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EW's Top 25 Indie Albums; Does Radiohead Really Deserve No.1 Spot?

Entertainment Weekly’s editors feature the 'Indie Rock 25', profiling albums from 1984 (apparently the ‘beginning of indie’) to present, including classics from The Hold Steady, The Replacements, Yo La Tengo, The Pixies, Spoon, Pavement, Built to Spill, and The White Stripes to name a few.

Some of the choices are questionable, not for being selected, but for their position in the ranking. For example, why is Radiohead's In Rainbows given the No.1 spot on the list? (Modest Mouse's stunning Lonesome Crowded West release is buried in the list at No. 12, just to name one aberration).

Afterall, Radiohead's In Rainbows has been out less than six months, the band pissed off a lot of fans back in October for what was considered a dubious 'first release' and there are many other albums on this list that are well-oiled classics - truly landmark albums that have etched themselves in to the history of 'indie rock' - and beyond - to a greater degree than In Rainbows has or ever can.

Lastly, Radiohead has become so commercialized as an entity in the past year that I would argue they no longer fit into the 'indie rock' genre to begin with.

Nevertheless, there are still some good choices on this list, just their position on the list is highly question, even head-scratching.

1 - Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007) Stream: Radiohead's MySpace page

2 – Spoon – Ga Ga Ga (2007) – MP3: Eddie’s Ragga

3 – The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America (2006) MP3: Stuck Between Stations (Live)

4 – Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005) MP3: Lua

5 – Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004) MP3: Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

6 – The White Stripes – Elephant (2003) Stream White Stripes

7 – Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights (2003) MP3: Obstacle 1

8 – The Shins – Oh, Inverted World (2001) MySpace: Turn Me On

9 – Yo La Tengo - And then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out (2000) MP3: None from this album, but there are eight free MP3s from Yo La Tengo

10 – Sleater-Kinney – The Hot Rock (1990) MP3: Get Up

Here's the entire 'Top 25 indie albums' list from EW's website.

Check back to the site later today or tomorrow (3/31) for a zip file of the MP3s above, including some bonus tracks.

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   March 30, 2008    2 Comments
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The Kooks' New Album "Konk", New Video Debut , Tour Dates and Media

Brighton, England's garage rock indie band The Kooks are set to release their new album, Konk, on April 15 on Astralweeks in the U.S. and April 14 on Virgin Records in the UK.

The new Kooks album, named after The Kinks singer/songwriter Ray Davies' Konk Studios where it was recorded in late 2007, is the band's second album since their 2006 acclaimed debut Inside In/Inside Out.

That album went triple platinum in the UK, spawning a number of chart singles, and later helped the band get invited to South by Southwest, which is a huge deal for any musician or band.

Konk was produced by Tony Hoffer who has worked with Beck and Air.

Stream Listen to Konk on Imeem.
MP3: The Kooks - "See the Sun" from Konk
MP3: The Kooks - "Mr. Maker" from Konk
Link: The Kooks Official Website
Link: The Kooks' MySpace page
Videos: Stream Kooks' videos inside their own cool Flash-powered amplifier box.

With dozens of Kooks' 2008 concert shows already booked for North America, UK, Japan and Europe, it's likely The Kooks will be on the loose soon in a city near you.

The Kooks are Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Max Rafferty (bass), Hugh Harris (guitar) and Paul Garred (drums).

The following is The Kooks new video from Konk, "Always Where I Need To Be".

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   March 27, 2008    1 Comments
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Ra Ra Riot Rebounds From Tragedy To Wide Praise From Music Writers and Fans

Syracuse, New York indie band Ra Ra Riot, have made impressive traction within the indie rock/pop world during the past year, thanks largely to a widely-acclaimed debut EP, 'blogger buzz' and opening for groups like the Editors, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Bow Wow Wow.

Ra Ra Riot lives up to their name delivering unabashed chamber indie pop performed with exuberance, the fine-tuned mix of guitars and drums with violins and cellos and a frantic, but jubilant, stage performance.

In fact, the band caught the attention of many attendees, other musicians, bloggers and mainstream press at the 2008 South by Southwest Conference in Austin earlier this month.

And what is even more admirable is that Ra Ra Riot was able to continue on after the tragic loss of their drummer, John Pike last year. The band, family, friends and fans were devastated by the sudden loss of Pike. He passed away shortly before the group released their debut EP.

Pike apparently wandered off at a party following a show in Providence, RI, and did not return. Panicked and with no clue what happened to their friend and band mate, an extensive search was conducted, but it wasn't until Pike's body was found in Buzzard's Bay in Cape Cod, Massachusetts that loved ones learned he had accidentally drowned.

Pike's family and friends encouraged the remaining band members to continue on without Pike. And so they did, and with fervid conviction to carry on the music that Pike helped create. (Download and listen to Each Year, from the band's debut EP).

In the past year, Ra Ra Riot has built a loyal, and growing, fan base, toured seemingly non-stop and have received more press coverage than many bands get in decades of playing together.

Last September (2007), after seeing Ra Ra Riot open for the Editors at San Francisco's Fillmore, digging their sound very much, watching the reaction of the crowd (SF music fans are tough as nails) and talking to the band members, I knew we'd all hear more from Ra Ra Riot.

Following their Fillmore performance, I talked to band members Wesley Miles (vocals/keyboards) and Mathieu Santos (bassist) outside as they loaded their equipment into a trailer that was hooked up to a van parked in front of the door to the venue itself.

We chatted about their style of music and where the band was going next, what record they were working on and other details. But I sensed something was not right as we were talking, almost as if they were hiding something. It was only later, when I did some research about the band, did I learn of their dear friend's passing.

In memory of John Pike, check out the John Ryan Pike Memorial Foundation website, Other band members include Alexandra Lawn, Cameron Wisch, and Rebecca Zeller. Check out Ra Ra Riot's official website and MySpace page.

Here’s a 30 minute session with Ra Ra Riot recorded in January 2008 on WOXY Radio (view set list).

