Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Best of 2013 - Top 10 Pop Songs

This year, Your New Favorite Song won't be doing it's annual Top 50 Artists list. Instead I decided to do FOUR separate Best Of lists (maybe five if I'm actually motivated to think on New Year's Day). As always, my lists are based solely on what I like. Chart success/sales/critical acclaim have no place here.

Yesterday, we looked at my favorite concerts of the year. Today, let's take a look at my Top 10 Favorite Pop Songs. To qualify, the single had to be released in 2013 (even if the song appeared on an album released prior to 2013).

10. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines - I could have easily put Miley's Wrecking Ball or Selena's Come and Get It in the No. 10 spot as all three songs are catchy as all hell. In the end I had to go with Dr. Jason Seaver's kid.

9. Katy Perry - Roar - Katy Perry is one of my favorite pop singers. While Roar is one of my favorite songs this year, I had to dock her some points due to it sounding way to similar to my No. 1 (spoiler).

8. Natalia Kills - Problem - This is one of the coolest songs of the year. If you haven't heard it and you like songs with a bit of an electronic edge definitely check it out.

7. Lorde - Royals - She's this year's younger, more immediately likable Lana Del Rey.

6. Lady Gaga - Applause - Everyone seems to be trashing Art Pop, but I'd put Applause up with there with Gaga's finest.

5. Icona Pop (feat. Charli XCX) - I Love It - The song title says it all.

4. OneRepublic - Counting Stars - I picked up their Native album on a whim for $3.99. Counting Stars was an immediate favorite.

3. Taylor Swift - 22 - This song, about the joys of being 22, is pure pop bliss.

2. P!nk (feat. Nate Ruess) - Just Give Me A Reason - I thought this was an odd pairing when I first heard about it, but P!nk and the singer from fun. sound tremendous together on this song about trying to hold a relationship together.

1. Sara Bareilles - Brave - While Sara wrote Brave about the struggles of a friend of her's coming out, this song should be a call for everyone to simply be true to themselves.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Best of 2013 - Top 10 Concerts

This year, Your New Favorite Song won't be doing it's annual Top 50 Artists list. Instead I decided to do FOUR separate Best Of lists (maybe five if I'm actually motivated to think on New Year's Day). As always my lists are based solely on my tastes. Chart success/sales mean nothing to me. It's the music I enjoyed in 2013 whether it be popular or not.

Today we will look at my favorite live performances of 2013. I caught about 30-some shows this year at venues ranging from a football stadium to an under 300 capacity venue and everything in between. For this list I decided to focus on the performance and not the tour package (it's hardly fair to compare an all-day music festival to a singer/songwriter playing in a small club). Here it is, along with some brief thoughts and the occasional photo stolen from my wife's camera.

10. Luke Bryan - Luke's show was just a big ol' country party. The beers and hits were certainly flowing that night.

9. Sarah Jarosz - I always make it a point to see Sarah when she comes to town. She's one of the most wickedly talented young bluegrass artists today.

8. Zac Brown Band - It took me a few years to get into the Zac Brown Band, but it finally sunk in for me this year. Performance-wise the band was on fire that summer night. My second favorite tailgate of the year...this has nothing to do with the ranking, I'm just sayin'.

7. The Postal Service - I NEVER thought I'd get a chance to see The Postal Service. Such a thrill.

6. Julie Roberts - A fantastic and intimate show with one of the most soulful voices in country music. It was truly a treat to hear many of the songs that would appear on her fantastic album Good Wine and Bad Decisions.

 5. Keith Urban - A total sing-a-long show. The dude plays a mean guitar.

4. Little Big Town - I still get chills thinking about the moment in Your Side Of The Bed when Kimberly, Karen, Jimi and Phillip all come in on the first chorus, harmonizes a blazing.

3. Miranda Lambert - Musically speaking, this was my favorite show of the year. Nothing better than seeing one of your favorite performers play on your birthday for a second straight year.

2. Taylor Swift - Don't laugh. Taylor is a force. It was more than just a concert, it was an experience. I had a smile on my face for days after this show. The only thing keeping her out of my Number 1 spot was the sheer insanity of the "winner's" performance.

1. P!nk - HOLY CRAP! I probably shouted that about 15 times during P!nk's performance. Like Taylor's concert, it's pure spectacle. Unlike Taylor's concert, P!nk soared above the crowd in a range of different harnesses or bungee cords. Acrobatics aplenty that left many (including myself) gasping. And she did it all while singing her fist pumping hits.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Eisley - Currents

Here's the haunting first video off of Eisley's latest album Currents. I just love those harmonies swirling all around. Some day I'll finally get a chance to see them live and it will be amazing.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kevin Devine - Bubblegum

Kevin Devine's latest album Bubblegum came out last week (oops, I missed that one...I'll have to pick it up later this week). If the rest of the album sounds as kick ass as the title track, indie ROCK fans are in for a serious album of the year contender by a great musician who has been unfairly under the radar for far too long.


Friday, November 8, 2013

The Dead Milkmen - Smokin' Banana Peels

I suppose Smokin' Banana Peels by The Dead Milkmen brings a whole new meaning to Friday Flashback here at Your New Favorite Song...yeah, I'm so not proud of that one. Enjoy and be safe!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban - Highway Don't Care

There were very few surprise winners at last night's CMA Awards. The only one that truly shocked me was Luke Bryan losing Entertainer of the Year to the "retiring" George Strait (Blake Shelton winning Album of the Year was a distant second). The winners for Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year were certainly not a surprise -- here's Tim, Taylor and Keith with one of my favorite songs/videos of 2013.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Any Weather

I was pretty bummed that I missed The Shindig festival in Baltimore this summer. The timing just didn't work out for me and I had to give up my tickets. Among the many artists that I would have loved to see that day was Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. I've seen her play quite a few times over the years and it's always a rockin' good time. I finally picked up her latest album Unvarnished and I look forward to giving it a spin when I get a chance. Here's the video for Unvarnished's first single Any Weather. As expected, the song's pretty badass. Check it out.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Avett Brothers - Another is Waiting

Yikes. Has it really been 11 days since I last posted here? Sorry about that. I'm sure it'll happen again and again and again...

The Avett Brothers released their 8,000th album a few weeks ago which is quite impressive seeing that they've only been playing together for 13 years. I've yet to pick up Magpie and the Dandelion because I've had some other new release priorities, but I'm sure I'll be listening to it as soon as AmazonMP3 includes it in one of their MP3 deals that they run all the time. So far, I've only heard the album's first single and I'm digging it, but then again, I typically prefer their more uptempo songs.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Jennifer Nettles - That Girl

I've been going all sorts of bonkers waiting for this Sunday's Girls with Guitars show in Baltimore. The show will feature Cassadee Pope (Season 3 Champion of The Voice), personal fave and my 2012 artist of the year Kellie Pickler, the always amazing Sheryl Crow and Jennifer Nettles who just happens to play in one of my favorite country duos (Sugarland). Here's the first single from Jennifer's solo debut.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

AFI - I Hope You Suffer

AFI's latest album Burials dropped today. Judging by the two tracks I've heard, it appears that the band has once again reinvented themselves. I lost count but I'm pretty sure we're at AFI version 5.0 at this point. Much like their previous sonic evolutions it took me about two listens to get used to and into the new direction.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Pixies - Dig for Fire & Allison

It's time for another Friday Flashback. Here's the Pixies and their video for Dig for Fire from 1990's Bossanova album. I always wondered why/how Allison got added to the Dig video. Turns out it was a tribute to jazz musician Mose Allison. Look at me droppin' some Wikipedia knowledge on y'all.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Diane Birch - All The Love You Got

Diane Birch's soulful debut Bible Belt was one of my favorite albums of 2009. After just one listen, it's safe to say that her latest record Speak A Little Louder will be on my 2013 "Best Of" list as it's one of the finest records I've heard all year. Here's the video for her fantastic first single All The Love You Got.

