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Andrewbiles
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Essential Links:

Allmusic's Indie-rock definition
Wikipedia's definition of Indie music
Elbows Music Blog Aggregator
Free Indie
Gorilla vs. Bear
Tiny Mix Tapes
Brooklyn Vegan
KEXP
UG Alt & Indie board's Audioscrobbler/Last.fm group - thanks to pumpkins_rule
Past Alt & Indie AOTW's

Record Labels:

4AD
Arts & Crafts
Barsuk
Constellation Records
French Kiss Records
Hush Records
Kill Rock Stars
Matador Records
Motive Sounds
Rough Trade Records
SST
Sub Pop
Temporary Residence
Touch And Go
Xtra Mile Recordings


Good webzines/blogs/magazines:

Adrian's Album Reviews
Arthur Mag
La Blogotheque: Take-Away Shows
Bradley's Almanac
Daytrotter Sessions
Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage
Indie Workshop
Music (for robots)
Pitchfork Media
Scaruffi's
Stereogum
Trouser Press
We Want The Airwaves Back


Books:

33 1/3 Series - Continuum International Publishing
A History of Rock Music: 1951-2000 - iUniverse.com
Japrocksampler - Julian Cope
Krautrocksampler - Julian Cope
Labels Unlimited Series - Black Dog Publishing
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From The American Indie Underground 1981-1991 - Michael Azerrad
Unknown Legends of Rock n Roll - Richie Unterberger


Films:

24 Hour Party People
The Devil & Daniel Johnston
Heima


Shops: (for local shops check posts - I have a feeling there may become quite a few)

Amazon (UK)
Amoeba Music
Boomkat
Darla
Ebay (UK)
eMusic (The bargain indie download store)
Fopp
GEMM
Insound
Net Sounds Music
Newbury Comics
Rough Trade
Select a Disc
Sister Ray
Tap Into Music


Essential albums: (ones that'll last the test of time, not just stuff known about for a week and then forgotten)

1965

Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited

1966

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beatles - Revolver

1967

Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
Love - Forever Changes
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico

1968

The Beatles - The Beatles
The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society
The Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa) - We're Only In It For The Money
The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat

1969

Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
MC5 - Kick out the Jams

1970

Amon Düül II - Yeti
Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman
The Stooges - Fun House
Yoko Ono - Plastic Ono Band

1971

Can - Tago Mago

1972

Big Star - #1 Record
David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
Lou Reed - Transformer
Nick Drake - Pink Moon

1974
Faust - Faust IV

1975

Brian Eno - Another Green World
Neil Young - Tonight's The Night
Neu! - Neu! '75
Patti Smith - Horses

1977

The Clash - The Clash
David Bowie - Low
Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express
Television - Marquee Moon
Wire - Pink Flag

1978

Elvis Costello - This Year's Model
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo

1979

The Clash - London Calling
Gang of Four - Entertainment!
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Pop Group - Y
Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps

1980

Joy Division - Closer
Talking Heads - Remain in Light

1981

Black Flag - Damaged

1982

The Cure - Pornography
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Too-Rye-Ay
Mission of Burma - Vs

1983

REM - Murmur
Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes

1984

Husker Du - Zen Arcade
Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
The Replacements - Let It Be
The Smiths - The Smiths

1985

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

1986

The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
Sonic Youth - EVOL
XTC - Skylarking

1987

Big Black - Songs About ****ing
Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me
Sonic Youth - Sister

1988

Dinosaur Jr - Bug
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden

1989

A.R.Kane - "i"
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
The Cure - Disintegration
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Fugazi - 13 Songs
Pixies - Doolittle
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

1990

Fugazi - Repeater
Ride - Nowhere
Depeche Mode - Violator

1991

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Nirvana - Nevermind
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
Sebadoh - III
Slint - Spiderland
Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque

1992

Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill

1993

Blur - Modern Life is Rubbish
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
Nirvana - In Utero
Slowdive - Souvlaki
The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Suede - Suede

1994

Beck - Mellow Gold
Blur - Parklife
Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
Jawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Portishead - Dummy
Shellac - At Action Park
Suede - Dog Man Star
Weezer - The Blue Album

1995

Bjork - Post
Blind Melon - Soup
Palace - Viva Last Blues
Pulp - Different Class
Scott Walker - Tilt
The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

1996

Beck - Odelay
Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads

1997

Bjork - Homogenic
Mogwai - Young Team
Radiohead - OK Computer
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

1998

Air - Moon Safari
Cat Power - Moon Pix
Elliott Smith - X/O
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
Unwound - Challenge For Civilised Society

1999

Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I See A Darkness
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
Sigur Ros - Ágætis Byrjun

2000

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antartica
Radiohead - Kid A

2001

Daft Punk - Discovery
Low - Things We Lost In The Fire
The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2
The Strokes - Is this it?

2002

Bright Eyes - Lifted, or the Story....
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it In People
The Decemberists - Castaways & Cutouts
The Libertines - Up the Bracket
The Mountain Goats - Tallahassee
Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

2003

Damien Rice - O
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts
The Shins - Chutes too Narrow
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell

2004

The Arcade Fire - Funeral
Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
Les Savy Fav - Inches
Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans

2005

Animal Collective - Feels
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Lou Barlow - Emoh
MIA - Arular
The National - Alligator

2006

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming
TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain

2007

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
Panda Bear - Person Pitch

revised: 12/17/09 by joe. special thank you to mr biles.
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Anyway, nice to see Yo La Tengo
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Ahh. Elvis Costello.

