Its been a while since I have written anything. Much of this is due to the angst I feel when prepping for a new post. Most of them get so long winded and require so much research prior to creation that it’s so much easier to just avoid it all together and stick to Twitter. One thing it’s difficult to do on twitter though is to create content that is searchable. It seems that only those who have access to the firehose also have access to the full searchable history on Twitter. For the rest of us we need to find other ways to make sure our content that we create on Twitter is visible weeks and months later, but I digress…
This post is the logical succession in my desire to find things that are special and unique to St. Louis. As much as I wind up going to places like Target, Sams, etc. for supplies, I also try and find new places in and around the area that are special to our community. Case in point; I have always been a huge fan of craft beer. The large number of new breweries opening in the area make it that much easier for me to focus on locally brewed beers. Recently I realized that the music I listen to is not very local. It comes from all over the US and the world, but not much actually comes from St. Louis. Pair this with my recent fascination for Spotify and Voila! a few St. Louis music playlists for those of you who are on Spotify. If you are not, I highly suggest you check it out. Search Twitter for “spotify invite” and you should be able to get a link to get you started.
First: St. Louis Mainstream/Indie music
Much of this music is Rock, Punk, Alternative, or Indie. There are singer songwriters, folk artists, acoustic and death metal. I wish it sounded better as a complete playlist, but really this is to pick and choose and make your own from what I have here. I cannot expect everyone to enjoy everything on this list!
Second: St. Louis Rap
Seems pretty self explanatory, but I will say I was super impressed with the quality of production and level of professionalism that I found with some of the artists on this playlist.
Third: St. Louis Techno/DJ/Electronica
This one needs some work as its the most under-developed playlist that I have for St. Louis. DJ’s in St. Louis don’t have a ton of places to play while most of the clubs are in larger cities. Also much of the collaboration you would find with DJ’s occurs on the west coast or in New York which is where they choose to live. Please- prove me wrong. Let me know of some other local DJ’s who have some good stuff out there.
I was helped immensely by the people who I follow and follow me on Twitter. Special thanks goes to: @JulianGilliam, @JusTimeStl, @astx813, @anacitabacon, @Ndele72, @AprilSTL, @Mr_EatDaMIC_618, @DustyWallets (seriously check this guy out), @megcat79, @mward, @toby1319, @joshua_w_hunt, @RiverCityImages, @ThatNoahGuy, and many others. It was sad that I couldn’t find ALL St. Louis music artists suggested on Spotify. One place I DID find most of them is on ReverbNation.com. you can search by City and radius for St. Louis or your town. Spotify works with many different services that sell CDs of artists. One that comes to mind that a friend of mine used for his self release was CDbaby. They share their songs with Spotify.
Finally- if you check out the playlist and find that your favorite St. Louis artist isn’t here- send me their name with a link by commenting on my blog below! (hint hint) I will try and listen to more and add additional links below, but there are others in St. Louis who are better at covering local bands and shows than I am. I highly suggest you check out I Went to a Show, Eleven Mag, or LoFi St. Louis all great sources for local show coverage. All I ask is that you tag posts with #STL so others can easily find local artists. All do a great job however giving you a bio of the band usually with their origin.