I was just talking to Brubaker about this, and apparently I haven't
covered it in a Signal or anything.
:: WARREN'S INCREDIBLY COMPLICATED AND FUTURISTIC
SYSTEM FOR DISCOVERING NEW MUSIC ARRRRR::
Go to http://www.piccadillyrecords.com
on a Monday, when they
update. Click on the genre of preference in the left-hand bar,
and then click "magic mix" on the page that follows. You see,
the Mancunian geniuses at Piccadilly rip 40-second excerpts
of every one of the week's new releases that they've received,
and put them up on the website in associated playlists, the Magic
Mixes. Clicking "magic mix" will stream each genre's playlist
straight to your WinAmp or shiTunes. Therefore, at your
convenience, you can listen to a chunk of everything new that
Piccadilly, one of the best record stores in Britain, gets every
Step One B:
You can, in fact, stop here, and order the CDs or vinyl from
Piccadilly, who operate a flat-out excellent mail order system.
Next year, I'll probably start using it again. But I made myself
stop ordering CDs on January 1, because I'm floating in the
fuckers. I'm spending a year mp3-only.
So if you're me, and you're not ordering CDs, what do you do
next? I go first to http://www.emusic.com
, where I have a
monthly subscription that allows me to download 90 DRM-free
high-end mp3s in every 30 days. This is the first place I
search for anything I like from the Piccadilly stream.
(Yeah, I could go straight to Soulseek. But I happen to like
Now, eMusic are very good, but often a little slow about
obtaining indie stuff. So, sometimes, I'll be out of luck. At
which point, I go to one or all of these:http://www.roughtradedigital.com/http://www.bleep.comhttp://www.tunetribe.com
As a last resort, I'll try iTunes or one of the 7digital stores.
But I don't like DRM on my music -- iTunes+, as well as
being a horrible scam, is still way too spotty to be really
useful -- and I find 7digital extremely unreliable.
MySpace. Seriously. I'll quite frequently take a band name
from Piccadilly and plug it into google for the band/act's
MySpace page. Which will, of course, always have four
of their songs on there, some of which will often be up for
free download. MySpace is still a phenomenal tool for music,
and that's nothing Fuckbook will ever touch. One of the
best parts of my internet day is always checking the add
requests, finding bands in there, and clicking to their profiles
to discover new music. I usually link the interesting ones on
warrenellis.com under the "::currently listening" rubric.
There. Staggeringly complicated, isn't it? This is why I am
Internet Jesus and you're an ordinary person with friends
and a life.