It’s overwhelming being a music fan in the age of the Internet. There are some days where I don’t even know where to start. Spotify, Pandora, Songza, Soundcloud, Last.fm, Bandcamp, 8tracks, Rdio, Apple Music…there are so many ways for us, as music fans, to consume music and discover new bands.
I don’t want you to hear that as a complaint – it definitely is not. It’s also incredibly awesome because there is never a shortage of new music to fall for. But from time to time, I do find myself overwhelmed by the plethora of choices which is why it’s good to simplfy!
When I need to do just that, I often find myself turning to sites and apps like 8tracks where I can browse a genre, find a playlist and just hit play. I always manage to find new bands and songs to fall in love with.
I’ve found myself burnt out on my summer tunes lately, so I’ve been turning to my 8tracks account for a little something different. Here’s a few of the awesome playlists I’ve found:
Summer Coffee Time
This playlist is a lovely collection of quietly upbeat indie tunes – perfect for a morning of dodging the hot summer sun under the shade of a huge oak tree or an afternoon lakeside with a glass of iced tea. (Since neither of those is an option, I’ve been enjoying it in the confines of my office with a huge cup of hazelnut coffee.)
This party is dying…
It’s short and sweet, and I hadn’t bothered to read the playlist description until I realized four songs in a row all started with S. What a fun way to build a playlist! Nine songs in total, all starting with the letter S.
For tomorrow, we die
Hipster Halloween in July = Miranda in four words. When I build my Halloween playlists, I look for a lot of loud, creepy tunes or kitschy songs from the 60s. This playlist was a nice detour into a bunch of new quiet and creepy options.
A few years ago, I discovered a whole little cosmos of playlists on 8tracks tagged with “Southern Gothic”. I blame “True Blood”, but I have this insatiable fascination with southern gothic stories. You probably know I’m a Halloween junkie, but I’m also a big scaredy cat with a pretty weak stomach. I like creepy, not gorey – something southern gothic stories provide in abundance…also something this little playlist provides.
Cinder and Smoke
This playlists makes me want to cruise back country roads in Louisiana or Mississippi in a beat up old truck, no particular destination, just wandering in the summer sun. Such dreamy songs.
What are you listening to lately?
I’d love to hear what bands you’re digging and some of your favorite playlists on 8tracks I should check out.
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