It was the time of the Pixies, Joy Division and Front 242. I travelled to the record store maybe once a month during the last two years in high school. The shopkeeper had two turntables set up. With them his customers could listen to their potential discoveries. Pre internet his range of records, his taste and my feeling for album covers were the guide. And today I’m a little bit proud that the Pixies’ albums Surfer Rosa, Doolittle and Bossanova were in my small collection back then.
And nowadays - recommendation engines? How sad.
Where do you find your music? Which media sources do you trust and for what kind of music?
Here are some of mine:
- Mojo . A digital magazine subscription. Covers popular music - the very well known kind and the independent, more obscure side. Their descriptions of albums are a good guide to what to expect when listening to the album. Makes pre selection easy…
- Uncut . Also a digital subscription. They cover a similar field as Mojo does. If one reads both, the chances of knowing most well made new pop or rock music are good.
- Gramophone . Again, a digital subscription. They cover classical music and their accessible catalogue ranges back to their founding year of 1923. I really enjoy their album reviews - they know what they are talking about and how to make their writings vivid.
- pitchfork.com . Free online magazine with 25 years under its belt. Covers popular music. Their review collection is rather large. And the search function is very useful to find exactly that one review one is looking for. Furthermore their ‘lists’ are great. 2017 year in music? Got it. The 200 best albums of the 1960s? Got it.
- Sanctuary Radio . A specialized internet radio station playing what they call ‘Dark Electro’. Under this umbrella term they subsume electronic body music, dark industrial, darkwave, industrial metal, electro-industrial, and minimal industrial.