#1
What are your top 5 indie/alternative bands/artists AND the best song or couple songs by each? List 'em below!

Mine are (in no particular order)
-The Strokes (Someday, Under Cover of Darkness)
-Bright Eyes (June on the West Coast, Lua)
-Regina Spektor (Riot Gear, Us)
-The Kooks (She Moves in Her Own Way, Mr. Maker)
-Mason Jennings (Soldier Boy, California)
Last edited by elv7734 at Jul 30, 2011,
#2
Regina Spektor and Mason Jennings are singer songwriter/pop folk. Neither of them is alternative or indie.

Also: indie isn't a genre, it was a label tagged onto bands that released music without a record company that has somehow been misconstrued and transformed into being an "alternative" form of music that anything not completely "normal" gets lumped into. It's exactly what happened to emo in the late 90's and early 00's.
Last edited by wizards? at Jul 29, 2011,
#5
-The Arctic Monkeys (I bet You look good on the dancefloor, teddy picker)
-Arcade Fire (Neighborhood #3 Power out, Ready to start)
-The Strokes (Reptilia, Machu Picchu)
-Franz Ferdinand (The Fallen, Do you Want)
-The Kooks (Naive, Do you wanna)

its not a list like in 1st, 2nd, 3rd...place, its just a list, they're not in order, anyway, sorry about repeating bands, but if my favorites match your favorites... xDD i chose different songs though xD
#6
Quote by wizards?

Also: indie isn't a genre, it was a label tagged onto bands that released music without a record company that has somehow been misconstrued and transformed into being an "alternative" form of music that anything not completely "normal" gets lumped into. It's exactly what happened to emo in the late 90's and early 00's.


THIS!!! I keep telling this to everyone! xD but anyway, i go along with the genre thing, because i dont care anymore, if people want to be dumb, be it xD
#7
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-The Arctic Monkeys (I bet You look good on the dancefloor, teddy picker)
-Arcade Fire (Neighborhood #3 Power out, Ready to start)
-The Strokes (Reptilia, Machu Picchu)
-Franz Ferdinand (The Fallen, Do you Want)
-The Kooks (Naive, Do you wanna)

its not a list like in 1st, 2nd, 3rd...place, its just a list, they're not in order, anyway, sorry about repeating bands, but if my favorites match your favorites... xDD i chose different songs though xD



Doesn't matter if they match! Whatever your favorites are. Might I also add that you have excellent taste in music? Though I'd definitely have added Mardy Bum for Arctic Monkeys.
#8
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Doesn't matter if they match! Whatever your favorites are. Might I also add that you have excellent taste in music? Though I'd definitely have added Mardy Bum for Arctic Monkeys.


haha thanks, and thats just my fav indie bands xD
I thought about mardy bum, but i wanted to put 2 songs from different albums, i actually chose dont sit down cause i moved your chair, but the title was so long it didnt fit in one line, so i chose teddy picker xDD
#9
Quote by wizards?
Regina Spektor and Mason Jennings are singer songwriter/pop folk. Neither of them is alternative or indie.



iTunes classifies both of them as alternative, though a lot of Mason Jennings' music is rather folky, I will agree. Also, Regina Spektor's first album, 11:11 was self released (or should I say, independently released)... True, they are singer/songwriters, but singer/songwriters can be part of any genre.
#10
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iTunes classifies both of them as alternative, though a lot of Mason Jennings' music is rather folky, I will agree. Also, Regina Spektor's first album, 11:11 was self released (or should I say, independently released)... True, they are singer/songwriters, but singer/songwriters can be part of any genre.

Yes they are singer songwriters, and yes singer songwriters can be part of just about every genre, but Regina Spektor is part of the anti-folk movement and Jennings is pop-folk. Don't itunes when it comes to labeling anything.

I didn't contribute my list, but I can't get it down to five so I'll do my top ten:

Explosions in the Sky(All of it, there is no best)
Carissa's Wierd(Same thing, but the whole of Songs About Leaving album is just godly)
764-HERO(photographic evidence, Out Like a Light)
The 'Mats(Kiss Me On the Bus, Bastards of Young, Can't Hardly Wait)
American Football(and all the spin off bands that came from them, especially Owen)(Never Meant, But the Regrets Are Killing Me)
Broken Social Scene(The entirety of You Forgot It in People, and just about everything else as well)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart(Young Adult Fiction, This Love is Fucking Right)
Cloud Cult(That Man Jumped Out the Window, Sane As Can Be, Bobby's Spacesuit, Transistor Radio)
Thee More Shallows(The 8th Ring of Hell, The CruXXX)
Wye Oak(For Prayer)
Last edited by wizards? at Jul 29, 2011,
#11
Quote by wizards?
Yes they are singer songwriters, and yes singer songwriters can be part of just about every genre, but Regina Spektor is part of the anti-folk movement and Jennings is pop-folk. Don't itunes when it comes to labeling anything.


