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Old 01-16-2006, 11:38 AM   #1
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Just got back from a quick weekend trip over to Charleston SC (hey TX WJ!). The car I was in had XM and even though I stay pretty on top of what they are doing over there, this was the first time I have "had" XM to listen to for an extended period of time since I first got satellite radio a few years back.

I have some comments (like I always do)....haha...

BPM:

Well this was the first weekend after BPM's big announcements last week and their softening up of their music. I was kind of excited though because I wanted to actually hear songs like Infernal's "From Paris to Berlin" that never got added at Sirius. Two days and I didn't hear it once. BPM used to be full of songs that Sirius was sleeping on. I used to beg Good Time Marcus on email, please play this song or that song that I see BPM added a month ago. Maybe a month or two later some of those songs would finally get added on the Beat (Take me Away by Stonebridge, I Like It by Narcotic Thrust) but by then, I was "over" them because I had downloaded them when I saw them on BPM's listand had listened to them so much they were played out when the Beat finally added them as "new". That's not so much the case now. What I did hear a lot on BPM these last couple days was Ray J and Mariah Carey. (snoooooze). There wasn't much they were playing that is exclusive anymore...Peter Presta, the new Meck/Leo Sayer song (which is HOT) and Global DJ's are all I can remember). But the Beat has been adding so much new music so fast the two stations sound very similar.......except in one area....

Presentation. The BP in BPM still stands for Boring Presentation in my book... Just song after song cold segued into each other. Every now and then some really lame, badly produced liner. "Xm81, Bpm. go back to sleep" No energy at all. And I can't comment on the DJ's because I didn't here any. I heard Freed for one break Friday night and it sounded hot because he was talking about the music and the artists, etc...but damn on the weekend it sounds like the station is on auto pilot. Dull.

Chrome:

So apparenly this station added freestyle, then dropped it, now they have added it back calling themselves Disco and More. They have one liner touting Freestyle, 80's Dance and Disco. Regarding Freestyle I heard George Lamond twice (two different songs as list but only spaced out 3 hours apart)...and I heard Voyce "Within My Heart" two days in a row!! so not too much freestyle varety there. The other music was less than impressive. I did hear Mercedes Boy but it was still mostly Disco and actually old school R&B.

Some other XM stations I was chekcing out were the Groove, uPop, 90's, Fred, Lucy, Kiss.....but one thing really suprised me about the Groove. ...

The Groove and Chrome overlap a huge percentage of their music. So thathas me really shouting now...why are the two satellite classic dance stations playing so much of the old school R&B discoish dare I say even Funk and soul hits that a station like Groove should be playing? the classic dance stations need to focus more on the 80's and early 90's...

I understand that Sirius does not have a station like the Groove. They should. It is a big hole we need to fill. Sirius R&B offering's are in the toilet. I can not see how ANYONE who loves R&B would pick Sirius OVER XM. They have the Flow, Suite 62, the Groove, Soul whatever its called... and they do a good job there. Plus Chrome plays so much of that stuff to. But Sirius also does not have a 90's station. So really our classic dance from the old school R&B era and from the 90's needs to live on Strobe if there is no other outlet. I think I was more disappointed with Chrome than the Strobe. The Strobe at least plays more variety and it seems like good things are a coming....

I posted this in the dance category, but I want to briefly mention one other area where XM beats the crap out of Sirius. Pop/Decades. They essentially have two top 40's (20 on 20 and Kiss) and if they ever make the Eye part of their lineup they will have a Rhythmic Top 40. They have Hot AC. They have 90's. They have AC. They have Soft AC.... From a lineup perspective they are better.

The problem is...every XM station from a presentation standpoint is boring!!

So Sirius still wins in my book. The System and the Move do nothing for me. I agree with latinasarecute that when you are scanning through XM, stations you do notice the hole left by them not having a Chill station...or even a Boombox.

At the end of the day I still pick Sirius. The one all mighty BPM has been toppled from the inside... You ever notice how if they have won Best satellite dance station of the year...then why are they trying to becoming more LIKE the Beat?

Sirius needs to improve some things with their Pop/90's and R&B and keep working on the dance. They are doing goiod things there...but thank God at least the Sirius stations have DJ's and entertaining liners. Even the Beat's "It's my favortie station sweepers have more appeal and are more energizing than the crap aired inbtween songs at BPM.
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(Originally posted: 02-11-2004, 08:37 PM) - Announced yesterday on allaccess.com that Joel Salkowitz has stepped down from his executive role at Sirius...He was the PD of Hot 97 when it was the best dance station that has ever existed in the US...I cant help but also wonder if his exit signals the further demise of the dance streams we all think need some major help.
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Old 01-16-2006, 12:32 PM   #2
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I did a three day trial of XM for the hell of it, and I have to agree with you. It's cool that they have two underground dance stations, but I like Area 33 better. I think Area plays a better product, although I would still love an all house station. BPM was very boring, and yes they play songs that The Beat doesn't, but lately The Beat has been adding new music that BPM hasn't jumped on as well. I def like The Strobe better than Chrome because of the fact that The Strobe has a deeper freestyle library. Finally, Boombox and Chill fill the gap in the electronic genre. There are so many sub-genres within the dance category (esp if you llok at Ishkur's Electronc Music Guide), and I think Sirius does a better job of representing electronic music as a whole. Is there room for improvement?? Definately, but as of now I am happy I am with Sirius.
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Old 01-18-2006, 03:24 AM   #3
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hell...

fridays nites, i'm hooked into the 90s with john boesche's mix for 3 hours!!!!!!

sometimes, i plan my driving around that time period... lol...
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Old 01-18-2006, 09:28 AM   #4
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The two places musically XM really shines brighter than Sirius is their R&B offerings and their true 90's station. XM9 is great to listen too.

Sirius has really screwed the pooch when it come to having all Springsteen, Stones, etc channels while chopping up their R&B and still forcing us to listen to the same 50 songs from the 90's over and over again on the Pulse.
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