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How do you discover new music?

Image from Flickr by: Baptiste PonsOne thing I miss about my youth and my friends back home in Toronto is being introduced to new music. It all started years ago when I would buy albums based on the band name or album art, usually sticking to the punk rock genre of records shops like the Record Peddlar in Toronto.

As years went on and pay checks came and went, I would depend on my friends to be introduced to new music. Skinny was a big factor on this. He always had (has) his ears to the street to discover new bands and artists to listen to.

Years later I find myself in Nashville, TN. It’s not just that I left my friends back home, but it’s that I’m older now, with a family of my own. I don’t get out much. I find that I tend to listen more to the same old tunes as I always have, only because I don’t have the time to discover new music.

When I’m working I tend to listen to mellow music that doesn’t distract me. When I’m in the car I tend to listen to podcasts that are typically about marketing or technology. One major exception is NPR’s All Songs Considered. Each episode Bob Boilen shares his favorite new music, or he features guest musicians and music aficionados who talk and play portions of their picks.

Bob Boilen is seriously a music expert, without the pretentiousness one would expect with such a person. The guests he invites to the studio with him are also humble people, thankfully. He really knows his stuff and it shows. His passion is clearly amazing music and I’m so lucky to have stumbled upon this show a couple of years ago now.

I remember being turned on to Bonnie Prince Billy from All Songs Considered, The Letting Go was on the top of my playlist when my son Sam was born. You can see how that’s affected my top played artists by looking at my Last.FM profile, are we friends there yet?

I love this format of a show. These are true music lovers who speak from the heart. They share amazing music, some of which I love or at least like. I now depend on this show to find new music and today I did.

It’s not always that I hear something on All Songs Considered that I rush out and buy, but today I packed the kids in the car and we went to Grimey’s to pick up Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago. It’s a brilliant album filled with ghostly tracks which drop you in a quiet place you don’t want to leave. The vocals are an equally, impressive moan that glides you from one song to the next.  It’s the perfect album to soundtrack how I’ve been feeling today.

I miss my boys back home and their sharing music. I long for the days of swilling beers and spinning records. Of meeting up at our apartments to prepare to head out to a local concert or two, only to cap it off at the B’.

For now I’ll settle on Bob and his guests helping me find some new gems. I highly recommend you subscribe to the All Songs Considered podcast, if you don’t like anything from the first episode you hear, listen to the next one and let me know what you think.

How do you find new music?

Image from Flickr: by Baptiste Pons

Dave

http://www.davemadethat.com

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  • one place I use is – http://www.jamendo.com best place for creative commons artists to spread there music with the masses world wide.

    another – is the weekly freebie on iTunes and the weekly iTunes Discovery Download

  • inrebasworld

    I love emusic.com ….find something you like and it recommends loads of music you might like. Also there are fan lists of people who bought it….just awesome!
    I just found a bunch of new bands there today.

  • Thanks. I dabbled with that service years ago. I'll have to give it another shot.
    What did you find?

  • Thanks. It's nice to know there's more podsafe music out there than the Podsafe Music Network, or what ever it is they call it now.

    Find anything good lately?

  • I downloaded some Epica, Lacuna Coil, Leaves' Eyes and found by not on emusic Within Temptation….all sort of a operatic/ambient metalish sound. Very interesting.

  • No mention of http://lala.com ? I've found it a better venue for sharing music than last.fm. The neat thing is you can continue to scrobble your plays from lala to last.fm by enabling it in the beta tab.

    You can play your music library online and your recommendations from friends are manageable. You can play others' playlists they've created free the first time, which is another way I've discovered music.

    Here's my profile: http://www.lala.com/#member/39413@41197

    Get it!

  • Kristina

    woxy.com. website/station has a long history of introducing new music to listeners.

    live djs m-fri, lounge acts, podcasts, listener requests. they recently moved to austin, giving them more resources to plug into. they even have an iPhone app to help tune in.

    not saying you’ll love everything they play, but their goal is to expose listeners to new music and they have a massive library to tap into. i’ve been a long-time fan and recommend them to anyone exploring new music.

  • It's hard, there is so much out there and you can't trust big labels or major magazines anymore to provide you with quality stuff.

    When I used to tour, it was easy, people just gave you new music. (I've played quite a few times with Bonnie Prince Billy who you mentioned, actually once or twice under each monkier, god getting old, his brother Ned sang on my first record) but going to people's houses and listening to their favorite records was the best way ever and the best payment for the gruel of touring.

    These days, I mainly just follow a couple good blogs, that keep me pretty informed, and I use Swift.Fm, to share music, which I find to be really convenient, I'll put my handle below if you want to check out more stuff you might like.

    These are the blogs that I follow to keep me happy with new good music, I just let them feed my reader and It keeps me pretty on:

    For cool folk/psyche/beautiful rock/dream scapes:

    http://www.terrascope.co.uk/
    http://thebrokenface.blogspot.com/

    Then for everything else:

    http://gorillavsbear.blogspot.com/
    http://www.3hive.com/
    http://themusicslut.com/

    there is a bunch more that I follow which you can find at my google profile, but those are the main ones.

    I tweet out good for the office music at: http://www.swift.fm/DMDxd/

    And then everything else at: http://www.swift.fm/jessepoe/

    Nice post hope you find some great music! The best way is asking!

    warmly-

    jesse poe
    http://www.google.com/profiles/jessewpoe

  • Dave,

    My favorite music site is thesixtyone.com. I wrote about it not long ago. I think you will like it.
    http://someupside.com/2009/10/29/worth-a-listen

  • These days I discover new music either from friends or randomly online (for example, I see a video with a song I like and I use google and youtube to find more).

    One of my latest finds: http://damionsuomi.com/ . And he’s playing in Nashville next month :)

  • There are some great suggestions here. I'm a fan of lala.com myself. Dave, on a related subject, can you recommend some entertaining podcasts you enjoy (on any subject)? I've become a regular listener to one podcast (the Precentral.net Palmcast, for my beloved Palm Pre), but I'd like to fill my podcast player with some additional content.

    Rob

  • Thanks Rob. Have a look at this list and let me know if they interest you:
    http://www.davemadethat.com/2009/05/26/ten-podc

    I need to do a newer post soon, but these are all still among my favorites.

    Cheers!

  • Thanks, Dave. I saw several on that list that look interesting. I'll check them out. :)

  • Great! Let me know what you think and which you listen to.
    Cheers!

  • sandiegoaudiovideo
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    What others are saying about http://www.Kiva.org:

    'Revolutionising how donors and lenders in the US are connecting with small entrepreneurs in developing countries.'
    — BBC

    'If you've got 25 bucks, a PC and a PayPal account, you've now got the wherewithal to be an international financier.'
    — CNN Money

    'Smaller investors can make loans of as little as $25 to specific individual entrepreneurs through a service launched last fall by Kiva.org.'
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