Off the Deep End
Song - Artist -
Tiny Cities Made of Ashes - Modest Mouse -
Last thursday night during my weekly show (10-12pm) I had an interesting caller that sparked an interesting question. This caller asked me who my favorite bands and musicians are not in hip hop. I have really never been asked that question. Usually it's "who are your top 5 rappers of all time" or "who are the breakout DJs of 2012 going to be" but rarely do people ask me for a deeper knowledge of my musicial tastes. I didn't have an answer for this caller at the time and I've spent all week formulating my absolute favorite genres of music not associated with hip hop or house music. I also came to realise my music library is what I am most proud of most in the world.
1) Sublime - I could listen to Bradley Nowell sing everyday of my life and never get tired of it. The song Sublime just put me in a great mode and make my days better. I also feel their music doesn't only have to be a summer thing. I enjoy listening to "Doin Time" in the middle of the winter to remind me that eventually this frozen Connecticut landscape will thaw and people will once again flood the beaches. I also love listening to Sublime when I'm studying for finals. Their music really cuts down the anxious feeling you have about 5 tests in 3 days. I suggest you try it. It's a liberating feeling knowing that it's just one test that doesn't matter that much in the grand scheme of things.
2) Jack White - I tried to pick a single band of his but it was impossible. Jack White is such a brilliant musical mind that he takes any band he is in to greatness. Evidence of this is his staring role in the documentray It Might Get Loud along side Jimmy Page and U2's Edge. The White Stripes were just a duo of a guitarist and drummer and were arguably the greatest rock bad of the 2000's. The Raconteurs have a more bluesy folk band to it and the Dead Weather are a supergroup of talent. Proving even more his versatility Jack has taken up drums to make the supergroup work. Seeing them live in concert I can tell you personally that his ability to play the drums is awe inspiring.
3) Billy Joel - Nothing picks my day up like hearing a good Billy Joel song to sing a long with. While I have breif desires to learn to play almost every intrument that has a chance of getting me famous, if I could only play one I would chose piano. A good piano melody just makes a song that much better to listen to and very few people could craft a song with such mastery of the piano. I thought about putting Elton John here but then I realized I really only like Rocket Man and Tiny Dancer. Piano Man is my favorite song to here at a karaoke night because of how many people jump in and sing along. My love of Billy started with me listening to 80s night on a local radio station and hearing "We Didn't Start The Fire", learned all the words and have been hooked ever since.