Music is without a doubt my favorite thing. I love listening to a great song more than almost anything. But while listening to a great song in itself is extremely enjoyable, listening to that song is even more satisfying after having sifted through a bunch of mediocre ones. YouTube has always been my primary way of doing this. Throughout high school and college I would spend hours hopping from video to related video. This is a great way to hear new music and it has yielded some awesome finds over the years. More recently though, I discovered the site Noisetrade. Noisetrade is a quality resource for many reasons. First and foremost, everything is free, which means that unlike music on YouTube, you can download it and access it more easily. The music offered on the site is mainly from smaller bands, but there are some bigger name artists on their as well. Second, because Noisetrade is composed primarily of less known groups, it offers a platform for up and coming artists to have their content displayed more prominently than on YouTube. While their music may be on YouTube as well, when sifting through related videos like I often do, more obscure artists do not appear as regularly. Finally, the layout of Noisetrade is super easy to navigate. You can browse by genre or popularity and there are even some useful aspects like location of the artist, their social media, tour dates, and even a “for fans of” description on the side bar of artists page that gives the user an idea of what popular artists are similar to the one they’re viewing. I have found lots of good music on the site, but one that I’ve been listening to a lot recently is Robinson. Robinson has a calming, coffee house vibe that really fits the late fall season. Download their EP, Fits & Starts, and be sure to check out all the other great music Noisetrade has to offer.