One answer to an oft-asked question.


The question "How do you hear of new music?" appears regularly in the AG Forum.

In the early-mid 1960’s it was for me (and most others) of course on AM radio. Then in 1967 Tom Donahue pioneered FM Rock radio on his KMPX station in San Francisco, which moved to KSAN the following year. That station (and similar stations throughout the U.S.A.) played not 45RPM singles, but rather album cuts, songs that would never be played on "3 minute singles only" radio. Hendrix, Cream, etc.

In the mid-70’s a similar thing occurred in the print coverage of music: the emergence of the Fanzine. Small amateur mags devoted to covering either the likes of the emerging Punk scene, or genre-specific coverage of cult audience artists and bands. These provided an alternative to Rolling Stone, which was still stuck in the 60’s. Much better pro-magazines were Creem and Crawdaddy.

My favorite was Bomp Magazine, founded by Rock ’n’ Roll historian Greg Shaw (who also wrote liner notes for LP releases, as well as acting as The Flamin’ Groovies manager). It was in Bomp that I learned of The Nerves (the Power Pop trio that consisted of Peter Case---later leader of The Plimsouls, Paul Collins---later leader of The Beat, and Jack Lee---writer of "Hanging On The Telephone"), The Dwight Twilley Band (though they had enjoyed a hit single in 1975---"I’m On Fire", I wasn’t listening to radio and never heard it until I got their debut album Sincerely. WOW!), Dave Edmunds (Dave had an AM radio hit back in 1970 ("I Hear You Knocking", but I hadn’t heard it), Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, Squeeze, and dozens more.

When the Alt-Country movement got underway in the mid-to-late 1980’s, the magazine No Depression showed up, and was invaluable for those interested in "Roots" music. You name a band or artist of the genre, and you’ll find stories about him/her/they in it. It was a real loss when the mag stopped publishing print copies. But another great mag---Mojo---continued publishing, and remains a great source of info on artists/bands, new and old.

But then the internet appeared, and vast quantities of info on every imaginable subject became available. I have a number of favorite YouTube music channels I watch regularly, including that of Bob Bradley, who resides in the Louisville Kentucky area. He is an audiophile (with a Thorens TD-124), a music lover, and a musician (with an impressive vintage guitar collection). Here he is in a video with his good friend Jefferey Lee Puckett (great name!): They have made a bunch of others. Though Bob’s musical taste and mine intersect only somewhat (he’s really into Jazz, for instance), I enjoy his videos immensely.




I used to listen a lot  to a public radio station, 91.3 WYEP, out of Pittsburgh, and they used to play a lot of great stuff and artists that were off of the beaten track.  I don't listen to music very much in my vehicle anymore, but when I do find 91.3 on the dial, ithey seem a lot more mainstream than they used to.  

Now with streaming… Qobuz: New Releases, by genre, internet radio channels for instance - 1.FM they have many dozens of stations by subcategory, Paradise Radio Eclectic Mix… thousands of others. I hardly listen to stuff I have owned ever.


Now that I don’t have to buy albums… when I get to album reviews in the back of Stereophile and The Absolute Sound I’ll sample them and add to my library (virtual library in the Conductor App from my Aurrender) if I like them.

Roon is excellent at recommending music, IMO. That's my #1 source, with YouTube audio equipment reviews a close second. Ron at New Record Day YouTube channel, for instance, has good taste (meaning that it's similar to mine, of course) and is vigilant about listing the music he plays in the comments.

Youtube algorithm had been pleasing me from long time back. 

Some of those vinyl channels are truly worth following and subscribing such as Terminal Passage or Yum Yam.



Pandora works better playing related music than Qobuz for me. My Weekly Discovery playlist on Qobuz never changes. Tell me I’m doing something wrong, please.