How did you find your last kick ass band?

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How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby G.v.K » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:24 am UTC

There's lots of threads on here asking for recommendations for new music, so I guess XKCD is one obvious answer to this question.

But I wanna know where else people look for new music. For example, blogs, radio, random youtube links etc.

Any suggestions? I'm not really concerned with any specific genre or style.

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Dasboard » Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:24 am UTC

Socializing. I have a lot of people recommending me things. In particular this one good friend who spams me a lot of things. Most of the time very good music. I am forever grateful.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby ArgonV » Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:54 am UTC

Looking through a list of band names on a shared server on the university network. Both Kidneythieves and Katzenjammer sounded like great names. Turns out that the music is quite all right as well :wink:

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby ProZac » Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:33 am UTC

Hear from friends.
Popped up on Pandora.
Opening bands at concerts.

I'd say the Pandora is the most common one, but it's kinda rare that it plays something I haven't heard before that I really enjoy.

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Phill » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:34 pm UTC

ArgonV wrote:Looking through a list of band names on a shared server on the university network. Both Kidneythieves and Katzenjammer sounded like great names. Turns out that the music is quite all right as well :wink:


I saw Katzenjammer live last year, they were one of the support acts for Keane. Good stuff.

Most stuff I like these days comes from the radio, friends, or forums (generally in that order).

e.g. Arcade Fire I only really discovered through people constantly talking about them here! MGMT I found through a recommendation from a friend, and then the radio.

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Jesse » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:05 pm UTC

Formerly last.fm, but now pretty much from a combination of Ren and Kells.

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Dream » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:37 pm UTC

I have an (extremely) long list of things I made a mental note to listen to as soon as I get the chance, and I usually just look out for things from that. So I've had a bunch of Janek Schafer on recently, and William Basinski. I get the actual listening through Spotify mostly, but back when I had money I would buy from Boomkat and local record stores.

I also formerly used last.fm, but I quickly realised that most of the stuff it throws up is either too random or too limited, and gave up on it.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby theGoldenCalf; » Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:18 pm UTC

Pitchfork is pretty solid.

For good, indie electronics there's Igloo Magazine.

Last.fm is not bad, Dream's accusations are rather true but you can still win with it sometimes.

But mostly I just cruise through SoulSeek users who have interesting shares and download random stuff I don't know.

When I come to think of it, I was introduced to my favorite music by friends no less than by the internet, so maybe human interaction isn't all that pointless after all.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Obby » Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:32 pm UTC

Most of the bands I find that I don't know come from looking at user profiles of and/or using the random internet radio sites (Pandora, last.fm, etc.). Unfortunately, most of the bands I find simply aren't bands I enjoy listening to for more than a few songs. My last great "discovery" was the Deftones with the album "Diamond Eyes" this year, just to give you an idea of how often I find music I love. I'd use my friends, but most of them listen to stuff I don't like, most of it being too similar to Bob Dylan or The Beatles for my tastes.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Syeknom » Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:45 pm UTC

Buying whatever CDs had interesting cover art/instruments utilised/track names/liner notes at a second-hand CD shop for €1 each. Found some truly excellent and odd music from this!

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:33 pm UTC

Soundtracks to movies I love. There's 10-20 good suggestions per film!

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Jar'O'Jam » Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:57 pm UTC

Lately I've been discovering new bands through two YouTube channels - NPR and their Tiny Desk Concert series ( http://www.youtube.com/user/nprmusic ) and La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows ( http://www.youtube.com/user/LaBlogotheque )
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby LeagueOfMorons » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:01 am UTC

All kinds of ways. A few of my most recent discoveries:

Periphery - I heard about these guys on the Forum at http://www.mikeportnoy.com. YouTubed a song or two, fell in love, bought the CD, never looked back. In fact, roughly half of my current favorite bands were ones that I first heard about on that forum, including Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Between The Buried And Me, and Cynic, among others.

Karnivool - I first read about this band in a monthly guitar magazine (I think it was Guitar Player, but I'm not sure) I was flipping through in a bookstore. Their article caught my eye, so I went home and listened to a few songs and was blown away.

Hum - I was driving somewhere with a friend/former co-worker of mine in the passenger seat, and he randomly pulls out a CD, says, "Here, I think you'll like this," and puts it in my CD player. The CD was Downward Is Heavenward. Love at first listen. I wouldn't pull over or park for about the next hour because I was listening too intently.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby BurningLed » Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:03 pm UTC

I usually discover them based on information from my brother (Who spends most of his free time recording local bands), Pandora, friends, or this forum itself. :)
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby sje46 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:19 pm UTC

I've discovered a few of my favorite bands by trudging through this list. There's a Romanian site that will let you listen to all of them for free, but I'm not linking to it.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Sandry » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:54 pm UTC

sje46 wrote:I've discovered a few of my favorite bands by trudging through this list.

Huh, that's kind of nifty.

Last band for me was definitely thanks to Pandora.

Used to be via socialisation, primarily, but that works best in college. I occasionally exchange music with friends now, but it's nothing like it was back then.

Occasionally going to a concert that has one group I know I like will turn up another group I also really enjoy.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby TommyTumnus » Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:55 pm UTC

Definitely Pandora. Ever since discovering Pandora, it's led me to band after band. Whenever I find a new one I like, I'll just make a channel based around them, and that'll lead me to a new one to base a channel around, and so on. Scrolling down my channel list seems like a trip back in time (also, it's interesting to see how my tastes have developed).

I'm also going to have to agree with whoever mentioned movie soundtracks--if I hear a song I like, I'll just go from there.

