Today I’m going to do things a little differently for Indie Music Monday. Instead of giving you a slice of my life with five songs that best sum up my little vignette, I’m going to give you my top five playlist resources. There are some truly amazing playlist compilations out there on the interwebz. A few of them even allow you to download their playlists, which are the ones I will be sharing with you today.
If you enjoy finding new music in preassembled collections, definitely check out these links for downloadable playlist awesomeness:
1. Blalock’s Indie/Rock Playlist
BIRP! is arguably THE best place for finding new downloadable indie music playlists. Over the years I have found tons of amazing music from BIRP! and I’m confident you’ll find stuff you like too. If you only have time to check out one resource on this entire list, then make it Blalock’s.
Three things make BIRP! particularly incredible. One, the quality and diversity of the music it features is in a league of its own. Two, Blalock has consistently been putting together playlists since 2009, all of which can be browsed on its website. (Here’s the most recent one, a playlist for July 2013.) And three, Blalock’s playlists are formatted in a completely user-friendly way.
Blalock features 100-120 new songs in each of its monthly playlists. That’s a lot of songs. If you don’t want to download the entire playlist (which can be done via Torrent streams OR .zip files), you have the option of downloading a single song at a time. You also have the option of listening to each song individually before downloading it.
Don’t know where to begin? Check out the average rating of each song to get an idea on which tunes are the most popular.
Two bonus features of BIRP!: The monthly playlist cover art is amazingly creative and features the work of different artists, and also, BIRP’s Facebook page is fun to follow.
2. SaG’s Indie Electro Rock Playlist
SaG’s playlists are a lot like Blalock’s playlists, except they’re about half the size, don’t come out as regularly, and aren’t quite as eclectic. But if you’re into electronic music, these playlists are definitely worth looking into. I have found many great workout and party tracks from SaG’s.
Here’s SaG’s latest playlist for July 2013, as well as their Facebook page.
3. Samy’s Indie Rock Playlists
Again, Samy’s Indie Rock playlists are pretty similar to Blalock’s (and SaG’s), though Samy’s playlists don’t come out as regularly. When they do, however, they’re reallllly big. Samy’s playlists can include anywhere up to 300 songs.
Check out Samy’s Facebook page and latest playlist (for June 2013).
4. The Music Ninja
This blog is one of the best for finding new dance music and DJ remixes. TMN actually offers a few semi-regular playlists. Some of the playlists make all of their songs available in a single .zip file; others only offer individual download links per song.
The easiest and quickest way to go about downloading these playlists is to go to TMN’s playlist category page, and from there use a batch downloader like DownThemAll to strip all the files off the page at once. (I explain how to do mass downloads in a previous post.)
5. Did.You Hear The New?
The music blog Did.You Hear The New? puts out some really fab playlists. Go to their mix-tapes category page to view a bunch of them. Here’s the mixtape for July 2013, which can be downloaded via Torrent or .zip file.
Bonus tip: The Music Ninja and Did.You Hear the New? are by no means the only music blogs that regularly offer downloadable playlists. If the fancy strikes you, visit a bunch of music blogs and look to see if they have a category named “playlists,” “mixtapes,” “mixes,” or something similar.
Here are a few more playlist goldmines:
- Captian Obvious Mixtapes
- Music is Art Mixtapes
- Everybody Taste Mixtape Library
- Music for Kids Who Can’t Read Good Mixes