Music for the Masses
As I get older, it’s harder to find new music. I worked as a Radio DJ for about 3 years. I played the top 40 set back in the early 90’s. Then moved to the country daytime shift to get a normal schedule. Both of those opened up my stubborn young music brain.
We are always looking for new music. At least, most people are. Rarely do I find stuff I like. Which sucks and is a result of growing old. It’s hard to find new music that doesn’t REMIND you of past music. It’s that being old thing and hearing old trends resurface. You know when you hear a song and think, ‘Hey, this sounds like….’. Sorry old man, it’s over. You can’t un-hear the past.
I wish there was a way to to erase that part of your brain so it can feel fresh and new.
However, I like this little site. I remember it existed way back, but couldn’t find it. Put in an artist and it finds similar ones.
I’ve become a fan of the Kooks, Cold War Kids, Arctic Monkeys. I’ve also been known to actually PURCHASE music from Green Day, Black Keys, MxPx, Newfound Glory, Eminem, Matchbox 20, Garth Brooks. And never forget the greats like Marvin Gaye, George Strait, Otis Redding, Tupac Shakur, Don Williams, Queen and.. well, I could go on and on.
I despise music genre’s. Either you like it or you don’t. However, I do believe there are songs that require different moods or situations. For example; headphone songs. You need to sit down with some headphones, turn it up and listen to all the little details in it.
Some are car songs. Great background distraction or sing out loud to yourself type of stuff. This also includes avoiding hitting your head on the steering wheel because it just simply rocks.
Then there’s the put on in the background and enjoy the smoothness of it. The groove track as I call it. If I could sleep with only music on, the groove track would be the one to put me out. Unfortunately my brain doesn’t work that way. I’d stay awake to listen. Some Metallica or Nine Inch Nails would be better to help me snooze down.
Here’s a few songs for my friends.
This is one those headphone songs.
Collection of musicians including Marcus Mumford went back and recorded songs written by Bob Dylan. This song (*Kansas City) is awesome.
Hozier – Work Song
The rap game seems to have stepped up lately. Maybe it’s just because it’s basketball season in my brain. If you like some hip hop, here’s my latest new(est) picks.
Kendrick Lamar – i
More mainstream rap but an actual good groove to the bassline of this song. It’s an Isley brothers sample so no wonder it has a good bassline. The song doesn’t start for 45 seconds into the video
Hopsin – Gimme That money
If you don’t mind the bits of cussing, this song has a fantastic hook and so much fun.
I also suggest “Am I a psycho” with Tech n9ne. Some great technical lyrical stuff happening in that song.
My Other latest favorite (and it’s like 6 years old)
RedCloud – Songs they Sang
Just give it a minute. It’s awesome. That “Hawthorne’s Most Wanted” album has a number of quality songs if you dig west coast rap as well.
I think Run the Jewels 2 is one of the best albums since Marshall Mathers as well.
If you need something slower, then I highly suggest
Tuxedos by Cold War Kids
Also, “First” by Cold War Kids is perfect for something off the normal but a brilliant song. I believe this is what they call “alternative”.
Last and certainly not least. Some old Love/Arthur Lee has become one of the songs I make everyone listen to at least once.
For people like me, there’s a lot of good places to check. The Triple J hot 100 is something everyone should keep an eye on. There are a few songs there that just aren’t in my wheelhouse. Though it has Milky Chance’s Stolen Dance, which I was introduced to by a friend and I love that song.
Also has Childing Gambino songs in his list, so I already trust their taste. Listen to Briggs, Hilltop Hoods, and Thundamentals if you take the time to listen to the list.
Here’s the entire playlist if you need something to just change your brain a bit.