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Peevish » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:13 am UTC

Man, I really miss Lala. I could listen to almost any album in existence at least once. I found a lot of good stuff that way. But then iTunes shut it down...

When it was still up, what I'd usually do is find a reviewer or general pop-culture site whose tastes I trusted and look at their Best Of The Year lists. Then I'd throw the interesting sounding albums onto Lala while I was doing something else and see if it struck me. Mostly I found out which albums people were raving about that were kind of overrated, but I hit gold a few times. I much prefer listening to a decent chunk of an album before making a decision on a band, and sometimes Lala would make suggestions (that's how I found Elbow).

Basically, any album you've heard of that people say is great you can find online somewhere (probably). It's harder with Lala down but it can be done with just Youtube or Last.fm, just takes more effort.

EDIT: oh yeah, and trade mixtapes with your friends. Seriously, you learn a lot about a person by hearing what they listen to, and vice-versa. I rarely go through a whole mix from someone without hearing at least one promising band or artist.

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby TheAmazingRando » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:13 am UTC

Peevish wrote:Man, I really miss Lala.
I've found Grooveshark to be a pretty good replacement.

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Magnanimous » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:54 am UTC

Kicking ass and taking names. The names of the bands. That I found via kicking ass.

Also, Pandora. Entering in the name of someone you like gives you tons of stuff related to them, and you can listen for free, and it works by science.

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby TaintedDeity » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:03 am UTC

I use Spotify which recommends bands and stuff. I guess it's like a cross between Pandora and a media player in that you must download the program. Unfortunately, it doesn't have some bands I already know about so I imagine there's quite a few it's not recommending to me.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Josephine » Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:35 am UTC

Pandora. I found Nightwish that way.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Adacore » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:25 am UTC

Recommendations from friends probably account for about half the new music I find in terms of relatively major artists. Since I don't listen to much radio (traditional or online), most exposure I get to new music is through what my friends tell me about. This is probably a bad thing. Last band I found like this was probably MGMT.

Other than that:
- Opening bands for gigs (last band was warmup for Flyleaf - The Crave), the advantage of this is that if you follow up and go to gigs where the band is headlining you end up with less and less known indie bands in your library;
- Bands featured in music games, primarily the Rock Band series (Flyleaf and Boston, for example, but there are quite a few more), this has also served to get me into whole genres of music (e.g. classic rock) I hadn't explored before;
- Soundtracks from films (latest here was Metric, from Scott Pilgrim, although I found out about them almost simultaneously from the Rock Band 3 setlist announcement).
- Music from other games (this is rarer, but one example would be Mass Effect, which got me interested in Faunts);
- My parents' music collection (responsible for most of the classical music I like, plus some late 70s rock, notably Queen);
- Indie bands that play local band nights or gigs in pubs I go to (loads of these and you won't have heard of any of them, but I'll mention one anyway: The Small Print);
- Bands friends are members of (only a few of these, but one would be The Righteous and the Wicked).

There's probably more, but that's all I can think of for now.

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Dream » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:04 am UTC

TaintedDeity wrote:Unfortunately, it doesn't have some bands I already know about so I imagine there's quite a few it's not recommending to me.

It's true! There are many bands not on Spotify that one would expect to be there. Tool, for example. There have been fairly harsh criticisms of Spotify's artist remuneration, which might be a cause, but I've never seen a sensible explanation of whether it is Spotify itself or the Label agreements with Spotify that are to blame.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Amie » Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:18 am UTC

I hunt for them. Look for similar bands each time I google some lyrics. Some websites list them. Youtube has similar band recos. Friends. You guys. I found my last kick ass band from the song reco thread - Arkona!
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Toeofdoom » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:17 pm UTC

While pandora, last.fm and audiosurf radio have found me a very nice bunch, some of the best (and also most obscure) come from random links. In the spirit kick-ass bands and random links I think it would be only fair to link the ones I heard of that way:

JT Bruce
RIBS
Maybeshewill
Young Heretics
Tally Hall
Jukebox the Ghost
Murray Gold (composer for Doctor Who)

I also heard of The Decemberists in a similar way, I suppose, but you all already know them, right?
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Cheburashka » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:55 pm UTC

My last few bands were found by:

going through related artists for hours
looking up another band of the same name but getting the unintended one
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby TommyTumnus » Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:54 am UTC

Adacore wrote:- Soundtracks from films (latest here was Metric, from Scott Pilgrim


Same thing happened to me, actually. I saw Scott Pilgrim, that song Black Sheep stuck, I looked it up, and got into Metric. Personally, though, I like the actress in the movie singing that song more than Metric.

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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby metamorphosis » Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:00 am UTC

Need for Speed underground 2 - found Skindred. WHich led me onto three albums, all of which are great.
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Postby Dave_Wise » Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:27 pm UTC

Andy Kershaw used to be good for finding new music. He was on late-ish on radio 3, and he introduced me to so much good stuff: the be good tanyas, ding walls, etc. etc. But then he went and did something stupid, like following a woman around a bit too much, and now he's gone from radio, it seems for a good. Oh, Andy Kershaw, why did you have to be so silly?
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby Aleril » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:12 am UTC

- Music Festivals. (Outside Lands, BFD, Lollapalooza, Treasure Island)
- Pitchfork (I even listen to the albums they give a bad score)
- Random shows at Bottom of the Hill
- When they are the opening band.
- last.fm recommendations.
- Rock Band

I would say my friends, but I seem to have heard of a band long after they have. I know that makes me sound like a hipster douche, but most of the time it's true.
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Re: How did you find your last kick ass band?

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:43 am UTC

Latest? QC RL Blog. The Dublin Irish Fest is also a good place, if you like Celtic and Gaelic music
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