Music Mondays: October 3rd, 2011
Good Monday everyone, hope that your day has been Monday-reffic! This is my first post of “Music Mondays” where I will post a song that has been stuck in my head or helped me get through the last week. If you knew my friends, they would say that I have a very unique playlist; including everything from hip hop and r&b, to techno and house, to indie/alternative/rock and roll, and even a bit of country.
The main source of my variety in music is from Hype Machine. The Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about. We handpick a set of kickass music blogs and then present what they discuss for easy analysis, consumption and discovery. This way, your odds of stumbling into awesome music or awesome blogs are high. –http://hypem.com/about.
I’ve been finding new and old songs on Hype Machine for over a year and here are some things i love about it:
1. It’s completely free! I signed up not really knowing what the site was all about, and learnt new things along the way. When you find a song that you like, you can favourite it and the song will be saved to “your songs”. It’s just like adding a song to a playlist on youtube or iTunes, but is much simpler. All the songs that you favourite stay in “your songs” for as long as you want. You can favourite as many songs as you wish!
2. It’s a great way to find new songs and artists. The Hype Machine has no limit of genres, there is absolutely everything! Mainstream or underground, there are thousands of bands and artists available for you to discover. And since the songs on Hype Machine have been posted by music blogs, it’s a great way to find new unreleased or recently released songs. If I had a dollar for every time I found a song and then it became well-known worldwide , I would be a rich man.
3. The “connections” to it. It is very similar to twitter in a way, so if you know your way around twitter, you’ll figure out your way around Hype Machine very easily. To start with, if there is a certain blog that keeps posting songs that you like, you can follow that blog and when ever it posts a new song it will appear under “My Feed”. My Feed is like an rss. It’s an easy way to see the songs that have been posted by the blogs that you follow in one easy list. Two blogs that I follow and show up under my feed are “Earmilk” and “Pigeons and Planes”. Another way to connect is by following somebody else’s account. Say you’ve stumbled upon my hypem account, Brocker, and find that we share a lot of songs in common. You can follow my account and see what songs I’ve recently added to my favourites. You can also add friends via twitter, a more direct way of following your friends and their favourites. And lastly, you are able to share songs that you’ve found on Hype Machine through your twitter and Facebook accounts. It’s a cool way of sharing that song that you think everyone needs to listen to!
4. Hype Machine even lets you share your favourite songs by adding a widget to your blog. You can display your most recently favourites to anyone viewing your blog, how cool is that?
If your a music lover (and who isn’t) I would recommend you to check out Hype Machine. You don’t even need an account to try it out, so there should be no excuse of not checking it out because you didn’t want to sign up for it!
You can see my Hype Machine account here or by clicking on link under My Hype Machine on the right side of the page
Anyways, my pick for this weeks music Mondays is an old favourite of mine that I came across on Hype Machine a week ago and I’ve been listening to it frequently ever since.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this weeks Music Monday:
Modest Mouse- Float On