Thursday, July 28, 2011

Come and Dance with SO3

If you are a generational rock junkie who commonly feels the urge to hit shuffle on your iPod, it may be time to calm those sudden urges with a dose of SO3. The blues-infused rock trio hailing from Southern California delivers a diverse range of guitar-driven tracks for fans of many different rock genres.

Mike, Serge, and Alan describe their music as a meld of psychedelic blues sounds with catchy indie and alternative rock sensibility. After personally sampling the groups 3 music releases, you can definitely get a dose of blues with with tracks like "Sweet Little Girl" and a fix for your Indie Pop side with a song like "Invincible". But as a whole, SO3 takes me back about 10 years to the heyday of alternative rock with a sound that fits similarly into the likes of The Offspring, Lit, and SR71. This band also pulls together a really comprehensive rock sound with only three instruments.

SO3's newest song release (I Just Want You To) was just recently released as a music video that you can check out below. I've watched it a few times now and still can't decide if the guy or the girl is the better dancer. Check out the video below and let me know who you're voting for in this pajama dance off!

And once you are done dancing to the music video, you can check out all of SO3's music at their Bandcamp site. While you're there, you can download their song "Invincible" for free. Also as an added bonus, the band has been nice enough to offer up a couple of other tracks for Music Sourced readers that you can find linked below. This was a very nice gesture from the band. So if you like the free downloads, go and like their Facebook page to return the love and to check out pictures, shows, and more!

Band Links:
Facebook Page: "Like" the Band
Bandcamp: SO3 Music
Join SO3's Mailing List

Right-Click "Save As" to Download:
Download: I Just Want You To
Download: Johnny on the Underground

Friday, July 22, 2011

Jordan's Top Ten Albums Part 2

Here is top 5 portion of my All-Time Most Influential Albums. This is part of my personal list of the top 10 albums that has shaped my music taste and changed the way I listen to music in one way or another. Below you will find numbers 5 through 1 accompanied by a short review and reasoning as to why I selected the albums.  If you have heard these albums/artists, good for you ! If you haven't, what the heck are you waiting for?

Blues Traveler

Released : September 1994
Two words can tell anyone all they need to know about Blues Traveler, John Popper. This man can flat out play the harmonica better than (in my opinion) anyone else on earth. If someone claims they are better I'd love to hear them just for the fact that it would be awesome....

Anyways, I became introduced to Blues Traveler my freshman year at IU and was completely blown away by the vocals and range of Popper , as well as the rest of the band and how well they played their instruments.  One thing with music that always jumps out to me, I like great music. You may ask yourself what differentiates great music and how do I know what it is?  My answer would be any artist or band that plays their instruments (voice included) flawlessly, I consider to be great music no matter what genre or style.

Throughout the album Four, Blues Traveler plays a range of great tunes including the popular Run Around, Brother John, and my personal favorite Hook.  For those of you that are skeptics on the whole, "I don't really like harmonica music", do yourself a favor and buy this album or any Blues Traveler album and you will quickly change your mind.                                                 

Stone Temple Pilots

Released : June 1994
You may notice a trend in my artist selection so far, I'm a big fan of early 90's Rock.  STP is no exception.  I became familiar with STP around the age of 15 or 16 about the same time I did with Foo Fighters.  If there is one band I could see in the prime of their careers, I would put Stone Temple Pilots at the top of that list.  Scott Weiland produces vocals and lyrics to go with an absolutely awesome musical track for not only Core but every other song the band has made.  Many times I find myself listening to STP and think to myself, "What the hell do these lyrics mean", my favorite example of this resides in the song Plush when Weiland sings, "Where you going for tomorrow? Where you going with that mask I found? And I feel , And I feel  when the dogs begin to smell her, Will she stand alone?" I have no clue what he means by that but it contributes to my favorite song by the band.

Core is a prime example of what Rock should sound like in the 1990's.  With songs like  Plush, Where the River Goes, and Creep,  I can guarantee you'll be banging your head in no time at all.                             

Jack Johnson

Released: March 2005
This is the portion of my list where it became very hard for me to choose, therefore I felt the need to make a tie for second place on my list.

