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indie103It’s a sad day in the world of LA radio.  At 10am today Los Angeles’ radio station Indie 103.1 went off the air for good.  According to their website, they will continue to broadcast online.  

Indie Activist:

This is an important message for the Indie 103.1 Radio Audience –

Indie 103.1 will cease broadcasting over this frequency effective immediately. Because of changes in the radio industry and the way radio audiences are measured, stations in this market are being forced to play too much Britney, Puffy and alternative music that is neither new nor cutting edge. Due to these challenges, Indie 103.1 was recently faced with only one option — to play the corporate radio game.

We have decided not to play that game any longer. Rather than changing the sound, spirit, and soul of what has made Indie 103.1 great Indie 103.1 will bid farewell to the terrestrial airwaves and take an alternative course. 

This could only be done on the Internet, a place where rules do not apply and where new music thrives; be it grunge, punk, or alternative – simply put, only the best music.

For those of you with a computer at home or at work, log on to http://www.indie1031.com and listen to the new Indie 103.1 – which is really the old Indie 103.1, not the version of Indie 103.1 we are removing from the broadcast airwaves.

We thank our listeners and advertisers for their support of the greatest radio station ever conceived, and look forward to continuing to deliver the famed Indie 103.1 music and spirit over the Internet to passionate music listeners around the world.

-Koop

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Writing about Classical music is difficult, particularly when I’m trying to talk to a generation that doesn’t know a whole lot about the genre beyond Mozart and Beethoven.  The main obstacle classical music has for many people is it’s relevance.  You don’t dance to it necessarily, tickets to live shows are prohibitively expensive, and like wine, fans of classical music can seem pretentious and off putting.  No one really likes a club they can’t belong to and so Classical music is ignored or otherwise categorized as being for the elite and not for the masses.

Well I say that’s bullshit.  Just like the difference between an organized religion and spirituality is essential, the difference between the community of classical music goers and the music itself is essential.  Reclaim classical music people.  Reclaim every sensual experience you can!  Reclaim chamber orchestras, reclaim the insane epic symphonys of Mahler, reclaim the dark sonatas of Brahms.  You can’t get feelings of depth, sadness, and joy like you can from a piece of classical orchestration.

The truth is Classical music has never been more relevant than it is now.  Our generation elected a new president, the era of the dumbed down, straight talkin’ unsophisticated American self-identity is OVER.  Don’t be afraid of the arts.  Don’t be afraid of appreciated gorgeous music just because you don’t have a bunch of facts memorized.  Feel classical music.  Feel sophistication!  Take back the idea that this music belongs to an Other.  We can reclaim what fine art has to teach.

So let’s take classical back.  Here are some concerts we can start with:

Royce Hall – Nov 21, 2008 08:00PM

340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles

The Colorado-based Takács Quartet, Sebestyén and Muzsikás will explore “Bártok and Folk Music,” and the music of Hungary, Transylvania, and Romania.
I realize there are a lot of accent marks in that sentence but I’m telling you this is a great concert to start with.  Bartók’s music is FUN.  It’s all gypsy influenced – the kind of stuff you see people clapping in time to.  Granted, 60 year old’s clapping in time is NOT COOL, but shhhh – don’t think about that.  Rowdy gypsys clapping in time IS COOL.
Pepperdine Chamber Ensembles – Nov 23, 2008 7:30 PM
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu,CA,90265
Featuring chamber music repertoire performed by Pepperdine’s string and wind ensembles.

…because chamber music kicks ass and you need to hear some.

The Celestial Opera Company – November 22, 2008 7:30 PM

The Women’s Club of South Pasadena

1424 Fremont Ave.
South Pasadena, CA, 91030

Sara Widzer directs the company in Handel’s masterpiece, “Giulio Cesare,” in Italian with English dialogue.  Brian Farrell conducts the premiere of The Celestial Opera Company Chamber Orchestra.

Look for me at this one!  If you have never heard of Giulio Cesare or if you never heard it live, this is what you need to focus on.

So crash these concerts.  Bring lighters.  Light them near the end and chant for an encore of Kegelstatt.  Eff YEAH!

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