Hey look! It's me and Diane after her June 6, 2010 show at the Ram's Head.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Sonic Youth - Dirty Boots

Yikes. Almost 800 videos posted on this crazy little blog and I have yet to do one on Sonic Youth?!?!? What the hell is wrong with me? Don't answer that. There will never be a band as cool as Sonic Youth. Everything they did was just perfect for that time period. Hell, even when they "sold out" and went to a major label, they did it the right way and on their terms. Of their 15 studio albums, 1990's Goo is still my favorite (although if you ask me in a few days I might say Daydream Nation...or Dirty). Since I said Goo (today), let's check out the mosh-pit love story video for Dirty Boots.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ruut - Glimpse

I saw Finnish-born (now living in Baltimore) singer/songwriter Ruut open for Kat Edmonson last month and was completely blown away by her captivating voice and enthralling songs. I picked up her latest CD Glimpse after the show and I have to say that it's simply one of the most gorgeous sounding records of the year. Check out the video for the fantastic title track and hear for yourself.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Joe Nichols - Sunny and 75

Joe Nichols' eighth album Crickets hits stores tomorrow and I look forward to checking out what the Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off singer has to offer up on this go around. I really like the breezy summer vibe of the first single Sunny and 75 and I'm hopeful the rest of Crickets will deliver. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Amanda Shires - Devastate

My 2013 album wishlist is growing insanely out of control. No matter how many records I pick up each week, it seems like there are about a dozen more that I still want at the end of the month. Amanda Shires' latest Down Fell The Doves is on that list. After watching the video for Devastate, I have a feeling Down Fell The Doves will be off my wishlist and on my iPod by the end of the week.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Delta Rae - If I Loved You

I've been seeing Delta Rae's video for If I Loved You a lot lately on CMT Pure which is a good thing because this Durham, NC Americana band and their fantastic harmonies have my head all sorts of spinnin'. Their debut album Carry The Fire has been out for over a year now. I think it's about time for me to pick it up.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sebadoh - I Will

I can't believe there's been a new Sebadoh album out for two weeks and I haven't heard it yet. Twenty-something Scott is really pissed off at 30-something Scott...that's for certain. Back in the 90s I wouldn't have missed a new Sebadoh album on release day for anything. I'll certainly be picking up Defend Yourself as soon as I can though as I love this first single. Here's the video for I Will featuring Lou Barlow (obviously) and his feline buddies.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Sunday In The Country Part 5 - Gary Allan

All week I've been previewing WPOC's Sunday In The Country concert in Columbia, MD (which you can read here, here, here and here. Today, we conclude with the show's headliner Gary Allan.

Gary Allan's Set You Free is one of the most refreshing country albums released this year. It's modern country music for people who like their country with very little pop flair. The first single Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) is one of the finest country songs you'll hear on the radio and I don't think it surprised anyone when it went to No. 1 on the charts. I'll be very interested to see how the crowd responds to him after the party that is Florida Georgia Line. All I know is that I'm in for an awesome day of country music on Sunday.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sunday In The Country Part 4 - Florida Georgia Line

Three more days until WPOC's annual Sunday In The County. So far I've previewed Maggie Rose and The Henningsens, Randy Houser, and Brantley Gilbert. Today we head on down to the Florida Georgia Line to get our shine on.

While Gary Allan is the headliner for this year's Sunday In The Country, I have a feeling that the sold-out crowd is going to go absolutely bonkers for Florida Georgia Line who are riding high with three straight No. 1 singles from their debut album Here's To The Good Times. I missed Florida Georgia Line when they came to town earlier this year, so I'm excited to be one of the "Party People" on Sunday night.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sunday In The Country Part 3 - Brantley Gilbert

Four more days until Sunday In The Country!!! Monday I looked at Maggie Rose and The Henningsens. Yesterday I covered Randy Houser. Today it's time for country rocker Brantley Gilbert. With two albums under his belt and two No. 1 hits (Country Must Be Country Wide and You Don't Know Her Like I Do), Brantley Gilbert is one of country music's rising stars. I suspect by the time his next album comes out the raspy voiced singer/songwriter from Georgia will complete his country radio takeover. I hear he puts on a heck of a show and I look forward to finding out for myself on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sunday in the Country Part 2 - Randy Houser

Sunday in the Country is this Sunday and I'm pretty freakin' psyched. Yesterday I wrote about The Henningsens and Maggie Rose which you can read right here. Today we take a brief look at Randy Houser.

Randy's had a pretty darn good year. His latest record How Country Feels has generated two No. 1 hits (so far) -- the title track and Running Out of Moonlight. How Country Feels is one of my favorite popular country albums of the year and I'm really looking forward to hearing those great songs come alive. Here's the video for his most recent No. 1.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunday in the Country Part 1 - The Henningsens and Maggie Rose

Sunday in the Country is just a handful of days away. FINALLY. The annual concert hosted by Baltimore's WPOC is a fun way to spend an autumn day here in Maryland. This year's show kicks off with two hot newcomers: The Henningsens and Maryland's own Maggie Rose. Then it's time for four artists who have dominated the charts this year: Randy Houser, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line and headliner Gary Allan. Simply put, 2013's Sunday in the Country will be 1,000 times better than watching my beloved Bills get destroyed by the Ravens.

Today, let's take a look at The Henningsens and Maggie Rose.

The Henningsens are a family act out of Illinois whose fantastic debut single American Beautiful made quite a splash on the country charts. I really enjoyed their self-titled EP and look forward to seeing them live. Check out the video for American Beautiful.

I'm a big fan of the soulful and sassy Maggie Rose. Her first single I'm Not Your Mama was one of my favorite songs last year and the video for her latest single Better has been getting a ton of airplay on CMT. Personally, I'm just psyched to finally get a chance to see her perform after a couple of missed opportunities in the last year. Here's the video for heartbreaking beautiful Better.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Geraldine Fibbers - Dragon Lady

I'm dumbfounded that I never posted this Geraldine Fibbers video back in the Your Forgotten Favorite days (YFF was the precursor to Your New Favorite Song and was all 90s alt videos). Dragon Lady still stands as one of my favorite songs ever. It still gives me chills even 18 years after hearing it for the first time. I've probably made 100s of mix tapes/cds for people over the years and I'd venture to say that a good portion of them made after 1995 concluded with this apocalyptic love song from the Geraldine Fibbers mind-blowing Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home record.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Della Mae - Empire

I saw Della Mae's Empire video on CMT a couple months ago and immediately fell head over heels for this Boston-based bluegrass band. I picked up their Rounder Records debut This World Oft Can Be that day. If you like killer picking and tremendous harmonies, you're going to dig this record. I sure did.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Brandy Clark - Stripes

Brandy Clark has written/co-written some of my favorite songs of 2013 -- Mama's Broken Heart (Miranda Lambert), Better Dig Two (The Band Perry), Follow Your Arrow (Kacey Musgraves) and We Can't Be Friends (Joanna Smith). Now we can add her first single to that list. I've been seeing this video on CMT Pure a lot lately. Hopefully, country radio will start playing it too because it's such a killer tune (pun may or may not have been intended).

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Luke Bryan - That's My Kind of Night

The first time I heard Blake Shelton's Boys 'Round Here I proclaimed it to be "the 'dumbest' song I've ever heard." Within, oh let's say, about less than a week I declared it to be "the 'greatest' song ever written" and I still get a big dumb goofy grin on my face when I hear it (which is often).

