I’m well aware that there is now a generation of kids that have grown up discovering music via YouTube, but it’s still a foreign idea to me.
The forgotten idea of going to a “record” store and sitting/standing and listening to records/CDs while there was my favorite pastime up until those brick & mortar stores evaporated several years ago. So now, like everyone else, I am digging around the net looking for new tunes. It can be a good experience, but for some reason it just doesn’t bring the romantic results that an outing to Sound Warehouse, Virgin Records, Peaches or my old local mom&pop, CD World used to. Spotify has been an improving experience, although a strong argument can be made that Rdio and MOG are better services for the same price.
Yesterday on Facebook someone posted this video. And via the power of YouTube I again was introduced to a singer/band I’d never heard of, but this video is a few minutes of awesome. Of course that led me to her site and listening to her and her band’s stuff. She’s a little Sheryl Crow (not that’s a bad thing), but I particularly enjoyed the background singing in the video. Additionally the concept of the band making these videos while driving from gig to gig is a pretty good one too.
So what I know is that the new way to find bands is actually a better, more efficient way. I don’t have to wear half operational headphones previously donned by who knows who, and be judged by passers by in the store as I tried out the new Phil Collins CD. Now, I can listen to all the dad rock I want in the private confines of my own home. I guess that’s better. maybe.