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Gothic Americana (and Other Musical Genres)

YouTube has revealed to me a variety of music styles that I might not have gravitated to. These aren’t something you’d generally hear outside of (maybe) a college station.

So I thought I’d share.

I’ll start with some , well I guess you could call it Gothic Folk/Americana

First a video, the Backwater Gospel. An animated short about death in the old west (or more modern Appalachia)

The short is used for the music video Drink the Water by Justin Cross. I’m an Atheist but I appreciate the gospel undertones in music. That leads me to Blood on My Name and Awake O Sleeper by Brothers Bright, a much more rockin band, still somewhat Gothic.

Dogs of War by Blues Saraceno –another rockin band

On the heavier side of thing we have Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch. Pretty much a straight up Rock song (a little on the heavy side) Awesome song and the video, as a former military man, it strikes a chord.  And if you’ve watched the Netflix Daredevil you’ll recognize the images from Nobody Praying for Me

Disturbed – Sound of Silence-a close second to Leonard Cohen’s version.

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Music and Roku

On weekends I sometime find myself staying up late following whatever music the You Tube suggestions take me to.  Last night it was Lindsey Stirling’s new album “Brave Enough”.  Very nice if you are fond of violin in a variety of genres.  But if you like Lindsey you’ll enjoy this album as well.  Definitely one for me to pick up off Amazon.
Other things I’ve found; well alot actually.  From Leonard Cohen’s reading of The Sound of Silence, to Puddles and Post Modern Jukebox.
I’m a big fan of symphonic metal, especially Nightwish and Within Temptation.  Within Temptation’s concept album The Unforgiving makes it’s way regularly into my playlist.  Currently topping my list is Nightwish’s Endless Forms Most Beautiful.  Ususally Symphonc metal is dark and often brooding.  This is, well joyous.  The title song is all about how grand the world is and is one of the only songs I know that deals with evolution.  It’s title is from a quote by Darwin. It references tiktalik, eukaryote, Panthalassa and “the shrew that survived”.  And it rocks hard.
I listen to Pandora, first pulled it up on my Roku amd I find the variety it pulls into it’s playlists quite nice.  From it I’ve learned of Devil Doll and a handful of other rockabilly acts.  I should pay for the service and cut down on the annoying little ads, but I am a product of the radio generation so ads are just part of listening to music.
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