Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music.  The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme.  (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along).  Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic:

Let’s stick with the New Year’s Theme – The best new song’s you’ve heard this past year. Can be oldies or new songs, either way they are new to you!

I love this topic because I go through phases with music.  For 2-3 weeks stretches, I’ll obsess on certain genres.  The end of 2013 had me listening to angsty tunes at one point, 90’s indie & rock, and blues.  But I shook all that off at the start of the new year and brought in 2014 with a bang of rock, rock and more rock.  Some of it is new-ish, some released in the past few years, but it was all new-to-me.

As usual, when I venture into my cruder tastes in rock, I have to add a disclaimer:

The language in the songs’ lyrics and the material featured in the videos is NSFW…Not Safe for Work, or small children, or pets, or house plants, or anyone easily offended by language or controversial subject matters. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own risk.

1.  Chalk Outline – Three Days Grace.  I love the intro and music to this song, but this is one that I also immediately noticed the lyrics as well.

2.  Mz. Hyde – Halestorm.  Lzzy definitely kicks major ass and I’ve played the hell out of this CD.

3.  This is Gonna Hurt – Sixx: A.M.  Nikki Sixx’s side project has been hit and miss with me, either I love one of their songs or I hate it.  Love this one.

4.  Blame it on the Boom Boom – Black Stone Cherry.  Honestly, I haven’t listened to much from this band, but I heard this one song and it immediately hit my replay list.

5.  Feeder – Red Dragon Cartel.  This is Jake E. Lee’s (Ozzy Osbourne’s former guitarist) newest band.  The album won’t be released until the end of January, but they’ve already been playing some shows and I can’t wait for the CD release.  There’s a host of guest vocalist, such as Robin Zander from Cheap Trick on this track.

6.  Hail to the King – Avenged Sevenfold.  And this is about as hard as I like my rock these days, but its ohhh, so good.



Interspersed with all the hard rock, I’ve also been listening to a LOT of a certain band.  Volbeat.  You never know what you’ll get from them, whether a track is rockabilly, bluesy, or speaker-shaking rock.  Their versatility is amazing and I haven’t gotten tired of them yet.  Here’s a few samples:

Sad Man’s Tongue – This is their tribute to Johnny Cash and I about stroke out when they kick it into gear at about the :40 second mark.

16 Dollars – Straight up rockabilly.  Love it!  (and the video is cool too).

Still Counting – Just love the beats and the guitars on this one.

for more awesome Volbeat, check out  Heaven Nor Hell   and   Lola Montez.

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  1. Quickstepp

    Kudos for a heavier list! I need to listen to more Volbeat. Liked Three Day’s Grace back in the day but I just can’t seem to get into their new stuff.

    • Dream

      The heavier stuff, with a few exceptions, is pretty much all I listen to of newer music. To be honest, I haven’t heard much of the newer TDG except for this one I just have a thing about the drums and guitar on.

  2. Louise

    I also liked Blame it on the Boom Boom best of this (as also new to me) – but also loved the Johnny Cash tribute piece from the band you seem of recent times liking. They are good fun! Listening to your other choices as I type.

  3. stephrufa

    Oh I feel like I’m back in high school!! I love this list and I’m going to have to go download all the songs from it. This is great workout music (running and cleaning, too). I wish my life were more exciting but this music, all, makes me feel like it is! So glad I made it over today!