How are you discovering new music?

Maybe you’ve read the article David Byrne wrote for the Guardian about how the Internet will suck all creative content out of the world. I’m not sure I agree with him. I think creativity can be really enhanced by the Internet. I think creativity will take new forms because of the Internet. The old model of the music industry obviously no longer applies. But there are artists like Macklemore and The Weeknd using the Internet to reach audiences. I think in general, the Internet has made audiences much smaller–there’s so much content out there now. But is that a good or a bad thing?

David Byrne is down on Spotify, and I don’t blame him. But I use it to listen to music these days, for one reason–it makes it really easy to find new bands. Not only does it recommend bands to me based on what I’ve already listened to, but I can follow my friends and even music artists to see what they’ve been listening to. You can share playlists with people. There’s probably more it can do that I haven’t figured out yet.

My two favorite discoveries via Spotify:

Rival Schools

Joe Pug

How are you discovering new music?

Once Upon a Time

I just discovered this show. Is anyone else watching it?

My daughter got me hooked. I’ve only seen the most recent episode and the second episode so far (I’m waiting to watch more with my husband), but there’s something about it that’s really compelling.

At least for me–and it might be a bit girly for some of you, I’m not sure.

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Actors with unique voices

Have you ever noticed how the most memorable actors are the ones with unique-sounding voices? I’ve been noticing lately that actors with ordinary voices are completely forgettable for me–take for instance January Jones. I just watched some movie on DVD that she was in–oh yeah, Unknown. With Liam Neeson. Neeson has a very recognizable voice. Jones doesn’t. And to me she just seemed unremarkable.

I’m wondering if maybe this is why women actors in general don’t get as much praise as men. By that I mean, if you were to list the top actors of all time, most would be males. And all of them would have unique voices. Who are the greatest women actors? Meryl Streep, Judy Dench? I don’t even know anymore. Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts used to be the top actresses. They all have voices you’d recognize instantly.

So who do you think has the most interesting-sounding voice? Jack Nicholson? I think my vote might go to Steve Buscemi, who incidentally is one of my personal fave actors.

Things you get snobby about

I’m actually not snobby about much when it comes to music/movies/etc. I mean, I might act snobby about some movies and tv shows, but the truth is I know that most of the stuff I enjoy is completely stupid and lame (that’s the main reason I like it–you should have watched Battle:Los Angeles with my family the other night–it was hilarious).

And music wise, I like pretty much everything–including (and in many cases, especially) ultra cheesy syrupy stuff, so it’s hard to call myself a snob. But I do get snobby about some artists and/or albums. I feel like if you consider yourself a real fan of music, you should have an appreciation for certain artists/albums, even if you don’t necessarily find them to be something you want to listen to. You should at least be able to recognize their genius. And if you can’t, well, I admit it–I’m going to think snobby things about you.
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