If I had to pick one artist who's songs seemed to always make me feel good, as if there really wasn't a reason to get worked up about the mundane trivial nonsense that seems to happen every day.  That's what all of Jack's music does when I listen to it.  I became introduced to Jack Johnson the summer I turned 16 and as you can tell by alot of my previous selections, this was about the age I was really into harder stuff such as STP, Foo Fighters, and so on.  That's why it may come as a surprise to see that my tastes go from banging my head to chilling out to the smooth tones of Jack Johnson.  For those of you unfamiliar with his work to give you an idea of how chill it is, in Facebook's early days when it was still cool to have, I joined a group called " Jack Johnson is so laid back, he's practically horizontal". Get the Picture?

Because both of these posts are about the same artist, I'm going to continue below.....                                                
Jack Johnson

Released: February 2001
I could not choose which album I thought was better between Brushfire Fairytales and In Between Dreams. To tell you more about them Brushfire is the first taste I had of Jack Johnson's music and it only took about 1 minute into the first song Inaudible Melodies for me to realize that this guy had something different than I was used to, and won me over right away.  Having listened to the album more times than I can count I can still listen to it in it's entirety and not get tired of it.  My favorite song on the album is hands down Bubble Toes. With it's da da dada da da, as a fill in for lyrics Jack never wrote, I can tell you the words to the song front to back.

Jack's third album In Between Dreams came along 4 years after his debut album and just when I thought he couldn't come close to topping his Brushfire Fairytales, I heard Banana Pancakes for the first time.  The album continued, as well as Jack, to mellow my mood with its easy going lyrics and acoustic sound.  Often while listening I would picture myself in Hawaii just sitting on the beach as an attempt to get away from it all.

Overall Jack has gained much more popularity over the past decade and I can say I've sort of went along for the ride, these are only two of his albums, but you can't go wrong by getting any of his others either, he just continues to "get it" when it comes to making music.                
John Mayer

Released: July 2008
There was a point in my life where I would've told you, "There is no way I will ever like an album better than Brushfire/In Between Dreams".  Well I would've been wrong.  Three years ago some of my friends asked if I would join them in going to the local movie theater and watch John Mayer's live concert.  Reluctantly, I went, having nothing better to do.  I had listened to some of Mayer's work, most notably Heavier Things, although I had thought it was good, it was nothing that I couldn't live without.

The Where the Light Is album was something completely different than any of Mayer's studio albums. The concert is divided into 3 sets, solo acoustic, John Mayer Trio, and full band. I'd have to say that's what I really like about this album it's diverse arrangement and shear emotion that is included in the live performance.  Each set brings with it a distinct sound and a different feel as well.

I really enjoy the song Heart of Life, it's unique "slap the Low E" strum on the guitar makes the song roll along with great rhythm as well as great lyrics including my favorite line "No it won't all go the way it should, But I know the heart of life is good".  Mayer also provides us with a cover of Tom Petty's Free Fallin,  which after listening to it , prefer it over the original.

To me what really stands out in this two disc album is Johns ability to mix in some of his hit pop tunes with a steady diet of slow blues, which I think is what he should stick with 24/7. Mayer's ability to play the guitar are often showcased in this album and I highly recommend getting it, and listening to it.  I have listened to this album hundreds and hundreds of times and every time I feel myself getting down to Everyday I have the Blues, time and time again.                                       

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jamen's All Time Most Influential Albums: Part 2

Here is top 5 portion of my All-Time Most Influential Albums. This is part of my personal list of the top 10 albums that has shaped my music taste and changed the way I listen to music in one way or another. Below you will find numbers 5 through 1 accompanied by a short review and reasoning as to why I selected the albums. You can also find out more about the album by clicking on the name or album cover art. Let me know what you guys think about my album selections in the comments!

To view other posts in the series, select one of the articles below:
  1. Music Sourced All-Time Most Influential Albums: Introduction
  2. Jamen's All Time Most Influential Albums: Part 1


Something Corporate

Release Date: May 21, 2002

For those of you that don't know, Something Corporate is my favorite band. The sounds of Something Corporate first hit my ears during my freshman year of college. I was living in a dorm at Purdue University and everyone on my floor was on the same Internet network. So we all decided to share our music to anyone connected to the network by using iTunes. That is when I discovered a handful of Something Corporate songs from the guy a few doors down. This was my first taste of piano rock and I ended up scouring the rest of our floor for more Something Corporate tunes. I eventually compiled a solid playlist of songs and it became the only thing I played for quite some time.

