After a very long hold out, I created a Spotify account because I wanted to hear the 10:33 sec version of “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and it did not appear anyplace else but Spotify. After two weeks, my personal opinion is, “eh.” Its a nice app, and I can stream music, but am I getting anything that I can’t get from iTunes (and their upcoming music streaming service), Google Music or XBox Music? The quick answer is: NO.
The long answer is: All of these services essentially do the same thing, but that isn’t what i dislike about them. What I dislike is that their home screens present me with established musicians/groups that I can hear on the radio or find anytime.
Who is currently promoted on the Home Page of Spotify: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Wale, Daft Punk (because I “liked” Get Lucky), Taylor Swift, Rhianna, Zedd, Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, Ke$ha (not sure why anyone would listen to her but..), the list goes on.
Who is currently promoted on the Home Page of iTunes: Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake, Pearl Jam, John Mayer and the list goes on.
This will be the same for each of these services; promote the big names or whomever is pushing the latest soon to be has-been.
I write this blog because I can find that music anywhere. But what about, BradH out of St Louis, MO? What about Lil Rico, or JAKKSTARRR or Creep Echo, or Steven C, Nachuko, SuLE and many others?
Have you heard Cuerock? They are on new MySpace. If you like rock, you should be connected to Cuerock. (See 19, Feb Post here on The Groove List)
The new MySpace isn’t perfect, but it’s better than the old MySpace and I can still find Kanye West (not that I would), or Jay-Z and many other established musicians anytime, anywhere.
This blog is about the music you WON’T or won’t likely hear, which is one of the best things about new MySpace. And so The Groove List is for those looking to expand their musical horizons, not continue the be force fed crap that the music industry wants you to mindlessly buy just because Justin Timberlake released a new (and mediocre) album.
Don’t be a musical zombie. Free your mind and look/listen beyond what you’re used to. Not everyone is polished. Some are quite raw. You won’t like everything you hear; which includes what I post here on The Groove List. But if you don’t venture out you’ll never know what incredible music you may be missing out on.
FREE. YOUR. MIND.
This week’s groove: The 1990 hit by Go West redone, quite well, by Letta, “The King of Wishful Thinking.”