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In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, I’ve decided to take on the incredibly subjective topic of music this week.
I’m in awe of music writers. To me, it’s like sports writing. It’s certainly an art, and not everyone gets it. So music bloggers: You have my deep respect. You guys rock.
I have two brothers who are musicians – one a classical pianist and the other a regularly performing artist in the Washington, DC area. To hear them discuss music is fascinating – they hear things I don’t and know all the right questions to ask. They can jam.
So I felt terribly foolish when I confessed to one of them recently to learning how to play ukulele. And, of course, once I pulled out my ukulele, he strummed a few things that sounded like a conversation that had been sitting inside my instrument, waiting for the right person to unlock it.
With that, here are some pretty cool music blogs.
Free Bike Valet is a “beach city music blog.” A colleague – and big music enthusiast – tipped me off to this site.
I like Free Bike Valet because it covers great music and captures the “coastal lifestyle, sand romanticism, brisk fog, desert dust, and gold rush nostalgia that characterizes the West Coast.” The blog also was a “Best Music Blog” nominee by L.A. Weekly for its 2013 Web Awards.
I really enjoyed the “Love Don’t Go” Music Video by The Family Crest.
“[The Family Crest’s] second full-length, Beneath The Brine (Tender Loving Empire), was recently released and is a wave of orchestration ranging from romanticism to swing but at the heart of each song is melodic-pop indie rock complete with ‘woah, woah, wo’ gang vocals,” Free Bike Valet says.
I also really enjoyed Paris Carney’s “Astronaut”. Great song.
Follow @FreeBikeValet on Twitter.
Gorilla vs. Bear is a Texas-based music blog that once was called the “New Yorker of hipster blogs.” In 2008, GvsB was recognized by Rolling Stone as among the web’s Best Music Blogs in its annual Best of Rock issue.
“We blog about relevant artists of the day, with no particular genre-specific focus,” GvsB says. It covers a lot of territory: mp3s, radio, and video. It even has mixes.
GvsB also shares quite a bit from SoundCloud, an audio platform that really has changed how music is consumed.
It used to be that I would have to read about a new artist in a magazine or happen upon a cool CD in the music store. Now, music constantly is exchanged, traded, and bought digitally. Amazing.
Follow @gorillavsbear on Twitter.
So this is where my “eclectic” music taste might make itself known. I tend to lean mostly alternative in my music taste. But honestly, I like a little of everything.
I listened to “Midwestern Serenade” a couple of times; it’s pretty good. It comes off the album If You Don’t Like It... DON’T!
New York-based Raven Sings The Blues is a music and mp3 blog “devoted to indie pop/rock, psych, folk, and all forms of independent expression through music.” It features a mix of styles, music news, events, and songs that it’s “been listening to.”
Follow @RSTBRecords on Twitter.
Philadelphia-based The Styrofoam Drone considers itself “always tuned in.” The site is run and managed by Zac Camagna.
“Ranging from lo-fi psych to garage punk rock to electronic and everything in between, you’re bound to find something special,” the blog says. “Also, if you’re a touring band looking for show dates in Philadelphia, get in touch!”
I like that extra local plug for bands visiting Philadelphia. That’s pretty cool.
On The Styrofoam Drone, I really liked Geyser’s “Copper Wish,” which the blog describes as wielding a “murky complexion, built with grungy bass throbs and a scrappy beat. Vocals sound softer and somewhat muffled, creating an open-ended post-punk bruiser.” Nice.
I also found a new favorite song here: “Piedmont Aire” by Wreaths. Thanks, Styrofoam Drone. I just uploaded a bit of dream punk to my music player.
Follow @styrofoamdrone on Twitter.
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Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. She’s incredibly pleased with these new additions to her iPod. Follow @cpcube or give her a shout at PR Newswire’s Google+.