Discovering new music
One of my favourite things to do is listening to music. Another thing is discovering new artists. I used to discover new bands by listening to the radio, watching TV and receiving recommendations from my friends. Now a days I discover most bands online. Here’s a overview over my favourite sites. Some of them will probably be familiar to most of you, but others might not.
Last.fm: I’ve been a member of Last.fm since it was Audioscrobbler.com, and I loved it since the first time I started using it. Originally Last.fm tracked songs you had listened to and made charts out of the information it gathered. Now it does so much more than that. You have Neighbourhood Radio where you can listen to the favourite songs of people who have similar music taste as you, there’s a Recommendation Radio where you listen to songs that have been recommended to you specifically or to the entire community, there are detailed artist information pages, communities, blogs, shoutboxes, tags and the list of features just continues. The site keeps improving all the time as well. If you like music, and you don’t have an account here, I’d say that you are missing out!
Pandora.com: Even though I despise anything that’s made in Flash, I can’t help but like Pandora. Pandora is a site where you can create a custom radio station based on similar artists of one or several artists you like. For example: I can create a radio station where I add Kanye West and Jay-Z as artists, the songs that come on when I listen to this radio station might be Kanye and Jay-Z, but it might be Common or some unknown hip-hop artists as well. The radios have a rating system so that you can give a song “thumbs down” if you’d rather not hear it again, or “thumbs up” if you like it.
Liveplasma: Type in the name of an artist that you like and a map of similar artists will appear. The more similar the artists are, the closer their names will be. If a band is very popular, it will be placed in a bigger bubble than a less popular band. If you click on the names of the similar artists, the map will change into a map for the new artist. The artist’ discography also shows up.
Music-Map: Same principle as that of Liveplasma, only simpler. When you click on the artist names you are taken to a new page with the discography and discussion area about the artist.
If you’re interested in discovering new bands, there is always MySpace, though I think most new bands there suck, and the community more so. I love the music that is being played on The O.C. so I always make sure to check out the bands that show up there. Another way to discover loads of new bands is by listening to podcasts. There are podcasts for all sorts of genres. Personally I like IndieFeed and Indie Anthems (because I like indie music…).
Do you have any sites you would like to add to my list?
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