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DorkusMalorkus
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Join date: Oct 2004
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#1
Or maybe I'm super Indie...I'm not sure, but...

As time progresses, I find myself becoming more and more bored with my music collection. When thinking about this, I have concluded a couple of things: 1) In terms of variety, I don't have a lot of music 2) I am becoming less and less interested with the popular music in this forum.

For as long as I have been here at Alt/Indie, while I've found many new bands that I enjoy and many people who share my interests, I have always been a little distanced from the mainstream-indie, so to speak. What I mean to say, is that I have never been a fan of Radiohead, The Shins, The Arcade Fire, The New Pornographers, or The Decemberists (these are just examples, of course) and every other band that fits into the popular indie category (I hope that you all know what I mean by this). I'd listened to them, (very little, I admit) and dismissed them without really trying to listen. I've never thought of myself as the kind of guy who hates things because they are too popular, so when I tried to understand why I never liked any of these kinds of bands, I came to one conclusion: Since I don't have the money to buy every CD that interests me, rather than purchasing new music (music that I might not end up liking in the end), I've stayed safe and developed my collection by purchasing many CDs fromt he same bands (hence my 21 Sonic Youth CDs, 7 Flaming Lips CDs, 7 Animal Collective CDs, 5 Pavement CDs etc). This also attributes to the boredom I've faced with my collection.

Or maybe I'm wrong? Maybe I just am not into that kind of music? Maybe I do dislike them because they are popular (on the indie-scheme of things)? Well, I don't want to be that kind of guy, so I have decided that it would only be fair for me to try again.

I won't make myself like anything that I don't like, but I need to try, at least.

So I've come to UG to ask for help (where else would I go?). I need recommendations of the best of the best of the music that I don't listen to (especially if I expect to like some of it). So please, help me out here and recommend me SONGS. Not Albums. If I needed album recommendations I'd go to the Alt and Indie Essentials (which I will do once I find some bands I like). Some of the music that I have already found that I enjoy would be Bright Eyes (Bowl of Oranges) and the Unicorns (Jellybones). So things like that would be good. But feel free to recommend me anything that is out of my own "safety zone" (for those of you that don't know me, check out my profile thing for more information on my safety zone).

I'll end all of that on a big thank you! Alt/Indie = Best part about UG.
IndieMetalhead
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#2
Sigur Ros? i got recommended them. otherwise, your best bet is to take a gamble with an album (i did that with incubus and bright eyes and ended up liking them)
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schmendrick.
Join date: May 2004
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#4
brother by annuals is quite a good song...you might like it or perhaps you already like it...
DorkusMalorkus
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#6
Quote by uhh_me?
brother by annuals is quite a good song...you might like it or perhaps you already like it...
Thanks. I'll try to find it.
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Maybe more grungy stuff like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains?

I went through that phase already. I'm done with grunge. Thanks though.
sjada
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#7
maybe older stuff? like idk, the melvins, meatpuppets, pere ubu, television, stuff that?
ponky
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#8
theres loads of good indie bands out at the moment. As a proud British man, I'm proud to recommend a few of the best indie songs around:

The View: Wasted Little DJS or Same Jeans
The Fratellis: Chelsea Dagger
Muse: Knights of Cyddonia (not really indie, more alt)
Thom Yorke (Radiohead): Harrowdown Hill
Kooks: She moves in her own way
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Gold Lion
Long Blondes: Once and never again
Bloc Party: The Prayer

And if your really tired with indie, why not have a taste of new rave, with bands like the Klaxons and the Horrors making big waves.

Hope thats useful
DorkusMalorkus
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#9
Quote by sjada
maybe older stuff? like idk, the melvins, meatpuppets, pere ubu, television, stuff that?

I love a lot of older stuff, but I'm trying to 'get with it', if you will. I don't want to let all a lot of good music pass me by because I'm not giving it a chance.

