WHAT. IS. INDIE. Rolling 2012 Indie Thread

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Like the ramshakle quality to the Cloud Nothings. Doesn't all work, but the short, sharp songs tumbling over each other, none outstaying their welcome, makes for good, fun listening.

The new Sleigh Bells track, "Comeback Kid" is pretty good too. One of their more Lush-esque type songs.

DavidM, Saturday, 28 January 2012 15:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

In the long run I think I may prefer last year's Cloud Nothings album but the new one will be an album of the year contender all year.

fun is so much better in theory than in practice - the songs are just not good, especially the melodies - and like the new weezer albums, make those old Format albums seem worse in retrospect. "Tonight we are young"? That's supposed to be a hook?

skip, Saturday, 28 January 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

ooh ooh there's a new A Place to Bury Strangers ep!

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 28 January 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 28 January 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would have had no idea Janelle was even on that Fun song were it not for the video.

Who wants to see the great Pavarotti sit on a pie? (jer.fairall), Sunday, 29 January 2012 00:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Loving the Porcelain Raft album released this week.

musicfanatic, Monday, 30 January 2012 00:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

^i've been enjoying their EP a lot so looking forward to the LP

fitzroy institution (electricsound), Monday, 30 January 2012 00:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

love this so gd much

the parable is the parable of the (Lamp), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 23:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

i really like lots of that album, but felt that partic track to be one of the weaker moments. 'minor keys' is probably the high point of that record for me

fitzroy institution (electricsound), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 23:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

i was turned off by the singer's delivery for the most part but i think the disaffected and louche way he sings this gives it an ironic twist that really fits w/how sloppy and teenage the whole track is. like hes practically rolling his eyes on the 'uh-ohs' in a really bratty but appealing way

the parable is the parable of the (Lamp), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 23:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Saw Big Troubles supporting Ducktails last year, they weren't bad at all.

two lights crew (seandalai), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 23:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

new beets album is good while sounding exactly like everything else they've ever done. not sure how they can keep recording the same song over and over and keep having it be good.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

there's a nice new Nada Surf album that sounds just like all the other nice Nada Surf albums, if you're into that sort of thing:

skip, Thursday, 2 February 2012 00:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

new liechtenstein album is really nice, no departure from the last one so if you liked that you'll like this

flagsteban postez (electricsound), Thursday, 2 February 2012 03:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Man I actually thought the Nada Surf album was boring as fuck and borderline terrible, and I've generally been a fan. The entire album is just like one plodding tempo and never gives you any reason to care.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 2 February 2012 04:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

i use to be a Nada Surf fan but Lucky did nothing for me, i might seek this one out

Bee OK, Thursday, 2 February 2012 05:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

new liechtenstein album is really nice, no departure from the last one so if you liked that you'll like this

Just came in the post yesterday.

emil.y, Thursday, 2 February 2012 11:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

anyone heard of this band called Old Monk? their album is pretty enjoyable, in a steve malkmus poppy prog style. but no jams, all short songs.

mizzell, Thursday, 2 February 2012 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

lyrics and voice are malkmus-y too.

mizzell, Thursday, 2 February 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Liechtenstein album is sweet, judging by the first half. Had forgotten what a doozy of a track 'Meantime' is. I got the split tape with Twinkle Twinkles as well, really liked one track of theirs.

Cragenham Craig (Craigo Boingo), Friday, 3 February 2012 11:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Heartless Bastards forthcoming LP is streaming on NPR atm. Seems a bit more restrained than 'The Mountain'. Reminds me a little of White Denim 'D'. I do love her voice tho.

pandemic, Friday, 3 February 2012 12:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Damn, I'm snoozing on my Liechtenstein fandom here. A new LP and a split tape? Argh and Discogs lists another CDR as well! *slaps self

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Friday, 3 February 2012 12:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Django Django are fun and interesting but lacking any real emotional impact on initial exposure. Anyone else listening to them?

