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Keeping up with new music
Old 6th December 2002
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Keeping up with new music

I was interested in knowing what kinds of ways people keep up with what's going on in new music.

I've subscribed to "CMJ New Music Monthly" for quite a few years. In CMJ you get a mag and a CD with about 20 new tunes on it. This months CD has a cool cut by Sigur Ros (from Iceland) and another cool cut by Simian called "La Breeze". Now I just got this month's edition and I'm sure there's lots more that'll grow on me over time but for now these 2 cuts really are grabbing me.

So what kinds of resources do you use?
Old 6th December 2002
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Here in the UK all the alt rock music mags do new band compilation CD's almost every week, they are free and stuck to cover and interesting to check out.. Big bands like Bush get on there too... God bless marketing eh?!

Old 6th December 2002
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Actually most of the bands and artists I work with are kinda specialists in their respective styles and are a great ressource for keeping up with what's happening out there...
Old 7th December 2002
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I gave up trying to keep up with new music in my early 30s. That's when I finally figured out that 98% of new music is created for, and marketed to, the 12 -21 age group. That's because they are the ones who have to have instant gratification and a constant stream of new sensation. They want to buy a new CD (or 2 or 3 or 4...as many as they can afford) every week. Because of their short attention spans, the music doesn't have to have any staying power, or any virtue at all beyond being new to them (and being considered hip, cool, now or whatever by whoever they let tell them what will make them part of the in crowd). That anything of musical merit actually intersects with this pool of newness is purely serendipitous and quite rare. I have enough feelers out amongst musicians, producers, engineers, and so forth that any cream which rises to the top will come to my attention.

Scott
Old 7th December 2002
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I go down to my local DJ shop and grab the new DJ CD's full of hot new songs, remixes and mixes.
Old 7th December 2002
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Agreed, some of the best stuff I've heard comes from musician/producer/engineer friends and when I had a buddy at a small record shop (3rd Street Jazz). I used to listen to college radio but when I moved we couldn't receive the signal anymore. Public radio can be good sometimes but seems to be getting more and more limited. MTV used to have "120 minutes" (years ago) which had some interesting stuff but that was then...

Anybody else got a good resource to share? I figure that a good music vocabulary is about the most important piece of "gear" I own. Plus I like to hear what's going on in the minor leagues of music. It's always interesting to see what kinds of sounds filter up into the mainstream.

Steve, I hear what you're saying! I'm not just talking about what's trendy or marketed to kids though. I remember a time when I bought 4 or 5 records a week, it was vinyl from the cut-out bins at a buck a shot! It's impossible to take those kinds of gambles at current CD retail prices.
Old 7th December 2002
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Most college radios seem to do streaming audio these days, as do a number of public radio stations doing non-mainstream music formats.

KCRW runs "Morning Becomes Eclectic" from 9am to Noon Pacific time. Whatever Fordham's call sign is, they run music about full time, excepting NPR news on the top of some hours, and Vin Skelsa's "Idiot's Delight" has found a home there. There are other cool stations around that probably do the same sort of thing.

Bear
Old 7th December 2002
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Bear! Good thinkin'... I'd forgotten streaming audio from the web (has the quality improved much?)

Our local public radio has changed to a talk/news format w/NPR & PRI programming (which I do some work for so I guess I can't complain too bitterly). The two stations that still do music are a classical/jazz hybrid (used to be 2 seperate stations) and the singer-songwriter based WXPN, which is great but plays almost no music with any power and grit.

You're lucky to have a station like KCRW, I'll see if I can get them online.

Anybody else have a great local station that streams on the web?
Old 7th December 2002
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I only have KCRW through the magic of streaming, G! They're in Pasadena, CA, not Pasadena, TX.

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