All of us have that one group they love to listen to, but no one else knows about them. Well, my musical well is a little dry as of late, so I'm going to throw a few things out here but give me some of yours so I can find some new things to listen to.
Heard these guys on Bob and Tom and although their lyrics are a tad on the sophomoric side, they are great musicians and the boys in bandages can play. Seen them live and their live shows are even better. A comedic mixture of funk, rock, and a little bit of salsa thrown in.
Basically, from what I can dig up, they're a group of studio musicians from the Nashville, TN area and a couple are rumored to have a Grammy under their belts. Wouldn't doubt that one bit.
Here's a clip from their Live DVD (Buy it. $20 for one of their best performances I've seen)
And the clip that got me started:
Did I mention the live show I went to went for almost 2 hours straight with no breaks? They're machines on stage.
I heard this little snippet of a catchy song on a half-season canceled Comedy Central show and did some research on it. After listening to the full tune, bought the whole album. She's only got two, but the one that has me continually coming back is Carefree.
She's kind of in line with KT Tunstall and other female folksy-pop artists. But almost all of the album is just very catchy.
You can stream the track that got me hooked on her website - Is This My Life.
One of the greatest bands of all time is Blind Guardian. They are very popular in Europe but I haven't found hardly anyone in the United States who loves them. I mean come on they have a whole album just based on The Silmarillion!
A band with this name really exists (despite Wikipedia's doubts). Not what you'd think: it's three guys in Neanderthal costumes playing electronic music, kind of experimental—not sure how to classify it, really.
Honestly, I'm not very aware of how popular bands are in the world beyond my little corner, but one band I'm always explaining to people is Van Canto. A German metal band that employs a drummer, two lead vocalists, and three vocalists who imitate guitar and bass parts. I think they bill themselves as "hero metal a capella."
No fair! They're using brains against us! We removed our brains to make room for guns and explosives!
The Asylum Street Spankers
Another group that had been on Bob & Tom. And like Here Come The Mummies, don't overlook their musical ability based on their funny lyrics. The range of talents that played with this band are phenomenal and ranged from traditional guitarists, drums, horns, etc. to musical saws, kazoo, and Tibetan throat singing.
Probably their most famous song (NSFW).
Wammo and Guy Forsyth, two of the three founding members, in a harp rumble displaying some incredible skill on the harmonica.
Put out one EP and two studio albums in the early 90s and then obscurity. Some fantastic guitar work, wry lyrics, and absorbing grooves. They made a weird misstep on t heir first studio album where two songs in a row were almost identical musically, which turned people off.
The ring leader of the group Rick Boston, later put out an album as guitar/violin duo which covered many of the songs. At this point, the label is dead, so you're only option is to download them if you dig it. The Death of Excellence is an amazing album, although you have to listen to it for a bit for it to shine.
They were labelmates with U2 on Island Records. Their first major label company, but their eponymous album had the misfortune of breaking the same time as Joshua Tree. In the rush, tiny Island had to devote all its time, money, and effort to U2. Rolling Stone magazine picked The 77s as one of their best of the year.
The 77s were crossing over from the Christian market and had already garnered critical praise there. Sadly, they retreated back to that market primarily, where guys my age still follow this amazing, chameleon-like band that transcends styles and can play anything.
Below is a song about a disintegrating marriage, "Unbalanced." And it rocks hard in 11/8, 4/4, and 7/8. Amazing. Enjoy.
There used to be a copy on YouTube, but this GrooveShark link is the best I can find now:
From Eugene Oregon. Their sound is old-school rock mixed with dirty punk sounds with a modern take. Really unique and fun to listen to.
They released a some singles in about 2005 and an album called "So Many Musicians to Kill'. They toured a bit locally and I saw them perform in Portland, OR in 2005. They were planning an album to be released in 2008 but it was not finished and they did a 48 show tour around Europe that year.
Instead of hitting the studio to finish the albumn, the band then went on hiatus to pursue other projects... I'm still waiting for the unreleased album (2008) and for them to get back in the studio and on the road.. but I'm loosing hope.
(I could post a dozen or two obscure bands that I love.. don't have the time though. These guys were the first to come to mind.
You want obscure? How about a group of a capella singing mathematicians? The actually have a CD out--Musical Fruitcake, available from Cafe Press (http://www.cafepress.com/kleinfour/969164). The vocals are very good, but the arrangements and some of the original song-writing are great.
Not much video on line, but here's a pretty good one:
Their songs aren't all wacky math humor, but I happen to like it, so that's what you get.