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how to find music on the internet: chapter two

Now that we have seen the best way to use your search engine, lets move on to our next, and shortest chapter.



A lot of people use legal ways of procuring music.  It’s really not hard to head over to Itunes, Amazon, Beatport or any number of music sites that offer music for reasonable prices.  I, for one, am quite happy that if I want a certain track I can just go grab it for around a buck.  It certainly beats the old days of having to buy a whole CD full of crap just to get the one nugget you wanted.  Plus, by using the legal method you protect yourself from liability.  While the music companies haven’t started breaking down peoples doors quite yet, that hasn’t kept them from trying to enact legislation that would make that a possibility.


If you are looking for music that is:

A. Obscure

B. Out of print

C. Only released on vinyl

Then you are shit outta luck, because most of the legal sites will not have it.  And it is times like these that you will have to go elsewhere to find what you need.


music sites everyone should visit: resident advisor

I am constantly amazed at what can be found on the internet for free.  Free maps, free information, free pictures…free porn.  But my all time favorite is the amount of free music you can find with a simple click of the mouse, and one of my favorite places to do this is over at Resident Advisor.

Founded in 2001 as a site to cover the Australian dance music scene, it quickly outgrew it’s regional focus within a year and began a more global focus on electronic music from all over.  The site is full of all kinds of articles, reviews,  information, DJ charts, upcoming event listings, tickets and most notably podcasts.

(Note: try googling podcasts sometime.  You’ll find all kinds of stuff)

It’s the podcasts that really set RA apart from other music sites because they get some of the best and brightest musicians, DJs and producers to make mixes for them every week.  and if you sign up with them, you get em all for free.  I know what you’re thinking.  Another site that wants my info…blah blah blah.  They’ll send me emails, and spam and everything will suck.

True…maybe.  But that’s why you open a separate email account just for these purposes, because the music is worth it.

Previous podcast mixes of note came from such luminaries as Greg Wilson, DJ Harvey, Trus’me, The Orb, Todd Terje and Richie Hawtin.  But aside from the guys you know and love, you’ll discover a slew of names and styles you may never have heard of.  There’s also a Soundcloud page where it appears they are posting mixes of their monthly picks.

Here is one of my favorite mixes from 2008 from Aeroplane, which still gets played in my car from time to time. Download em, check em out…and then head over to RA for more.

RA 114 – Aeroplane

Because there’s always more.


how to find music on the internet: chapter one

Welcome to my first lesson on how to find music on the internets.  In reality, it’s really not tough to do…if you know how.  With the upcoming lessons, I’ll give you tools and the knowledge you need to find pretty much any music you want, as long as someone, somewhere has uploaded it.

This isn’t to say you’ll really be able to find everything because there are still somethings that aren’t on the web, as hard as that is to believe.  But that changes every day, and what wasn’t there yesterday may well be there tomorrow.

So lets begin with the basics.


Yup.  Google.

It seems strange that the worlds most popular search engine is also the most powerful free music search engine as well…but there you have it.

But that doesn’t mean just typing something in will make it pop up immediately.  In fact, you are going to have to be patient with this technique.  But fear not, your patience will be rewarded.

As an example we’ll take the most popular album post from the last week: “Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive.”  Lets punch that exact title into Google and see what we get.

What we get  is the Amazon page for the album, his Wiki page, tickets from his upcoming tour dates, his personal web page…etc.  But no album downloads. You could scroll through hundreds of pages of search results,  but that takes a long time.  What to do?


You want to narrow your search.  The easiest way to start with this is to go to the top left hand side of the Google search page and click on the “more” button on the right hand side of the task bar.  When the drop down menu appears click on “blogs.”

See, most music out there is posted on blogs so this is a great start.  Our results are a bunch of articles about Frampton, but not quite what we want.  So lets narrow our search term to “Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive download.”

Our new search results pop up and we see a couple of articles about the album, news about tours, and then…about seven results down we find what we want.

Boo Yaaaa!!!  Better yet, it’s a 320kb copy, which is the highest quality mp3 you can get! We’ll just ignore the fact that they misspelled deluxe.


So, that whole little exercise took me around 5 minutes.  Not bad.  But what if  “Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive download” didn’t work?  Well then you start going through your different search term permutations like:

Peter Frampton alive download

Frampton comes alive download

Frampton comes alive .rar (rar is a compression file…like a zip file.  If you don’t have it, download it here.)

Frampton alive DL

If that still doesn’t work. I use Google image search.  I know that sounds crazy, but it works a lot of the time.  The image search button is up on the same search bar we found the “more” button earlier.

When the images pop up, you’ll see a lot of album cover shots…start there.  Click on each image and check out the corresponding site.  By slowly going through these sites, you have a 90% chance of finding one hosting said album.  Score!

This is also a good way to discover great music sites that have stuff you like, so make sure you bookmark ’em!

That’s all for today’s lesson, stay tuned for more!

If any of you readers have a good Google related music search tip, feel free to leave it in the comments for extra credit!


Music Sites Everyone Should Visit

Yeah, it’s just my opinion…so you can take it or leave it.

A lot of folks ask me where I find all the music in my collection.  I usually tell them “the Internets” because I’m a firm believer that anyone with a decent connection and access to Google can pretty much find anything…if they’re persistent enough.

But some folks need a head start.

Anyways…Do you like live music?  I’ll assume you do and maybe you’d like to listen to some live shows.

Some folks will point you to Wolfgang’s Vault…which is okay if that’s how you like to roll.  It’s good stuff , if you are on the computer all day and never go places that don’t have internet.

The real players go to Sugarmegs.  You can stream, you can look up the set lists and you can download if you want.  This place is the bomb!  Go now so you can act like you knew all along.

That’s how I roll.

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