I subscribe to several record shop mailouts:
I get a lot of recommendations from there and then go on Spotify/Bandcamp etc to hear the things I like the description of. It really helps when shops review records themselves rather than cutting and pasting the press release.
I also find new bands via festival lineups - I always check out unfamiliar names playing a festival Im going to.
The weekly new releases thread on here is another good source of recommendations.
Sometimes I’ll see friends posting on SM or talking about a new band and I’ll check them out on the basis of that.
Occasionally I’ll find new bands because they are the support act for a band I’m going to see.
Lots of ways then, but special thanks to Norman Records above all.
Yeah, and that’s the real magic, and I’m often the same (got into Tomberlin before Xmas because of so many year-end list mentions).
It’s something that is incredibly challenging to pull off as a label or self-releasing artist, to line up enough little mentions in various places, that things naturally feel like they’re surfacing all over the place.
I find that with acts they support or are supported by, but it’s interesting how few acts seem to talk about other acts they like - then again, I’ve seen Katy Perry bigging up School of Seven Bells and The 1975 recommending their fans check out James Yorkston, so maybe it does happen at that level a little more…?
Mainly through a couple of blogs/social media accounts like Gold Flake Paint (not that they do much now they’re in print, but the Sunday Slowdown mixes and eoty lists are grand), small albums (get so many recommendations from these guys) the grey estates. And mailouts from Resident and Norman.
Also the new releases/rolling threads are a great source. Generally look out for posts from users with similar taste to see if I’ve missed anything.
Last great release I’ve discovered is probably the Sun June record from last year courtesy of @GoldFlakePaint and small albums
Must check out ddw.
An old example of realising a label is right up your street was the Xmas I got explosions in the sky (the earth…) , midlake (van occupanther) and fionn regan (end of history) and realising they were all my AOTY contenders and all on Bella Union.