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guppiehaus
Sep 13, 2010




Hi, it's 2012 and it's time for a new indie music megathread ! Post all ya favorite artists from rock, pop, twee, folk, electronic, you know the deal.

If you missed it last time here's the old megathread: http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...40&pagenumber=1

(It has a huge list of great artists you can sift through, or don't whatever.)

I know indie music is a hard to define and very expansive umbrella category of music. Don't be a dickhead and post some tunes instead


DO:

-Tell us about a band you saw live.
-Give a heads up about any upcoming shows or even arrange a meet up.
-Mention an upcoming or recently released album you'd like to share.
-Ask for recommendations for bands related to your favorites or post some in reply.
-Let us know about any bands you think are massively underrated.

TRY NOT TO:

-poo poo out a bunch of YouTube links (I'm guilty of this at times too). If you're going to post YouTube links at least try to give us some background about the band, what they sound like, related artists, or even what makes you like them especially from every other band out there.
-Be an autismal gently caress, there are a bunch of tunes that goons will share that you'll like and there will be a bunch that you think suck. That's life, bub.
-Post already very popular bands that everyone has heard on the radio dozens of times before. By this I mean stuff like 'Hey have you guys heard of the new Foster The People song?!' Yes, thank you.




Let's get this started with some samplings of bands from each genre

Rock -

Rogue Wave - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYdiUeeSGUU&ob=av2e Standard indie pop rock, I think a lot of Jack Johnson fans would love this band
Bass Drum Of Death - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF2Gy6HWU6o Hard, straight to the point. Very rough sound.
Real Estate - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbznOLs3qYk Lazy beach rock, just the way I like it.
Jeff The Brotherhood - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7IG8tRUy_8 These guys are loving amazing, a little like the Ramones but more modern day youthful
Built To Spill - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY9lXSm3HVA Introspective lyrics, great solos

Pop -

Tennis - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsbXcJT8yfE Beach pop, check out the bio on this band it's insane.
Cults - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrRfDUVcayM Pop rock with a guitar dude and lady singer duet.
Camera Obscura - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3CkfvYMCWM Similar to Belle and Sebastian.
Mates of State - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txFFd5IKqQ0 Like duos? I've got loving tons of them.
The Drums - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNp4_ayl-Lg Vocalist sounds like The Cure, but with a modern pop twist

Folk -

Elliott Smith - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drVDhpDe44g R.I.P. big man
Rocky Votolato - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaG2xINk5B4 Relaxing folk music
The Bear That Wasn't - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un8d4u0yNK8 Really loving depressing, but beautiful (wait till the chorus)
Nona Mez - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rlXgiXYb4Q&
The Great Lake Swimmers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ6W_cq-zQ0 I'm sorry but I hate Mumford & Sons, this is the next best thing

Electronic -

Small Black - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqeTj77u9TY Electropop or Poptronic?
Teen Daze - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_Gpyqg343I Dreamy summer electronic
Houses - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnDVdYpkPpg Mellow beats, soothing vocals
Grimes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC2XLePDWQ Weird atmosphere to the song, check out d'Eon if you like
Washed Out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfPkpmEimpw Sex music. Seriously.
Youth Lagoon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwatgfIPbSk One dude, one Casio keyboard, loads of music




As for me I've been getting into a lot of the revived beach music like Tennis, Surfer Blood, Wavves, and Real Estate. Punk infused rock like PUJOL, Ty Segall, and Jeff The Brotherhood are always good too. "Chillwave" and whatever the hell you call Grimes/d'Eon's split 'Darkbloom' has been growing on me as of late. It's also cool hearing Neon Indian's Polish Girl play on the radio sometimes.

Upcoming albums!

The XX just released a pretty rough demo of a song called 'Open Eyes'. Sounds okay, typical XX style. Check it out here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B9VnfaUV6g)

I've been hearing of a new Yuck album in the works as well, but can't remember where I heard that rumor.

