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Happy New Year - Recommend New Music

Happy 2010 everyone! Here's hoping this year sucks less than 2009. Last year I asked you to recommend me some new music and you all really stepped up to the plate. Well, I'm asking again - tell me some bands/albums I should buy right now. Quite frankly, I'm sick of listening to the same old thing and I'm looking for something new. Recommend whatever you like - doesn't have to be Glam. I'm looking for the heavy, the pop, the fabulous. Ready, set, go!

Reader Comments (22)

Happy New Metal Year to you and yours, Al!

I would have to recommend you pick up Gunfire '76, Al! Also Crucified Barbara, Them Crooked Vultures and Hot Leg, if you don't have the latter. Also Dynazty if you don't already have it.

I got all of these unbelievable tips to listen to from people who come on the comments pages of this incredible site and now here they are for you, too!

Rokk On!!!
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
So far I'm enjoying Blackwood Creek--it reminds me of my mis-spent youth in the 1970's. ;)
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChessie >^..^<
Chessie! Just got Blackwood Creek on iTunes! Killer! You are so on it! This just came out on December 4th! Talk about plugged in, switched on, and rocked out! That be you! Thanx and Happy 2010!
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
"Darlings of Chelsea" from Toronto Canada, voted best new indie band of 2009. They only have a 6 song ep at the moment but every song rocks my socks.
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwiggy25
Wiggy! Darlings are killer, too! "Sleazy Little Rock'n'Roller" rox my sox off bigtime! Yeeeeeoooooowwwwwww!!!!!!! Man, I'm gettin' The New Year off to a great start! Thanx! Al, you should check all these out!
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Not completely obscure, but I just picked up Stuttering John (John Melendez)'s self-titled 1994 album this past week. He came to fame with Howard Stern and currently is the announcer for Jay Leno, but the record is pretty good hard rock.
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT
I recommend Blackberry Smoke from Atlanta, GA. They're solid southern rock and I think they kick ass! Happy New Year lady! :)
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Sixx
Check out Takin' Over by New Device
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn
JT -- Got that Stuttering John album when it came out back in the day... One of the last real rock records out the door of a major before Grunge absolutely took over. And you're right, he roxx!
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Glenn! There you are! Dude, you've givin' me such killer tips on new stuff and New Device is beyond killer! Thanx and Happy Nude Year!
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Volbeat.....anything from Volbeat.
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDirk
Dirk! Just grabbed Volbeat off iTunes! "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood" soooo roxxxxxx!!!!!!

And though I kinda think it's cheatin' a little bit, I've just bought some of the recommended songs that pop up when you buy somethin' from iTunes that are just as killer. Try these if you haven't already...

1) Bombay Black, "S.F.C.R." from 'Psycho Magnet'
2) Chinatown, "Shoot It Up" from 'Chinatown'
3) Electric Mary, "One Foot In The Grave" from 'Down to the Bone'
4) Dear Superstar, "Brink Of Destruction" from 'Heartless'
5) Heaven's Basement, "Can't Let Go" from 'Heaven's Basement'

I'm goin' broke with all of these discoveries but what the hey, I'm totally up on it now...

...xcept what someone else is going to suggest that I have somehow missed! "Hit" me!

Thanx, All and Thanx, Al!
January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I agree with metalboy Heavens Basement are going to be big this year.This british band have cut their teeth with gigging with Black stone cherry and buckcherry this year are amazing live and should be signed.
Also check out acey slades new band(wednesday 13 murderdolls) and the lostprophets new album should be immense.
Happy new year to everybody who comments on bring back glam and keep up the good work Allyson your blogs rocks.
January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBASHSTER
Bashter! Thanx for the tip, bro. Just got Wednesday 13, thanx to you and slapped their song, "Not Another Teenage Anthem" onto my "Nu Metal" iTunes playlist. Thanx again for turnin' me onto Acey Slade! Keep on Rokkin, dude!

You are so right! Bring Back Glam and Allyson's posts so rokk and so do everyone's comments!!! She's humble about it, but BBG really is the best Metal site around, bar none!
January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
It begins and ends with my favorite album of last year. Orianthi - believe. Michael Jackson;s last guitatrist made a great album!
January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHyde
Hyde! It's funny you mention Orianthi! I was just thinkin' about her yesterday and how she should be on the list for Best of 2009, too, besides being someone we should expect great things from.

Al and I, and I'm sure lots of others on here, have been trackin' her for awhile. I actually saw her just shredding up a storm back in 'O7 at an event at the Paul Reed Smith factory in Maryland. She was just tearing up some of her blues stuff. This was before she went Pop.

You can see (and hear) why Jackson picked her as his guitarist for his comeback. Right when she was on the cusp of superstardom in that role, it was snuffed out (albeit, temporarily) when he suddenly and sadly passed away, the poor girl.

But she obviously bounced back (though I'm sure it's still tuff on her since she must have gotten pretty tight with Michael with all that rehearsing) with her new record. The only thing I regret in terms of her music is that she had to go so Pop with it.

Since she is such a phenomenal shredder (I mean, I saw it with my own two eyes and heard it with my own two ears!), I wish she could have gone more Glam Metal since she has the chops for it.

But as Al has lamented on here many times, as well as others have commented here, too, it just seems like in order for these kids like Orianthi to get signed up by the Record Machine, they have to virtually "sell out" and get packaged up the way they want 'em for mass consumption.

Unfortunately, the music buying public suffers because they are potentially deprived of an artist's true talent and original style, as is the case of Orianthi.

Let's hope she busts out a little in 2010 and is allowed to spread her wings a little bit more. And here's to her success in the next decade and to the hope that she just goes for it and rocks out.

