New Music, Part One

In accordance with the Almighty List, I am on a quest to discover 25 bands or musicians that I’ve never heard of in 2014. Here’s your first installment, Gentle Reader – five groups and my thoughts on them. If you have any musical suggestions for me, I’m wide open! Leave a link in the comments.

The Task: Discover 25 bands etc., like I said above.

The Execution:

1. Walk Off The Earth

While fooling around with my Ukulele and looking for plausible songs to play, I ran across a site with all sorts of tabs accompanied by videos to let you hear the song before you gave it a shot. I found Aux Champs-Elysées, a song that I remember fondly from high school French class, and this amazing video:

Now, bear in mind that most of their other songs are nothing like this cover, and you should be alright. Personally? On seeing this, I desperately wanted to BE them. Bonus? Hot boys who hi-five with cymbals.

2. C. W. Stoneking

Oh, Pandora, how I love and hate you. One of the many entries on this list that I’m sure Pandora will be responsible for, C. W. Stoneking has an old-timey sort of blues feel to his music. I also really dig his voice.

Also, his band is called the Primitive Horn Orchestra, which wins a bunch of points from me, and apparently he uses a special type of guitar that was popular with street musicians in the twenties and thirties. Yes, please.

3. Margot and Nuclear So-and-So’s

Another selection thanks to Pandora. When I first heard their song Paper Kitten Nightmare, I just had music on in the background while working on something else – either the novel, or the blog, or whatever else I might have been writing. Deep in thought after a troubling paragraph, I had to stop and ask myself – “Is… is that fella meowing?”

He was.

When I finally looked into the lyrics, they were rather more disturbing than one might think from the music, if one weren’t paying attention.

4. Eleni Mandell

This was recommended after listening to a song by She & Him song on the Youtube, and I can absolutely see why – Eleni Mandell’s voice, and musical style, remind me quite a bit of Zooey Deschanel’s band, back before she got all famous with the acting and whatnot. At least with this song, there’s a certain serenity to her music.

She also reminds me a bit of Eliza Doolittle – no, not that one. This one.

5. Sara Bareilles

Shameless pop music? Well, maybe not shameless – I have issues – but yes. While I was in Anchorage, visiting an old beau, he introduced me to this song by singing it in the shower. Grinning bashfully, after he’d toweled off he showed me the music video:

Damn it, that song’s catchy, and the video pokes enough fun at itself to really enjoy. I especially love the ending, where she’s out-of-key and being asked to leave the store.

The Verdict:

Well, obviously this item isn’t done yet – not by a long shot. So far, though? Obviously I’m enjoying finding new music.

Do you have music that I should be listening to? Bands that I should be aware of? A favorite song by one of these artists? Let me know!

About Ty DeLyte

Madame DeLyte has suffered a grave disappointment - YET AGAIN - and still believes that freedom, beauty, and truth are what's valuable, rather than vulgar cash. He'd add love to that list - but, well, what can he say about love?
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25 Responses to New Music, Part One

  1. bernie says:

    K…I had to think hard on this one as I’m thinking this isn’t your style of tune, but dammit, this shit rocks. Pondered putting one of their bluesier jams on it, but there’s a great groove on this tune..should make your head bob a bit. Sort of late 80s style, but with much more souls to it.

    Probably playable on a uke. 😉

  2. bernie says:

    And…a recent discovery. Actually heard it at Mad Hat Tea. The woman at the counter was kind enough to give me a copy of it.

  3. bernie says:

    k…This is my old drummer’s band that’s getting some notice lately. (he’s on guitar..we had him playing bars at 16 yrs old) This was shot and recorded live…in a van.

    • YES. They’re really good, I love the van thing – I love a lot of things that happen in vans – and I dig this song. That’s awesome about him playing bars at sixteen, and even more awesome about his band getting noticed!

      • bernie says:

        Cool. I figured I’d give a taste of a few different ones. 😉 They, iirc, had a tune played on a network show. They have some great remixes and just keep sounding better and better. It’s interesting to see where old bandmates took their music direction after we were all together. I told him at shows, prior to them going on, having a ‘tic tic tic’ sound going. I thought it be great for an opening to blast into a tune…great play on the name, too. Afaik, he hasn’t done it yet. I still think it’s a great idea.

  4. bernie says:

    And, here’s my old singer…great bud o’ mine who will be standing up next to Sarah and I on the beach. Might be a good song to take out frustrations. 😀

    I think I’ve peppered you page enough…LOL

  5. mousegoddess says:

    And here’s one of my Mahogany Session discoveries

  6. k says:

    Valley Lodge is a silly, cheerful band:
    I can’t recall if you’re familiar with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds:
    That’s all I can think of for now outside of the hip hop genre.

  7. The Tragically Hip is a popular Canadian band. Gord Downey, the lead singer, writes interesting lyrics (and poetry). People either love ’em or hate ’em. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but I happen to love them. This is one of my favourites..

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