Lyrically Speaking…

Considering the fact that my ears are still bleeding from yesterday’s halftime show, I decided to switch things up today.

You see, I haven’t really talked music much at all, if any, on this here blog. To the old me, that would be an abomination.

Why? Well – the “old me” listened to music every waking second, scouted out every show/concert within a 100 mile radius to attend, and attended (at the very least) a small, really terrible local show every weekend.

Protecting the innocent and allowing them to retain their anonymity.

The old me wore so much eyeliner that I was relatively similar in appearance to a raccoon, and some nights my hair was a flashback to the 70’s. Big. Apparently, the old me enjoyed being smushed against other sweaty bodies as much as possible. As well as fearing the “big guy” who was a little too hardcore in the pit. And who would often be subject to having crowd-surfing bodies fall right on top of me.

And before you ask, the old me was definitely one of those people who would use song lyrics as facebook statuses. And yes, the old me would be so embarrassed about my current musical tastes. The old me liked being screamed at.

Now? Now I’m totally okay with listening to what’s on the radio. Unless it’s at work. I love oldies, but I am getting really tired of listening to the same old songs day after day.

“Oh, it’s 2:00! Who wants to bet they’re going to play “Wonderful” at five after?!”

“Oh, good, I’m so glad they’re playing Another One Bites the Dust again, going two hours without hearing it is too much!”

Anyways. Without further ado, some of my current favorites:

(EDIT: ugh, I realize hardly any of these vids work. If you’re really interested you can click off, though I realize that’s a lot of work 😛 )

Current Favorite Song: Middle Class Rut – New Low

I mean really – how catchy is this song? I could listen to it all day. And it has a cool beat if you’re…jogging…or something…too!

Other runners up:

  • Kings of Leon – The End
  • Airborne Toxic Event – Changing
  • Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights – Gypsy Woman

One of my biggest downfalls (if you can call it that) is that I can be obsessed with a song one day, and be totally over it the next. Oh, yeah – I was big on Jay-Z this time last year, and while I still think Jay’s the man when it comes to rap, I am far less likely to listen to rap these days. I’m also not as likely to listen to the screamo I used to. That said, if you asked me a month of so ago what my favorite song was, the answer oculd have been any of these:

  • Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man(explicit)
  • The Black Keys – Tighten Up
  • The Honorary Title – The City’s Summer
  • Trevor Hall
  • I wrote “DKM” on my list to remember, but I can’t remember what that stands for to save my soul right now. Whoever can figure out what “DKM” means wins their choice of baked good or nut butter.

Sing-along Songs for the Drunk College Kid:

(because this brings back memories)

The Outfield – Your Love

There were many a night where I was pretty sure I was the Outfield.

Brand New – Seventy Times 7

So angsty. So energetic. So necessary.

The Devil Wears Prada – Still Fly (we were never ones for the “real rap.”)

Current Favored Artists:

Because it’s useless if a band can only produce one good song. I’ve long been a fan of Rise Against –

and also have to admit that Linkin Park has gained my admiration. That might be a little bit of a guilty pleasure, too.

In addition, Paper Tongues is always a good choice:

and lastly, but not leastly, Chevelle:

And some songs that I love when I’m a little bit angry:

Ten Years – Wasteland:

Oh, who am I kidding. I love this song whether I’m happy or sad.

From Autumn to Ashes – on a whole.

And lastly, Songs or bands that take me back:


Old-School Modest Mouse (not new school!)


Iron and Wine

Ray Lamontagne

From Autumn to Ashes

I just realized those are all universally mellow bands/individuals, but Saosin, Alesana and Senses Fail all bring me back, too. Just not in as many “fond memories” sort of ways.

What kind of music do you listen to? Any current favorites? I am positive I am missing tons…but that’s good for now, non?



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24 responses to “Lyrically Speaking…

  1. Yeeesssss Rise Against!! That’s one of my “summer bands.” Aka I only listen to them in the summer, I don’t know why. I listen to a really weird grouping of music and will frequently include Taylor Swift, Blink-182 and Kanye West in the same playlist. I think Blink-182 is my all-time favorite band though, followed by Augustana.

  2. Yeees, VERY good for now – it’s the middle of the night and I will definitely listen to all of these next chance I get. I am a complete moron with music, I love it, but I have NO drive to research, buy, save, catalogue it and I can’t remember lead singer or a song title to save my life.

    Just got myself a new phone because the old one ran out of battery every time I heard music to and from work, and it’s great to have some music again! For lack of time and inspiration I still have only two things on it that I listen to: P J harvey and Ani Di Franco, haha…that’s good stuff to my ears, anyway.

  3. You have excellent taste my friend!

    As you know, my music preferences are ecclectic and ever-changing, but some current faves inclide Lenka, Robyn, reallllly old school Destiny’s Child, and the Black Keys.

    Yep the halftime show was pretty deplorable. The only mildly redeeming moment was Usher’s dancing.

