Music discovery: Ex.FM, Peel, The Super Awesome Music Blog Finder Thingy & more

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The popular music blog aggregator site Elbo.ws currently lists over 4,000 blogs. This exorbitant number is an indication of just how much noise there is in the music blogosphere and that number only counts what’s been submitted. With so much music out there to discover, how do you find a music blogger or a site whose taste aligns with yours? Here’s a look at some recent kicking solutions that address this problem.

One answer is Ex.Fm, a handy extension for Google Chrome  that saves links to MP3s on pages as you browse into a playlist so you can listen to a continuous mix of music. It queues up Soundcloud embeds, allows you to favourite songs and share them with others through your Last.FM, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts. Ex.FM is essentially an iTunes-esque social jukebox for your browser and very well done it is too. The four-man New York based team recently raised $750,000 in funding so watch out for more features in the coming months.

Also from the Ex.FM team, is the poorly-titled The Super Awesome Music Blog Finder Thingy ™ (ex.fm/labs/blogfinder), an experimental “labs” tool that recommends music blogs for you to check out based on your Last.FM data. It matches the artists in your library with those featured on music blogs, leaving you with a tailored page results of new voices to check out. As a music blogger myself, I can tell you I found a couple of new regular haunts I didn’t know existed before.

Mac users rejoice, for there is a super-sexy looking solution to your music blog browsing needs. Peel (getpeel.com) is a desktop program that looks like iTunes yet gets juiced up on music blog feed data. From there you can load up your favourite blog, read their latest entries,  play their song choices and download the tunes  to your local hard drive at a click. Peel plays nice with all the usual social stuff too: Last.FM and Facebook in particular.

The only bad news? Peel will set you back $24.95. The intuitive interface is a winner but Ex.FM’s recent upgrade has made this look less of a bargain. Also, Ex.FM’s queuing of songs while you browse is automatic. Peel first-timers have to be familiar with blogs to manually add them for it to be really useful.

If you’d prefer to listen to music another time rather than as you browse but would prefer to create your own playlists rather than let Ex.FM build it  for you, the aptly-titled Later.FM is here to help. If you haven’t got the time to listen to something click Later.FM’s button and a playlist is created. It’s compatible with songs from Soundcloud, MP3 links and Tumblr audio posts and only contains songs you specifically want to hear.

See also: Top 10 music discovery sites you should know from the Day And Night Digital archives for more.

 

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Band of Blogs: K.Flay, Solange, Seapony & Beastie Boys feat. Santigold

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K.Flay

Kristen Flaherty is a Stanford psychology and sociology graduate who moonlights as a rapper. She recently released three free volumes of a mixtape called I Stopped Caring In ’96 that showcases her unique Chicago-bred style that simultaneously pops and rocks.
kflay.com

Solange / Boards Of Canada

Beyoncé’s cool younger sister (pictured) sings over a song from reclusive ambient masters Boards Of Canada? This you have to hear…

Seapony

Fans of fuzzy and dreamy-sounding music will dig Seapony, Seattle-based purveyors of twee-rock who will be releasing their debut album Go With Me through Sub Pop off-shoot Hardly Art at the end of the month.

Listen at Gorilla vs. Bear

Beastie Boys / Santigold

The ska-influenced Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win from the Beasties’ new album Hot Sauce Committee Pt.2 features Santigold on the hook and is the sound of summer in the city.

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Sites of the Week: Public webcams, Geo-tagging expletives and a music maze

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Watch This Cam

Tuning into one of 300 public webcams available at random is oddly compelling.
watchthiscam.com

Where the F**k is this?

If you’ve ever found a picture on the internet and wondered where it was taken, this site can help.

www.wherethefuckisthis.com

The Music Maze

A “recommended if you like” type mind map for music. Enter an artist you like and explore.

static.echonest.com/musicmaze/MusicMaze.html

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