Tuesday, April 29, 2008
MY FAVORITE MUSIC BLOGS
You've been through iTunes and eMusic, you've surfed critical sites like Popmatters and Pitchfork, and you've played with Pandora. You're still looking for cool music. Most radio stations play canned, mainstream crap (with rare exceptions like KEXP and KCRW) What's left?
Check out these music blogs. These sites are guided by real music fans, and they offer a wide range of music. They have MP3s to listen to (for educational purposes) so if you hear something you like, go buy a copy. In the meantime, how do you know what you like? Have a listen to some of my favorite music blogs.
Moistworks -- This covers it all. A wide ranging blog, with recent posts running the gamut from Sinatra to David Lynch, Billie Holiday to turntabelist Carl Craig. Explore and impress your friends around the water cooler. here
Gorilla vs. Bear -- A cool blog with a buzz. Radiohead, Animal Collective, Caribou, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Like your big brother's record collection, if you're big brother was totally skinny and wore a Pastels T-shirt. here
Honey, Where You Been So Long? -- This is pre-war blues, and we're not talking Iraq War. This is great for those rare old 78s, and recent postings have included Lonnie Johnson, Cripple Clarence Lofton, and Pete Johnson and his Boogie Woogie Boys. here
Brooklynvegan -- This vegan from Brooklyn has wide tastes (except for food, that is) and you might find Santogold and M.I.A. sharing blogspace with Pink Floyd, or even Neil Diamond. Nice site to look around, like a little shop in a beach town full of treasures. here
Fluxblog -- Moods for moderns. Yes, kissing a robot is like touching your tongue to a battery. Kind of a jolt. Always fun, Fluxblog posts everything from Jaguar Love to Ladytron, Of Montreal to The Mountain Goats. Music from now and the near-future. here
Soul Sides -- "Something you can feel." Professor Oliver Wang teaches a killer class on groovology, full of arcane knowledge and great jams, emphasizing soul music from the 1960s and 70s. Recent lectures have focused on Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, and The Last Poets. here
Aquarium Drunkard -- Alt country, Americana. Wilco provided the title, and that's appropriate. A recent post on Sun Kil Moon mentions where to find the best Italian sandwiches in North Beach. here
Diddy Wah -- Great mixtapes. Currently I'm running a mixtape called "Cookin'" at the top of this blog. Give it a listen while you're doing your chores. It's about a half hour long, and that's enough chores, right? here
Cocaine Blunts -- Hip Hop, ya don't stop. This is an interesting site, and not the standard hip-pop that gets the airplay. Roll a big fat bat and get supa baked, yo. For real. here
WFMU's Beware of the Blog -- Wildly eclectic, with weird old records and cool stuff. "A radio station that bites back." Dig around in the archives. This is like the last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, with miles and miles of boxes. Well, they contained old reel to reel tapes. here
Little Steven's Underground Garage -- Fuzz-tone, garage and psychedelic rock deejayed by Little Steven Van Zandt (Silvio, to you Sopranos fans). His shows center on a theme, and you're likely to hear The Chesterfield Kings back-to-back with the Ronettes, The Detroit Cobras cuddling up to the Electric Prunes. Wicked cool. here