Skip to comments.More New Music - Get out of the oldies rut!!
Posted on 02/13/2014 8:29:59 AM PST by Notary Sojac
Snowbound today, so it's time for a new "new music" thread. As before, I'll kick it off with three bands primarily active in the 21st century, and welcome any and all feedback (except as mentioned below).
This will be a continuing series of posts, every month or so. If you want to be pinged, please freepmail me.
If you think all this sucks and would rather listen to Zep or the Stones, I've already heard from you - please feel to start your own thread!!
Dropkick Murphys - They've been described as the love child of the Pogues and AC/DC, I think that's about right. Hard charging Boston Irish barroom punk that never lets up.
Recommended album - "Sing Loud, Sing Proud", tracks "Heroes From Our Past", "Rocky Road To Dublin".
Donna The Buffalo - Start with a jam band base, but add tight, danceable hooks, wickedly clever lyrics and a prog-bluegrass flavor.
Recommended album - "Silverlined", tracks "Locket and Key", "Forty Days and Forty Nights"
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles - Just your basic alt-country punk garage band whose lead singer has a whiskey-soaked, dirt roads voice that will bring tears to your eyes. If you like Dave Alvin (from my first post), you'll like Sarah.
Recommended album - "Silver City", tracks "Daniel Lee", "Think Of What You've Done"
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I will stick to my memories and the oldies thanks.
I suggest J. J. Gray and Mofro - Soulful, blues based, hard working ballad singer and his fantastic band!
Add me to your ping list please,, I need more new music, , ,
going to see Michael Schenker tonight if all goes well...
Dropkick Murphys are a lot of fun, put on a great show too. Borderline thrash punk with bagpipes, what’s not to love.
Not every Oldie is in a rut.
Not all memorable songs were Oldies hits and there are some incredible recordings by established artists that were not, but were later included on compilations of their works.
I get what this thread is for, but I have to quibble with the built-in assumptions as stated.
You can try to knock it but anybody who listens without a built-in agenda and animus will not be fooled.
Careful what you wish for ... ;o)
*coutesy Nick Searcy & Iowahawk
But I have a few friends and relatives who are just stuck in 1965-1980 and I have made it an avocation to try and open up their ears just a wee bit.
I’ve been in a few oldies bands as lead singer and bass player. I’m currently in an “classic rock and ‘new country’” band as well as a 50’s classic rock band. I hate doing some of the songs but love others. I also hate doing some of the modern songs and love others.
A few years ago I “discovered” country music and now love to do songs by Josh Turner like “What was I thinkn’”. But I also just discovered a lot of the later music by a band called Renaissance. And Enya does some great stuff.
And when I put together a female fronted pop band with my daughters a few years ago I discovered great artists like Pink and KT Tunstall (I love “white bird). I also listen to a lot of classical music.
Thing about “new” music, though, is the lion’s share of it is ephemeral. Little of it survives its short time on the charts other than in the hearts of the young people that used it to cement their teen years into their permanent memories or that first heavy petting in the back seat of a car - hence the popularity of “oldies” with us boomers.
What this means is that most of the “New” music being produced today has as its single redeeming quality its newness. Once that is gone, it’s gone.
But a fraction will be memorable for generations. Walking on Sunshine would be an example. The song is just fun. Rum and Coca Cola by the Andrews Sisters would be another. And I REALLY like Vertigo by U2 and Holiday by Green Day, though I like nothing else by those groups, and they are certainly not a part of my teen memories (I’m 60).
Back in my high school days, the kid who wrote the music reviews for the high school paper made up the bands and songs.
“The Grand Led Who People released a new album this week....”
“My favorite song was the bass-thumping, drum crashing YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT AT THE YMCA ROCKET MAN.”
Are you familiar with Dan Hicks? My favorite artist of all time.
I'd like to see history repeat itself, this time it would happen to the choreographed aerobic-dancing bubble-gum "pop" and the rap "music" of today.
But record companies aren't what they were in yesteryear. They don't have the power to make or break bands as they once did. I see that as a good thing, but how does a good R&R band break out today?
The White Stripes, anyone?
