At this point in the lifecycle of the Internet, whenever a new music service pops up, I assume that I'm going to become attached to the concept and then have it cruelly snatched away from me.
One of my favorites was Muxtape, a site that briefly allowed users to create online mix-tapes that streamed from the site. It was also in violation of a number of copyright and royalty laws, and it was no surprise when my brilliant mix (Wings! Norwegian supergroup The National Bank!) disappeared forever.
That said, there probably isn't much time left to enjoy Turntable.fm, now in private beta. (You have to be friends with someone on Facebook who is already a member.) The concept is great: There are a number of chat-room-like areas where you can hang out, and there are five spaces for virtual DJs to take turns picking songs to entertain the room. You can give it a shot as well, either picking music from the site's significant database, or uploading tracks from your own library. There are rooms with basic genre themes (indie, jazz, whatever), but it's best when you can get friends and acquaintances together to pick music to pass some time.
If you have access to the site, stop by during the workday on Friday, July 1, and I'll host a Tucson Weekly room for awhile, playing Miami Bass tracks for my own entertainment; you can share your favorite summer jams as well.
Assuming Turntable.fm is still around then, of course.
Best of The Range
We broke the news that the UA is acquiring Biosphere 2; warned you that the State Parks Department is facing a fiscal crisis; told you that the Arizona Supreme Court declined to block health-care cuts proposed by Gov. Jan Brewer; followed the reaction to the news that Sen. Jon Kyl walked away from debt-reduction talks; and shared a bulletin from the Pima County Republican Party that it would not try to remove Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords from office before the 2012 election.
We shared more photos from the Monument Fire; noted that Sen. Al Melvin posted a phony quote from Abe Lincoln on his Twitter feed; were dismayed by news of layoffs at Gannett; noted that Sarah Palin quit her bus tour halfway through; and accepted the thanks of Derrick Williams.
We congratulated Oscar Jimenez for his new gig as program director at Wingspan; introduced you to the Trolley Pub; followed the latest home stand of the Tucson Padres; urged you to check out Louie on FX while we bemoaned the cancellation of The Onion SportsDome; told you that Mad Dogs British Pub is coming to Tucson; gobbled up a carne asada torta at Molcas Mexican Grill; and thirsted for the celebrated cocktails at Scott and Co.
We featured the artwork of James Cook at Davis Dominguez Gallery, Frank A. Rinehart and Ansel Adams at Etherton Gallery, and Rand Carlson at Tohono Chul Park; urged you to check out the Arizona Biennial at the Tucson Museum of Art; suggested you see a few movies at the Loft Cinema; brought you photos from Mars; and listened to soul artist Michael Kiwanuka.
Comment of the week
"After the Revolution, the British will not be allowed to prepare food."
—TucsonWeekly.com commenter Mt_Mike doesn't think much of the news that a pub chain is coming to town ("Mad Dogs British Pub Coming to Tucson," The Range, June 23).
Best of WWW
As opposed to the sterile, mildly depressing world of chain haircutting joints, the local barbershop is a cultural center, full of discussion and life. It's also generally a male-dominated environment, so a female barber is a novelty—with a different perspective. Bilal Muhammed filmed the dynamic in action at Al's Barber Shop.
Also, Tucson Weekly intern Allie Leach is on the search for frozen treats to make the next few months of summer mildly bearable, and she found some at Sonoran Snoballs near the UA—where she uncovered a mini-scandal involving the childish vandalism of their menu. Jokes about butts, people? In 2011?