stereogum and pitchfork are pretty good, but often the weirder stuff gets reviewed more favorably.
OT: Good music blog?
Pitchfork is annoying with their snobbishness. Overrated blog.
I used to read pitchfork a lot, but got sick of their reviews. They post some good new music, but you have to try and stay away from their reviews.
Some Kind of Awesome, also if you go on Reddit at all they have lots of sub-reddits for like specific genres and such. Not the best but there are occassionally posts with new songs.
I have been listening to Imagine Dragons a lot recently, really enjoy their album. You can find some good stiff on thissongissick.com every now and then.
Imagine Dragons are a great new band. Going to their concert in a few weeks, I heard they put on a great show.
... at my company's annual party. I'm not a huge fan of live music, but they put on a spectacular show. You won't be disappointed.
I saw them the other night on "Conan" and enjoyed it. I was going to check them out a little bit.
I doscovered them because they are on FIFA13. Pretty good band.
Paste Magazine is a pretty good read. And for my honorary band suggestion: The Head And The Heart.
But Roadkill Ghost Choir ... "Beggars Guild" is a really awesome jam
I've heard a lot of good new stuff streaming KCRW Eclectic, KEXP UW college radio, and CBC Radio3.
CBC Radio 3 or the Strombo Show seems right up your alley.
Metacritic aggregates reviews from multiple sources. The review blurbs include genre and overall ranking and are linked (Paste, Mojo, Pitchfork, Spin, AllMusic, etc.) to the full article. It's a great site to keep up with new or look for previous releases and it keeps you from the filter/bias of any specific source.
Nice, great to hear! Just curious, what company do you work at where they book a band for your annual party? Sounds like a fun work party!
It seems we have similar taste in music. Will you marry me?
As for blogs, here are my daily reads, which I think will steer you to greatness:
- An Aquarium Drunkard - Amazing music writing, first and foremost, and then a lot of newer indie and older, somewhat obscure soul music.
- Folk Hive - They meet my love for folk that is not sad-bastard folk. This seems to show up in your list.
- Slowcoustic - They meet my love for sad-bastard folk - but the type that is still doing very interesting things.
- I Am Fuel / You Are Friends - Another excellent writer who seems to always find the stuff that I listen to for years.
Someone mentioned Paste and Pitchfork - I find that Paste is more consistent for me, while Pitchfork works to broaden my tastes. Pitchfork is filled with snark and cynical bastards, and sometimes they write the articles, beware.
If those don't do it for you - another person mentioned Hype Machine. I frequently use it to aggregate all new music from the above blogs into a playlist for my daily workout - but it can also be used to find new blogs. Search for a song you love, and find blogs which also loved it - see if you love other songs they posted as well. Once you find your blog soul-mate, follow the shit out of it.
That, at least, is how I keep up.
If Dannie Riel turns me down, I'll definitely keep you in mind.
Thanks for the info, though.
I come with a dowry consisting entirely of Spotify playlists...
A good friend of mine in St. Louis started this blog, then stopped it once he moved to New Zealand. It's more of an archive now, but if you have been or think you might be interested in a lot of obscure New Wave, no wave, post punk, hardcore, and power pop (especially if it came from behind the Iron Curtain), this site is an amazing resource. It was once chock full of downloadable mp3's, but they have been removed. However, if you email the blogger, Joe, he would probably be happy to hook you up.
Black Prairie...check em out. Band, not a blog.
I like Knox Road as a music blog. Tends to have a lot of stuff that I enjoy, with pretty solid writing to boot.
I know it was released last summer, but until I find something to unseat "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids, it remains what I recommend to every man, woman and child.
IMO, one of the best albums of 2012.
Sounds like Perez Hilton would be right up your alley.
can't recommend beatsperminute highly enough.
Magnus check out Father John Misty, Macklemore for good hip hop and Zedd for good Electronic.
...you may want to check out the list of acts at the major festivals like Lollapalooza (which I've gone to the last two years), Coachella, Bonnaroo, etc.
In addition to well-known acts who typically play later in the day, they have dozens of lesser-known groups playing during the day.
Lolla has been a great "music discovery" opportunity for an old guy like me.
Check this band out, Magnus.. They have their own, unique sound.. Deemed it schizoid pop, ya I know wtf. Forget where they are from (Columbus, OH), I just recently discovered them and love 'em.
Also, nice choice on Muse!
EDIT: "Twenty | One | Pilots - Car Radio" has been on repeat. Lyrical masterpiece!
I saw Twenty One Pilots the other night and was really disappointed they didn't sing 'House of Gold'! 'Car Radio' is good, but H.O.G. is a monster. The whole album is great.
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
The Lonely Forest - Arrows
Now, Now - Thread
Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
If you like the Now, Now album, I'd also recommend The Joy Formidable.
You mean like NOW: thats what I call music vol. 15? That album rules!
Metalsucks.net. Incredibily funny dudes--it's the MGoBlog of metal music but their tastes go across genres.
Seconded. Their year-end best-of lists are relatively awesome and free of Scar Symmetry-type dickery.
I used to use www.purevolume.com a lot back in college. You can listen to all sorts of genres as well as signed/unsigned bands.
but they also break new music. Based in Ann Arbor, oddly enough: http://www.allmusic.com/
When I need track info or cover art, but I don't like the new website layout as much as the old site.