  4. I also had a crowd surfer fall on me once :O And my friend managed to catch it on tape!

  5. I have very predictable taste in music. I’m all for pop music like britney spears and the spice girls. Put rap music near me and I will leave. I can’t stand rap music, ick! Your taste in music is sooo different to mine. Although, I do love oldies 😛


  6. I’m with Gab, I have mashups of different artists all in the same playlist, sometimes I just don’t make sense. Thanks for the music tips, girl! I’ll be sure to check them out:)

  7. The Outfield has been in my top 10 for almost 10 years now… good stuff. ha ha

  8. I listen to pretty much everything (sans polka) but I enjoy classic rock and metal the most. My current favorites would be something like: Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, Saosin, Fair to Midland, and Lady Gaga (I know, the last one doesn’t fit with the rest, but Alejandro makes me happy, xd).

  9. I love so many different types of music, I can’t decide! 🙂 Thanks for the tips girl! 🙂

  10. I listen to a variety of music from all genres. If I had to pick a favorite or the one I listen to most it would be….country! I am a country girl at heart 🙂

  11. I loved this post!! Great to see the old you, too. You sure have changed! For the better in my opinion, too. Not that the party scene and what not’s bad..but I have a lot of friends that used to be really great until they got sucked into that kinda of stuff..except more into drugs and all that, too. Anyway! I used to loovee LP with their old stuff but haven’t listened to them much recently. I’m mainly into alternative music since it’s really great for working out. but when I’m not looking to be pumped up, stuff like Owl City (not them in particular..but that genre) is good to listen to.

  12. Lauren

    I don’t know if you were serious buuuuuut… Dropkick Murphys? Could that have been DKM? 🙂

  13. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I must say, I’m not too familiar with most of these bands. I’m a metalhead…Nine Inch Nails, Cradle of Filth, Manson, Dimmu Borgir, DevilDriver, Opeth, etc. 😉 I do like “softer” stuff too; Muse, Placebo, and Type O are other favorites of mine.

  14. This was such a fun post. I loved learning a bit more about the younger you, and I must say…you have some great taste in music. I was obsessed with that Mumford and Sons Album in January. And now I’m looking for something new…you provided some great music to pull from! Thank you for sharing your words, your photos and your thoughts. I’m blessed to have you in my day! I hope you have a wonderful week, my friend!

  15. Jordan

    Could DKM stand for Dropkick Murpheys? I have no idea otherwise. 😉

  16. I hear about most of you favorite bands for the first time but we have something in common – I can’t live without music and in my teenage years I was a real music addict. I knew every song on the radio and even the biographies of the majority of popular artists. The neighbours probably hated me because I listened to music all the time and sang along quite often. I suppose I was a very annoying neighbour in my metal phase 🙂 . Now I don’t care about the style. If a song is good, the label isn’t important.

  17. I listen to a little of everything, but mainly rap and 80s music. Quite a mix on my iPod. haha

  18. I don’t recognize a lot of your current favourites, but I love a lot of your old favourites, like Pinback, Iron and Wine, and Modest Mouse!

    My musical preferences haven’t really changed a lot over the past few years. I love love love Patrick Park, Death Cab for Cutie, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, John Mayer and Neil Young!

  19. ive literally never heard of any of these bands!! gasp! its crazy– i need to get on this!

  20. I am so not a music person… I mean, I listen to it, because I like to have background noise. But I don’t actually really own any. My MP3 player is embarrassingly old, and the songs on there are too — but not vintage old, like five-years-old-pop-music old. Because all I ever hear are the songs that play on the radio, and when I’m listening to something as “background noise,” I like it to be something familiar.

    That said, I hate rap. I will listen to pretty much anything, but not that.

    ❤ ❤

  21. I’m ashamed of myself…basically the only band I recognised there was Mumford & Sons! But they’re British, so I blame not being from your homeland as the reason why this post made no sense 🙂
    I like Jamie Woon, James Blake, and basically everything common and crap :p Rihanna, Eminem, Christina A, Florence & The Machine (LOVE her), Take That, Coldplay… uhh…I can’t think 😛 I just listen to the radio 🙂

  22. We are apparently (according to the station on the tv) loving modern folk. I love Mumford and Sons and Florence and the Machine. I love older stuff too, but really we listen to anything from rock, so classical, to funk…if it’s good, we like it.

  23. I’ve never had a crowd surfer too close to me, but I imagine it would terrify me like none other! I love love LOVE The Black Keys, especially when running:) And Kings of Leon are always a great pumpup choice too!

  24. I could not relate to this any more! Thank you so much for letting us in on this aspect of you Jess 🙂

    I’ve done the heavy-eyeline-heavy-metal-mosh-pit thing too. Killswitch Engage, Protest the Hero, Underoath and Alexisonfire were my main loves. I’ve definitely strayed away since then, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t put it on once and awhile just for old time’s sake 😛 .. and then of course there’s Eminem, which will always been playing in a constant loop inside my brain. Haha!

    PS. I love Chevelle and Rise Against!

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