Category Archives: Dr Tom’s Music Remedy

The 6 Essential Break Up Songs From Guys Who Know Break Ups

One day, you might go through a break up. Make a mental note that this post is here to help you get through it.

Miley’s a real person.

Dusty: How do you judge the quality of a break-up? How grandly disastrous the split was? How great the relationship itself was? Not many people sit around saying, “Now that was a hell of a break up.” Everyone always focuses on what it was before the ending. And I’m no different. This tune, voiced gloriously by America’s slutty best friend, Miley Cyrus, showcases all the worst emotions of a trip to splitsville. When you think you’re actually on target with that magic, that space between, that indescribable something that makes two out of six billion feel as if there is a God and a plan and a purpose for everything that’s ever happened to lead you to this single existing counterpoint of your soul…well, when that goes to shit, you play this tune and feel sad. And somehow you feel better because Miley’s as sad as you are. I’ll just say this, you should feel pretty good if this song makes you feel all of those things, because no matter how grandly disastrous the split was, you know you were in love. And it was probably awesome.

PS. Bob Dylan wrote this. Never forget, Bob Dylan wrote every hit song ever recorded.

Your Hair is….

Tommy: Here’s the premise. Guy sees a note. He reads it over and again. He doesn’t comprehend anything in said note (because its not addressed to him). But he does recognize who signed it “I will love you always and forever.” Pause. Let that sink in. DAGGERRRRRRR! She’s cheating on him!

As guys, we know that much like dogs pee on things to mark their territory, a woman’s hair gets left everywhere. Shower, your clothes, pillows, etc etc etc. When Chris Carraba wines “Your hair is everywhere,” I think we can all relate.

Just let the bottle of Beast take you home.

Endings, right?

Dusty: I wrote a little bit about rebirth and hope being woven into the fabric of creation this weekend. Sunrise. New Year’s. Spring. Monday. Beginnings happen on a routine basis, but that means ends happen too, and people hate endings. I mean, how many damn sequels make up the summer blockbuster schedule? Better Call Saul is going to jump in to fill the Breaking Bad void. Hell, Joey was a real show. We always want more. We need continuity. But sometimes, you just have to accept that it’s done. Date her friend or her sister or whatever you need to do to feel whole, but it won’t be the same. Frankly, looking for continuity after a break-up is a fool’s game. Maybe you find someone like that person who dumped you, but if that’s what you’re looking for, then everything she does will be noticeably tainted by the ex’s character traits. It’s over when it’s over.

Yeah, it’s over.
Yeah, it’s over.

F*#% It, AmIRight?

Tommy: Judging by the 4.2 million views on YouTube people either really love coping with break ups to this song, or really just think its such a bad song that its actually good.

Every one deals with break ups a little differently. Eamon, this man believes in a clean cut. “She gone” if you will. I mean, he throws an entire NY style pizza off of the table in the video! Oh the angst!

We deliver the edited version here on WBB, because Moms may read this, but I encourage you to look up the unedited version – some of the lines are a real hoot.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I know every lyric to this song.  I just can’t figure out why he was a one-hit(ish) wonder?!

Am I the only one who think Eamon looks like a Hispanic Drake?

I need a Whitesnake jean jacket.


Dusty: ANTHEM! For my money, no song will ever touch Whitesnake’s ballad of solitude. It’s almost not about breaking up at all because it’s so convinced of its lonely place in this world. Like being in a relationship was a nice cruise in the Bahamas and it’s time to get back to work in your Carolina cubicle. But that’s not quite right. This song makes you feel cool to be alone again, a wayward soul untamable by modern expectations of domesticity. You want me to enjoy a nice dinner and conversation with your parents? I’d rather ride around in a classic muscle car with a tacky suit and unkempt hair until I meet a wry broad with an uncertain amount of sexual morality. Guess what, America? I’m a lone wolf, and I’m hungry.

Ok, Ok, I’m still and Emo Kid

Tommy:  Yep, I was an Emo Kid from 10th grade through college. I have pictures of the calico hair and girl jeans to prove it. Sometimes that overly sensitive, musical part of me resurfaces in this blog and I bring you songs like “Letdown” by This Providence. If you couldn’t see the video, you might wonder: A) Is this a guy or girl singing? B) If said singer is a guy, how tight are his skinny jeans for him to sing that high pitch? Regardless, after any break up, we all feel like a letdown in some respect. In this case, you’re a letdown and all your friends feel the same. Oh and, she never loved you anyway and she never will.

The Music Alley – The Lone Bellow “You Never Need Nobody”

In a recent scramble to find new music, I signaled in my Facebook friends for some suggestions. There were SO many good jams, that I’ll be able to share them with you for weeks moving forward.

Usually you come across bands whose style has been forced into some box that is a genre. Then only certain people enjoy that music because they are fans of that genre. It can get rather boring and you start to hear copy cat bands to the point where you don’t know if you’re listening to Creed, Nickelback or 3 Doors Down. If you currently have any of these on your iPod – even if you’re trying to be ironic – the mere chance that they might come up on shuffle means you need serious help. It’s like musical Russian Roulette and eventually that awful music is going to ruin your ears.

Now enter The Lone Bellow. Thanks to my good friend Sara V. who tends to be on the edge of new music, so naturally I knew I was in for a treat. As I’m prone to do, the whole song I’m trying to fit this song into some genre. Is this country? Is it folk? Is it soul? Is it bluegrass? All to finally realize its in a league of its own. Somehow it manages to be all of the above and then some with complete grace.

The band features 6 members in this video, 4 of which harmonize in the perfection of angels with a country accent. The guitars are complemented nicely by a mandolin, banjo, steel guitar and an accordion. The gel that binds them all is the voice of lead man Zach Williams, who packs enough soul to bring the whole train back (see what I did there?). If you don’t feel the hair on your neck stand up at some point in this 4:57 of beauty, you need to have someone check and make sure you have a pulse.

From the very start of the song I knew I was in for something beautiful. It starts off with some low harmonies and this is just foreplay for my eardrums. The song ebbs and flows finally culminating at a full blown eargasm between 2:52-3:19 and then blows your mind again from 3:37-4:02. They even leave you with a little pillow talk to round out the final 55 seconds of the song.

They have a debut album coming out tomorrow. Get it. My only question for them now is, when are they touring within a 100 mile radius of Raleigh so I can get a ticket?!


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The Music Alley – Macklemore “Cowboy Boots”

I know what you’re thinking, “What happened to Dr. Tom?” Well, believe or not, I’m not an actual doctor (*gasps*) and it was really hard and unfair pretending to be something I’m not. Plus, the Mercedes Maybach payments were getting tough on a sales guy’s salary. I try to live out my blog life in real life. So we’re gonna go with The Music Alley (unless I come up with a better name).

I see it as my burden to introduce you to killer music, that you may not stumble across in your own day to day life. One of the most difficult genre’s to do this in is hip hop. Let’s be honest, if 2 Chainz (who has a serious spelling issue) can become famous for singing a song solely about “big booty hoes” and Mystical can make millions for having turrets outbursts for 12 songs, its not easy for someone actually doing something different to bubble to the surface. Especially if it’s a hipster, white guy.

At this point you’ve all heard the song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore. If not, click the link and enjoy. “Thrift Shop” is to Macklemore what “I Love College” is to Asher Roth what “My Name Is” to Eminem. Its an unbelievable catchy song, that’s hilarious and raps about something we can all pretty much relate to. After hearing it, I figured this guy was gonna be another flash in the pan. Then I listened to his full album.

This guys is talented. I mean, NPR Tiny Desk Concerts even invited him in for a show. This is a BIG deal in the hipster community. Not only is his delivery clear, but his flow is quick, witty and actually packs a message. On his album his topics range from gay marriage in “Same Love” to senseless murders and materialism in “Wing$” to rockin’ an old school Cadillac like a grandpa.

The song I thought I’d share with you is called “Cowboy Boots.” A hip hop song with a banjo as the beat. Yep. The basic premise is a coming of age tune about being a 20-something, partying with friends and nights and friends you can’t forget. Some of my favorite lyrics include “Hold the night for ransom as we kidnap the memories; Not sure there is a way to express what you meant to me; Sit around a table and use those ears as the centerpiece” and “So here’s to the nights, dancing with the band; Strangers into girlfriends from a one night stand.”

