The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 10 at 1:30PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA

This Afternoon

Hi41° Cloudy

Tonight

Lo33° Mostly Cloudy then Slight Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi40° Rain Likely

Thursday Night

Lo35° Rain Likely

Friday

Hi45° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo35° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi48° Mostly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo34° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi45° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo37° Slight Chance Rain

Psych Lives! Again!

Send to Kindle
Print This

A little while back (well, December of 2009, actually) I started a blog like this:

Anyone remember Ultimate Spinach? These guys.

&feature=related

No? Well, what about H.P. Lovecraft...at which point I continued on a discussion about psychedelic music and radio, ending up with a direction to the psych music streaming site "The Technicolor Web Of Sound". Alas, TWOS went off the air (money problems) in December. I've never seen a music site with it's own You Tube tribute video.

Shows how well loved the site was. But with TWOS passing, it brings up a problem (for me, anyway) with streaming music sites like Pandora and AOL Radio and that is there's no human involvement in the programing.

I don't know about other sites (maybe you can recommend some to me), but these two have fundimental flaws when you try to design your own station. Pandora uses what they call "sound qualities", that is songs that sound similar...or have similar charistics....to songs you program in. I've got a psych station, but Pandora's as likely to program Spirit....

....(Fresh Garbage is NOT on Pandora's playlist) followed by People.....

.....(so far so good)...followed by The Beach Boys (?!)

....because the song structure is "similar". Give me a break, guys.

AOL radio suffers from the same problem. They do have a "Psych" channel, if you consider The Doors and Led Zepplin "psych". I don't. And try to build a station around The Paupers....

.....or some other "obscure" group, and they either don't have it, or...in the case of The Paupers....send you to their "60's oldies" channel. Ouch.

I've found a bit of a solution to this perticular problem, it's called www.psychedelicized.com , a new psych stream. They're not as good as TWOS was, and they use Loudcast for streaming (there are better streams), but I'll forgive them because a) they're brand new, b) they admit it and c) they've got good music choices.

But the moral to my story is that the world needs more sites like the late TWOS or Psychedelicize. Computers don't cut it. Music is meant to be programmed by humans. Humans know "Polythenene Pam" and "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" are meant to follow "Mean Mr. Mustard" in the same way "Heartbreaker" and "Livin' Lovin' Maid" are a song cycle. Tell THAT to AOL and Pandora. I'll just sit here quietly and listen to Andwellas Dream.....

Life is good again.....