Something Corporate plays rock music without a doubt but nearly every song is built around Andrew McMahon's piano play. This may seem out of place for a typical rock band, but if I told you that McMahon abuses his keys like Jerry Lee Lewis then you might start getting the picture. McMahon's piano ballads and his rock stage presence are infectious. Something Corporate was born out of a garage by a bunch of high school friends with just the goal of winning their school's battle of the bands. It was a battle for bragging rights, a battle to impress the girls, it's the ultimate rock band story.

I never purchased their album "Leaving Through the Window" until much later when I discovered that most of the songs that I had gotten from my college friends that originally attracted me to Something Corporate were from this album.

Jason Mraz

Release Date: September 29, 2009
This album selection was an absolute tossup. I knew I was going to select a live album from Jason Mraz, but I had trouble selecting either "Selections for Friends", or "Jason Mraz - Live & Acoustic".

The fact of the matter is though, Jason Mraz is a unique talent. It is now well documented that I am a fan of live acoustic music, but Jason Mraz does it unlike any other. The reason he is so different when he plays acoustically is because this guy really doesn't need a backup band. He is so vocally gifted that he can re-create most of backup instruments using his unique singing style (If you are a fan, you know what I mean). To be honest, to hear him with a full band sometimes takes the focus away from what's great about him because it gets drowned out. All the deedle dee skibbity bee bop sounds is what makes him great.

Also, I think Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera together acoustically provide the purest form of musical entertainment for my musical taste. If you pair Jason Mraz's talent with the harmony and soft percussion of Toca Rivera, you can't do much better. Check out this YouTube video to see what I mean.

Jason Mraz - You and I Both

The Damnwells

Release Date: February 9, 2009
The Dawnwells are rapidly becoming my favorite band. Within the course of a year I have completely consumed all things Damnwells. It was about a year ago when I heard several songs from the band featured in the movie Chaos Theory. Throughout the duration of the movie I tagged one of their songs, discovered who they were, sampled their music, scoured through their sites, and purchased every item they had for sale on Amazon. Two weeks later I attended a solo concert performed by Alex Dezen, lead singer of the Damnwells.

I'm not trying to say it's the greatest music anyone has ever made, but if my personal music taste culminated into the form of one band, it would be The Damnwells. If I had the musical talent, I would be making this type of music.

The main reason why this album is on here though, is not for my love of The Damnwells sound surprisingly. The main reason why this album gets such high marks is because this album is what started the inspiration for this site. I kept telling everyone I downloaded this amazing album from The Damnwells for FREE and no one had even heard of their band. I figured it was time to start sharing some great free music from some lesser known artists. Since the start of this site, we have covered The Damnwells a leading 9 TIMES for free music releases. Go get ya some!

Release Date: July 22, 2003
I believe I have mentioned before on this site that this album represents my senior year of high school. This is also when the group was at its height of popularity with major billboard hits "Way Away", "Only One", and "Ocean Avenue". So inevitably I heard plenty of this group from the radio, loved it, and bought their album.

I was initially digging their high energy rock sound but then what really made this group stand out was how they integrated Sean Mackin's violin into a full on rock delivery. I have always taken a liking to rock groups that are doing something different. I mean, who else out there is rocking a violin? And trust me, Sean Mackin rocks it! If I were to make my best guess, I would say that I have listened to this album more than any other in my lifetime.

It struck a strong chord with me in high school because this album represents freedom, it represents summer, and it represents the start of a new beginning. Those emotions and attitudes were something that I was just on the verge of myself as I was graduating high school and entering college.
Mayday Parade

Release Date: July 10, 2007
Here we are at  #1 and I can picture a lot of you reading and asking yourselves "Who the..?", What is...?", "Huh?" I am guessing many of you probably haven't heard of this band so why would they be at #1? Let me not waste anymore time...

This album in my opinion is the greatest, most complete, and enjoyably addictive album from start to finish that I have heard to date. This album is the best representation of modern rock for my personal taste. Since it was released in 2007 it has always been a part of my active playlists. If I'm having a good day, I will have my windows down and I will be blaring one of these songs on high.

Mayday Parade in its original form packed a tremendous amount of talent in to one group. The lead vocal roles were shared on nearly every song by the clear ranging voice of Derek Sanders and the raw power and emotion of Jason Lancaster. You rarely if ever see a rock group that shares the lead vocals on an album, let alone the same song. These guys got it right and I can't imagine it being done any better (Listen to "Miserable at Best" for example).

