Welcome to another week of Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is a bookish Meemee hosted by the lovely Broke and the Bookish, so be sure to visit her blog when you get the chance. Every week bloggers are given a topic, and through that topic they list their top ten.
This week’s TTT is an Audio Freebie! That could include audio books, songs, podcasts, albums, etc. I chose to work with Bands You Should Check Out. I can be known for my wide range of musical tastes, and I love bugging people to listen to certain artist to get them interested.
Don’t forget to leave the link to your own TTT, or add your own favorite (or obscure) artist in the comments! I’m always looking for more!
The band is made up of Michael Borja (bass), Stephen Norton (drums), Rob Benedict (vocals) and Billy Moran (guitars). Rob is the singer with all the adorable facial expressions. The lyrics the their songs are… interesting but very catchy. “Medicated” quickly became my own personal theme song, and I’m happy to say my niece still goes around with “Poptart Heart” stuck in her head.
Steam Powered Giraffe
I started listening to Steam Powered Giraffe when Album One first came out, and my first song was Brass Goggles. I was hooked by them from the first time I saw The Spine! The Spine, Rabbit, and Hatchworth are the current members of the band, with The Jon being a former member. Their looks have been upgraded since they’ve first started, but the Steampunk is a big part of the band. They also do their version of cover songs, including The Spine’s version of “Diamond”.
It’s time to go international with the Japanese artist, Miyavi! You may recognize him from as being the Bird from the movie, Unbroken, but he was popular among certain groups in the US long before that! He’s known for making profound statements with his lyrics, mostly about crossing boundaries using music; there are no languages or countries with good music. He’s made several world tours based on this philosophy, and luckily in 2010 I was able to see him live in Atlanta! His newer songs are in mostly English, but most of his older fans probably remember “Jibun Kakumei” being THE best song. Defiantly listen to “Selfish Love” to hear The Samurai Guitarist’s (real nickname) skills.
Ever since PSY’s “Gangnam Style” hit the world, Kpop has went up about 5x. EXO, BTS, and dozens of other new boy bands are being listened to by US high (and middle) schoolers. And I’m not complaining; it makes me seem a bit less weird. But I want to go a little hipster and go back to kpop before kpop was cool with a HUGE boyband consisting of 12 members; Super Junior! They have plenty of guys that can take the spot light, so their songs range from sweet and playful to pop and rap. There’s a song (or a guy) for everyone in this band!
And here’s an extra video, just because Donghae & Eunhyuk are fan favorites (and this is possibly my favorite MV of all time).
Probably one of the ultimate “Bad Boy” Kpop bands I can think of is Big Bang with G-Dragon and Top (and the other guys). While “Monster” shows off awesome set and costume design, along with individual personalities of the group members, “Haru, Haru (Day by Day)” is and earlier song by the group that got me started with listening to them and showed a bit more versatility.