I hadn’t used LaLa in quite a while, and I don’t recall getting any e-mail messages from them either, so it was a bit of a surprise when Donald Fagen’s “Nightfly” showed up in my mailbox yesterday, in a LaLa envelope. I guess the ship notice must have gone into my spam folder or something. I hadn’t shipped out anything myself since February, and I hadn’t received anything since May 2007, almost a whole year ago.
This got me interested in updating my lists on LaLa, and seeing if there was anything I could ship out. I wound up shipping three CDs out. A little while after I did that, I got a notice that another CD was on its way to me: Mazzy Star’s “So Tonight That I Might See”. Cool.
Poking around on the site a bit, it does look like it’s still an ongoing concern, with a modest amount of trading going on. There’s talk in the forums about the impending release of LaLa 3.0, but not a lot of solid information that I can find about exactly when this will come out, or what it’ll offer. And there are indications in some forum messages that new members aren’t currently allowed to trade CDs, just use the other aspects of the site. Weird. There used to be a corporate blog where Bill Nguyen would talk about the site, but that seems to have disappeared, so I guess you have to root through the forums to figure out what’s going on.