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  • On the joys of discovering new artists by buying used CDs

    3 Apr 2009, 22:42 by Jeff42

    There are many methods for discovering music - going to shows, getting recommendations from friends, and listening to the radio come readily to mind. In this modern age, Internet radio and browsing similar artists on last.fm have been added to the list. Another method that has led to some great successes for me is probably less common, but over the past couple years I've had a lot of fun with it and made some fantastic discoveries.

    From time to time, I'll go to a store that sells music and browse their used section, then pick out an album (or a few) that I've never heard of but that looks interesting. There are hits and misses, of course. The misses don't hurt much when the CDs can cost as little as a dollar, and when I get a hit in this way there's just something really cool about it. Some of my tactics for increasing my success rate:

    -Look for interesting album artwork.
    -CDs packaged in digipaks instead of jewel cases seem more likely to fit my tastes (not that I ignore those in jewel cases).