Posts Tagged ‘Indie


No One’s First, And You’re Next

Modest Mouse has a new CD.. an 8 song EP they released on August 4th titled No One’s First, And You’re Next.

The album is mostly a correlation of unreleased tracks left from recording sessions of Good News for People Who Love Bad News and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.

Check out their video for the song King Rat.

Solid album, very enjoyable.  Actually, I highly suggest listening to this album while you’re disturbingly hung over waiting for your housemate to come back from getting you a ridiculously large burrito.  It somehow seems to fit that scenario to a T.



Discover Discovery

Ok kiddos, it’s been a while.. 

Behold.. Discovery!  

Move over MGMT, this summer has a new electro-pop hipster anthem album.  Seriously, this is bop around with the car windows down, sunny day, happy music.  Don’t have a car?  You may be compelled to buy one just so you can play this album while driving.  

Discovery is made up of Rostam Batmanglij, keyboardist/producer from Vampire Weekend, and the awesome singer from Ra Ra Riot, Wes Miles.  The combination is pretty damn sweet.  The group’s debut album, named.. LP (c’mon guys, how about a bit of creativity?) was released July 9th and has been getting some pretty great reviews.

Think The Knife meets M83 meets Passion Pit, throw in a bit of Hot Chip and add their influences from Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot, and there’s Discovery.  Sounds neat, huh?  

They’ve even got their own version of J5’s I Want You Back.  While I’m REALLY over this whole auto tune thing, their down tempo-ish version of the track has a ton of depth to the music.

Their Myspace page lists their influences as:  “subwoofer, pitchshifted handclap, that sixteenth note high hat you’re hearing in da night, highlighter yellow/neon orange” which actually seems to sum them up fairly accurately.

Check it out.



Oh, that crazy indie rock..

So there have been some pretty great indie rock bands that have passed through (or will be coming to) the Bay in recent times.. let’s discuss!

Dr. Dog (4/16 at the Fillmore):

I should point out that I recently got turned on to Dr. Dog.. they have a part mellow, part rock, part almost psychedelic 60’s sound to them, and also this kick ass side which comes out fantastically whey they play live.  Good stage presence, for sure.

Band of Horses (4/17 at the Fox):

B.O.H. have an indie meets southern rock/country style.  Singer Ben Bridwell’s voice has been compared with both Wayne from The Flaming Lips, and Neil Young (though the Neil Young reference was in regard to some of their earlier tracks).

Fleet Foxes (4/21 at the Fox):

So according to Wikipedia, the Fleet Foxes describe their music as “baroque harmonic pop jams” .. which sounds kind of douche-y but is actually pretty accurate.  Of all the bands on this list, though, I was definitely the least impressed with F.F.’s live show.. it was just lacking a bit, somehow.  It could have been just an off night, for them or me.  These things have been known to happen.

Cold War Kids (5/7 at the Fillmore):

C.W.K. has been blowing up with their new album.  Who hasn’t gotten this first song here stuck in their head for days on end?  No one has not gotten it stuck, is the answer.

(Sorry about that weird, whatever the fuck skull thing that was.. actual video here.)

Delta Spirit and The Shins (5/9 at the Fox):

Ok we all know and love The Shins, well, because they’re awesome.

BUT.. let’s talk about the Delta Spirit.  I’m shocked this band isn’t way bigger than they are.  I don’t even think they’re signed to any major label.  They’re a band from San Diego that leans more towards the rock and blues side of indie rock.  They’re a bit quirky (in the best of ways), using props on stage like trash can lids, etc.  Amazing amazing amazing live performances.  Go see them!  Go go go go.

Want a little taste of them live?  Of course you do..

Cloud Cult (5/12 at the Independent):

This is another band that I’m surprised isn’t way bigger.. another quirky, experimental indie band (from Minnesota!  Cute little accents..) that isn’t on a major label, though they’ve actually turned down offers in order to create their own Earthology Records.  According to wikipedia, Earthology exists on lead singer Craig Minowa’s organic farm and is “powered by geothermal energy and built partially from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. This nonprofit label uses only recycled materials and donates all profits to environmental charities.”   Neat.  They also have two members of the band who do full paintings each and every show, which they then auction off at the end.  Also neat!

The Doves (5/18 at the Fillmore):

This is a neat little indie band from Manchester, England!  The show is tomorrow at the Fillmore, go check it out!

Passion Pit (5/26 at Bimbo’s 365 Club):

Ok so Bimbo’s is a really neat (one could say swank) little club and Passion Pit is great.  They’re a relatively new band (started in late 2007), and are more on the electronic side of indie.  Another one to keep your eye on.  Perhaps at the show on the 26th?  Hmmmm?

Animal Collective (5/26 at the Fox):

I’ve said pretty much everything I can about them here.. just saying this is going to be a pretty awesome show to see.

Ok.. that’s a lot of information on indie bands to put out there, probably more than any person could actually want.  Heh.. one could maybe even call it Ind-formation?  

No?  No one?  



Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

Early in January of this year, Animal Collective released their 8th studio album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, named after the amazing outdoor venue in Maryland – where most of the band members grew up.  This record is fantastically good and I’ve basically been listening to it on repeat since I bought it.  

The Album art, an optical illusion!

The Album art, a neat optical illusion!

Animal Collective is made up of 4 members:  Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin, though this album doesn’t have Deakin featured on it as he took a bit of a hiatus from the band.  

I’ve had people ask and I have to say they’re a bit hard to classify, as far as a genre goes.. noise/experimental/indie… it’s hard to put a finger on it.  I think probably “weird” about sums it up for a lot of their music they’ve put out.

That being said, Panda Bear has been quoted as saying that Merriweather is their best recorded album, and I really have to agree.  It’s much more melodic than a lot of their previous work, and the vocals and harmonies have more power and weight to them.  Combine that with their willingness to do a lot of crazy experimental shit, some great samplers, and you’ve got an album that is turning them into a household name and booking them some great venues.

Here’s a video for their single, My Girls:

and here’s the music for the song Summertime Clothes:

It makes me pretty happy that this weird little noise-rock band has gotten such critical acclaim from this album.. I think it’s pretty well deserved.  Plus it means they’re playing festivals like Sasquatch, and they’re even coming to play a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland!  

I’ll for sure be there.  



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