I'm also eagerly awaiting the new Tennis album coming out this Feburary called 'Young & Old'. Here's their first single 'Origins' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q5fUcJMWZ0)

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If any goons are up to go to a show in the SoCal area let me know! I'm friendly and will probably buy you a beer or something. Cheers and happy listening!

guppiehaus fucked around with this message at Jan 9, 2012 around 09:31

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guppiehaus
Sep 13, 2010


Also it'd be cool if some goons could point me to a steady place to find new music or rising artists. As of now I just scrounge around on iTunes, Spotify, some Tumblr blogs, and the occasional visits to Pitchfork.

sparksbloom
Apr 30, 2006


BIRP. 120 songs each month, usually sent to this guy by publishers and the musicians themselves of rising artists. It's great to download and mix in with playlists of other music or just run in the background and wait to see what grabs you.

Probably my best find from BIRP has been Low Roar, an indie-folk act from Iceland that brings me back to when I was younger and listening to Sigur Ros still had that "wow" factor. This song is excellent.

Carrier
May 12, 2009


420...69...9001...


If someone hasn't heard of them yet, then give Slow Club a listen. They are a Sheffield, UK based indie pop/rock act that have some really fantastic lyrics and some great catchy songs.

They released a couple of upbeat EPs before their first album, Yeah So, which are worth a listen but I really think that they came into their own with Yeah So, every single track is great. The tone is a bit more depressing I guess, since every song seems to be about breakup in someway, but a lot of them are very childishly optimistic and wistful about the whole situation. 3 tracks that I think are particularly fun are It Doesn't have to be beautiful which has some great lyrics especially in the opening verse, Our Most Brilliant Friends which at first i didn't like but not can't help but shout along too, and Giving up on Love which is maybe the most famous song from the album but inexplicably got sped up in the official video which makes it sound stupid, but is a fun catchy track.

Their second album, Paradise, I haven't enjoyed as much so far but there are still some great tracks. The band have stopped their joint vocals mostly and have focused on the, admittedly technically better, vocals of the female lead. This gives the songs a bit more of a crisp, clean feel but I feel they are a bit too perfect, whereas the clash of the less controlled male vocals and perfectly controlled female vocals in the first album created a really honest and interesting sound in my opinion. The lyrics of their songs are also a lot more abstract in this album and less obviously focused on a specific issue, as in the first album. This makes them a bit more accessible maybe but again I sort of preferred the focus of the first album. Nevertheless, Two Cousins is exceptionally catchy and I could listen to on repeat for hours on end, and If We're Still Alive which returns to the joint vocals of the first album is also a great track and has some really fun lyrics.

What I'm trying to get across is, give them a listen, because I really like them and I want them to get more recognition so I can say I knew about them before they were famous

Davincie
Jul 7, 2008

Now let me teach YOU a lesson


Besides the usual I like listening to the indie rock playlist for new music, there can be a lot of terrible poo poo in there (The Killers and Pomplamoose last month ugh) but you occasionally get gems. http://theindierockplaylist.com/

Haven't listened to the new one yet but from a quick look I can recommend Priory, Grouplove, Mother Falcon, The Black Keys, Dum Dum Girls, Destroyer, Florence (though I would be surprised if anyone here doesn't know her or The Black Keys), Los Campesinos!, The Vaccines (somewhat, depends a lot on the song) and Rabbit (if you like twee)

O Rapture
Feb 28, 2007


Hey, OP! I'm liking a lot of the bands mentioned in your post.

For harder edged stuff, the whole garage rock revival thing from San Fransisco heroes like Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin is really working for me. (And Bass Drum of Death, which you mentioned.) If you have a chance, catch Ty and Mikal on tour together. In addition to assaulting your ears with their guitar-driven weirdness, they are also friendly and approachable to boot.

For indie experimental, one of my favorite shows last year was Tuneyards, who were touring with a fun duo called Buke & Gass. B&G is a boy/girl duo who are writing very eccentric songs and making a ton of noise with their homemade instruments. Tuneyards is a girl and her loop station, backed by a bassist and two saxophones. Sounds strange; but was a powerful show. The crowd couldn't get enough and barely let her leave.

Wavves and Best Coast tour together, or at least they did last year, and are worth seeing if you get the opportunity.

Looking forward to seeing Tennis in February as a change of pace. Their last album grew on me to be a work favorite (Best Coast's too).

rxcowboy
Sep 13, 2008

I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth; fucked both a chick and her mom

I will get anal. Oh yes.

Gotta hype Joy Formidable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONlLmXuZBI0

Female singer, indie rock band from England. Sort of a 90s MBV guitar squall going on in a lot of their songs which I loving love, if they tour through my neck of the woods I'm going.

