How do you find out about new music?

Hi folks!

We got some pretty good responses with last week’s Just For Fun post, so I decided to post another one today.

This week, I’m wondering: How do you find out about new music?

Entirely by radio?
Do you frequent a local music store?
Do you have a favorite website that keeps track of new music?
Do you have a friend who is closer to the pulse of new music, and keeps you updated?

Let me know by leaving a comment and I’ll be sure to try and read your response during the show tomorrow!

5 thoughts on “How do you find out about new music?

  1. There was once a time I used to rely on these things called “music magazines” which people would actually pay for printed information! Dark times indeed, forking cash over for maybe two articles that would interest me.

    I am waiting on the re-opening of the local indie store. The owner certainly knows my tastes & I haven’t been disappointed with a purchase in 20 years, and there is of course flipping through CJTR playlist sheets!

    Since the late nineties it’s practically been all-web searches. Any label/band with a bit of sense has a web presence and forums dedicated to genres no matter how obscure have exposed me to stuff I’d never have the time (or funds) to explore pre-web. I have actually spent more money on music because of the internet and made better choices (no more discs with 2 good singles & the rest filler)!

    I have had several favourite sites but their nature is amorphous. Moderators lose interest & they fall prey to garbage posts, or they allow illegal file-sharing & get shut down. I can never find a site that discriminates quality for more than 5 months. Luckily, new sites quickly replace ones that go by the wayside.

    Not to hijack the thread, this leads me to a future question you may want to consider. Has the web made searching for music easier or more difficult?

    That’s my unintentional mini-essay, thanks!


    • Haha! Thanks for the great comment, Michel!

      I remember those magazines. That was a pretty big thing for me too, when I could afford them (and when they featured a band that I actually wanted to know anything about). They still have them, actually.

      I remember this band Slipknot came along and for some reason they had to be on the cover of every other issue of every rock magazine in production. That was around the time I lost interest in those magazines.

      I too am waiting on that local indie store to re-open (we are talking about X-Ray, right?). I’m not bombarding him with e-mail or anything. He’ll do it in his own time, and really; the guy needed a break. But I’m saving my nickels and dimes. I haven’t been going there every weekend for my music fix, and I’m starting to get that itch!

      Finally, I know what you mean: using the internet to make more informed choices when purchasing music – absolutely! I’m not one to download tunes (legally or not). The idea of purchasing music in computer file format doesn’t appeal to me, personally (that’s a whole other story). However, it does help to read good reviews and hear samples online. Most places that sell music online (either files or CDs/records/etc.) have audio samples available, and I think it’s true that it helps sales. You’d never know if you’d like an album if all there was on the site was a blurb about it. Surely, it might help if it involves a bunch of people whose work you already enjoy, but you get the point.

      Speaking of essay, I’d better leave it at that.

      I just may post that question for next week. I know it comes up a lot. It would be interesting to see what people think.


  2. I find out most of my music from my two amazing sons who are both very into music. One, in fact, hosts a 2 hour radio show…you might know him!
    But to be serious for a moment…I listen to a lot of radio and when I hear something I like I tend to get it on my computer and then listen to it over and over and over and over and over!


    • I do know that one. Come to think of it, I know both of them!

      You get music on your computer, do you? I’m sure that’s entirely by legal downloads.

      I find the radio to be a really good source too. I may actually find out about more cool music by listening to Regina Community Radio than anything. That’s not just a shameless plug (only part). It’s actually true! A close second, though, would be CBC.


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