The blogosphere has changed the way I discover and understand music for the better. I'm thankful that the internet is filled with so many people who are passionate about what they listen to, and who love to share.
In the 1990s I had trouble feeding my cravings for new and interesting music. Aside from recommendations from a few close friends, my only way to discover new music was to look for CDs with cool looking covers... and cross my fingers. I'm not joking. Thank god I don't have to do that any more.
No matter what your musical tastes, you're bound to find music writers online who'll resonate with you. Here are some of my favorite websites (MP3 blogs and otherwise)...
I've picked these websites based on in my humble opinion good writing, pretty design, and of course -- good taste in music:
- Said the Gramophone are one of the first MP3 blogs. They get bonus points for valuing fantastic writing, for having nice clear typography, and for being Canadian.
- I discovered Can You See the Sunset From the Southside? because they kept coming up in my Google searches... and I kept on strongly agreeing very everything they had to say. They do a great job balancing well crafted musical opinions with little asides that remind you that writer is a human being. CYSTSFTS has no ego or pretense, and their reviews are just the right length.
- WFMU's Beware of the Blog is an unending supply of incredibly weird and amazing music. Try not to get lost in their archives.
- VOA's African Music Treasure's Blog has taken on the immense challenge of digitizing and writing about 50 years worth of reels, records, and cassettes from Leo Sarkisian's African music archives -- much of which Leo recorded himself. Read the about page to grasp how awesome this is.
- For being such a large institution, the BBC's musical tastes are really progressive. Their writing is tight. They get bonus points because all of their reviews are published under a Creative Commons license.
- The Hype Machine and Elbows have their fingers on the pulse of the music blogosphere. They are both great starting points for finding new music. If you don't like my music reading suggestions, these two site will surely lead you to stuff you'll enjoy.
While we're at it, what else should I be reading? Who are your favorite music bloggers? Are there any writers online who are taking music journalism to the max (or to the ultra extreme max)? Finally, if Hunter S. Thompson had a Blackberry would we be better off?