Ana Calvi: Excellent singer and guitarist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKVy0EVu2ZI

This woman has a very, very powerful voice. Sort of the antithesis of many soft, whispered vocals in alot of indie rock bands, this girl loving belts it out. And she is a superb guitarist.

And I don't know if Cold Cave counts as indie anymore, since alot of people probably know about them by now. Suicide, Depeche Mode, The Cure and Sisters of Mercy all had a hot sweaty orgy, and Cold Cave is the love child.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb7hRZyT6SE

red dead
May 30, 2011


Guess my tastes fall into the indie pop category- I really love that dreamy pop ala Twin Sister, Letting Up Despite Great Faults and twee stuff like Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastian. Haven't heard of the Drums or Tennis before, so thanks for the finds OP. Anyone have any more recs for bands like the ones mentioned?

Davincie
Jul 7, 2008

Now let me teach YOU a lesson


For twee basically read this pitchfork http://pitchfork.com/features/artic...6-twee-as-gently caress/ ,look up every band that you like and get those for a quick starter of the essentials of older twee. If you're done with that twee is actually having somewhat of a mini-revival now (or maybe it never went away? I don't know but there is a huge gap in my album years) but check Los Campesinos! (a bit punk inspired Twee, still owns a lot), Architecture in Helsinki (Electronic Twee-ish stuff, still very cutesy), I'm From Barcelona (they can get a bit overly on the childish aspect though), My Little Airport (Chinese Twee), My Little Pony (Awful name (and not related to the show), I know but they share a lot of indie pop sensibilities with twee), Rabbit! (very, very sugar sweet indie pop).

For Dream pop check Asobi Seksu, Beach House and E for Explosion also look into Chillwave, because in my experience a lot of chillwave stuff sounds very close to Dream Pop.

Folk Talk: I have been digging Of Monsters And Men a lot lately http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86tDEuoOSko and also getting back into older Okkervil River stuff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EMLbKNcKww
Will Shef totally killed someone though, the guy has a lot of songs from the viewpoint of a murderer and the like.

Orillion
Jun 14, 2011



rxcowboy posted:

Gotta hype Joy Formidable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONlLmXuZBI0

Female singer, indie rock band from England. Sort of a 90s MBV guitar squall going on in a lot of their songs which I loving love, if they tour through my neck of the woods I'm going.

Ana Calvi: Excellent singer and guitarist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKVy0EVu2ZI

This woman has a very, very powerful voice. Sort of the antithesis of many soft, whispered vocals in alot of indie rock bands, this girl loving belts it out. And she is a superb guitarist.

And I don't know if Cold Cave counts as indie anymore, since alot of people probably know about them by now. Suicide, Depeche Mode, The Cure and Sisters of Mercy all had a hot sweaty orgy, and Cold Cave is the love child.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb7hRZyT6SE

The Joy Formidable definitely delivers on stage ("Whirring" and "Austere" in particular, kick serious rear end). Cold Cave, on the other hand, was a little disappointing (but i reckon the absolute coldness and the complete absence of interaction with the spectators fit in well with their music - maybe they've improved on this since, though).

Another (previously?) underrated british band: Scanners. Apparently one of their song has been included in some series on TV, so they're probably gonna get into hype mode. Great on stage as well.

Do you guys have any concerts you're planning to attend?

LtTennisBall
Apr 5, 2009


Orillion posted:

Do you guys have any concerts you're planning to attend?

I'm planning on going to see WU LYF, who put out one of my favorite albums last year. I missed them the last time they came through Boston thanks to exams and stuff, but they're coming through again (I think touring to Coachella). They sound kinda like...I don't really know. I can't understand the vocalist at all and they recorded their debut album in a church, so everything has ridiculous reverb. They remind me vaguely of Arcade Fire. Two of my favorite songs are Heavy Pop and 14 Crowns for Me & Your Friends.

guppiehaus
Sep 13, 2010


Thanks for the heads up on artist finders guys I'll check 'em out. I knew about indierockplaylist but drat if it's not a little daunting to sift through that many artists.

Wow all the bands you guys mentioned are loving solid. I particularly like Slow Club,Of Monsters and Men, and Low Roar.