Quote by ponky
theres loads of good indie bands out at the moment. As a proud British man, I'm proud to recommend a few of the best indie songs around:

The View: Wasted Little DJS or Same Jeans
The Fratellis: Chelsea Dagger
Muse: Knights of Cyddonia (not really indie, more alt)
Thom Yorke (Radiohead): Harrowdown Hill
Kooks: She moves in her own way
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Gold Lion
Long Blondes: Once and never again
Bloc Party: The Prayer

And if your really tired with indie, why not have a taste of new rave, with bands like the Klaxons and the Horrors making big waves.

Hope thats useful


Thanks. I'll try to get as many of those as I can (except Muse and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I know those songs).

I plan on taking as many of these songs as I can and putting them in a big playlist for me to analyze later.
Last edited by DorkusMalorkus at Jan 25, 2007,
fake_sk8r182
Call me Dave
Join date: May 2003
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#10
Bright Eyes - Going for the gold (that song hooked me for weeks)
Limbeck - Honk and wave (try and get the acoustic version)
M. Ward - Seashell Tale
mewithoutYOU - Messes of Men
Simon Joyner - Burn Rubber
Tilly and the Wall - Nights of the living dead

There's a few to check out...
sponj
UG Monkey
Join date: Jun 2004
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#12
try akron/family, granted you'll love it. (try raising the sparks, running returnig, blessing force or lumen. )

I recently purchased a cd from a band called Malajube (there was a thread about them here) and they're pretty good, out of your safety zone I guess. check their myspace
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Last edited by sponj at Jan 25, 2007,
fronkpies
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#13
You could try going to pitchfork and searching for 8+ rated albums?

Thats always a good way to introduce yourself to new stuff.
Tears in waves, minds on fire
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2xG
Live it.
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#14
Xploding Plastix - Sports, not heavy crime
http://www.xplodingplastix.com/ (music section)

Serge Gainsbourg - Cargo Culte
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN30R-_WRK4

Negativland - Truth in advertising
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmIrvhysKpE
It's weird as hell. Music to go mad to. Give them a chance. They're insane.

Lightning Bolt - Dracula Mountain
http://www.myspace.com/laserbeast

Estradasphere - Smuggled Mutation
http://www.myspace.com/estradasphere

Autechre - VPROC
http://www.myspace.com/myslb

Coil - Panic
http://www.myspace.com/originalcoiluk

The Chameleons - Don't Fall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDSnpc1W1Vc

Hope you haven't heard to many of those...
Feel free to despise

EDIT : and since those are all pretty weird, I'll throw in

Eels - Last Stop : This town
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8hyCWH1Ww0

to balance it out a bit.
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Last edited by 2xG at Jan 25, 2007,
xX*Zeppelin*Xx
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Join date: Jul 2005
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#15
If you're bored of your current music collection, maybe try older music? Like-
The Smiths - This Charming Man/ Heaven Know's I'm Miserable Now/ How soon is Now?
Joy Division - Atmosphere/ Heart and Soul/ Love Will Tear Us Apart
Television - Marque Moon/ Venus
Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July

and even older music...
The Beatles - Revolver album
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds album
The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society album
Nick Drake(!) - Pink Moon/ Place To Be/ One of These Things Fist/ River Man
Neil Young...

But for more modern music..
Arcade Fire - Funeral album (best album in years!)
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism/ Soul Meets Body
Explosions In The Sky - Your Hand In Mine/ A Slow Dance/ Yasmin The Light/ Fisrt Breath After Coma
Iron & Wine - Nakes As We Came/ Such Great Heights/ Upward Over The Mountain
Interpol - Obstacle 1/ PDA/ Untitled
The Mountain Goats - Tallahessee/This Year



(edit :Sorry for no links - I posted a really long message with them and it crashed )
uhh_me?
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Join date: May 2004
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#17
Quote by xX*Zeppelin*Xx

The Mountain Goats - Tallahessee/This Year

oh seconded...The Mountain Goats are phenomenal
opivy21
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Join date: Nov 2005
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#18
Giant Haystacks - Please Cancel My Subscription, War At Home, Young Shavers, Are We Safe Yet?
Minutemen - Political Song For Michael Jackson to Sing, Punch Line, Shit You Hear at Parties
King Khan and BBQ Show - Love You So, Am I the One, Waddlin' Around
Urinals - Scholastic Aptitude, Black Hole, I Hate

