My Quest for New Music
February 23rd 2012 19:10
My quest for new music started when I was just a kid. I have always been obsessed with finding something unique and different to listen to. I always loved the classics like the Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin but I wanted to be the first to be listening to the next greatest thing or just listening to amazing artists that no one had ever heard of before.
In my teenage years I would buy music magazines and read band reviews in local papers hoping to find that obscure new artist that would give me my fix for new music. This was a great strategy but it also cost me a lot of money in albums and tapes that only had those one hit wonders.
The internet began to solve all those problems but I would still spend countless hours downloading music and listening to literally hundreds of songs before discovering that diamond in the rough. Finding new music has always been extremely time consuming. Sometimes the search is part of the fun but wouldn't it be nice to spend less time searching and more time actually enjoying the music.
The advent of streaming music has solved many of these problems. I have through the years narrowed it down to a science and I'm going to share a few of my music finding techniques here.
One important factor is that you need to know what you are looking for??
If you are looking for new artists you need a starting point. What I like to do is begin with an artist or band that I really like and begin searching for similar artists. A great website to use in this situation is The last FM or http://www.last.fm/.
This is a UK based website that is an incredible resource for music. What I usually do is type in a Google search as follows. In this example I will use the band City and Color. I would type "bands like City and Color last FM". The result of this search will give you a page from this website with about 10-20 artist that are similar to City in Color. They even rate the level of similarity.
Try doing the same search with one of your preferred bands or musicians.
The site gives you a description of the artist and the choice of listening to some of their releases. If you are more of a visual person there are some cool sites that will show you artists and their similarities.
TuneGlue is straightforward and easy to use.
Put in the name of a musical artist you like in the search bar and you’ll have a whole web of musical artists that are in one way or another, similar to the band you started with.
Another alternative to TuneGlue is Music-Map. Music-Map reveals all the similar artists in their database, with the most similar musicians closest to the original search term.
Music Roamer is also a great alternative that gives you pictures of the artists and also the ability to listen to songs directly from the site.
If all you want to do is listen to streaming music from almost any artist you can think of then I would highly recommend GrooveShark. This is one of my favorite sites and I no longer download music since discovering this amazing resource.
Have fun in your Music searching adventures.
If you are looking for a good source for new music try visiting The Music Finder courtesy of Spooning The Fork.
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