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Scratching my own itches; my online radio player

I’ve never been into iTunes or Spotify, tuning into online radio-stations instead to satisfy my constant need for musical discovery, excitement and/ or entertainment. For a long time I was an avid KCRW listener, but times change and their eclecticism does not necessarily match mine the way it used to, so over the last couple of years many online streams (Worldwide FM, Nova, TSF Jazz, KCSN, Laurent Garnier’s PBB, …) were added to my favorites which I stored in a draft mail in Gmail of all places, accessing that file on my different devices and -where available- using VLC to play them.

But VLC isn’t available everywhere (hello “smart” TV), it is not great to manage a collections of streams and copy/pasting URL’s from that draft mail is clumsy, so after creating a simple webpage with an HTML5 audio element for my wife to listen to the local “Radio 1 classics” stream on our TV, I decided to extend that to display a list of streams to choose from with a minimum of vanilla JavaScript to do the actual switching and just a dash of CSS (still struggling with vertically aligning multiline titles in those inline-blocks, but I don’t mind that too much. No really, I’m not nervous about that whenever I see it, not at all!).

The result (at https://futtta.be/r/) is an unattractive but pretty usable mp3 stream player that I use on 4 different locations and which I can update easily to accommodate my wife’s knack for doo-wap and xmas-music. Maybe I should add falling snow-flakes to surprise her when we put up the Christmas tree? :-)

Music from Our Tube: The Arcs – Cold Companion

In September 2015 The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach introduced The Arcs, his new side project to the world with a first album. Cold Companion, played live in the KCRW studio’s in the video below, is a haunting Southern-roots-rock (think Los Lobos, it’s no coincidence The Arcs released a 2nd album with David Hidalgo & Dr. John already) drenched track.

Watch this video on YouTube.

Music from Our Tube: Daniel Lanois going drum&bass

As usual I heard this on KCRW earlier today; Daniel Lanois leaving his  roots-oriented songwriting for some pretty spaced-out instrumentals with a jazz-like and sometime straight drum & bass feel to them. This is “Opera”, live;

Daniel Lanois - "Opera"
Watch this video on YouTube.

You can watch, listen & enjoy more live “flesh & machine”-material in this live set on KCRW.