Also I really enjoy the writing on this album. It is extremely relatable and there are some lyrics on this album that you will never forget. My favorite lines come from the 1:35 mark of the long titled song "If You Wanted A Song Written About You, All You Had To Do Was Ask" where it metaphorically relates the ending of a relationship to a failed composition of a song. And lastly of course, like any good rock group you could say that the guitar play is excellent.

The album defines the highs and lows of a struggling personal relationship. On this album you have the rock, you have the ballads, you have the vocals, with massive choruses and massive sound packaged into one complete storyline. From start to finish I think it is excellent and something that anyone would enjoy that appreciates our era of modern rock.

Unfortunately, after the release of this album Jason Lancaster left Mayday Parade and eventually started another group called Go Radio. His departure took away a huge element of this group's success. Both groups are successfully making music today, but not at this level in my opinion. But it can almost be considered fitting in my eyes because I couldn't imagine this one being topped in my rock category.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Jordan's Top Ten Albums Part 1

Here is the first half of my All-Time Most Influential Albums. This is my personal list of the top 10 albums that has shaped my music taste and changed the way I listen to music in one way or another. Below you will find numbers 10 through 6 accompanied by a short review and reasoning as to why I selected the album. These albums are somewhat different and diverse leading to a more diverse group in 5-1, all of them allow me to take a step back in my life and remember periods of time and what I may have been doing.   It was very hard trying to pinpoint only 10 albums and decide from all of the music I've listened to over the years, this list however is subject to change. Not only because my taste in music varies as time passes on but also because as I listen to more and more music, if you talk to me in 5 years I would probably have many differences in my top ten.  Without further adieu here it is....


Released: July 1976
I know that this selection was a hard one and that also it definitely threw Jamen off. He had no idea I would pick Boston, a band notorious for "Arena" Rock of the late 70's.

Boston's self titled debut album brings a punch of great hits with an infectious sound including: More than A Feeling and Foreplay/Longtime.  I remember first hearing this album on a cassette as I was riding in a car with my Aunt when I was around age 10 or 11.  I thought More Than a Feeling was a great song, bought the CD, and proceeded to play it over and over; falling in love with the rest of the album as I listened to it.

All this album really did for me was open up my eyes to classic rock of the 70's and 80's as well as take me away from the pop scene most others my age were listening to.

This album was received well when it first came out too.  It still ranks as the 2nd highest selling debut album of all time, right behind Gun's n Roses Appetite for Destruction.
Foo Fighters
Released: May 1997
In how Boston opened my eyes to classic rock, the album The Colour and the Shape by the Foo Fighters opened my eyes to modern rock of the 90's.  I got this album when I was 16 and it immediately stayed in the CD player of my truck constantly for rotations of a week at a time.

Along with the popular songs Everlong, Monkey Wrench, and Hero, I also am a big fan of Wind Up and Walking After You. This song offers a much different, softer mellow side of Dave Grohl and shows the diversity of the band in my opinion.                       

 Neil Young

Released: February 1972

Neil Young is definitely the most different artist in my top 10 his vocals don't come out and blow you away that's for sure.  But really I feel like his distinctive sound and style are definitely what jumped out at me and caught my ear.

I was introduced to Neil Young's music as a student in my sophomore year of college while taking "A History of Rock Music in the 70's and 80's" taught by Prof. Andy Hollinden (which by the way I consider to be the single best class offered at IU, and the most beneficial class I've ever taken).

Anyways, in class Prof. Hollinden played the song The Needle and the Damage Done , a song written as a tribute to a friend whom Neil had known that died due to drug overdose.  The lyrics of that song seemed to reach out to me and made me want to explore more of his stuff.

One need look no farther than Harvest.  With songs like Heart of Gold and Old Man, you can't go wrong with this album if you are interested in hearing the early sound of Neil Young.
Counting Crows

Released:  September 1993
The recurring theme to my part 1 post seems to be debut albums.  I began listening to this album by the Counting Crows my freshman year of college and instantly became a fan.  Unlike the album on Jamen's top ten this version is all of the studio/radio played versions in their original form.  Although usually I'm a bigger fan of live albums, I'd say that I prefer this version because it's what I listened to first.  There is no scientific explanation behind my reasoning, just that the more often than not, the version of a song you hear first is the one you're going to preference. That is the case with my own preference of August and Everything After.

