Maybe I'm just being close-minded/arrogant, but I haven't really listened to music on the radio for about 15 years and the sorts of music that I'm interested in finding isn't so likely to appear on many of the sites. I also know nothing of how kids these days label "genres" (I feel so old on many of the sites, though I know that at least some of the users are my age, it's just that they are/were always much cooler in the music sense). At the instigation of a friend, I've joined Last.fm, and it doesn't recognise a lot of my music, and I can't really query it like I would people. I've tried searching or googling, but really what I would like to find are recommendations for specific bands/artists from my vague "I feel like listening to this" questions. Also I don't like the 30 sec samples they have - I used to play around on Mp3.com before it went bust, and I liked listening to whole songs by bands that way. What I'm looking for changes all the time, as my mood shifts. What I'm curious about this week is a) good Arabic/Persian/Urdu/Indian pop or traditional or fusion music. I like Rachid Taha, and the music from Chinese Turkestan that was linked here a while ago. (Yes, I realise Indian is quite different, but I like that as well as Middle-Eastern/North African and Central Asian music). b) traditional soulful gospel. I tried googling "gospel" and found lots of Christian songs, but I would like to know who to listen to as a kind of ur-southern gospel music. c) bubble-gum Japanese pop, preferrably in Japanese so I don't have to know if the lyrics are inane or not. I like the speed of parapara (likened by others to a hummingbird's heartbeat), but I was thinking something along the lines of slightly more lyrical, happy Japanese pop. Mp3 blog recommendations are very welcome too.
Curious George: music recommendations by genre: Is there a good site to ask real people for music recommendations, or might I pick the brains of monkeyfilter? I have been wanting to stretch out my listening lately, but I'm disatisfied with many of the usual community-music recommending sites.