Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Post #8: Linkin Park - "Waiting For The End"

Post #8: Many times you can come across new music without really looking for it. This morning I turned on the TV to catch the tail end of this video. Not only is the video really cool, but I love the song. I had a different song in mind for today, but decided to post this instead.

Normally I am not a Linkin Park fan, but now after checking out their new album, "A Thousand Suns" on itunes, it seems that they have tweaked their standard sound a bit.

I like the change, so I'll be picking this album up.

Linkin Park, "Waiting for the End"
7,759 views on Youtube

Monday, November 29, 2010

Post #7.5: Alter Bridge - "White Knuckles"

Post #7.5: Here is one a little less mellow. Off of the same Live DVD.

Alter Bridge, "White Knuckles"
300,634 views on Youtube

Post #7: Alter Bridge - "Watch Over You"

Post #7: When Creed broke up, it was a sad day. Unlike most people out there, I am not a Creed hater, and still enjoy their music to this day.

But out of this tragedy, came something amazing. Mark, Scott and Brian from Creed hooked up with vocalist Myles Kennedy. One of the most powerful vocalists around, and created Alter Bridge.

Alter Bridge just released their third album, "AB III" as well as a live DVD filmed in Amsterdam. This video is from that DVD.

If you like Myles' voice, check out Mayfield Four, which is the band Myles fronted prior to Alter Bridge.

Alter Bridge, "Watch Over You"
746,113 views on Youtube

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Post #6: Fistful of Mercy - "Father's Son"

Post #6: One thing I love about Conan is that he himself is a pretty big music fan, always spotlighting bands that aren't as mainstream as ones you would find on Leno.

During his first week, he had on Fistful of Mercy, which is made up at Dhani Harrison (the son of George Harrison from the Beatles), Joseph Arthur, and one of my favorite musicians Ben Harper. Their debut album was just recently released in October.

Fistful of Mercy, "Father's Son"
16,563 views on Youtube

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Post #5: Neon Trees - "Animal"

Post #5: I was recently told about the Neon Trees by a friend from the office. I didn't really take the time to listen to them until I saw them on Conan this last week (GO COCO!!). They played this song.

It sounded so familiar, and I couldn't place it. Finally I realized it is being used in "Camp Vegas" commercials for Las Vegas.

What a great voice!

Neon Trees, "Animal"
412,638 views on Youtube

Friday, November 26, 2010

Post #4: Dawes - "When My Time Comes"

Post #4: Another band I came across as an opener. This last year I saw Dawes open for Cory Chisel at the Triple Rock in Minneapolis. One of the best live shows I have seen. They must have quite a following as when they finished half the place cleared out.

Had a chance to see them a couple weeks ago on their headlining tour. They played at First Avenue and it was the largest audience they had ever played for. Super nice guys.

Dawes, "When My Time Comes"
398 views on Youtube

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Post #3.5: Harper Blynn - "Start All Over"

Post #3.5: Off of their new self-titled album.

Harper Blynn, "Start All Over"
5,618 views on Youtube.

Post #3: Harper Blynn - "Halo" [Beyonce & Dirty Projectors cover]

Post #3: A huge part of attending concerts, that most people miss, is seeing the opening acts. Often times people brush them off as their main intent is to see the headliner. This is a big mistake.

I had never heard of Harper Blynn until I saw them open for Greg Laswell. I have now had the opportunity to see them twice (both times as the supporting act for Greg Laswell). And both times they played this cover (a combination of Beyonce's "Halo", and the Dirty Projectors "Cannibal Resource").

It starts off a little slow, but it is well worth watching the whole thing. Amazing harmonies.

Harper Blynn, "Halo" cover
21,133 views on Youtube.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Post #2: One Eskimo - "Kandi"

Post #2: I purchased this album about 6 months ago, and finally listened to it for the first time today. Very very good! This is my favorite tune.

One EskimO, "Kandi"
11,979 views on Youtube.

Another great band from England.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Post #1: The Civil Wars - "Poison & Wine"

Post #1:  I came across this band today and was blown away listening to this song.  If you like this, both artists have solo work as well:  Joy Williams and John Paul White.

The Civil Wars "Poison & Wine"
372,018 views on Youtube.
Finding new music can almost be similar to dating.

When it comes to dating, we all have certain aspects we look for in a suitable mate.

And just like when you meet a possible mate, there are certain qualities you look for in a band, which you will then use to determine if you "like, like" or just "like" said band.

Certain qualities will lead to "dating" and guarantee that their album will get continuous play for the weeks to come.

Unfortunately, sometimes during dating, there may also be qualities that surface down the road, which could lead to a break up.  Maybe they are too "clingy" and won't leave you alone by being played on the radio too much.  Or perhaps they start showing negative behavior that does not suit you, which will cause you to kick them to the curb and stop listening to them.

It is an unbelievable feeling when you find qualities in a band that cause you to become a fan for life.  When this happens it is like a marriage.  Your relationship with this band will not necessarily be perfect, and the band may still mess up from time to time, but if you are a true fan for life, you will learn to forgive and accept them for who they are.

This is where the comparison of music and relationships stop.  You can date numerous bands.  You can be married to numerous bands.  All the while never being worried about cheating or hurting feelings.  You can try different things.  Maybe today it is Alt Country, and tomorrow it is Heavy Metal.  You can make choices based on your mood or even your activities.

Bottom line:  Music is one of the biggest blessings God has given us.  Music will always be there for you regardless of who you are or what you are going through. It doesn't care what you look like, how you dress or how you smell.  It doesn't care about your sex or your color.  Music can bring strength.  It can calm your nerves.  Sometimes it can save your life.

The point of this blog is to introduce anyone that is interested, to new music.  These posts will consist of bands that I have dated, or am currently dating.  And sometimes bands that I am married too.

I have an open relationship with all of the bands featured in this blog.

Please date my music...I really don't mind.