Shazam discovery of the day: Black Angels

I'm still amazed every time I use this iPhone app.

I've blogged about it before , and there's nothing new to report, but let me say it again: if you're into music and you have an iPhone, you've got to download the free Shazam app.

My local cafe is a crowded collegiate place, but there's free Wi-Fi and they never kick you out as long as you order something, so sometimes I work there. I'm always able to identify the music that the young hipster staff's playing--Radiohead, Sigur Ros, your usual alt-ear candy--but today they've got some ugly psychedelic guitar noise going on and I'm surprised people are staying to listen. It must be for Halloween. It sounds a little like The Fall or PiL, but a couple degrees friendlier. (That's not hard.)

I pointed my iPhone with Shazam at the ceiling speaker, and even with all the ambient noise in here--cell phone conversations, espresso grinder, milk steamer--it was able to identify "Snake in the Grass" by the Black Angels within about 15 seconds. A conversation with the staffer whose iPod is playing confirmed the selection, and also alerted me to the fact that I missed their performance last week with Roky Erickson. A night to remember, for sure.

About the author

    Matt Rosoff is an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, where he covers Microsoft's consumer products and corporate news. He's written about the technology industry since 1995, and reviewed the first Rio MP3 player for in 1998. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network. Disclosure. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattrosoff.


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