From time to time, people ask me where I find out about some of the less-well-known bands that I listen to. I’ll get around to a more thorough hashing out of that question sometime soon, but one easy way to give new stuff a look with is podcasts. Now maybe when you think of podcasts you think of news stuff, sports talk, or library instruction. Now admittedly, there aren’t a whole lot of great music podcasts that I’ve come across, but there are a few.
Some of the best podcasts for discovering new music are produced by Seattle radio station, KEXP. It was from their “Song of the Day” podcast that I discovered the Budos Band several years ago. Coming out of New York City, the Budos Band draws on some of the same 60’s soul influences that I alluded to yesterday, as well as Ethiopian music, jazz and deep funk. Take a quick listen to “The Volcano Song” and you’ll see how this is a band that can make a striking first impression; the molten hot funk just blows right out of your speakers!
Then go sign up with the podcasts at KEXP, NPR and maybe KCRW so you can find lots of great new stuff too. Any other podcast suggestions?