I think if you like Of Monsters and Men or Low Roar you should really check out Seabear, they're another Icelandic band but they make some drat good pop/rock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVPqsi-33Js

Marble Sounds is along the same vein and is also really, really good (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8PHNeT_x1U)


red dead posted:

Guess my tastes fall into the indie pop category- I really love that dreamy pop ala Twin Sister, Letting Up Despite Great Faults and twee stuff like Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastian. Haven't heard of the Drums or Tennis before, so thanks for the finds OP. Anyone have any more recs for bands like the ones mentioned?

Check out Big Troubles, they're more shoegazey like E For Explosion but they have the same wistfulness that a lot of indie pop/twee bands seem to love. My favorite is the song Minor Keys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMMtf0YRVGQ) it's got a rare solo in it too! If you like them I'm sure you'll like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, although I'm not really a fan of their newer stuff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4itzHRpltQ).

You might also like The Rosebuds. I would place them more with Belle and Sebastian. Here's Go Ahead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxMa7jijgR4

Orillion posted:

The Joy Formidable definitely delivers on stage ("Whirring" and "Austere" in particular, kick serious rear end). Cold Cave, on the other hand, was a little disappointing (but i reckon the absolute coldness and the complete absence of interaction with the spectators fit in well with their music - maybe they've improved on this since, though).

Another (previously?) underrated british band: Scanners. Apparently one of their song has been included in some series on TV, so they're probably gonna get into hype mode. Great on stage as well.

Do you guys have any concerts you're planning to attend?

I love Joy Formidable! They have this really awesome hardcore edge to them especially at the breakdown at the end of Whirring. It puzzled the poo poo out of me cause they sound so similar to Metric I wasn't expecting it to take that turn.

If you like them and Metric you might like Wye Oak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2guLl6Hmwo) and to a lesser extent Young Galaxy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDnm2jZZq1w).

And for concerts is anyone going to Coachella? I've heard of the event but I never realized their line ups were so loving amazing. The line up this year is crazy! I want to see Yuck perform so loving bad. I'd totally be down to go with some goons cause I don't think any of my friends can afford it/want to go.http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoast...673762125_n.jpg

guppiehaus fucked around with this message at Jan 10, 2012 around 21:50

guppiehaus
Sep 13, 2010


LtTennisBall posted:

I'm planning on going to see WU LYF, who put out one of my favorite albums last year. I missed them the last time they came through Boston thanks to exams and stuff, but they're coming through again (I think touring to Coachella). They sound kinda like...I don't really know. I can't understand the vocalist at all and they recorded their debut album in a church, so everything has ridiculous reverb. They remind me vaguely of Arcade Fire. Two of my favorite songs are Heavy Pop and 14 Crowns for Me & Your Friends.

Trying to categorize WU LYF is a loving nightmare the only thing I could come up with is they have the same guitar / beat sounds as Youth Lagoon.

guppiehaus
Sep 13, 2010


O Rapture posted:

Hey, OP! I'm liking a lot of the bands mentioned in your post.

For harder edged stuff, the whole garage rock revival thing from San Fransisco heroes like Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin is really working for me. (And Bass Drum of Death, which you mentioned.) If you have a chance, catch Ty and Mikal on tour together. In addition to assaulting your ears with their guitar-driven weirdness, they are also friendly and approachable to boot.

For indie experimental, one of my favorite shows last year was Tuneyards, who were touring with a fun duo called Buke & Gass. B&G is a boy/girl duo who are writing very eccentric songs and making a ton of noise with their homemade instruments. Tuneyards is a girl and her loop station, backed by a bassist and two saxophones. Sounds strange; but was a powerful show. The crowd couldn't get enough and barely let her leave.

Wavves and Best Coast tour together, or at least they did last year, and are worth seeing if you get the opportunity.

Looking forward to seeing Tennis in February as a change of pace. Their last album grew on me to be a work favorite (Best Coast's too).

You'd probably really like PUJOL, he just released a new album and he's got the same roughness and vibe as Jeff The Brotherhood and Ty Segall. Guy looks like a lot of fun to hang out with too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uo2u1U6DiE

Yoshifan823
Feb 19, 2007

by FactsAreUseless


Whoever mentioned Los Campesinos!, thank you. I just got a couple of their albums, and they're fantastic.

