The Monkey Power Trio has reached the top of the charts in California

I’m not sure what to make of this… According to reports from KDVS FM, my one-day-a-year band’s latest record, Left Behind, is the number one album on the campus of UC Davis.

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  1. Posted January 30, 2016 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always known that we were better than Dweezil Zappa and Lou Barlow.

  2. Posted January 30, 2016 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    People an Michigan apparently don’t like us as much. We’re only at 22 at WCBN.

  3. Peter Larson
    Posted January 31, 2016 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    It’s just a play list. Not any list of popularity.

    I’m surprised they still do these things. Or even that radio still exists.

  4. Posted January 31, 2016 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    It’s a list of the “top 30 albums.” They record every time a track from an album is played and this is the ranking for a one week period. I can’t see the numbers behind it. It could well be that the top 20 albums listed all had two songs played over the course of the week, and that it’s just random as to how the top ones are ordered here. Or it could be that our record was played four times and the next one on the list was played three times. There’s no way of knowing. It’s not just random, though. And, yes, I know it has nothing to do with how good the record is. This is just what the DJs wanted to play, and they could be doing so just because they’re amazed by how bad it is. Still, though, I always find it interesting when we’re among the mot played. There’s something weird about California. It was also a station in California, KFJC, that ran a four hour special on the band a few years back.

  5. Dan Richardson
    Posted January 31, 2016 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    I think it might mean that it was just the first record they added to the pile of records they got that week.

  6. Bob
    Posted January 31, 2016 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    “That glass is half empty. Actually, less than half by the looks of it.” – Your old pal Pete

  7. Pete Larson
    Posted January 31, 2016 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Its hard to understand why college radio stil exists.

  8. Jules
    Posted January 31, 2016 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Peter, were you always this old grump, curmudgeon, what have you? Have you forever lost the feeling of wanting to share your musical discoveries with the rest of the world (meaning college campus)? Try to think back. You must have made a mix tape for someone special at some time in your life. Yeah, that’s why college radio still exists.

  9. Bob
    Posted January 31, 2016 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Peter hates everything. It’s why he gets confined to his little grey box.

  10. bitter clinger
    Posted January 31, 2016 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Pete’s just pissed because all the wrong bands (i.e. the Beatles, Nirvana and Monkey Power) get the attention.

  11. Peter Larson
    Posted January 31, 2016 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    No, what I am saying is that I can’t really see that young people these days would care much for radio with things like Soundcloud, YouTube and streaming services.

    College radio just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I like college radio.

    Even physical records don’t make a whole lot of sense anymore. They are certainly fun, but the whole landscape has changed completely.

  12. Jean Henry
    Posted January 31, 2016 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Kids these days like film cameras, radio, vinyl, typewriters, good pens
    and used book stores for the same reason: unpredictability. They live in an era where they can get most of what they want in minutes without leaving their rooms. They are beginning to fetishize mistakes and the random discovery in the same way the hyper-branded generation who grew up in the 90’s embraced DIY culture. It’s a reaction. I don’t know if radio will last. It sucks in most of the country. But Detroit still has great radio all over the dial. 95.5 has a secondary HD soul/funk station that’s awesome. I still listen mostly to radio. Primarily because I’m lazy and not that picky.

  13. Peter Larson
    Posted February 1, 2016 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Those kids should be more worried about getting jobs.

  14. Jean Henry
    Posted February 1, 2016 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Worry is pointless. They are facing a world that offers zero employment security and very likely no social security benefits. They will need to adapt, to dodge a weave, to make their own way. They are smart to experiment. Monkeying around is a legit skill builder. Monkey Power!

  15. Peter Larson
    Posted February 1, 2016 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Exactly, which is why they shouldn’t be fucking around with antiquated technology and money losing business models.

  16. BrianR
    Posted February 1, 2016 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    It’s already fallen out of their Top 30. College radio is a fickle mistress.

  17. Eel
    Posted February 1, 2016 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Was there a spike in student suicide attempts at UC Davis this same week?

  18. Jean Henry
    Posted February 1, 2016 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Pete– It is rarely wise for young people to rely upon old people like us for advice on how to navigate a new economy. The kids are alright. Usually young people know what’s up and what’s down the line more than the rest of us.

  19. Peter Larson
    Posted February 1, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Kids these days usually just live with their parents until they get old.

  20. Peter Larson
    Posted February 1, 2016 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Which is good for the parents.

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