Those bands aren't really indie bands, but they are all good and I could see how and indie fan would possibly enjoy them.
Last edited by opivy21 at Jan 25, 2007,
Doolittle
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#19
Quote by xX*Zeppelin*Xx
If you're bored of your current music collection, maybe try older music? Like-
The Smiths - This Charming Man/ Heaven Know's I'm Miserable Now/ How soon is Now?
Joy Division - Atmosphere/ Heart and Soul/ Love Will Tear Us Apart
Television - Marque Moon/ Venus
Galaxie 500 - Fourth of July

and even older music...
The Beatles - Revolver album
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds album
The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society album
Nick Drake(!) - Pink Moon/ Place To Be/ One of These Things Fist/ River Man
Neil Young...

But for more modern music..
Arcade Fire - Funeral album (best album in years!)
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism/ Soul Meets Body
Explosions In The Sky - Your Hand In Mine/ A Slow Dance/ Yasmin The Light/ Fisrt Breath After Coma
Iron & Wine - Nakes As We Came/ Such Great Heights/ Upward Over The Mountain
Interpol - Obstacle 1/ PDA/ Untitled
The Mountain Goats - Tallahessee/This Year



(edit :Sorry for no links - I posted a really long message with them and it crashed )

all of those, and if you like Sonice Youth (one of my personal favs.) then you might like Mission of Burma- Fame and Fortune, The Ballad of Johnny Burma
umm...The Jesus and Mary Chain are very cool listen to "The Hardest Walk, Just Like Honey
Tom Waits is very good and has a good variety of stuff, "Walking Spanish Down the Hall"
Gang of Four is very very good "Damaged Goods" for a starter
oh if you like pavement then you'd love Weezar! (Comedic drum sound)


..that last thing was a joke.

AWA
Straight gumpin'
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#20
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Bloc Party - Like Eating Glass
Kind of Like Spitting - Tyco Racing Set And A Christmas Story Fifteen Times
Husker Du - Pink Turns To Blue
Mission of Burma - That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate
Sebadoh - The Freed Pig
Fugazi - Waiting Room, Suggestion, Do You Like Me, Shut The Door, Styrofoam

etc.
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Godzilla1969
UG's Pretentious Asshole
Join date: Dec 2005
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#21
Please get Friend or Foe by Menomena. It's the most incredible compilation of musical notes to be released in quite a while. For the record, Pitchfork has a great review of it.
jackbutt
Level 16 Swordmaster
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#22
Instrumentals

I cannot stress to you the importance of having something by From Monument to Masses in your collection:

From Monument to Masses - Sharpshooter http://www.myspace.com/frommonumenttomasses

Slint is another big one. They only released two albums before calling it quits, and their first album, Tweez, sucks really bad, but Spiderland is perhaps one of the five greatest albums of all time. I'd be surprised if you weren't into them already:

Slint - Goodmorning Captain
http://www.myspace.com/slintweezed

Lymbyc Systym is an Arizona local that are picking up hype. Good for them, too. I love to see nice people go places:

Lymbyc Systym - Carved by Glaciers
http://www.myspace.com/thelymbycsystym

Tristeza is so ****ing good I almost can't stand it. They put on a hell of a live show:

Tristeza - La Tiera Su Til
http://www.myspace.com/tristeza


Offshoots

I've been really into offshoots lately as well:

Pajo/Papa M [Dave Pajo of Slint] - Last Caress (Misfits cover):
http://www.myspace.com/papamama11

Lou Barlow [Sebadoh] - Mary
http://www.myspace.com/loubarlow

Other

I love Akimbo so much, its ridiculous. I love them so much I traveled 8 hours to New Mexico and stayed for just a day just so I could play a show with them. I love them so much that every time I listen to them I have a huge stupid grin on my face. I love them so much I have one of their albums on CD and Vinyl (you have to be into heavy stuff to like this).