The following are MP3s featured on the band's website and were recorded during a DayTrotter Session at SxSW in Austin

MP3: Ra Ra Riot - St. Peter's Day Festival
MP3: Ra Ra Riot - Suspended in Gaffa

3.12.08: SXSW Day Stage
3.12.08: Todd P Patio Party
3.13.08: The Onion & Canvas Media Party
3.14.08: Soundcheck Magazine Party
3.15.08: Diesel Party
3.15.08: Park The Van/Daytrotter Showcase

In case you missed the previous post, the popular NYC indie band Vampire Weekend, who are friends of Ra Ra Riot, put on a great show at the small San Francisco venue Rickshaw Stop on Easter Sunday.

Ra Ra Riot continues their tour from now through May 16 with The Cribs and staring next month, The Little Ones. See Ra Ra Riot's full concert schedule.

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   March 26, 2008    0 Comments
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A Note to IRC Subscribers and Visitors

Dear Subscribers and Visitors:

You may notice that we are continuing to work on creating a faster, more appealing, more versatile and more content-rich site for fans of that thing they call 'indie rock'.

Please let us know if you are experiencing any problems with the site, or if you have any comments, suggestions, criticisms or compliments. Believe it or not, we're more interested in the 'constructive criticism' of the site to help make it better for everyone.

In the coming months, there are going to be some big surprises in store as far as upgrading, including more listings and searches of artists, songs, reviews, concerts, plus added social networks, more legal and free MP3s, music videos, streaming media, new and upcoming releases, plus the latest news and views from the indie music community at large, including special features with 'established' and 'up-and-coming' independent musicians and groups.

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   March 25, 2008    0 Comments
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New Tracks Tuesday: Helio Sequence, Georgie James, Grand Archives, Bodies of Water, Panda Bear, Shearwater

This week marks the launch of New Tracks Tuesday. Each Tuesday, six new, totally legal and free MP3s will be posted from musicians and groups who make good music.

- Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead from Keep Your Eyes Ahead (Subpop Records)

- Grand Archives - Torn Blue Foam Couch from 2008 debut self-title CD (Subpop Records)

- Shearwater - Rooks from upcoming June 8, 2008 release Rook (Matador Records)

- Panda BearComfy in NauticaRemixed by Alex Epton (Paw Tracks Records) - photo to right by Francisco Nogueira (excellent photo collections)

- Georgie JamesCake Parade - new single from 2007 album Places (Saddlecreek Records)

- Bodies of WaterEverybody Hurts REM Cover for Stereogum mix (Self-Labeled)

MP3 Sources: (although a message on the site indicates MP3s are disabled due to ‘deep linking’, some still work)


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Vampire Weekend Offer Peek at New Album at San Francisco Easter Sunday Show

It was another sold out, packed-to-capacity venue show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco Easter Sunday as the sensation over the New York City indie pop band Vampire Weekend continues to grow unabated.

The following is a short video clip of the band jamming to the yet-unreleased song "Little Giant, with Rostam on guitar (by the way, Rostam is not Latino or 'Mexican'; he's Persian. Plus, I met him on Sunday and he doesn't look like that David kid on American Idol, ok?! I'm sure Rostam is sick of hearing that comparison.)

Vampire Weekend's signature brand of indie pop mixes reggae and hip hop sounds with songs about Cape Cod, garbage in New Jersey, mysterious people ("Blake"and "Walcott") and that damn "Oxford Comma". They are one of the few 'buzz bands' that demonstrates a genuine interest in their fans, as they made clear throughout their performance at the Rickshaw Stop.

Watch this fun video from the Vampire Weekend video (which the photo above was taken from) to see evidence of musical genius, but also more evidence that they are not letting their unprecedented success get to them too much.

Streaming Video Session: Vampire Weekend live on KCRW

Live MP3: Vampire Weekend performing M79 at SxSW 2008

Webs: Vampire Weekend's official website and MySpace page.

P.S. Did anyone else at the Vampire Weekend show at the Rickshaw Stop take photographs that have orbs in them? I don't know if it's a lighting or camera issue, but I have orbs on all my photos, but they did not appear at any other recent indoor, darken venue except here. Looking at some of these pictures you can see what clearly look to be one or more orbs moving around, so to me I just call it "Dancing with Orbs" (a new band name?).

Vampire Weekend Concert Tour Schedule through August 2008

Mar 19 2008 - 8:00P The Casbah (SOLD OUT) San Diego, California
Mar 20 2008 - 8:00P El Rey (SOLD OUT) Los Angeles, California
Mar 22 2008 - 8:00P The Independent (SOLD OUT) San Francisco, California
Mar 23 2008 - 8:00P Rickshaw Shop (SOLD OUT) San Francisco, California
Mar 25 2008 - 8:00P Doug Fir Lounge (SOLD OUT) Portland, Oregon
Mar 26 2008 - 8:00P Neumos (SOLD OUT) Seattle, Washington
Mar 27 2008 - 8:00P Richards on Richards (SOLD OUT) Vancouver, British Columbia
Mar 29 2008 - 8:00P The Badlander Missoula, Montana
Mar 30 2008 - 8:00P Neurolux Boise, Idaho
Mar 31 2008 - 8:00P In the Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 1 2008 - 8:00P Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado
Apr 3 2008 - 8:00P The Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 4 2008 - 8:00P The High Noon Madison, Wisconsin
Apr 5 2008 - 8:00P Turner Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Apr 6 2008 - 8:00P Metro (SOLD OUT) Chicago, Illinois
Apr 11 2008 - 8:00P Brown University Campus Green Providence, Rhode Island
Apr 25 2008 - 1:00P Coachella Indio, California
May 1 2008 - 8:00P Bistol Bierkeller Bristol, UK
May 2 2008 - 8:00P Birmingham Academy 2 (SOLD OUT) Birmingham, UK
May 3 2008 - 8:00P The Liquid Rooms Edinburgh, UK
May 4 2008 - 8:00P Oran Mor Glasgow, UK
May 6 2008 - 8:00P Northumbria University Newcastle, UK
May 7 2008 - 8:00P The Cockpit (SOLD OUT) Leeds, UK
May 8 2008 - 8:00P Manchester Academy 2 (SOLD OUT) Manchester, UK
May 9 2008 - 8:00P Camber Sands Minehead, UK
May 12 2008 - 8:00P Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth, UK
May 13 2008 - 8:00P Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT) London, UK
May 15 2008 - 1:00P Brighton, UK
May 20 2008 MelkwegAmsterdam, Holland
Jun 7 2008 - 8:00P The SocialOrlando, Florida
Jun 8 2008 - 8:00P Cafe ElevenSt. Augustine, Florida
Jun 12 2008 - 1:00P BonnarooManchester, Tennessee
Aug 10 2008 Summer Sonic - OsakaOsaka, Japan

