Every once in a while I feel the need to just make a list of all the artists I have been listening to… It is as much a reminder for me as it is for you.
I want to make sure I am not forgetting to tell you about anyone… Well, there is no way I am going to remember everyone, my brain just does not work that well anymore… I know, I know… sad and I am working on that… but this list is an attempt, my best attempt, to keep all of us in the musical loop.
I highly recommend signing up for NoiseTrade… It is my new favorite way to discover new artists. I also still love my KCRW… volunteering there for their semi-annual pledge drive… KCSN and Julie Slater’s show Out On A Limb… and the best way to discover new music… talking… to friend, strangers, anyone who wants to talk music!!!
A. Rex – Grossly underrated singer/songwriter… His stuff is amazingly beautiful and it kills me no one knows who he is.
Alabama Shakes – This band is so good and so young… They blew me away live.
Arctic Monkeys – Still up in the air with this band, have been for a long while… and also their new album Suck It And See… Great title, though… Some great songs… some just okay… But I seem t be digging this new one.
Bison – Quill is a stunning album and came from NoiseTrade. So gorgeous… Country… folk… pop… Mumford & Sons sound… awesome.
Bonnie Raitt – Her new record Slipstream rocks!!!
Dan Bern – Have been a fan for a while and he continues to amaze me… Great singer/songwriter stuff.
The dB’s – This North Carolina/NYC band has a brand new album, Falling Off The Sky, and it is AMAZING!!! So dang good. To come up with am album this great after so many years is a testament to the power of sticking it out and always creating and making music… Reminds me of Sloan’s The Double Cross (XX).
Delta Rose – These local 20 year olds know how to rock… Expecting great things from this band!
Dr. John – Wow… His new record Locked Down is a stunner!
Dream Theatre – A new discovery for me… These Prog Rock G-ds are simply stunning… The record Words and Images will blow you away!
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – I so adore their retro sound and their new record Here kicks it up a few notches… Love this band!!!
The Features – I believe this was another NoiseTrade discovery… Good stuff… Need to listen more.
Fort Atlantic – Dreamy Bon Iver like pop… Damn fine music.
Future Of Forestry – This has moved to the top of my list as great new musical discoveries… I hear some Death Cab For Cutie, some Elbow and some great moody, pop!
Girls – I still absolutely LOVE this band… This record has kept my attention for a long, long time… Great debut!!!
Gotye – Still digging him and still really wanting to see him at the Greek… Cheap tix please… Someone… Bueller…
Hayden – Right in that singer/songwriter pocket that Sufjan Stevens blew the lid off… His Elk-Lake Serenade has been out for years but a recent find for me… It is a stunningly beautiful record.
Jackopierce – This alternative band from Texas is totally fun… A little bit country, a little bit pop and a little bit Rock n’ Roll.
King Washington – Thanks to Tati for hooking me into these guys. This local LA Band has put out a phenomenal debut album called The Gears. One of those rare records where I love every track.
Matthew Perryman Jones – If Bono and Coldplay had a baby, this is who it would be.
Neverending White Lights – Gorgeous gothic rock and pop… This music will floor you.
The Ocean Blue – This jangly pop band is still out there playing… and so worthy of our attention.
The Orb – Electronica that will move you to the depths of your soul… Haunting and deep and rich… a sound minefield.
The Tallest Man On Earth – He has lost a bit of the Dylan twang, which I think only opens up his singer/songwriter appeal.
William Fitzsimmons – His music cuts you to the quick… sad and stunning… heart breaking and beautiful… a must listen… especially late at night…