Tame Impala - Lonerism...psychdelica groove drivin rock. Lead singer sounds exactly like John Lennon.
Ultraista - Ultraista...synth drivin electronica. Nigel Godrich's(long time producer of radiohead) project.
Hot Chip - In Our Heads....dance-punk electronica. similar to LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy
Grizzly Bear - Shields....Best album of 2012 IMO. Combination of rock, folk and psychedilia.
Here We Go Magic - A DIfferent Ship...straight indie rock with good melodies and has good dance grooves.
Those are my favorites albums that have come up in the past 6 months. 2013 is gonna have some great releases as well...Atoms for Peace, Toro y Moi, Arcade Fire, Deerhunter and Foals are the albums I am getting pretty pumped for.
Jim James solo project is coming out in february which is gonna be awesome as well.
fader.com's mp3/streams section is pretty good. They have anthing from folk to rap so I like the variety.
Also the greatest youtube channel is "majesticcasual" if you are into the UK garage, UK bass, post-dub, trap, hip hop.
My friend works in the music industry and she said record companies pay for good reviews on pitchfork but I think it's still a decent resource for music discovery.
It's primarily a showing of Indie songs/bands. It's not a listing of a bands albums but tracks they deem good; they usually have a link for a free download of said song/track. Yes it's only a song (yet, some artists have multiple songs posted there) but it's a good way to check out some newer, Independent artists.
Gorilla vs. Bear is a great music blog. They always have a good piece up on the SXSW festival. As for bands, if you like Alt Country type music, Fleet Foxes are great.
Came in here to post that blog
Uncut magazine from the UK. Expensive to subscribe to ($10 per issue) but each one has a great sampler. That's how I've been finding new music lately. They do have a website but last I checked most content wasn't online.
The OP and I share similar music tastes, I think you'd really like bands like:
The Sea and Cake
The Kingsbury Manx
Built to Spill
- - - -Some are no-brainers (Toadies) and some are obscure (Kingsbury Manx)
Just youtube "Pageant Square" by Kingsbury Manx, and if you don't like that, I have nothing left to say.
I'm not a fan of Pinback and haven't listened to Sam Prekop or Kingsbury Manx, but I like the others. The lead singer for Burden Brothers is the same guy from Toadies (Vaden Todd Lewis).
Yeah, they're in the OP. I really enjoy them.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I've posbanged just about everyone who posted, I think.
not a blog, but still outstanding of alt/indie musicsnobbery
Check out HearYa.com... no where else I go for my music, and it looks like we probably have similar taste.
They have GREAT live sessions, and some of the best recommendations... just look at their top list of the year and you don't have to look anywhere else!
from Michael Bolton. I celebrate his entire library.
Milli Vanilli has some new stuff out that is breathtaking.
Otherwise it's all Rick Astley for this reporter.
I coached a kid named Michael Bolton one time. I had a very difficult time not making jokes about his name on a daily basis.
He had glasses, though, so I channeled my jokes toward calling him "Four Eyes" and knocking them off his head. I feel like that was a step in a positive direction. Changing the world, one kid at a time...
But I been listening to a WHOLE lot of Apollo Brown lately.
Real HIp Hop. Rock City's Finest...
Two good blogs that haven't been mentioned yet: the music ninja and pretty much amazing. Both skew toward the indie side of things and both cover some stuff that I don't care for (electronica, etc.). But both are way ahead of the pack in terms of finding new bands. Definitely worth scrolling through every so often.
Old-time music junkie with eclectic tastes that stem from college radio days when record company reps would bring stacks of vinyl for us to test on our listeners.
Many thanks to all for tips on learning about new music from sources other than Pandora, Spotify, TV commercials, movie soundtracks and the NPR Soundcheck podcast. Amazon offers free downloads of performers they label as "Rising Stars." From that, I recently discovered the band Bootstraps. Link for Amazon's free downloads for "Rising Stars": http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=dm_bb_risingstars?ie=UTF8&docId=1000862831&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=left-1&pf_rd_r=0H7VS5W4EREYMQ7N1Z64&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1469228362&pf_rd_i=163856011
Magnus, from your suggestions in the OP, you might like Bootstraps. Amazon currently offers their song Fortyfive for free. WARNING: The video for the song on YouTube may induce car sickness. Link for YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJns6xMmpN8 Also, if you like the mandolin/banjo/fiddle bluegrass sound, an offbeat song that I found by accident and like is Best Love by Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers with Paul McCartney as guest vocalist. Link for YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtSsAWVfHDU
Thanks for the reminder about The Avett Brothers. For those unfamiliar with them, there’s a good introduction to their acoustic sound on YouTube - Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music. Link for YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abQRt6p8T7g
And from out of left field, for those who'd like some sports-themed music (and waiting for the day when pitchers and catchers reprot for Spring Training), consider The Baseball Project with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and MIke Mills, Scott McCaughey (The Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5) and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate founder still playing with several groups), and his wife, drummer Linda Pitmon. Link to their April 2012 concert at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2quVTufuqPo
you really have to check them all out in order get a comprehenisive scope but here are a few I didn't see listed:
I'm pretty hardcore about keeping up with modern music and the reality is that when a new song drops from any noteworthy artist, most of the music blogs/sites with post links almost immmediately.
Here's a link to my Top 150 songs of 2012:
I would've done a Spotify list, but a lot of my favorite tracks from this year weren't available on Spotify.