Music, as you may have noticed, is a huge part of my life. Whether I'm singing myself, or listening to carefully crafted playlists, or dancing to someone else's mix, I find that music speaks to a very primal part of me.
As with everything, however, it's easy to get in a rut. Even with 27 GB of music in my iTunes, I tend to listen to the same few bands over and over. It's not that I don't enjoy the music I have, but I feel that when I do this I am reinforcing a message of sameness rather than positive change to my subconscious mind.
If you're in the same boat as me (welcome!), how can you find new music? There are music suggestion sites like Pandora, and hopefully you have a few musically-minded friends who like to expose you to new music as well. One of the easiest ways to find amazing new musical, however, is to listen to the radio. I particularly recommend independent radio stations!
The main difference between an independent radio station and a standard one is that the DJ gets to pick what they want to play. KEXP (90.3 FM in Seattle, 91.5 FM in New York, and on the web streaming live at KEXP.org) is a great example -- they don't have a list of Top 40 songs that have to be played every hour, freeing them to host shows like Wo' Pop (modern global music) and Positive Vibrations (reggae and modern Jamaican sounds). I have found SO many new bands from listening to KEXP, and there are very few shows on the channel that I don't enjoy.
You can also listen to local college shows -- while they tend to have a shorter broadcast range and more unusual time slots, they are almost always run by students with a burning passion for music. Who better to learn music from than someone whose life revolves around it? So the next time you're looking for some new sounds in your life, mix it up and find an independent radio station. Keep the tunes coming!
(As usual, I have no affiliation with any products or companies mentioned!)