Suddenly Spotify: My Transition to Streaming Music

I have some big news to share this week:  I have finally joined the 10’s and started listening to streaming music. 😂 

I have taken my music collection very seriously my entire life.  Even after digital music arrived on the scene, I was precious about my ‘collection’.  I can recall hours/days/weeks/months of time spent digitizing tracks; backing up drives multiple times to safeguard my digital goods.  As the streaming platforms emerged I tried them but was reluctant to totally cut the cord and just “rent” my music.

We finally bit the bullet and got a Spotify family plan.  What can I say?  Spotify is one of the greatest apps I’ve used in my life. As a music geek it allows for endless exploration, although it almost makes it so easy to get sucked down rabbit holes that I feel like I’ll need to work hard to curate some of my long time favorites into my workspace/playlists/whatever. It’s been lots of fun.

That said, there are a bunch of things I’m still working to figure out, and I figured that if I posted my questions here, some folks might help me out in the comments.

  1. Local Music With Spotify – It seems that Spotify found playlist files on my computer from iTunes or elsewhere, and while it seems to identify the songs and artists and track lengths on them, it does not seem to be able to play those tracks.  Does that sound right?  Is Spotify supposed to recognize local music collections? Or do I really have to add all my existing playlists and music back bit by bit in the Spotify UI?
  2. Finding Friend’s Music Activity –  Spotify clearly seems to be aware of some of my Facebook friends, and gives me what they’re listening to in my right hand activity bar. That said, when I ask it to find friends, it seems to hang forever but never do anything.  Has anyone else experienced this?

Overall, very happy to have jumped into the Spotify pool. I have lots to say about how great of an entertainment platform I think it is, but I’ll save that until after I’ve spent a bit more time, and perhaps even after I’ve taken in Stay Free: The Story of the Clash, narrated by Chuck D!


Jandek on Corwood

When you get a chance….check out this site ( and download the trailer. If you’re not creeped out, I don’t know what will do it. All I know is, part of me is wondering if this is some sort of Blair Witch Style hoax or something, because there is a guy being interviewed in the trailer that looks and sounds exactly like a guy that I used to work with in Publishing. I know that for the past several years, he has worked for some small record labels.

What’s interesting is that if you google him, there’s a bunch of different fan-sites and whatnot that all seem to point back to the one main website. Very Blair Witch, or AI where they planted all the web stories before the movies came out.

He’s even got an entry on

….and one on ebay….

I’m tempted to order a couple cd’s from him to see what happens

I am curious to hear what anybody thinks of this…..

Herbie Mann passed away

Oh man…I just heard some very disturbing news. Herbie Mann passed away yesterday. In case you are not familiar with him, his album, “Memphis Underground”, is a jazz classic. An incredible flutist, he played with everybody from Duane Allman to Antonio Carlos Jobim.

One interesting fact that I just learned but never knew about him was the fact that he was an Eastern European Jew. In addition, his last performance was at this year’s Jazzfest, which of course we didn’t make it to this year. (sigh)

Rest in peace, Herbie. As Schwartz just put it, “perhaps he will be playing with Duane Allman at that great reunion concert in the sky.” Perhaps he will, Schwartz…..Perhaps he will…..

Jayhawks and the Thorns

Tiring weekend. Kicked off the weekend with dinner at the new Baja Fresh in Wachung; its about time they finally opened these things up here. Just chilled out and watched tv with Jen for the rest of the night. Managed to check out Slerm’s new crib on Saturday afternoon and later that night, grabbed some dinner at La Isla followed by the Jayhawks at Irving Plaza.

Three words: Amazing as usual. Got most of the favs, including “Crowded in the Wings”, “Break in the Clouds”, “I’d Run Away” and even “EyesofSarahJane”. They didn’t do “Tailspin”, but what can you do?

And the Thorns……so damn good. First of all, the whole concept of Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge playing in a band together is pretty huge, then you hear the record, and it gets better with every listen. Finally….seeing them live is just nuts. So much energy. The funny thing was that on their album they do the Jayhawks’ “Blue” which neither they nor the Jayhawks played at the show. They did do every other song on the record though, as well as one that wasn’t. Great stuff.

Yesterday, we managed to get lots of errands done, went for Baja Fresh (yes, again), layed out in the sun, took a jacuzzi and saw Charlie’s Angles 2, which rocked. Even more outrageous than the first one.

Today, I am just drained. By the way…I am making a serious effort to begin writing in this silly thing again. I think that maybe I’ll try recoding it again this week.

New Jersey, Life and the White Stripes

So, work has been basically exhausting. I get back to Jersey only to get on a project that is swamped with work and understaffed. At least its a challenge. I’ve also managed to spend more time with Jen and fix up the apartment which rocks. That, and I have been able to actually have groceries on hand and cook food in my own kitchen. Life is pretty good.

This past weekend, in addition to watching 8-Mile, we managed to enjoy the nice evening weather and grab some dinner in Montclair at that Mexican place we dig, but I can never seem to remember the name of. I also managed to get almost everything done, aside from my paper this weekend, so I’m pretty pleased with that. Working on the paper as we speak though.

This weekend, I’m heading out to see the White Stripes with Mr. Geller at Hammerstein, and I’m sure working feverishly to finish this dang assignment. Hopefully I’ll bang it out before the weekend. 🙂 Gotta go…work calls.

Rolling Stone recount of the Get Back album

This is pretty neat. To celebrate the arrest of Phil Spector and the recent apprehension of the Beatles Bootleggers, Rolling Stone has put together their official take on the making of the lost Get Back album. For those of you who don’t know, this was the original take of what would become the Let it Be record and was to be released in 1969, without the lush string productions and a few song changes. I’ve actually got a copy; it’s not hard to find. Hopefully, McCartney will just put out a digitally mastered version of the album sometime. Anyway….here is the story.