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March 20th, 2001

Discovering New Music with the Net

This is pretty much as it should be, I feel. Check this out. I have been a fan of Toad the Wet Sprocket, and said band broke up a few years back, but Glen Phillips – lead singer – now has a solo effort out, called Abulum. I heard the lead single “Fred Meyers” on WXRT, my fave radio station, but I wanted to discover more.

Instead of jetting to Napster, as I’m wont to do, I went to Glen’s site. There, not only could I download full versions of "Fred Meyers" and "Train Wreck" (both excellent songs), but I could read more about Glen, and even get the disc straight from him instead of through various anonymous large record stores.

This, my friends, is the way I love to find out about music on the net! Right here. It acts not only as a way to access the music, and sample what’s available, but it enables me to get the music I want in the most direct way possible – straight from the artist. No one gets "hurt" from it, because not only am I satisfied with some good tuneage, but Glen Phillips is happy because he gets some money from it. That sounds fair to me. -pm

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FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 10:46:04AM
Even better is to buy the album from the artist when you're at his/her/their show. I bought three Incantation CD's a few months back when I saw them and their merch dude gave me a sincere thank you. It push cash right in their pockets while on the road, and that can make a huge difference for a band that's 100% underground. Plus, they sold all of them for a skant $10 each, which was a real turn-on.

FROM: Terry M.
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 11:24:26AM
WXRT is your favorite station Paul? It's owned by Viacom, you know, which is the biggest, most commercialized media conglomerate on earth.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 11:44:20AM
Yes, I'm aware of that, Terry. In lieu of having found a good college or low-power station, XRT is my station of choice. If I was able to find a station that wasn't commercial, I'd already be listening.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 2:15:04PM
Robert, only you could get turned on by a good cd price ;-)
Paul--have you ever heard WORT, in Madison? Unfortunately it doesn't web-cast (as far as I can tell) but it is the best station!

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 3:05:23PM
Monica--Absolutely. I've gotten into such a good groove of paying only $3.49 for almost everything I've bought recently that I can't help but feel some joy beyond merely saving. I am a sick and sorry human being.

Isn't WORT actually out of St. John's?
Ha ha, I kill me!

FROM: Terry M.
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 9:19:51PM
Paul, I was hoping that you weren't aware of that, so that you would be turned on to the goodness of corporate media. :-)

Actually, WBEZ, which is based in Chicago, is my favorite station any where in the US, although it doesn't have a _huge_ variety of music. But it has by far the best jazz, and the best blues, programming I've heard on radio.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday March 20, 2001 -- 10:56:31PM
My all-time favorite station was WRTI out of Philly, Temple Public Radio. They were an incredible jazz station that covered everything from classic jazz to avant garde and post-contemporary. My two favorite shows were "Turn on the Quiet" and "Point of Departure." Unfortunately, they've become a jazz/classic hybrid... not that it's a bad thing to be that kind of hybrid (indeed, it's not), but they were so good and were the epitomy of what was right about public radio. I still haven't found a station anywhere near as good... the jazz station in DC's not bad, but I long for the days of free jazz (the genre, of course) at 1:30am.

FROM: Terry M.
DATE: Wednesday March 21, 2001 -- 1:31:30AM
Ryan, if you're ever in Chicago, I think you would like WBEZ. My favorite part is 'Blues Before Sunrise' which is on Saturday & Sunday nights from midnight to 5AM, and they play old blues, largely pre-war stuff, and always an hour of the scratchiest, dirtiest country blues around. It's syndicated actually (originates from Chicago) but I never heard another station which carried it. They have good jazz too. A lot of old stuff (pre-war), and the latest stuff also. The main jazz stuff I like is good new stuff (what's covered in Cadence), and they play a good chunk of that, whereas the guys in community radio won't play anything recorded after Ayler died. Public radio rules.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday March 21, 2001 -- 9:22:33AM
WBEZ does sound good... the jazz station here has an OK blues show on either Saturday or Sunday morning, but he focuses mainly on modern blues. I much prefer old Missippi Delta blues, Texas harmonica blues, and some Chicago electric blues (especially Magic Sam). There are very few stations that play the blues I like best...

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday May 13, 2001 -- 2:15:42PM
As a note, the link to "store" on Glen's site simply redirects you to Tower Records' online store. Bummer. But, the site is still very much worth checking out.

Glen Phillips puts on a fantastic live show.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:13:10 pm

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