I miss Rdio. It was a great place to listen to music. Now I use Tidal as my streaming music provider; it has no social aspect at all so I need to do more work finding out about what’s new or old and worth hearing. These links are references for me so I can always get to sources I like.
- Alex Ross’s blog: when he has something in heavy rotation, I listen.
- All Music: a fantastic resource, especially given the terrible metadata on all streaming music sites. They review new releases.
- Down Beat: hours of listening in every issue.
- Exclaim!: free monthly print newspaper of music news and reviews, plus lots online.
- Forced Exposure new releases: regular updates from the mail order music store.
- Glass Notes: all about Philip Glass.
- The Guardian’s music coverage: all kinds of coverage, from classical (like Max Richter’s classical-for-beginners playlist) to Dom Lawson on metal.
- Gramophone: hours more listening in every issue.
- Metal: Dangerdog, Invisible Oranges, MetalSucks, The Noisegarden, PD’s Prog Blog.
- Freaky rock: Psych Insight Music.
- Ted Gioia: jazz writer and critic who often mentions on Twitter (@tedgioia) what he’s listening to, and regularly writes for the Daily Beast.
- The Quietus.
Finding similar artists:
- Bandcamp: once you’ve bought something and have an account, you can stream; I’ve found music on there that isn’t on Tidal, and I can buy it and download as FLAC.
- BBC Radio 3: classical. Private Passions has some good guests.
- BBC Radio 4: talk, documentaries, comedy and drama. And the Shipping Forecast.
- BBC Radio 4 Extra: repeats of old comedy and drama.
- CBC Radio One: really I only listen to Metro Morning on my clock radio and Quirks and Quarks as a podcast. CBC Radio is dreadful compared to what it used to be. Still, sometimes there’s something going on where I want live coverage.
- KING’s Second Inversion.
- New Music USA’s Counterstream Radio.
- SoundCloud: I mostly use this for podcasts. Wouldn’t be surprised if it disappears soon.
- WQXR’s Q2: “a listener-supported, New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers.”
- WWOZ: the “Guardians of the Groove” in New Orleans.