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June 24, 2008

What are you listening to?


I realized while flipping stations in the car this morning that I've fallen into the trap of just listening to whatever's on the radio, rather than seeking out music I really like and find interesting. But I'm not sure where to proceed from here. So I guess my question for you has two parts...

1) What are you listening to recently?

2) More generally, how do you go about finding new music, beyond what's on the radio?

Posted by Kat at June 24, 2008 02:20 PM

You might try lastfm.com where you use music/artists you like to find similar stuff. And iTunes always has two or three free songs you can download from their website each week.

Posted by: sprite at June 24, 2008 02:51 PM

I like to go through iTunes' "Essentials" playlists for ideas, and then buy a few things, and then follow their recommendations for me based on the things I've bought.

To answer Q.1: Regina Spektor, Brandi Carlile, The Raconteurs, Blue October, and Vienna Teng are in pretty heavy rotation right now, along with the usual hodgepodge of 90's alternative and 80's pop.

Posted by: Rachel at June 25, 2008 09:00 PM

I have really wide-ranging tastes in music so this might not work for you, but I go for pretty much anything NPR or Bust recommends (NPR is nice because you can listen to clips on their website
--although come to think of it I think you can with Bust now too). I also like to browse the CDs at the Manchester Library, because they have enough that there's variety but not so many that I get overwhelmed. And I don't have to buy them so there isn't any risk involved. Also if I'm at Barnes and Noble I do that scan-the-CD-and-listen-to-blips-of-the-songs thing--and then if I like it I buy the CD at Newbury Comics, since they're cheaper.

Posted by: Caitlin at June 26, 2008 12:30 PM
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