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Morning Becomes a Bit Too Eclectic November 6, 2007

Posted by David Card in Media.

NPR’s new music website is jarringly eclectic, but it might grow on me. You can tee up a very odd playlist on its Flash media player, which works fairly smoothly (with a 15 second pre-roll, and other spots scattered pretty sparsely). Potential: blog from Carrie Brownstein, ex of Sleater-Kinney (a fave, though she’s not starting very strong). Lots of studio sessions, All Songs Considered (not a fave) and linking to local NPR stations, sometimes to a fault (getting lost in non-music content with no obvious path home).

The site doesn’t feel like it has an overarching personality, or a common editorial voice — many multi-genre sites don’t. But one might expect a collection of voices to emerge. And only NPR would tab genres thusly: rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz & blues, world, urban.

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