23  October  Posted by admin


Here’s the deal folks, I am not on the bleeding edge of the music industry.

Very much like a bear preparing for winter, I find a band that I enjoy …and then take them back to my cave until I almost starve and need to look for something else.

I love my old stuff. It makes me happy …and doesn’t let me down. I have what History books refer to “The Farmers Mindset” which is defined as “Total resistance to change.”

Every once in a while, a song will squeeze its way into my air tight vacuum of a cranium, either through a friend…. or a  commercial… or some random freak accident of the universe… and that song is then brought in on a probationary period until further notice. ONE SCREW UP AND YOU’RE OUT! YOU HERE ME? OUT!

Quite a few new songs have managed to ‘burrow in’ past security over the last 5 years,… SOOOOO…. I have decided to throw a list together.

The hardest thing about compiling this list has been:

I had to pick songs from bands I had NEVER heard of ….until THAT song sprung forth in my ear canals.

In the last 5 years, the following are bands were totally new to me, and I enjoyed the crap out of them. (All of you have probably been fans for 20 years, but see first paragraph for any questions you might have.

Hey, just thought I’d share, there might be a few on here you will dig…


1. Red Fang – Prehistoric Dog

Most of these songs aren’t really in any particular order… with the exception of this one. I have played this song and this video more times in the last few years than any on this list. This song and video are raw power mixed with total silliness (which to me is the perfect combo.)

2. Ramona Falls – I Say Fever

Hands down… one of the most beautifully crafted videos I have seen in my life. It is a synesthete’s dream. When it goes into “color mode” and starts rockin’ there’s nothing better.

3. The Hours – Ali In The Jungle

The vibe and the lyrics to this song are just flat-out amazing. This song came into my life a few years ago when things started going stupid, and it helped in the way that all amazing music does.

4. Naked Hearts – Mass Hysteria

I came across this song completely by accident while scrolling through Youtube. I love about every second of it. It rocks… but it’s still soft…it’s melencholy but it’s silly. Just like me. :I

5. That Handsome Devil – Rob The Prez-O-Dent

There are better songs on the City Dressed in Dynamite album, but this is the song that introduced me to the band. I am a HUGE fan of Mr. Bungle  and they remind me of them in a great way.

6. Dead Sara – Weatherman

Dead Sara are one of my favorite new bands by far. I have been describing them to everyone as “Janis Joplin plays in a 90’s band.”

6.  I Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

One of the many songs on this list I will get crap from my “metal” friends for including, but BRING IT, fool! Sure, its a country song… Sure, this song has been played 4,000 times, but MAN this song has amazing lyrics. It’s so well written with an amazing feel that most of us would admit to feeling, but wouldn’t admit to singing full blast whilst alone in your car at night. Cheers to ths song.

7. Kimbra – Good In-tent (Live Version)

I’m posting the live version of this song because it’s a little more rockin’, (even though the studio version has an awesome vibe.) Loves me some Kimbra.

8. Skrillex – Bangarang

I’ll put money down that Dubstep will be dead within 8 months, but it’s impossible to put this song on and not have body parts start to boogie.

8. Imelda May – Johnny Gotta Boom Boom

As most of you know I’m a HUGE swing/rockabilly fan. Unfortunately, nothing new had come around in recent years. Then Imelda May released her first album and I went “Yaaaay!” It happened just like this… \0/

9. The Raconteurs – Carolina Drama

Jack White is one of the greatest modern-day storytellers, in my humble opinion. I am more of a fan of this live version of the song, but it completely rules my face.


10. Against Me! – Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart

I love the “modern-day love song” feel of this track. The part where it kicks into the “Too much momentum…” part always gives me goosebumps.

11. The Crooked Vultures – Gunman

Anything with Josh Homme, David Grohl and John Paul Jones together is going to rule. This is my favorite track on the album.

12. M.I.A – Paper Planes

M.I.A. restored my faith in catchy Hip-Hop after Beastie Boys kinda stopped making good music. I just love her music, this is the one that got my attention.

13. Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye

This song is basically “1979” from The Smashing Pumpkins in a different order…but IT WORKS. The ‘Pumpkins’ nature of the song got my attention, but they kept it. I love this track and “Panic Switch” by Sliversun.

13. Damian Marley & Skrillex – Make It Bun Dem

Like I said before, I have no faith in Dub-step being more than a fad, but Damian Marley AND Skrillex are on my list, and they ended up doing a REALLY catchy song together.

14. That Handsome Devil – Damn Door

This song is so friggin’ silly but it is equal parts bad-ass. Pretty much like every That Handsome Devil song.

15. Nero – Doomsday

This song is so cinematic. It’s like the theme song to the apocalypse.

15. Deadmau5 – I Remember

This is one of those songs like “In The Waiting Line” by Zero 7 that just transport you to a different mood immediately.

16. That Handsome Devil – Wintergreen

This song is sooooooo catchy. The music reminds me of repurposed versions of The Munsters Theme and The Hawaii 5-0 Theme from the 60s.

17. The Pink Spiders – Gimme Chemicals

There have been a few times where I have just wanted to dismiss this song as ‘bubblegum punk,’ but MAN it is so catchy. That chorus sticks in your head for DAYS. Hmm, well… maybe it IS bubble gum punk, but I like it.

15. Damian Marley – Road To Zion

I’m a huge Bob Marley fan, and I’ve always been kind of skeptical of his offspring’s music. This song put me at ease. I love the vibe of this song, even though Nas is a little distracting sometimes.

18. Dead Sara – Whispers & Ashes

I love this song so much, as i said earlier, they have a great 90’s vibe to them and this song is 30 shades of 90s.

19. Aaron Pelsue Band – Made New

As you can see, there is not a whole lot of Christian praise and worship music on my list. 😛 I can tell you that The Aaron Pelsue Band is UNBELIEVABLY good live. They connected with so many people at CIY this year. I wish I could find a live version of this.

20. Florence & The Machine – Dog Days Are Over

I know I am going to take a lot of crap from my metalhead friends for this one, but I will unrepentantly defend the incredible vibe this song has. Sometimes you just need a positive “pick me up” and this one does it in spades.

 21. Santigold – Disparate Youth

Every once in a while a song that is so outside your normal comfort zone will just click. I can’t explain why I love this song as much as I do, but man!

22. Parov Stelar – Libella Swing

Old school Big Band vs. modern electronics. I love every second of it.

24. Yolanda Be Cool – We Speak No Americano

I think everyone and their sister might be sick of this song by now, but MAN was it catchy when it came out. I remember pretty much having it on a loop for a week.

25. Crookers – Cooler Clouler (feat. Yelle)

A very poppy electronic song, but it’s got a great chillness to it in the parts that count.


 Dig any of these songs? Lemme know below!


Have Spotify? I have thrown all of the ones available on Spotify into a playlist for your enjoyment.

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