List the names of up to ten bands you
a) least suspect your f-list has heard of BUT that
b) you actually actively listen to on a regular basis. This is not a “show how many obscure band you know of”. You have to have listened to them within the past two months to qualify.
I have to confess, I tend to listen to slightly obscure people. Okay, more than slightly. :) And far from mainstream.
I think the only band I've actually listened to in the past 2 months is Phoenyx. You know, the now-defunct band that did March of Cambreadth
(not the new British band). 1) Leslie Fish
(and the DeHorn Crew)
The grande dame
herself. Anarchist, Wobbly, Author, Filker... Fish is breeding cats for intelligence and polydactylism. The DeHorn Crew (now defunct, I think) and Fish did the very first Filk Album: Folk Songs for Folks Who Ain't Even Been Yet
. Sometimes, I think I should lock her and my knight in a room together and sit outside and listen to either the shouting or the plotting...*hee* Get some samples at FishSongs
2) Jim Brannigan
Here's a folkie from across the pond -- lovely singing voice, lovely lilting accent. I found him waaaaaaaaay back when I could still access mp3.com at work. He was bundled in with some other singers in a Celtic folk sample. I haven't been able to find his albums, but I keep trying... Take a listen at JimBrannigan
on Last.fm3) Echo's Children
Here's a group! (also defunct) How I adore(d) their music. If there's a fandom about it, they've written a song. I knew them before their first album. It was... local. Both the performers (Cat and Callie) were from Eugene/Adiantum, and even went to Egil's a few times. These days, Cat (formerly known as Spaulding the Slayer the woman who used a sling and tennis balls) is married and living in Meridies and she doesn't SCA at all. Callie's up in Portland. Not sure what she's doing... You can get stuff at Echo'sChildren 4) Michael Longcor
He's also SCA -- you might know him as Duke Moonwulf of the Midrealm -- but I didn't know that for years
. First song of his I ever heard was Pillar of Hell
, from the post-Challenger days. Such a lovely, rumbly voice, he does sly humor and seething rage and sardonic truth-dealing. If "Jim Rockford" sang, he'd sing like Longcor. Plus? He's adorable :) Just sayin' .... You can get more at FireBird Arts and Music of MichealLongcor5) Helen Reddy
Yes, I Am Woman
. and no, I still can't hit those notes. She's the first singer I learned could do something besides sing -- I saw her in Pete's Dragon
with my godparents and recognized her voice.... 6) Jim Croce
Might as well mention Jim, too. I don't remember ever not knowing Jim Croce songs. My mom used to play him on 8-track :) Two years ago, I bought the 50th Anniversary set (2 CDs) and learned even more songs that I hadn't known. (I was very excited.) Croce was a storyteller, and I do love my stories.... 7) Pat Humphries
Ooooo! Someone contemporary! I actually got turned on to Humphries by murasaki99
, here on LJ. We were swapping music recommendations and after I pointed her to #10, she returned the favor and pointed me to Humphries. There's a flavor of 60s protest music (which I always liked) here, with modern topics. I wish Humphries would do some covers of other songs, just to hear her take on them.... Take a listen at Emma'sRevolution8) Jason Mraz
I got turned on to Mr. A to Z by a coworker -- we occassionally do these music exchanges, and the rules are, if you like the tunes, you go and buy the album. The thing I love about Mraz's writing is that not only is he telling a story, he's playing games with language. He used the word "predicate" -- like the predicate of a sentence -- in a SONG! Music for language geeks. With a beat. *hee* 9) Heather Alexander/Alexander James Adams
I haven't actually heard
Alec yet, but I've listened to Heather long enough, so I included them both. Both sides. Before and after. Cr*p -- I don't have the proper language for discussions like this. Anyway -- love the music. Heather was lead singer of Phoenyx (yes, the March of Cambreadth -- see above -- Phoenyx), before heading off to a solo career. And also, from what I understand, THE REASON (or would that be THE ROADBLOCK?) that they couldn't re-issue the Keepers of the Flame
album. Which I find rather selfish and disgruntling. :P Anyway, get more info and links at HeatherLands10) Tom Smith
Good ghod, how do I describe Tom? Pee-my-pants-funny and scratch-my-head-wierd and burst-into-tears-heartbreaking...Tom's done it all. I've hurt my knight's brain with Tom's I Want To Be Peter Lorre
and made people cry with Tom's A Boy and His Frog
. When Tom was injured last year, I bought every album he had, so he could pay his medical bills. Including his Superhero Musical Last Hero on Earth
. (You should totally go listen to What If...
). Find him on TomSmithOnline
. And, oh -- you've been warned....