This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone out there, but I’m not exactly a fan of mainstream music. Instead, I tend to fine a lot of alternative and indie music that I dig through all kinds of channels, from Pandora to background music on TV shows, which often lead to the discovery of other music. And it often drifts genres to, as I can name at least one song I like in just about every genre out there. I’m just not a huge fan of what’s fed to me on the radio, and I always love discovering new music.
But, instead of hording it all for myself, I thought I’d share some of my favorite selections from off the beaten path (with videos!!!)…
- The Exit – Back To the Rebels
With an awesome bass hook and cryptic lyrics, I’ve been digging this one for years.
- Sprung Monkey – Get ’em Outta Here
Ok, I’ll confess…I actually got this one off the radio, but the band never really experienced any real degree of success. I always enjoy it when this song comes on my mp3 player when I’m driving around. It always feels like a summer song to me…
- RJD2 – 1976
While there are a number of songs from this Columbus, OH raised musician, this is by far my favorite. A great beat and use of the trumpet hook make me want to dance, even if the accompanying video is on the depressing side.
- The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
With a video that is almost as unconventional as the song, this diddy stops in my tracks each time it comes on, like a little highlight-of-the-day. The mashup of the old movie clips (I’m a sucker for those, like the “special” edition of Metalica’s “One”) just keeps you jumping from one crazy thought to the next…and that’s a good thing.
- EDL (Every Day Life) – Embers
With a sweet guitar hook and chorus that plays off a number of other popular song, I’ve always enjoyed this song and feel that it captures much of the late-90s/early-2000s “rapcore” feel. Plus, the lead singer then went on to be a DJ at RadioU in Columbus, OH, which I listened to a lot in my high school days, so it’s a little bit of nostalgia for me as well.
Well, I’ll wrap things up there with five entries for you to peruse, though I could go through many, many more…and will in due time. Enjoy, and don’t be afraid to stray from the beaten path. There are a lot of great bands and musicians out there, but they don’t all have the backing of labels or the money to force them into rotation on your local radio stations.