Wow, reading this makes me realize just how little I know about the local dance scene. I’ve been to a couple dubstep events in the past few years, but that’s about it since my HS days of Sunday Night Danceteria at First Ave and a few raves during college at a barn in Duluth.
May Day Parade: May Day Parade isn’t my favorite Powderhorn area festival (Empty Bowls and Art Sled Rally are), but it’s still a lot of fun
MSP Home Tour: One of my favorite events of the year. I just love seeing what people do to their city homes.
Craftstravaganza: With Dean’s first birthday coming up, this would be a good place to buy his gift. Oh, and we have to visit our wonderful friends Casey and Olga, who will be selling their Mirasol Farms organic soap.
All that and we are going out to Chaska tonight to watch some my friend’s cover band, a softball practice on Saturday morning, have to pick up our rain barrel at some point, and we need to clean our house and finish planning Dean’s birthday party next weekend. Yikes.
Looks like I got quoted by the prolific writer and podcaster Mike Vardy! For the record, I completely agree with his caveat about Rdio actually having a better and larger collection of content than Netflix does (at least in Canada.) I don’t even have a Netflix account at this point, while my Rdio subscription is perhaps the best $10 I spend each month.
I’ve been meaning to write up a post on Rdio, which has completely changed the way I listen to music. I used to be an iTunes nerd, with dozens of smart playlists and I’d sync multiple times a day, just to get updated podcasts and scrobbling to last.fm. No more. Now I rarely use iTunes, rarely sync, and I’m listening to more new music than ever.
I love Rdio for a few reasons.
1. Mobile syncing. I had been using GrooveShark for a while, but I found that when I was in my car, I didn’t have any of that new music to listen to. But with mobile syncing, I always have a nice selection of new stuff with me. We were in KC a few weeks ago, and I wanted to add some kids music for the car ride home. So I opened up the app, searched for kids music, added it to my mobile sync, and we were off, kids music ready if we needed it.
2. New Release Tuesdays. Last week was incredible. Low, Atmosphere, TV On The Radio, Panda Bear, and Foo Fighters. Normally it would have taken me months to find and listen to these (if at all). With Rdio, I’ve already listened to them quite a bit. For the first time ever, I’m on top of new releases.
3. $10. I rarely buy music, relying on the library for most of my music listening (or GrooveShark more recently), but I can completely justify the small monthly subscription. For the price of one album a month, I can listen to 90% of what I want to listen to.
4. Selection. Like I said, 90% of what I want is on Rdio. I wish they had The Beatles, and a better selection of local stuff, but I have to believe that stuff will eventually get there.
5. iPod Touch app. I listen to most of my music via the computer while working during the day, but I have started listening more in our living room, while the kid is playing. I don’t have a lot of kid friendly music in the iPod part, or in my mobile syncing collection, but with wifi, I can just search for what I want to hear, connect it to the stereo, and we are off.
6. Friends. One of my main reasons for using last.fm is so I can see what my friends are listening to. That’s still the best way to find new music. Rdio makes it really easy to see what your Rdio friends are listening to with their Dashboard. I use that quite a bit and love it.
We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.
So sad. Selfishly I’m bummed because I had won free tickets to the TV on the Radio show on Saturday, but bigger picture and all, they are all in my thoughts tonight.
What are everyone's guesses for the Rock the Garden lineup?!
I believe Mumford is playing in Colorado the day of RtG so they are out. Also, Doomtree members can’t play it because of a proximity clause with Soundset. Can’t imagine Cloud Cult would play it again. My guess?
DMB, Phish, Hootie, and Brother Ali
Honestly though, if what I’ve heard is true, the lineup will make me very happy.
Dessa: We do what excites us, all of it under the Doomtree banner. More than anything, Doomtree as an LLC is instrument, not an end in itself. We make art and developed a business to support it—not the other way around.
We don’t have name cards or annual reviews, but we do have areas of expertise that we’ve honed in our years working together.
Very cool interview, great to hear a little more detail of how the crew is organized and run.
When I read who was involved with Pour Decisions Brewery, I knew I had heard that name before - Kristen England. Then I remembered a conversation (link probably won’t work for most of you, sorry) a few of us had on Google Buzz, most notably this…
Well, a year later, it looks like he finally decided to go for it. Good for him, although there has been a lot of talk about him being too arrogant, especially in the comments of that Heavy Table article. I don’t know him, so I can’t really say either way, but he’s definitely not shy about his feelings about Fulton and the beer business.