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SoCS Adding tunes

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Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday has the following prompt:

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “ad/add/AD (Anno Domini).” Use one, use ’em all–bonus points if you fit them all into your post. Have fun!

Today’s SoCS post is going to be about adding to my music collection. Since I don’t listen to commercial radio anymore because so much of it is commercials and songs that have been played to death and so isn’t a good place to find new music, I must look elsewhere for it.

I used to find new music through myspace, but once facebook came along, myspace fell apart. I do have pandora radio now, and that is an excellent way to find “new” music as it will find other musicians who sound similar to musicians you have put in there as liking. Many times it is old music, which I will define as 20 years or more since being released.  It also has biographies and discographies on the bands, which is handy if you want to know more right then.  I use it almost always while driving in the car, where it is on my phone and gets picked up by the bluetooth.

My sons give me leads on new music, mostly my oldest son, as my younger son has different taste than mine.

Since being on WP I’ve started following music blogs, 5 in particular, to learn about new music or to find out which are the best albums of older musicians. The Song Lyric Sunday has also been helpful in hearing different stuff, from older to contemporary.  My Favorite 5 music blogs are: Hans, Max, John , Jim , and Dave .  You guys are a wealth of information!

Getting out in the community and listening to live bands is another way I add new stuff to my collection. There are some excellent local bands in the area, and those bands are often connected with other musical groups.

One other way I try new music is visiting thrift shops and flipping through their vinyl. Usually the price is low, but then you can end up with stuff not so good.

The Black Keys are a group I heard on pandora radio and fell instantly in love with.  I recently picked up the album this song is on.

19 thoughts on “SoCS Adding tunes

  1. Music from 20 years ago- I would define myself as ‘new”- which is probably sad to say. Who would be your favorite artist of recent times?

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  2. Never heard of that band before – very retro sounding, I can see why you’d enjoy them! Your collection of music is fascinating. So fun you’ve found other music bloggers!! Happy Saturday!

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  3. Love The Black Keys since… ever. 🙂 One of my best sources of new music is through Second Life and I haven’t logged in there for a long while. Maybe this reminder will push me to go there and make my avatar dance (because, again, she has better knees than I do).

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  4. I like The Black Keys, but not sure if they are new? The Decemberists. 500 Miles to Memphis is really good. They just released their new CD and it is fantastic! What about you, Hans? Any favorites of recent times?

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  5. I hadn’t either until I heard them on pandora. My music collection (=taste) is all over the board. And yes, the music bloggers have been a blessing to me. Someone I can talk music with! Yeah! Happy Saturday, Shelley!

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  6. I think I saw a documentary on Second Life on netflix. What do you do, go to a dance club there and listen to music? Hey if they are playing The Black Keys, the place can’t be all bad 😉

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  7. I’d consider both The Black Keys and Decembrists new- not familiar with 500 Miles to Memphis.. off the top of my head- I like an Americana band The Steel Wheels a lot- have seen them in concert a number of times. I am sure there are others but that is the first that comes to mind.

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  8. Just listened to their “Scrape Me Off the Ceiling”, very understated but good. I’m sure they jam more on other songs? Another newbie I forgot to mention is Doyle Bramhall II but he’s not really new. Also love the Drive-by Truckers.

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