So what does this have to do Luke Bryan and his latest single? Well, the first time I heard Luke Bryan's That's My Kind Of Night I proclaimed it to be "the 'dumbest' song I've ever heard." Within, oh let's say, about less than a week I declared it to be "the 'greatest' song ever written" and I now get a big dumb goofy grin on my face when I hear it (which is often).

Lesson learned. Sometimes it's all about having fun and nothing more. I'll certainly have fun seeing Luke perform again tonight.

*Please note my use of "dumbest" and "greatest" was strictly for emphasis. There's no way I'd consider either Boys 'Round Here or That's My Kind Of Night to be the "greatest song ever." That distinction clearly goes to Toby Keith's Red Solo Cup.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kelleigh Bannen - Pretty Mess AND Thomas Rhett - It Goes Like This

Tomorrow night I'm off to see the Dirt Road Diaries Tour with Luke Bryan. Today though we're going to focus on the two opening acts (ideally I would have done two separate posts, but for the second time in as many months I forgot how many days came between Tuesday and Wednesday). First up is Kelleigh Bannen who I featured here last year (if you click on that link you'll see a cool photo of me and Kelleigh on a hot summer afternoon and then you can watch her awesome video for Sorry On The Rocks). Today though, we have a fantastic live video of her playing Hot Mess.

And that takes us to second act on the bill -- Thomas Rhett. I saw Thomas this January opening up for Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley and he put on a great show. What I didn't know at the time was that he co-wrote Jason Aldean's 1994, Lee Brice's Parking Lot Party and Florida Georgia Line's Round Here (so if any of those songs ever get stuck in your head it's partially his fault). Here's his video for It Goes Like This which is currently storming up the country charts.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Depeche Mode - The Things You Said

So I just walked into the kitchen and started randomly belting out The Things You Said by Depeche Mode. If that isn't inspiration enough for a Friday Flashback I don't know what is. This one's from their fantastic 101 concert video which I haven't seen in forever. I'd go digging around my basement to find my 101 videotape but I don't have a VCR anymore so it would be kind of pointless.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Boysetsfire - Closure

Boysetsfire released their first album in over six years a couple months ago and I have to say it's pretty badass. Some of the finest melodic hardcore I've heard in a while. Check out the video for Closure and see and hear for yourself.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jason Isbell - Traveling Alone

I've been a fan of Jason Isbell since his days in the Drive-By Truckers. And while I thoroughly enjoyed his first three solo albums, his latest, Southeastern, is easily my favorite. I venture to say that it may be one of the best albums of 2013 and I know I'm not the only one out there saying it. I suspect it will show up on many "Best Of" lists (including mine) come December. For me, it gets better every time I put it on, which is often. While the record's been out for a few months, there hasn't been a video for me to share with you all, until today. Check it out!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Charlie Worsham - Could It Be

Charlie Worsham's debut album Rubberband came out today and I'm looking forward to hearing it after all of the great press it's been receiving. It's already waiting for me in my iTunes and hopefully I'll have a chance to listen to it tonight. Until then, here's the video for the laid-back and addictive first single Could It Be.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Superchunk - Me & You & Jackie Mittoo

Superchunk's 10th studio album I Hate Music comes out tomorrow. I'm pretty damn psyched as they have been one of my favorite indie ROCK bands since the first time I heard Slackmotherfucker back in my college days. If this first single is any indication, I think I'm going to be very pleased with I Hate Music.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Social Distortion - Cold Feelings

I've probably listened to Social Distortion's Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell about 8 million times since it's release in 1992. It was my "go to" tape on pretty much every road trip I took in the 90s and I still get revved up when I hear it 21 years later. Here's the video for the album's hard-driving first track Cold Feelings. Crank it up!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High

Hmmm, I must be in an English indie mood lately. Yesterday, I posted the new Babyshambles video and now we have the latest by the Arctic Monkeys, whose new album comes out next month. It takes a bit for this one to kick in, but give it a chance because it's a killer song and the video's pretty cool in that hazy drug kind of way.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Babyshambles - Nothing Comes To Nothing

Has it really been six years since Pete Doherty graced us with a Babyshambles album? I guess time flies when one does time...and often (look it up). Like all of Doherty's best songs, this new one is catchy as can be (even with the constant cut-ins which are hopefully just in the video). You know I'll be picking up Sequel to the Prequel when it comes out on September 2nd. Will you?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Laura Marling - Master Hunter

I should have posted Laura Marling's killer Master Hunter video months ago when it came out. It's such a cool song and I'm really digging her new album Once I Was An Eagle. She's definitely one of those artists that gets better with every record and that's coming from someone who was a big fan of her 2008 debut Alas, I Cannot Swim.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Miranda Lambert - All Kinds of Kinds

I was kind of shocked (and pleasantly surprised) to hear that the fifth single off Miranda Lambert's Four The Record would be All Kinds of Kinds. Don't get me wrong. I love the song. It's just not exactly pop-country radio-friendly (cross-dressing congressmen and drug pinching pharmacists and all). It's kind of cool that they didn't go safe and choose...well Safe, or Dear Diamond (both of which would also be welcome additions on country radio).

So sit back, relax and check out the just released concert video for All Kinds Of Kinds which totally brought me back to January when I saw her for the third time.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Afghan Whigs - Debonair

It's time for another Friday Flashback. This one's from one of my favorite rock albums ever -- Gentlemen by The Afghan Whigs. Twenty years since its release and I still go bonkers when hear those 11 iconic songs blaring on my stereo speakers. I posted the video for the title track a few years ago, so today I think we'll go with the dazzling Debonair.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Keith Urban - Little Bit of Everything

I had the chance to see Keith Urban on his last tour and kind of blew it by not going because I pretty much hate going to DC for shows. I promised myself though, that I wouldn’t make the same mistake again if he came back to the DC/Maryland area (but not Virginia, never Virginia). Well, tonight’s the night for redemption. I’m seeing Keith with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch (both of whom I’ve seen before and were great) AND it's even in Maryland (WOOO!). Keith’s new album doesn’t come out for a month or so, but the first single is all sorts of summer chill. So let’s get our groove on with a Little Bit of Everything.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Little Big Town - Your Side of The Bed

I'm beyond excited to see Little Big Town again tomorrow night. In the past three or so years they have become one of my favorite bands because of their great songs and killer harmonies. I already posted the Tornado and Boondocks videos, so here's their latest -- the heartbreaking Your Side of the Bed.

Awww heck, it's summer. Here's the video for Pontoon.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Brett Eldredge - Don't Ya

Brett Eldredge's debut album Bring You Back comes out today. I saw him in May opening for Taylor Swift at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. And while I only knew his recently released single Don't Ya (today's video), my attention was held for the entire 30 minute set (that speaks more to Brett's booming voice and less to my short attention span). Anyway, here's the video for the lead single which tore up the country charts this summer.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Sunny Day Real Estate - In Circles

I can't believe I didn't post this Sunny Day Real Estate video on my old 90s alternative video blog Your Forgotten Favorite. In Circles, off Sunny Day's amazing debut album Diary, was one of my favorite songs of the era. But that's what Friday Flashbacks here at Your New Favorite Song are all about. So let's relive the magic that was Sunny Day Real Estate by clicking on that video down below.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blackberry Smoke - Pretty Little Lie

This Blackberry Smoke video has been out for a few months now, so yeah, I'm a little late posting it. Better late than never. Right? Anyway, this Atlanta, GA country/southern rock band is signed to Zac Brown's label Southern Ground (are there any country/southern rock bands from Atlanta not signed to Zac's label?). If you like this song, I'd strongly suggest picking up their 2012 album The Whippoorwill. You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cassadee Pope - Wasting All These Tears

Here's the debut video for Cassadee Pope's first single Wasting All These Tears. After hearing this heartbreaker, I'm fairly certain that this Season 3 Champion on The Voice will have a pretty solid future on country radio.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kylesa - Unspoken

Savannah's Kylesa are a killer mix of sludge metal, crust punk, hardcore and stoner rock. But what I like most about them is that they are freaking heavy as hell and still retain a certain tunefulness (melody is a good thing). Here's the first video from their new album Ultraviolet which I really need to get as soon as possible.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Jana Kramer - I Hope It Rains

Ahhhh Jana Kramer. Her self-titled debut was one of my favorite records last year. And while I adored the future Mrs. Brantley Gilbert's first two singles (Why Ya Wanna and Whiskey) her latest has always been my favorite song on the album. So here's the sassy new video (released yesterday). Love the ending.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Court Yard Hounds - Sunshine

The Court Yard Hounds debut album was in my top 5 of 2010. I just adored their brand of breezy folk country...and those harmonies. WOW! The record was the soundtrack to my summer. Well Martie Maguire and Emily Robison return tomorrow with Amelita and I cannot wait to hear more music from the sisters. Here's an acoustic version of Amelita's first track.

