Help Me Be Hip

I have always LOVED music. And I have always felt like I was “in the know” on the new, cutting-edge bands. Until recently. Twice in the last two weeks friends have mentioned popular bands that I had never even heard of.

So I have come to realize, I am in serious need of some new music in my i tunes library.

What songs/artists are you listening to right now that I need to go check-out? (Oh, and please tell us all a little bit about song/artist so we can see if they peak our interest.)

So you can see how random my musical preferences are, here are two playlists I made over the holidays. Maybe (I doubt it) you’ll discover something new?

“Completely Random Mix

I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers

(I listen to this one about 10 times before I move on to the rest of the mix. This song is ridiculously beautiful.)

Don’t Wanna Cry – Pete Yorn

You Really Got a Hold on Me – She and Him

When I Dream of Michaelangelo – Counting Crows

Landed – Ben Folds

Brooklyn – Wakey! Wakey!

Gotta Have You – The Weepies

Lost? – Coldplay

Blessed – Brett Dennen

Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

City of Black and White – Mat Kearney

“The Christian Mix”

There Will Be a Light – Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama

Whenever God Shines His Light – Van Morrison

It is Well – Todd Fields

Hold My Heart – Tenth Avenue North

Reign in Us – Starfield

The Revelation Song – Kari Jobe

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Chris Rice

Arms Open Wide – Hillsong

Kingdom Coming – Shaun Groves

How Great is Our God – Chris Tomlin

So come on…help a girl out. SAVE ME from becoming one of those un-hip folks who has no idea who what new music is out there.


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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • Been working with local band here in Columbus, OH on a new site, and new Mixtape Project they are launching (writing new song each week). Extremely talented. Bright future for these guys – http://www.jaredmahone.com

    • The band and the project looks cool. Thanks for the link.

  • Mike Gothard

    Imogen Heap, especially her new CD, Ellipse 🙂

  • Dan

    Minus the Bear is the next Radiohead! You can get their new single Through the Mirror for free online!

  • De-lurking for this one!

    I love Amos Lee…just about everything on all 3 of his albums (are they still called that?).
    My recent post 3 Reasons I Haven't Blogged Much Lately

    • I had to look up de-lurking in the Urban Dictionary. Thank you for teaching me a new term.

  • Rosi Golan, Owl City, Need to Breathe… These are some of the artist I have been told about lately. Like you I think I am needing some new music!
    My recent post My word for the year…

  • Chownage

    First of all, loving the progression that you've made on your blog. It looks fresh and good. Nice going. For what it's worth, here are my top 5 bands based on iTunes playback:

    1. Over the Rhine

    2. Naturally 7

    3. The Fray

    4. Adele

    5. Buble

    Apparently, I don't venture out much. Haha!

    • I have lost some respect for you Kyle

      • Which ones made you lose respect? I know you already think I'm old. Don't want to add injury to insult 😉

    • Gotta second Over the Rhine and Adele. Good stuff!

  • Matt Nathanson–his "Some Mad Hope" CD is a fav
    David Gray
    Ryan Adams
    Joe Purdy
    Josh Hoge
    Kathleen Edwards
    Melissa Ferrick
    Obadiah Parker
    Pat McGee Band ("Shine")
    Starrfadu
    The Weepies
    3 Doors Down
    Jonathan Clay
    Virginia Coalition
    Augustana

  • Wow. This is so subjective. First, I must say that no one has EVER accused me of being hip. That being said, here is a list of artists/bands that I like. Some are slightly more obscure, inherently making them "hip". 🙂

    In no particular order, other than running down my iPod list of artists:

    The brokenmusicbox
    Chris Isaak
    The Choir
    Fountains of Wayne
    Giant
    Ingram Hill
    JET
    Lisa Loeb
    LSU/Lu/Life Savers Underground (also, anything by lead singer Michael Knott)
    The Shins
    Steve Burns (yes, the "Blue's Clues" guy)
    The Violet Burning
    The White Stripes
    Wilco
    The 77's

    Do with it what you will. I'll let go and discover them on your own rather than me trying to put them into a genre.
    My recent post Go Tell It On the Mountain

  • Wow. This is so subjective. First, I must say that no one has EVER accused me of being hip. That being said, here is a list of artists/bands that I like. Some are slightly more obscure, inherently making them "hip". 🙂

    In no particular order, other than running down my iPod list of artists:

    The brokenmusicbox
    Chris Isaak
    The Choir
    Fountains of Wayne
    Giant
    Ingram Hill
    JET
    Lisa Loeb
    LSU/Lu/Life Savers Underground (also, anything by lead singer Michael Knott)
    The Shins
    Steve Burns (yes, the "Blue's Clues" guy)
    The Violet Burning
    The White Stripes
    Wilco
    The 77's

