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In 1981, The Kinks released a hit LP titled Give The People What They Want. One of the best ways to know what the people want is to look at the numbers. The web stats for IRC show a lot of interest among visitors for 2008 indie rock music. We're not sure why this is, but here's a playlist of excellent 2008 songs most of you have probably never heard, and all of which were sent to us In Dee Mail. We hope you find a few here that you really dig, and check out more about the artists and bands who recorded them.

The Dublin, Ireland mellow experimental pop band The Dying Seconds, released their self-titled debut LP last year. Their music is a flourishing and dreamy fusion of electronic grooves blended together with trumpet, violin, clarinet, Tunisian bagpipes, synthesizers and harmonophones at nearly every turn, making it one of the best indie releases of 2008. And others agree. The blog MP3Hugger wrote, "As albums go [The Dying Seconds] is up there with the best of 2008."

Croatian indie band The Orange Strips' 2008 album, Follow LP, is full of lush melodies, accordions, guitars and overall memorable folk rock. Right away, their Gin Blossoms meets The Clientele sound makes the LP one of the most under appreciated international indie rock releases of 2008.

The indie rock band Technicolor Wolves are definitely on the radar taking the prized Best New Band of the Coachella Valley in 2008, and recently named the Best Band-Overall in 2009 by the Palm Springs newspaper, The Desert Sun.

The first time that we heard "I Was Only Sleeping" from Hotel St. George it reminded us of The Walkmen. But finding out quickly that it was not The Walkmen made the mystery even more intriguing. Wish there was more time to write about all of these terrific songs and bands, but the music speaks for itself. Enjoy.

"I'll Make The Best Weapon" - The Dying Seconds from s/t debut (2008)
"Everything Always" - The Dying Seconds from s/t debut (2008)

"Northern Lights" - The Orange Strips from Follow LP (2008)

"Reaction" - Technicolor Wolves from Charismarithmetic EP (2008)
"Ceiling Cracks" - Technicolor Wolves from Charismarithmetic EP (2008)

"I Was Only Sleeping" - St. George Hotel from Hundreds & Thousands (2008)
"Some Kind of Light" - Kids Club from Powder River (2008)

"Devil Dressed in Blue" - Right Away, Great Captain from The Eventually Home (2008)

"Woods Waltz" - The O'Darling from A Nice EP (2008)

"Outlander" - Pilgrim Speakeasy from Anarchitecture (2008)

"Blackboots and Blackhearts" - Sweet Jane from Blackboots and Blackhearts EP (2008)

"Puma" - Instiga from Tenho Uma Banda (2008)

"Egg & Spoon Race" - The Fancy Dress Party from Off The Beaten Tracks (2008)

"Dont You Worry" - Jim Noir from s/t debut (2008)

"Dress The Stage" - You Me & Iowa from s/t debut (2008)

"Wayward Son" - Bottle Up and Go from These Bones (2008)

"Organisms" - Caw! Caw! from Wait Outside (2008)

"Fire on Corridor X" - All The Saints from Fire on Corridor X (2008)

"Big City Bright Lights" - ArtOfficial from Stranger (2008)

"Hologram Buffalo" - Brightblack Morning Light from Motion to Rejoin (2008)

"We're Good" - Peasant from On The Ground (2008)

"Maryland" - Matt Morrell from Evette (2008)

"Roasting Song" - McCarthy Trenching from Calamity Drenching (2008)

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