Music What are your preferred ways of discovering new music?

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
As I get older I find myself listening to broadcast radio a lot less than I used to. The few stations that I do listen to tend to be channels that are either "oldies" stations or stations that, though they play music that crosses different genres, they still tend to be mostly songs that are not recent. Of course, mind you, the 80's are now considered to be "oldies" but that's a different topic. :P

Some new stuff that I find often comes from our "What are you listening to?" thread here at Alien Soup. That thread is pretty cool because sometimes an artist who I'm not familiar with will be posted and I then end up being totally distracted while I find & listen to all of their different songs to see what catches my attention. Watching TV shows will also often feature a song sometimes that I end up adding to my playlists. The song "No Roots" by Alice Merton, for example, is something I heard on the show The Blacklist a month or so before it started appearing everywhere.

Lately I've been trying out different subscription streaming music services. I'll likely be settling on Google Play Music for our household but it's a bit depressing because there are days when I'm browsing the "Top Charts" or "New Releases" listings and I don't know a single act shown. :oldman: :(

Where are you guys poking around these days for new music? Are "Top 40" type shows on radio still popular? You guys even listening to radio anymore or am I just one of the last holdouts that haven't going totally streaming yet?
 

screenersam

This is news, Vincenzo, NEWS!
pandora

and youtube. search for a genre ('dream pop') and somebody has a list.

discovered Fleet Foxes, Daysleepers, Slowdive, many others.

used to go yard sailing and get used CDs for a dollar. most are worthless but every now and then I find a treasure, like 'Renaissance' or 'Pure Reason Revolution'.
one of the vendors once apparently had worked at a radio station and had a bunch of 'do not sell' promotion discs.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Looks like Google Play Music (GPM) will be having an relatively short life span. Google is planning on phasing out GPM in favor of YouTube Music (YTM). Subscribers to GPM currently receive access to YTM & YouTube Premium and, at some point, GPM subscribers will be migrated over entirely to YTM. The big holdup at the moment seems to be the fact the the two services have totally different backend systems and GPM allows subscribers to upload their own collection of music to be added to their virtual 'library' while YTM does not.

For some reason I think I used (still do?) have a Pandora account from back in the early days of them starting out. Now I'm curious if it still exists.... when I get home I'll be doing some exploring. :D Thinking out loud, I know Pandora can be controlled from my Fitbit Versa, something not supported by GPM, but at the same time most of my portable listening these days is done while wearing headphones and the new pair of Sony wireless headphones I have on backorder (from Sept!:eek: ) have controls right on them plus they work with Google Assistant so being able to use my watch for basic controls, while neat, isn't a deal breaker.
and youtube. search for a genre ('dream pop') and somebody has a list.
Oh, yep, I forgot to mention YouTube. That is actually how I started looking into streaming services lately. I've been creating personal playlists on YouTube for some now for listening to while at my desk but recently I've started walking a lot and wanted to listen to the playlists while walking. It was a good plan until I realized that Google disables YouTube playback if your phone is locked! The choice then was to either keep my phone unlocked while carrying it my pocket when walking or looking at alternatives. Ggggrrr. :censored:
discovered Fleet Foxes, Daysleepers, Slowdive, many others.
I'm not familiar with any of them. Off to YouTube we go..... :D

used to go yard sailing and get used CDs for a dollar. most are worthless but every now and then I find a treasure, like 'Renaissance' or 'Pure Reason Revolution'.
one of the vendors once apparently had worked at a radio station and had a bunch of 'do not sell' promotion discs.
Ooooh, I think I'd have ended up buying all of the promo discs just to see what might be on them. Every so often the promo discs will have a single on them mixed differently from the final version released to the retail channels.
 

Tom

An Old Friend
I discover music a lot of different ways.
One example:
While listening to Youtube videos I pay attention to the "related videos" which yeilds a great number of new artists that grab my attention.

I was listening to
Beth Hart - You Belong To Me - 2/9/17 Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise

and as it was ending I looked at the related videos and saw one I had not yeat heard of so I clicked to it and WOW, Talented!

