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Proving to be one of the best indie-electronica albums of 2008, Cut Copy's In Ghost Colours has received lots of praise from fans in the states and overseas, as has the band's increased visibility at various music festivals during the past two years.

The Ravonettes' 2008 album Lust, Lust, Lust from Vice Records is a big improvement over their last release in 2005, Pretty in Black.

helps recreate some of the band's brilliant and brassy garage rock-pop sound from their 2003 sophomore release, The Chain Gang of Love.

Other artists featured here include The Ruby Suns, Titus Andronicus, Wool Strings and Final Fantasy.

"Feel The Love" - Cut Copy from In Ghost Colours
"No Future Part One" - Titus Andronicus (photo, right) from The Airing of Grievances
"Aly,Walk With Me" - The Ravonettes from Lust Lust Lust
"Shirley Poppy" - Wool Strings from Eardrums Autumn Compilation
"Tane Mahuta" - The Ruby Suns from Sea Lion
"The Butcher" - Final Fantasy from Spectrum, 14th Century

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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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