Warner Music just wrote off all their investment in imeem and half their investement in lala. Since the latest incantation of lala.com is the best thing for listening since the invention of the MP3 codec, I'll continue to enjoy it while I can:
- California Dreamin'. Lionel Hampton
- Oldies. Ellen Fullman
- Blue Bird and Red Bird. Kui Dong
- Within You Without You. Sonic Youth
- In Memoriam Stuart Marshall (1993). Alvin Lucier.
- You Have Been Disconnected. Brian Jones Massacre.
- Ultra Vomit Craze. Black Dice.
- Variations IV - From a Live Performance At The Feigen/Palmer Gallery In Los Angeles, August 1965: Excerpts 7pm To 8pm. John Cage, David Tudor. (via the astute mouse clicks of Alex V. Cook)
- Hey Man Nice Shot. Vitamin String Quartet. (and the original by Filter)
- The Wolfman. Robert Ashley
Ok, the Hampton is quite weird and enjoyable but I have no idea how much is his musical initiative (other than the vibe solo)...The works from the females (Fullman, Dong) are subdued but both may be my favorite composers right now...Within You is the Beatles starting to go mad...It's hard to pick my current fave Lucier track although if I crank up the volume on my computer speakers for this one, my mouse vibrates...I've listened more on lala to Brian Jones Massacre than anything else. Athough this could indicate a personal problem, the particular track above is from their Bravery Repetition & Noise album and I'm considering that title as the new aworks tagline...Other than arguably New Humans (MP3s here), Black Dice are probably the most "out there" "rock-ish" music I listen to...The Cage/Tudor track is the usual Schubert/wife/pipe and drum etc. radio remix...At least on lala, people hear more "classical music" via the Vitamin String Quartet playing pop and rock covers than by the traditional artists and repertoire that we all know and love (more or less)...Finally, and as always, I don't know what to make of Robert Ashley...
The above on lala: