Kevin Stapleford


Kevin Stapleford is the Senior Director of Programming at Slacker Radio. He accidentally got into radio way back in the last century, answering the request lines for a boring classic rock station that one day morphed into one of the most influential Alternative stations in the nation.

He worked his way up from the phone room to the Program Director’s office, and went on to program and consult stations in far flung places like Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Minneapolis.

Kevin now oversees the radio and content development at Slacker, where he gets to boss people around.

Favorite Interview: Joey Ramone

Favorite Band: The Beatles, of course

First Concert: ELO!

Best Concert: Roxy Music, The High Road Tour

First Album Ever Purchased: Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

3 Things I Can't Live Without: My Family, my dogs and cognac

Album Of The Week: Voices from Phantogram

IOS PHANTNew York duo Phantogram may not quite be a household name yet, but they’ve steadily built up a following for their edgy, electronic style, with influences as diverse as J Dilla and Sonic Youth. Their second album is out now; it’s called “Voices,” and it’s our Album of the Week–listen here as much as you like and “Fall in Love” with Phantogram!

Top 44 Anti-Love Songs

44 GREATEST ANTI LOVE SONGS-ELove is all you need…unless, of course, you’ve recently had your heart broken into a million pieces. Red hosts this countdown of the greatest songs about splitting up and holding a grudge, covering every genre and era…because, after all, heartbreak and revenge are universal. Click here and enjoy, (but not too much). 

Album Of The Week: Sinatra, With Love

IOS SINATRAIs there a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with ole blue eyes himself? Frank Sinatra continues to soundtrack our most romantic moments with great songs like “It Had to Be You” and “Moonlight Becomes You.” Now a new compilation album pulls together 16 romance classic from both the Capitol and Reprise years. It’s called “Sinatra With Love,” Frank Sinatra and you can listen here; it’s Slacker’s Album of the Week.

Album Of The Week: ‘Random Access Memories’

png-3Congratulations to Daft Punk, whose “Random Access Memories” just won the Grammy for Album of the Year. The Grammy voters chose the most ambitious of the nominees, nearly 5 years in the making and utilizing a crowd of guest musicians from Nile Rogers to Panda Bear. And of course “Get Lucky” was at least tied with “Blurred Lines” for the song of the summer. It’s the Grammys’ Album of the Year and Slacker’s Album of the Week, listen as much as you want to “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk.

Artist Of The Week: Bruno Mars

png-2This week, singer Bruno Mars performs on one of the biggest stages an artist ever gets, the Super Bowl Half Time show. It’s the culmination of a great year for the 28 year old singer, named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine and scoring five Grammy nominations. In celebration, Slacker has put together a station just for Bruno Mars fans, featuring music from his two multi-platinum albums as well as inspirations and collaborators. Bruno Mars is Slacker’s Artist of the Week and you can listen here!

Thomas Dolby: Where Is He Now?

thomas_dolbyThis week at Slacker we’re celebrating all things 80′s & New Wave while our Slacker countdown, the 101 Greatest New Wave Songs cranks in the background. What can we say, we’re New Wave fans! Some folks here (like myself) would even argue it was the greatest period ever in the storied history of Rock music. The hair, the synthesizers, the androgynous edge, the elevation of punk ethos and pop excess straight into outer space- what’s not to love?!

So in the spirit of celebration, we’re taking a rewind/fast forward look at some stand out New Wave artists to get a sense of what exactly they’ve been up to since their New Wave peak and where they are now. Today: Thomas Dolby!

I got to interview the legendary musician as part of Slacker’s partnership with Moogfest, an eclectic music festival in Asheville, North Carolina back in 2012. While predominantly known for his quirky 1982 hit “She Blinded Me With Science,” Dolby’s career has taken off in multiple fascinating directions.