Shut Me Up (Acoustic Version) - Lindsay Ell - The Ell Sessions
 

Tom

An Old Friend
Another thing I'll do with youtube is look for genre compilations that have an artist/song listing.
I let the video play and note the artists/songs that I like then look up those specific artists on youtube or the web (looking for their discography).

Here is an example

Whisky-Blues Vol 8

That particular video is linked to my "Blues" playlist but the artist listing is in the SHOW MORE info for the video (as well as on the video itself).

1. Will Smokey Logg - El Madrid
2. Cold Blue Steel - The Girl That Radiates
3. Jim Suhler And Monkey Beat - Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?
4. Michael Hardie - Pretenders Blues
5. Will Smokey Logg - That's Where The Money Goes
6. Mike Morgan - Well All Right Then
7. Jimmy Spacek & Heavy Traffic - Good Lookin Lady
8. Jack Morgan Band - Honeyman
9. Class Action - Midnight Moon
10. Jim Suhler And Monkey Beat - Doncha Hang Around My Door
11. Will Smokey Logg - Tom Cat
12. Bugs Henderson - Rock Me Baby
13. Gary Smith Blues Band - I Can't Seem To Snake This Blues
14. Kenny "Blue" Ray - Squeezin'
15. Wendy Dewitt And Blue Saloon - Hard Times
16. Chuck Vincent & Shuffle - Boogie Til We All Fall Down
17. Bluejeans - Somebody Told Me
18. Dough Jay - Watch Your Step
19. Stu Blank - Dimples

I also subscribe to genre uploaders like Don's Tunes and Red Grey Matter.
They post a lot of artists I haven't heard of before.

I found the Nimmo Brothers and KIng King from Blues Moose.

I also use the Music Map, Last FM which gives recommendations based on my scrobbling history.
Plus, I use Shoutcast Radio & HBR1 in Winamp.

Its getting harder and harder to stump Youtube on a song.
I find a lot of new artists from the movies I watch.
I google the sountrack listing then youtube search the song I like, so far, hasn't been any songs I coudn't find on youtube.
I watched a movie and found

Orenda Fink - High Ground

Forget which movie it was right now but I find a lot of NEW music from movies this way.

Plus I use Tune Find a lot which also has listings for TV Shows.
 
As I get older I find myself listening to broadcast radio a lot less than I used to. The few stations that I do listen to tend to be channels that are either "oldies" stations or stations that, though they play music that crosses different genres, they still tend to be mostly songs that are not recent. Of course, mind you, the 80's are now considered to be "oldies" but that's a different topic. :P

Some new stuff that I find often comes from our "What are you listening to?" thread here at Alien Soup. That thread is pretty cool because sometimes an artist who I'm not familiar with will be posted and I then end up being totally distracted while I find & listen to all of their different songs to see what catches my attention. Watching TV shows will also often feature a song sometimes that I end up adding to my playlists. The song "No Roots" by Alice Merton, for example, is something I heard on the show The Blacklist a month or so before it started appearing everywhere.

Lately I've been trying out different subscription streaming music services. I'll likely be settling on Google Play Music for our household but it's a bit depressing because there are days when I'm browsing the "Top Charts" or "New Releases" listings and I don't know a single act shown. :oldman: :(

Where are you guys poking around these days for new music? Are "Top 40" type shows on radio still popular? You guys even listening to radio anymore or am I just one of the last holdouts that haven't going totally streaming yet?
I agree: radio is off. A while back I was visiting a friend in Toronto [Can] and she had this rock station on. Except it was nothing but. No variety. Endless sameness. After half an hour my brain went lame. Here DownUnder things are crook. Endless corporate bilge pouring out ceaselessly. Same as ten years ago. I wont describe the sonic senescence. I get leads from weekend newspaper reviews. Rarely anything new. However just recently this woman was discovered for me.
bought the cd and the T shirt!
 
it is amazing where I find music - on some internet newspaper sites like Spiegel where I bought two cds from their mainly mainstream reviews like -culk- and one i can't remember yes I do! Friends of Gas---all too the indies
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Making it.
If you've recorded anything, you're always welcome to post it here if you're comfortable sharing :)
I've found some promo samplers yard sailing also
At one point a friend was a DJ and was constantly getting promo samplers; it was a great way of hearing new music before it (if the act was lucky) hit the radio stations. On occasion there'd be something that I really dug but the act got no traction from stations and they'd never get anything to market.
 

