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I am looking for new music that doesn't get played a billion times on the radio. I have no idea where to start though. I pretty much like anything besides heavy metal, and country I have to be in the mood for.

I love anything musical with meaningful lyrics. I attach to musci much better when it speaks to me, KWIM?
 

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Metric - Live It Out is an amazing cd.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones

The Libertines - (self titled)

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (out March 6)

Jarvis Cocker -Jarvis

Cat Power - The Greatest

Morrissy or The Smiths

ok,i will stop now.
 

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I started getting into music again, and I have found many resources including:

http://hypem.com/ music blog aggregator, can use to find free music

http://indieum.com/ music blog aggregator, can use to find free music

(many music blogs link to free mp3s)

http://www.pastemagazine.com/ great magazine with a monthly free cd sampler of at least 20 songs. mostly indie and americana

inradio.com monthly CD sampler of more obscure stuff (for fee)

Podcasts (can either use a podcatcher (like Juice) or go to the site directly and download archives.)

http://kcrw.com/podcast/show/tu (free song each day)

http://feeds.feedburner.com/HeartOfTheNightShow wide variety, includes unsigned artists

http://feeds.feedburner.com/pcpodcast another show with wide variety, just the right amount of commentary.

NPR: All Songs Considered http://www.npr.org/programs/asc/?ft=2&f=37

An eclectic mix of fresh music by emerging artists and breakout bands -

Feed URL: http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510019

Eclectic Mix http://EclecticMix.com

The best of a diversity of podsafe musical genres - Open Your Mind

Feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/eclecticmix

KCRW's Today's Top Tune http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/tu

song a day, that represents a cross section of KCRW's eclectic music format.

Feed URL: http://kcrw.com/podcast/show/tu

IndieHeart.com Indie Music: Heart of the Night Show http://indieheart.com

Indie and Unsigned Music: Rock, Pop, Folk, Alternative, Punk, Rockabilly, Experimental Rock, Power Pop, Garage, and a variety of other genres Many artists at the site provide free MP3 downloads of their music, so visit the Indie Heart Showcase for more!

Feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/HeartOfTheNightShow

CBC Radio 3 Podcast http://www.cbcradio3.com/

entirely to new Canadian music.

Feed URL: http://www.cbcradio3.com/podcast/

AMPed New Music Weekly http://www.musicpodcasting.org

The Official Podcast of the Association of Music Podcasting

Feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ampedmp3

Dave Cusick's Post Modern Rock Show a college radio show that is archived as mp3s http://www.postmodernrock.com

KEXP Song of the Day http://www.kexp.org

Feed URL: http://www.kexp.org/podcast_songoftheday.xml

Other sources:

Sounds eclectic- great show from LA's NPR station.

http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/sc (streaming archives)

http://www.salon.com/ent/audiofile/ daily free mp3 at the site. They did have a weekly show reviewing and playing all of that week's songs, but it's on hiatus or something.

Use last.fm or pandora to get suggestions of new bands, use allmusic.com to look up artists and find similar artists, and last but not least, go to the library or order from the library albums you want to try out before you buy.

Check out college radio. Look for their schedule, see if they archive shows. ( www.wruw.org in Cleveland will let you stream live or the most recent show of each program.)

I also use www.emusic.com an mp3 subscription service. Small labels only (and many genres), but no DMA restrictions. Cheaper than itunes, etc. too. Lots of awesome stuff on there.

And my favorite podcast willandiris.org has at least one band of the week where Will describes and plays interesting indie music. He and his son even did a best of the 2006 show-- his son is only 9 and already a music snob!!
 

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Personally, I have little faith in music recommendations that are not based on very comprehensive knowledge about the recommendee's (if that is even a word) musical tastes.
 

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I sort of agree with Sevenseas - music is personal and just because one person loves something has no bearing on whether you will.

That being said, when you combine indie, offbeat, and meaningful lyrics, it makes me think of that underground classic "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by "Neutral Milk Hotel." What a fantastic, weird, wonderful album this is. You will either love it deeply or hate it with a passion.

http://www.amazon.com/Aeroplane-Over...e=UTF8&s=music
 

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Jeff_veg, have you listened to the other "Elephant 6" artists - like Olivia Tremor Control?
 

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I just went on youtube to see if they had anything by a group I recently discovered. Someone made a a cool video for a song I really like.

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I am pretty sure I found this song on one of the podcasts I listed above. I like to just listen to a lot of different things and see what sticks. Sometimes something takes a few listens before it sticks, though.
 

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Jeff_veg, have you listened to the other "Elephant 6" artists - like Olivia Tremor Control?
I wasn't sure so I checked into it, and I was surprised to find that I have heard some "Apples in Stereo" and "Of Montreal," but I haven't checked out Olivia Tremor Control. Are they good?
 

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Regina Spektor

Damien Rice

Deathcab for Cutie

Postal Service

Rilo Kiley

Those are just a few "mainstream indie" bands off the top of my head. A good way to find music is to find a band you like, look them up on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and click the "similar artists" area. Or the "what other people who bought this also bought" section.

Also check out www.plan-it-x.com. It's an independent punk label, but all the bands aren't traditional punk rock. There's some acoustic acts, girl-with-guitar types, etc. It's more about the punk idea. I like Madeline from that label a lot.
 

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Amy that's because you live in the coolest city in the world.


They're very well known here in Dallas because we have a huge population and therefore a lot of "cool" people, but I have definitely never heard any of those bands on the radio here. The bands being played "a billion times on the radio" in Dallas are like Beyonce, Panic at the Disco, whoever won American Idol last, etc.

The OP lives in Las Vegas...I don't know what the radio situation is like there but I'm guessing since it's primarily a tourism city, most of the stations are Top 40.
 

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That's it I'm sure. I looked at some playlists on that website and a lot of it is stuff that IS played on mainstream radio in Dallas, but there are many artists mixed in that are *never* on our adult contemporary stations. I wonder what the distinction is.
 

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Bright Eyes

Morrissey/The Smiths

Cold War Kids

Enter Shikari

Josè Gonzales

Mew

Interpol

Jack Johnson

Nick Drake

Willy Mason

Death Cab For Cutie
 
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