe Called Quest – Ham ‘N’ Eggs
Patty Griffin – Making Pies
Heavy D & The Boyz – Black Coffee
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Long Gone Like a Turkey Through the Corn
Bobby Troup – The Hungry Man
Lou Donaldson – Gravy Train – Rudy Van Gelder/Digital Remaster/2007
James Brown & The Famous Flames – Mashed Potatoes U.S.A.
Nat King Cole Trio – The Frim Fram Sauce
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – Gimme That Wine
Louis Armstrong – All That Meat And No Potatoes
Tom Waits – Eggs And Sausage (In A Cadillac With Susan Michelson)
The Handsome Family – Drunk By Noon
Billie Holiday; Sy Oliver & His Orchestra – Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer
Norah Jones – The Long Way Home
Fat Boys – All You Can Eat
Johnny Flynn – Leftovers
Trampled by Turtles – November
Iggy Pop – Candy
Patsy Cline – Hungry For Love
Fountains Of Wayne – Mexican Wine
Nat Kendrick & The Swans – Mashed Potatoes
The Flaming Lips – She Don’t Use Jelly
Cannonball Adderley – Autumn Leaves
Lou Donaldson Quartet – Wiskey Drinkin’ Woman
The J.B.’s – Givin’ Up Food For Funk
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Give Thanks & Praises
Thelonious Monk – Stuffy Turkey
Loretta Lynn – Wine, Women And Song
Andrew Bird – Measuring Cups
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Nat King Cole – Save The Bones For Henry Jones (‘Cause Henry Don’t Eat No Meat)
Dee Dee Sharp – Mashed Potato Time
Jelly Roll Morton – Big Fat Ham
The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket – Remastered
Hank Williams – Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
The Smashing Pumpkins – Mayonaise – Remastered
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra – Everybody Eats When They Come to My House
Charles Mingus – Eat That Chicken
B.B. King – Troubles, Troubles, Troubles
Drive-By Truckers – The Thanksgiving Filter
Weezer – Pork And Beans
Bing Crosby – I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For
Adam Sandler – The Thanksgiving Song
Booker T. & the M.G.’s – My Sweet Potato
The California Honeydrops – Pumpkin Pie
Little Eva – Let’s Turkey Trot
Quincy Jones – Groovy Gravy
Otis Redding – I Want to Thank You
The Avett Brothers – Nothing Short of Thankful
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five – Beans And Corn Bread
Sarah Vaughan – Black Coffee
Golden Smog – Pecan Pie
Jr. Walker & The All Stars – Home Cookin’
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Sam Cooke – Bring It On Home To Me
Louis Prima; Keely Smith; Sam Butera & The Witnesses – Banana Split For My Baby – Remastered
Dale Watson – My Baby Make Me Gravy
Joe Diffie – Good Brown Gravy
James Brown – (Do The) Mashed Potatoes
Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Single Version
Paul Desmond – Autumn Leaves
Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Love / People Get Ready – Medley
Ernie K-Doe – Mother-In-Law

The Best Internet Radio Stations To Stream

I listen to a lot of music while coding, reading and walking my dog. Over the years I’ve built up a solid go-to list of radio stations across the world to listen to when I want to put something on and not worry about choosing a specific album or playlist. These are the best Internet ratio stations I’ve found over the years to stream that keep me going throughout the day and night. These stations are actually more than just Internet radio actually, most of them are broadcast from a city over the FM dial. But since none of them are in my area I’ve come to rely on them strictly via the web.

They’re also commercial free radio so there’s no need to worry about interruptions from local car dealerships. They all rely on people like you and me to keep the music going, so drop them a dime or two if you find one that you like.

KEXP – Seattle

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KEXP’s curatorial staff of 45 DJs, who are widely recognized as experts in their field, present the newest emerging popular artists alongside established bands. KEXP’s programming features both variety and specialty shows that brings you the emerging sounds and long-time favorites from the Pacific Northwest, the country, and throughout the world. –

WWOZ- New Orleans

WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station, a community radio station currently operating out of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Our governance board is appointed by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation.
WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage. –

WQXR – New York

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WQXR is New York City’s only classical music radio station, broadcasting live on 105.9 FM. We share our audience’s passion for music by playing the most outstanding pieces on air, online and through our app. –

KCRW Eclectic 24- California

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KCRW’s all-music channel blending the collected talents and tastes of all KCRW’s DJs into a single voice streaming 24 hours a day. –

After Hours FM – Internet

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AH.FM is a online radio that plays Trance and Progressive mixes produced exclusively for AH.FM by the hottest DJs from around the world. Afterhours’ main purpose is to provide the Electronic Dance Music community the best and richest quality music, all for FREE. We don’t believe in charging listeners money to listen to music, we believe that if a listener likes what they hear and wishes to support Afterhours, they will simply donate or purchase something in the store to help. –