|added Thu January 10 2008 at 8:46 PM
|It's been awhile since I've picked up a serious new addiction. Perhaps this came along because I swore off online dating sites as a New Year's Resolution (they just weren't working for me, but that's another topic entirely). On the other hand, maybe this really is that kind of awesome.
thesixtyone.com is a new music site, geared around trying to introduce you to a variety of new independent artists. It's all about discovery. It combines simplicity (you can just go and click play and get started listening to the current favorites) with complexity (spend points by "bumping" songs and get points when other people bump that song, according to some algorithm depending on how early you bumped the song). In the past week, I've heard so much incredible new music, it's almost too much to handle. Normally I'll find one new band every few weeks and I'll add them to my current rotation and I'll listen to them a ton of times until they slowly phase out of the rotation again, but here I can just go from one awesome band to the next to the next.
I spent a few days pursuing lots of points. And for a time today, I made it to be one of the "top rookies." And then I decided that that would be good enough because it was taking simply too much time. And yet I still am listening to it - right now, in fact. So go check it out. If you sign up and want to give me credit for the referral, my login is petiejoe - big surprise. But I don't really care about the referral, it's just an awesome site and an awesome experience.