I don’t know how new they are (they’re new to me anyway) but I’m kinda getting into “Cage the Elephant”. I really like the song “Come a little closer”. :)
For fans of 80s style synth based music, both straight synthpop and more “Breakfast Club” or “Freddy” horror movie type movie soundtrack type stuff, check out:
Not for everyone but I like it ;)
Nope, but this was a hoot! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Hicks_(singer)
I need to hit uTorrent!
It's a pretty shopworn standard now, but after my first listen to Knopfler pulling those luscious chords out of the Strat, I said to myself, "Dear God, can the seventies finally be coming to and end??"
Let me second that, they're fantastic. The Lochloosa album is one of my all-time favorites.
There’s a player on the site to sample her music.
The tried and true method... Tour like hell and be better live than in the studio. See Halestorm for a crash course ;)
Rode it to a Grammy.
Take the money and run.
Taking about oldies Notary Sojac was the name of one of the horses in the race won by Beetlebomb in the Spike Johes classic. The name first appeared in a comic I just learned now called Smokey Stover.
I saw Nicklecreek at the Largo last night in West Hollywood. Great band.. they won a grammy for best new bluegrass band in 2001. just reformed for a new album and tour.. sort of a cross between bluegrass and fusion... wonderful amazing musicians and songwriters.
"Where's the Money?" - the swingingest live album ever recorded, bar none.
"Striking It Rich" - the best studio album by his original late '60s lineup.
"Beatin' the Heat" - the best album by his new '90s Hot Licks lineup.
Do get back to me after you have listened some...
Ah yes, the Dropkick Murphys. I have had some of their music playing at work a time or two. My musical tastes are eclectic, so I might do something like add Atomik Harmonik to this list...
Thanks for the suggestion, they are pretty good!
Back in 04, they joined up with Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) for a bunch of shows under the name "Mutual Admiration Society"
I saw this lineup twice and they damn near blew the roof off the hall. Some of those shows are available for free download here:
Pounding, Instrumental, Electronic Rock. Great for working out or driving a car like you stole it. Check them out.
Like ur new listeners... Been a DKM fan and more The Pogues.
Try these out......
William Elliot Whitmore ~ gutsy soulful hip banjo musician from Iowa
Devil Makes Three ~ this trio is killing it, all Cali shows this month SOLD OUT!
Sean & Zander ~ the Dynamic Duo! Two X Punk Rockers gone acoustic!
Peter Case ~ former lead Plimsouls brings folk alt acoustics like Tom Waits
* been going to many of Dave Alvin’s shows of late he gets better and better...! More so when he is joined by his brother Phil! American Music!
Both Alvin brothers, and the Blasters, are so, so heavy in my playlist rotation....
If you have not heard it, give “Song for Sonny Liston” a listen.(Mark Knopfler)
Then u gotta love The Knitters and X !
Not totally hooked on X (although Exene’s vocals have always sent me), but yeah, the Knitters are great. Hope we don’t have to wait another ten years for the next album.
“x” is an entire different genre..., we’ll kinda.., it’s own! There is nothing finer than Exene and John Doe in harmony... Not since the Cash Family!
Joe Bob (Briggs) sez check it out. [she's smokin' hot]
The half time of the super bowl was a big disappointment. The first guy on was not understandable so I got busy with something else. With my hearing being destroyed in Viet Nam these new people are not understandable and the music sucks but thew oldies still have words I know and understand. You do not like oldies and I do. It is normal for sane people to disagree.
excellent.. thanks for the link. I’ve seen them twice now at the Largo at the Coronet.... just amazing.
You and I both agree that the current "top 40" music absolutely blows chunks.
Where we differ is that I have found a lot of contemporary artists who write gorgeous melodies and thoughtful lyrics, and perform them with consummate musicianship.
If you choose to ignore them, well, that's what makes horse races. Your loss....
In the meantime, start by checking out the David Wax Museum and Red Wanting Blue.
I had thought about putting Lucinda on my list, maybe next time. Have you heard her first album “Ramblin’”?? All covers of ‘20s and ‘30s blues, stripped down arrangements, super fine stuff. Wish she would do a little more of that material in her live shows.
Curse you, cat. You know what's gonna be stuck in my head the rest of the day??
W.E. Whitmore..., true musician.
Check out these pipes...., on guitar.
His story, on banjo.
I hadn’t listened to her in years. There is a new Tom Petty Buried Treasure channel on the satellite radio and he has played a few of her tracks. They are just good.