12 July 2011

Number 23: Discover at least 1 new musical artist every month

Number 23 of my 30 Before 30 project is ongoing throughout the year, but I thought I'd give you a little info on it before revealing my choices each month. 

I added this one to my list because I love music but just haven't listened to anything new for ages. I used to listen to the radio, buy music magazines and go to festivals, so I'd always be finding new bands and singers I liked, but since all that stopped the only new music I hear is on TV. So I wanted to put that right. 

I'd like to find a radio station that plays new music that I could bear to listen to, but I'm fussy. I don't like Radio 1 anymore because it's full of DJs I hate playing practical jokes and prank calls on other idiots. Radio 2 could be a possibility as they now have a load of younger DJs (basically Radio 1 cast-offs from what I can see), but I don't like a lot of talking - I like music. Unless it's funny or interesting. For some reason I hate radio plays so Radio 4 is out. In my house DAB radios only play a few stations so I got rid of mine - there is always the TV radio stations and the computer I know, but I just like to listen to the radio on a radio/stereo! I do quite like Kerrang sometimes, but I have to be in the mood. Whinge over. If anyone has any suggestions I'd happily give them a go!

I could buy music magazines again, but I need to actually hear the music to decide if I like someone, so that seems an expensive and slightly useless option. So, like with most things, I will probably resort to the internet to find music I like. Amazon is great for previewing the songs and suggesting other artists you might like, and I'm sure there are some good sites for finding artists - again, any suggestions would be brilliant!

To give you some idea of the music I like, this is my absolute favourite album:


I have liked My Vitriol from the second I first heard 'Always: Your Way' on The Evening Session (Radio 1) with Steve Lamacq in 2000. I went to see them whenever I could and waited, very patiently, for a second album. This never came. I am still waiting. Musicians, huh.

My first new musical discovery will be revealed very soon. If you've been following my 365 Self project then you'll already know who it is.

2 comments:

Deborah Cardinal said...

Finelines is really good! It is a shame they never released anything else. :(

I'm not sure what to suggest in terms of a radio station because I rarely listen to it, or if I do I listen to BBC6 Music on digital or Classic FM, depending on my mood.

Do you use last.fm? I find that very useful for music & gig recommendations based on your current taste (assuming you listen to music on a computer?). Spotify is great too for listening to albums for free - you have to put up with occasional adverts unless you're willing to pay the monthly subscription, but it's still a good way to find new music for free.

I hope that sort of helps?! Not sure what else to suggest. Other than trading mix CDs with people!

Fur Will Fly said...

Hi, thanks, I just joined last.fm - definitely worth a look around! Not tried spotify yet either but I'll give that a go too!

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