Today we're featuring a new CD by Will Dailey, a hot indie artist with a brighter-than-white-hot-sun future. Most of us can remember the thrill of discovering music we really, really love, so we asked one of our favorite bloggers to tell us a little about her own love affair with music. Ali Martell tells us about some of her faves and actually gives us some great tips for finding music we love on the web. Thanks, Ali! I'm pretty sure she'll have Will Dailey on her playlist by the end of the day. And we hope you will, too.
By Ali Martell of Cheaper Than Therapy
I am a lover of music. I am also a lover of finding NEW music. I always have been. When I was a wee lass, I became frustrated with the Peter, Paul and Mary and Simon & Garfunkel folk music my parents would play over and over and over (although I will admit to you that “America” by Simon & Garfunkel is still, to this day, one of my most favourite songs) and began snooping through my sister’s vast tape collection. Rifling through the pop and rock and country and oldies and alternative to find what spoke to me. Indigo Girls was the first tape I ever stole from my sister. I was 11. I played that tape until it broke.
And then, back in the days before you could listen to music online, before you could download mp3s, before I had access to music stores, all I had was my sister’s library. Nowadays, with the invention of the World Wide Web AND the mp3, finding new music couldn’t be simpler.
There are websites like LastFM (and Pandora, if you happen to live somewhere that isn’t Canada. Boo!) that will track your current playlists and make recommendations of singers and bands that you might like. It was through LastFM that I discovered Band of Horses. If you haven’t heard the song ‘The Great Salt Lake’, you haven’t lived.
There are applications on Facebook such as ilike that will allow you to search through libraries of like-minded listeners. It was on this site that I discovered Fleet Foxes.
There are blogs like Pitchfork and Stereogum, through which I discovered a little band called Kings of Leon. You may have heard of them. What you may not have heard was their album Because of the Times, which contains my absolute favourite song of theirs – ‘Fans’.
And there’s the trial-and-error route, which is how I discovered one of my most favourite singers, Sam Duckworth of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. I downloaded a playlist that someone else went to the trouble of making (I think it was called “Indie Rock Playlist”…original, I know) and listened through all 120 tracks and found myself listening to the song ‘Call Me Ishmael’ on repeat. And then I found myself downloading Sam’s entire discography.
There is the radio. There are songs that make their ways into movies, onto TV shows and into commercials. And of course, there is the old-fashioned word-of-mouth route.
And with me, at the end of the day, it’s still a matter of rifling through someone else’s music to find what speaks to me.