The album is often played and offers favorite hits such as
Mr. Jones, Omaha, and Round Here. Two of my favorites on the album are  Rain King and Sullivan Street  as they are the two that I feel are less mainstream.

If you had to choose one Counting Crows album and were stuck in a deadlock tie between Across the Wire and August and Everything After, you really can't make a bad choice. All in all it's a win win situation .

 Blind Melon

Released: September 1992
Blind Melon's self titled album is one I had a very hard time placing on my list and it could definitely be much higher than it is. Lead singer Shannon Hoon's brilliance is beaming out of this album as soon as you hit play.  As I've written before  what really grabbed my attention was Hoon's distinct voice and style.  Two of the more popular songs that are more frequently heard are No Rain and Change. As I listened to the album over and over again I became a fan of Sleepy House and its harmonious lyrics referencing the house in which the album was recorded.

I highly recommend checking out Blind Melon's debut album and just letting it play on repeat, you'll thank me later.

Cover Music Worth Covering - June 20, 2011

I have a lot of really good cover songs available for download today that I think everyone will enjoy. The songs come from many different sources and many different artists so you are bound to find something you're in to.

The Postelles - Summer Undercovers
First up is the Postelles. They are giving their fans a free download of their latest EP, Summer Undercovers, as a thank you for supporting the release of their first full-length album. You can also download a free single off of that album from Amazon HERE. The EP features the band’s covers of The Smith’s, Joe Jones, Wreckless Eric, and The Ramones. This is also coming off the announcement of their first full US tour. Check out the widget below to start downloading their free covers album. I dig the live Ramones cover. Nirvana Tribute Album
Spin Magazine is giving away a free 13-track tribute cover album to commemorate Nevermind's 20th anniversary. The album features 13 different artists covering every song on the album including the artists Meat Puppets, The Vaselines, and Jessica Lea Mayfield. All you have to do is "Like" their Facebook page to get access to the download. Click here to go to their Facebook Fan Page.

Kasey Anderson - Textiles on Main Street
And last but not least is Kasey Anderson releasing a free EP of five cover songs. This is my first introduction to Kasey's music but I really enjoyed his mesh of two Townes Van Zandt songs titled Loretta and Rex's Blues. It's a great 7 minute version of these two songs. The other artists covered on this EP are Bruce Springsteen, Robyn, Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits. Great lineup! Download this one for free below or visit his Bandcamp page.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Jamen's All Time Most Influential Albums: Part 1

Here is the first half of my All-Time Most Influential Albums. This is my personal list of the top 10 albums that has shaped my music taste and changed the way I listen to music in one way or another. Below you will find numbers 10 through 6 accompanied by a short review and reasoning as to why I selected the album. You can also find out more about the album by clicking on the name or album cover art. Let me know what you guys think about my album selections in the comments!

To view other posts in the series, select one of the articles below:
Music Sourced All-Time Most Influential Albums: Introduction

Goo Goo Dolls
Release Date:
September 22, 1998

This is one of the first albums I remember listening to when I was growing up. This album introduced me to the concept of an ENTIRE album being solid from the first to last track. At the time I was only 13 years and if you liked a song on the radio, you had to go and buy the entire album to listen to the one song you wanted. You couldn't just buy single tracks back then and I usually didn't care for the rest of the tracks on the CD. Every song on this CD is solid and is still great to listen to today.

The Goo Goo Dolls also introduced me to the concept of having two singers in one band. That point seems trivial but I remember feeling very confused when I heard two different singers featured on different songs on the same CD.

Lets not forget that this album cranked out 4 top 25 singles (Iris #1, Slide #8, Black Balloon #16, Broadway #24) and sold over 3 million records.                   

Dashboard Confessional

Release Date:
December 17, 2002

I was initially introduced to Dashboard Confessional by way of the radio with the release of "Hands Down". The whispering lows of the verses matched with the screaming highs of the chorus just got me amped. So when I discovered the acoustic version of the song from the MTV Unplugged show, I immediately explored the rest of the album and thoroughly enjoyed the entire live set. What makes this album so great however, is not just the music. It's actually the small sampling of Dashboard fans that were at that show singing every word, nailing every note, with perfect tone and pace, during every song played. Throughout most of the songs, Chris lets the crowd take over some of the verses as they sing the song to him while he plays.

