Not a whole lot has happened on the cavaAdo front in the last month or so. School is finally out for summer and I plan on devoting a large amount of time on the project during the upcoming summer months. In the meantime, I need to vent.
Lala, as I’m sure many of you know, is being shut down as of May 31st. While this news is obviously a bit delayed, the shut-down-date is less than 2 weeks away. The reality of the situation is setting in and I don’t like it.
Apple bought Lala back in late 2009. Reasons as to why are pretty obvious—iTunes is probably moving to a cloud-based service. While I’m all for this, I think shutting down Lala is the only thing Apple has done to make me mad, thus far.
I love Lala. Anyone can explore new music, old music, good music, bad music, any kind of music with ease. The service has actually made me want to buy more music. Being able to listen to a record all the way through without having to forge through MySpace ads or sign up for an email list gives me the chance to really listen to the music with an honest mind. If I listen to it once and something within the record pulls me out of my daze and back the computer screen, I know it’s worth listening to again (buying).
You don’t get that with the iTunes 30 second previews. No, instead, you’re brought into the song at the most random point totally out of context compared to the rest of the song. Sometimes you’ll get the hook, other times you’ll get the bridge. I’ve bought albums off iTunes that I could have sworn were awesome records based on the 30 second previews and was totally disappointed. And then there are those songs with the hidden hooks or personal connections that you can’t find in the 30 second previews. To me, those kinds of songs are potentially my next favorite songs and I’d hate to miss them. That’s why I love Lala.
If iTunes is put on a cloud in place of Lala, it better have the same features. Otherwise I’ll be supremely disappointed.
Now, here are my music picks (for the time being, I am still connecting these records to Lala. When I find a replacement, I’ll do my best to update these links):
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – This is Somewhere – This was a most pleasant recent discovery. A great mix of blues, rock, alt country, with a whole lot of soul! Grace Potter’s voice is unbelievably addicting and has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. Give them a listen before they get too big and lose their appeal.
– Mr. Columbus
– Ah Mary
– Here’s to the Meantime
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt – This guy’s voice will no doubt weird you out upon first listen. But listen to it a few more times and you’ll love it. It’s quirky, weird, and amazingly beautiful. A lot like Devendra Banhart but it’s also a lot of fun. The majority of the record is just vocals and acoustic guitar with some other things like steel drums mixed in for added flavor. Give him a listen for some good folk tunes and for a break from the ordinary.
– The Wild Hunt
– Burden of Tomorrow
– King of Spain
Gold Motel – Gold Motel EP – Pleasantly poppy, but not overdone. This record is a great driving-with-the-windows-down-in-nice-weather record. I predict it playing a very big role in my life this summer. Give it a listen if you’re struggling to find something to enjoy while driving down an empty road and sporting some sweet shades!
– Perfect in my Mind
– Make Me Stay
– Don’t Send the Searchlights