I can’t stand listening to commercials on the radio, and I’m too old to steal music, so how do I find new music? For the most part I just don’t. But when I do, it’s usually through NPR, coffee shops, and other programmers.
National Public Radio: My favorite find from NPR is The Moss Brothers, a teenage (in 2002) drum-and-guitar rock duo. I heard “Heaven Got Overpopulated” from Electricitation on some morning news show and ordered the CD as soon as I got to the office. Evan and Reuben Moss quit the rock business after their second CD and are now in college – our loss. Do yourself a favor and either steal their music or listen to the previews on Amazon.
Babe Ruth went and so did Moses Thomas Edison and Eleanor Roses Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Lenin too So will me and so will you Robert Johnson and Jimmy Cox Joe the guy that wore no socks Washington, Abe, and Luther King So will, so will everything Heaven got overpopulated Too many people went up there When I go up, there will be no room left Yeah, and it's just not fair
Coffee shops: I spend a lot of time working in coffee shops, listening to the same music played over and over again (I think it’s part of the plan to drive out laptop campers like me). Sometime the music is pretty good, which I used to ascribe to the hipness of your average coffee shop barista, but every time I ask one of them what is playing, they look at me blankly and shrug. So now I just google the lyrics. This is how I found Peter, Bjorn, and John, John Mayer, and The Postal Service.
Other programmers: I bought my very first CD (in 1999, I’m slow) after reading the comments to a Linux driver (which I can’t find now) listing the music the author listened to while writing the driver. I wasn’t a fan of The Orb and eventually returned their CD, but I stuck with Orbital.
So that’s how I have so far avoided musical fossilization in the Age of Grunge Rock. Hope that helps.
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