music search

My quest for new music started when I was just a kid. I have always been obsessed with finding something unique and different to listen to. I always loved the classics like the Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin but I wanted to be the first to be listening to the next greatest thing or just listening to amazing artists that no one had ever heard of before.
 
In my teenage years I would buy music magazines and read band reviews in local papers hoping to find that obscure new artist that would give me my fix for new music. This was a great strategy but it also cost me a lot of money in albums and tapes that only had those one hit wonders.

The internet began to solve all those problems but I would still spend countless hours downloading music and listening to literally hundreds of songs before discovering that diamond in the rough. Finding new music has always been extremely time consuming. Sometimes the search is part of the fun but wouldn't it be nice to spend less time searching and more time actually enjoying the music.

The advent of streaming music has solved many of these problems. I have through the years narrowed it down to a science and I'm going to share a few of my music finding techniques here.

One important factor is that you need to know what you are looking for??

If you are looking for new artists you need a starting point. What I like to do is begin with an artist or band that I really like and begin searching for similar artists. A great website to use in this situation is The last FM or 
http://www.last.fm/ . This is a UK based website that is an incredible resource for music. What I usually do is type in a Google search as follows. In this example I will use the band City and Color. I would type "bands like City and Color + last FM". The result of this search will give you a page from this website with about 10-20 artist that are similar to City and Color. They even rate the level of similarity. 

Click on this link to see the results of the search 

The site gives you a description of the artist and the choice of listening to some of their releases. If you are more of a visual person there are some cool sites that will show you artists and their similarities.


tune glue
TuneGlue is straightforward and easy to use.

 Put  in the name of a musical artist you like in the search bar and you’ll have a whole web of musical artists that are in one way or another, similar to the band  you started with.





music-map
Another alternative to TuneGlue is Music-Map. Music-Map reveals all the similar artists in their database, with the most similar musicians closest to  the original search term.
 
 


music roamer
Music  Roamer is also a  great alternative that gives you  pictures of the artists and also the ability to  listen to songs  directly from the site. 

If all you want  to do is listen to streaming music from almost any artist you can think of then I would highly recommend
GrooveShark. This is one  of my favourite sites and I no longer download music since discovering this  amazing  resource.

Have fun with your music search adventures!


 

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3/17/2012 05:02:47 pm

I like your blog concept. I've already checked out one of your resources (TuneGlue) and will look at the others.

Keep posting, I think you're creating something valuable. (Might want to move off the Weebly platform, though.)

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Marc
3/18/2012 02:31:53 pm

Hi Charleen,

Thank you so much for the feedback. I haven't been posting as regularly as I want lately. I've been trying to fix a few technical issues.

I'm happy you like the resources. I find it a great way to discover new music. Do you have any suggestions for the site?? I'm trying to concentrate on Music, food and wine but i am working on a new section for acoustic guitars...tips, resources, courses etc...

How did you find out about Spooning the Fork?

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2/8/2014 09:53:25 am

Great piece of writing, I really liked the way you highlighted some really important and significant points. Thanks so much, I appreciate your work.

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5/6/2016 11:32:16 pm

Thank you for providing advice regarding the search of good music and favorite artists. This is really very important for me since I am a real music lover.

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8/24/2016 01:47:46 pm

When you absessed with something that can lead you to success. If you try to find it, you will get it for sure.

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