I've been finding myself deeply immersed in on-line radio this weekend.
My fascination with radio actually hearkens back to my early university days, when, working for an agricultural chemical company for the summer, I would perplex my coworkers by tuning into CBC radio in the old Suburban that we drove around to get to our field studies. They didn't quite know what to make of a 19-year-old who didn't listen to top 40 rock or country.
The latest incarnation of my radio love affair actually began when the Spousal Unit bought a new truck recently which had an XM satellite subscription in the selling features. We've since installed XM Radio into our computers. It's a nice break from itunes. I love that you can glance at the presets list to see what is playing, or better yet, to see what else is playing.
My newest infatuation is NPR, who will be streaming the audio for the Radiohead Santa Barbara concert at noon on Monday and then will be archiving it. And that's pretty awesome, but that's just the beginning of the goodies that NPR has to offer I have discovered. Why did nobody ever tell me that NPR is such a goldmine? My favourite discovery so far is All Songs Considered, where musicians guest DJ, chat with the host, and share some of their favourite music. Thus far I have listened to both Thom Yorke and Colin Meloy act as guest DJs, and plan to listen to sessions with Portishead, Ray Davies, Lily Allen, and Tom Verlaine.
I've also heard a really frank interview with a chatty and witty Thom Yorke (?), and the US premier of Jonny Greenwood's BBC-commissioned Popcorn Superhet Receiver concert. Right now I am listening to a new Silver Jews song. You should definitely check out NPR.org.
Of course this also reminded me that I haven't been listening to CBC Radio 3 lately, so I popped over there and discovered a new Grant Lawrence podcast, with fresh music from Vancougar, Mother Mother, Final Fantasy, and Chad VanGaalen, among others.
With the belt-tightening efforts that I am attempting these days, I'll be curtailing my concert tickets and cd purchases somewhat, so I am definitely going to be spending more time with my ear to the speakers.
In the shameless self-promotion category, I urge you to head over to the Bookworm Collective blog, where I have just posted my book review of Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother.
Now I'm heading to the library to pick out a new book to accompany all this radio listening. Any suggestions?