Internet Music

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately. In Rainbows is still in heavy rotation, and I still strongly recommend it. I’ve been listening to a lot of internet radio, too. There are a couple of cool options that I thought I’d share here.

Last.fm has been a favorite for a while. You can type the name of a band in, and it’ll play a stream of music within that same genre. Pretty cool, really. Pandora is very similar but you can also enter a song name to generate a playlist. Between these two I like Last.fm more, but for some reason I’ve been listening to Pandora more recently. I’ll correct that straight away.

So that’s all fine and good, but when you want to hear a specific song neither of these are great options because while you can pick a genre that you like, you can’t pick the specific song. What to do? YouTube. I realized that this was possible when B-Dub linked to Young Folks on his site (not sure why it hadn’t occurred to me previously, seems obvious now). The thing that’s cool about this is that its legal (as long as you don’t download it), and literally anything you can think of is there.

Lately I’ve been doing this a lot because I don’t know enough about the band to know whether or not I want to buy the CD, but I really like one song. One quick note, these are links to the music videos, but I haven’t bothered to watch the vids, I’m just here for the tunage. Okay, so here’s my list: Hysteria, The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret, Young Folks, Lazy Eye, Take Me Out and Perfect. I probably need to buy a couple of these CD’s.

Dear internet, you’re the best. Is there anything you can’t do?

4 replies on “Internet Music”

  1. I’ve been diggin’ Silversun Pickups on 101X for a couple of months. I’m curious to know if you think it is obvious they have a Smashing Pumpkins sound. They’re playing in Austin in December sometime I think.

    Also, you could check out Slacker.com. It’s kind of like Launch.com if you’ve ever used that. They’re based out of Austin I think.

  2. I do like Silversun Pickups, since I first heard them. It hadn’t occurred to me that they have the same sound as Smashing Pumpkins, but now that you say it I think you’re right. The whole time I’ve been listening to them it has sounded to me like they have a female lead singer. There is a girl in the band, but she’s the bass player. In the videos it looks like the bearded guy is singing. Man, his voice is feminine!

  3. Oh yeah, I love youtube for music. You can find any old music video or live performances you want to see/hear. Not that I have time for any of that kind of thing these days!

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