Steven Drozd’s “Get On” Plays on Sirius XMU Download 15

“I just got a new car and it has Sirius Radio. I discovered Left Of Center and heard four or five songs that blew my fucking mind.”
-Steven Drozd, early spring 2010,

On January 20th, Steven Drozd took to twitter to promote his new album, the score for The Heart is a Drum Machine.  He tweeting at one of his favorite radio stations, Sirius XMU, to play one his tracks – the spectacular “Get On.” Several fans helped with the effort by echoing Steven’s request in their own tweets. The next day, Jake Fogelnest replied to Steven that “It shall be done!” Tune in to XMU this weekend and you might just hear “Get On”…
UPDATE: DL15 will play Steven’s work at 11 am and 5 pm CST – January 22, 2011 (according to a tweet from Steven, shown at the bottom of this post).  It is part of the Sirius XMU DL15 Saturday midday show – aka “The Download 15” EST noon/ 6PM slot.  The Download 15 rebroadcasts Sunday at 3PM EST and 9PM EST, as well as Mon at 8AM EST, and is self-described as “Sirius XMU counts down the 15 songs making the most noise on-line every Saturday. If it’s big on the internets, it’s on this list: new releases, leaks and whatever else you kids are listening to.” 

UPDATE #2: It plays approximately 35 minutes into the show

Tune in to The Download 55 on Sirius XMU and if you dig it, tweet at @jakefogelnest and @siriusxmu to share your appreciation. 

In the meanwhile, enjoy tracks by three of the Steven’s favorite artists that he discovered by listening to XMU. Everyday since the release of the score until February 22nd is Steven Drozd Appreciation Month:’s #Song Of The Day will be one (or several) of Steven’s favorite songs.  These are today’s songs of the day: 

Special thanks to @polyesterkama for retweets and tips! 

To hear two other tracks from Steven’s score for The Heart is a Drum Machine– one being a cover of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” with a member of Tool (also below), contrast reviews and read all about the score and Steven’s non-Lips work – click here.  For info on the film, which features Wayne Coyne and many other like-minded musicians, click here.

Sirius XMU, channel 26, describes itself as “like hearing college radio but never having to go to class. Nothing but music to the left of the mainstream. Hear today’s indie rock from artists like Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Pixies and more” and lists the following bands on its homepage as “Artists You’ll Hear” – “Animal Collective, Pavement, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Modest Mouse, Vampire Weekend, Decemberists, Shins, Flaming Lips.

If you don’t already subscribe, register for a free 7-day trial- here. There’s also a 30 day VIP free trial – if any readers know the difference, please explain in the comment section below, thanks!

Jake Fogelnest is the head DJ on Sirius XMU.  His bio on their site explains he “came to fame at the wee age of 14 in January of 1994 when he started Squirt TV from his New York City bedroom. The show, which debuted on public access, was written, produced and directed by Jake, and featured his opinions on music, film and television. These days, he is one of those random dudes who makes sarcastic comments on VH1’s “I Love The…” series. OK, he does a bit more than that. He’s also worked on the writing staff of VH1’s Best Week Ever, and has written numerous articles for Spin, Alternative Press and Jane magazine. He’s directed music videos alongside Spike Jonze, and served as the Assistant Director for Sarah Silverman’s one-woman show Jesus Is Magic at Joe’s Pub. Best of all, he can be seen for eleven seconds in Gigantic: A Tale Of Two Johns, the documentary on They Might Be Giants.”

Jenny Eliscu, the finest young writer on Rolling Stone’s staff (responsible for much of the magazine’s reporting on The Flaming Lips, the festival circuit, and college rock) also has a show on Sirius XMU, as well as another on Sirius’ Spectrum.  “She’s nerdy about her favorites like Dylan and Bowie, and nerdier about old-school indie rock. But she’s nerdiest about new acts who join the ranks of those greats.”

The more you know… 

“Rocket Man”, above – Steven discusses his film scores, below…

Now let’s see if we can get BBC 6 to play it, for British Drozd fans…


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