So where do we find the "good" music

Ray R

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MTV and commercial radio are lost causes. So where do you find those gems? Jambands.com has a good selection. Mostly phish/grateful dead type bands, but they also have a lot of rocking jazz bands.
Anyone else have a suggestion?
 

John Garcia

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College radio is where I usually hear my new and interesting stuff.
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Ray, I don't know where you live in PA, but you might like WXPN. 88.5 out of Philly. A college radio type station. Member Supported, Non-Commercial Radio from the University of Pennsylvania
88.5 Philadelphia / 88.1 Harrisburg / 104.9 Lehigh Valley / 90.5 Worton & Baltimore
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LarryDavenport

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DMX on digital cable. There seems to be a station for almost every taste and they mix things up pretty well.
College radio seems to be the best, and a subscription to CMJ or UNCUT helps (free CDs).
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This won't go over well, I'm sure, but I have found some really cool stuff over the years just by reading some of the favourable reviews in Rolling Stone. I used to skim over some of the better reviews and then check out some of the more obscure stuff. I've found some of my favourite albums of all time that way.
I would second the college radio suggestion, but only up to a point. I would not suggest relying solely on this. I'm not sure what it's like in your area, but some college stations I've encountered deliberately don't play stuff that sells well. While the vast majority of Top 40 may be crap, sometimes there is still good stuff in there. The college radio station in my hometown of Calgary, Alberta, for example, played a lot of R.E.M. and Peter Gabriel, until they started selling a few records (and I'm assuming nobody will tell me that Out of Time and So are bad albums, right).
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Scott H

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Listen to public radio, and college radio stations. Listen to NPR, shows like Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Visit independent record stores, and chat with people there about what kind of stuff you might like - everything is related... The recent trend of chain stores, like Borders and Tower, featuring listening stations is old hat for real record shops where you can usually listen to any used CDs. Also listen to what they are playing in-store, and inquire if you like it.
Pick up magazines like CMJ or No Depression or whatever and browse. http://www.cmj.com/ http://www.nodepression.net/
Check out what bands are playing the relevant clubs in the local rag, note the names, look into them online and at record stores.
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bill lopez

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MTV used to be the answer thru out the 80's.
Now they give us nothing but Rap & Boy& Girl pop teen acts.
 

Scott H

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Also, in the early 90's MTV had a great program called 120 Minutes, that aired Sunday nights. Two hours of videos from mostly indie bands or less commercial songs from larger artists.
The only dedicated music program that I check the schedule for, as I have for decades, is Austin City Limits.
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MTV2 has 120 Minutes on Sunday nights at 8. From the times I skimmed by it, it seems to be not as good as the heyday of the early 90s, but not as bad as just before regular MTV canned it.
= Derek -
 

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