While there has certainly been a Guitar Hero effect in recent years, I’m finding that my musical discoveries have more social in nature lately. I’ll see what’s going on with my Blip.fm friends, as well as places like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and so on.
A quick glance at my current playlist includes the following songs:
- Arcade Fire – Ready to Start: It’s not like I’ve never heard of this band before, but I never really paid any attention to them until I saw the live performance as part of the Grammy Awards. It’s nice that they’re Canadian too. [YouTube, Amazon]
- Lady Antebellum – Need You Now: I’m anything but a fan of country music, but somehow I find myself drawn to this song in particular. I’m not really sure how I feel about that, but there you go. [YouTube, Amazon]
- Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out): Another case of knowing of the band, but never really looking into them. For some reason or another, I seem to be drawn to 90s alternative lately. This song’s a bit of a downer, but I think it’s brilliant. [YouTube, Amazon]
- Smashing Pumpkins – Tarantula: Continuing with the 90s alt-rock trip, here is Billy Corgan and crew. Yes, the video is awfully strange, but so is Corgan. The songs in Rock Band and Guitar Hero are pretty fun to play too. [YouTube, Amazon]
- Sex Bob-Omb – Threshold: This song is originally by Beck, but it was a part of the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World official soundtrack. And that movie was just awesome. [YouTube, Amazon]
I’ve always believed that there is a strong connection between music and productivity. Different tunes suit different folks and different purposes, but I find it helps having some music playing when I’m sitting at the computer. What’s on your playlist?