How I Find New Music

The argument keeps raging: Can we download new music free of charge without doing something illegal? Do artists want us carrying their new songs around even if we don’t buy their albums? Can radio stations broadcast successfully beyond their official signal? The answer is yes, yes and yes. And probably yes to your next question, too. As I travel to the UK (and Greece) for a week in which I hope to pick up new media of all kinds, please consider subscribing to these American podcasts if you want to fill up your iPod with interesting new music and intelligent conversation, legally and free of charge.

IndieFeed: Electronica/Dance. One song per day. Legal. Free. Just the way you want them.
KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic: In-studio sessions and interviews
KCRW’s Music Exchange: Steve Lamacq and Ric Harcourt swap industry buzz and inside music tips
KEXP’s Live Music Broadcasts: In-studio and onstage sessions
KEXP Presents Music That Matters: Individual DJs from America’s best radio station present a show of new music tailored to their own taste.
KEXP Song Of The Day: A free song every day.
NPR All Songs Considered: National Public Radio hosts discuss and play tracks from the week’s new album releases.

Thanks to these above shows – all of which you can find at American iTunes and otherwise through the links up above – my iPod is currently loaded up with new songs or live shows by Spiral System, Gram Rabbit, Elbow, The Walkmen, WinterKids, We Are Scientists, Elvis Perkins, The Stills, Paul Simon, the Essex Green, Rogue Wave, Neil Young, The Go station, Band of Horses, Beverly Hills, Emulsion, Gomez and many many more. You may think there have been better times for music, but there has never been a better time to discover it.

Which Podcasts do you recommend to discover and hear new music? Let us know in the Comments section below or in the iJamming! Pub.

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