Media Guy's Pop Pick: AOL'S Revamped Spinner

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Indie-rock fans and musical early adopters have long consulted a handful of hugely influential taste-making websites, including PitchForkMedia and StereoGum. But now, increasingly, they're bookmarking -- believe it or not -- a site "powered by AOL Music."
Pitchfork, meet Spinner.
Pitchfork, meet Spinner.
AOL has owned, which was an early leader in internet radio, since 1999, but lately it's been packing all manner of awesomeness onto the site, including something called "Full CD Listening Party" (streams of entire albums) and what is perhaps the most consistently excellent (free) indie-music podcast on the web: The Interface. It features exclusive live AOL-studio performances, usually acoustic, of a few songs by indie-rock stars (from TV on the Radio to Bloc Party to Amy Winehouse) with short interview snippets. In many cases, I prefer the stripped-down Interface versions of indie-rock standards (like Winehouse's "Rehab") to the album versions.
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