Being blessed as I am with the attention span of a gnat, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I spend about half the time I’m supposed to devote to Kant and Kuhn searching for new music or impossible to find songs that I heard once about six years ago. Lucky for me the internet is around.
When in search of new music I head for pure volume.
Pure volume took over where the now defunct mp3.com left off, giving both signed and unsigned bands a chance to be seen and heard. Bands can make a page and give as much or as little information about themselves as they want, most add music, and some even link to their personal websites or their iTunes site. Best of all the search feature is easy to use and there are a plethora of charts, videos, tour dates, and new album listings, making browsing effortless.
Or maybe you’ve been looking for an album by an unsigned/foreign/long broken up band? Check out Shopindi.com.
I know, I know, it sounds like the only thing you’ll be finding on a place called shopindi is the bright eyes demo or something, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but despite appearances you can find pretty much anything in any genre in here, and the prices are really reasonable.
If finding the name of the CD is a bigger problem than finding the actual CD itself try allmusic.
It’s not perfect, and sometimes you have to finesse the data you put in to get the information you want, but in general allmusic is the most comprehensive music encyclopedia I’ve found online. Think IMDb meets music. With the ability to search by artist, song, album, and classical work you’re almost guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for.
No matter how entertaining the name, orange soda and blackberry wine will never lead to good things. Don't go down that road.