I came across this pretty awesome list of songs from 2012. New songs, for the most part -- I think I had only heard about 15 or 20 of these bands/songs. Besides the music, the photos are pretty damn cool, too, and you can hit play on #100 and listen all the way through on their player... Mostly Mellopunk® stuff...what would've been called College Rock in the 1980's. I have no idea what it's called these days. How about just "music?"
The site is called RolloGrady.com and it's got a lot of good stuff on it.
This band was either way behind the times or way ahead of the times, but when they came out with this record in 1995 it didn't sound like anything else out there, really. Not metal, not industrial or dance, not "punk" in the musical sense, but certainly in the cultural sense. Sterling Ruby was the brainchild in the band, and their connection to skateboarding. Brutal stuff. If you are interested in any more of the band's stuff, please email me at mark (at) skatepunk.com and I'd be happy to share.
Haven't seen too many bands so far this year, but here are a few: Rocketship Rocketship, Deniz Tek and the Golden Breed, and the Gears at Punk Rock Picnic, and Devils Brigade at the unknown club.
This song is so genius and so funny and awesome. The story behind it is great. This guy was on the news because someone tried to rape his sister, in the projects in Mississippi, I think. He was on the news, his persona is a catalyst for controversy, and some folks took his words from the news and used Auto-Tune to "songify" them, added a background track, and voila, a catchy song! And now the guys rolling in the dough, which is awesome, too. Something good came out of it, he moved his family out of the ghetto into a nice home. Awesome.