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Beck, Wilco, BSS, Andrew Bird and Devendra Banhart Added to Outside Lands Lineup

(click image for official festival poster in PDF)

Organizers of Outside Lands, San Francisco's three-day music festival taking place in Golden Gate Park this August, are beefing up the lineup for the west coast's newest outdoor music festival.

Today's new additions to the SF Outside Lands Festival include Beck, Wilco, Andrew Bird, Broken Social Scene, Drive-By Truckers, M. Ward, Cold War Kids, Two Gallants, Black Mountain, Devendra Banhart, Ben Harper, Galactic, Widespread Panic, Primus, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Bon Iver, Nellie McKay, Little Brother, Manu Chao, Regina Spektor, The Coup, The Cool Kids, Steel Pulse, Lyrics Born, Café Tacuba and the Felice Brothers.

Here's a few featured artists and groups:

MP3: Wilco - Muzzle of Bees
MP3: Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place
MP3: Andrew Bird - A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head to Left
MP3: Galactic - Bongo The Dog
MP3: Broken Social Scene - Anthems for a 17-Year-Old Girl

The latest lineup news for Outside Lands 2008 lineup adds to previous confirmed performances from headliners Tom Petty, Jack Johnson and Radiohead. More news updates as they come in.

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   March 24, 2008    0 Comments
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Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Admits Suicide Attempt, Joins Prevention Campaign

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The songwriter and bassist for the popular pop-punk indie group Fall Out Boy said that he had struggled with major depression that lead to a suicide attempt, according to US magazine.

Wentz, who is currently dating celebrity singer Ashlee Simpson, said that he was "lost" and "out of control" during the time Fall Out Boy was in the studio recording. The article does not say when the incident occurred, but a wild guess says it would have been during the recording for the 2007 release Infinity on High.

In 2005, FOB released one of the year's top-selling albums, From Under the Cork Tree, spawning a Billboard Top 10 for album spot and two Top Ten hits "Dance, Dance" and "Sugar We're Going Down." The album quickly gained double platinum status and Fall Out Boy was subsequently nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist of the Year.

But the fame and fortune, and the prescription drugs, Wentz said, were not making him any happier.

"I got in my car. I remember I was listening to Jeff Buckley doing Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' [mp3] and sat there and took a bunch of [anxiety drug] Ativan in a Best Buy parking lot," Wentz said.

Wentz said he then "called up my manager because I was, at that point, completely out of my head with Ativan. And I was talking to him and I was slurring my words, so he called my mom and my mom called me and she came and got me and we went to the hospital.

"It's not really about keeping your head above water, it's about feeling all right and feeling safe in your own skin."

MP3: Fall Out Boy - Dance, Dance
MP3: Fall Out Boy - This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race

This week Wentz took part in a MTVU teen suicide prevention fundraiser called "Half of Us".

Fall Out Boy are enroute to Chile and, I checked this three times, Antartica. Why? FOB is trying to set a world record. Stay tuned to IRC by signing up for the site feed to get all the details about this still developing and amazing story when the results are in. Will they do it?

As of today, according to Fall Out Boy's official website, there are no other shows scheduled yet for 2008, but chances are their will be.

Don't forget your ear muffs.

Fall Out Boy's 2008 Concert Schedule (so far)

Mar 23, 2008 Teatro Teleton Santiago, Chile (Sold Out)

Update: The venue for this show was originally set for the Victor Galpon Jara but was moved to the Teatro Teleton - a larger venue - to accommodate a huge demand for tickets. All tickets purchased from Jara's will be honored at the Teatro venue.

Mar 25, 2008 Gymnasium @ Frei Base King George Island, Antarctica

(not sold out yet; don't penguins and polar bears like indie rock?)


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   March 21, 2008    0 Comments
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Portishead's New Video MP3 "Machine Gun" To Hype First Release in a Decade

Few bands in today's highly competitive and saturated music market can remain popular without having new material for fans on a regular basis.

But veteran indie electronic rockers Portishead have managed to overcome those odds for nearly a decade.

On April 28th, Portishead will release their first original collection of new material since 1997's self-titled 'trip hop' classic, which propelled the band to celestial heights, and kept them going for years, thanks in large part to a loyal fan base and numerous performances at big music festivals over the last few years.

The new album, Third, (which may refer to the fact that this is only their third album since 1994's classic Dummy) has been kept under tight wraps in hopes of preventing a leak, but just to make sure they don't miss having some control over the "blogger buzz" that is so important nowadays, the band has just released their new video called "Machine Gun."

MP3: Portishead - Machine Gun from upcoming release of Third.

See the Portishead official website for more information, ordering details and news updates. Just a quick note: The band needs to create a new and more dynamic website and definitely get rid of the frame-navigation of their site's pages.

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Six-Pack MP3 Stack: New Songs from Band of Horses, Ruby Suns, Helio Sequence, Steve Malkmus

This week's indie music playlist features recent releases from musicians and groups that are creating buzz among the music bloggers.

The single "No One's Gonna Love You" by Band of Horses appeared on their latest album released almost six months ago. Yet, it wasn't until yesterday (March 19, 2008) that the single was 'officially' released.

The psychedelic and Middle Eastern influences of The Ruby Suns is apparent on their latest single and The Helio Sequence returns with a new single after a four year new material drought (but the wait was worth it for HS fans).