I'll spit in one of my own in return, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. You've almost certainly heard one of their songs before, between a beer commercial (Golden Age) and an iPod commercial (Around the Bend), but it's really happy poppy music, and their new single, Heart Attack is their best yet, IMO.

red dead
May 30, 2011


guppiehaus posted:

Check out Big Troubles, they're more shoegazey like E For Explosion but they have the same wistfulness that a lot of indie pop/twee bands seem to love. My favorite is the song Minor Keys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMMtf0YRVGQ) it's got a rare solo in it too! If you like them I'm sure you'll like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, although I'm not really a fan of their newer stuff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4itzHRpltQ).

You might also like The Rosebuds. I would place them more with Belle and Sebastian. Here's Go Ahead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxMa7jijgR4

Thanks for the heads up. Big Troubles was a great find, got Romantic Comedy in my rotation now.

Orillion
Jun 14, 2011



guppiehaus posted:

If you like them and Metric you might like Wye Oak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2guLl6Hmwo) and to a lesser extent Young Galaxy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDnm2jZZq1w).

Yeah, Wye Oak is great ("Civilian", which you have linked, is really beautiful). In a way, it reminds me of severely underrated My Gold Mask (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5dwteSbW4I), although the latter sounds definitely noisier.

And now, for something slightly colder and more electro-ish, a friend just made me listen Darkness Falls: "The Void" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5K5jBqOoy0), whose keyboardist seems to be Trentemøller of old.

Orillion fucked around with this message at Jan 11, 2012 around 23:44

maduin
Mar 4, 2003


Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) is starting his own label--I think it's actually a division of Jagjaguwar--and the first thing he's releasing is the album "It's All Aquatic" by Amateur Love. They're pretty much really great, and I have a feeling this is going to be a great label to watch in the future.

Definitely check them out, if you're down with great electro-pop poo poo: Grooveshark

Mr Wind Up Bird
Jan 23, 2004

i'm a goddamn coward
but then again so are you


If you're looking for something that sort of scratches that "I wish I could listen to a new New Pornographers album" itch you might want to check out Moonbabies who I thought for sure would have done something between 2007 (when I found them) and now but I guess not! Although their blog says they apparently have a new album in the works so

red dead
May 30, 2011


Just came across this band in NPR's World Cafe Next 20 from last October. TV Girl comes out of San Diego, they'd fall into that indie pop/chillwave genre. They don't anything too special that stands out from their peers.. but it's pretty cool pop. Benny and the Jetts is a great track. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsdvYG37Ank
If anyone finds other bands of this feel (60s sampling, psychdelic/soul) I'd love to hear some recommendations.

ARE THOSE MY SPERMS
Sep 22, 2008


Loves You


Just a couple Indie Folk artists from the area I grew up in. I really like their music.

Travis Vick: http://www.myspace.com/travisvickmusic

Scott Bartenhagen: http://www.facebook.com/ScottBarten...204974879526524

They're both really good artists with solid songwriting/singing. Give 'em a chance.

SnoPuppy
Jun 15, 2005


I highly recommend The Mountain Goats if you like excellent song writing from someone who's not afraid to put their soul into their songs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IsXKMkDAMQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjiJM_Daoa0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRP6egIEABk

For albums, you might want to start with "All Hail West Texas", but "All Eternals Deck" is also quite good. So is "Tallahassee". He's released a prolific amount of material, so picking favorite songs/albums can be tough.

They're also amazing live - John Darnielle has great crowd interaction, plus you can learn little vignettes about his songs. For example, I saw them recently and learned that "Prowl Great Cain" is set in Cambodia 1979, which kind of changes the impact of the lyrics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SRvx49ScUY

Clockwork Gadget
Oct 30, 2008

tick tock


Also "Heretic Pride" and "The Sunset Tree" and, well, just all the albums. John Darnielle is cool as heck.

guppiehaus
Sep 13, 2010


I'm seeing Of Monsters and Men up in Seattle on March 26th at the Neptune Theatre. If any goons are going to that show let me know! Tickets just went on sale!