Tom

An Old Friend
I like to buy large boxes of cds at the local flea markets. Kinda like a grab bag. I rip them to mp3 and give them away free. Just gave my neighbor a huge box of cds I had in the spare room.

Another thing I've found is while playing a film with my GOM player, during the ending credits, I can rip the music in OGG vorbis format then convert that to mp3. GOM also rips to Wav format but I think OGG is cleaner.

It amazing how many really good songs are on low budget movies. They're not top of the charts songs but pretty good and different.

One Such Song:
The Dune (1984) {Princess Version} ending credits song. Still have no idea what the title is or who does it but it sounds a lot like Pink Floyd. Only the film which starts with the princess narration has the full song at the end.

In Little Monsters (2019) the song Shake It Off is a cover of Taylor Swift but done by Lupita Nyong'o & Alexander England (and the kids). The only version you can find is the Taylor Swift version but I ripped it from the end with no movie sounds. I like that version the best, even better than Taylor Swift's marketed version.
 

Tom

An Old Friend
Here are the songs I've collected from movies. I didn't include the different versions of songs by the same artist but they are in there too. EX: I have 6 different versions of White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane. Doesn't Include whole album soundtracks.

Movie Rip Collection

Movie Assortment 1

The Runaways - Cherry Bomb [Guardians of the Galaxy]
Black Sabbath - Paranoid [Kong Skull Island]
10 CC - I'm Not In Love [Guardians of the Galaxy]
The Droge & Summers Blend - Two Of The Lucky Ones [Zombieland]
Big Mountain - Baby, I Love Your Way (Jumanji)
Band of Horses - The Funeral (Live Acoustic) [Battleship]
David Bowie - Moonage Daydream [Guardians of the Galaxy]
Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around And Fell In Love [Guardians of the Galaxy]
Garbage - Only Happy When It Rains [Captain Marvel]
The Five Stairsteps - O-o-h Child [Guardians of the Galaxy]
Success - Hard to Come Back [Zombieland]
The Animals - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place [Kong Skull Island]
Alexiane - A Million On My Soul [Valerian]
Emiliana Torrini - White Rabbit (Sucker Punch)
Arthur Smith - Dueling Banjos [Zombieland]
Rhinoceros - Apricot Brandy [Woodstock]


Movie Assortment 2

Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You [Afterlife]
David Soul - Don't Give up on Us [Conjuring 2]
Bulletboys - Rock Candy [Wayne's World]
Donovan - Catch the Wind ('69 Version) [Woodstock]
Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You [Zombieland]
Fenton Robinson - Somebody Loan Me A Dime [Blues Brothers]
Billy Swan - I Can Help [Thor]
Chris Stapleton - Midnight Train To Memphis [The Predator]
Bee Gees - I Started a Joke [Conjuring 2]
Breaking Benjamin - So Cold [The Conjuring]
Dusty Springfield - Spooky [Ant-Man & The Wasp]
Flaw - Get Up Again [xXx]
Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man [Zodiac]
Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth [Angel Has Fallen]
Cinderella - Hot And Bothered [Wayne's World]
Boz Scaggs - Lowdown [Zodiac]
Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy [Happytime Murders]
Gene Autry - Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) [Christmas Vacation]
Eagles - Please Come Home for Christmas [Christmas Chronicles]
Chromatics - Tick of the Clock [Taken 2]


Movie Assortment 3

Paul Hartnoll - Apollo Ape [American Ultra]
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit [Kong Skull Island] [Woodstock] [Babysitter 2]
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You [Justice League]
Janis Ian - At Seventeen [Zodiac]
Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends [Woodstock]
Lynn Anderson - I Never Promised You a Rose Garden [Zodiac]
Mark Knopfler - Darling Pretty [Justice League]
Pilot - Magic [Guardians of the Galaxy]
Paul Anka - Puppy Love [Zombieland]
Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul - Santa Claus is Back in Town [Iron Man 3]
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street [Zodiac]
Nirvana - Come As You Are [Captain Marvel]
Massive Attack - Dissolved Girl [Matrix]
Metric - Gold, Guns, Girls [Zombieland]
Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him [There's Something About Mary]
Hootie & The Blowfish - Hold My Hand [Justice League]
Pure Prairie League - Let Me Love You Tonight [American Ultra]
Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster [Harley Quinn] [Urban Legend] [Zodiac] [Final Destination 3]


