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I nearly swerved off the road yesterday when I heard Phish's "Heavy Things" being played on the radio. Phish. A jam band. On local LA radio.

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I'm too cheap to purchase satellite radio, and I've been lazy about replacing the CDs in my car. So I spend my driving time listening to NPR or local traffic reports on the AM stations. LA radio has been dead to me for a long time.

I'm out of the age range for KIIS-FM's demographic (thank God); 104.3 is just the new Star 98.7; the reformatted 98.7 is a KROQ-lite; and other than Kevin and Bean, I don't like too much KROQ music either. I like some of the stuff that 103.1 plays -- but the signal's so weak I can only get it on smog-free LA days.

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But then I heard The Sound 100.3 -- the station that replaced the Beat aka V100 -- in late March. It harkens back to the days of the mid to late-90s when there were a few stations dedicated to "adult alternative." I know some music snobs out there might be scoffing at my Phish reference (I can hear you now: "There's a reason you never hear Phish on the radio."). But I can't help like what I like. But even if you're not a Phish or Grateful Dead fan, just look at some of the other songs from their playlist yesterday: