The SoundMarket is a creative advisory service, and a destination site for finding interesting off-beat music, off the beaten path, with a good beat, often. The SoMa Search Party is a subversive throng of nushnicks who's collective raison d'etre (french) lies in the unearthing of snappy tunes.

The primary focus is to shed light on songs that have been overlooked or forgotten. The list is not an algorithmic amalgam and tastes may vary- indeed they me very vary - but if they do (not very vary), you can depend on a reliable selection of interesting music, verily.

It is true that to some, these selections are not so obscure, you may be familiar with many of the songs and/or musicians. Thats great! The point here is that many really good songs are either lost or forgotten and deserve to be remembered. Younger listeners may be fully loaded on current music but unaware of artists from a decade or two ago. Also many music fans tend to stick to their musical bubbles, hesitant to venture beyond their comfort zones. Understandable, but like the hikers who take the same path every time they venture into the woods, they miss out on the wonders of the full forest. Consider the SoundMarket as a one man's guide through the thicket of music thats out there waiting to be experienced.

At some point the plan is to categorize the songs but for now they are strewn without shores or lighthouse (Kant). Many of the songs work particularly well in given sets. Emmylou Harris is an automatic when it comes to smart-country heartache. Here her expression of sorrow over the loss of Graham Parsons is tenderly rendered in Boulder to Birmingham. Her album, Brand New Dance, is a must for the broken hearted among us in occasional need of musical companionship.

For workout music, intense, high energy stuff always works - Bhindi Bhaggee / The Great Curve / Brother Lee / If I Can't Change Your Mind / The Way We Move / The Bug / Repo Man; as are the more rhythmically complex jazzy workings - Noonward Race / Exodus / Jhanjra. Noonward Race, from John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra clearly demonstrates that not all things Mahavishnu are purposed for restful contemplation.

Also workout-wise, these dancey numbers always help to ratchet up the pace - Trigger Hippy / Boogie / Feels So Good / Like a Motorway / Kill The Lights. That last one, Kill the Lights, is a product of the excellent HBO series, Vinyl, a must see for any music enthusiast. The song and the series captures the mid 70's New York music scene in stunning fashion - bell bottoms should be worn for full effect. Lastly but not leastly on the workout listly, I always include a couple of power tunes from Broadway or movie soundtracks that make up with intensity what they lack in beats per minute. Current favorites include Maybe from the American Hotwax soundtrack, Coming Home from the Local Hero soundtrack, Anthem from the Chess soundtrack, and Flesh Failures / Let the Sunshine in from the Hair soundtrack. The Broadway cast version of this song brings back the original pump and thrill that the Musical Hair captured and spread through the collective spirit of the late 60's. " Silence tells me secretly, everything", and is a flower-powered reminder of the joy of voices sung in unison. If you can't sing while exercising it may be best to skip this one.

The list also seeks to focus on overlooked songs from folks we are familiar with. Paul Simon wrote a Broadway bound musical called The Cape Man, which bombed. I know, I saw it, one of the few. In most respects it deserved an early exit but much of the music is pure Rymin' Simon a la 1957, a total immersion in the vibe he grew up with in Forest Hills, much like he did as a carpetbagger with Graceland (South African) and Rhythm of the Saints (Brazil). Check out Quality. Doo Wop through the lens of one of our musical greats.

Jerry Harrison was the member of Talking Heads that added elements of electronica, and his solo album (Casual Gods)had a number of quirky songs that capture his production sensibility which sounds a bit dated now but was cuttting edge back in the day. Check out Man With A Gun and AKA Love). Nick Cave's performance of Jubilee Street on Austin City Limits captures the building, increasingly frenzied burn of his dark persona. His little piano rift will stick with you like a haunted friend and The City Sleeps by MC 900 Foot Jesus is a cool, twisted variant of that same brooding ground.

Fleetwood Mac's early work (Rattlesnake Shake, Tell Me All The Things You Do) bears little resemblance to the later mega-group sound. Patrick Williams' Threshold is a masterwork of LA big band circa 1980 and Martin Mull's ditty is nothing but a song about Eggs. Lastly Patty Griffin's Heavenly Day, is as close to religious bliss via music as many will ever get.

Hope you find something you like, and let us know your own current favorites and we will post your suggestions on the Listener's Post

About SoundMarket, Music Advisory Services

With a focus on the offbeat, The Sound Market is a resource for unearthing overlooked music. The aim is to grab your ear with songs that spark a gut reaction, positively marking the moment, injecting the underlying message with a resonant musical pulse. If you like the music, you will relate to the message. Whether for advertising, television, film, or any creative in need of a insightful musical perspective, the SoundMarket is a smart choice for innovative song ideas. We are available for music research and advisory. Thanks.

