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Old 09-07-2010, 03:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Most of the time I pick up on things from various forums (such as this one), sometimes through last.fm, sometimes through label associations, sometimes through review sites (though I don't follow any), sometimes through blogs that seem appealing (not currently keeping up with any, though), sometimes through Amazon (people who baught this also baught this...) and similar features on other sites, sometimes things come out of nowhere and somehow catch my attention, and I'm left wondering how it happened.

All this results in a SERIOUS influx of new music at all times and a constantly growing list of things I need to check out. My Amazon wishlist is 26 pages long and I'm pretty sure I've stripped out all things I've already downloaded (and moved everything I want to purchase on CD to another list).
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:47 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I mainly just use this forum and Youtube. Sometimes my friends, but rarely.
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'll look for bands that play in a genre similar to my tastes. I try my best to hear as many of the "core" bands of each of my favorite genres. I always check their wiki page, find AMG's highest rated album, and listen to a couple of singles on youtube...
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:32 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I've found Allmusic to be a great info source as far as both finding new bands and things I hadn't heard by bands I already liked.

Other than that, all the usual suspects--here, magazines (metacritic, Pitchfork, etc), friends, all that good stuff.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:45 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I belong to another music forum that has a music sharing subforum where people upload albums and do massive send offs to anyone on the list. I've found some really good artists through that site, but lately it has been a bit lacking. Besides that I use Last.fm to find similar artists, then Youtube to find if the artists are worth listening to. Sometimes I play what I like to call "Demonoid Fishing" where I go to Demonoid, type in a random word or phrase, and then download whatever hits come up. I've found some interesting music that way, but I reserve that game for when I'm bored. Finally there's also Rate Your Music, which is useful for finding good starting albums of bands I'm unfamiliar with, or just what's popular this year.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I get a lot of music through word of mouf after talking to other metal heads. I just write down the band and then check them out on myspace.
Otherwise I use pandora or I click on a bands top friends on their myspace page.
Recently I discovered, however, the glory of the magazine. I got a few free Decibel magazines at work and went through writing down every band that looked or sounded interesting, then went through the whole list on myspace starring the ones I liked. Then... torrent time!

I've also found a few new bands while lurking around on here.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:41 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Last.fm introduces me to new artists.
Wikipedia gives me the info.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:25 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Word of mouth. I have a few weird ways I discovered bands, though. I remember a few years ago finding Bad Brains because I was searching through the notable dates pages of Wikipedia and found under one date "H.R.'s (stands for Human Rights) birthday" and thought that was interesting so I read his Wikipedia page and decided to listen to the band.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:32 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I liked last.fm for a while but recently I've been noticing that what last.fm considers "similar" between bands, is often ridiculously not. At least not to me. I'm not sure how it works... whether it just compares tags or something, but it seems pretty flawed to say the least. But I may not be doing something right, as I haven't really dug into that site.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:42 PM   #20 (permalink)
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i dont buy a lot of sheetmusic unless i have to, i usually go to ultimate-guitar for guitar tabs, and for piano if i cant get the song by ear then i check youtube.
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