Hmmmm, new music this year from Court Yard Hounds and Natalie Maines (Mother was released in May). I wonder what it would sound like if these Chicks got together...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Julie Roberts - Men and Mascara

I'm all sorts of excited to see Julie Roberts this Saturday at the Ram's Head in Annapolis. This will be the second time seeing her (I think I'm even sitting at the same front row table). I'm really looking forward to hearing the songs she's working on for her new album on Sun Records (You can find out about the record and her Pledge Campaign right here). Since I previously posted the videos for Break Down Here and Whiskey and You, today we'll go with another favorite of mine, the title track off her second album Men and Mascara.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Smith Westerns - Idol

I see Chicago indie glam rockers Smith Westerns have a new record out. I still haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but I will, as I really dug their previous album Dye It Blonde. I can only assume that Soft Will will be full of some more catchy reverb-drenched goodness. Idol, the album's second single certainly brings it. See and hear for yourself.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Laura Bell Bundy - Two Step (featuring Colt Ford)

I really liked Laura Bell Bundy's Achin' and Shakin' album when it came out a couple years ago (especially the Dolly-esque "Giddy On Up" which still ends up on every road trip/BBQ playlist I make). Needless to say I was delighted to see that the Broadway singer/actress is back at it with a sassy new single featuring country rapper Colt Ford. Now when does that new album come out?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Kellie Pickler - Someone Somewhere Tonight

I could once again go on and on about how much I adore Kellie Pickler, but it appears I already have done so -- often. Like this Your New Favorite Song post about Red High Heels and again at Wicked Guilty Pleasures during Idol Week (oops). There was also this Wicked Guilty Pleasures post about the Best Days of Your Life. And of course she was my 2012 Artist of the Year here at Your New Favorite Song. So yeah, I think she's OK.

Apparently, Kellie's also quite the dancer too as she won last season's Dancing With The Stars with Derek Hough. Watch them relive their magic in the video for her smokin' new song Someone Somewhere Tonight. Now when's that new album coming out?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Ride - Leave Them All Behind

I'm shocked that I didn't post the Leave Them All Behind video back in the Your Forgotten Favorite days. I'm guessing that the video fell under the dreaded "embedding disabled by request" (I'm SO happy that doesn't happen much anymore). Anyway, this shoegazing classic by Ride was one of my favorite songs of the 90s. It still revs me up after all of these years.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rose Falcon - If Love Had A Heart

A few Sunday mornings ago I was knee deep in my usual post-bike ride routine which consists of reading the paper, drinking coffee, and watching country music videos on either GAC or CMT Pure. Most of the time the videos are just background noise as I've seen many of them dozens of times. Every so often though, a song, a voice or both will have me popping my head over the sports page. The moment I heard Rose Falcon's smokey voice my attention was hers for the next few minutes. Shortly after the video ended her fantastic 19th Avenue Volume 2 EP was in my iTunes (I already had her wonderful first 19th Avenue EP). Check it out the goodness that is Rose Falcon.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Yuzima - Anarchy

I did an interview with NYC singer/songwriter Yuzima in January so you can read all about who he is right HERE).

Yuzima just released his latest single and simply put, it's bad ass. Anarchy is a fuzzed-out nuclear bomb blast that should certainly resonate with fans of the classic Wax Trax! sound. Check out the video (which would also fit in nicely with old Wax Trax! videos).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Gwen Sebastian - Suitcase

I started watching The Voice in Season 2 and have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more some for some sort of payoff in the form of recorded music (hell, even 7th place contestants on Idol seem to have a record out almost as soon as the show ends). Well, it looks like the wheels have actually been in motion and I'm just really impatient as Season 2's Gwen Sebastian (Team Blake) has a brand-new self-titled album out today (already sitting in my iTunes). Here's the record's first video for the fantastic single Suitcase.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Zac Brown Band - The Wind

I have to admit, the first time I saw the Zac Brown Band (a few years ago) I really wasn't much of a fan. I'll blame a brutally hot NYC night, a ridiculously long beer line and thousands of Dave Matthews Band fans (never a good thing). It took me a few years to get over that experience and give them another shot. But when Uncaged came out last year, it all clicked for me -- especially when I heard the first single (The Wind) and saw the awesome video made by Mike Judge of Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill fame. I have, of course, gone back through the rest of their catalog and can now say that I'm a ZBB fan, which is a good thing because I'm seeing them play again this Saturday.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Civil Wars - The One That Got Away

Now THIS is something to get excited about. There's a brand new album by The Civil Wars coming out in August (so much for that break-up, huh?). I heard The One That Got Away last week and immediately fell in love with it (Joy's voice is as gorgeous as ever). Here's the video that I'll probably watch a hundred times between now and the album's release.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ra Ra Riot - Dance With Me

Tonight's the night! I FINALLY get to see The Postal Service perform. But I think I'll save them for this week's Friday Flashback (it's not like they have any new music out AND hopefully I'll get some great photos to make it an extra special post). Instead, let's check out a video from show openers Ra Ra Riot. Here's the first single off their most recent album Beta Love. I haven't heard the album yet, but judging by this song (and from what I've read) they appear to be shifting from a more indie rock sound and into more synthpop territory. That normally would scare the bejeezus out of me, but this song's pretty cool so I'll keep an open mind and just have some fun.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The National - Sea of Love

Here's the first video off Trouble Will Find Me, the latest album by Brooklyn-based indie band The National. Not only am I digging it, but I'm also starting to kick myself for not going to see them (again) when they recently came to town.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Jawbreaker - Fireman

It's time for another Friday Flashback. Here's a Jawbreaker classic from their final studio album, 1995's Dear You.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Kurt Vile - Never Run Away

I'm embarrassingly late to the Kurt Vile party. I FINALLY listened to him last night for the first time after hearing about how awesome he was/is for years. I can't speak for his early work, but his latest album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze is pretty freakin' rad slice of fuzzed-out indie rockin' psychedelia. Check out the video for the album's first single and see and hear for yourself.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Adrienne Pierce - My Heavens and Museum

Adrienne Pierce has made Your New Favorite Song's "Top 50 Best Of List" two of the last three years. So how is it possible that I have yet to post one of her videos? My bad. Well let me make up for my foolishness by posting not one, but two videos. First up is the video for the title track off her fantastic new record My Heavens.

And now here's a fun video and an incredibly catchy tune (Museum) from 2010's Oh Deer album.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Jimmy Eat World - I Will Steal You Back

There's a new Jimmy Eat World record out today. Will you be picking up Damage? You know I'll certainly get it. Here's the video for the album's first single. It sure sounds good to me.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Velocity Girl - I Can't Stop Smiling

Well, it appears this Flashback Friday will be special one. It's the 700th post here at Your New Favorite Song! Insane.

