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I'm trying to get a friend of mine into indie music, and thought to make a mix.

I thought perhaps some Death Cab, Shins, Flaming Lips, Wilco, Interpol, etc, staying away from the more obscure ones for starters.

So, you indie lovers out there. I need actual SONG suggestions, rather than just band names. Keep in mind this is someone totally clueless about any of the names mentioned above, so we need songs that'll hook him!
 
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Sounds like an introduction to American Indie. If you want some British artist to show your friend/discover yourself then let me know.
 

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The Zutons - "Zuton Fever", "Confusion"
Snow Patrol - "Chocolate", "Run", "Spitting Games"

...just to name a few. I a like the UK bands Athlete and Aqualung, which are well known in the UK but can be hard to find in the US.
 

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The whole Snow Patrol album is phenomenal from start to finish, I'd say the same about The Zutons as well.

Also try, The Libertines and Razorlight; simply the best out there.
 

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Here's a free alternative. Take a look at this mp3 blog:

>> http://mysteryandmisery.com/

This guy puts together mixes of indie music (generally on the mellow side) available free on the internet, usually from band or label web sites. I haven't downloaded all this stuff, but I can recommend the mixes called "Pool Party" and "In the Rain." Click the links in the left column.
 

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wyneken said:
Here's a free alternative. Take a look at this mp3 blog:

>> http://mysteryandmisery.com/
Looks like some interesting stuff (I'll certainly check it out!), but he wasn't looking for obscure artists.

To back up others' recommendations: "Can't Stand Me Now" by the Libertines is an essential song. Probably also "Such Great Heights" by the Postal Service. The Garden State soundtrack is full of good stuff, and has the Shins' best-known song "New Slang" (though I personally prefer "Past and Pending", but they're both good songs). I'll probably post more when I get some time to peruse my iPod.
 
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neb said:
Sounds like an introduction to American Indie. If you want some British artist to show your friend/discover yourself then let me know.
He might not, but I do! I spend an inordinate amount of time searching around for new good music, and have found some great stuff just by keeping track of the BBC (2? I think) top 10. Its amazing that an album can hit #1 there and not even show up in the US (Tourist by Athlete comes to mind; I really liked that one).
 

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He might not, but I do! I spend an inordinate amount of time searching around for new good music, and have found some great stuff just by keeping track of the BBC (2? I think) top 10. Its amazing that an album can hit #1 there and not even show up in the US (Tourist by Athlete comes to mind; I really liked that one).
With the danger of hijacking this thread, sorry to the OP.

Athlete's first album 'Vehicles and Animals' is said to be better project, a more quirkier effort that 'Tourist'

The BBC 2 chart is a bit tempermental and can be quite, well, rubbish in parts.

Check out www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/playlist.shtml for new music. It displays all the readio 1 playlist so you may have to sift through some dance/R&B tracks to get what you want.

As for my reccommendation, try 'British Sea Power' and their album The Decline of British Sea Power and let me know what you think!
 

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Eh neb, *I* was the one who hijacked the thread! But to make up for it, I'm offering mui suggestions below. I checked out British Sea Power this evening; some good stuff, deserves more investigation. Unfortunately I couldn't get anything but 30-second iTunes samples. Then again, they'll be playing in my town in a month. :)

OK, here are my additions:
Athlete - Beautiful
Calexico - Sonic Wind
The Concretes - Say Something New
The Decemberists - Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect
The Delgados - Sink Or Swim
Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Lounger
Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Somewhat Off the Way
Earlimart - The Hidden Track
Elliott Smith - A Fond Farewell
Elliott Smith - Between The Bars
Gomez - Catch Me Up
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Keane - Sunshine
Rogue Wave - Kicking The Heart Out
Rogue Wave - Man-Revolutionary!
Simple Kid - Staring At the Sun
Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow
Streets - Fit But You Know It
Travis - Love Will Come Through
Travis - Walking In The Sun
Vines - Ride
West Indian Girl - Trip
West Indian Girl - What Are You Afraid Of
Zutons - Not A Lot To Do

Comments? :D
 
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^^^If you're checking out British Sea Power, the essential track is "Lately." Of course, it's also 13:59, so the iTunes preview won't tell you much...

And their live show is a sight to behold...
 

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rogermexico said:
^^^If you're checking out British Sea Power, the essential track is "Lately." Of course, it's also 13:59, so the iTunes preview won't tell you much...

And their live show is a sight to behold...
Also, it's an 'album only' track so you won't be able to buy it individulually.