Orianthi should take a lesson from veterans like Lita Ford and Joan Jett as well as newer female artists like Crucified Barbara and The Donnas and just crank it up. And to be honest, she's a better guitarist than any of the chix in those bands, but she could really show it in the style of songwriting those acts are known for.

Of course, she may not even be into Glam Metal, in which case, she should just go back to her blues. Maybe the person she should really take a page from is Aimee Mann of 'Til Tuesday fame.

Mann couldn't get arrested by a major company after awhile so she just said the heck with the record factory and went independent and made the kind of album she wanted to and lo and behold, it sold like crazy and then she did some very successful movie soundtracks and also keeps putting out albums the way she wants to and they keep selling, too!

Go Orianthi! And go original! And thanx, Hyde, again for bringing her back to everyone's attention here. The kid deserves it!
January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Just got it but so far i am diiging the Black Robot album. Ex-Buckcherry members apparently.
Same with the New Priestess album "Prior To The Fire", sounds like a riff fest!
I was pleastantly surprised also by the new Wolfmother! Even better than the first I'd say.
Volbeat is also very cool! Sounds like Glenn Danzig singing Social Distortion songs with James Hetfield on guitar.
The new Nashville Pussy is definitely one of there best.
Gunfire 76 is pretty good as well.
The Black Crowes believe it or not came out with a great one in "Before The Frost...Until The Freeze".Very good indeed!
Them Crooked Vultures spent a long time in the player as well.
Other honorable mentions for cool albums I got would also include:
Babylon Bombs - Babylon's Burning
Asphalt Valentine - Strip Rock Roll
The Answer - Everyday Demons
Burn Halo
Charm City Devils - Let's Rock n' Roll
The Last Vegas - Whatever Gets You Off
Million Dollar Reload - Anthems Of A Degeneration
January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Wait, I wasn't done! also...
Souls Of We
Heaven's Basement
Crooked X
and Vains of Jenna were played very loudly in my car this year.
January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Mike! Great wrap up and your descriptions are great! -- expecially Volbeat, hahaha!!!

Dude, I'm gonna check out what I missed from your list and I had Underide and Crooked X in rotation, too and think I forgot to mention it. Man, the whole thing -- this site, all the killer stuff out there that was released like 5 minutes ago and the fact that everyone is still talkin' about the usual suspects with quotes like, "Well, the Alicia Keys and Jay-Z albums are good and did you hear the new Keith Urban yet? Oh, yeah, and Elvis Costello, too!"

'N'you know what? No, I didn't! Yeah, okay, so I actually kinda like that Jay-Z/Alicia Keys collab, "Empire State of Mind". It's kinda cool but ixnay on the Urbanay (I can just tell that's just about the most boring homogenized crap there is out there without ever hearing a note or maybe I did see him perform on the Grammy's or AMA's but have virtually no memory of it which is why I need no memory of any of his sh*t now and sorry, I saw Elvis (Costello, that is) back in the day and he was killer and look I know he's talented but for me it all stopped when he ditched his back-up band, The Attractions.

And when he brought 'em back he rocked again. But this is Bring Back Glam and where the h*ll is it besides here, really? I mean, I see it in all the boutiques in NYC with all the sequined pockets patched on everything but what the hay? How come all this stuff we're talkin' about on here ain't gettin' piped in on the elevatorz by now (or at least Muzak versions of it, hahaha!!!). Duzn't anybody (besides us) know how to Rock It anymore?

Bring Back The Glama now! Rock and Roll People! People, let's Rock and Roll!

p.s. I have, thank the Rock Godz, seen Them Crooked Vultures on a lot of Best of 2009 Lists of even the most lame-o critics at the Village Voice, New York Times, Rolling Stone or Huffpost. But what about the rest of it. I flagged a list of stuff for David Wild, (a pretty good writer for RS and writer of a few cool books, too) but all he did was say that he shoulda had Cheap Trick's "When The Lights Are Out" on his list but gave no indication to me that he was gonna listen to any of the other stuff I listed, which is pretty much what I first entered in my comments up top right here. Y'know what? Here's what I say to all those who won't bust out and Rock Again -- G'head, miss your life! I hate to bust on people because of their personal tastes but people are being sheep. I can't tell ya how many times I talk to these people who will be like total blues aficionados who only later wind up saying stuff like "I could listen to George Lynch all day long". Well, why aren't ya, ya frickin' yutz! Okay, I think I've been on this a little too long, I'm goin' into Metalboy! Meltdown Mode...


Okay, I'm back but only for a moment like a rebooted PDA device that's out of battery power...

I will say I was pleased to see Chump or somebody got VH1 Classic to see the light last night and they did a special one hour kick off show of That Metal Show last night and they even had Anvil perform 3 songs and Lips did a killer lead for a lead-in to "Metal On Metal" and he was just totally surrounded by Rock and Roll young babes who I swear weren't plants and were really 'there' as in there, like in the moment, realizing it was like maybe even witnessing a bit of history. And I saw "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" finally since they led up to the show by showing the movie (I know... "Loser!", for not having seen it already!).

Whoever put this whole thing together with VH1 Classic deserves a hats off! What a night of great TV that reminded me of back in the day on MTV when they'd have "Ratt Unplugged" or sumethin' on before Headbanger's Ball. It really made for quite a nice Metal Night at home, 'specially if you already snagged a chick to watch it with ya, even if she might fall asleep or pass out, ahahaha!!!

Okay, I'm givin' all you Metal Kidz a breathah for now... Cheerz and Jeerz! Rock ya later!
January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Quiet Riot-Rehab.
Its from 2007 sure but if you haen't heard it do so its a real departuture from what they were known for and it really soundws great blues rock at its finest.
January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

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