Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Liam, What's New in Music?


To a true music lover how one gets information on new music is rather important. One of the perks of living in the year 2008 is that most anything is available on the net. If one does informed research one can find all the great new music that's available out there. However, how can one learn to make informed music research? Granted, direct human feedback is a valid resource as well, but what about those without a direct connection to the music scene? How and where can a music lover make informed decisions regarding new music purchases? Is there such a thing as an informed voice out there that can guide the shopper in the virtual tune store? After all, not every person has a Liam they can rely on for music feedback.

This is a question Carrie over at NPR's Moniter Mix was asking herself too. She writes:
'Whether it was Stax, Hi, Dischord, Rough Trade, Cherry Red, or Trojan, we put our trust in music labels and made our purchases accordingly. Now that music seems to be floating on a universal plane out in the ether, and every release has the potential to be on equal footing (regardless of origin), it is easy to overlook record labels. Maybe because mainstream media keeps proclaiming their soon-to-be obsolescence.'
Carrie posts a most interesting interview with jagjaguwar as she investigates the question of label ranking. Read more here.
graph per Jade Bassix

4 comments:

liam. said...

you give me waaaaaaaaay too much credit. having said that, did i mention that april march really strikes my fancy these days? also, check out architecture in helsinki and/or a sunny day in glasgow...

dave said...

what do you think of itunes' list of best song and album? but they don't list many indie things....

Becca said...

Or we look at your iTunes. Six degrees of separation in music..... :-)
Have you heard the new She Wants Revenge and Timbaland cooperation? It's called Time.
What do you think of this modern effort to marry alt. rock to hip hop? If anyone can do it, Timbaland can.

B.R. said...

Rebecca:
Yes, I have heard it. I very much enjoy it. Timbaland is a good example of artists who can think holistically....
Thanks.
Dave,
I do consult iTunes suggestions at times but I usually turn to Indie sources for the next new thing in Indie music....
Liam,
Thanks, yet again....