Akimbo - Circle of Hair
http://www.myspace.com/akimbo

If you like this stuff, I got a lot more where it came from. If not, then good luck and I can't help you cause this is the basis of what I listen to.
Knife2aGunFight
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#23
yes^^^!(regarding Menomena)

Menomena - The Pelican
Sharks Keep Moving - Sailor
The Dismemberment Plan - The Jitters or I Love a Magician
The Dear Hunter - City Escape

Congratulations On Your Decision To Become A Pilot - When We Were Kids We Built a Treehouse Out of Our Neighbors' Spare Windows and if You Get Far Enough Away it Looks Like a Giant Eyeball

The Appleseed Cast - Mountain Halo
Archers of Loaf - Chumming The Oceans
Karate - With Age
A Silver Mt. Zion - Even Broken Chords Sing A Little.
A Whisper In The Noise - As the Bluebird Sings.
Xiu Xiu - Boy Soprano
These Arms Are Snakes - Idaho
mewithoutYou - O, Porcupine!

seriously just D/L these.
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Last edited by Knife2aGunFight at Jan 25, 2007,
starsnostars
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#24
on man, some of those recommendations on page one are just awful, but i know exactly what you're talking about. since we like most of the same music, i could probably somewhat help you out, but it might be a day or so. i just got released from the emergency room for blacking out and almost bleeding to death- hXc, or something. maybe i can add some in the morning.

until then, you might check out hrsta, it's mike moya's band now on constellation records (if that gives you any clue to their sound). it might be one of those out of your safety zone bands, but definitely worth a shot. as for tracks, check out blood on the sun, and swallow's tail. most of their 'stem stem in electro' album is great, but i wouldn't venture past that unless you find you do like them.

and let me know if you need any help finding those tracks
Last edited by starsnostars at Jan 25, 2007,
dougiecrystals
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#25

Download music.


Umm.. try this crap:

Of Montreal - The Party's Crashing Us
Tera Melos - "Melody Two" or "Melody Four"
The Fall of Troy - Ghostship Part V
Rilo Kiley - Science vs. Romance
Ratatat - Seventeen Years
No Doubt - Sunday Morning
My Chemical Romance - Cubicles
AFI - The Despair Factor
Built to Spill - Twin Falls
Circle Takes the Square - In the Nervous Light of Sunday
Death From Above - Do It ! [Live]
Fugazi - Oh
Iron and Wine - Lion's Mane


I don't know, whatever.

uhh_me?
schmendrick.
Join date: May 2004
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#26
Quote by starsnostars
on man, some of those recommendations on page one are just awful, but i know exactly what you're talking about. since we like most of the same music, i could probably somewhat help you out, but it might be a day or so. i just got released from the emergency room for blacking out and almost bleeding to death- hXc, or something. maybe i can add some in the morning.

until then, you might check out hrsta, it's mike moya's band now on constellation records (if that gives you any clue to their sound). it might be one of those out of your safety zone bands, but definitely worth a shot. as for tracks, check out blood on the sun, and swallow's tail. most of their 'stem stem in electro' album is great, but i wouldn't venture past that unless you find you do like them.

and let me know if you need any help finding those tracks

i'm pretty sure mine is not awful
Monkeygone2hvn
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#28
at the drive in, bloc party, blur, broken social scene, Calexico, Cat Power, can, The Cranberries,Deerhoof, Elliott Smith,The Good Life,Interpol, Iron & Wine, Jawbreaker, Jeff Buckley, Jeremy Enigk, Jets to Brazil, Jimmy Eat World, John Frusciante, Joy Division, Little Wings, The Mars Volta, My Bloody Valentine, My Morning Jacket, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Radiohead, Rocky Votolato, Ryan Adams, The Shins, The Space Twins, Sparklehorse, Sunny Day Real Estate, Syd Barrett, Television, Tom Waits, Ugly Casanova, Valley of the Giants, The Velvet Underground, Violent Femmes, Waxwing, Wilco, wolf parade, Yeah Yeah Yeah's


try giving some of those a go, i like them all...
Goon
tele on the belly
Join date: Jan 2005
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#29
I have this problem. I can't listen to anything besides The Cure, Joy Division and the Smiths.