This album started my love affair with live acoustic music. People ask me a lot why I would rather listen to the live version of a song when I could be listening to the radio released version, and this album is the reason why. It completely changed the way I attend concerts because I have traded in the stadiums and the massive crowds for the smaller shows where you are one of a hundred or so watching the artist within arms length of the stage. Sometimes I have to travel farther distances, but it is worth it to experience your music like the environment captured on this album.                            

The Counting Crows

Release Date:
July 14, 1998

The Counting Crows are my favorite band of the 90's and they are still making some great music to this day. They released this live album in 1998 and it really showcases their musical diversity and overall talent. I was a fan of their music for a long time before I heard this album and I was really in awe of this group after I heard this release.

What makes this album stand out is to hear the contrast of the familiar radio edited versions of their hits with the raw live versions performed on the Across A Wire release. Arguably the groups most popular song "Mr. Jones" is almost unrecognizable in it's live form on this album and I was blown away with result. Adam Duritz also delivers an incredibly emotional performance
on the extended version of "Round Here" on CD 2 of this release that features verses of the song I had never heard before.

This album defines the difference between made-for-Pop music and the real thing. With this album they really show how much musical talent they really have and how they can even unplug their instruments and deliver incredible variations of their well known hits.

John Fogerty

Release Date:
August 19, 1998

This album was released when I was growing up, but the majority of the music on this live album came out before my time. John Fogerty was the voice behind the Hall of Fame Classic Rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR).

What makes this album stand out is that it was the first album that my dad and I really listened to together and it gave me a real appreciation for the classic rock era that came before me. When you are riding in a car with my dad, you are truly just thankful to be listening to anything else besides talk radio. This album was something we could both agree upon during a drive so we listened to Premonition a lot when we were driving around. Listening to this album with my dad was the first I could remember where he would tell me stories about the music he listened to growing up which is something I have really come to enjoy and appreciate as I have gotten older.

I really took a liking to Fogerty and the music of CCR which opened the doors to really getting into the music of the Classic Rock era. And by the way, this album is not just on here for sentimental value, the music is truly timeless with hits like "Who'll Stop the Rain", "Bad Moon Rising", and "Proud Mary".

A Fine Frenzy
One Cell In The Sea

Release Date:
July 17, 2007
This album changed my music landscape in a lot of ways. Before I had heard this album I was still tightly tuned in to Pop/Rock/Country radio driven by male vocalists. I didn't have the Internet until I got to college so there was literally no other way to form my own music taste except for what I grew up surrounded by. A Fine Frenzy's debut album broke me out of what had been delivered to me by the main stream media and really opened my eyes to how many amazing talented music artists there are out there.

Not only that, but I had never paid any attention to female vocalists up until I heard Allison Sudol and A Fine Frenzy. It's not that I am sexist or anything, it's just that I never really gravitated to the female pop star. Some of the greatest singers this world has ever seen are female pop stars but I never really found them to be creatively inspiring. Allison Sudol is the creative driving force behind A Fine Frenzy and the group reflect's her every emotion. Sudol is obviously not the first of her kind, but A Fine Frenzy was a first of its kind for me. It was definitely a break away from my norm. I can now give you a long list of female driven singer/songwriter groups that I thoroughly enjoy. That list started with this album.                                           

Music Sourced: Top 10 Most Influential Albums - Intro

To view all posts in the series, select one of the articles below:
  1. Music Sourced All-Time Most Influential Albums: Introduction
  2. Jamen's All Time Most Influential Albums: Part 1
  3. Jamen's All Time Most Influential Albums: Part 2
  4. Jordan's All Time Most Influential Albums: Part 1
  5. Jordan's All Time Most Influential Albums: Part 2

Jordan and I continuously find ourselves talking about music. What's good, what's bad, what we're currently listening to and so on. Out of these conversations we end up covering many era's and genre's and it is interesting to see what bands enter in to our discussion. Just the other day we spent 15 minutes talking about what songs showed up as our "Most Played" songs within iTunes.

Out of these conversations came an idea for MusicSourced where we can write about some of our favorite bands, albums, songs and post them for anyone else to add their thoughts to. We have decided to each write about our personal Top 10 Most Influential Albums. Now these album choices are going to be based on the bands and albums that have personally changed the way we listen to music. Let it be known that it is not a list of albums of all-time most influential albums for all of mankind. These are just our own exclusive lists about the albums that have shaped our own personal music taste.