The SOMA Search Party Playlist
Jack White & Chris Thile - Carolina Drama
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleroes - Bhindi Bhaggee
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Lady
Thanks To Gravity - Bobsled
The Delights - Maybe
Linda Rondstat -Silver Threads and Golden Needles
Mark Knopfler - Romeo & Juliet
The Pogues - Tuesday Morning
Patty Griffin - Heavenly Day
Nanci Griffith - Troubled Fields
Graham Parker - Hotel Chambermaid
Kate Rusby - High On A Hill
Peter Tosh - Mystic Man
Peter Tosh - Buckinham Palace
Emmylou Harris - Brand New Dance
Hamilton Cast - Room Where It Happens
Punch Brothers - Rye Whiskey
Amy Allison - Her Hair Was Red
Chess -American Cast : Someone Else's Story / Anthem
Paul Simon & Cape Man Cast - Quality
Hair Cast - Flesh Failures / Let the Sunshine In
Elvis Costello - She
Delvis O'Halloran - Courtin in the Kitchen
Los Lobos - High Places
Das Racist - Girl
Alex Newell & DJ Cassidy (feature Nile Rodgers_) - Kill the Lights
Ray LaMontagne - Repo Man
Donavan -Catch The Wind
Kevin Hume - Primrose Hill
Bruce Springsteen / Tom Morello - Ghost of Tom Joad
Stereo MC's - Connected
Arrested Development - U
Talking Heads -The Great Curve
Jerry Harrison - Man With a Gun
Kiran Ahluwalia - Jhanjra
Sun 60 - Water 3x
Sun 60 - Kiss the Train
Arcade Fire - Normal Person
Fishbone - Nasty Man
Brand New Heavies - Boogie
Pigbag - Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag
Buddy Guy - Hard Time Killing Floor
Bonzo Dog Band - The Intro and the Outro
Lindsey Buckingham - Love Runs Deeper
Patti Scialfa - Loves Glory
Fleetwood Mac - Rattlesnake Shake
Fleetwood Mac - Tell Me All The Things You Do
Dan Bern - Tiger Woods
Levon Helm Band - Aint That Good News
Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Complainte Pour Ste Catherine
Patrick William - Threshold
Citizen Cope - Brother Lee
Mark Knopfler - Going Home / Theme From Local Hero
Patty Loveless- Blame it on Your Heart
Herbie Hancock / Innocence Project- Exodus
Herbie Hancock / Innocence Project feat. Juanes - La Tierra
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Noonward Race
Holly Near - Water Come Down (Live Version)
Martin Mull - Eggs
Martin Mull - Miami
Jenny Lewis - Carpet Bagger
The Jayhawks - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Morcheeba - Trigger Hippy
Logistics - Crystal Skies
Logistics - Feels So Good
Mighty Sparrow - Grenada
MC 900 Foot Jesus - Killer Inside Me
MC 900 Foot Jesus - The City Sleeps
Patti Smith - Gloria
Patti Smith - Free Money
Smithereens - Behind the Wall of Sleep
Parsonsfield - The Power of Love
Parsonsfield - Anita, Your Lovin
Rosario - Cuentame
Steve Earle - Galway Girl
Langhorne Slim - The Way We Move
Tina Charles - I Love to Love
Chess Ensemble - Someone Else's Story
Toots & the Maytals - Sweet and Dandy
Richie Havens - Wild Nights
Soul Coughing - The Bug
St. Etienne - Like a Motorway (Dust Brothers Chekov Warp Dub)
Michael Feinstein - Blame It On My Youth
Susannah Hoffs - Different Drum
John Doe - A Matter of Degrees
Cowboy Junkies - Angel Mine
The Pretenders - I'll Stand By You
SideStepper - Maine
Amy Allison - Every Day Is Like Sunday
Sugar - If I Can't Change Your Mind
Inspiral Carpets - Caravan
Bonnie Raitt - Love Has No Pride
Emmylou Harris - Boulder to Birmingham
Dan Hicks and the HotLicks - Evenin Breeze
Gang Starr - Code of the Streets
Victoria Williams - Century Plant
Victoria Williams - Get Away
Gary Clark Jr. - When My Train Pulls In
Punch Brothers - The Auld Triangle
The Mavericks - In My Dreams
Rachel Sweet - Who Does Lisa Like
Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
Stevie Wonder - Super Woman
Bix Beiderbebecke - Blue River
Kevin Hume - Something That was Taught to Me
Steppenwolf - America
Nancy LaMott - You Are Not Alone - Not While I'm Around

About SoundMarket

With a focus on the offbeat, The Sound Market is a resource for unearthing overlooked music. The aim is to grab your ear with songs that spark a gut reaction, positively marking the moment, injecting the underlying message with a resonant musical pulse. If you like the music, you will relate to the message. The aim is to cast a wide net, seeking imaginative, out of the way solutions that work within the parameters of the project. The searches are broad, yet sensitive to the tone and thrust of the project. Whether for advertising, television, film, or any creative endeavor requiring innovative and propulsive musical ideas the SoundMarket is a smart choice for innovative song alternatives. We are available for research and consultation. Thanks.