Each of this week's songs and the artists who created them were selected not just because they are recent notable releases, but their unique talent and important contributions to the silly thing we like to call 'indie' rock, aka independent music, helps keep the spirit, freedom and creativity of music alive in an age when overly polished and marketed music dominates the mainstream media.

Check out these free and legal MP3s from Band of Horses, The Ruby Suns, The Gutter Twins, The Helio Sequence, What Made Milwaukee Famous and Steve Malkmus and the Jicks.

MP3: The Ruby Suns - Tane Mahuta

MP3: The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead

MP3: Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You

MP3: The Gutter Twins - Idle Hands

MP3: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks -Baltimore

MP3: What Made Milwaukee Famous - Resistance St.

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   March 20, 2008    0 Comments
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South by Southwest Favorite 'Other' Performances, Plus Podcasts, SXSW Player and Torrents

The South by Southwest conference in Austin has come to a close, but for those folks who missed out, here's some great songs from lesser-known artists who performed during the conference that ended on Sunday.

Fools - The Dodos
Vinalhaven Harbor - Stephanie Dosen
Devil Take My Soul - Son of Dave
Youth Games - The Mission District
About To Walk - Throw Me The Statue
Cindy - Ola Podrida
Modern Leper - Frightened Rabbit

Launch the SXSW Player to listen to dozens and dozens of artists from this year's showcase.

Torrent entire SXSW performance showcases from 2005 to 2007

Related blog and mainstream reports on SXSW 2008:

SXSW 2008 Interactive
22nd annual SXSW Music Festival - Variety
Various observations of SXSW 2008 artists and performers

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   March 19, 2008    0 Comments
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Vampire Weekend's Free 40 Minute Studio Session on KCRW

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Even before their 'big time' appearance on Saturday Night Live earlier this month, Vampire Weekend was one of the biggest new bands of 2008, if not the biggest new band of the year, at least as far as the 'buzz factor' goes.

Weeks leading up to the February release of their debut self-titled album on Beggar's Banquet, VW had captured the attention of bloggers, music critics and 'indie' fans, mostly due to their performances last year in concert, at music festivals and their Feb. 1st U.S. network debut on the David Letterman Show.

Vampire Weekend - Boston

Vampire Weekend - Walcott

Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

(Watch and listen to Vampire Weekend play a 40-minute session clicking the video further down the page)

Many fans were disappointed by VW's performance on SNL (the string section wasn't synced with the band). Even the full-length clips of Vampire Weekend performing on SNL have been removed from YouTube; however, they have reappeared on Stereogum.

But, really, you can forget about the SNL show. Without question, it is the band's 40-minute studio session on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic this past Valentine's Day that shows Vampire Weekend at their best. Not only that, but everyone watch it. This is one of the best things about the Internet.

Die-hard fans all around the world who have been unable to see Vampire Weekend in concert should really enjoy this session. It may be the closest many come to see the band in concert, and in some cases, even better.

During the 40-minute studio performance, Vampire Weekend's band members play almost every song from their debut album. The video and audio quality, and camera work, are superb (unlike most videos on YouTube) - no screaming, background noise or shakiness. See the set list below and some lyrics.

The first set of VW's KCRW February 14, 2008 studio session features, in order played, Mansun Roof, Oxford Comma, A-Punk, Cape Cod Kawassa Kawassa and Boston

Following the first set, there is a brief and wonderfully conducted interview with the band.

During the second set the guys play Bryn, Campus, I Stand Corrected, The Kids Don't Stand and M79.

View more Vampire Weekend lyrics at their official website.

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   March 18, 2008    1 Comments
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Lollapalooza's 2008 Line-up Rumors, Fakes and Speculation

(Above: This is a fake that has been circulating the Internets for the past month; it is not the official Lollapalooza lineup poster for 2008 - notice the poor Photoshop work on the "8" - somebody couldn't find the correct font match.)

Festival organizers for Lollapalooza have yet to officially announce one artist for the August 1-3 annual rock fest in Chicago's Grant Park.

But that hasn't stopped the rumors, speculation, "wish lists" and flat out fabrications for Lollapalooza's 2008 lineup.

Just this past week, the amps were turned up on the rumor machine with magazines like Paste and Rolling Stone newspapers like the Los Angeles Times and the The Grand Rapids Press announcing that artists and bands like Rage Against the Machine, Wilco, Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails are 'rumored' to be headliners for Lolla 08.

The Lollapalooza message boards have been lit up for weeks containing topic threads and replies for "Wanna Make a Band Suggestion?" and various other messages of "hopefuls" that are updated almost hourly with eager fans pumping out some enticing, but again totally wishful, line up schedules.

Here are a couple of tracks from the 'best-bet' rumored artists set to perform at Lolla 2008:

In the meantime, flashback to approximately 18 months ago: Wilco playing "Heavy Metal Drummer" at Lolla 06. Enjoy. If you are waiting for the lineup to be announced before buying your tickets, please use the comments section below to say so and why. (I'm curious.)

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   March 17, 2008    2 Comments
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Grand Ole Party Touring With Rogue Wave Throughout US in April

Riding on the sails of their 'critically acclaimed' debut album Humanimals, San Diego's indie trio Grand Ole Party has announced a slew of concert dates with indie rockers Rogue Wave and punk old-timers New York Dolls (do they get MediCare?) for the month of April with a final show in San Francisco on May 3rd.

Question: Is this band really good enough to tour with the likes of Vampire Weekend, Rilo Kiley and Rogue Wave? (I don't think so, but you be the judge.) Plus, the name; that's the best they could come up with? GOP? Maybe they'll get a spot at a McCain rally.

