It's that time again. After cycling through the iPod - I needed an update.

I wanted something similar to Ratatat, but wasn't quite sure what to do about it. A quick search on Pandora or Last.FM could've done the trick, but to take it one step further Music Roamer adds the ability to play video on site and pair similar artists in a visually appealing display. Thank God for StumbleUpon for helpin' me out on this one.

Anyway - the site offers a simple, user friendly interface that makes music discovery quick and easy (enjoyable?). Music is a huge part of everything I do, so props to these guys for putting a great site together that allows me to spend less time searching, and more time listening. Check it out, and in the mean time think of something out of this world (but also feasible) for me to check out tomorrow. Until then - goodnight...

It's time for exams again and that only means one thing, study study study. That's 3 things, but you get it. Between shoveling down the Panda Express and popping Adderall to maintain a studious mindset, students like myself are neck deep in their iTunes library while studying for their upcoming pottery history quizzes but not quite satisfied with what their eardrums are registering with their craniums. This lead me to do some exploration in the music discovery department, and to my surprise I found some awesome stuff.

New music + new music service = killing two birds with one stone (seriously though, any bird that can fly should never be stoned to death...just doesn't make sense, couldn't they just...you know...fly away?). Anyway getting back on topic, this site acts as an enlightening alternative to Pandora or Last.fm. Instead of picking an artist and probably hearing the same stuff you heard the last time you signed on, you get new sounds direct from the constantly growing music community - a very active one at that. Don't freak out though, the radio-like feature is still there - just like Pandora - and it's fully customizable to your liking.

Where The Hype Machine really stands out for me is it's focus on scouring multiple blogs and music sites for the best reviews, while providing an easy to navigate format for you to view/listen to new creations (see photo). Of course, only the freshest music is being spewed from this site, so do yourself and your sanity a favor and check it out. God only knows how many more times I can listen to "Sexy Bitch" before I lose my sh*t...