Web Sites: Music Resources
The web is obviously
a powerful resource for music fans. Unfortunately, you don't find out
about many of them unless you're already at a site that mentions them.
Furthermore, a lot of music communities are fairly elitist. They figure,
if you don't know about a resource, it wasn't meant for you in the first
In any event, here
are some of the sites I can't live without. They range from specialized
information databases and storehouses to download services to used CD
exchange brokers. Check them out. You never know when they'll disappear.
Universal Band List (http://www.ubl.com)
Search the band
database to find web sites, merchandise, tour-dates, discographies,
news, downloads, and just about anything else on the web related to
the band. Results are culled from a variety of different databases
and integrated into a single browser window.
Culture Dose (http://www.culturedose.com)
For the discriminating
consumer of culture. Very thorough film, book, and music reviews.
standard journal of the recording industry. News beyond celebrity
gossip and award show fashions. Lists upcoming music releases, provides
recent music charts, etc.
Maybe the greatest
thing since the golden calf. As Napster was crumbling, EMusic was
hustling to arrange with labels to make mp3s available online to subscribers.
Search by band, label, album title, or genre. There's an impressive
catalog of bands available @ EMusic, especially for indie, punk, industrial,
jazz, and rock. Everything from Johnny Cash to At the Drive In, Bad
Religion to Miles Davis.
Pollstar in the last issue. Pollstar is a show database. Search for
shows by venue, state, city, artist. Restricts search by date range
upon request. Note that results may be missing shows since not all
venues and artists get their new tour information posted right away.
Venus maps, addresses, phone numbers, parking information are provided,
as are links to venue homepages.
Used CDs, DVDs,
videos, and 'puter games bought and sold. Not a great deal - used
CDs cost the same $8 they do at your local used shop; add to that
the cost of shipping, and the fact that they pay out different amounts
for different CDs, and you can't help resenting them: they may pay
$.50 for a CD with low demand, and then make a $7.50 profit.
The real advantage
to Spun is that they'll buy the CDs you couldn't sell to your local
shop: this means you can finally get rid of your Spin Doctors and
Blues Traveler collections. On the other side of the same coin, since
they'll buy anything, they have a collection filled with the stuff
you'll have trouble finding elsewhere.
Lambgoat is hardcore
heaven. It aims at creating a community of like-minded music fans
by providing discussion boards and email lists. More importantly,
Lambgoat includes frequently updated hardcore news, CD reviews, polls
and surveys. If you want to fight about who's more hardcore, Gorilla
Biscuits or Black Flag, or if you've got a bone to pick with Earth
Crisis, this is the place to start something.
A database of
gig posters searchable by band or designer/artist. Pure gold for the
archivist,collector, scrapbook-keeper, scene-junkie, or trivia-hound.
Epitonic is an
MP3 archive dedicated to helping "today's wired youth
and selectively download music." They feature upstarts as well
as artists from repected indie labels. In addition to streaming full
albums and video, Epitonic let's you personalized playlists, news,
a newsletter, and the "Epitomic Blackbox" in which users
can store their music. Browse or search by genre or artist.
All Music Guide
asset is its artist database. A successful search for an artist produces
a full discography and biography. Each album entry includes an intelligent
review, a list of every musician on the album, etc. Keep clicking
on links to find out relationships between bands, etc.
is so thorough, and the reviews and biographies so helpful, that retailers
such as CDNow relies on it.
Some will also
find helpful Allmusic's guide to music styles, essays on genres, etc.
It's an amazing resource for any music fan.
New Releases @
Journal's calendar of upcoming music releases, updated fairly frequently.
CMJ is also a central resource for news related to "college-rock,"
indie bands, etc.