New! The All Hopped Up and Ready To Go radio station
I’m thrilled to announce the launch of an All Hopped Up and Ready To Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77 radio station. As you may have noticed, up until now I’ve been putting together amazon.com MP3 playlists to accompany each chapter of my new book, the drawback being that we are restricted to just 30 seconds of each song (not to mention that the amazon widget software is glitch-heavy and that putting together the playlists has therefore been laborious). Now, thanks to David Porter of 8tracks.com, who paid attention both to my book and to what I was trying to do here at iJamming!, we can offer you each song in its entirety as part of a radio-style mix. Starting today, we have made available the first two Playlists – Harlem Strut and Mario Gets Dizzy, both from Chapter 1. Next week, we’ll put up the playlist from Chapter 2. And so on. Soon enough, the 8tracks mixes will have caught up with my own lists and we’ll move forward into fresh territory.
There are but a couple of relatively minor inconveniences attached to the 8tracks.com set-up. Given that it is meant to be like radio, where you never quite know what comes next, the tracks are not pre-listed within the widget itself. (You can, however, follow my track-by-track descriptions of each chapter’s playlist: for Chapter 1, visit this page, which I posted last October.) And the second time you listen through toe ach mix, the tracks will crop up in random order; this takes some of the fun out of comparing and contrasting chronologically, and for this reason I’ll keep the amazon MP3 widget in each chapter that’s already been playlisted. Starting with Chapter 7, I will stop putting together the amazon lists; having 8tracks.com at my back will enable me to focus on what I do best, writing about music rather than programming software.
Given the sheer information overload nature of the web, and the almost unbearable weight of spam, there’s a tendency to put up one’s bs detector every time someone drops you an e-mail or a comment with a marketing idea. In the case of David Porter, who left me a note at the foot of a post a few weeks ago, I’m glad to say he seems to be absolutely on the up and up. David cut his teeth at Live365.com, which helped introduce the concept of web radio; with 8tracks.com (named for the minimum number of songs in each mix, not the old-fashioned way of listening to music in the car!), he has taken the concept much further, into the realm of the DJ culture that inspired him when he lived in the UK in the mid 90s. Best yet, royalties are paid through Sound Exchange, and yet it doesn’t cost you or me a thing. Get listening!