I ignored podcasts for a while... but today I made some ground-breaking, life-changing discoveries on the web. Here's what started it all: http://pcworld.com/n.../0,aid,123539,00.asp
That led to the discovery of this: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/
, an excellent independent music review site. They have a great best of the year album section as well. I bookmarked it instantly and am waiting for when I have time to check it all out.
Somewhere along the way I came across this: http://www.listal.com/
. I haven't signed up or used it yet because I was busy discovering music and going nuts like that. But if you guys try it, let me know how it is. Another thing I found just the other day is here: http://www.pandora.com/
-- interesting, not sure how useful. Check it out and see.
And then came the bomb... ironically, I don't even have a clue where I found it now, but I was captivated by it. But here it is, my currently favorite MP3 music blog: http://aurgasm.us/
. My recommendations for that page...
- Arctic Monkeys
- Tin Hat Trio
- Hanne Hukkelberg
- Antje Duvekot
Varying styles but all great stuff. You may agree or disagree of course... but once you're done reading this thread, there is no way you will not have found something you like.
Here's another great, random link: http://www.informati...e_top_40_band_2.html
(tip: the first two links in the text, in case you don't bother reading the intro part, link you to the 2003 and 2004 version of the same page)
I added Aurgasm to my Thunderbird and went through all of the entries on there, only to be sucked in and magically transformed by the world of beautiful, yet undiscovered music.
As I was listening, I started checking out other MP3 blogs, something I wasn't even aware existed... and I found so many that my head is about to explode. Here's an excellent way to prevent that from happening: http://hype.non-standard.net/
Now what I've been doing so far is this. I add the feed to Thunderbird, had Internet Download Manager (best download manager ever IMHO) detected Thunderbird as an application that downloads files (and then turned the feature back off in IDM). I set a default folder up called "Blog Music" and now every time I right-click and hit "save as" in Thunderbird with the MP3 files being blogged about... IDM kicks in and grabs the file ridiculously fast and puts them in that mentioned folder. It works great. Just since I discovered all this tonight, I made a playlist of 41 songs, (current), all full of free, beautiful music. And it's constantly growing
. I use QMP to play music files and have it set to "only" append songs to the playlist when they are opened, not play them... so when IDM finishes I just have it open the file and boom, it's added to the playlist. Works great, this method.. but I'm wondering... are there any tools out there designed specifically for Podcasts?
I'm not sure.. is there a better, more efficient way to do what I'm doing? I guess that's my big question here
. If you follow the links I've provided, (check out the mp3 blogs the Hype Machine links to on the right...), you will undoubtedly lose hours of time ahead of you, but they will be very well spent. I for one had a blast embarking on this phenomenal journey of musical discovery
Oh my!! I gave false credit. I did read that PC World article today and loved it... but not until reading this Lifehacker entry did the journey start: http://www.lifehacke...ic-online-138265.php
THAT's where I got Aurgasm from
. Gotta fucking love Lifehacker.