    Do with it what you will. I'll let go and discover them on your own rather than me trying to put them into a genre.
    My recent post Go Tell It On the Mountain

  • Oh man. I could write a never-ending post on this. I live vicariously through my CD player. Some of my favorites (I'll try to keep it short, maybe):
    Anything Kings of Leon. All of their CDs are great. Favorite song: Fans.
    Brad Kilman: Mouths Like Trumpets (CD) – one of the worship pastors from my old church. it's like he's letting you in on personal quiet times. beautiful.
    The Neighborhood. Our Mouths Choked with Fireworks (CD)
    Sherree Chamberlain – any cd. she is great
    Jason Mraz: We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things (CD)
    David Gray: Sail Away
    Coldplay: Lovers in Japan
    The Hero Factor: Battling Chimaera (CD) – not sure if they are still together, but amazing
    Jay Z: Blueprint 3 (CD)
    Swell Season: Strict Joy (CD)
    General Larry Platt: Pants on the Ground
    Kinsey Charles: The Keeper (CD) she's a good friend, and wife's college roommate (produced by Dustin Ragland, drummer for Charlie Hall)

    Whew, deep breath. That should be enough.

    • Huge Kings of Leon fan. I like Jason Mraz too. Some of my friends make fun of me though…

  • Go and listen to my son at Fienix.com he goes back on tour this week. You will love it!
    My recent post fienix: In honor of the MLK holiday, I'm going to retire from the Internets for the evening and work on some music. #Y2K12

  • Go and listen to my son at Fienix.com he goes back on tour this week. You will love it!
    My recent post fienix: In honor of the MLK holiday, I'm going to retire from the Internets for the evening and work on some music. #Y2K12

  • Why does it matter if you're hip? 😉 Just be you.

    The last 10 played on my BlackBerry were:

    The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine
    Eagles of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard
    Presidents of the United States of America – Mixed Up SOB
    Slade – Little Shiela
    'Til Tuesday – (Believed You Were) Lucky
    James Blunt – Same Mistake
    Storyline – Give Chase
    Lincoln Brewster – Shout To The Lord
    Donna Lewis – I Could Be The One
    The Hooters – Twenty Five Hours A Day

    I've found being un-hip can be hip. And if someone thinks that's un-hip, then so be it. 😉
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  • Here is my top albums of 2009 post: http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com/top-10-albums-of-

    Stuff I have been listening to right now:
    -Civil Wars-free download of live album here: https://www.noisetrade.com/derekwebb#/browse
    -Phil Wickhams new CD is a must
    -Jesus Cultures new CD consumed, pretty good.
    -Deas Vail new CD Birds and Cages. You might like them, husband wife band but they are awesome.
    -Fiction Family is always good as well. Sounds a lot like Sufjan Stevens (which if you have not heard of sufjan, check him out as well)
    -The Swell Season Strict Joy (the characters from the movie "once")

    BTW
    Do not go buy all this stuff. Just go and check it out on grooveshark.com first.
    You can listen to all these CD's for free on this site

    • I like Sufjan. I will check this stuff out. And Grooveshark. You are smart. And hip 😉

  • Like Chownage, I'm also a fan of Over the Rhine [first heard them at Q last year]
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  • the best kept secret in music right now is OH, HUSH! the world's first band without a face, without a picture, without band members and with a very YELLOW logo. the only band in the last 20 years to be ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC!!! take the retro of the 60s, the disco of the 70s, the new wave and anthems of the 80s, the grunge of the 90s, the rock of the 00s and bring it into the 10s and you've got Oh, Hush! just recently had songs featured in Ghost Whisperer and 90210. check it out! 🙂

  • If you are looking for something new in the Christmas genre, I suggest checking out "Snow" from Go Fish. They're a great a cappella group.

  • Here are some of my favorites:
    Needtobreathe – alternative rock, calms me down
    The Daylights – alternative rock, makes me smile
    The New Pornagraphers – indie rock/power pop, interesting harmonies & sounds (love the group, hate the name)
    Andrew Peterson – Christian, mellow, amazing words

    I've heard if you like The Weepies, to try Melanie Penn__

  • Based on some of your listed music, I recommend checking out the following somewhat obscure albums:

    The Rocketboys – 20,000 Ghosts
    Telegraph Canyon – The Tide & The Current < (esp. if you like The Avett Bros.)
    Doug Burr – On Promenade
    Doug Burr – The Shawl < (Burr's musical interpretation of some Psalms)

    Interestingly, all of these are Texas artists. That was not intentional.