He makes this list deck.
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i dig.
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Love the list. It's introduced me to some new bands/ artists, including Nick Drake, who is amazing.
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#8
Why is this thread open now? RIP old thread...

I think the vast majority of the people here will submit In Rainbows
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In Rainbows is very good
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Ahh. Elvis Costello.

He makes this list deck.

+1000 Although, the album that is suggested should be "My Aim Is True", IMO.
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two suggestions.

1)epitonic seems to be all but dead. it hasn't been updated since sometime last year, the community link is broken, and the radio streams don't work.

2)perhaps under websites add tinymixtapes and brooklynvegan
K-Lizzle
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I agree. If This Year's Model made it, so should that one.

Although I think This Year's Model is a leeeetle bit better.
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Yup, I gotta say - 'My Aim Is True' needs to be on that list.

I also suggest 'It Still Moves' from My Morning Jacket (2003)..c'mon you all know its awesome.

Anyways..wonderful job.
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#15
And Gorilla vs. Bear. That's an excellent blog.
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My Morning Jacket - Z? At an overglance, I didn't see any of their albums.
EDIT: Ha, Wylde beat me to it.
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'Z' is so great, but I think 'It Still Moves' stands as there grand performance and overall most popular album. I think 'Z' did a fine job of topping it though and I think I'd take 'Z' over it.
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Quote by K-Lizzle
And Gorilla vs. Bear. That's an excellent blog.

i agree.
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Oh, and Devendra Banhart's "Rejoicing In the Hands" or "Nino Rojo". Your choice.
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I also think Cold Roses - Ryan Adams should be on the list. Please stop me if I'm talking out of my ass.
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There are so many good blogs out there which is a bit of a problem, but GvB, TMT and BV will get added as they are amongst the best.

As for MMJ, personally I don't think they're exactly essential, don't know what the overall consensus of this forum is though, so we wait
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I think there may have to be a rule stating that albums have to be a couple of years old - so next year 2005 can be added - and also a limit of 2 or 3 albums per band. Tried to limit it to two albums on the old list, so should try and stick with it, then you're not suggested (for example) Radiohead and then given four albums as a starting point and still lost of which to pick up.
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the 2 or 3 year rule is a good one. by putting distance between the hype factor and the actual album you will certainly have a better idea of how good it is.
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We need some Apples In Stereo in there, peepz. Like... oh, I dunno. Fun Trick Noisemaker, Science Faire, Tone Soul Evolution, Her Wallpaper Reverie, The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone...

I can't really pick. Let's have a vote.
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Quote by uhh_me?
the 2 or 3 year rule is a good one. by putting distance between the hype factor and the actual album you will certainly have a better idea of how good it is.


Yeah exactly, give it time to settle and see which are still memorable.
Edited the links, also added in Elbo.ws which I highly recommend everyone on here checks out.
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That's when you know you found somebody special. When you can just shut the f*ck up for a minute, and comfortably share silence.

RateYourMusic
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Yeah it's pretty much the same idea, always found elbows a much easier place to navigate though - despite it's crappy facelift over the summer.
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Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullsh*t in order to be comfortable?

That's when you know you found somebody special. When you can just shut the f*ck up for a minute, and comfortably share silence.

RateYourMusic
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Quote by Andrewbiles
As for MMJ, personally I don't think they're exactly essential, don't know what the overall consensus of this forum is though, so we wait


I always got the vibe that 'It Still Moves' got the same kind of recognition 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' got..meaning it got relatively big and welcomed etc etc.

And where do we stand on 'My Aim Is True', hmm?
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Animal Collective, Of Montreal, and The Unicorns please.


This is a really good list though.
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Animal Collective, Of Montreal, and The Unicorns please.


This is a really good list though.

Ja, most def'. Specifically Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone by the Unicorns, and Cherry Peel and/or Satanic Panic In The Attic by Of Montreal.

And go ahead and put Hearts Of Oak by Ted Leo + Pharmacists on there, also.

I would say add Look Now Look Again by Rainer Maria, but they're emo.
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Ja, most def'. Specifically Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone by the Unicorns, and Cherry Peel and/or Satanic Panic In The Attic by Of Montreal.

And go ahead and put Hearts Of Oak by Ted Leo + Pharmacists on there, also.

I would say add Look Now Look Again by Rainer Maria, but they're emo.

i think "the gay parade" would be a better choice for an of montreal album.
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i think "the gay parade" would be a better choice for an of montreal album.

+1, it's far better
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the dismemberment plan's "emergency and i" is a classic. not sure if it's essential but i'm just throwing that out there
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How about marking the albums that really aren't Alt/Indie with an 'X' or something? So that when people buy/download/shoplift e.g. Paul's Boutique, they wont expect a Indie Rock album. Just a suggestion.
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I like how you threw "shoplift" in there. Hah.
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Good list.
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nice to see teenage fanclub
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Ooh, Teenage Fanclub.

Quote by European Son
How about marking the albums that really aren't Alt/Indie with an 'X' or something? So that when people buy/download/shoplift e.g. Paul's Boutique, they wont expect a Indie Rock album. Just a suggestion.


If were gonna do that, throw some Wu on there.
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Quote by Fugazirancid
the dismemberment plan's "emergency and i" is a classic. not sure if it's essential but i'm just throwing that out there

agrees
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