Grand Ole Party: "Nasty Habits" [mp3] from Humanimals

Grand Ole Party's April/May Concert Schedule

2 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
3 Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr
4 Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
5 Nashville, TN - The Rutledge
6 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
7 Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern
11 Boston, MA - Paradise #
12 New York, NY - Fillmore at Irving Plaza #
15 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church #
16 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
18 Chicago, IL - Schubas #
19 Chicago, IL - Schubas #
20 St. Louis, MO - Gargoyle Club #
22 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre #
24 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room #
27 Indio, CA - Coachella

3 San Francisco, CO - The Fillmore #

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Wank You For Coming, Here's Your Festival Tickets


For young men in Europe, there's no need to ask where's the love as long as you don't mind that it comes in the form of festival tickets for a few strong shots of your man juice.

A sperm collection and awareness program launched in Ireland this week offered 'donation packs' for qualified males who would, in return for their gift to womankind, get free music festival tickets to fests in the U.K. and Europe this summer.

In today's entertainment/sex saturated world, it's a genius promotional campaign, albeit it would be unlikely to pull it off in the uptight U.S.A.,where we have endless television programs that depict sex and the human body in roundabout, mixed signal ways yet we won't offer the same teens watching those programs free condoms in high school. (Don't do that, 'the kids' might think it's ok to have sex! Ugh...)

The sperm-for-tickets concept is a brilliant marketing campaign, not only because it catches the interest of the media and public (Europeans are much more honest about sexual matters than Americans), but the sperm bankers know their are plenty of young European men that would give up more than a few shots to go to a rock festival for free.

And if the pure joy of free festival tickets for many young men - and their girlfriends, or boyfriends, take your pick - was not orgasmic enough (albeit self-induced), they can also use their other head - the one with a brain in it - long enough to comprehend that their 'donation' is helping to address a crisis in Ireland - the Irish are facing a 40% shortfall in sperm reserves in the face of rising demand.

But, not too fast there slick. Apparently, the coffers filled up as of yesterday and the promoters behind the sperm-for-tickets campaign had to change every page of their website and replaced the content with the same following statement:
The purpose of this website was to test market interest through a pilot scheme.

Applications for donation packs have far exceed the expectations. Our clients are calling a halt to the invitation to apply for packs, and will review the results of the scheme to decide on how to proceed.

All submissions sent to the website are fully protected under Irish privacy regulations, and will not be released to ANY third party.

If the clinic decide to proceed with the mail system after examining the results of the pilot scheme, all people who applied for donation packs will be contacted.

Thank you for your patience and interest.

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   March 15, 2008    0 Comments
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Mark Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon's New Album, Book and Tour

Pained and hauntingly beautiful, Mark Kozelek's music as a solo artist and with Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon has gained him great respect in the music community, especially among indie folk rock fans.

Kozelek's record label, Caldo Verde Records, announced this week the pre-order sales for both Sun Kil Moon's new album April and the re-issue of Kozelek's 2002 book Nights of Passed Over, a compendium of his lyrics and other writings through the years.

The limited edition (only 2,500 copies) re-issue of the hard-cover book will come along with a 12 song CD titled Nights LP, featuring live and rare versions of Kozelek's music from 1996 through 2007. The limited edition will be available for pre-order on March 17 on Caldo Verde Records website only.

The first 2,800 copies of April are autographed and numbered by Mark Kozekel and available for pre-order ($15.99) beginning March 12, 2008.
The release of April will mark the first original recording from Mark Kozelek since Tiny Cities (an album of Modest Mouse covers) in 2005 and Sun Kil Moon's 2003 debut classic Ghosts of the Great Highway, which was recently re-issued.

During the past decade, Kozelek's sombre acoustic sound, tender vocals and guilt-ridden and troubled lyrics propelled the otherwise shy and Kozelek in to the emerging indie rock 'blogosphere' where fans gobbled up his music and bloggers hailed the arrival of yet another brilliant songwriter. He has been compared to artists like Nick Drake and Elliot Smith.

Mark Kozelek's Music and Videos:

MP3 - "Ocean Breathes Salty" - Mark Kozelek/Sun Kil Moon
Stream - "Heron Blue" and "Drop" from Sun Kil Moon's upcoming release April.

The songs for April were recorded between March and August 2007 in San Francisco and Seattle. Contributors include other well-known artists like vocalists Bonnie Prince Billy, Eric Pollard and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab and Postal Service), plus drummer Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), bassist Geoff Stanfield (Black Lab), violist Michi Aceret and percussionist David Revelli.

April contains 11 songs that play for 74 minutes. On March 16, 2008, the album will be available as a digital download on the record label's site for $7.99 with album art included.

The following video is an interview with Mark Kozelek in which he performs "Bubble".

- Check the concert tours for Sun Kil Moon and Mark Kozelek
- Sun Kil Moon's MySpace page
- Sun Kil Moon's official website from their label Caldo Verde

Paste magazine's review of April:

“Kozelek’s work has proven over the years that it reveals itself slowly,” O’Connor writes about April. “What grabs you at first is the simple, gorgeous hook, which turns out to be a gateway drug to the deeper mysteries that power his music.”
Jonathan Cohen, Billboard

"From 10-minute, three-guitar jams to heartbreaking acoustic ballads, April shines with the most evocative music of Kozelek 's career."

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2008 PLUG Awards Go To Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Iron & Wine and Justice

The above promo video for the 2008 Plug Awards held at Terminal 5 in New York City on Friday night was produced by Dell Lounge, a website that broadcast the award ceremonies live.

While there is no official Dell Lounge video of the ceremonies out yet, you can view a segment of the live cast via a hypercam streaming recorder, along with a clip of St. Vincent performing at the awards show, below.

The winners of the 2008 PLUG Awards include the best indie rock album of the year Strawberry Jam by Animal Collective and the overall album of the year Neon Bible by Arcade Fire.

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Animal Collective - Fireworks

Justice was named the best new artist, and the male and female artist of the year awards went to Andrew Bird and Annie Clark of St. Vincent, respectively.

Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
Andrew Bird - Heretics
St. Vincent - These Days (J. Brown)

Here are some of the other winners and nominees in various categories of the 2008 Plug Awards.

