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    • Visiting the iconic Amoeba Records on Sunset Boulevard today, with a very limited amount of time to browse the impressive selection and stacks (some of which are pictured below) I ended up walking out with an armful of graphic novels and a movie. With streaming platforms, YouTube, record stores and more - how do you discover music and new artists without getting overwhelmed? What makes an artist or song "pop" to you?

    • I discovered “Later” with Jools Holland over the summer and fell in love with the 5(?) stage format where he rotates among the acts.

      I’ve added many many artists to my playlists on Pandora because of that beautiful show.

      Here’s Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats performing on “Later.”

    • i forgot to mention KCRW - was driving around listening to music with my friend last night and you forget how amazing their playlists are for discovering new music! That and the random pamphlets / fliers at a place like Amoeba (or other indie record shops).

    • I do most of my listening on legal streaming services, but find them crap at surfacing interesting new stuff, their new release and recommendation sections are mainstream and chart oriented. Instead, I mostly monitor the pirate mp3 album RSS feeds for what sounds interesting (it probably wouldn't be ok to link to them from here).

      Also, Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs over on BBC Radio are always worth a listen for new music ideas. Gilles is excellent at surfacing new and out there non-rock music from all over the world. He was instrumental in my evolution from a strictly-rock teen into musical omnivore I am today. Back in the day Mary Anne was hosting Breezeblock (later renamed to Experimental) on BBC R1, which has expanded my music horizons considerably into more dark and experimental areas. Nowadays Mary Anne hosts a mid-morning show which is more middle-of-the-road, but she still can fish out the good stuff. And I do adore her voice and enthusiasm.

    • I recently added Spotify and like it much better than Napster, for exactly some of the features they have that enable me to discover new music. And by new I mean new to me. Typically I would pick a song I like, and then select to go listen to the so called "Song Radio", where Spotify offers automatic suggestions. The nice part I really like is how well it "tunes" itself to my taste, as I give thumbs up or down. For example I just took "He's a Pirate" recently and turned that in to an epic earth shattering "Radio" stream of pieces that most are audio trailers from some movie or another. 😹 

    • Music, to me, has to be expressive, full of life, possessing dramatic and emotional message but also refined as creation, rich in artistic and instrumental and vocal value. I think I have a very good ear, and can recognize immediately something when I like it, even without being at all familiar with the specific genre. There are now very few genres I do not have a lot of pieces I love, yet keep finding more every day, often of same origins I thought was already so well familiar with. And then there are "classic" pieces I love always to listen to, no matter how many times and rediscover them. Of course, "de gustibus non est disputandum" will always apply, and here is an example of something I love, which I've been influenced towards since my youth when I used to simply lie in my room on the floor, between the speakers, listening to the vinyl record and imagining (or rather feeling) something that today is so easy to see on youtube.

    • Wow. Somehow, I am beginning to understand why Pew Die Pie makes allot of money. It's not so much about art, as it is about certain popularity levels.

    • I usually discover music through community - that is, a select circle of friends, or to be more exact, a series of circles which are weighted in terms of the force of their recommendations. This extends online, of course. I used to be a member of a very nice mailing list which orbited the music of Happy Rhodes and similar female singers/songwriters, but had an extremely diverse range of tastes represented at that (doesn't work anymore, but there' s a very handy website at ). If you speak or can at least understand Russian, there's a podcast/radio show by the leader of Aquarium band, Boris Grebenschikov, called Aerostat, which I can't recommend highly enough. It goes out weekly and has done so for years and have never disappointed in the least; there's a website for it too - - also in Russian, I'm afraid, but at least Google Translate will help there and track names are usually in English anyway :)