The OP and I share similar music tastes, I think you'd really like bands like:
The Sea and Cake
The Kingsbury Manx
Built to Spill
- - - -Some are no-brainers (Toadies) and some are obscure (Kingsbury Manx)
Just youtube "Pageant Square" by Kingsbury Manx, and if you don't like that, I have nothing left to say.
I'm not a fan of Pinback and haven't listened to Sam Prekop or Kingsbury Manx, but I like the others. The lead singer for Burden Brothers is the same guy from Toadies (Vaden Todd Lewis).
Yeah, they're in the OP. I really enjoy them.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I've posbanged just about everyone who posted, I think.
Best blogs have been mentioned so some bands you may like (sure you know many or most): Family of the Year, The Antlers, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, WU LYF, Horse Feathers, Beirut, Beach House, Daughter, Deerhunter, Fleet Foxes, Fucked Up, Girls, Iron & Wine, Iron Horse, Jose Gonzalez, Julian Casablancas/Strokes, Kurt Vile, Mates of State, Middle East, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Onager, Radical Face, Rural Alberta Advantage, Tallest Man on Earth, Washed Out, The Walkmen, Willis Earl Beal, Wilco, etc
not a blog, but still outstanding of alt/indie musicsnobbery
Check out HearYa.com... no where else I go for my music, and it looks like we probably have similar taste.
They have GREAT live sessions, and some of the best recommendations... just look at their top list of the year and you don't have to look anywhere else!
from Michael Bolton. I celebrate his entire library.
Milli Vanilli has some new stuff out that is breathtaking.
Otherwise it's all Rick Astley for this reporter.
I coached a kid named Michael Bolton one time. I had a very difficult time not making jokes about his name on a daily basis.
He had glasses, though, so I channeled my jokes toward calling him "Four Eyes" and knocking them off his head. I feel like that was a step in a positive direction. Changing the world, one kid at a time...
But I been listening to a WHOLE lot of Apollo Brown lately.
Real HIp Hop. Rock City's Finest...
Two good blogs that haven't been mentioned yet: the music ninja and pretty much amazing. Both skew toward the indie side of things and both cover some stuff that I don't care for (electronica, etc.). But both are way ahead of the pack in terms of finding new bands. Definitely worth scrolling through every so often.
Old-time music junkie with eclectic tastes that stem from college radio days when record company reps would bring stacks of vinyl for us to test on our listeners.
Many thanks to all for tips on learning about new music from sources other than Pandora, Spotify, TV commercials, movie soundtracks and the NPR Soundcheck podcast. Amazon offers free downloads of performers they label as "Rising Stars." From that, I recently discovered the band Bootstraps. Link for Amazon's free downloads for "Rising Stars": http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=dm_bb_risingstars?ie=UTF8&docId=1000862831&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=left-1&pf_rd_r=0H7VS5W4EREYMQ7N1Z64&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1469228362&pf_rd_i=163856011
Magnus, from your suggestions in the OP, you might like Bootstraps. Amazon currently offers their song Fortyfive for free. WARNING: The video for the song on YouTube may induce car sickness. Link for YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJns6xMmpN8 Also, if you like the mandolin/banjo/fiddle bluegrass sound, an offbeat song that I found by accident and like is Best Love by Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers with Paul McCartney as guest vocalist. Link for YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtSsAWVfHDU
Thanks for the reminder about The Avett Brothers. For those unfamiliar with them, there’s a good introduction to their acoustic sound on YouTube - Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music. Link for YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abQRt6p8T7g
And from out of left field, for those who'd like some sports-themed music (and waiting for the day when pitchers and catchers reprot for Spring Training), consider The Baseball Project with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and MIke Mills, Scott McCaughey (The Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5) and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate founder still playing with several groups), and his wife, drummer Linda Pitmon. Link to their April 2012 concert at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2quVTufuqPo
you really have to check them all out in order get a comprehenisive scope but here are a few I didn't see listed:
I'm pretty hardcore about keeping up with modern music and the reality is that when a new song drops from any noteworthy artist, most of the music blogs/sites with post links almost immmediately.
Here's a link to my Top 150 songs of 2012:
I would've done a Spotify list, but a lot of my favorite tracks from this year weren't available on Spotify.