Wednesday Intermezzo: Lala Begins

We’ve got a bunch of links for you today, so let’s just jump right in to the mess…

A new free service from Silicon Valley upstart Lala may revolutionize the music industry. Lala has just introduced a new service that allows you to stream songs from Warner Music Group and many indie labels…and get this, for free. The labels hope Lala users will listen to a particular track and then decide to buy an album directly through the Rhapsody/Napster competitor.

Lala users can upload tracks to their iPod without using iTunes, something that gives many record label execs hard-ons. The other cool feature at Lala is the ability to mirror your music collection so that you can access your music from anywhere. The quality of the tracks is extremely crappy, but we are getting closer to the day that you will be able to stream all your music at high quality via your cellphone.

Dare we say, craisins!

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  1. I love the fact that Townshend’s so web accessible (insert underage porn joke here)…and that he doesn’t mind giving away state secrets. Big fan of artists taking their message directly to the people — David Byrne’s blog had me at hello for a little while, and I enjoy checking in with genius that way.

  2. Not sure where to put this so here goes. Last night I threw in the Otis Redding/Jimi Hendrix disc from Monterrey (disc 2). During Otis’ set I thought “Who’s this white cat absolutely mauling the bass?” Roll credits. Otis’ backing band is not other than Booker T and the MGs featuring the immortal Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass. I know you guys give props to Dunn so here’s the big news. Booker T and the MG’s with Dunn with vocalist Sharon Jones FREE at Rockefeller park downtown (Chambers St.) next Wednesday 7pm. Part of River to River festival. These legend deserve support, thought you might like to get the word out there.

  3. Thanks, Oliver…believe it or not, I came across that piece of info recently and I circled it in every mental calendar I have. But I just checked my real calendar, and I got nuthin’. So thanks very much for the reminder…I will be there. Awesome!

  4. I didn’t realize Duck was playing with Booker T at Rockefeller Park. Thanks for the heads up, Oliver. Hope to see ya there!

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