Music blogs
June 20, 2012 10:26 AM   Subscribe

How can I make my music discovery process more effective and efficient? I listen to hip hop plus some alt R&B, electronic, and experimental.

I rarely listen to music on the computer nowadays, but listen to about 3-4 hours a day while I'm out of the house. Spotify is fine for getting new albums but it's lacking a lot-- such as hip hop mixtapes, remixes, and free/self-released songs. I used to spend a lot of time on Hype Machine but I don't have that kind of time anymore, and my tastes have changed. I'd like to be able to spend half an hour every day skimming really good music blogs/sites, ideally with built-in links to Spotify/Soundcloud/etc so I can download and listen later.

Some preferences:
- Emphasis on describing the music, rather than the emotional response it elicits
- Smart but not overly serious
- Don't want to have to wade through a ton of non-experimental indie rock
- Analyzing the hype rather than participating in it
posted by acidic to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
been enjoying live for the funk lately... they have a helpful and simple genre description in the byline of each post, that you can click to show only those types of things.
posted by raihan_ at 10:59 AM on June 20, 2012

I go through Good Music All Day every couple of weeks. Hit or miss for me but when I find something I like, I like it a lot.
posted by mireille at 11:19 AM on June 20, 2012

HypeMachine has some great resources for that. I made a Metafilter post about some Bandcamp loving blogs recently that have a heavy electronic influence. Or you can just scan bandcamp by genre.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:16 PM on June 20, 2012

Must it be a blog? I actually find a lot of new music by listening to All Songs Considered podcasts, though that may be a little "vanilla" for you, if you're picking up what I'm putting down. But maybe you can find some new music podcasts in your genre of choice.

Back when it was still over the air (and not solely online), KTRU used to play a bad-ass hip hop show called The Vinyl Frontier. A lot of the station's DJs left after they went online only, so I'm not sure if that show is still on, but it's worth a try.
posted by Brittanie at 4:09 PM on June 20, 2012

Mefi's Own Theta States has a great music blog. She collects music for her DJ gigs, posts zipped archives of the best stuff she's found, and gives a little blurb on each song. I tend to just dump these zips into my 'listen' playlist and keep/delete from there. A bunch of mixes on the her site, archive going back two years here.
posted by Evilspork at 7:33 PM on June 20, 2012

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