I made a trip to Amoeba in San Francisco for the first time in quite a while yesterday. It's good to see the Haight is as scruffy as usual.
I purchased among other things, the Smith Quartet's CDs of Philip Glass string quartets. As I work my way through these, it's clear #2 is special which I had forgotten. More importantly, I see that the Kronos recordings of the quartets are up on last.fm as fully streaming tracks.
Out West Arts and via Paul Bailey, Alan Rich have just written about their concerns with the quality and viability of classical music radio in Southern California. For me, with internet streaming from the likes of last.fm, New Sounds, counterstreamradio.org, Music from Other Minds, and Kyle Gann, I no longer rely on commercial radio to find new works. I miss hearing announcers talk about music on some of those streams, though.
Data Mining writes about an applicable concept:
Homophily: consumers, being human, are subject to homophily. Thus, the more human/emotional an information source is, the more it will strengthen reading behaviours that are driven by this seeking of like minded writers.