After releasing his fourth album Astronauts & Heretics back in 1992, Dolby took a break from recording albums and turned to the world of business and technology. His first venture was called “Headspace,” a company that developed a new file format for downloadable music. He then founded a ringtone company and even composed the now ubiquitous Nokia theme. (Listen to it here, you totally know it!)

250px-Thomas_Dolby_at_TEDIn 2001 he came on board as musical director of the TED Conference, both providing actual music for the event and booking guest speakers and entertainers. And in 2012 he filmed a documentary about the decommissioning of a lighthouse near his home in Suffolk England. One thing’s for sure: Thomas Dolby, like any true artist and innovator, is never bored!

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B-52s: Where Are They Now?

The+B52s++1980This week at Slacker we’re celebrating all things 80′s & New Wave while our Slacker countdown, the 101 Greatest New Wave Songs cranks in the background. What can we say, we’re New Wave fans! Some folks here (like myself) would even argue it was the greatest period ever in the storied history of Rock music. The hair, the synthesizers, the androgynous edge, the elevation of punk ethos and pop excess straight into outer space- what’s not to love?!

So in the spirit of celebration, we’re taking a rewind/fast forward look at some stand out New Wave artists to get a sense of what exactly they’ve been up to since their New Wave peak and where they are now. Today: the B-52s!

First up, let’s get one thing clear: the apostrophe in “B-52’s” went away in 2008; it’s just one of the many mysteries surrounding this band. The Athens, Georgia combo were both ridiculously innovative and innovatively ridiculous for their time. It’s hard to imagine now how truly odd they seemed back in the late ‘70s, with beehive hairdos, a thrift store aesthetic, and gay members who aren’t afraid to be a bit camp on stage. This was Georgia, people!

The release of “Rock Lobster” in 1978 catapulted the band to international fame. It reached the Top 10 in Ireland and Canada and eventually inspired John Lennon to return to making music. While founding member Ricky Wilson’s tragic and untimely death from AIDS in 1985 sidelined the band for a few years, they were to go on to even greater success, with “Love Shack” and “Roam” both peaking at #3 in the US.

b522The band laid low for an even longer period after 1992’s Good Stuff, and didn’t release a new album until 2008’s Funplex, which received strong reviews. While the band continued to be a successful concert act, playing around 50 shows a year, in 2012 founding drummer and multi-instrumentalist Keith Strickland announced he would no longer tour with the band. Currently, Kate Pierson is reportedly working on a solo album. While there are no tour dates or releases planned for the band at the moment, you never know what to expect with the B-52s, one of the strangest and most groundbreaking acts to ever grace the charts.

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Album Of The Week: ‘Is There Anybody Out There’ from A Great Big World

IOS WORLDDuo A Great Big World formed when members Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino met at New York University. They financed their first EP using crowdfunding website Kickstarter, but topped the charts after Christina Aguilera asked to sing on a new version of their track “Say Something.”

Now Slacker’s got their debut full length album, it’s called Is there Anybody Out There and you can listen to it as much as you want right here – it’s Slacker’s Album Of The Week!


For a complete list of new releases check out the chart below for the week of 01/21/14.

