Here's my playlist of the tracks I liked and listened to most on rdio. Some comments:
- These are roughly sorted in decreasing order of favoriteness. The David Murray is by far my favorite for the month; the last track -- George Antheil music narrated by the late Vincent Price -- is novel, if not really lovable.
- This list is not even necessarily representative of what I listened to this month as my MP3 playlists were mostly John Cage, John Fahey, and Wooden Shjips.
- The Philip Glass greatest hits are mostly bombastic and in hindsight, I use John Cage and John Fahey as small-scale antidotes. After I attend all three nights of Einstein on the Beach in Berkeley later this year, I'll need to check into the John Fahey Memorial Rest Home for the Overly Arpeggiated.
- Thanks to the Big City for reminding me of the contrast between Glass and Cage. And MetaFilter has a Glass birthday-inspired entry today.
- Maura Lafferty touches on my blogs' achilles heel; I spend too much time on "polished, shiny, fancy big names than the new talent." This month's playlist does have music by Steve Peters and Rick Cox, but also probably has too much jazz by dead guys and nothing by hot New Yorkers.
- The list does have a good dose of African tracks including new Amadou & Mariam as well as choice selections from Rough Guide: Desert Blues.