Discover New Music: thesixtyone

the61Tastemaker, now that’s a job! Imagine if you were paid for figuring out the next big thing?

While I have no clue what’s next in fashion (the return of baggy, pleated pants?) and no idea what popular culture will embrace next (could a Bachelorette reject be president?), I do have a pretty good ear when it comes to music.

I’m intelligent enough to realize I’m not the only one who feels this way. With the Web 2.0 wave has come a ton of sites that allow you to play record exec and DJ. One of the better sites to come to my attention recently is thesixtyone.

The destination looks to make music culture more democratic; giving regular Joe Blows the ability to make or break indie bands. On the site you stream music that is uploaded by users (and smaller record labels) and vote on each song a la Digg. The most popular songs will float to the top of the homepage

If you take thesixtyone to the next level, you can register for free. This enables you to earn reputation points which will level up your influence. Like a good boy scout you can collect badges for discovering and recommending good music that others enjoy. On thesixtyone.

Deserving artists now have a channel for finding their audience.

More about the Website’s name:

A road is a road, but sometimes it’s more. Sometimes a road sings.

Drive down Highway 61 and you’ll find music everywhere you turn.

Muddy Waters rode the 61. So did Bob Dylan, Ike Turner, and B.B. King. Elvis grew up in the housing projects along it.

Highway 61 was the road by which people left to find better opportunities. And by leaving they took their music to the world.

If you fashion yourself a trend-setter, role model, or just an all-around nice guy, this Website makes tastemaking fun, competitive, and trackable.