Maybe you’re sick of hearing about 2012. We’ve already published plenty of lists.
Still, I keep getting asked about what my favorite music was, especially because many people are always on the lookout for good, new tunes to listen to.
I already wrote a list of the best songs of 2012, which included “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, “This Summer” by Superchunk, “Backsell” by Desaparecidos, “Oh Love” by Green Day and “Sixteen Saltines” by Jack White, among several others.
It was a good list. That is, until I started to remember a bunch of songs from last year that also were awesome, but I sort of forgot about when I wrote my original. (Read that list at Omaha.com/music.)
So, upon further review, here are more awesome songs from last year:
• The Lumineers, “Ho Hey” − This song tells a story of “living a lonely lie” “I don’t think you’re right for him/Look at what might have been” and provides an American answer to Mumford & Sons. Sing along to the chorus. I have.
• Japandroids, “The House That Heaven Built” − Japandroids prove once again that their two-man band rocks as hard as any larger group. And they also prove that they still have the skills to write anthems that young people would scream from rooftops.
• Of Monsters and Men, “Little Talks” − These Icelanders have the second song on this list that uses “Hey!” to punctuate the song’s lines and melodies. A pattern? Maybe, but it’s also a fantastic rock duet.
• Gotye, “I Feel Better” − The best song on Gotye’s “Making Mirrors” album is definitely not his big hit “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Nope, it’s “I Feel Better,” which sounds like circa-1990s Steve Winwood or Peter Gabriel pop: shamelessly full of horns with a sing-along chorus.
• One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful” − For the record, I don’t like this song. However, it’s so incredibly well done that it makes me want to like it. It’s just so well-crafted.
I also want to state that I reserve the right to revise, update or say that I no longer like these songs at a later date.
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Thunder Power has had a revolving cast of musicians, but they’re now strongly grouped around Alex Boardman, Will Silvey Simons and Ian Simons.
Though they’ve made several short releases, the band’s debut full-length album, “Volumes,” was released on Omaha’s Slumber Party Records.
Thunder Power plays the Side Door Lounge Friday at 9 p.m. Supporting acts include Danny Sabra & Friends, Paris When It Sizzles!, Love Technicians, Guilty Is The Bear and L. Eugene Methe.
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My column, also cleverly titled Rock Candy, appears every Thursday in the GO magazine of the Omaha World-Herald and on Omaha.com/GO. It’s reprinted here on Fridays.
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