Let's take a walk down memory lane. I started this silly little music video blog over three years ago for two reasons: 1. To actually have fun writing again (something that was seriously lacking in my professional world and still is...but that's another story) and 2. To stop annoying my friends on Facebook with countless videos on late nights (which I'm still guilty of...but not nearly as much).

The site was initially called Your Forgotten Favorite (after the Velocity Girl song....incidentally their Audrey's Eyes video was the first video I posted) and the focus was strictly on 90s alternative, indie and punk videos. It was fun going back to my college and bar DJ days. But like all good things, it ran its course after about 350 videos (in those days I refused to repeat bands...now, not so much). After a short break we moved on to the 00s. Not exactly my best idea. It appeared that NO ONE felt like looking back on that decade. As one regular reader noted, "It's hard to get nostalgic about a song that came out four years ago and is still played way too much on the radio." Ouch. Point taken.

Last October, I realized it was time for another change. I wanted to focus on the now. What's current and what I like (a lot more country). Maybe even do some interviews (which were wickedly successful...note to self: do some more). I was good to go, well, except for the name. Your Forgotten Favorite made absolutely no sense anymore. Your New Favorite Song was born.

As always, thanks for indulging me, reading these posts, and spreading the word. As it is Flashback Friday, let's go with the band that started it all. Here's one of my favorite Velocity Girl songs. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Alice in Chains - Stone

When the latest Alice in Chains record came out a couple weeks ago all I kept reading was that it was "really heavy." Considering they were already a pretty heavy band I was bit skeptical. But after checking out the first video off of The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here I have to say, "Yeah, the new Alice in Chains is really heavy." Deep. I know.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lenka - Heart to the Party

Australian indie pop singer/songwriter Lenka released her third album Shadows today. I actually haven't heard the record yet, but I did pick it up first thing this morning and plan on cranking it up on the stereo tonight. Here's the video for the dreamy first single Heart to the Party.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Knapsack - Cellophane

Well, here's another band I haven't thought of in a LONG time. And I probably wouldn't have thought of them if not for yesterday's rumblings of a Knapsack reunion tour this fall. Will I be going? Probably not. But I may just be inspired enough to pop on their records this weekend. Here's a video from their rockin' debut, 1995's Silver Sweepstakes.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sara Bareilles - Brave

I simply LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sara Bareilles. I have for some time too. I was a fan of her breakthrough album Little Voice when it came out and was fortunate enough to see her play just as she was getting big in 2009 from a front row table at my favorite under 300 seat venue. That show pretty cemented my adoration for her fine piano-centric tunes. I also got to see her play on a big stage at both 2010's Lilith Fair and then opening for Sugarland in 2011. Both performances featured songs from her fantastic Kaleidoscope Heart record so of course the show was awesome. On July 16, she'll release The Blessed Unrest and I for one cannot wait to hear it. Here's the fun video for the record's first single.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mudhoney - I Like It Small

New music by Mudhoney?!?! How did this one slip past my radar? I'm digging it (will have to pick up Vanishing Point ASAP). Like most of their best tunes the song straddles the fine line between smart and silly...and of course there's the trademark fuzzed out punk rock sound.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lissie - Shameless

Yowsas! This new Lissie song is awesome. Not sure when exactly her second album is coming out (I hear this summer), but if the rest of the songs are half as cool as Shameless, Lissie fans will certainly be in for a treat.

WARNING: Lissie says some naughty words in this song so make sure you crank it up in front of the kiddies.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Kenny Chesney (featuring Grace Potter) - You and Tequila

One day left until the No Shoes Nation Tour hits FedEx Field. This will be the second year in a row that I get to see Kenny Chesney's big summer tour. I certainly hope this will become an annual thing for me as I had a blast last year and I fully expect to have a fantastic time tomorrow (rain or shine...let's hope for the shine...in more ways than one). One of the highlights of last years show was seeing Grace Potter join Kenny on stage to perform their 2011 hit You and Tequila. I certainly don't expect a repeat performance this year as Grace isn't on the tour, but how cool would it be if Kacey Musgraves took Grace's spot? Hey, a guy can dream.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Eric Church - Creepin'

My No Shoes Nation Tour "preview" continues today with one of my favorite country singers - Eric Church. I saw him perform last year at WPOC's annual Sunday in the Country concert in Columbia, MD and it was ELECTRIC. I suspect Eric's performance at FedEx Field on Saturday will be just as awesome (if not better).

While I really like the simplicity of his latest video for Like Jesus Does, I had to go with the video for Creepin' today because, well, it's just so freakin' cool.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kacey Musgraves - Blowin' Smoke

Today we continue our "preview" of the No Shoes Nation Tour which I'll be attending this Saturday in Washington, DC (well, actually Landover, MD).

I'm probably the most excited to see Kacey Musgraves on Saturday (I saw both Eric Church and Kenny Chesney last year for the first time so it's a different kind of excitement for me when it comes to them). She's by far an early frontrunner to be my 2013 Artist of the Year (while I'm at it, let's give it up for my 2012 Artist of the Year Kellie Pickler for winning on Dancing With The Stars last night). Of course, this isn't my first post about Kacey. I wrote about her phenomenal first single Merry Go Round on this site already. And, well, she was also pretty prominent in my Miranda Lambert post for Mama's Broken Heart. Here's the video for Kacey's latest single Blowin' Smoke.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Eli Young Band - Crazy Girl

This Saturday I'm heading off to the No Shoes Nation Tour headlined by Kenny Chesney with Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves and the Eli Young Band serving as the openers (what a line-up!). So the rest of the week we'll be taking a look at some of the acts more recent videos. Today we start with the Eli Young Band.

The Eli Young band was founded by Mike Eli and James Young (no, Eli Young is not a real person...that's not to say there isn't a person named Eli Young somewhere, but he's not in this band). Their most recent album, 2011's fantastic Life at Best, featured two number ones, a fine Will Hoge cover -- Even If It Breaks Your Heart -- which I wrote about at Totally Covered last summer and this one written by the very talented Lee Brice.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Shovels & Rope - Birmingham

Yeah, I'm a little late to the Shovels & Rope party, but at least I showed up (eventually). I saw this video a couple weeks ago and was instantly hooked. I'm definitely looking forward to checking out their debut album O' Be Joyful (which I just happened to pick up this weekend).

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Kill Your Television

To this day I still have no freaking clue as to how Ned's Atomic Dustbin didn't take over the music world in the early 90s. Great punkish alt music and a to die for live set (saw them on both the Godfodder and Are You Normal tours). So join me on another Friday Flashback and check out the video for their biggest "hit" Kill Your Television.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Katie Armiger - Playin' With Fire

It really is just a matter of time before Katie Armiger hits it big on the country music charts. She's a talented 21-year-old from Sugar Land, TX who just this year released her fourth album Fall Into Me (which I regrettably still haven't picked up yet...same old story, so much music, so little funds). I have heard a few songs off of it though and I'm definitely digging it. Check out the video for new record's second single Playin' With Fire.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sara Watkins - You and Me

Sara Watkins keeps popping up on me lately so I figured it was time to finally post a video from her fantastic second album Sun Midnight Sun. I caught today's video over the weekend on CMT Pure. I think. It might have been GAC (I tend to flip back and forth depending on what's playing). Then, just last night, I was hanging some framed Opry posters I picked up in Nashville a few weeks ago. I noticed that the wall was starting to look kind of bare (even with the new additions) so I started adding a couple more signed/framed 8x10s and posters from another overcrowded wall. One of the posters I moved (naturally) was my signed Sara Watkins Sun Midnight Sun poster which I got from her website when I ordered the cd. Regardless of how we got here, we got here. So just sit back and enjoy this wonderful song/video and her super sweet voice.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dillinger Escape Plan - When I Lost My Bet

There's a new Dillinger Escape Plan album out today. I'm pretty sure that at some point I'll pick up One Of Us Is The Killer...that is, after I stop quivering in the fetal position underneath my pool table from watching this insanely creepy video.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Taylor Swift Red Tour from Washington, DC

Last night my wife and I had the pleasure to witness Taylor Swift's Red Tour in Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience. Half concert, half theater. She held the crowd (of all ages) in the palm of her hands for the entire hour and 45 minute set. The following photos were taken by my wife (she said I could post 'em). Hard to believe that with the exception of the acoustic photos, we were at the opposite end of the arena. Not bad for a point and shoot.

