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The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 715: Hidden Tracks

You have music you don’t know about and never asked for. And no, I’m not talking about a U2 album. It’s the stuff that’s buried in your CD collection places you would never, ever think to look. Welcome to the world of hidden tracks, those pits of audio that secreted away like Easter eggs on CDs and even vinyl. This week, we’re going to go on a hunt for this mystery audio, uncovering some ultra-cool material (I’m looking at you, Arcade Fire and Tool.)

Here’s a playlist featuring some hidden tracks. Not all of them are featured in the show, but all of them are mysterious in their own way.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

And if things go well, the show will soon be heard on a few other stations. We just lost Winnipeg this week (not our fault; a format change).  I’m also looking for outlets in Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna, Red Deer, Grand Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. Anyone? Anyone want to start a campaign?

Meanwhile, if you want to go really deep into some of this stories, head to, which is the official archive of all things Ongoing History. This is a place for super fans of alt-rock. Hope you can take a look and start contributing to the stories.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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