A while back, I came up with a procedure for generating playlists of similar artists, using last.fm and allmusic.com. The original post is here, along with some comments which contain a couple of lists a reader of the blog kindly posted.
This is now affectionately know as ‘the method’, the procedure for which is as follows:
1. Pick a band.
2. Enter the band at www.last.fm and go to the band’s page.
3. Click on the Similar Artists ‘tab’ and make a note of the first 9 bands on the list.
4. Take this list, including the original band you picked, and for each band in turn use www.allmusic.com to find the first release that has the highest score on their album reviews.
5. This will give you a final list of 10 albums, one from each band, which you can track down and enjoy.
Another interesting twist, if you have a service like Spotify, is to generate a list of albums that are listed in the service, this obviously takes a bit longer as you have to keep going until you find 10 bands, unless you just limit it to just the ones you can find from your original “similar artists” list.
Once you have generated them, why not post the playlists here, as comments, along with any Spotify playlist links. I’ve therefore opened up this page for comments.