Acoustic set at our end of the arena. She may have been singing Begin Again here.

Another shot from the acoustic set.

Love Story

Glammed up and singing The Lucky One

This was early on in the show, I'm thinking it was Red

The night came to an end with a rousing version of We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Another solo acoustic shot. Love the smile.


Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) - Invisible

Here's the first video off of Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) latest album The Low Highway. I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, but rest assured I will. I'm still kind of kicking myself for not seeing him again when he came through town recently. Oh well. I caught him on his last tour (a tremendous performance filled with great songs and storytelling).

Friday, May 10, 2013

Archers of Loaf - Harnessed in Slums

It's time for another Friday Flashback. The Archers of Loaf were one of my favorite bands of the 90s. I was lucky enough to see them a handful of times back in the day...and they were always killer. Sadly, I didn't get to see any of their recent reunion shows in person (I did see a show online and they obviously can still go). Now how about a new album?

Here's a video from their second album Vee Vee.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Terror - The Most High

Admittedly, I've been neglecting punk and hardcore lately here at Your New Favorite Song. That ends today (for now at least). Here's L.A. hardcore veterans Terror with the first video off of their latest album Live By The Code.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Patti Griffin (featuring Robert Plant) - Ohio

Patti Griffin released her seventh studio album this week. Here's the video for American Kid's first single, a song she sings with her husband -- apparently he fronted some little known 70s rock band. (I honestly had no idea they were married...how cool is that?) Anyway, I look forward to checking out the rest of American Kid as I've long been a fan of Patti's music.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pistol Annies - Hush Hush

Hell yeah! I saw the Annies a couple summers ago.
Annie Up kiddies! There's a new Pistol Annies album out today. You know I'm all sorts of psyched to hear new music from Lone Star Annie, Hippie Annie and Holler Annie...otherwise known as Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. If Annie up is even half as great as I'm hearing I'm sure it will be among my top records of the year and could push Ashley, who is also riding a tremendous second solo album (Like A Rose), to the top spot of my 2013 artist of the year countdown (something that happened in 2011 with Miranda's Four The Record and the first Annies album).

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lady Antebellum - Downtown

Lady Antebellum's fourth album Golden comes out tomorrow. The first single Downtown hooked me right away with its groovy goodness (I simply love that bass line). As for the video, well it's pretty darn funny. I mean who doesn't want to get so crazy that they get arrested?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Poster Children - What's Inside The Box

There is absolutely no reason why this song popped into my head this morning. It's not like I came across a box and wondered what's inside of it. Regardless, the Poster Children were one of my favorite indie rock bands of the 90s so they'll make a perfect Friday Flashback.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Matt & Kim - Let's Go

Here's Brooklyn indie-poppers Matt & Kim with a very "Awkward Family Photos" inspired video from their 2012 Lightning album.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

David Nail - Let It Rain

You know that the spring/summer concert season is kicking into full gear when I start attending three concerts in the span of a week. Last Thursday it was Aimee Mann/Ted Leo. Saturday it was Craig Morgan/Sarah Darling. And tonight I'm seeing David Nail from a front row table at my local under 300-seat venue. Seeing a performer with a booming voice like David's in a small venue will certainly be a treat. I saw him last summer at the annual Sunday in the Country show at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Now THAT was a fun day of live country music. The show was headlined by Eric Church and also featured Justin Moore, Thompson Square, Jana Kramer and Craig Campbell.

Here's the video for the song that took David Nail to No. 1 on the country charts in 2011. I suspect he'll be playing this one tonight.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Marie Miller - You're Not Alone

Oh my. I'm freaking in love with Marie Miller's You're Not Alone. I saw the video a couple weeks ago and made a mental note to check out more of her tunes. But when you make a million mental notes a day, many are sure to fall through the cracks. Thankfully, I happened upon the video again this morning on CMT Pure and knew I had to share it with y'all here at Your New Favorite Song. It's all about spreading the word. Right? The moment when the chorus kicks in is freaking magic...it kind of reminds me of the first time I heard Amy Macdonald's first album. Check it out!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sarah Darling - Home To Me

I'm off to Nashville this weekend for some shenanigans (of which I suspect will involve lots of good beer and of course great live local music), while my wife runs in the Country Music Marathon on Saturday. The only set in stone plans that we have so far (beyond her race) is the post-marathon concert with Craig Morgan and the lovely Sarah Darling. Here's the video for her latest single.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Holly Williams - Drinkin'

Holly Williams' latest album The Highway has easily been one of my most listened to records of 2013 (so far). Here's the video for the album's stunning first single.

And yes, she is the granddaughter of Hank Sr., and daughter of Hank Jr.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Paramore - Still Into You

I was going to hold off on posting anything from the latest Paramore record until I actually heard the whole thing, but, if things keep progressing the way they are I wouldn't have gotten to it until at least June (I've fallen way behind with new releases this year). SO, here's the video for the first single off the their fourth record. Sure sounds good to me, hope the rest is just as fine. I'm sure it will be.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lori McKenna - Make Every Word Hurt

Make Every Word Hurt has been one of my favorite Lori McKenna songs since I heard her playing it live a few years ago. The song simply blew me away that day and it still does today. I was kind of surprised when it didn't appear on 2011's Lorraine (fortunately, the record was so good that I didn't mind the "omission"). Lori's 7th album Massachusetts comes out tomorrow and to my delight I see Make Every Word Hurt is on it. As if I wasn't already excited enough to hear new music from one of my favorite singer/songwriters.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Blur - There's No Other Way

It's time for another Friday Flashback. I'm probably not alone here when I say that There's No Other Way was the first Blur song that I ever heard. It has such a killer grove and will always be my favorite song by them. What? Did you think I was going to say Song 2. WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO! Have a groovy weekend.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Crystal Bowersox - Dead Weight

Here's the first video from soulful folk-rocker Crystal Bowersox's recently released second album All That For This. While I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet (shame on me), I will, as I was a big fan of her post-American Idol debut -- Farmer's Daughter.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dawes - From A Window Seat

I actually saw today's video this weekend on CMT Pure. It was one of their "edge" videos which means...well, I have no idea actually. I'd say it was for alt-country or Americana music, but I swore I saw Jana Kramer's fantastic (yet hardly alt or Americana-esque) Whiskey video with the "edge" label on it too. So, yeah...back to that no idea thought. Anyway, From A Window Seat is the first single from Dawes' recently released third album Stories Don't End. Check it out.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Iron & Wine - Joy

Indie folk outfit Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) released their/his fifth studio album Ghost on Ghost today. All I've heard so far is this first single, but I suspect it will be more of the same great late-night sitting on the back deck chillin' with some drinks music.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sacrilege

Yeah! The new Yeah Yeah Yeahs record Mosquito comes out tomorrow. It's their first album in four years which is far too long to go without hearing Karen O's killer howl.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Shudder To Think - Hit Liquor

Time for another new (likely short-lived) feature here at Your New Favorite Song. Back when I started doing this blog three years ago, the site was called Your Forgotten Favorite (hence the URL) and I covered 90s alternative/punk/hardcore/metal videos. After a year and a half I moved on to the 00s (which went over like a fart in church). Now of course, we're on to new music which seems to be working out quite nicely. BUT, it's still fun to look back. Hence FLASHBACK FRIDAYS.

