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Initial post: Mar 9, 2012 9:45:36 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
I like to Rock. You like to Rock. We all like to Rock here at the Rock Forum. I've been following new Rock music with great dedication for many years, but as I get older and have less time to pursue new music, I find myself somewhat left behind. Still I dedicate my rare free time to pursuing new music, and ask for your help to aid in my pursuit.

Please feel free to tout those new bands that you love and are itching to tell others about. I also encourage you to bring in older, possibly forgotten bands with new releases.

Basically, I'd like to find new Rock music and encourage others in this community to do likewise. Let's limit it to your favorite albums or songs released within the last 2 years or so.

Since this is the first thread I've created here and am unsure of the protocol, I add a template you can follow if you are so inclined:


Providing amazon product links or youtube links would most helpful, but your call. Rock & Roll is not dead!!! It's just different.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 9:57:47 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
A few to start:

Band: The Vaccines
Album: What Did You Expect From The Vaccines
Song: Norgaard
Links: What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

Whoa - the youtube clip is from Jules Holland's long running BBC show and looks remarkable. The song there is If You Wanna. Oh man, these guys come to Chicago I am so there. Impressive stuff.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 10:12:13 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Band: Dum Dum Girls
Album: Only In Dreams
Song: Bedroom Eyes
Links: Only in Dreams

Another whoa - the youtube clip for Bedroom Eyes has the short skirt thing going on and just seems distracting, because seriously the ear candy equals or outweighs the eye candy. I opted for the live video for Heartbeat, love that song. Fans of Chrissie Hynde, Roy Orbison, Chris Isaak or sexy young rock 'n' roll girls in short skirts should like this band

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 10:30:30 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Band: Nada Surf
Album: The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
Song: Waiting For Something
Links: The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy

Can one man Rock with just his voice and an acoustic guitar. 99% of the time I default to the band playing live or the band's official video, but rather than have you link to the standard digital audio clip while you look at the album cover, this clip of Matthew Caws playing "Waiting For Something" is just plain gorgeous. He nails it, but make sure you listen to the full band version.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 10:40:55 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Band: The Smithereens
Album: 2011
Song: One Look At You
Links: 2011

See? Established band from like 20+ years ago = credibility in the Rock Community, right? With a new record that nobody knew about. For the purists, Smithereens in top form and great record produced by Don Dixon and engineered by Mitch Easter. If you have any idea who these guys are and missed this record, then by all means go out and get it.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 6:17:18 AM PST
why town says:
SAINT JUDE - Diary Of A Soul Fiend (sounds like black crowes,faces,stones,humble pie,etc. with a female singer).

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 7:23:03 AM PST
Gena Chereck says:
Band: The Gaslight Anthem
Album: 'American Slang'
Song: "Bring It On"
Links: American Slang
(Clip from 'The Late Show w/ David Letterman')

This four-man band from New Jersey has only been around since the mid-'00s; their sound (coupled with earnest, heartfelt lyrics) recalls the classic rock of Bruce Springsteen (who has performed with these fellas at least a couple of times!), John Mellencamp and Tom Petty while retaining a youthful energy.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 7:24:19 AM PST
Randy says:
Band: Drive-By Truckers
Album: Decoration Day

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 7:25:11 AM PST
Randy says:
Good call on Gaslight Anthem, Gena! My favorite album (and song) by them is "The '59 Sound."

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 10:01:24 AM PST
D. Sippel says:
Yeah - I've been a fan of Gaslight Anthem since The '59 Sound. So far they are two for two. Hopefully we hear something new from them in 2012. Thanks for the post, especially the live clip from Letterman.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 12:24:02 PM PST
Gena Chereck says:
I've heard that they've been working on new material -- I hope it sees the light of disc this year!


"I also encourage you to bring in older, possibly forgotten bands with new releases."

In that case... :)

Band: They Might Be Giants
Album: 'Join Us' (my favorite album of 2011)
Song: "Spoiler Alert"
Links: Join Us
(Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL -- 2/8/12; includes lyrics)

These guys have been around for 30 years (they played their first gig in 1982, before they had a name) but show no signs of slowing down -- tonight they're wrapping up their 'Join Us' tour, and they'll be doing some more recording for the rest of this year. As for my clip, I chose "Spoiler Alert" because it features both John Linnell and John Flansburgh on vocals, plus it's like nothing else they've done before in their extensive catalogue; also, in this live version, you'll meet the Johns' sock-puppet alter egos, the Avatars of They. (From the same album, I would recommend the power-poppy "Can't Keep Johnny Down," the ska-tinged "When Will You Die," the anthemic "Celebration" and the bizarre "Cloisonne" as well.)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 2:18:27 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Gena - good call on They Might Be Giants. While I need to explore the whole record some more, "Can't Keep Johnny Down" is something I like quite a lot and listen to regularly. I've followed these guys since their debut came out in 1986. I've even downloaded a number of their songs aimed at children. I like some of them as much as their "adult" material.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 4:14:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2012 4:18:01 PM PST
Brief Crack of Light