Artist Album Title
A Great Big World Is There Anybody Out There?
Aer Aer
Andy Kolwes La Pena 012
Arnulf Meifert Absolute Relative Music/Incredible Familiar
Backyard Mortuary Lure of the Occult
Bad Things Bad Things
Bambounou Ignition
Barbe-Q-Barbies All Over You
Barbe-Q-Barbies Breaking All the Rules
Bill Nelson's Orchestra Arcana Iconography
Black Messiah Heimweh
Bruno Major Live
Buddy Holly Essential Buddy Holly
Caetano Veloso Multishow Ao Vivo Caetano Veloso Abraçaço
Cara Quici Fight
Charlemagne Palestine Running & Chanting & Falling & Ranting
Chris Garneau Winter Games
Chrome Division Infernal Rock Eternal
Connections Year One
Crystal Ball Dawnbreaker
Crystal Viper Possession
Dean Martin Playlist: Very Best of Dean Martin
Dennis Ferrer Mind Ur Dub
Desirae Flower
Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura Interpenetrating Dimensional Express
Die Welttraumforscher Die Singende Sternlaterne/Folklore Des Weltalls 1982
DJ Pone Erratic Impulses
Dog Bite Tranquilizers
Dreiheit Dreiheit
Drudkh Eastern Frontier in Flames
Earth Crisis The Morbid Glare
Echo & the Bunnymen Live in Madrid 1984
Echoeco L' Experience Acousmagique
Eliane Radigue Feedback Works 1969-1970
Eliane Radigue Opus 17
Emperors and Elephants Devil in the Lake
Eric Copeland / Larry Gus Anthony Naples Remix/Bookworms Remix
Eye Live at Relay
Francis Bebey Remixed
Frankie Miller Once in a Blue Moon [Limited Edition] [Remastered]
Fumiya Tanaka Dark Pad
Fuzz Fuzz [Single]
Gavin Herlihy Higher Love
Goitia Deitz Dream Meridian
Graham Colton Lonely Ones
Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts Indigo Fever
Holly Henry The Immigrant
Ice Nine Kills The Predator Becomes the Prey
Jack Name Light Show
Jack Starr Out of the Darkness
Jean-Louis Brau Instrumentations Verbales
Jeff Beck Live in Japan 2006
Jessica Clemmons Single Tonight
Jokers Wild Liquid Giraffe
Joon Hyung Yong Flower
Journey Playlist: Very Best of Journey
Ken Stringfellow I Never Said I'd Make It Easy
Konk Pack Doing the Splash
Kye Kye Fantasize
La Fleur Feline
La Honda I See Stars
Lazy Smoke Corridor of Faces: Demos
Leisure Muffin Bunker New York 001
Len Faki / Johannes Heil Vol. 2
Les Claypool's Duo De Twang Jerry Was A Race Car Driver
Les Maternelles Leveil en Musique
Lethe When Dreams Become Nightmares
Liona Boyd Happy To Be a Snowbird
Los Lonely Boys Revelation
Lussi In the Sky Nebula
Maher Daniel / Matthew Dekay / Marc Miroir Tauben/Under Control
Manes Teeth, Toes and Other Trinkets
Mas Ysa Worth
Masha Qrella Boys Dont Cry / Fishing
Mats Gustafsson / Thurston Moore Vi Är Alla Guds Slavar
Max Milligan Plays Buddy Guy
Mike Gordon Yarmouth Road
Mike Parker Subterranean Liquid
Moniker Billy D
Monte Pittman The Power of Three
Morta Skuld Dying Remains
Moullinex To Be Clear
Murmur Murmur
My Goodness Check Your Bones
No Leave the Door Wide Open
Operadyse Pandemonium
Panama Wedding All of the People
Paul Haig At Twilight
Peace Creep Peace Creep
Persuader The Fiction Maze
Peter Brötzmann / John Edwards / Steve Noble Worse the Better: Live at Cafe Oto January 2010
Pip Proud Purple Boy Gang
Quantum Entanglement The Effects Can Stay Forever
Rain Make the Day Break
Re. You Do I Know?
Reef / Reef Live from Metropolis Studios
Rising Sun / Rising Sun Pause
Rockin' Raffi Arto Introducing Rockin' Raffi
Ronnie Spector Playlist: The Very Best of Ronnie Spector
Rookie of the Year Canova Presents the Goodnight Moon, Pt. 2