I’d love to know what you think about it!



25 Days of Christmas…Music (Days 23-25)

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

Well, we made it. The impending 12-21-12 Apocalypse didn’t claim any of us and I manged to share 25 of my favorite holiday tunes with you. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of the holiday season (how many of you are actually shopping right now?) but make sure you take a step back to remember the true reason for the season. I think our little blanket toting friend, Linus said it best:

We’re super thankful for any and everyone who reads, has shared, liked, re-blogged our little nook of the inter-webs this year. We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and awesome New Year. We have big plans for 2013!!

Day 23 – One of my favorite bands, Go Radio and one of my favorite Christmas songs “O Holy Night.” I personally think they bring an interesting mix to this song with some guitar and lead man Jason Lancaster kills it with his vocals. I get goosebumps at 3:25 every time.

Day 24 – At this point I’m convinced that the Avett Brothers could make fart noises with their armpits and play the recorder and I’d still love the music that came out. So I’m only slightly biased here. But they did a beautiful job with I’ll Be Home for Christmas. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Day 25 – If you’ve ever seen It’s a Wonderful Life, then this scene has undoubtedly choked you up. Maybe you even squeezed out a little tear. I had to look up Auld Lang Syne which for the purposes of the song loosely translates to “For old times sake.” I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas!

The 25 Days of Christmas…Music (Days 18-22)

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

Hey guys and gals, I’ve been stuck in the parking deck of the mall for the last 5 days and wasn’t able to access my laptop. I’ve learned 2 things. 1, don’t wait this late to Christmas shop…ever. 2, busy malls give me major anxiety attacks.

I’m warmin up tonight with some delicious brew with close friends, prepping for our 10th annual “Friends-mas” and am going to utilize a little help from my music searching friend Apperson. So with that, I’m going to round out days 18-22 on our countdown. We’re going to start chill, and end with something you can shake your butt too at your Christmas party. Just be careful, your friends have “fragile” (fra-gee-lee….it’s Italian) things around.

Day 18 – Dustin Kensrue (don’t ask me how to pronounce that last name) O Holy Night. The lead man from the hardcore punk band, Thrice, shows his softer side.

Day 19 – Coldplay doing an incredible job with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Don’t act like you’re surprised that Chris Martin’s buttery smooth vocals make this your favorite version of this song.

Day 20 – Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. This song has become synonymous for anyone born in the 80’s with the classic Christmas film Home Alone. So, for your viewing pleasure you get the song…and a video montage that will take you back to being 10 years old and REALLY wanting a Talkboy. “Buzz, your girlfriend…woof!”

Day 21 – Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis. In 1987 rappers delivered one for the kidz (the “z” was intentional). Shake it.

Day 22 – I don’t actually know who put the song together, and frankly I don’t care. There’s some Srillex in there. That’s about all I got. It’s so awesome and the light show alone will fill you with enough holiday cheer to last you through 2013.  If you’re prone to seizures, proceed with caution.






One of the best songs I’ve heard in a while

I know we’ve been doing the Christmas Music countdown and today is Day 17. But as a gift to you as we’re now in the single digits for the countdown I want to share a song with you.

If you’re between the ages of 21 and 30, you’re likely very familiar with the CBS program How I Met Your Mother (we’ll call it HIMYM for short). No spoiler alert as in the age of DVR, I’m sure 80% of you haven’t see tonight’s episode yet.

What I will say, is at the end of tonight’s hour-long special a song is going to come on. If you have a heart (you do, trust me, it’s science) this song is going to hit you like a freight train. You’re going to think to yourself, “Who sings this beautiful song and what’s it called?” That’s what I’m here for. I’ll save you the Shazaming, since I already did it.

The band is Fort Atlantic and the song is “Let Your Heart Hold Fast.” I’ve never heard of the band before, but you can guarantee they’ll be on repeat in my car and in my headphones ALL day tomorrow. I’m done talking. Enjoy this song!

The 25 Days of Christmas…Music – Day 16

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

There are no lyrics, no jingle bells, yet thanks to the 1965 Peanuts Classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” the song Linus and Lucy is synonymous with Christmas. Try listening to this song without dancing like a Peanuts character.