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5 Ways to Find New Music – Throwback Thursday

Continuing on with my “Listening to Music Without Understanding It” series, this time with a more practical post!

I’ve been recommending music so far here and it’s been a lot of fun to talk to people about music. And while some people have known some of my recommendations, not everyone knows all of them, which is good! I hope that keeps up in a good way. I know I have already made music purchases based on recommendations I’ve gotten from others!

So of course from the title you know, I’d like to suggest a few of the places where I’ve found new music over the years. All of this excludes the most obvious ones, I suppose, which are recommendations from friends or, say, bloggers!

I’d love to know some of your recommended places or ways to find new music as well, so make sure to add to the conversation in the comments below!

The Radio

Yes, yes, that’s what it’s for. Music radio is there to sell you music, at least in part. This is one of the most direct ways to find music, but not necessarily the best way to find the best music.

I say that because the radio tends to only play singles. And while many singles are great, 

often, other songs on albums are a lot musicnotebetter. And, many albums are best listened to whole – hearing one song just doesn’t give you a good sense of it. Also, focusing on singles might have you looking at singles only when you buy music – something iTunes lets you do, fair enough, but that doesn’t help you find very much music, or at least not very quickly!

However, I feel the need to mention this method, because it is on the radio that I heard “Two Against One” from the album Rome, sung by Jack White (which caught my interest) and produced by Danger Mouse – which, finding this out led me down a road which has led to many of my favorite music purchases – certainly my favorites of the last several years!

So some of the secret is finding a radio station you really like, or that does a good job of playing a lot of music. For instance, in Denver I listened to channel 93.3, and it’s great. Oh, and thanks to the Internet age, and services like iHeartRadio, you can listen to channels like this anywhere! Which I do.

Guitar Hero and Rock Band!

I don’t think they’re making these games as much as they were for a period of time, but there are others like them as well – dance ones or whatever. I found a lot of bands I didn’t know about, or had missed, through Guitar Hero. Rather than just focusing on singles, they were focused also on songs that had good music, good solos or skillful playing. 

That means it was great for finding what a band sounds like, what they are aiming for with their sound. It’s also a way to find a variety of music, by artists you may never have heard of. I think also that “playing” the songs is a good way to connect with them, guitarheroto enjoy them more. I have a soft spot for many songs from those games, and when I hear them play, it reminds me of good times, spent with friends.

One trap they laid with some of the later games was the ability to buy more songs, individually or in packages of, say, songs by an artist. Some of the problem with this is that if you’re spending more and extra money on the content, you’re likely only going to get music you know and know you’ll like – so it doesn’t help you learn new music! Just an observation!

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Obsessively Listening to: Foster the People, Sacred Hearts Club

Recently I wrote a post about how a lot of the alternative rock bands we follow were releasing albums this summer. When most of these had come out, Holly and I reflected on these and some others that had come out this year.

However, when we were getting ready to record that podcast, I found out that the last album I had been waiting for had come out: Foster the People’s new one, Sacred Hearts Club. It was too late, we went on to record, and left that to listen to later.

I have since listened to the album.

Like, a lot.

It looks like they just released a music video for this last one, “Doing it for the money.” It’s based on the dreams of computers, which, if you’ve seen those, well… be ye so warned. If not, well, I don’t have words to warn you.

The word club in the title is apt, because that seems like the place where most of this album belongs: in a club, dancing, enjoying it. I’ve danced to some of Foster the People’s stuff before at a wedding, it’s fun. This one for sure sounds like that’s what they’re going for, but it’s overt here.

Anyway, I’m loving it, and as is the custom these days, you can find most of the music on their official YouTube channel. Enjoy!


New Music 2017 – Comparative Opinions Episode 54

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, hosts Holly and David reflect on the albums that have come out so far this year – most of them really recently! – for bands they follow. In case they didn’t make it clear, the one they’re liking best so far is After Laughter by Paramore. What have you been listening to?

Comparative Opinions is a weekly half-hour-ish podcast hosted on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes every Sunday!



Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

Excited for Four Albums Coming Soon!

One of the things that has been interesting with us using Apple Music is that pretty much as soon as you hear about a new album, it’s available for you to add to your library, to basically squat on until such time as it actually releases. This would be the normal “pre-order” period, when iTunes and the artists release a few singles in advance along with your pre-order – and you get access to those early singles on Apple Music as well.

