Pureplay of the Day: Waxtrax Radio

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Don’t let the 1996-era, stoner-vibe website (www.waxtraxradio.com) put you off. Allow the retro design to put you in the classic rock spirit. Waxtrax‘s excellent deep-cut playlist shouldn’t be missed by classic genre fans.

This Arizona-based Internet station is an ad-free, privately funded indie station. You won’t find a purer pureplay anywhere — the experience is uninterrupted by commercials or fundraising breaks.

The album-oriented rock in this station is weighted in the 60s and 70s, with occasional stabs forward in time. It streams at a healthy 128kps MP3 rate — not high-rez, but better than many competing classic rock indies.

The underlying collection is a 3,000-album vinyl collection. there is a vinyl-loving sensibility here, too, exploring the deepest cuts of famous discs. We heard Uriah Heep, Yes, Blind Faith, The Police, Queen, Blue Cheer, Hendrix, and much more, but nary a hit. You get the familiar sound of legendary bands in a epic period of rock, with tracks that might substantially new to many listeners.

Brad Hill