Saturday, April 16, 2011

Musical Alphabet - N

With a massive list of potential artists for the letter "N" I decided to try something a little different.  All three artists today have less than 14,000 views for the video of their song.  To put things in perspective, the bonus video (from a band who is fairly well-known everywhere but in the United States) has 46.4 million views.

Casey Frazier - "Nowhere Near a Saint" 

When I first heard this track, I couldn't believe that Casey Frazier was playing coffee shops in Seattle.  As far as I know, he still is.  This is one of those artists that simply has too much talent to be unknown.  If I were to put together a Top Ten list of artists I would like to see make it, Casey Frazier would be on that list.

Nat Johnson and the Figureheads - "Wonderful Emergency"

Solid song-writing from an indie alternative artist that simply hasn't gotten that elusive "big break."

Nine Black Alps - "Vampire In The Sun"
[Editor's Note: This video follows a classic horror movie theme and may not be everyone's cup of tea.]

This is somewhere between rock and punk - not great (I'm really picky with both genres) - but solidly good.

Nightwish - Amaranth

Our eldest daughter is into symphonic rock and, Dad being Dad, I'm always looking for new bands for her.  If you're unfamiliar with the genre this is a really great song is a great place to get your feet wet. Think of symphonic rock as hard rock with a female lead singer that was most likely has a background in opera. The sound blends hard and soft in a very interesting way.


  1. I like your music choices. So since you're from Oregon, you must know The Decemberists. I was turned on to them when I was visiting my brother, who lives in Portland. A band with a similar vibe you might like is The Airborne Toxic Event.

  2. Suzanne: One of our closest family friends is actually good friends with the drummer of The Decemberists. When the alphabet loops back around to "D" I'll share something by them, although I'm really torn about pulling something from the archives or an offering from their latest album. I'm also familiar with The Airborne Toxic Event. Thank you very much for the suggestion, though. I haven't listened to them in forever! :)

  3. Baygirl: Yeah... I'm a little hooked on Nightwish myself now. :)