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The ABC’s of Indie Rock part 2

Posted in Acoustic Guitar, Alternative, Folk, Indie, Lo-fi, Playlists, Punk, Rock by dc3 on August 13, 2010

Jumping right in from the last post:

Sequestered in Memphis // Stay Positive

Though they formed just six years ago, the Hold Steady has a sound that feels like it came straight from the ‘80’s. It’s a modernized, Midwestern Springstein with a classic rock feel. Such a strange strange sound.

Love Vigilantes // Around the Well

So folksy I wanna die. Sam Beam never sings above a whisper so his voice feels like it’s right up against your ear, like if you and him were stuck in a small room together and his  face was the only thing you could see in the dark.

Transmission // *single*

Incredible band from the ‘70’s that was part of the post-punk movement (if that means anything). They’ve got quite a doom-filled sense of recklessness going on in their music. Makes sense considering lead Ian Curtis’s drug problems and suicide. I’d definitely listen to this while driving over a bridge.

Sex on Fire // Only by the Night

Catchy rock band that blew up with their last album. Should be familiar, but I recommend their older albums for a fresh listen.

Sailing to Byzantium // Liars

Wouldn’t be telling the truth if I said I knew much about them (oh, oh, you see what I did there?). Their sound varies quite a bit, from their first album that reeks of punk to this self-titled one which is much more noisy.

Float On // Good News for People who Love Bad News

I backed my car into a copcar the other day. Well he just drove off, sometimes life’s ok. And sometimes indie bands are more than ok. Back in the days of Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and Nelly, Modest Mouse was the first indie band that I discovered back in the sixth grade. Thank god, although all three of those artists are still great in a nostalgic, I-want-to-relive-the-90’s kind of way.

In the Aeroplane over the Sea // In the Aeroplane over the Sea

Haunting, chilling, and frigid. This is the definition of chilly music that you don’t realize is cold until fifteen seconds into the song. As Jeff Mangum sings, the whole thing feels always a bit hopeless, even if the lyrics are meant to pick you up. Less bone chilling and more heart robbing. How’s that for emo?

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  1. audio said, on August 13, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    though it’s not actually written by iron & wine, i’ve always really appreciated the iron & wine version of the postal service’s ‘such great heights’. weirdly enough though, i’d never actually listened to any of his music on its own, so thanks for the link here. it’s really good =)

    • jurbanik said, on August 14, 2010 at 3:59 am

      The Such Great Heights cover is what turned me on to Sam Beam as well. Check out the album Our Endless Numbered Days – one of my top indie folk albums, if partly just for nostalgic reasons.


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