    I have also been digging Rain City Hymnal from the Mars Hill, Seattle worship teams. The album contains new interpretations of old hymns.

  • I like to tell people that mixes are my love language. I make them for my friends all the time!

    First of all, for exploring new music, I recommend using grooveshark.com. It gives you more freedom than Pandora…and my husband says he thinks it's legal.

    Some of my current favorites:

    – Regina Spektor (because she's a poet with a piano)
    – Ray LaMongagne (because he sings about love like nobody else)
    – Adele (because she's like Amy Whinehouse, but better)
    – Gillian Welch (because I'm from East Tennessee)
    – Sufjan Stevens (because you pick up on something new every time you listen to him)
    – Fiona Apple/ Alanis Morissette (because they turn anger into art)
    – Jaymay/Jem (because they help you relax after Fiona and Alanis)
    – Jeff Buckly (because he sang the best version of "Allelujah" ever)

  • Christy

    I am loving Kings of Leon and NeedtoBreathe right now. There is something about the lead singers voices!

    I totally agree about Over the Rhine! Love.

    Adele is also another favorite. She is probably my most favorite. 🙂

  • I’m loving this post, because I’m in the same boat.

    There was a time, I had my finger on the pulse of popular music, and had a feel for the good indie and non-mainstream artists out there.

    Right now, I have no idea what I’ve missed, since my life became too busy to keep up with the music scene.

    The worst part, is I’m a musician (on the side), and I love music.

    Hopefully I’ll get a chance to check out some of these great suggestions.

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  • I have a slight iTunes addiction!! Some of my favorites right now:

    Kim Walker- my favorite worship leader at the moment
    Jesus Culture- Consumed is their newest
    Misty Edwards- Fling Wide album "arms wide open" is my fave song
    Bethel Church- Here is Love album….Jenn Johnson sings "your presence" and includes some of the lyrics from David Gray's Babylon. TOTALLY love that.
    Yellow Cavalier- Love them! Christian rock/pop
    Can I be brave and say Hanson? No really. They have some great stuff.
    Ryan Edgar- this is Kari Jobe's man- he has a great sound!
    Deluge Band
    David Gray

    Can't wait to see all the new suggestions you get! Love finding new music!

    • I totally judged Hanson until I saw them live and I was pleasantly surprised…

  • Emily

    I'm so happy you asked the question that I (the woman who has worked in the MUSIC INDUSTRY for more than a dozen years of all things) was too embarrassed to ask! 🙂 I like hearing what people like — and after listening on iTunes to some samples of the suggestions… I've got some serious downloading to do! Thanks, Lindsey!

  • Although she hasn't released anyting new in several years, Jennifer Knapp remains one of my favorites. She's still at the top of my list.

  • Great mixes! My suggestion is to hit up Pandora. Find an artist you like, and it'll play other artists that are similar. That's how I found out about a lot of the bands I love.

  • He thinks its legal? Hilarious.

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  • Brack

    A couple of recent discoveries for me include (not sure about the degree of hipness)
    Abigail Washburn & Sparrow Quartet – interesting blend of bluegrass and Chinese folk music.
    Peter Bradley Adams – Traces
    Blind Boys of Alabama – Down in New Orleans
    Buddy & Julie Miller – Written in Chalk

  • Ingrid Michaelson is blaring in my ear currently! Loving Priscilal Ahn as well!

  • PHIL WICKHAM! AMAZING new(ish) christian guy and his songs are write out of the scriptures. His most recent cd (heaven and earth) continues to blow my mind away

    oh and if you like Coldplay- check out Vera. They are new, but there EP comes out in March and their myspace has their songs on it.
    My recent post Capture

  • Here's some of the new artists I've been listening to:

    30 Seconds to Mars
    Closer to the Edge
    This is War
    Kings and Queens
    Kings of Leon
    Use Somebody
    Israel Houghton
    Just Wanna Say
    Straight No Chaser
    Owl City
    David Crowder's entire new CD (Church Music) is awesome
    Phoenix
    Zac Brown Band
    My recent post I Am Second – Sam and Colt

  • Bethany

    I'll delurk too. I recommend Vampire Weekend's Contra–chamber pop they call it. Of course for the too-hip-for-the-room crowd I think Flight of the Conchords is a must even though I haven't really gotten into their music or their show. Also it's sometimes painful, but the easiest way I stay caught up on pop music is listening to the Top 40 on the way to church. My husband does not consider it very reverent considering the massive amount of rap and its themes.

  • You have an interesting point of view 😉

  • Owl City
    Joy Williams (her new EP) and her new band, The Civil Wars.

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