Sure, here at Bostworld, we're all about the fetish objects -- the scrapbook items, the out-of-print vinyl, the odd junk found in the back of the closet. This is the very meat of our little weekly visits. But (for me, anyway) these things are nothing without the accompanying line or two of snarky commentary. At the end of the day -- for better or for worse -- it all comes down to the content.
That's the way it used to be over at LuxuriaMusic.com too. Back in the days of their first iteration, I couldn't even access their live feed, let along the chat room and live deejay cam -- not until I was able to convince my wife that broadband was the way to go. But back then, Luxuria must have had folks on staff that did nothing but pump the site full of readable content damn all day. They were lousy with great articles about just about every obscure musical fetish you could want. This was back in the optimistic golden days of the Dot Com Boom, so I'll bet there was enough VC capital lying around to pay people actual salaries for this sort of thing.
Nowadays. Lux is a volunteer-driven organization that garners much of its support from "listeners like you," as they say. It still has a loyal listenership, live deejays, a chat room and a studio cam. But the articles fell by the wayside somewhere along the way. This is unfortunate, since it was through search engine hits on those articles that I and a lot of people discovered Luxuria in the first place. I know it's hard to imagine now, but eight years ago, Lux was one of the very few places on the web where you could find information on, say, "Pet Sounds" or Bollywood Soundtracks (to name the first two things that come to mind). The articles also helped established Lux's emerging voice and point of view.
Without that kind of content -- without all those WORDS -- the site came to look like not much more than a list of songs interspersed with ads. But this is all going to change! By the time you read this, Lux will have debuted its new site, including content management software. Which is to say, Lux is finally going Web 2.0! Soon, with the proliferation of user accounts, both for deejays and any other content providers the station can convince to come aboard, and the added peer pressure to post that comes naturally to "social networking" web sites, Luxuria might begin to populate Google search results once again, just like in the old days.
For my part, I'll no doubt be priming the pump over there with some of the more relevant cherry pickings from this site, and hopefully finding a way to budget time to give them exclusive content (of course, we all saw how well that plan worked out las fall). And I'm hoping very much that I'm not alone. Join me over at the newly revamped LuxuriaMusic.com and find out.
Meanwhile, here's the latest podcast:
"Guava" - Ray Rivera Orchestra
"Time To Get It Together" - Tom Jones
"Ain't Got No/I Got Life" - Don Kirshner
"Frankie I'm So Sorry" - Joe David Geddes
"Live For Life" - Francis Lai
"Paper Mache" - Sir Christopher Scott
"Can't Stop Running Away" - Sandi & Patti
"Makes You Blind" - Glitter Band
"Back In the USSR" - California Poppy Pickers
"Alayor" - Manzanilla
"Judas To the Love We Knew" - Spiral Staircase