February 21, 2012
Sleigh Bells were great on SNL
Alan Cross put up a post about how "...traditional radio may not be doing their job in area of music discovery" because they're not playing Sleigh Bells. Well, I don't think radio is where you go to discover new music and I don't think that's been the case for many, many years.
Don't get me wrong, I long for the "good old days" where DJs would put on the songs that they thought were cool and you could discover new music while listening to a DJ whose taste you trusted, but those days are long gone. Programmers want you to stay tuned until their next 10-minute commercial break so they wouldn't risk playing anything that might cause you to change the station.
Of course, satellite radio is an exception where there are some stations that specialize in introducing you to the leading edge, but there are also stations you can listen to if you never, ever want to hear a song that you don't already know and love.
I miss the days where you got both from DJs who had at least some flexibility to curate their own shows. I have to go to the web for this type of discovery now.