My First Follow Friday Post!

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It's a great way to meet new blogger friends.

This weeks question is:

Q: Many readers/bloggers are also big music fans. Tell us about a few of your favorite bands/singers that we should listen to in 2012.

Oh boy! Where do I even begin?! My taste in music is rather random; I love so many different kinds. I'll put this in alphabetical order, and I'll try to have a few videos that you can watch so you won't have to go Google or Youtube every one of them but I must warn you, I may not be able to put videos up with the computer I'm on. It runs rather slowly. Well, here goes nothing! 

Adele - I absolutely love her voice!! I know several of my friends don't like her music, but I do. I think it's beautiful and I could listen to and sing along with her voice all the time.

Animal Collective - Their music is a little out there, but I've seen them live and they're pretty much amazing. My favorite song from them has always been "Summertime Clothes".

The Avett Brothers - I love their music and the way they can tell stories with their songs. And I just really love listening to their voices. "Paranoia in B-Flat Major" is probably my favorite from them. 

Band of Horses - I first heard Band of Horses on the Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist soundtrack and I've been in love with them ever since. Something about their music just soothes my soul.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - I love the energy in their songs. Although, it's kind of dangerous for me to drive while listening to them. They're music has a way of making me want to drive faster than I should!

Bon Iver - His voice.. oh his voice is just mesmerizing and soothing. 

Bright Eyes - Conor Oberst writes such beautiful music. He has such a raw talent.

The Decemberists - I've listened to the Decemberists for years now. When I first started listening to them I was a freshman in college and I would listen to them on my way to class every morning: "Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)" and "O Valencia!".

Explosions in the Sky - I started listening to them recently. Most all of it is instrumental, and it's all so beautiful. You've probably heard their music on the "Friday Night Lights" soundtrack.

Fleet Foxes - I'm not sure when I first started listening to Fleet Foxes, but I remember falling in love with them instantly. I think "Mykonos" is my favorite song of theirs. I also love the song "Lorelai" but I think most of that has to do with the fact that the title of the song is also the name of one of my favorite television characters: Lorelai Gilmore.

Foster the People - I know some of my friends would probably shake their head at me for putting this band on here, but there's just something about them that I love.

Iron & Wine - His voice is so soft and quiet, yet powerful. You can't help but listen. 

Josh Turner - I have to mention Josh Turner. That deep voice of his.. oh man. I used to tell my friends that my future husband would have his voice.

Keith Urban - I've listened to Keith Urban for a long time now. I just love his music.

Lady Antebellum - One of my absolute favorite country music groups. I bought my mom their latest CD for Christmas, but I listen to it just as much as she does.

Modest Mouse - The perfect music for a road trip.

Monsters of Folk - M. Ward, Jim James from My Morning Jacket, and Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes. Need I say more?? 

Mumford & Sons - My best friend and I can't get enough of these boys. Their music just draws me in. I could listen to them for hours and hours.

My Morning Jacket - This is probably my favorite band right now. I saw them live and to this date, this is the best concert I have ever been to in my life. Jim James's voice is like an angels. And he sings just as amazing live as he does on his recordings and it's brilliant. I even met him backstage and got an autograph.

OK Go - This is the band that made the video of them dancing on treadmills. How much more awesome could they get?

Portugal. the Man - I've also seen this band live. It was a mesmerizing performance. I was hooked on this band from the very first song I heard from them.

The Proclaimers - I'm going to add The Proclaimers to this list even though the only song I've ever heard from them is "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)". If you watch How I Met Your Mother regularly or have seen the movie Benny & Joon with Johnny Depp, you know the song I'm talking about. I've always called it my "happy song" and my best friend and I looked like Ted and Marshall on our trip to New York over the summer, driving down the interstate singing along to this song. We even did the harmonies.

Ryan Adams - You may not know who Ryan Adams is, but I assure you he is an amazing singer/songwriter. You've probably heard his music while watching several different movies, including Sweet Home Alabama.

She & Him - M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. I'm a HUGE fan of Zooey so when I heard that she had her own band I was like "whoa! What??? I have to listen to this!" She has such a unique voice and her music sounds like something you would hear on an oldies station, but that's what makes it so amazing. 

Smashing Pumpkins - I listened to this band a lot throughout high school, and even still, I can't get enough of them. I'm pretty sure the song I've most listened to by them is "1979".

Surfer Blood - When I first heard the name of this band I thought "Blood?? Ew..." but after listening to their music, I was an instant fan.

Taylor Swift - I've been a huge fan of Taylor ever since I heard "Teardrops On My Guitar". A lot of people don't like her music, but there are also a lot of people who do. I've always been able to relate to her music. No matter what situation I'm in she has a song for it, and I love that.

Okay, I think I've given you a rather extensive list... hahaha. I tried to put up videos to the music I thought was least likely you've heard. This is only a very small portion of my favorites, but it gives you an idea of the kind of music I'm into. I hope that you spent the time to read this and will look up these musicians. Some of it you may not like, but I feel I've put up a little something for everyone, and if you look, you just mind find a new favorite band. Happy Listening!! :)


  1. Hey, Kelly. I love how detailed your answer is.
    New follower.

    Here's our #FF post

    Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

  2. Thank you! I'm a huge music nerd so that probably has a lot to do with it. I actually just added a few more videos. My computer actually froze in the middle of the post on the first try! Thanks for following! :)

  3. I had never heard of Surfer Blood, but I'm digging them! I'm going to have to hunt down some more of their songs.

    Stop by my blog and check out this week's TGIF / Follow Friday!

  4. wow. tons of bands, lol. I love adele :)

    I posted about books today, just because that's what everyone loves, lol. Stop by?!

  5. New follower!

    I also love Adele :)

  6. I haven't heard a lot of these, but I also love Adele. She has such a beautiful voice and I love the lyrics of her songs.

    Great choices - I'll check out a lot more of the bands on your list. :)

    Here's my FF!

    1. I love alot of these choices! The Proclaimers song always makes me think of Benny and Joon too - one of my fave movies when I was in high school. New follower here! My FF is

    2. I'm so excited to see a fellow Benny and Joon lover!! I also first watched it when I was in high school and I've loved it ever since. :)

  7. Hopping through. Awesome taste in music! We have so much in common. Yankee Bayonet is probably my fav Decemberists songs. Do you have any of Laura Veris' albums? I like her too. Listening to Explosions in the Sky for the first time now.
    My Hop


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