Americana Album of the Year - Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Metal Album of the Year - The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works
Hip-Hop Album of the Year - Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
Punk Album of the Year - Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta!
Electronic/Dance Album of the Year - Justice - †
DJ Album of the Year - Hot Chip - DJ-Kicks
Avant Album of the Year - Liars - Liars

Listen to 30-second clips of all the nominees for all the categories.

The following YouTube clip features Annie Clarke and St. Vincent, plus Dizzee Rascal and Jose Gonzalez

Other 2008 nominees for Best Indie Rock Album of the Year:

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (Merge)
Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin (Sub Pop)
Battles - Mirrored (Warp)
Deerhunter - Cryptograms (Kranky)
Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends (Frenchkiss)
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (Polyvinyl)
Okkervil River - The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar)
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover (Jagjaguar)
The National - Boxer (Beggars Banquet)
The New Pornographers - Challengers (Matador)

Not included but should have been: Arctic Monkeys' Favourite Worst Nightmare, Editors' An End Has A Start, etc.

Winner and nominees for the Best Album (overall) of the 2008:

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (Merge)
WinnerBand Of Horses - Cease To Begin (Sub Pop)

Battles - Mirrored (Warp)
Beirut - The Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing)
El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead (Definitive Jux)
Justice - † (Downtown / Vice / Ed Banger)
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (Polyvinyl)
Panda Bear - Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
Radiohead - In Rainbows (self-released)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
The National - Boxer (Beggars Banquet)

Best New Artist of the Year winner and nominees:

Bat For Lashes

Dan Deacon

Justice -Winner
Los Campesinos!
No Age
Sea Wolf
St. Vincent
Vampire Weekend
White Rabbits

Music website winner and nominees for 2008:

The Daily Swarm
The Hype Machine
Paper Thin Walls
Pitchfork Media Winner

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   March 9, 2008    0 Comments
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Chicago Tribune's Wishy-Washy Report of 'Headliners' for Lollapalooza 2008 Lineup Feeds Rumor Mill

Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails are reported to be two of the "headliners" at Lollapalooza 2008, according to a wishy-washy report published by The Chicago Tribune last night.

The Tribune article seems to play in to the non-stop rumor game - not a good thing for a journalism organization.

The headline of the article itself implies Radiohead will headline Lollapalooza, the opening paragraph of the story states they are "expected" to perform at Lolla and the following paragraph states Radiohead has been "confirmed" and in the same paragraph the Tribune's catch word of the day - "expected" - appears again.

That's not just lousy journalism, but the hype comes suspiciously close to the implication that the Tribune is trying to pump some life into a local festival that some readers of this blog have 'written off' for 2008. Lollapalooza was canceled in 2004 after weak ticket sales, but came back strong in 2005 with some 65,000 tickets sold.

All I Need - Radiohead from In Rainbows

Isobel - Bjork (2007 Lollapalooza headline artist)

Listen to past Lollapalooza performances from

Furthermore, aside from the fact (despite the Tribune's rumor-mill reporting) that not one artist or group has been officially confirmed to perform at this year's Lollapalooza Festival, the Tribune makes no mention of the usually costly tickets (ranging from $65 a day up to $195 for a three-day pass in 2007, a 30% increase from the previous year's price of $150).

Lollapalooza 2008 is set to take place in Chicago's Grant Park August 1-3. Early bird tickets go on sale March 25th. Apparently, the early bird tickets that went on sale this week were gone in a matter of hours with many potential ticket buyers complaining about the reliability of the online early bird purchasing process.

According to the Tribune (and obviously you'll have to take this with a grain of salt), Lollapalooza festival organizers will release the entire lineup sometime in the 'next few weeks.'

Let's just hope that the long wait will be worth it in the end, although it would be nice if they held the event in any other month but August (got to sell those drinks to make the vendor unions happy).

If last year's lineup at Lollapalooza is any indication of the lineup for 2008, then it's safe to say there's going to be a lot more lolla than looza.

Here is an article about last year's Lollapalooza, including videos of the performers.

If you didn't hear about last year's controversy regarding AT&T's censoring of Pearl Jam, check out the link to read about it.

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Ray Davies of The Kinks, Zach Condon, DCFC, The Cure and Angels and Airwaves Coming to SF

Following a successful Noise Pop Festival in which dozens and dozens of indie musicians and groups descended on San Francisco, there are still many great shows coming up in the next few weeks, including Ray Davies (pictured above) of The Kinks, Death Cab For Cutie, Beirut, Linkin Park, The Cure, Jimmy Eat World, My Chemical Romance and The Bravery.

San Francisco's iconic radio station Live 105 F.M. has updated its concert calendar to include the latest, upcoming concerts (this is just a snapshot of many shows coming up in the SF Bay Area; stay tuned for more concert announcements):

3/8 - Serj Tankian @ The Warfield

3/10 - Popscene presents SxSF w/ Persephone's Bees & more @ Rickshaw Stop

3/10 - Angels & Airwaves @ The Warfield

3/10 - Linkin Park w/ Coheed & Cambria @ The Arco Arena, Sacramento

3/13 - The Bravery @ The Fillmore

3/28 - Ray Davies @ The Warfield - The legendary singer/songwriter of the best rock band ever, The Kinks, returns to San Francisco with a new solo album - Working Man's Cafe - that Rolling Stone magazine called a "masterpiece".

Vietnam Cowboys - Ray Davies from Working Man's Cafe

4/3-4 - My Chemical Romance @ The Warfield

4/8 - Jimmy Eat World & Paramore @ San Jose State Events Center

4/10-11 - The Honda Civic Tour w/ Panic At The Disco, Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound, Phantom Planet @ The Warfield

4/12 - Taste Of Chaos w/ Avenged Sevenfold & more @ San Jose State Events Center

4/23 - Ben Gibbard and Death Cab For Cutie @ Fillmore

5/27-8 - Zach Condon (photo, right) and Beirut @ The Grand Ballroom At the Regency Center

MP3: Beirut - Postcards From Italy

5/28 - The Cure @ The HP Pavilion (video below)

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   March 7, 2008    0 Comments
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Angels and Airways Help Keep 'OC-Style' Pop Rock Alive

They are not necessarily 'indie' (whatever that is), because they are signed with Universal, but Angels and Airwaves are starting to get plenty of blog buzz.

