Lately, I've been brooding about my lack of access to cool new music. Used to have some kind of network for locating new artists, but somehow just don't have that anymore. Radio stations and "charts" have become useless. So much wading through drek to find something good... Most recently, my music taste has derived from movies and television (even commercials!)
I remembered hearing about free online "music recommendation" sites a while back. Found a few after much dedicated browsing yesterday...
This is the cool thing: http://pandora.com/
Put in an artist you especially like and they'll play a "radio station" all composed of similarly classified music. So far it's really fabulously accurate! I put in "The Smiths" and they've played about 7 related songs (some actual Smiths). Gotta warn ya, they'll probably make you register -- but it's free and their library is really HUGE. Quite a goldmine for the passionate music listener.
I can't really describe my sheer delight with this new toy in words!! =)