Movie Assortment 4

Sigrid - Everybody Knows [Justice League]
Steppenwolf - Hey Lawdy Mama [Avengers Endgame]
The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman [Captain Marvel]
Red Bone - Come and Get Your Love [Guardians of the Galaxy]
Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty [The Crow]
Soundgarden - Loud Love [Wayne's World]
Roxette - The Look (2015 Remake) [47 Meters Deep 2]
Seether - Broken [The Punisher]
The Byrds - You Ain't Goin' Nowhere [Easy Rider]
The Chamber Brothers - Time Has Come Today [Kong Skull Island]
The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup [There's Something About Mary]
The Kinks - Supersonic Rocket Ship [Avengers Endgame]
Rod Stewart - (I Know) I'm Losing You [Halloween 2] [Zodiac]
Sea Wolf - You're a Wolf [Zombieland]
Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly with His Song [Zodiac]
Raspberries - Go All The Way [Guardians of the Galaxy]
Temple of the Dog - All Night Thing (Wayne's World)


Movie Assortment 5

The Youngbloods - Let's Get Together [Forrest Gump] [Woodstock]
The Rolling Stones - Doom And Gloom [Avengers Endgame]
Ugly Kid Joe - Everything About You [Wayne's World]
The Spinners - The Rubberband Man [Avengers Infinity War]
Tommy James And The Shondells - Crystal Blue Persuasion [Zodiac]
The Quill - Waiting For The Sun [Woodstock]
The Zombies - Time of the Season [The Conjuring]
Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy [Avengers Endgame]
The Stooges - Down on the Street [Kong Skull Island]
Wolf Alice - Don’t Delete The Kisses [Darkest Minds]
Willie Mitchell - Grazing in the Grass [Woodstock]
Tim Buckley - Buzzin' Fly (Take 3) [Woodstock]
Thunderclap Newman - Something In The Air [Jojo Rabbit] [Woodstock]
Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls [Spawn]
The Ventures - Wipe Out [Wayne's World 2]
William Tyler - Highway Anxiety [Woodstock]
The Velvet Underground - Oh! Sweet Nuthin' [Zombieland]


Movie Assortment 6

Ben Lee - How To Survive A Broken Heart [There's Something About Mary]
Patricia Vonne - Traeme Paz [Once Upon A Time In Mexico]
Evanescence - Bring Me to Life (Daredevil)
Rob Dougan - Furious Angels (Matrix Reloaded)
Marcos Loya - Yo Te Quiero [Once Upon A Time In Mexico]
Overseer - Skylight (Blade Trinity)
Deftones - Can't Even Breathe [Escape From LA]
Canned Heat - Going Up The Country (1969)
David Brachfeld - Into The Fire [Dragon Soldiers]
Evanescence - My Immortal (Daredevil)
Ian Hunter - Good Man in a Bad time [Fright Night}
Brian Tyler & Slash - Mustang Nismo (Tokyo Drift)
The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon [Trailer Park Boys]
The Ultimate Doom Theme [Doom 3 Game]
David Baloche - Looking Around Lately [Porno]
Juno Reactor - Pistolero [Once Upon A Time In Mexico]


