So as G$ pointed at yesterday, most, if not all of these songs could be new to you. Well, consider this a public service that will help introduce you to new music (or the worst, most irrelevant blog post ever!) The songs are great, and I stand by them. Please though, do add songs that you would have put on this list. Beware though, any mention of Nickelback, Limp Bizkit, or Creed songs needed to be added and you will officially be banned from this blog forever. Oh, and Stacy's Mom has no place here either.
5. "Walken" by Wilco - I have a strong feeling my fiance and I will be introduced at our wedding reception to this song. This song showcases how tight the current lineup of Wilco is. The guitar is seemingly all over the place, but when it comes down to it, is very controlled and precise. It's body is very catchy with an excellent jam session to round out the end.
4. "Title and Registration" by Death Cab For Cutie - I would say that this song inspired me on some level to write two of my own songs. This was the first song I had ever heard by Death Cab and it made me run out and get everything they had ever done. Nowadays, everyone knows who they are because, let's be honest, they are a pretty damn good band. This song is a perfect example as to why they deserve all the fame that have garnered since.
3. "Fake Empire" by the National - The National is absolutely, 100% the most UNDERRATED band around today. The music ranges from catchy to extremely complex. Their lyrics are downright crazy, obscene and gentle all at the same time. This is the first song off their recent album "The Boxer" and I am sure I will never get tired of it.
2. "There There" by Radiohead - Of all the songs Radiohead has released in the 2000's, I love this song the most. It was a decently successful single off the "Hail to the Thief" album, but even more it takes the listener on a journey. It's not just the straightforward AABA format we've come to love in songs. The ending portion is an amazing climax to the song. It showcases why Radiohead will probably be the most memorable band from my generation.
1. "The Pretender" by the Foo Fighters - This song kicks ass. The first time I heard this song I couldn't believe I was listening to it. It works in multiple keys, layers, a blues riff or two, a quiet part, a rocking part, and pretty much succeeds on every level. Dave Grohl has proven that he is quite a songwriter, and if we can't have Kurt Cobain around, Grohl can at least fill part of the hole that Cobain left in all of us. This song is a masterpiece.
So there you go. Was this post a waste? Maybe. But I'd like to think you took a listen to one of the songs here that you have never heard before, and enjoyed it. If nothing else, it made me think about some songs that I have not listened to in awhile- and more than likely I did listen to them to see if I should or should not include them on the list. At least it was fun for me!