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January 31st, 2006

Discovering New Music

Discovering new music is so much easier (and cheaper) now than it ever has been. You can preview artists galore on iTunes, subscribe to genre-based podcasts, download full albums legally from netlabels like Comfort Stand, and read MP3 blogs for the most niche styles of music. Lately, I’ve been listening to Italian soundtrack music, all because of an MP3 blog and Rapidshare file hosting. Usenet has provided me with so much great, out-of-print music, it’s silly. I have more new music to listen to than I can deal with, and I don’t even bother with file-sharing applications.

Of course, I still purchase a lot of music unheard, especially if it’s on vinyl and has killer cover art. But thanks to the wonders of Mr. Internet, I can hear a lot of the great stuff that just isn’t physically available.

Here, now, in the year of our Lord 2006, what’s your favorite way to find new music? Is it one of the above methods? Maybe satellite radio? Maybe even, gasp, regular FM radio?

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: mel
DATE: Tuesday January 31, 2006 -- 11:02:34 am
I like this one, it'll provide you with stuff you like and recommend new stuff based on your input. The recommendations are mostly established artists so you may not get a whole lot of completely new music, but I've been surprised both by artists I've never heard of, and by songs by artists I'd never think to listen to.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday January 31, 2006 -- 1:34:57 pm
New music comes from the SO who got the iPod for Christmas and the Klipsch iFi for her birthday.

I still have my old *gasp* am/fm cassette Koss personal stereo a.k.a. trademarked "Walkman." I haven't listend to my old cassettes in so long that when I took them out of the box that had been rotting, it was like I was hearing new music again.

Other than that, the occassional movie will have music inspiring enough for me to check out the soundtrack or the albums of artists on the soundtrack. You heard me, I said album, which means bound collection and applies equally to a cd as it does to vinyl.

DATE: Tuesday January 31, 2006 -- 2:31:37 pm
Satellite is the way to go. I got a Sirius radio on the cheap and it's been great. Firstly, most of the music stations are commercial free and there's a TON of different stations to choose from.

Also, the name of the song and artist scroll across the screen when the song is playing. That's like a green light, inviting you to check out new tune-age.

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 1, 2006 -- 2:16:49 am
I know this will come as a shock to Ryan, but I discover new music by digging through the crates at the local record store. I just shoot down to Groove
Merchant, talk to Cool Chris and the next thing I know I'm on my way home
with a bag full of records.

FROM: Steve A.
DATE: Wednesday February 1, 2006 -- 8:24:08 am
I really like either my mix CDs (although they've become predictable in context and order) and FM radio. Now if you could get rid of those DJs who babble for the sake of hearing themselves... LOL.


FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday February 1, 2006 -- 8:59:45 am
Aaron, do you really buy records?? Or CDs?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 1, 2006 -- 9:21:54 am
Aaron -- that's still the best way, particularly when buying vinyl. Shoot, just before Christmas, I dropped $20 on about 60 records from a thrift store and 80% of them were excellent finds.

jk -- yes, he does indeed buy records. There are still a lot of us left that do!

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday February 1, 2006 -- 10:03:35 pm
I wish I had a functioning turntable. I still have a lot of albums.....I miss the feel of the vinyl, holding it and reading the liner notes...

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 1, 2006 -- 10:11:02 pm
I'm with mel: Pandora all the way. You can abuse it to hear any song you want, and (most) scans are high quality.

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 1, 2006 -- 11:23:32 pm
jk, you can find decent turntables for cheap. Stanton T.60X direct-drive for $149.00.

I pretty much stopped buying CDs in 1999 -- all vinyl since.

FROM: aharris
DATE: Tuesday February 7, 2006 -- 3:51:19 pm
iTunes Shared Music. At work I have access to many, many shared libraries and it is the perfect way to hear artists you've never heard before. Plus lots of people have playlists so you can hear a little of this and a little of that.

I am always floored when I see that someone has a collection that includes Rogue Wave, DCFC and like...Maroon 5?! But, I'm sure those same people are judging my "New Edition Greatest Hits" album.

Cool it now...

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 7, 2006 -- 4:25:46 pm
jk -- Keep an eye on craigslist. I picked up a spare turntable for our family room stereo for a mere $15.

FROM: Aaron Binns [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 8, 2006 -- 1:45:06 am
...oooh, watch out!

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