Movie Assortment 7

R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People [Marley & Me]
AFI - The Embrace [Mortal Instruments]
Anne Murray - Snowbird [Zodiac]
Ruelle - The World We Made [The Old Guard]
Beware Of Darkness - Howl [RED 2]
Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces [Zodiac]
Saliva - Ladies And Gentlemen [Jumper]
Blondie - Just Another Woman In Love [Ready Player One]
Arcade Fire - Abraham's Daughter [Hunger Games]
Diana Ross - Touch Me In The Morning [Phenomenon]
BØRNS - Electric Love [Nerve]
Poncho Sanchez - Watermelon Man [Legend]
Celeste Prince - Wherever You Are [Sweet November]
Oakenfold - Switch On [Shoot Em Up]
Peaches - Boys Wanna Be Her [The Babysitter]
Paul Young - Love of the Common People [16 Candles]
Ruelle - Revolution [The Darkest Minds]
Santana - She's Not There [Long Kiss Goodnight]
Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel [Mermaids]
Sheryl Crow - Everyday Is A Winding Road [Phenomenon]
Steel Dragon - Blood Pollution [Rock Star]
No Vacancy - Fight [School of Rock]
Norah Jones - Turn Me On [Love Actually]
Annie Golden - Hang Up The Phone [Sixteen Candles]
Emily Browning - Sweet Dreams [Sucker Punch]
John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band - Boardwalk Angel [Eddie & the Cruisers]


Movie Assortment 8

Helen Shapiro - Little Miss Lonely [Legend]
The Main Ingredient - Everybody Plays the Fool [Joker]
Herman's Hermits - I'm into Something Good [Legend]
The Dixie Cups - Chapel Of Love [Full Metal Jacket]
Make the Girl Dance (feat. Solange La Frange) - Dancing in Nowhere [Lucy]
Kerli - Bulletproof [Punisher War Zone]
Doris Troy - Just One Look [Mermaids]
J.J. Cale - A Thing Going On [Phenomenon]
The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) [Ready Player One]
The Lumineers - Nobody Knows [Pete's Dragon]
The Fray - Look After You [Jumper]
Jackson Browne - Doctor My Eyes [RED]
Halsey - Castle [The Huntsman Winter's War]
M.I.A. - Borders [The Old Guard]
Jane Siberry - It Can't Rain All the Time [The Crow]
The Calling - Wherever You Will Go [Love Actually]
INXS - Devil Inside [Rock Star]
Dorothy Moore - Misty Blue [Phenomenon]
The Supremes - Come See About Me [Phenomenon]
Raffaele Sarnataro - In the Mouth of Madness [In the Mouth of Madness]


Movie Assortment 9

Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) [Kill Bill]
Enya - Only Time [Sweet November]
Tegan And Sara - My Number [Sweet November]
Divinyls - Boys In Town [Legend of Billy Jean]
Tove Lo - Who Loves You [Aliegiant]
Thurston Harris - Little Bitty Pretty One [Matilda]
Moby - You're the Apple of My Eye [Miami Vice]
Neneh Cherry - Woman [Long Kiss Goodnight]
Yahoos - Baby I Love You [Slither]
Verona - Miracles [The Darkest Minds]
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Big Girls Don't Cry [Mermaids]
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off [Little Monsters]
The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird [Full Metal Jacket]
Steel Dragon - Reckless [Rock Star]
The Call - The Walls Came Down [Real Genius]
Act of Falling - Period [The 2nd]
Alien - Brave New Love [The Blob]
Filter - Welcome to the Fold [The 2nd]
Lesley Gore - You Don't Own Me [Suicide Squad]
Joan Jett - You Don't Own Me [Hairspray]
Mindy Smith - Fall For Nothing [V for Vendetta]


Movie Assortment 10

The Unknown - Are You Ready for Me? [2 Guns]
Ramones - I Don't Wanna Grow Up [Shazam]
Lupita Nyong'o & Alexander England - Shake it off [Little Monsters]
Steve Lynch - Devil's Bed [Let Us Prey]
 

luxefaire

Scout
thanks tom i learned a few things there! i like compilations and movie soundtracks, sometimes, especially today, bands will put out music on local compilations, some of them are unknown but awesome. this is a fun place to search
it takes all the sounds from videos and juices them....b
 

Tom

An Old Friend
I also use mp3 juice. It plays the song in the browser but also offers it as download and direct links to your social media sites.

Years before computers were household I used to have multple long play cassette tapes where I would record radio play. I they went back and edited the tapes for the songs I wanted (I had a dual deck). I also had a dual deck VCR and did the same with TV shows and TV movies.
The problem was the songs , shows and movies were often edited, censored or modified.
 
Top