JohnnyWarbucks
May 8, 2007


One of the guys from Of Montreal and Jupiter One started his own side project recently (past year?). He's going by Kishi Bashi and just recently signed to Joyful Noise Records. It's sort of an electro-synth-pop with a Japanese twist (at least I think his family is from Japan, though he was born in the US). He currently has an EP out that was supported through Kickstarter and has a full length album coming sometime this year.

It All Began With A Burst is from his upcoming album and I think it's pretty great. [url] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JqDgrnaMC4 [/url]

Bright Whites is from his EP and is really good too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wcZ...feature=related

maduin
Mar 4, 2003


JohnnyWarbucks posted:

Kishi Bashi

This EP is really, really good.

Epi Lepi
Oct 29, 2009

You can hear the voice
Telling you to Love
It's the voice of MK Ultra
And you're doing what it wants


rxcowboy posted:

Gotta hype Joy Formidable.


Thanks for this, I'm really liking this band, particularly Cradle. Real good sound to them I'd like to see them live now.

Nosferatu Man
Nov 10, 2008


Coming in here to recommend Faraquet. RIYL indie rock, American Football, Unwound. Great band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzx-SM_3LN

Also Jenny Hval was a much overlooked artist from 2011. Her album Viscera is a stunning and progressive folk-pop album. Hval is of Rockettothesky as well, which I don't care for as much but might tickle someone's fancy. More overt electro-pop influence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd6OEWC9gHY

rockamiclikeavandal
Jul 2, 2010



Have some sweet tunes.

Terry Malts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpsNgSubrbg
California rock goodness.

Housse de Racket
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q-TnJRk0Mk
Poppy french band.

Fixers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISzdekZxmGA
Have no idea how to describe these guys, but the video is every hipster stereotype crammed into 3 minutes.

rockamiclikeavandal fucked around with this message at Feb 6, 2012 around 03:33

Eggie
Aug 15, 2010

Something ironic, I'm certain


Sufjan Stevens.

He's in the process of recording his next studio album. After his experimental The Age Of Adz, I'm curious what he's doing now. Is he head backing to his indie folk roots or experimenting further? I didn't hate Age Of Adz, but I can't say it was an excellent album. Some songs, his voice is overwhelmed by the loud electronic roar. And that final song "Impossible Soul" is just a bore. That being said, I hope he continues to experiment. If he heads back to his indie folk roots, he risks being samey and damaging interest in him.

Tgent
Sep 6, 2011


Shearwater's new album is now streaming on NPR.

Their past three albums have been very folky, with the occasional more straightforward rock or pop song. On a quick listen this album is much more of the latter, but their quite unique sound and lyrics still remain. I'm enjoying it a lot as a big fan of all their previous work.

Davincie
Jul 7, 2008

Now let me teach YOU a lesson


Eggie posted:

Sufjan Stevens.

He's in the process of recording his next studio album. After his experimental The Age Of Adz, I'm curious what he's doing now. Is he head backing to his indie folk roots or experimenting further? I didn't hate Age Of Adz, but I can't say it was an excellent album. Some songs, his voice is overwhelmed by the loud electronic roar. And that final song "Impossible Soul" is just a bore. That being said, I hope he continues to experiment. If he heads back to his indie folk roots, he risks being samey and damaging interest in him.

Really? I love both Impossible Soul (the rest of the album hasn't really gotten to me yet) and his more 'active' sounding of his older work (stuff like Go! Chicago! Go! Yeah!) while finding his slower stuff a bit droll. If anything I hope he ends up combining his electric stuff with the folk like he did in parts of Impossible Soul.

Also have a decent Indie Pop band I stumbled upon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbQYj2JQB9A

hoped.so
Aug 14, 2004

it is never too late to give up your prejudices

I built a repository to put youtube links so that they can be organized by tags and streamed in continuous play like a radio. Its built with Ruby on Rails/MongoDB.

I like the taste of the music of this thread and need testers. It is invite only and I give out zero invites to each new user so it is not going to grow exponentially.

The site is runawaywith.us

If you are interested in helping test, runawaywith.us/users/sign_up (if you test your will get to keep your account forever even when I close open signups)

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Caesar Saladin
Aug 15, 2004

Jumping the Shark


Tomorrow I am seeing Girls for the second time. The first time was honestly kinda crappy but the new album was so good that I've gotta see it performed. The guy is kinda a cold fish up on stage, to be honest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu8jHRZymNs

LooksLikeABabyRat
Jun 26, 2008

Oh yeah, I'd nibble that cheese.