The Adventure - Angels and Airwaves

Clearly, they are talented and make some catchy songs, but A&A may be a bit too polished by the record exces for their own good.

For example, this A&A video clip and the song could be straight outta OC.

Still, I have to admit I sometimes like the "OC style" - the corporate polished pop rock from heavily promoted artists and groups 'owned' by one of the Big Four.

While "OC style" branded pop rock is cool sometimes, my heart and soul are always with the indie bands, signed and unsigned, that keep amazing me each time I spin a new virtually unknown track or play catch-up and groove on songs that hit the Net six or more months ago.

It's hard to keep up with all the great music out there nowadays, but I'm doing my best. :-

Angel and Airwaves 2008 Concert Tour Listings:

Mar 7 2008
Roseland Theatre
Portland, Oregon

Mar 8 2008
Silver Platters
Seattle, Washington

Mar 8 2008
Seattle, Washington

Mar 10 2008
San Francisco, California

Mar 12 2008
Virgin Megastore-The Block at Orange- In Store Signing
Orange, California

Mar 12 2008
SOLD OUT: House of Blues
Anaheim, California

Mar 13 2008
San Diego, California

Mar 14 2008
SOLD OUT: House of Blues
Anaheim, California

Mar 15 2008
Los Angeles, California

Apr 2 2008
Duo Music Exchange

Apr 3 2008
Club Quattro

Apr 4 2008

Apr 6 2008
Makuhari Messe

Apr 10 2008

Apr 11 2008

Apr 12 2008

Apr 14 2008

Apr 15 2008

Apr 16 2008
SOLD OUT: Astoria

Apr 17 2008

Apr 19 2008
Polsslag Festival

Apr 20 2008

Apr 21 2008

MySpace - Angels and Airwaves

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Bonnaroo Organizers Pre-Ticket Sales Rhymes Both Annoy and Entertain

Promoters for major music festivals realize that beating the others to the punch as far as announcing lineup and ticket sale dates could mean the difference in tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Many fest heads need to plan early which festivals they want to go to, so the sooner a lineup is announced, the better the odds (if the lineup is good) are in favor of that festival - like Coachella, partly because it's so early, usually April.

Therefore, fest promoters rush to get the lineup out with the hopes that many people will plan to go to their festival rather than a competing festival. Unless you are geographically close to many festivals - say if you live in the northeast or mid-Atlantic - or happen to have a lot of time and money, many festival lovers have to pick and choose. So, getting out a killer lineup means the difference between a profitable fest and a very profitable festival.

In what was a bizarre, and quite frankly annoying effort to some (entertaining to some less) people, Bonnaroo organizers teased fans with a list of riddles and rhythms about the Bonnaroo 2008 lineup.

Listen to past Bonnaroo Festival performances live from

From the thread about this on Inforoo:

Clues on Radio Roo.
« Thread Started on Feb 1, 2008, 2:14pm »

I posted this on another thread but I think it deserves its own. The DJ just came on and said

Clue #1 "For all you lineup is a clue: There is more than one Manchester."

Manchester Orchestra
Man Man

Clue #2 20 minutes later she said " Memphis isnt Albany"
Changed to "Memphis ain't Illbany"

"There is more than one Memphis. This is not a clue just an observation."

BB King
Beastie Boys

Clue #3 "Clouds taste this way"

Beastie Boys

Clue #4 "Some Herrings are red, Jimmy"

Widespread Panic
Led Zep

Clue #5 "Hard Substance, Soft Substance"

Iron and Wine
Mars Volta
Carbon Silicon

Clue #6 "Janis Joplin's preserves will be served"

Pearl Jam

Clue #7 "Rumors are just rumors, but twist them sideways, grow your humor hair and they become a more yen reality. No, this is not about Fleetwood Mac"

Dread Zep

Clue #8 "it's not sour, what is sowed in the earth"

Plant and Krauss
Sigur Ros

"Three certain birds, add one"

Counting Crows
Black Crowes maybe with Page
All the Crows including Old Crow
Andrew Bird
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
The Band plus Dylan (use to be the Hawks)

Clue #9 "look to the center of Europe to get the sound, but the band comes form all around."

Gogol Bordelo
Daft Punk
Russian Circles

Clue 10 Here is another clue for you message board people. Open up the church and you will see the steeple. Some of your guesses have been way off but correct for the wrong clues. Now I must cough.

Ani DiFranco
REM lyric from Bad Day

Clue 11 (Feb 4th Monday at 12:20)
"Message board chatter? Yes it does matter. We hear your song requests. So Listen High Listen Low Don't Look Too Hard This Is New Radio Bonnaroo"

1:30 Low of the Hour Daft Punk
2:00 High Hour Ween
2:30 Drive By Truckers

Clue 12 Charlies imaginary band will not be playing and what he wrote on his hand the last few things he was not saying.

Oasis not Playing ?
Paul McCartney

Clue 13 The Walrus ain't Paul
Sean Lennon

Clue 14 alternative language clue
Sufjan Stevens

Clue 15 What rhymes with orange


Clue 16 Arizona in Manchester

Tom Petty
Cheryl Crowe
Alicia Keys
Counting Crows

Clue 17

What is in the dessert isn't.

Any of the super bowl bands

Clue 18 "The Chairman of the board, after the Birthday Party"

Nick Cave

« Last Edit: Feb 5, 2008, 2:00pm by zoey

The following is the first list of rhymes (without guesses) that was posted on the Bonnaroo official message boards (and started the flack):

1. "There is more than one Manchester"

2. "Memphis isn't Albany"

3. "Clouds taste this way"

4. "Some Herrings are red, Jimmy"

5. "Hard Substance, Soft Substance"

6. "Janis Joplin's reserves will be preserved"

7. "Rumors are just rumors, but twist them sideways, grow your humor hair and they become a more yen reality. No, this is not about Fleetwood Mac"

8. "It's not sour, what is sowed in the earth"

9. "Three certain birds, add one"

10. "Look to the center of Europe to get the sound, but the band comes form all around."

