No more lala, but music is still lovely

danieltalsky | Self-Referential | Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Lala.com, the service I've been using to play music on The Sweet Snob, got bought by Apple, who is unceremoniously scuttling the whole thing.   Per their website:

The Lala service will be shut down on May 31, 2010

You will be able to access and play all music in your Lala collection through May 31, 2010.

So I guess I need to figure something out, but I haven't yet.  I might upload a couple of songs, but this is a much bigger barrier to me actually posting.

So maybe we can take this time for a little feedback?  How's it been going?  What are your favorite kinds of posts?  Should I do more Seattle restaurants?  Should I do less indie shit and more heavy metal?

The Antlers are playing tonight

danieltalsky | Albums,Concerts,Reviews | Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

When my girl and I thought that The Antlers' album Hospice was a true story, I told her she had to listen closely to it in the car on the way to Burning Man last year. By the time we got to the late-album crescendo, Wake, we both had tears streaming down our face.

The album can still get me misty, but now we both know it's not literally true.

Peter Silberman of The Antlers did not work at a hospice, and did not befriend a young, abusive girl with bone cancer and care for her until her death.  He did, however, write an amazingly sweet story about it, in album form, that touches on real themes of death, guilt, love, generosity, abuse, and the meaning of life.  He wrapped it in amazing package of shimmering shoegazer rock and some pretty goddamn touching vocals.

His self-released CD slowly grew in popularity in Brooklyn until finally Frenchkiss picked it up and gave it a real release.

Peter and the band have had a pretty good year since then, I guess, and tonight I finally get to hear them play the album live at Neumos.  Thanks, pretty girlfriend.

Note: The above photo is from the pdf liner notes for the album.

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