Not sure what the difference is between Black Metal or Death Metal? Looking for the quintessential nerdcore track? Confused about how 3rd wave ska relates to ska? Check out Know your Genre for all the answers.
Know your Genre is a website built by Sam Richardson that helps you better understand the world of music genres. Type in the name of a genre, and Know Your Genre will bring you to a page devoted to the genre where you listen to the best examples, see the most representative bands and discuss the genre with other fans. There’s an interesting crowd sourcing component to Know Your Genre. You can submit your favorite example of a song for a particular genre. For example, I submitted Tales of Topographic Oceans by Yes to the Progressive Rock page. It is now sitting at the end of a long list of examples (with my single vote), but if people decide that ToTO really is the pinnacle of the progrock movement, it will be voted up, reddit style to the top of the prog rock page. (Clearly, this needs to happen, currently there’s a song by Offspring on the top of the progrock heap.)
Know your genre is a well designed site, with lots of nice touches. Sam says he’s going to continue to build on the site, his ultimate plan being to build a timeline of music from pre history through to modern day music with examples of the evolution. Imagine a version of Ishkur’s guide but for all music, or an updated version of Reebee Garofalo’s Genealogy of Pop/Rock Music, that is hyperlinked to bios, audio and video. I’m looking forward to seeing what Sam does with Know Your Genre.