Phantogram owns bones. They're indie pop/electronic (Disclaimer: I usually hate electronic music). Here's them playing live on Jimmy Fallon with ?estlove on drums. This band is fantastic.

http://vimeo.com/19632737

cage-free egghead
Mar 8, 2004

Ready to eat me, sir!


rxcowboy posted:

Gotta hype Joy Formidable.

They're playing with A Place to Bury Strangers in a few months here in Minneapolis and I can say I'm rather excited to go see them, I'm usually not a fan of female fronted rock bands but they look promising. APtBS was amazing when I saw them 2 years ago, definitely a band who can rip your ears off.

Edit: I don't really get time to swallow as much new music as I used to, but I'm finding it a lot harder to find stuff I'll actually sit down and listen to. Mostly with how easy it is to get songs out there is it, I feel like many artists put out a lot of drab and uninteresting stuff now, mostly electronically created music. A recent example is James Blake's release last year, it's a simple album to listen to and it's kind of fun to explore, but going back to it just feels like it's so empty, sparse, and almost effortless and many artists are going similar routes.

I do miss being excited by releases you knew were going to be pretty good each year but there's just so much stuff out there now that it's hard for anything to get a solid backing unless you have the time to follow many editorials and opinions. [/rant]

cage-free egghead fucked around with this message at Feb 7, 2012 around 14:56

Davincie
Jul 7, 2008

Now let me teach YOU a lesson


LooksLikeABabyRat posted:

Phantogram owns bones. They're indie pop/electronic (Disclaimer: I usually hate electronic music). Here's them playing live on Jimmy Fallon with ?estlove on drums. This band is fantastic.

http://vimeo.com/19632737
I own all their records and they really are quite good, though I prefer Eyelid Movies to the new one and their EP's aren't really worth it considering 90% of them contain the same songs.

Anyway, the new Tennis album is now streaming: http://pitchfork.com/news/45338-str...lbum-young-old/

LtTennisBall
Apr 5, 2009


Fonzarelli posted:

Tomorrow I am seeing Girls for the second time. The first time was honestly kinda crappy but the new album was so good that I've gotta see it performed. The guy is kinda a cold fish up on stage, to be honest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu8jHRZymNs

I saw them when they came to Boston right after releasing Father, Son, Holy Ghost. They're a weird live act. They sounded phenomenal and all of the songs from the second record translated really well live. That being said, Chris seems to have no stage presence (that, or he doesn't try to) and they kind of all just diminutively sit there and play the songs. It was also in a theater, which I don't like as a venue at all. It was a great sounding show but don't except any energy, as you pointed out.

Katina
May 3, 2009


Bleusman posted:

Probably my best find from BIRP has been Low Roar, an indie-folk act from Iceland that brings me back to when I was younger and listening to Sigur Ros still had that "wow" factor. This song is excellent.

Thanks so much for this recommendation. I'm really loving Low Roar, especially the song Nobody Else (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2lF...feature=related) which is incredible enough that I just bought their album right away despite being a poor student frequently exposed to many many many indie bands.

A recent personal favourite of mine are Lanterns On the Lake, folky indie rock six-piece who released their debut album last year, signed to Bella Union, supported Explosions in the Sky and are going to support Low later this year. They have both male and female vocalists. I really like their song Lungs Quicken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEsNlpSk_Rs

I also recently discovered The Mountaineering Club. If you visit their website after Lanterns On the Lakes', you might experience a faint sense of deja vu. It feels like fast-paced postrocky soundscape electronically influenced ambient indie. This is their track Nansen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIL9TaQr2-g

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Dancin Fool
Mar 4, 2009


Willis Earl Beale

Wasn't sure whether this fit here, but I recently came across this guy and he's too good not to share anywhere.

He's got a lo-fi folky/bluesy Tom Waits thing going on.

Debut LP 'Acousmatic Sorcery' to be released in March/April. Enjoy!

Evening's Kiss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...d&v=U3xpSYTdxlA

Same Old Tears
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dme...feature=related

Official: http://www.willisearlbeal.com/
Pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/features/risin...llis-earl-beal/
http://www.urbaneyez.com/2011/08/willis-earl-beal/

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