Discovering New Music Via Bandcamp - hypebot

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Paul Kelly

They should merge with soundcloud.

Ocelma

Well, there's this: http://camp.fm

A Bandcamp music discovery for long tailed music hunters!

So, are you into shoe gaze from NY bands?
http://camp.fm/search?query=shoe+gaze,new+york

Folky alternative Spanish bands?
http://camp.fm/search?query=alternative,folk,spain

Do you miss the psychedelia from the 60s
http://camp.fm/search?query=60s,psychedelic

Or do you like PJ Harvey?
http://camp.fm/search?query=pj+harvey

Enjoy!

Jeremy

I recently started something called Bandcamp Radio as a way to help with discovering great music on Bandcamp (as long as you have similar taste as me). Basically, it uses a service called exfm to keep track of the music I like on Bandcamp - which creates a player with 'buy' links to the original source (which is Bandcamp).

http://ex.fm/bandcampradio

There are also a lot of great blogs that do the discovering for you, Bandcamp Hunter being the best for 100% Bandcamp discovery: http://bandcamphunter.tumblr.com/

But I agree that Bandcamp could become even more amazing if they'd put out a better way to explore their great collection of artists and music.

SC

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Mark

I'll go out on a limb here and say that I actually love the Discovernator. With a combination of it and the site's classic genre pages, I've found a great many artists that we've featured over at Bandcamp's Best (http://bandcampsbest.com).

Bandcamp offers the most plain vanilla flavored art of music discovery, which I've always found to be extremely appealing. It makes you get intimate with each and every artist you're looking for, because you have to actively search for them yourself.

The Discovernator might help the process a bit, and so do tags, but I've always just loved its roots as a regular old archive of amazing indie music. That and I believe that it respects the hard working artist more than any other music site out there (beyond Soundcloud, which is second best).

The hard-to-navigate aspect of the site is actually a benefit of Bandcamp's Best (if you like classic reviews that are laid out by genre and hate humanity-less number scores pasted on the fronts of albums that are there to please our robotic overlord aggregators). We also make note of whether the album is set to free/pay what you want for those just looking for free, legal music.

I love what BC is doing and think it represents what all other music services should strive for in terms of both respecting the artist and the listener at the same time.

Draker

Have you tryed the rabbit hole button on Reverbnation? Find an artist you like, play the song and click on rabbit hole on the player. Next song you get is from a band that played a gig with them. Goes on for a long while and crosses lots of genres, but its like a map of bands that have played together.
Found some great bands I never heard of through that. I like discover function on BC too, but Reverb just has so many more bands, so you can listen for a while and get a bigger variety. Its a bit more random then BC's tool, but my taste is all over the map, so it works for me.

Jack32O

agrees with Mark bandcamp is rad i'd promote it

Matt Early

Am I the only one that thinks that the best discovery platform out there is LastFM?

I don't know many people who would want to discover new acts any other way.

Sam

@Matt - I really enjoy Last.fm for discovery and finding out more about artists, but it's hard to hear a whole catalog like it is on Spotify or Bandcamp. You can't exactly click "next song on album" like you can on other services. Still, my band uses it, and loves it.

Chelsea Smith

Bandcamp keeps me updated with what's new in the music scene. I visit the site regularly for news and features. Plus, I like the fact that users are able to interact with fellow music fans.

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