Zeppelin update: Spotify, reissues, and session samples

Without fail, every year there are bits of Led Zeppelin news to share. In December, they finally released their catalog to Spotify. In January, Jimmy Page claimed he would start releasing remastered albums this year. This week, you can listen to sample practice recordings made during Physical Graffiti sessions.

Rough mixes from Physical Graffiti sessions
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Three uncommon websites to visit daily

Ugg, I don’t remember these short winter days ever bothering me much in the past, but this year it seems like the darkness makes my eyelids heavy every evening. I have a feeling that I won’t have another good in-depth post until December 21st when the days start getting longer. Fortunately, though, the past few days in Louisville have been warm. Add to that the beautiful full moon and I’m refreshed for another Tuesday Zep.

This week, I thought I’d share a few websites off the beaten path that I visit almost every day. Plenty of people recommend popular websites to visit daily, but I’ve found some indie alternatives that are even more useful—namely PopUrls, HuffPost, and Friendbinder.

popurls

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World Cup soccer in South Africa

The FIFA World Cup starts in less than 3 days. It’s good to see South Africa (the country that recently brought us District 9, Invictus, and Die Antwoord) hosting and I hope this month’s competition brings the world just a little closer together. This is the first time an African nation has hosted. Leaving politics aside, though, here are a few handy links to help you stay on top of the action.

Mickaël Essien World Cup poster
Poster by Mickaël Essien

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So long, Lala

As I expected, Lala announced a few weeks ago that it will be closing its doors on the 31st. Next to Last.fm, Lala was my favorite overall music site. The good news is that rumors are flying about a June 7th cloud-based iTunes announcement, although I doubt it will be anything near as excellent as the little-known Queen Lala (as I like to call her)… dethroned. Read on for more about the current state of online music.

Lala.com screenshot
Lala.com partial screenshot of Armistice release

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Flood support in TN & KY

It’s taken me several days to come to grips with the flooding in Nashville. At first, it literally hurt too much to read about the destruction in this city so close to my heart, but now I realize that this blog can be another channel to list sources of aide for the disaster. Nashvillest is keeping an updated account.

Nashville flood
Flooded Nashville Riverfront, Sunday (via tandemracer)

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