How do you find new music?

November 23, 2007

Good post over on slashdot on how to find good (and non RIAA-backed) music, a topic near and dear to my heart. I used emusic for a long time, but ultimately canceled because I found I was downloading too much mediocre stuff, and not enough music that changed my life. Now I mostly listen to the All Songs Considered and the Morning Become Eclectic podcasts, and download the good sounding stuff from iTunes or Amazon.com’s MP3 Service.

So far, there isn’t too much new in the comments. People have recommended Amie Street and SellaBand. Both look interesting, but it looks like there’s a lot of coal to sort through to get to the diamonds. But maybe I’m wrong. I used to love epitonic, but it looks like the site hasn’t been updated in a long time.

Paste Magazine is also worth a look. My wife gave me this for Christmas two years ago, and I’ve been quite happy and quite impressed with what I’ve seen in the meantime. Maybe a little too old in its perspective, it still offers a good selection of what’s new and notable in music, and each issue includes a CD with new music.

Pitchfork is the 800 pound gorilla in the field of new music recommendations. To date I haven’t been overwhelmed by their reviews and recommendations, but I just re-subscribed to their RSS feeds, and will give them another look.

I’ve been on the internet long enough to hate all things AOL, but Spinner is surprisingly good. They stream entire albums, have MP3 of the day for free download, and good reviews.

After searching around a bit, here are a few other links:

‘Course, any of this could be solved by simply having a good radio station in your area, but I can’t remember the last time I had one of those.

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One Response to “How do you find new music?”


  1. […] Might Be The Right Way To Find New Music December 11, 2007 Several weeks ago I wrote about my frustration for finding new music, and suggested that what we need is a reddit style web […]


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