The Joy of Discovering New Music


Earlier today I saw a few posts over at Friend Feed where people were asking where you find new music.

I responded that I find most of my new music with Hype Machine these days. I also use Pandora every now and again. I like the fact though with Hype Machine that I can usually download the songs that I hear and like directly from the blogs where they are posted vs. Pandora where I have to go out and hunt for a song once I hear something I like.

Anyways, right after I responded that I use Hype Machine to find new music I headed out to pick up a sandwich at Mastrelli’s deli in the Ferry Building. And I have to say, that deli always has the best damn music on. In fact, most of the time I don’t even mind the wait if I get to sit there and listen to some great music.

And while I was there today there was this amazing and beautiful song being played. I jotted down some of the lyrics and then found it on the internet latter. It’s called Aftermath and it’s by Jesse Malin. Something about the song really spoke to me. I’m going to pick up his CD the next time I hit Amoeba.

“standing on the corner
watching people walk on
thinking about a photograph
how so many people choose the lesser evil
living in the aftermath”

And so I was reminded that even in these modern years with all that the internet has to offer every so often music is still found the old fashioned way — you hear a song in a deli, or on the radio, or over at friend’s house, or wherever else the air might hit your ears. It’s a beautiful thing.

Anyways, check out the song below and enjoy.


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  1. mikkelina says:

    nice song indeed! thanks for sharing…

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  3. Allen says:

    I remember you discussing your music collection previously and you mentioned it consisted of 100,000+ MP3’s and I find that staggering. I have more than a few songs in my collection but I was wondering if you’d dedicate a post (or shoot me an email) to discuss your collection. For example, I have about 10,000 songs which include complete albums (about 700 of them) and then a selection of other songs. Out of all this music I probably “like” about 50% of it, the rest I keep on the off chance that I might want to listen to some of the songs or someone I know might want some of the music. However, I have music spanning from the 30’s and 40’s through independent bands putting out new music today and I was wondering what a man with 100,000 songs in his collection would have!! You must have a pretty complete collection and there is really no way you could listen to all (or probably even half) of it.

  4. TH, In Pandora, you can click on links, over the CD cover, that will take you to the iTunes or Amazon page for that song.

  5. Thomas Hawk says:

    iTunes or Amazon page

    Can’t buy music with DRM.

  6. Anonymous says:

    XM Inno for me — how I discover and capture new music…

  7. bugs says:

    Oh dear…
    just realised I posted a comment regarding music on another post…

    only one thing to know,
    is a great free internet radio!