So for the past two years I've spent my summers working in a bike shop (freshman year back in my hometown, last year here in Iowa City), and one of the staples of my experiences at the shop was Pandora Radio, cranked up full blast.
If you don't know about Pandora (http://www.pandora.com), it's a streaming music website which creates play lists based off of songs (or artists) you type in. For instance-- If I were to type in "Konstantine", It would select songs for playing that all have similar qualities to the song "Konstantine", by Something Corporate (in this instance, a lot of songs with mellow rock qualities, piano accompaniment, and vocal harmonies).
Anyway, Pandora is great not because it cycles songs from your favorite artists, but because it introduces you to artists you may not have heard of before, assuming you’ll like them based on your already established taste in music. Most of the time, they assume correctly. Don’t worry if they don’t, you can simply veto a song, and it will be forever removed from your playlist.
Pandora has introduced me to some amazing bands I would have never heard of before. Here’s a list of some of the bands Pandora has so gracefully introduced me to:
Elliot Smith Radio:
Heatmiser - Plainclothes Man, The Miles Hunt Club - Amongst the Old Reliables, Sun Kil Moon - Dramamine
The Last of the Bad Men - Get in Line, The M’s - Big Baby Bottoms, The Cribs - Mirror Kissers, Rock Kills Kid - Are you Nervous?
Missy Higgins - Nightminds, Rosie Thomas - Farewell, Aqua Lung - Brighter than the Sunshine, Collin Herring - Into the Morning
Rodrigo y Gabriella Radio:
Lara & Reyes - El Castillo, Georges Street - The Tartar Frigate, Rafael Canizeras - A Tu Vera, Gypsy Kings - Faena
Something Vague Radio:
Junior League - Nameless, Black Lab - Run Circles, Sean Hayes - Calling all Cars, Blue Rodeo - It Makes Me Wonder, Straw Dogs - All the Things, James - The Shining, Days of the New - The Down Town
Paul Brill - New Pagan Love Song, David Gray - Nightblindness, The Go-Betweens - Crooked Lines, Son Volt - Back into Your World
I’ve included some songs to listen to, as well, because it would take me FOREVER to link a bunch of songs/videos. You’ll have to do some detective work to make up for my laziness. But it’s worth it.