It is hard these days not to gush about digital technologies. The MP3 blog world has for a while now been proving that a collective mass of audiophiles can generate more interest in music than the music industry alone. On top of this, as David mentioned in his inaugural Noise Narcs post, Lala.com has revolutionized music listening, offering not only one free listen to any album on the site, but also a music listening community that disobeys usual caveats of such Internet communities. Lala is one community in which most people’s “friends” are not people’s friends at all, but people whose music a listener admires. As people listen to music on the site, Lala members see an updated stream of the music their “friends” are listening to–and recommending.This method introduces me to dozens of new albums each week.
Hype Machine is another blog to gush about. As most of you likely know, this site aggregates international MP3 blog postings, so that there is a constant stream of new music. What is great about this blog and Lala is their genre-bending quality. Click play on Hype Machine and when one song ends, the next begins, and the result is music salad. For all of the claims made about the isolating effects of the digital world, well, if you are reading this, you probably understand the spirit of discovery that motivates and unites this world’s inhabitants.
What I love is the gift of something new and unknown, from someone unknown; the MP3 blog entry has become the modern day pen pal letter. Below is one such gift, a tune from the Society Islands‘ upcoming sophomore release, Last Hero of the Western World. I learned about this through Hype Machine, channeling Tsururadio. Boris Rogowski, who appears to be the brains behind the unit, gives me a hint of the early twinklings of a Paul Weller, Daniel Lanois, or similar English vocalist, a pop influence twinged with just a hint of an indie sensibility. I would post his inspired cover of Frank Black’s “Don’t Ya Rile ‘Em,” but alas, the blogosphere has not made the MP3 available (yet). However, you can listen to it here.
And for no reason at all, another gift of the Blogosphere, Copenhagen Cycle Chic. A non sequitur, yes–but well worth it, pen pal. I do ride my bike with headphones in.