Finding new music to listen to isn’t always easy. As I’ve mentioned before, commercial stations tend to have a set rotation so we hear the same core songs over the course of a few months, with maybe a new track popping up every now and again. But it’s rare for that new addition to the playlist to immediately get a lot of play right away.
In a way, the same can be said for listening to college radio. While those stations often don’t have the set rotation setup, they can also be a bit too leftfield, playing nothing but obscurities and outsider music. It’s fun to listen to if you like that sort of thing, but that sort of stuff doesn’t really resonate with me.
I tend to go somewhere in between; I’ll listen to college radio for part of the day (my home station lately has been Boston College’s WZBC, though I’ll slip over to my other favorite, Santa Clara University’s KSCU, later on), but then I might switch over to Boston’s RadioBDC or one of the SiriusXM stations. Somewhere during all that listening, I’ll catch a new song that will catch my attention.
I’ll also stop by some of the websites that are streaming new albums. NPR features an interesting selection, as do a few others. I’ll also check out albums that I can stream through Amazon Prime (one of the main reasons I signed up for it, actually); I actually use that site extensively on New Release Fridays to check out the new stuff and decide if I want to explore the bands further or not.
Interestingly, I’ve found some favorites via social media as well. Sometimes a random band will follow me, and I’ll always give them a quick listen and follow back if I’m interested. This is always fun, because these bands and musicians tend to be more low key yet absolutely fantastic. I’ve picked up a number of albums from bands this way.
Here’s a few of my favorite finds over the past year:
FiFi Rong (followed me on Twitter)
Of Verona (followed me on Twitter)
The DROiDS (followed me on Twitter)
Pia Fraus (suggested by AllMusic.com)
Cosima (suggested by Stereogum and The Line of Best Fit)
Cymbals (suggested by AllMusic.com)
Gang of Youths (heard on WZBC)