With each passing year, as the cost of entry into music production drops and the necessary tools to accomplish basic tasks become ever more readily available, the number of tunes unleashed on the world seems to grow exponentially. Now, more than ever, inquiring minds need a curator, a selector to help them filter gold from garbage…they need a good DJ.
Can music blogs fill that role in the online community? Yes, if you are able to find the ones whose opinions you feel are trustworthy and whose tastes you respect, even when some of their picks don’t neccessarily mesh perfectly with your own (this part is crucial if you hope to be exposed to music you may end up loving, yet which exists outside your normal influences). To aid in that quest, I’ve assembled a list of some of my favorites, as well as some promising sites I discovered in the course of preparing this post. Enjoy, and of course, this is a very small sampling – if you know of some winners I have missed here, feel free to share the URL’s in the comments section…
Daytrotter – “We are going to contribute to the musical landscape, not just toss it around like a used book or a stolen pick-up line. We’re going to give you something that you truly have never heard. We are not giving you songs from someone you love’s record album, thereby stealing from someone you love. We’re giving you exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite bands and by a lot of your next favorite bands.”
Music For Robots – “totally relevant” – Features testimonials about unsigned and independent bands. Weblog includes a compilation CD which showcases selected artists. I enjoy the personal opinions offered on why a piece of music has been relevant to the reviewer.
Resident Advisor – Interviews, features, reviews, a winning podcast…a personal favorite! The current state of affairs in the ever changing worlds of modern electronic music.
Little White Earbuds
– I would give this roughly the same review as for RA above, another site that keeps me coming back on a regular basis!
Pitchfork – An obvious addition to this list, nonetheless…very high quality! Trusted reviews alongside news and features from many different genres of music. There is a reason why this site has gained the popularity it has.
Older / Classics:
Soul Sides – Funk and soul from the glory days. Run by Oliver Wang, “the journalist/scholar formerly/occasionally known as DJ O-Dub.”
Jazz Corner – “the largest portal for the official websites of hundreds of jazz musicians and organizations…”
Rock and Metal:
Noise Creep – Modern metal masters and old favorites as well! Rock and metal videos and music news covering heavy metal, rock and roll, death metal, metalcore, grind, doom, sludge, thrash, black metal and more.
All Hip Hop – “The world’s most dangerous site” Rumors, reviews, features, videos, and more…the name pretty much sums it up!