Rozz Williams Sleeping Dogs
Sara Alina Better Days
Sarah McLachlan Playlist: Very Best of Sarah McLachlan
Scent of Remains Under a Blackened Sky
Seahaven Sihouette (Latin Skin)
Semi Precious Weapons Aviation
Sfire Sfire
Shoes This High Straight To Hell
Sirkka-Liisa Krapinoja-Sass Mä olen nainen!
Sister Disguised Vultures
Sonar Static Motion
Soulphiction When Radio Was Boss
Sponge Playlist: Very Best of Sponge
Stabbing Westward Playlist: Very Best of Stabbing Westward
Ted Nugent Motor City Mayhem: The 6,000th Concert/Sweden Rocks
Teenage Kicks Houdini
The Beatles The U.S. Albums
The Hidden Cameras AGE
The Kennedy Veil Trinity of Falsehood
The Olivia Tremor Control John Peel Session
The Step Brothers / The Step Brothers Lord Steppington (Instrumentals)
The Verve Pipe Playlist: The Very Best of the Verve Pipe
Throwdown Intolerance
Tim Green Humming Syrup
To Be Frank The Only One
Trae Tha Truth / The Worlds Freshest / The World's Freshest The Tonite Show
Troy Pierce Softcore
Twig Harper New Lost Knowns
Ulises Carrion The Poet's Tongue
Very Americans Stereo Types
Vex Sanctuary: The Complete Discography
Visuals Visuals
Wankelmut Wood & Wine
White Denim Pretty Green EP
Woodkid Iron
Ye Joon Lee Promise
Young the Giant Mind Over Matter
Artist Album Title
Gene Autry / Burl Ives Ultimate Doubles
J.E. Mainer / Red Smiley & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups The Legendary J.E. Mainer, Vol. 3
Jason Eady Daylight/Dark
Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks Stars of the W.W.V.A. Jamboree
Nashville Cast Lately
Rascal Flatts Rewind
Ray Benson A Little Piece
Ray Price Playlist: Very Best of Ray Price
Artist Album Title
Baby Bash Unsung the Album
Deezy Play With Me
J-Diggs Diggs Doin It Movin, Vol. 2
Juvenile The Fundamentals
Kevon Pagis Mars
Lil' Six Moonlight
Mac Dre The Musical Life of Mac Dre, Vol. 3: The Young Black Brotha Years 1996-1998
MF Doom Special Herbs, Vols. 1 & 2
Philthy Rich No B.F.E., Vol. 3
Smoov-E Rappin' Robot
The Shin Sekai The Shin Seka, Vol. 2
Three 6 Mafia Playlist: The Very Best of Three 6 Mafia
Ty Kick Snare and an Idea, Pt. 3
Ty Dolla $ign Beach House EP
Wayne Marshall Tru Colors
Youngblood Brass Band Wrestlevania/Cite The Line
Bobby Womack Untitled
Deltrice Beautiful Imperfection
Evelyn "Champagne" King A Long Time Coming
Evelyn "Champagne" King Call on Me
Evelyn "Champagne" King So Romantic
Franco Micalizzi Miele
Jeano Music Jeano Music
Jermaine Jackson Playlist: Very Best of Jermaine Jackson
Ray Parker Jr. Playlist: Very Best of Ray Parker Jr.
Shaliek Blood Sweat Tears
Shvona Lavette Holding On
Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band Onward
Artist Album Title
Akshan The Rise of Atlantis
Benoît Pioulard Hymnal Remixes
Byron Metcalf / Rob Thomas Medicine Work
Carl Craig / Lo Hype / Jerome Sydenham Sun Ark
Chromeo Sexy Socialite
Chromeo Come Alive
Crazy Ducks From Your Speakers to God's Ears
Daniele Baldelli Back to My Funky Side: The Remix
DJ Shuzo Show Time Super Edm Best
Dog Blood Middle Finger, Pt. 2
E-Mantra Nemesis
Federico Molinari Sacoa Generation
Holly Herndon Chorus
Hreno Parts Unknown
LunaRave Do You Know Who You Are?
Mario Basanov Machinarium
Moomin Au Bord de La Mer
PsyseX Mind Penetration
Rafael Anton Irisarri The Unintentional Sea
Ron Morelli Backpages
Somnesia Sanctuary of Stars
Trentemøller Gravity
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