(We know you've been waiting, and we promise, sometime soon, we'll tell you dear readers about the two weeks we spent driving all over the north island (and a few days on the north end of the south island) with Jen and Jim. Days were spent sampling wine in several regions, hiking nearly 18km across volcanoes, kayaking 15+km along shorelines, floating on innertubes through caves, jumping off of waterfalls, and enjoying all the things that New Zealand has to offer outside of Auckland. Denise has been updating the photos over on flickr, so you can see some of what we did.)
But this post is about two musical resources that you probably don't already know about.
First is an absolutely awesome station out of Spindale, NC (near Asheville -- where I spent several summers): WNCW. They've got a great-sounding 128kb/sec stream (which is rare for a station of their size, and speaks volumes about them). I put Local Color, their local music show, on underheard.org a few months ago, but have recently been spending more and more time listening to their live stream (especially in their overnight hours) -- usually with a smile on my face. If you're looking for an alternative to KCRW, that's a little more eclectic and somewhat less urban, check them out.
Second is that I recently discovered that Bob Lefsetz is posting The Lefsetz Letter as a blog now (actually, he has been for some time, it's just that I recently rediscovered him). Bob's been a music industry insider since before I purchased my first LP (for the record: Blondie's Autoamerican -- which easily dates me as being from the Atari half of Generation X), and he's been publishing The Letter for more than 20 years. We used to get a copy of it (on paper) at KZSC, but it's been nearly 15 years since I last read Bob's writing. It's still as good as I remember it (he pulls no punches, and he stays current; check out what he has to say about DRM and why the music industry doesn't get it.) But Bob... go back to the black T-shirt or fold your collar. You're old enough to remember how stupid that looked in the 80s, and you're only embarrassing yourself by repeating that fashion tragedy.