Information Geek Finds New Music Where?

I’m sort of an information geek, always have been. My mother used to call me a walking encyclopedia of useless information, because I love facts. In fact, I used to love to read the encyclopedia (when they still existed).

But now pretty much all the information you’d ever be interested in is online. For a person with a curious mind, the worldwide web is a goldmine.

In fact there’s now so much information available to anyone with a web connection that it boggles the brain.

Same goes for music. Had a conversation with a guy last week about the music business, and how it’s changed over the past 15 years. And I just spoke to an old friend of mine who works for a blues label. We all marveled at how finding and buying music has changed, just in a few years . How much there is out there—“the amount of music is wide and deep,” said my friend at the blues label, “but the fact of the matter is that our demographic is a lot older. The people who buy CDs are certainly technologically-oriented, but younger people’s lives revolve around technology. They’re used to getting their music in ways we didn’t.”

So true.

But, speaking as someone who not only loves music, but loves looking for artists and stuff I’ve not yet experienced, there are so many ways to find it that it’s almost too much to handle.

First of all, I don’t have the time to spend online looking for music that I might like. That’s a handicap for someone who wants to listen to interesting new music (and I’m probably more attuned to finding music than your average person who doesn’t work in music media).

I’m firmly opposed to downloading music free, so I subscribe to a few listening spots, like Pandora, Rhapsody and Spotify. I can get samples too, from iTunes. But I also will go to band website and to YouTube which helps me identify new stuff. And of course, I keep my ear to the ground and listen to the buzz on the street.

There’s just so much out there now. Where do you find new music? Take our poll.


  • bigEZbob

    I listen to WWOZ. The variety of shows and the song selections by the DJ’s is amazing. Friday nights in Canada have gotten better since I dicovered Black Mold. Fact is, the entire stable of DJ’s rock!
    I also use the Songza playlists.
    One other music mining technique I use is to go into the you tube uploaders site and sample their collection. Chances are pretty good that if you like a persons upload there may be more in the collection to hear.

  • willowhaus

    Pandora & Spotify aren’t solutions for avoiding free downloads. The microscopic fractions of a penny they pay are appalling – when they pay anything at all.

    You might want to read up on this –