iTunes stream browsing, nested playlists

An interface for Internet audio streams more like the Library and Music Store browsing interfaces is one of the few things I would change about iTunes.

Two panes spanning the full height of the window – genre in the left, station in the right. This would allow for easier categorical browsing.

The downside would be that you couldn’t view multiple stream categories at once. That capability doesn’t seem all that useful, so I don’t think it would be missed.

Also among my few feature requests is nested playlists. Having a sizable collection of music , I have several playlists of one genre, divided based on year. I’d like to be able to shove them into a top-level container labeled with the genre name, allowing me to keep them together without being constantly displayed. I understand the desire to keep things simple, but we don’t all have the luxury of monitors running at 1600×1200.

Free when free

I play more freely when I know I’m not getting paid for a gig. I figure that since we aren’t being paid in return for a specific thing, I can play however the hell I want. Sadly, as many musicians know, the gigs that often pay the best (weddings, banquets) are those that restrict you to playing in the background. You can’t open up and stretch out. As much as I like getting $$, there is something to be said for having the chance to play with abandon.

In A Silent Way

The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions is great as music and as a way of seeing the direction that so many of the musicians involved in the recordings would go on their own. The early sounds of Weather Report (Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul), the Mahavishnu Orchestra (John McLaughlin), Chick Corea’s Return to Forever, and Tony Williams’ Lifetime, and Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi (not to mention Miles Davis’ own groups of the early ’70s) are all heard on these tracks.

Dwele's "Subject"

Detroit’s Dwele (who you may know from his work with Slum Village) has released his first solo album, “Subject.” His lyrics and themes are not radically divergent from those of other R&B artists, but the overall sound is far more interesting than standard Top 40 fare. His use of overdubbing is reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s. Good stuff.