I was reminded about how much I loved Shudder To Think yesterday by the good folks at Dig Me Out (If you haven't checked them out you should...Great 90s alternative podcast that I don't listen to nearly enough as I should). Anyway, I used to play today's song all the time on my old college radio show (and then years later at a little punk bar I used to DJ at in DC). Over the ensuing years I somehow forgot about how great they were...Shame on me.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Maggie Rose - I Ain't Your Mama

I saw today's video for the first time on the CMT Countdown sometime late last year and was immediately drawn to it's bluesy country groove...and of course Maggie's smoking hot voice. Of course I downloaded the single and impatiently waited for her album to come out. About a month ago, I pre-ordered Cut To Impress (with some special signed goodies for my wall of fame). The week it was released I practically accosted the postman every day while waiting for the package to arrive. And I waited. And waited some more. Two weeks later I was starting to get worried that something was wrong. Then I got a message from the distribution site. Some dumbass (me) screwed up the zip code and the package was returned to sender (kind of lazy on the USPS since the town I live in isn't that big and there are only a few zip codes). Thankfully the package was resent and arrived last week. Happy to say the disc sounds awesome (one of my favorites this year) and the signed 7" and CD look great framed and on my wall.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

OMD - Metroland

So OMD has a new album out. Interesting. I honestly had no idea they were still playing. Looks like they got back together in the last few years after a kind of hiatus in the mid 90s (the last album of theirs that I remember hearing was 1993's Liberator, but it looks like they released another one in 1996). Here's the first single off English Electric. It sure sounds like the OMD of old.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Brad Paisley - Southern Comfort Zone

Another week, and another big country release. Guitar slinger Brad Paisley's tenth studio album Wheelhouse came out today. While the record is getting some negative press over one unfortunate duet with LL Cool J (to be honest, the lyrics don't bother me nearly as much as the out of place rap), I'm fairly certain that Wheelhouse is going to be one of those summer BBQ go-to albums. Here's the fun video for the first single Southern Comfort Zone.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Caitlin Rose - Only A Clown

I'm so far behind in catching up with new releases this year. One record that I'm really looking forward to checking out is The Stand-In by Nashville singer/songwriter Caitlin Rose. I really dug her last record Own Side Now and judging by this first single, I think I'm going to be all over the new one.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pissed Jeans - Bathroom Laughter

I've been debating whether or not to post this Pissed Jeans video from their latest record Honeys. Yes, the song (and the entire album) is a serious kick in the throat. I'm talking total late 80s/early 90s Touch and Go style punk rock. BUT, this video is certainly not for the squeamish (although by the end of it, the calamities become almost comical). You have been warned.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Son Volt - Hearts and Minds

Son Volt released their 7th studio album Honky Tonk last month. If even half of the record sounds as good as this first single (and from what I'm hearing the record is tremendous), I'm going to be a very happy dude when I finally get it.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Let Me Back In

Even though it's just a b-sides and rarities record, I'm certainly looking forward to hearing RKives by Rilo Kiley. They were THE soundtrack to my late 20s/early 30s. While Blake and Jenny have released some spectacular albums on their own, they're output together is simply magical.

Fun fact: today's song used to be called I Love LA on their old concert bootlegs.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Band Perry - Better Dig Two

I've been a fan of The Band Perry ever since I saw them play an in-store at my local Best Buy the day their first record came out. On that afternoon they played Hip To My Heart and If I Die Young and then signed copies of their CD (mine is of course framed and hanging in my basement bar). Over the next two years I was genuinely happy to see them go from country newcomers to huge stars. Their new record Pioneer comes out tomorrow. Judging from the first two singles -- Done (their latest) and Better Dig Two (today's video) -- it's likely going to be another hit.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Billy Bragg - No One Knows Nothing Anymore

Billy and me at Ram's Head On Stage
I've had the good fortune of seeing Billy Bragg perform twice over the years. The first time was in the 90s opening for the Barenaked Ladies (that was kind of a strange pairing) and then again headlining a couple years ago at the Ram's Head On Stage (see the photo to the right). He's playing there again next month, but unfortunately, I can't attend.

Personal history aside, he's got a new album out and I've been hearing a ton of good things about it. But that really doesn't surprise me as he always brings the goodness whether he's singing about the political or the personal (word is Tooth & Nail is more of the latter). Here's the video for the fantastic first single from the record.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Depeche Mode - Heaven

Depeche Mode released their 13th studio album this week. Sounds kind of ominous to me. Regardless, here's the video for Delta Machine's first single.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Ocean Blue - Blow My Mind (and a flash from the past)

Well here's a band a lot of you probably haven't though of in a LONG time. I certainly hadn't. Hell, their last record came out almost 14 years ago and didn't exactly tear up the alternative record charts (truth be told, their album prior to that wasn't all that hot either). But last week, Hershey, PA's finest jangle dream poppers The Ocean Blue released Ultramarine. I've heard a couple tracks off it (including today's video...duh) and I have to say it's refreshing to once again hear their Echo and the Bunnyment meets The Smiths influenced songs.

Crap, how is this video almost 24 years old? The Ocean Blue's first single - Between Something and Nothing off their self-titled debut.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Strokes - All The Time

The Strokes' fifth album Comedown Machine comes out tomorrow. All I have been reading lately is that it's a return to their Is This It sound (man, that was a killer debut album). Well, after hearing the first single All The Time, I have to say those writers may be on to something. Hope the rest of the record sounds just as good.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Tift Merritt - Feeling of Beauty

A couple days ago I was asked the "deserted island" music question. This time though, I wasn't allowed 10 or even five records. Just one. Surprisingly, it didn't really take me too long to come up with an answer -- Another Country by Tift Merritt. That record just makes my world a better place. But I do love them all, including Traveling Alone which was released last fall. Here's a fine front porch video from that record.

It would be wrong for me not to mention that Tift has a new record (Nights) out this week. It's a collaboration with pianist Simone Dinnerstein. I've only heard some samples so far, but it sounds amazing and I'm sure I'll be talking about it here sooner than later.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Clutch - Earth Rocker

Hell yeah! Here's a live version of the title track from the new Clutch record! I know I keep saying this about every new release lately, but I REALLY have to get this one soon because these guys from Maryland know how to bring the rock.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Suede - It Starts and Ends with You

One of my favorite Britpop bands of the 90s was Suede (I refuse to call them The London Suede, even if that is their "official" name here in the U.S.). Their first record is one of my favorites of the 90s (I still go a little nutso when I listen to it). Now after a decade-long break, Suede released their follow-up to A New Morning this week. I'm really looking forward to checking out Bloodsports, especially after hearing the first single. Here's the video.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kacey Musgraves - Silver Lining

I've been waiting to hear Kacey Musgraves' new record Same Trailer Different Park since the first time I heard her jaw-droppingly amazing debut single Merry Go Round (which of course I already featured on YNFS). Well, I've listened to about half of the record so far and I'm not surprised to say that we have another album of the year contender. Here's a live video of Kacey playing the album's first track.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Shane MacGowan - That Woman's Got Me Drinking

Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend! I thought we'd go back in time to 1994 to get the celebration started. Gosh, imagine a world where Johnny Depp is the hopeless drunk and Shane MacGowan is the level headed bartender who gets the girl in the end. Imagine no more...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Alkaline Trio - I Wanna Be A Warhol

There's a new Alkaline Trio album coming out on April 2nd. I for one am freaking psyched, because if the songs are half as cool as this first single, My Shame Is True is going to be one of the year's finest punk albums.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Little Big Town - Tornado

Cheers to Little Big Town for scoring their second consecutive No. 1 with the title track from their fifth record Tornado (lead single and summer hit Pontoon was their first No. 1). I'm really excited that I'm going to get to see them perform again this summer (opening for Keith Urban), because while hearing those killer harmonies on record is awesome, it's even better hearing them in a live setting.

