I need more music in my life!
August 18, 2013 8:21 PM Subscribe
I want to listen to more music, but I also want to read more and be provoked to think more about music. What resources would you suggest to help me get the most out of my limited music-listening time?
posted by elmer benson to media & arts (17 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
As I’ve gotten older and become a parent, I find that I have less time for and more interest in consuming more music and music writing. I feel like I’ve been out of the loop for a while and I want to find new music and get the opportunity to be challenged about the music I like (and don’t like!). I want to open up new, crazy avenues for thinking about music.
I’m most interested in reconnecting to the pop, alt. county, hip hop, funk, soul, and jazz universes, but I’d love to hear about resources for other contemporary and historical musical genres. If it’s interesting and thought-provoking, please share it. Feel free to suggest things that seem obvious – I don’t have a set of web sites or magazines I read now, and I’m really out of touch with contemporary writing and thinking about music.
What I have:
• A Spotify Premium account
• A pretty substantial (60 GB) music library
• A Google Music account (syncing my iTunes library almost anywhere I am)
• A little bit of a monthly music-buying budget
• Some time every day to read articles and books about music
• A job where I can listen to music on headphones for an amount of time every day
What I’d like:
• Suggestions of blogs and magazines I could read that have reviews, previews, interviews, and think pieces about the current music scene.
• Concert calendars for the Twin Cities with previews and live concert reviews
• Ways of discovering new and exciting music
• A “goodreads”-like service (except for music) where I can catalog artists/albums/songs I’d like to explore more
• A forum or something where I can read other listeners’ thoughts and share mine (from time to time)
What I don’t need:
• Suggestions about specific artists I should listen to.
I feel like this is a really exciting time for music. I’d like to be more of informed listener and find new things that will thrill and engage me – can you help?