11. "Here is another clue for you message board people. Open up the church and you will see the steeple. Some of your guesses have been way off but correct for the wrong clues. Now I must cough."

Bonnaroo Tries To Make Lineup Announcement Seem More Exciting Through The Power Of Slightly Infuriating Riddles

Tip to Bonnaroo promoters: Check out some marketing 101 tips for next year and do the shrooms at the festival, not while your planning and promoting it. : p

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Watch STS9, Gov't Mule, REM, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill and Others at Langerado Festival

Indie music fans in south Florida are already arriving in south Florida for this weekend's Langerado Festival.

The 2008 Langerado Festival has a hot lineup for a relatively little-known music fest (compared to Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonnaroo). During the next few days, IRC will highlight some of the headlining aritsts for Langerado 2008, including links and embeds of videos from the 08 festival performances as soon as they are available.

Today's featured Langerado artist is Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9). While they haven't released a new album in nearly three years (Artifact, 2005), the band has toured so much in recent years that fresh material doesn't seem to matter.

STS9, the dub-happy jam band from Georgia that has had a loyal following for a decade now, but only really broke through with Artifact (and relentless concerts and fest appearances) will take the stage on Friday, March 7, 2008 from 1 am to 4am (I double-checked it and that's what the schedule says).

The website will stream the STS9 set and many other sets from all four days of the festival according to its website. So, you can bet there will be updates about that as more information and times come in. If you can't make it to Langerado, you might be able to get a lot closer with the continued advances in Internet technology!

In the meantime, here's a YouTube clip of STS9 performing "Aimlessly" at Langerado 2007:

Here's a popular video of STS9's David Phipps using the DIY 8x16 monome controller of "Be Nice". (

MP3 - Sound Tribe Sector 9 - Be Nice

For anyone who was, or was not, at Red Rocks 2007 in Colorado, here's a great video performance that represents the band at its best performing a six-minute jam session.

The band also played at ACL Fest 2007 (in searing heat and dripping humidity) - here's a short, but excellent quality video of the band jamming at ACL 07 (not sure what the tune is though; some of STS9 music is improvised or spin-offs of songs in their catalog - which is surprisingly small).

Stay tuned to IRC for artist profiles, YouTube video performances from Langerado 2008, MP3s, blog reviews, photo galleries and more.

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best indie albums 2009

2009 Album Releases

A.C. Newman - Get Guilty
Andrew Bird - Noble Beasts
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Beirut - March of the Zapotec/Realpeople Holland
Ben Kweller - Changing Horses
Bishop Allen - Grrr
Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP
Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
Faunts - Feel. Love. Thinking. Of.
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
Jason Zumpano - Roses $9.99 A Dozen
Lemon Sun - Run With The Faithless
Leopold & His Fiction - Ain't No Surprise
Loney Dear - Dear John
M. Ward - Hold Time
Morrissey - Years of Refusal
Papercuts - You Can Have What You Want
Robyn Hitchcock - Goodnight Oslo
Sin Fang Bous - Clangour
Spirit Spine - Spirit Spine
The Acorn - Heron Act
The City and Horses
The Thermals - Now We Can See
Throw Me the Statue - Purpleface
Vetiver - Tight Knit
Wolves in the Attic - Electronic Hearts

Upcoming 09 Releases

Dan Deacon 3/24
Great Lake Swimmers - 3/31
The Hold Steady - 4/7
Royksopp - Junion - 3/24

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Top 2008 Indie Albums

Air France - No Way Down
American Music Club - The Golden Age
Annuals - Such Fun
Atlas Sound - Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Not Feel
Au - Verbs
Beach House - Devotion
Beck - Modern Guilt
Blitzen Trapper - Furr
Bodies Of Water - A Certain Feeling
Bombadil - A Buzz, A Buzz
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Broken Social Scene - Something For All Of Us
Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
Daniel Lanois - Here Is What Is
Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
Department of Eagles - In Ear Park
Earlimart - Hymn And Her
Elf Power - In A Cave
Envelopes - Here Comes The Wind
Fedrik - Na Na Ni
Firewater - The Golden Hour
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
Fuck Buttons - Street Horrsing
Grand Archives - Grand Archvies
Hooray For Earth - Hooray For Earth
Islands - Arm's Way
Jose Rouse - Bedroom Classics
Little Joy - Little Joy
Mascott - Art Project
Man Man - Rabbit Habits
Mason Proper - Olly Oxen Free
Mates of State - Re-arrange Us
Melpo Mene - Bring The Lions Out
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Neil Halstead - Abbey Road
Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
No Age - Nouns
Goh Nakamura - Ulysses Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
Passion Pit - Chuck Of Change
Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue
Port O'Brien - All We Could Do Was Sing
Ra Ra Riot - Rhumb Line
Santeria - Year Of The Knife
Shearwater - Rook
Secret Machines - Secret Machines
Sigur Ros - Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Pershing
Spiritualized - Songs in A & E
Sprengjuholin - Sprengjuholin
Tapes N Tapes - Walk It Off
Thao - We Brave Bee Stings And All
The Breeders - Mountain Battles
The Dandy Warhols - Earth To The Dandy Warhols
The Dodos - Visiter
The Explorers Club: Freedom Wind
The Firekites - The Bowery
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
The Kills - Midnight Boom
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understanding
The Little Ones - Morning Tide
The Nice Jenkins - Elephant Twisters
The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
The Raveonetts - Lust Lust Lust
The Ruby Suns - Sea Lion
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns
The Submarines - You, Me And The Burgeoisie
The Tallest Man On Earth - Shallow Grave
The Walkmen - You and Me
Titus Andronicus - The Airing Of Grievances
Tokyo Police Club - Elephant Shell
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
White Denim - Exposion
Wolf Parade - Mount Zoomer
Why? - Alopecia
Xylos - Bedrooms
You Me & Iowa - The Adventures Of You Me & Iowa

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