And now here's the hauntingly cool Tornado video for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Shooter Jennings - The Other Life

Shooter Jennings' new record The Other Life comes out today. You know I'll be picking that one up as soon as I can. Here's the record's first video. I'm certainly diggin' what I hear so far.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Carrie Rodriguez - I Cry For Love

I really need to see Carrie Rodriguez play live. Every time she comes anywhere near my town I seem to already have tickets to another show that night or I'm on vacation. In fact, I was in Jamaica this past February when she played in Easton, MD. It's really frustrating because I hear her live sets are off-the-charts good. It'll happen -- some day. Until then, I'll have to "settle" for her fantastic records with Chip Taylor and her five solo records, the latest of which, Give Me All You Got, was released in January. Here's a video for the record's first single.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart

Here's the brand spanking new video for Miranda Lambert's latest single Mama's Broken Heart. The song was written by Kacey Musgraves (along with Shane McAnally and Brandi Clark). Word is that Kacey was initially reluctant to let her old songwriting friend have it, but eventually she relented and let Miranda record it with the stipulation that she sing the song's awesome harmonies. Works for me. Anyway, I love this video. Miranda does crazy real well. Blake better watch himself.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Kat Edmonson - Lucky

This supposed snow storm (all I see is rain) has shut down the easily freaked out schools and local governments in Maryland. Hell, even the federal government shut down (wait, is that one weather related?). Sissies. Hopefully my local concert venue doesn't wimp out too (even if "God forbid" there are 3 inches of snow) because I'm really looking forward to seeing Austin singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson tonight. Here's a video from her dreamy Way Down Low record.

Who wants to bet that within an hour of posting this I'm outside shoveling?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ashley Monroe - Like A Rose

I've been waiting for this day to arrive for months. Ashley Monroe's new CD Like A Rose comes out today. Needless to say, I'll be stalking my mailbox all day (God help that mailman if the CD isn't delivered today). I'm already anticipating that Like A Rose will be in my top 10 of 2013 (oh who am I kidding, it'll be in my top 3). Here's the video for the album's fantastic first single.

As you may already know, Hippie Annie (Ashley) sangs with some friends of hers as well. Here's the fun Takin' Pills video by the Pistol Annies.

While I'm at it, I wrote about her recently at Wicked Guilty Pleasures for a song she did with Train. You can see that right here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Your New Favorite Song Artist Spotlight - Sugar Lime Blue

Fans of classic rock, blues, and traditional country can all find commonality in Nashville's Sugar Lime Blue. Pulling from staple R&B artists like Otis Redding, Al Green and Bill Withers, classic jam style bands like Little Feat and the Grateful Dead, and current rockers like Sheryl Crow, and the Black Crowes, Sugar Lime Blue pulls off a retro type of vibe with a sound that you probably won't be able to compare immediately to any one artist. The band is made up of Ashley Beth (vocals), David Beth (guitar/vocals), John Simpson (steel/guitar), Russ Dean (bass/vocals) and Steven Brooks (drums/vocals).


Your New Favorite Song: It’s time to get the party started, what can I get you to drink?

Sugar Lime Blue (Ashley): Just plain water for me, or if you happen to have a chia tea latte hanging around, I like that too!

YNFS: Describe your band’s music in a single Haiku.

SLB(A):  each one is music
music is a family
family is one

YNFS: What are five bands/performers that the band HAS to listen to on roadtrips to shows (or just artists/bands that the band collectively likes)?

SLB(A): We all enjoy a healthy mix of music. We don't have anything "set in stone, have to hear or else we can't play our own music" playlist or bands. We do enjoy a great deal of Grateful Dead, Neil Young, any band with Warren Haynes, the Band and Otis Redding.

YNFS: Every band has one of those gigs where nothing seems to go right and it seems like a disaster at the moment, but given time everyone can look back and laugh. Do you have any good stories that you can share involving the band?

SLB(A): Oh yes! We drove out to Charlotte, NC in January of last year, it was one of the first trips we took our band trailer on with all of the equipment in it, so we were excited to all ride together and actually have room. As we were going over the mountains the temperature dropped rapidly and this storm came up out of nowhere! There was crazy rain, hail, and wind. As we came down off of the mountain there was the most amazing rainbow and the crazy storm let up. When we arrived at the venue we found out that we had just driven through a tornado on a mountain, in January! There were more storms that night and all of Charlotte closed the shutters and called it a day, so we ended up playing to the sound man and bartender, who were both very pleasant people (though not the sold out crowd we had hoped for). We had another gig the next night about an hour away, and it was a blast. There was a great turnout and we got to meet some amazing people. On the way home (again over the mountain) it began to snow on us...at least it wasn't a tornado!  Then one of the tires blew on the trailer! So at 3 in the morning, in the snow, on a mountain the amazing gentlemen in this little family of musicians got out and changed a trailer tire. Then, we limped back home.

YNFS: What are the band’s goals for 2013?

SLB(A): We are working on our second album right now. Anyone who has ever made a record knows all that it requires. It isn't just songs, you have to write, arrange, record, record, record, record, and record. Then there is the physical end product. It needs artwork, photos, and the hardest thing -- band approval of everything! So that will be pretty consuming. We are also excited to continue playing out, making new friends/fans and making music. There is such a good feeling we all get from just making music together...we just want to keep doing that.

YNFS: While any gig for a band is always a good one, are there any in particular that you are looking forward to playing this year whether it be a festival, headlining or opening for well-known artist/band?

SLB(A): We have had the opportunity over the last year and the early part of this year to play on a few TV shows as well as several radio shows. Those have been so much fun for us and kind of a step in the direction of "getting the music out there." But for the last few years we have played a little festival here in Adams, TN called the "Tie Dye Festival" that has been such a blast! We go and camp out and play music, make cool tie dye shirts, and hang out with some really amazing people. So for me personally that is one gig that I always look forward to year after year.

YNFS: To go along with the last question, has the band had the opportunity to open for or play with any “established name acts” (for lack of a better term)? If so, how was it? If not, who would the band like to play with (within reason of course)?

SLB(A): Of course there are so many musicians that I would love the opportunity to open for or play with that will not ever happen no matter what (Elvis for example). But if we are talking people who are... well, still alive...I would love to make some music with Warren Haynes, Tedeschi/Trucks band, Joan Osborne, maybe a little Grace Potter. What a blast that would be!

YNFS: Finally, if you could say one more thing to potential and current fans about your music what would it be? Sell us on your awesomeness.

SLB(A) Music is very personal. Our music, to me is very personal. We want it to be personal to you as well. We have worked really hard to create a band whose members really care about each other and the music.  Sugar Lime Blue is a band in the true sense of the word. The reason why it was so important for us to create a community of people on stage, is because we want that to spill out onto people who hear our music. One thing we really want, is to give people a reason to experience life together. Music naturally gives people power, courage, dreams and hope. We want to help folks tap into that. Sugar Lime Blue is its music and the music is tied to the people. We are working really hard to create something amazing, that people don't want to just listen to, but that they want to participate in.


Sugar Lime Blue has a website with some music and videos (among other things). Y'all can check it out here. They are of course on Twitter and Facebook. Click here if you'd like a free download. Click here to see what's available on iTunes.