What the Internet has done for music is just amazing. Mind blowing, really.
At it’s most simple level, the Internet disintermediated (look that word up, it’s important) music creators (singers, bands, etc.) from music listeners (you and me!). There’s more to it than that, but the bottom line is that because of disintermediation there is more music available than ever. (You know what, on second thought, that last sentence deserves an exclamation point, so here it is: !)
Too much music, really. There is soooooo much music out there to listen to right now. I used to write a blog called I Need More Ears because I had exactly that problem—with only two ears, I couldn’t listen to enough music.
Just this morning, here’s what’s been presented as listening options:
- Hype Machine — basically the Billboard chart of what’s hottest on the web…I hadn’t been to HypeM for a while, but was reminded of it today because I’m wearing one of their t-shirts. I’m listening to it right now, but it would be unfair to mention HypeM without mentioning We Are Hunted which is just as awesome. I’m listening to HypeM Popular as I write this post.
- Chromeo — Toby came in and said to listen to this band…they’re good he said. (I just flipped from HypeM to this band…fifteen seconds into the first track reminds me of Wham plus Beverly Hills Cop Theme Song.)
- The Lonely Forest — my friend Lynn manages this band…they just released a new record. Real indie music. (Cheating…I actually listened to this last night.)
- Ivete Sangalo — was mentioned in an e-mail this morning, and I haven’t even listened to her yet, but apparently she’s hugely popular…the Madonna of Brazil is what I was told.
- Rhapsody — I listen to Rhapsody at the office typically, although I haven’t yet today…seriously, once you sign up for a subscription service I don’t know if you can ever go back…while they don’t have every single song ever recorded, they sure have a lot.
- And, how could I not mention KEXP — arguably the best radio station in the world…I listened to them in the car on the way to work. (Shameless plug: my friend Mark runs a fan site called Kexplorer.com…check it out.)
I’m not saying I like all this stuff…I’m just saying that these are just the options that have been presented before lunch on an ordinary day of the week. How is a mere mortal like myself supposed to listen to all this music with only two ears?