The SoundMarket is a creative advisory service and a hub for exploring unique and often overlooked music. Our team is a subversive throng of nushnicks, always looking for buried or bygone tunes that may not be on a typical playlist.  Our selection process is not based on algorithms; we filter for music that sounds good based on our own tastes. Each chosen song has distinctive qualities that set it apart and warrant further exploration. 

We aim to spotlight music lying just off the beaten path, songs never known, or long forgotten, or perhaps just worth a second look. Indeed, not every song we feature is obscure,  what may be familiar to some may be old hat to others.  We aim to spotlight the diamonds in the rough and expand musical horizons across all fronts.

The plan is to fully categorize the tracks, but our current work-in-progress approach is to present scattered songs to offer a diverse listening experience.

Given the subjective nature of our list, we encourage everyone to suggest songs they believe deserve recognition. We welcome you to reach out to us and share you musical gems, as we aim for  SoundMarket to be a go-to platform for exciting music discoveries.

About SoundMarket Music Advisory Services: Focusing on offbeat music, SoundMarket is dedicated to uncovering hidden musical gems. Our mission is to captivate listeners with songs that evoke strong emotional responses, enhancing the underlying message with a powerful musical essence. If you connect with the music, you’ll resonate with its message. Whether for advertisements, television, film, or any creative project seeking a unique musical perspective, SoundMarket offers innovative song suggestions. With a background in music licensing, creative resourcing, and music research, our goal is for this platform to be a go-to destination for individuals with similar musical preferences or those looking to broaden their musical horizons.

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Winnetka Bowling League – This Is Life
Toots and the Maytals- Johnny Coolman
Marcia Ball – Louisiana 1927
Dan Bern –  Black Tornado
Amy Allison – Her Hair Was Red
Shannon McNally – Pale Moon
Rebecca Luker –  Getting Over You
Rufus Wainwright – Twelve Thirty
Oscar Lopez – The Flavor
Cry Cry Cry – The Ballad of Mary Magdeline
Jesse Winchester – Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding
Luis Villegas – Don Quixote
David Lindley – I Just Can’t Work No Longer
Spring Awakening Cast – Song of Purple Summer
Sergio Endrigo – Lontano dagli occhi
Judy Kuhn – Losing You
Maura O’Connell -Summerfly / Ireland
Eilen Jewell – Mess Around
Po’ Girl –  Take the Long Way
Kris Delmhorst – Wasted Word
Graham Parker- I Want You Back
Jimmy Fontana – Il Mondo
Karina Polwart – Follow the Heron Home
Jeb Loy Nichols -Heaven Right Here
I’m With Her – Ring Them Bells
Tift Merritt – Another Country
Girlyman – Everything’s Easy
Alison Krauss – Broadway
Emmylou Haris – Brand New Dance
Wild Beasts – Big Cat
Cowboy Junkies – Angel Mine
The Orb  – Little Fluffy Clouds
Indigo Girls – Country Radio
Connie Francis – You’re Gonna Miss Me
Anais Mitchell -Wedding Song
The Comet is Coming – Summon the Fire
Prince Fatty – Medicine Chest
The Mavericks – Come Unto Me
Carolina Chocolate Drops – Pretty Little Girl
Cabinet – Elizabeth
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street (Live)
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Bhindi Bhagee
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate- Tokira
Wire – Short Elevated Period
Sun 60 – Hold On
The Delights – Maybe
The Pogues – Tuesday Morning
Patty Griffin – Heavenly Day
Lyle Lovett – Fiona
Kate Rusby – High On A Hill
Chess – Someone Else’s Story
Paul Simon & Cape Man Cast – Quality
Delvis O’Halloran – Courtin in the Kitchen
Alex Newell & DJ Cassidy  – Kill the Lights
Kevin Hume – Primrose Hill
Arrested Development – U
Sun 60 – Water 3x
Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart – Soul Hex Anthem Vocal Mix
Living Color – Love Rears Its Ugly Head
Buddy Guy – Hard Time Killing Floor
Lindsey Buckingham – Love Runs Deeper
Patti Scialfa – Loves Glory
Patrick William – Threshold
Mark Knopfler – Going Home
Herbie Hancock / Innocence Project- Exodus
Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Complainte Pour Ste. Catherine
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Noonward Race
Holly Near – Water Come Down (Live Version)
Martin Mull – Eggs
Jenny Lewis – Carpet Bagger
The Jayhawks – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
Morcheeba – Trigger Hippy
Logistics – Feels So Good
Mighty Sparrow – Grenada
MC 900 Foot Jesus – The City Sleeps
Patti Smith – Free Money
Parsonsfield – Anita, Your Lovin
Rosario – Cuentame
Steve Earle – Galway Girl
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
Cowboy Junkies – Angel Mine
SideStepper – Maine
Sugar – If I Can’t Change Your Mind
Inspiral Carpets – Caravan
Bonnie Raitt – Women Be Wise
Dan Hicks and the HotLicks – Evenin’ Breeze
Gang Starr – Code of the Streets
Victoria Williams – Get Away
Gary Clark Jr. – When My Train Pulls In
Rachel Sweet – Who Does Lisa Like
Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend
Bix Beiderbebecke – Blue River
Chris Mars – Monkey Sees

Elvis Costello – Man Out of Time

Fountains of Wayne – All Kinds of Time

Rebecca Luker – April Fooled Me

Rebecca Luker – Getting Over You

Alan Cummings- And So It Goes (Live)

Christine Andreas – When I Look at You

Kay Starr – If I Could Be With You

Stephen Trask – Midnight Radio

Ike Reilly – Commie Drives a Nova

Emily Nenni – Rootin’ For You

Ka’au Crater Boys – Guava Jelly

Glen Campbell, Hope Sandoval – The Long Walk Home

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