Okay, brief disclaimer before I go- I'm not a very trendy person when it comes to blog stuff. I often post like my blog exists in its own bubble and only occasionally finds other bloggers and things. I do read other blogs, of course, and there are necessities and prime reads, but I've never participated in a Blog Bat Around, I don't trade often because of my mounting anxiety on whether or not the receiving party will like or need anything I have sent, and I rarely comment on other blogs because I don't know if what I have to say will be relevant.
I am the old man in the cave of the blogosphere. At 25.
And yet I've seen a few bloggers now doing this A-Z Bands thing that Chris from The Collector put out there. And...what, a whole blog-wide opportunity to talk about music? Like I'm gonna pass up that opportunity.
I don't talk about it enough on here, but music is one of my other big special interests. I'm a big collector of physical media. I've got shelves upon shelves of CDs, a few whole caverned-out shelf compartments of vinyl records, and a breathtakingly large iTunes library. Music keeps me going when I write, it's a social link to a lot of my friends, and it's been a constant in my life for years. I don't write about music very often on this blog because it's about baseball cards, and there's not a lot of opportunities for both topics to mix.
But Chris just opened the floodgates. The whole blogosphere is talking about music. So I can talk about music. Huzzah.
So, here now are 26 Music acts I adore listening to, from A-Z [person acts are listed by last name, so Peter Gabriel would have to fight in the G section rather than the P section]. A relevant custom will head the section [relevant in relation to artist name or something], and I'll list two levels of recommendations- great hits, as in songs you might find on the radio, and deep cuts, as in songs you might need to listen to the album or b-sides to get into.
Another disclaimer, these are my 26 as of right now, April 2021. They could change. They represent what's resonating with me right now, and years of listening has been taken into account. But I could look back at this in 5 months and go 'I put THAT at W? I was listening to that all March and haven't since! I should have put this.' So this is very time-sensitive. And also, while I did grow up mainly in the 2000s and 2010s, my music tastes have always skewed older, fine-tuning towards my parents' favorites and also classic rock radio stations.
Enough Buildup. Let's start with A.
A is for...ARCADE FIRE:
The band that shocked the world at the 2011 Grammys by beating Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Eminem for Album of the Year. Did not come onto my radar until We Used to Wait and Ready to Start became staples on my Alt-Rock radio. Then their Saturday Night Live appearance in 2013 made me a fan for life. Arcade Fire is a great band because it uses the necessities to make great songs- driving guitar sounds, church organs, the guttural wail of both Win Butler and Regine Chassagne. Never too showy, although their last album, Everything Now, was a bit showier than I would have liked. Still, one of the rare current alt-rock bands who aren't afraid to tear the place down. Eagerly awaiting their next album.
Hits: Ready to Start; Wake Up; Rebellion (Lies); Keep the Car Running
Deep Cuts: Black Mirror; Rococo; Month of May; Put Your Money on Me; Generation A [it'll probably be released as a single soon but until then...]
[Other A's I considered: Aerosmith, Arctic Monkeys, Alt-J