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rdio's social features are so inferior to the old lala. blah, blah, blah...
To deal with this fact, here's a first attempt at a "rdio listeners of note" list.
For you non-rdio subscribers, this may be of marginal value. And I'm not sure this is actually "actionable" for we who belong to the rdio tribe.
Still, here are some notable rdio listeners and my attempt to describe what's relevant and interesting in their heavy listening rotation...
- grace martin. jazz trombonists, jazz pianists, and a guitar tribute to the beatles
- Bee Cee. The Adjustment Bureau soundtrack, Atticus Ross (presumably no relation to Alex Ross), and Billie Holliday
- Tony Steidler-Denison. americana -- Muddy Waters, Don Mclean, Lucinda Williams, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Derek Trucks Band...
- paul bailey. michael Nyman, goddamn electric bill, keith fullerton whitman (!) and tv on the rdio
- Phil Cuykendill. The usual geniuses (Coltrane, Bartok, Richter, Bach, Chomsky, Cedar Walton) plus something called New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges by someone named Colin Stetson.
- Glen Bertrand. the classic e.g. Blonde on Blonde, 69 Love Songs, Selling England by the Pound and Telemann/Bach/Vivaldi and then a bunch of artists new to me e.g. Brad Shepik, Volebeats, and the Appleseed Cast
- bill berry. disney jazz aka everybody wants to be a cat* (!), tyner, hubbard...
- cheryl boyer. the philip glass retrospective and glass' dracula (!), bix beiderbecke, nixon in china (!)...
- Judith Zissman. super hip portfolio of pop/indie releases e.g. New Pornographers, PJ Harvey, and John Vanderslice
- dau .. uh, it's hard for me to summarize this heavy rotation since I've never heard of seven of the ten listed artists. i feel like i'm reading wire magazine. of those i recognize, it's john coltrane, bobby hutcherson, and zap mama.
In a perfect world, I'd find links to these people outside the walled world of rdio, but I've spent an hour compiling this post already and it's the weekend.
Still, this exercise reminds me that in today's social media world, the equivalent of Fanfare Magazine critics' "recommended" would be "subscribed."
* The local long-haired dachshund ("Sparky") does not share this disney sentiment.