The neatest part about both of our lists is that Jordan and I aren't going to share with each other what our top albums are until they are posted on MusicSourced. So I am personally excited to see what Jordan's Top 10 list is and why he has chosen each specific album. We will both write two posts each with #'s 10-6 and then finally #'s 5-1 starting this evening. So keep your eyes peeled for some good music coming at you in the next few days. And feel free to add your own top albums
or opinions in the comments!

Now it is safe to assume Jordan I both know each other's music tastes fairly well so to make this fun we figured we would take a guess at the 10 artists or bands that we think will be featured in each other's Top 10 lists. The lists below represent our guesses for each other with what we think will appear in our Top 10's. These are in no specific order and they are not album specific. We will see how close we come....

Jamen List for Jordan
  • Jack Johnson
  • John Mayer
  • Blind Melon
  • Dave Matthews
  • The Counting Crows
  • Neil Young
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Drew Holcomb
  • Green River Ordinance
  • The Eagles

Jordan's List for Jamen
  • Jack's Mannequin
  • Ben Folds
  • Yellowcard
  • Third Eye Blind
  • The Damnwells
  • Something Corporate
  • Dashboard Confessional
  • The Eagles
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • The Counting Crows

Top 10 Image: Flickr

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Another Free Hopeless Records Sampler

    Just a quick update:
    For those of you who missed out on the first Hopeless Records free music sampler release, there is now another available. This time the sampler is on Amazon and it offers a few of the songs that were on the original summer music sampler. I know some of you have mentioned that you missed the original opportunity and asked where you could download these tracks. Unfortunately this release doesn't offer any songs from Hopeless Records heavyweights Yellowcard and All Time Low, but still a solid 9 tracks. Don't miss out on this one!

    Download Amazon Hopeless Records Sampler

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Lab Records - Free Music Sampler and Much Much More

    I have another free summer music sampler for everyone to enjoy today. This one comes from UK based independent label Lab Records. Lab Records represents a very strong lineup of Pop/Rock bands that have all made a fairly well known name for themselves. Just like any music sampler you are bound to found a song and sound you like from the track listing if you are a fan of the Pop/Rock genre. You can preview all of the tracks on the release and download them using the widget below. There are some strong offerings from the bands Not Advised, The Morning Of, OctaneOK, and my favorite on this album Kyoto Drive - "So Much Alive". Also, if you like what you hear from "The Cape Race", they offer a free EP on their site for download CLICK HERE.

    And that's not all folks. We are taking this post to a new height of free-ness because on July 15th, Lab Records is offering nearly everything in their Merch Store for free for one day only! This includes music, T-shirts, accessories, and more! All you will have to pay for is shipping on these items. This is a first of its kind in my own personal experience and I will be sure to check it out on the 15th. Strictly for the free T-shirts alone this is a good deal. Everyone loves a free T-shirt. Click on the link below to hit up the Lab Records merch store to preview their goods. Get on with your free downloading as well..... it's Music Monday!

    Lab Records - Merch Store

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    What's Making Noise - July 7, 2011

    Michael Castro - Be With You

    Some of you might be familiar with Michael Castro from his American Idol days. I for one never watch Idol so Castro is new to me. Nevertheless this guy has a free download that would fit nicely into Pop radio. I also like the guys voice. Heck, I may have just voted for him if I ever tuned into the show.
    Download: Be With You
    Steve Moakler - True Like Your Name

    This guy has stole the spotlight in terms of an artist that has grabbed my attention lately. I sampled his free tracks on Noisetrade and enjoyed it enough to seek out the rest of his music. I enjoyed his album All The Faint Lights so much that I bought the album on Amazon. Probably going to try and catch him live in concert as well. Check out this guys music.
    The Natatorium - Burningout

    For a taste of something different, check out this free download from Natatorium. I was entertained just by the music alone. You can file this song into the "catchy" category as well.
    Download: Burningout
    Attwater - Never Gonna Happen

    Attwater's debut single "Never Gonna Happen" is available for free download and it shows off what kind of potential this group has. Their only problem may just be finding a stage big enough to fit the entire group on. I counted 8 members in their video! They're definitely packed with enough vocal and musical talent to fit the Country music scene.

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