Hmm... Funny how in your first post you categorized Regina Spektor as folk, and now you are saying she's anti-folk. You didn't happen to just look up both of their wikipedia pages because you didn't really know anything about them, did you?

I know I shouldn't have gotten sucked into this argument - this really isn't the place for it... Oops.
#12
Quote by elv7734
Hmm... Funny how in your first post you categorized Regina Spektor as folk, and now you are saying she's anti-folk. You didn't happen to just look up both of their wikipedia pages because you didn't really know anything about them, did you?

I know I shouldn't have gotten sucked into this argument - this really isn't the place for it... Oops.

Contrary to popular belief(and the English language) Folk and Anti-Folk are very similar. It's like comparing baroque pop and chamber pop(or slowcore and sadcore for that matter), they're two different genres, but they sound startlingly similar.
#13
I'd have to say
1. Elliott Smith (Say Yes, Condor Ave)
2. The Decemberists (Legionnaire's Lament, June Hymn)
3. The White Stripes (Seven Nation Army, a Martyr For My Love For You)
4. Okkervil River (A King and a Queen, Song of our So Called Friends)
5. Peter, Bjorn & John (Amsterdam, Breaker Breaker)
#14
The only thing worse than a band being put in the wrong genre is a debate over genre.

Radiohead (In Rainbows/OK Computer)
Sigur Ros (Agaetis Byrjun/Takk)
Weezer (Blue/Pinkerton)
Dinosaur Jr. (Farm)
Neutral Milk Hotel (ITAOTS)
Sonic Youth (Daydream Nation/EVOL)


I gave 6, it's a rather generic list also.
“Just to sum up: I would do various things very quickly.” - Donald Trump
#15
Galaxie 500: "Decomposing Trees", "Strange"
Low: "Words", "Silver Rider"
Moose: "Suzanne", "Talk to Me"
S: "Sometimes I Feel Like Throwing Up", "Elevator"
Slowdive: "Souvlaki Space Station", "Crazy for You"
Last edited by toyboxmonster at Jul 30, 2011,
#16
The Smiths (Still Ill, I Know It's Over)
My Bloody Valentine (When You Sleep, Come in Alone)
Pixies (Gigantic, Gouge Away)
R.E.M. (Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars), Life and How to Live It)
The Jesus & Mary Chain (Cut Dead, Taste of Cindy)
#17
In no particular order:
Radiohead (Paranoid Android, Reckoner)
Pixies (Where is my Mind, Debaser, Gouge Away)
Arctic Monkeys (505, Mardy Bum)
The Strokes (Machu Picchu, Last Nite)
Placebo (Without you im Nothing, Nancy Boy)
That was hard. So many more that almost made it.
#18
I'm adding The Pixies. Doolittle is great, Mr. Grieves is such a good song. As is Hey.
“Just to sum up: I would do various things very quickly.” - Donald Trump
#19
The Decemberists (Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect, The Chimbley Sweep, Odalisque)
Sufjan Stevens (Casimir Pulaski Day, For The Widows In Paradise, Opies Funeral Song)
Damien Rice (Cannonballs, The Blowers Daughter, 9 Crimes)
The National (Mr. November, Fake Empire, Secret Meeting, Looking For Astronauts)
Ozma (Light Years Will Burn, Battle Scars, Restart, Eponine, Natalie Portman)

No particular order....
#20
I donno if all these bands fall into the category you're thinking of, but here we go:

Arctic Monkeys (The Afternoon's Hat, Dance Little Liar, Suck It And See, 505, The Blond-O-Sonic Shimmer Trap)

The Strokes (Someday, New York City Cops, Games, Hard to Explain, Under Cover Of Darkness)

The Libertines (What A Waster, Up The Bracket, Last Post On the Bugle, Don't Look Back Into The Sun, Time For Heroes)

The Killers (Sam's Town, Bling (Confession of a King), Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine, Spaceman, Midnight Show)

The Kooks (She Moves In Her Own Way, Jackie Big Tits, Mr. Maker, Eddie's Gun, Naive)
Call me old fashioned but I prefer 'rock music' that has electric guitars.
#21
- Guided By Voices (Tractor Rape Chain, I Am A Scientist, Dayton Ohio - 19 Something And Five, Gold Star For Robot Boy, Over The Neptune)
- Modest Mouse (Never Ending Math Equation, Dramamine, Night On The Sun, Ocean Breathes Salty, Gravity Rides Everything)
- Pavement (Gold Soundz, Painted Soldiers, Hands Off The Bayou, Grounded, Perfume-V)
- The National (Mr. November, Mistaken For Strangers, Fake Empire)
- Death Cab For Cutie (Title And Registration, Summer Skin, The New Year)
- Jamie T (Sheila, Here's Ya Getaway, Ike & Tina)

6 is close enough, right?
#22
-The Smiths (What Difference Does it Make?, Half a Person)
-The Stone Roses (I am the Resurrection, Made of Stone, Ten Story Love Song)
-Pixies (Debaser, I Bleed, Levitate Me)
-Oasis (Slide Away, Listen Up, Columbia, All Around the World)
-The Real People (Dream On, The Same, At the End of the Day)

