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October 23, 2007 10:40 PM   Subscribe

Best place to find hardcore music online?

I had a lot of records in my sXe harDCore youth, but time and a few cross-country moves have decimated my collection. I'm feeling nostalgic now and wanting to reconstruct some of it.

On that note, I'm looking to download some hardcore music, mostly from the 90s or so. I'm not particularly picky within the general genre - straight edge, hardline, youth crew, post-hardcore, screamo, etc. will mostly all work for my purposes - but a lot of this stuff is very old, out of print, and seemingly damn near impossible to find anywhere.

I had great luck on Soulseek for a while, but then I got a Mac. Looking for "hardcore" on public torrent sites comes up with a lot of techno and/or porn. I hear Oink was great, but I was never on it and now it's gone. Any other ideas? What am I missing?
posted by streetdreams to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Like this one.
posted by louche mustachio at 10:45 PM on October 23, 2007

don't give up on Soulseek for OSX without trying SsX.

That being said, obscure vinyl blogs like Vinyljourney will occasionally turn up hardcore gems. It's a bit of a pissing match, but when stuff does turn up, it's generally of high quality.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 11:01 PM on October 23, 2007

Nthing the SSX, you can find anything you want. Strange Reaction was great but jumped the shark long ago. Use KBD/KFTH sites plus WIKI to find what you _might_ want and then hop on SSX to get it.
posted by crustix at 11:33 PM on October 23, 2007

Definitely give Soulseek a try again. Find the bands and albums you want and search specifically for thoseā€”genre searches are not Soulseek's forte.
posted by wemayfreeze at 11:36 PM on October 23, 2007

Have you tried searching the binary groups in usenet land ? Check out for a list of groups (may or may not match what your newsgroup provider subscribes to)

I stopped using P2P and torrents quite a while ago (for "visibility" reasons) , and get <90% of everything from Usenet groups. The quality is higher, the maturity level (of sharers) is higher,..and all in all its just a much more worth your time. Its not super easy to setup, but its totally worth it.
posted by jmnugent at 4:42 AM on October 24, 2007

7" Punk, Something I Learned Today [RIP], Killed By Death Records are all good resources (some leaning more toward punk).
posted by veronica sawyer at 9:23 AM on October 24, 2007

(Whoopsie, I missed that 7" Punk was already mentioned.)
posted by veronica sawyer at 9:23 AM on October 24, 2007

Oh, and try searching Hype Machine, which is an aggregator of music blogs, for specific bands/songs.
posted by veronica sawyer at 9:39 AM on October 24, 2007

Rockbox has a pretty good collection of torrents.
posted by The GoBotSodomizer at 12:38 PM on October 24, 2007

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