One of the most underrated bands out there
with one of their finest releases in their 20
year history. T? absolutely shines-

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 4:24:26 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Thomas - Now this is what I was hoping to get out of this thread! New Therapy? record cool! I was into them in the Nurse and Troublegum period, but sort of lost track of them since that time. I didn't even know they were still around. Thanks for the post! I am off to sample this new release.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 4:50:53 PM PST
Gena Chereck says:
We must have similar taste. :D As far as their kids'-vs.-adult stuff is concerned, aside from having to work within certain thematic and language constraints on the kids' projects, the Johns' approach and attitude toward writing songs basically stays the same, and I think that shows in the quality of their work.

I can't really think of any other bands I could suggest... Do you like Fountains of Wayne, by any chance?

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 5:05:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2012 5:22:08 PM PST
Randy says:
Southern Culture On The Skids

Dirt Track Date

"Voodoo Cadillac"

"King Of The Mountain"

"House Of Bamboo"

"Roadside Wreck"

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 7:02:13 PM PST
You got a dime
He's got a dollar
He's the king of corn and porn
From way back in the holler

They call him the King Of The Mountain
A blue ridge businessman
He's an independent contractor
Just doin' the best that he can...


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 7:22:15 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Gena - Oh yeah, big Fountains of Wayne fan since their debut came out. While a bit lighter in tone and with more acoustic guitars in the mix, their most recent Sky Full of Holes (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Bonus Version) is very good. I love the song Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart. It might be top 10 all-time FoW.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 8:05:36 PM PST
Gena Chereck says:
Wonderful album, another of my favorites from last year. :) ("Richie and Ruben" is probably my fave track -- made me laugh out loud the first time I heard it. "They'll blow through your dough just like they blew through mine...")

While I'm at it, some of my other favorite rock CDs of the past couple of years include Paul Simon's 'So Beautiful or So What,' the Cars' 'Move Like This,' Tom Waits' 'Bad As Me,' Elvis Costello's 'National Ransom,' Richard Thompson's 'Dream Attic' and Nick Lowe's 'The Old Magic.'

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 6:28:08 PM PDT
D. Sippel says:
When the latest Cars' came out, I listened to it briefly and nothing grabbed me. I will give it another shot. I don't recall Ritchie and Ruben from the FoW album, so will revisit that song in particular, thanks Gena.

I'm a big Elvis C. fan, but only when he rocking at least a little bit. I still can't believe how many creat songs were on his first three records. Many artists put out great top-to-bottom records, but very few can manage three in a row. I recall National Ransom being much more melllow, countryish perhaps. I confess not giving it much of a listen when it came out.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2012 7:55:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2012 7:55:43 PM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
'National Ransom' is indeed one of EC's rootsier efforts -- the title cut is maybe the most "rock" track on it, though "Five Small Words," "I Lost You" and "The Spell That You Cast" come close. :)

As for the Cars album, I hadn't even planned on buying it (I knew Ben's bass and vocals would be missed :( ), but then I streamed it online the day before the CD came out and I was pleasantly surprised -- "Blue Tip," "Too Late" and "Take Another Look" are probably my favorite tracks.

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 8:19:35 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 11, 2012 10:36:10 PM PDT
T. K. Faris says:
Robot Lords Of Tokyo - Whisky, Blood, and Napalm
Ground Mower - War Machine
Mississippi Bones
Ray West - All Pointz West
Beitthemeans - Crude Alabama Storytellers
Cylinder - Fueled By Fire

All the above CD's are hard rock bands I've came accross online. I like all the songs. Check them out if you haven't heard any of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012 2:19:45 PM PDT
D. Sippel says:
Gena - the Cars' latest is something I wanted to like and one of my friends described as sounding like their debut, which got me over excited I think. The songs I listened to sounded more synthy, less guitary. I still need to go back and listen to some of those songs. Thanks for track tips.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 8:54:55 PM PDT
D. Sippel says:
Faris - I've never heard of any the bands you've listed. Thanks for the post. I am going to check these out. Robot Lords of Tokyo is one of the coolest band names I've heard ever.
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