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As in, when searching for music do you try and discover lesser known over well-known music that you may enjoy.
The more 'obscure' artists I like tend to be from my area, support acts I've seen, labelmates of other artists I like or stuff I've found for free.
and everybody calling him out
i'm gonna miss his unblinking straight-faced pretentiousness
but I'll take a flyer on: random record in the record store, random download, random band email in the inbox, random thread here.
Mostly, I find new records through positive DiS and PF reviews. But, yeah, I've been known to shell out a few bucks because I liked the cover art. Why not?!
They tend to spread the word about obscure "must-listen" artists/records, past and present.
That, and I like to take tips from my favorite "mainstream" artists.
via something like DiS, or Last.fm, 'obscure' music end up being shoved in my face via a review or thread or discussion or whatever
to actively seek out obscure music? I probably listen to music that other people would consider obscure, but that is because that is what I like listening to.
I would say that most people here put some effort into finding out new music else we would all just listen to Radio 1 all day and be done with it.
just be careful you're not lapping up total shite thinking its obscure and thereby cool and edgy.
music which is so underground, it shouldn't be talked about, listen to or even looked at by anyone other than me.
whether it's by well-known artists or someone I've never heard of before. I find 'obscure' music mostly by reading reviews on sites like DiS, Pitchfork, Dusted, etc.
actively seeks me out.
as in, with spare hours I do trawl the bigger music databases (last.fm/bandcamp/soundcloud) for releases largely under the radar. But the success of this is limited, recently I've noticed there's no better substitue for word-of-mouth (these days on forums) for recommendations...so I am leaning more towards listening to stuff others have heard before.
This has benifited my listening experience; whereas before I would look for unknown artists in a genre I know well...now I find myself branching out to other styles.
some friends would have similar taste in different genres. I get some hints on what to check out from them. Or i even google similar sounds to *insert band/musician here* and check through them to see what i like. Its hit or miss..
or i go on a google hunt... and keep clicking videos to the right of what im listening to and check those out.
And i do check things out when i get an email from DiS, if there are a few band names im not familiar with ill check those out too.
soundcloud too, find someone i like.. then keep listening through some of their contacts.
i spend far too much time doing all this.
I don't find wilfully searching for the obscure gets you very far in indie rock, but when I've gone through obsessions with various types of 'world' music i've gone to great lengths to seek out second hand records, blogs and downloads of out of print material to check it out.
But I guess it's all relative - mentions of all but the most mainstream/most indie friendly metal seem obscure to me, so I could spend ages scouring for an 'obscure' metal album that pretty much anyone who knew about the genre was already on top of.
It's not that obscure.
about stumbling across an obscure record that's genuinely something special. I wouldn't say that the obscurity of a record draws me in so much as the potential that it is one of those lost classics.
like, say, 'Leaves Turn Inside You' by Unwound...with the exception of certain communities, and the odd bit of online praise, it's largely unknown. But it's one of the most beguiling, enigmatic, inventive rock records I've ever heard.
And knowing that only an enlightened few have heard it makes it seem even more special, like the co-ordinates to a place that remains special and unsullied in a world where everyone's been everywhere and set up a souvenir shop. Right?