13 Bands You Might Not Know

I thought I'd change things up a bit and talk music. Now that I'm able to listed to music all day again I've discovered and rediscovered some good tunes I thought I'd share. I won't try to describe any of the bands here, I'll just point you to their sites (if they have one) and let you have a listen. My current favorite on the list, Tugboat Annie, broke up several years ago, but I'd highly recommend checking your favorite source for music and having a listen. There's a great accoustic version of "The Wishing Song" they did at a radio station here a few years back that is fantastic. You might find that floating around in cyberspace somewhere.

So for your listening enjoyment, here's Blake's "13 Bands You Might Not Know"

  1. Bishop Allen
  2. Bree Sharp
  3. Dada
  4. Darling Buds
  5. Elliott
  6. The Fire Theft
  7. Local H
  8. Muse
  9. Possum Dixon
  10. Reel Big Fish
  11. Tugboat Annie
  12. Sheila Divine
  13. Wheatus

I showed you mine, now show me yours. What new bands should I be listening to?



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Ah! Dropkick Murphys, wow, I forgot all about them! Thanks for the reminder.

A little rough, but not bad, she needs to turn up the vocals in that mix.

I've seen a few Great Big Sea shows, they are a great live band. I actually used to have (probably still do now that I think of it) a Mary Jane Lamond tape around.

We get all the Toronto stations (TV and Radio) here so I grew up listening to CFNY. Matt Good was just here last week, sold out, all my friends went, and I couldn't even sneak in!

Great Big Sea plays here so much I'd swear they were a local band. I hadn't heard of the other 2, my wife will love that!

Good stuff, thanks. Jonathan Coulton is neat.

Sounds pretty good, I listened to a bunch of previews on iTunes, not entirly unlike THe Refreshments I guess?

I second the rec for Great Big Sea; they've just released a CD of all trad Newfoundland songs, The Hard and the Easy. I highly recommend it. Their best cd since Road Rage (live album). And if ever you get a chance to see them live, you should, they're fabulous.

Also Lennie Gallantlenniegallant.com> he's a singer/songwriter; he can be political but I don't find that he beats one over the head with it. Actually, Jimmy Buffet covered one of his songs a year or so ago.He sings in English with some French songs as well.

The Barra MacNeilsbarramacneils.com> they sing traditional Cape Breton songs and some Gaelic (scots) songs. They also write their own music as well.

If you like Scots Gaelic music, then check out Mary Jane Lamondmaryjanelamond.com>; she sings in Gaelic and has a beautiful voice.

Another good singer/songwriter is Bruce Guthrobruceguthro.com>. He's also the lead singer for the Scottish band Runrig.


Sorry, that one slipped past me, nothing new in my world, I just finally finished ripping all my CDs and brought all the MP3s in to work so I can listen to them. Nothing exciting, unfortunatly.

I still would like to know...has Blake said "take this job and..." to the 9 to 5 world...and is he workin at LisNews etc. full time?

"Gimme Back My Dog" is a great starter song for them.

Well, if we're going to mention the Dropkick Murphys, we may as well also mention Flogging Molly.

"Now that I'm able to listed to music all day again"

Has your work life changed?

I'd have to agree with Rochelle that parenthood changes how much access/control you have to your own choice of music. Luckily, our son digs the hippest kid band, Dan Zanes and Friends. Back in the 80s, I was a fan of the Del Fuegos, which Zanes fronted. A few new, lesser known bands have made it to my MP3 player in the past 3 years, though:

Pretty Girls Make Graves [http://www.prettygirlsmakegraves.com/] (if you like Sleater-Kinney, you'll like this)
Varnaline [http://www.varnaline.com/]
Dropkick Murphys [http://www.dropkickmurphys.com/](I'm still nostalgic for those peak years of American hardcore in the mid-80s)
Bloc Party [http://www.blocparty.com/]
Ted Leo + Pharmacists [http://www.tedleo.com/]
Desaparecidos [http://www.saddle-creek.com/html/desa_frame.html] (a side project of Conor Oberst from Bright eyes; IMHO much better/more rockin')

Ethan Lipton ethanlipton.com>, a real NYC voice

I can't stop listening to Mary Timonymarytimony.com>.

I like an eclectic mix - Celtic, Reggae, Indie stuff, too (though am just getting into that). Here're a few suggestions:

Great Big Seagreatbigsea.com>


The Fishheadsfishheads.com>

I was insufferably hip and could rattle off unknown band names like nobody's business. Once my kids could plunk Raffi into the tape deck, that life ended. Thankfully, they're getting past the lame music stage, although I was a bit alarmed when the 13 yo brought back some Rammstein from her dad's house and thought it tha sh*t. The 11 year old casually dropped the fact that she'd been listening to Jimi Hendrix at her dad's. So, there's hope. I bought the Talking Heads' Little Creatures a few days ago, and it's gotten the thumbs-up from both girls.

This reminds me that one of my favorite all-time bands, The Knitterstheknitters.net>, (a spin-off of Xxtheband.com>), has released a new album!


Jonathan Coultonjonathancoulton.com>.

Rushad Eggleston and his Wild Band of Sneerushadeggleston.com>.

And Girlyman.

No, really, Girlyman.