The Music Blogosphere
Back in 2007, looking to expand my music library, I started looking for new songs using Pandora (when it was a free service with no ads, believe it or not). As a result, I was introduced to some of my favorite artists like the Arcade Fire, British Sea Power, and Tokyo Police Club. From there, I started frequenting music blogs like Aurgasm, the then newly-launched but now-defunct music aggregator We Are Hunted, Will Oliver at We All Want Someone to Shout For, and Indie Shuffle.
These days, I rely on music blog aggregators like the Hype Machine and sites like SoundCloud as my first stop for collecting new music and tracking the blogs and artists I like. Links to my respective profiles on these two sites are below if you want to check out what I'm currently listening to.
"Best Discovered Songs" Lists
In 2009, I added more new music to my library than any other year. To mark the occasion, I decided to distill the new acquisitions down to a list of the ten "best discovered" songs, which I posted on Facebook. The response to the post was small but very positive, so I decided to make a regular habit out of it. Six years later, the original 2009 list has somehow vanished into a digital black hole, but there are now "best discovered" lists from 2010 to the present.
Previously only available via Facebook, I will be republishing the 2014 list as well as all previous ones here very soon, so watch this space!