I’m constantly on the hunt for new music. My usual gotos are radio stations on Apple Music — Elton John’s Rocket Hour for its eclectic selection, The Alligator Hour for a weirder mix — and free stations like Radio Paradise. Tim Bray’s Song of the Day blog posts were a particularly fertile source of recommendations while they lasted.
I recently went to a Godspeed You! Black Emperor concert and wondered how I would stumble on them if they weren’t already in my library. Countless other great bands are almost certainly playing blocks away but just never cross my radar. So my newest music-discovery-goto is compiling a playlist of bands visiting Vancouver in the near future and chucking it on at work.
The Just Shows RSS feed provides a solid directory of upcoming acts (though only for Canadian cities it seems). Once a week I look up the newly-listed bands and enqueue their top hits. I really ought to automate this process. I’m told Apple Music has an API. Could happen.
The signal-to-noise ratio thus far is lower than I’d hoped. On the plus side, when I hear a band I enjoy I can see them live almost immediately. And I can pretend that I’m truly in the know when it comes to the local music scene. That’s worth something.
- A few favourites: Atomic by Blondie, Blue Skies by Willie Nelson, Spinning Centers by Chelsea Wolfe. Real bangers.
- They’re a bit obscure. I first listened to GY!BE on a recommendation from a floormate in university, when procrastinating on calc homework in favour of droning half hour instrumentals seemed like a fine use of time.