I'm gonna let you in on a little secret of mine. People often ask me how I find new music, new artists that aren't mass marketed on TV and radio. How do I know these fantastic yet somewhat unknown bands and songwriters that fill my life with a rich texture?
Well twitter is one source...I pay close attention to the tweets and recommendations of specific musicians who have steered me well in the past. If they say so and so is worth a listen, I trust them and go preview their music on iTunes or search for them on YouTube.
But I have a limited budget for new music so I can't just go buying every new album I want to check out on iTunes. I also don't believe in pirating music, finding illegal download sites that can also sometimes bring you viruses and trojans. Karma, baby.
That's where Noisetrade comes in for me. Noisetrade is a site established in part by one of my favorite artists, Derek Webb, where musicians can submit songs, samplers, and even entire albums to be downloaded completely free and totally legally. They only ask for your email address and encourage you to share the link via social media outlets. They suggest that if you like the album, you leave a tip of any dollar amount you want.
Right now you can get the entire new Forlorn Hope album, Hope for the Hopeless, free on Noisetrade. They make highly enjoyable rock and roll, you may remember me posting on them before. The Houston Press also did a great write-up on Forlorn Hope. Check it out and if you like it tell your friends.