Umm... If you don't already listen to these bands all starting with the letter 'B':

Brian Jonestown Massacre - Hide and Seek... all the albums are for free download of the website I believe.
Band of Horses - Our Swords, Weed Party
Broken Social Scene - Cause = Time, 7/4 Shoreline, Fire Eye'd Boy (reminds me of SY).
fronkpies
UG's Dirty Workman
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#30
Quote by Goon
I have this problem. I can't listen to anything besides The Cure, Joy Division and the Smiths.


Have you tried the fall?
Tears in waves, minds on fire
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Goon
tele on the belly
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#31
Quote by fronkpies
Have you tried the fall?



No...

Should I jump of a cliff?


edit: sorry fronkpies, I checked them out on last.fm and they're actually quite marvellous. I appreciate constructive advice like yours and it is welcome anytime.
Last edited by Goon at Jan 26, 2007,
Draken
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#32
The Postal Service
Dan.Ed.Will
Broomfiller
Fireflies
Man In Grey
Modena Vox
The Pixies
65 DaysofStatic
Sigur Ros
The Fratellis
Sparklehorse
Takka Takka
We Are Scientists.
uhh_me?
schmendrick.
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#33
Ok I have another suggestion...being that you like the New Weird America stuff (Devendra, Joanna, Vashti, etc) you might like Josephine Foster
As for a song I suggest Crackerjack Fool
fronkpies
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#35
Quote by Goon
No...

Should I jump of a cliff?


edit: sorry fronkpies, I checked them out on last.fm and they're actually quite marvellous. I appreciate constructive advice like yours and it is welcome anytime.


Tears in waves, minds on fire
Nights alone by your side
RyanEck
Music Snob
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#36
But nothing should be out of the "safety zone" of someone who listens to Xiu Xiu! =P


Quote by uhh_me?
Ok I have another suggestion...being that you like the New Weird America stuff (Devendra, Joanna, Vashti, etc) you might like Josephine Foster
As for a song I suggest Crackerjack Fool



Something like CocoRosie, too.
GuitarSymphony
UG Freak
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#37
Kings of Leon

Pick any song off the Aha, Shake Heartbreak.
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frodoisdead
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#38
bob dylan blatently, but everyone likes bob dylan so that's a pretty daft suggestion.

now the songs i am suggesting here are not all going to be alt/indie so don't shoot me.
bright eyes - cartoon blues
mr johnny cash - anything off any album. i'll go with hung my head.
james yorkston - shipwreckers
minus the bear - spritz!!! spritz!!!
prize fighter inferno - who watches the watchmen or run, gunner recall, run! the town wants you dead.

there's a few i thought i could of more but obviously not.
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opivy21
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#39
The Meat Puppets are good if you haven't already heard them.

Songs: Lake of Fire, In a Car, Oh Me, Meat Puppets.

I'm sure that there are better songs to reccomend, but I just started listening to them myself.
tezhall
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#40
Hmm, strikes me that a few of these kind of miss the point of the original post, being to not only expand the collection generally, but mainly to recommend specific songs by the "better known" indie bands out there to get started on possibly liking those bands.

I can relate, having spent years hating any post-Bends Radiohead, my road into their world went via

Airbag
Let Down
Electioneering
Climbing Up The Walls
2+2=5
Myxamatosis
There There

Infact that's probably 7 of my top 10 Radiohead songs right there

Decemberists I'm really only just learning about myself, but I'm in love with

The Island (the really long 12min 3 parter from The Crane Wife, full title too long to remember lol)

Um, Arcade Fire I don't know enough about to really recommend again, but my no 1 song by them is Wake Up (or whatever its called, track 7 I believe on Funeral)

And then stuff that you may or may not be into but not have mentioned such as Cat Power (Love and Communication, really MyMetalHeart is whose brains to pick here) or Camera Obscura (Lloyd I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken, Tears For Affairs)

Well, hope that helps.