I think my favourite track on the album is 'Fear of Drowning'; so have a look at that one.

bdb said:
Eh neb, *I* was the one who hijacked the thread! But to make up for it, I'm offering mui suggestions below. I checked out British Sea Power this evening; some good stuff, deserves more investigation. Unfortunately I couldn't get anything but 30-second iTunes samples. Then again, they'll be playing in my town in a month.

OK, here are my additions:
Athlete - Beautiful
Calexico - Sonic Wind
The Concretes - Say Something New
The Decemberists - Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect
The Delgados - Sink Or Swim
Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Lounger
Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Somewhat Off the Way
Earlimart - The Hidden Track
Elliott Smith - A Fond Farewell
Elliott Smith - Between The Bars
Gomez - Catch Me Up
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Keane - Sunshine
Rogue Wave - Kicking The Heart Out
Rogue Wave - Man-Revolutionary!
Simple Kid - Staring At the Sun
Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow
Streets - Fit But You Know It
Travis - Love Will Come Through
Travis - Walking In The Sun
Vines - Ride
West Indian Girl - Trip
West Indian Girl - What Are You Afraid Of
Zutons - Not A Lot To Do

Comments?
Some good suggestions there. I have The Zutons, Travis, Streets, Stereophonics, Keane and Athlete tracks, but the rest I will be sure to check out.
 

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rogermexico said:
^^^If you're checking out British Sea Power, the essential track is "Lately." Of course, it's also 13:59, so the iTunes preview won't tell you much...

And their live show is a sight to behold...
Argh! It seems like all the good shows end up being back-to-back here:( Last November it was Keane and The Killers on two consecutive days (chose Killers), next month its The Shins one night Phoenix & Dogs Die in Hot Cars a few days later, and British Sea Power a few days after that.

Could be worse problem, I guess. :) Its less than six quid to get into these shows (10 bux for your Americans), but I can't go to concerts every night without having a very unhappy wife.
 

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neb said:
["Lately"] is an 'album only' track so you won't be able to buy it individulually.
Doh! Forgot about that. Seems like anything over 10 minutes is "album only" these days. Really chaps my hide. Almost enough to make me shop for tracks Behind The Iron Curtain...

Though honestly, the British Sea Power blokes can't exactly be rolling in dough. If you like them, represent and buy a CD :)
 

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I'd like to contribute to this list, but as an old man with a grey beard I honestly have no idea what Indie means anymore - I used to a year ahead of THE OC, then 6 months, then 6 weeks. Then they got to Aqualung before I did. I know they've got a cool music supervisor and all, but it's enough to make me turn in my Cool Kid membership card and decoder ring :(

Still, what could be Indier than the Elephant 6 Collective? Has THE OC rocked Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, or Apples in Stereo yet? Or how 'bout Low - check out the album "Things We Lost In The Fire." "In Metal" is a fine example of their craft.

And surf around epitonic and eMusic. Lots of great free or nearly-free stuff. And if you like your Indie pop-style, do not sleep on A.C. Newman or the New Pornographers.
 

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He might not, but I do!
First off, make that She. :p

Now, neb and bdb, I think you’re my new best friends. I “hijacked” some of your suggestions to expand my own music collection.

Bdb: I’ve been listening to Snow Patrol for quite a while, and love them (have you heard their Crazy in Love cover?) – I’ve put Chocolate on the list. I haven’t really heard much of the Zutons, but I’ll definitely check them out.

Neb: Can’t Stand Me Now by the Libertines is definitely going to be on this thing, but as to Razorlight, I don’t know. Vice was playing in my car this weekend, and it did not go over well. Best stick to the mellower stuff, I think.

As to the original mix idea, this is someone who listens primarily to pop/rock chart-topping dreck, so I’m trying to keep the “culture shock” to a minimum. So far, here’s what I’ve got, nothing finalized:

The Recluse – Cursive
Expo 86 – Death Cab for Cutie (or--)
I Was a Kaleidoscope – Death Cab for Cutie
I Was Meant for the Stage – Decemberists
Twilight – Elliott Smith
Can’t Stand Me Now – The Libertines
These Days – Mates of State
Such Great Heights – Postal Service (or--)
Clark Gable – Postal Service
Know Your Onion! – The Shins (my personal pick over the usual favorite New Slang)
Chocolate – Snow Patrol
Fever – Starsailor
definitely some New Pornographers, haven’t decided on a specific track yet (gotta love ‘em)
maybe something from Delays.

Re: bdb’s list – Stereophonics is one of my all-time fave bands, but they’re hardly indie, despite an appearance on the Wicker Park OST.

Thanks for all the input, guys! More suggestions always welcome.
 
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