One interesting side effect though is that the albums can slip away into your “Recently Added” titles, and sneak up on you once actually released! For instance, Incubus’ new album, 8, snuck up on me and I haven’t really given it a listen yet.

I’ve heard about several new albums in just the last week or two, and thought I would share them and spend a minute looking over the details so I can more appropriately expect them. What’s interesting after I talked about the availability of early singles is that I haven’t tended to use this feature much – maybe to listen to the songs once or twice, and then just wait for the album to come out. So I actually can’t really vouch for how good these albums are seeming so far; I just know I like the artists and want a new album!

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5 Rediscovered Albums

I used to make playlists a lot, and play them shuffled. Shuffle them up again and again until the order looked good and interesting. There’s lots of songs that just kind of sneak their way into my playlists, songs that I’m used to hearing as random singles in a playlist rather than in their normal context. I’ve had one really good playlist like that which I’ve just kind of been widgeting around with for a few years, in between listening to albums.

So I’ve been working on making a new, mondo playlist. Lots of my favorites from tons of artists. It’s a work in progress, as I’ve worked from one artist’s work to the next alphabetically. And in doing so, I’ve found some music I haven’t listened to in years, songs that I had loved from listening to the album as a whole, or maybe on some older playlists. So I thought I would share 5 of the great ones I’ve rediscovered!

Alien Ant Farm – truANT

I figure most people know Alien Ant Farm from their cover of “Smooth Criminal.” The rest of that first album (ANThology) was pretty great too, with my favorite song by far being “Universe.” Meanwhile, their third album was really good, and I spent a listened to it pretty obsessively for quite a while – oh, “She’s Only Evil…” I got almost burnt out on that album, but remembered my love for it.

But their middle album, truANT? Had kind of forgotten how much fun that album was.

truANT is a blast. I’ve definitely had “Hope” stuck in my head several times since I rediscovered this album. They have a pretty recent album after a long hiatus, but I haven’t listened to it much…

Coldplay – Parachutes

I found Coldplay because of “Clocks,” with that piano line, with the light show and the song and all. While they have successively lost me over time, the album I went to after A Rush of Blood to the Head was Parachutes, their first album. And really, they have probably not outdone themselves with anything they’ve done since.

So many good songs on this album, beyond the singles that I had actually known before knowing the artist: “Trouble” and “Yellow.” It’s an album that put them on the map, defined their sound, and wasn’t to be repeated.

Dirty Vegas – One

Here’s another band where I can probably say there’s one song that most of you know this band for: “Days Go By,” with the amazing dancing. There’s another one where the original album was great, and includes several of the songs nearest and dearest to my heart. And hey, it’s another band with a long hiatus as well, with some more recent stuff which I’ve listened to a bit…

However, after their solidly Euro-techno start, I remember reading that the band found that they loved doing concerts, and that it’s harder to tour and concert with their more heavily produced techno music. So their second album, One, was a much more “standard” sort of album. It’s quite the departure from their original sound, and I don’t think it was very well received. Taken on its own, however, One is a great album.

Some of the great lyrics and singing like the first album, but trading in strings for the techno… I like it. Definitely one to check out if you don’t know it.

The Dead Weather – Horehound

A side project of Jack White’s, The Dead Weather’s first album was apparently put together in a matter of weeks, and released with some pretty raw early sorts of recordings of the songs. However, rough and raw songs presented in a rough and raw way kind of works. The songs are perhaps a bit ridiculous (“Treat Me Like Your Mother“), but the album as a whole is strong.

With The Dark Tower on the mind, this song’s always made me think of those books:

Hey, pretty good live recording!

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome

Ironically, Rome led me down a path of music that I still haven’t completely come back from… and yet the album itself (which I listened to on repeat for quite a while once discovered) I haven’t listened to in quite a while.

Oh my gosh, there’s an official music video for that song? Alright then. Princess Mononoke, anyone?

This album is great, with instrumental songs interspersed with Jack White and Norah Jones. Just beautiful. This is one to listen to if you haven’t, absolutely.

I may end up doing this again, if I have more rediscovered finds from later in the alphabet! But for now, let me know what you think of these nostalgia albums! That, or let me know what you think about how easy it is to find music on YouTube, wow…