Just a regular edition of 5 Awesome Songs, because I haven’t done one in a while. Also, 13 is supposed to be an unlucky number, so doing anything special for #13 seems wrong.

1. “Eulalia” by In:Aviate
This joyous song features shimmering guitars and Christmas-y sleigh bells. I don’t have anything more to say about it, so just have a listen, will ya? You can listen to the song on the band’s MySpace. The last time I checked, they were on hiatus, but hopefully they come back to making awesome music again soon.

2. “Save Your Scissors” by City and Colour
Dallas Green (City and Colour, geddit?) is better known for his brutal post-hardcore band, Alexisonfire. For fans of Alexisonfire, hearing Green’s solo acoustic project can be a bit of a shock to the system. But for people who aren’t fans of Alexisonfire (such as me), Green sounds like a competent singer-songwriter with a penchant for penning sweet melodies. “Save Your Scissors” has exactly that kind of melody, sung by Green’s smooth tenor. Here’s a link to the music video, but be aware that it’s a short edit of the song.

3. “Here Is Gone” by Goo Goo Dolls
Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone knows this song. But it’s a good song. A really good song. Even though I think that on their more recent albums, Goo Goo Dolls have become formulaic, “Here Is Gone” is a reminder of how good this band was before you heard all their songs 7519 times. Music video.

4. “Love Like Winter” by AFI
There were those who loved Crash Love and those who hated it. I hated it. Abandoning the electronics and the heavy coldwave influence was a mistake. But I loved decemberunderground and all its dark twists and turns. “Love Like Winter” is one of the more straight-ahead tunes from decemberunderground, and one of the more lively as well. Complete with footsteps, hand claps, and gang vocals, it feels a bit like walking into a very happy haunted house. Music video.

5. “Believe” by The Bravery
Call these guys a Killers rip-off if you will, but I’ll take their tightly-constructed rock songs over Brandon Flowers’ gigantic ego any day. This song features a pretty wicked air guitar moment (and a pretty wicked air synthesizer moment too, if that’s what you’re into). Music video.

That’s it for now. Keep on listening!

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