Bands I am currently digging on

Once in a while I fall into a bit of a rut with my music and get the urge to strike out and discover some new bands or some new styles. And by “new” I mean “new to me.” The last time I did this was about 6 years ago when I started seriously developing an affinity for jazz. That period bore a lot of fruit and allowed me to get into groups/acts that have really had an impact on me, such as Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery and many others.

This time I decided to delve into so-called “indie” music. I made an earlier attempt around 1998 but didn’t really get too much out of it. I was a bit turned off by the shoddy production values I heard on many of the records I sampled, and quite honestly found a lot of it rather boring. I won’t name any of those bands here for fear of getting a bunch of responses along the lines of “You gotta give them another chance maaaan!” or “You closed-minded moron!”

First up is Cold War Kids, who I heard of mainly because they recently opened for the uber-awesome Muse. I downloaded Robbers & Cowards and loved it right away. The songwriting grabbed me and I already can’t wait for their next album.

Next is The Hold Steady. I listened to Boys and Girls in America and picked up on a 1970s Springsteen vibe, minus the pompousness. I haven’t listened too much to the album in about a week, but I’ll go back and listen some more, as well as check out their earlier stuff.

I can’t say enough about Tapes ‘n Tapes. I don’t even remember where I saw the name the first time but I’m glad I did. The Loon has been out now for almost two years, and I may be prepared to call it one of my favorite records from the last five.

Finally, there is Backyard Tire Fire. I guess you could call them alt-country, although I’m in unfamiliar territory with these indie labels so don’t shoot me if I’m wrong. All I know is that there is a sincerity and down-home vibe on Vagabonds and Hooligans that I’ve been missing from most of the other music I listen to. I had never heard of this band or Ed Anderson before, but I am pulling for them to be around for a long time.

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2 thoughts on “Bands I am currently digging on

  1. grayflannelsuit

    I’ve been getting all my stuff from Rhapsody so far. If you want to send an eMusic invite I’ll check it out.

  2. Thom

    Definitely agree on the first one. I absolutely love The Hold Steady, but I think I’m one of the few people who think Separation Sunday was a better album. It has a much more angry drunk feel to it.

    Tapes ‘n Tapes is a band I keep meaning to listen to, as I like what I’ve heard. The last one is the only one I haven’t heard of before. Are you a member of eMusic? If not, I’ll send you an invite as all of these bands are on it.

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