Yes I know 3 of the bands are from Manchester. And I know people will say that Oasis is not indie, but they were at first so I picked some of their earlier songs, they are my all time favorite band.
#25
The Editors - an end has a start, munich
Secret Machines - Alone Jealous and Stoned, nowhere again
The New Pornographers - Bleeding Hearts Show
Franz Ferdinand - Jaqueline
The Datsuns - MF From Hell
#26
The Killers - When you were young, Sweet talk.
Coldplay - Moving to mars, Yellow.
Muse - Starlight, Super massive black hole.
Arcade Fire - The suburbs, My body is a cage.
Mystery Jets - Young love, Dreaming of another world.
#27
Arctic Monkeys - Teddy Picker, When the Sun Goes Down
Modest Mouse - Dramamine, Cowboy Dan
The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??, Jesus Shooting Heroin
Pixies - Where Is My Mind, Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf Version)
Dr. Dog - Easy Beat, Fate
I am Jimmy. I have cracked the corn and nobody cares.
#28
Just my two cents on the Indie genre debate, I'd say it started as a label for independent bands but then became a term of characterisation for a certain style of alternative. So it went from a general statement to a genre in it's own right.

Hungry Kids of Hungary - China Will Wait, Scattered Diamonds
Beirut - East Harlem, Elephant Gun
of Montreal - Climb the Ladder, Forecast Fascist Future
Dandy Warhols - Plan A, Last High
GROUPLOVE - Colours, Itchin' on a Photograph
#29
Radiohead (There There, Optimistic, I Might Be Wrong)
The Black Keys (10 A.M Automatic, Psychotic Girl, Breaks)
Beck (Profanity Prayers, Sissyneck, Rental Car)
Arctic Monkeys (Dance Little Liar, Do Me A Favour, 505)
Zoo Kid (Ocean Bed, Out Getting Ribs, Has This Hit)
#30
Low (Point of disgust, tonight, a little argument with myself) this band always makes me sad though
Neutral Milk Hotel (ITAOTS, Holland, 1945, Two headed Boy, Oh Sister, King of Carrot Flowers)
Sleepy.ab (arcadia, loop, merry-go-round)
Keaton Henson (charon, you don't know how lucky you are)
The Antlers (bear)

Also, Animal Collective, Codiene, My Bloody Valentine, Bill Baird and DCFAC

edit: OH, and little toy cars - a project from wamguy
they're coming to take me away
ha-haaa
Last edited by Banjocal at Sep 4, 2011,
#33
Death Cab for Cutie (The entire Transatlanticism album)
Bright Eyes (Lua, Lime Tree, Poison Oak)
Modest Mouse (Dramamine, Ocean Breathes Salty)
Arcade Fire (In The Backseat
Bon Iver (Skinny Love, Holocene)
#34
Franz Ferdinand (Michael, This Fire, Live Alone)
Muse (Uprising, exo politics, hyper music)
Born Ruffians (Sole Brother, What to say, Higher and Higher)
Foals (Total Life Forever, Ballons, Cassius)
The Smiths (I Know its Over, there is a light that never goes out.)
#35
Arctic Monkeys (Potion Approaching, That's Where You're Wrong, )
Radiohead (Wierd Fishes/Arpeggi, Permanant Daylight)
Spoon (Something to Look Forward To, Stay Don't Go, Don't you Evah)
Third Eye Blind (Persephone, Wounded,)
The Thermals (St. Rosa And The Swallows, A Passing Feeling)
#36
Mother Mother- (Baby dont dance,Problems)
Dan Mangan- (Basket,Robots)
Death Cab- (Grapevine Fires)
Tokyo Police Club-(Bambi,Your english is good)
Said The Whale -(Camilo,Black day in december)

Man i love canadian indie stuff. Hell most of these are from vancouver too
#37
Arctic Monkeys (Library Pictures, Brick By Brick)
The Smiths (How soon is now, this charming man)
Ashtray Electric (Quite Overstared, Dear)
Pretty Blue Guns (Pills, The Ride) Not really indie music wise, but the way they handle the band
The Kills (Future Starts Slow, Cheap and Cheerful)
#38
Smashing Pumpkins (Gossamer, Geek U.S.A.)
Radiohead (Everything In Its Right Place, Paranoid Android)
Sigur Ros (Untitled #3, Glosoli)
Verdena (WOW)
Muse (New Born, Stockholm Syndrome)
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.

(Woody Allen)
#40
-Andrew Jackson Jihad (Brave as a Noun, Sense Sensibility, Gift of the Magi 2: Return of the Magi)
-The Growlers (People Don't Change Blues, Acid Rain, Graveyard's Full)
-Bright Eyes (Lets Not Shit Ourselves, It's Cool We Can Still Be Friends, Bowl of Oranges)
-The Faint (Agenda Suicide, I Disappear, Dropkick the Punks)
- Demon's Claws (Always Be My Friend, Fed From Her Hand, Trip to the Clinic)