It’s What’s Inside That Matters – Musical Essentials

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Alright, I’m back with my semi-regular look at must have music if you want to impress your friends.  Most of the stuff is new, but once in awhile I’ll throw an olden nugget to impress you. You know how this works a RARA’s Dozen’s worth of cuts to choose from.

Let’s start with three very diverse videos:

The Live Aid Set – Queen: This is an old one, in case you couldn’t tell by the fact the lead singer died twenty years ago. Still get goosebumps remembering watching this concert live and the amazing fan reaction, despite the fact that we were staring at a big screen at JFK stadium while Queen played Wembley across the Atlantic.

Lost and Found – Katie Herzig: A beautiful video, of a beautiful song, from a beautiful artist with a beautiful voice. Check out our beautiful album review, too: The Waking Sleep

Vehicle City Blues – The Swellers: This was a previously unreleased track from their Good For Me sessions recorded at The Blasting Room. It might remind you a bit of Propagandi. Released as a 7″, it sold out all 1,000 copies before it was delivered.

Enough of the eye candy, now here’s some ear candy.  These links take you to iTunes where you can either sample the song or take that RARA’s Farm leap of faith and snag a few:

When I Write My Master’s Thesis – John K Sampson – Something new from the former lead singer of Propagandhi (when’s the last time you read an article with two Propagandhi references?) and The Weakerthans. Reminds me a bit of Death Cab For Cutie. This one will be a hit.

Quiver – Davie Allan & The Arrows – Our next cut is a lost nugget from the 60’s.  It’s great surf rock from an under-appreciated guitar virtuoso. Most 60’s surf rock was great, this is greater.

Monarchy of Roses – Red Hot Chili Peppers – The latest single off of I’m With You, the same album that gave us the 2011 Song of the Year. This one has got a cool psychedelic vibe.  Definitely a hip new feel for RHCP.

Headlights – Morning Parade – Here’s a cut off of this British quintet’s self-titled debut album. Rock fans of all genres will dig this one and find it hard to shake from your memory.

What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way) – Wolf Parade – Another favorite on Sirius XM’s  The Verge. These Canadians made lots of great music, including tihs quirky tune from 2010.

This Summer -Superchunk – These Indie rock veterans prove that there are some cool rockers from the heart of ACC basketball territory, Chapel Hill, NC.  This one features some punk flashbacks and killer guitar work.

Summer of ’89 – Butch Walker and the Black Widows – Walker is a great producer (like Lit’s latest) and a damn good artist, too.  This is a fun little ditty that throws in a few gratuitous Bryan Adams’ references as a bonus.

Fire It Up – Thousand Foot Krutch – This one is a few years old, but it’s a great one to blow out the speakers Canadian Christian Rock style…

Wasted Days – Cloud Nothings – Cleveland Rocks! This one is eight plus minutes of raw, powerful, miserable rock ‘n roll.  It’s great stuff, too, from one of today’s most interesting new acts.

Loro – Pinback – A cool song to chill to.  My son turned me on to these fellows from San Diego.  Worth a listen.

Rock On – Cretin

 

 

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