It’s easy to take for granted how nearly effortless new music discovery has become. After all, thanks to the Internet, there are countless ways to discover new music in 2013. For example, there are music blogs (like this one), Soundcloud, Bandcamp, online music magazines, podcasts, Internet radio stations, and so forth. It’s easy to forget it wasn’t always this easy to find great new music.
Once upon a time, independent music discovery often required shelling out $10-15 on an album you’d never actually heard potentially by a band you’d never heard anything from before. Personally, I can remember buying albums by bands merely because they were released by a trusted record label, because they had cool album art, or because they were recommended by a friend or band I trusted. Inevitably this led to adding both disappointing and amazing records to my collection.