I’m the kind of guy that, when I find something I like, enjoys talking it to death. “Have you seen this app? Have you read this book? Have you heard this band? Have you watched this show / movie / youtube video??” So, in an effort to promote the things I love, be it big or small, popular or unknown, I’m going to… well, it’s not really a “review” per se because “review” insinuates that it could go either way.
This is only stuff that I think is fantastic and stuff that I hope you’ll think is fantastic as well. And that’s why this segment is called FANTASTIC THINGS!
SO!! First up on FANTASTIC THINGS is a free app called Band of the Day, available for both iPhone and Android. If you love to discover new music and find that iTunes isn’t really cutting it by telling you to check out The Biebs newest cut or by Spotify informing you of the obvious, “Love Pearl Jam? Then you may enjoy Soundgarden, Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins“, then this little fella might be just what your phone and ears have been craving.
BotD basically spoon feeds you one underground / independent / insert-buzz-word-here band every day all month, ranging in a variety of genres from bluegrass to hip-hop. You open the app and right off the bat you’re given a calendar wherein you can select any date up to the current date. On each box of the calendar, a specific artist has been assigned with a brief blurb at the bottom regarding what type of music they produce. You then have the option to preview one of their tracks or listen directly to the entire album. A swipe of your finger allows you to read a quick biography, related buzz and even watch any music videos they may have available as well as a “Similar Artists” tab that most likely won’t include Miley Cyrus.
The only two downsides of the app are, in my opinion, that the actual operation and navigation seems to be a little clunky and that, if you’re a fan of metal / hardcore, you’re probably going to be left wanting.
Now, if you’re reading this review on your smart phone, close out of this poorly written blog, open up that App Store and download it now! Like I said, it’s absolutely free so even if you hate it, you’re not out anything!
I’d love to hear about your experiences with this monster and if you find any bands that you love; discover, listen, share! Also, please feel free to shoot me over any strong recommendations for things I should check out, whether it be apps, books, movies, music, etc! If I love it as much as you do, I’ll write about it on an upcoming episode of FANTASTIC THINGS!