In the past few days, and lot of us who used to frequent Lala and who now use MOG have shifted over to Rdio (invite only; still have a few if anyone is interested). I’m testing this service out, since it requires a small ($4.99) monthly fee. What is offers over MOG is a robust new release section (though the service is in Beta and, hence, its overall offerings are weak, to say the least) and a better interface than MOG.
As I’ve said in other Noise Narcs posts, I love these types of music/networking sites because of how rapidly they expose me to new music. I’m also fascinated by the way certain albums catch fire amongst a small population (such as Seeland’s Tomorrow Today did on Lala).
Two albums that are gathering storms on Rdio are Casiokids’ release from earlier this year, Top Stemning Pa Lokal Bar, a delightfully quirky album by a Norwegian band that apparently kicks ass live (and is just another reason to love both electro pop and Scandinavia, two of my obsessions), and Pigeons’ Here We Go Magic, an ethereal, yet grounded album that sweeps across genres, but most often reminds me of Of Montreal’s trippy, meandering rock. Oh, and bunny suit? Awesome.