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 4 February 2012 08:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

on initial listen I'm underwhelmed by the Liechtenstein album. They don't make knock you over the head music but the first album had a bit of an edge that's missing this time around. maybe it just needs a few spins.

skip, Saturday, 4 February 2012 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

being the best of the group of look blue go purple aping bands(slow down tallahassee, vivian girls, etc...) still doesn't make liechtenstein very interesting.

keythhtyek, Saturday, 4 February 2012 21:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

'nakagawa' on the latest new lines EP is the most beautifully done broadcast ripoff i've heard

regal xenophobe (electricsound), Saturday, 4 February 2012 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

there is new frank and walters album out this month. the younger me hidden inside is jumping up and down. the single is 'indie love song', how topic appropriate. this performance makes me feel old though-

keythhtyek, Saturday, 4 February 2012 23:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Django Django album kept reminding me of Gomez. Quite liked some of it though.

if, Sunday, 5 February 2012 00:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've been tracking Django Django for a couple years waiting for this album, though now that it's arrived I'm not in any hurry to hear it.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 5 February 2012 15:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

The reviewer in The Guardian was raving over Django Django and gave it *****.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Sunday, 5 February 2012 17:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

new Caveman album on fat possum is not special or unique in any way yet i'm really really enjoying it

all apart and no pull (electricsound), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 02:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

sometimes standard dreamyish indie can be just the ticket

all apart and no pull (electricsound), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 02:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm underwhelmed by the Liechtenstein album. They don't make knock you over the head music but the first album had a bit of an edge that's missing this time around.

not enough reverb this time i reckon

all apart and no pull (electricsound), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 02:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I found nothing at all interesting on that Django Django record.

I Fucked Up (jer.fairall), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 03:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Veronica Falls are gonna be in DC Wednesday night. Can't decide whether I like their retro UK postpunk sound or not.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I found nothing at all interesting on that Django Django record.

I really enjoyed it albeit in a sub XTC manner. There are some fantastic songs on there.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was briefly obsessed with Django Django's "Love's Dart" / "Storm" 7" but so far the album seems pleasant but not too exciting. All the tracks have sounded good popping up on random play, though.

Schleimpilz im Labyrinth (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 20:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

The two Liechtenstein tracks on the split tape with Twinkle Twinkles are great, would've boosted the album a little.

Seeing Still Corners and My Sad Captains on Friday, two bands I've not seen for at least 3 years maybe, but really enjoyed last time out. Am intrigued to see how they've grown. Only heard the odd Still Corners thing despite them getting tangiably more of a big deal recently.

Cragenham Craig (Craigo Boingo), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 21:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

the latest MSC album is not bad, i've been enjoying listening to it a lot but nothing really sticks quite like their first album, which is a shame

still corners seem more overrated every time i hear them

meat o.d. (electricsound), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 22:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

nothing really sticks quite like their first album, which is a shame

getting this a bit with the 2nd standard fare album too, though that is growing on me quite fast

meat o.d. (electricsound), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Django Django seemed pretty Beta Band-esque to me, but not really in a way that felt like it was filling a gap in my life that's been empty since 2004 or whenever.

Feel like what I've read about Standard Fare is something I'd like, but have not heard them yet. Is early Delgados anywhere near what they sound like? I could do with some of that.

Les Tressle (useless chamber), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

i guess they're a little early delgados-ish?

meat o.d. (electricsound), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

if you're new to them i'd direct you to the debut album first

meat o.d. (electricsound), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

How well known are they now? I don't really keep up with the indie press so it's difficult for me to gauge how much attention they're getting.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

they're not as big as allo darlin'

meat o.d. (electricsound), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hm, the first video I found on Youtube (Fifteen (15)) sounded like how I think the Long Blondes sounded, maybe it's just a similar lyrical sentiment or something. Norman Records' review of the 2nd SF album almost had me throwing money at it but I was distracted by something else. I could probably grow to like it, I guess.

There's an indie press? SF seem like a band I could've seen maybe 20million times at various nights put on by friends of friends in the past couple of years but often I can't be bothered showing up. I don't know if there's an actual POPBAH-next level to step up to anymore, but the fact that I'm actively checking them out suggests they might be getting there.

Les Tressle (useless chamber), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Allo' Darlin' I guess would be getting onto the Camera Obscura tpe of net level?

Les Tressle (useless chamber), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

jeez the one post I put that doesn't get a ton of xpost warnings is the one full of typos.

Les Tressle (useless chamber), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

well if you use last.fm as a guide - and i often do - they've got a long way to go

meat o.d. (electricsound), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've known the singer for years. It's still a little bit strange for me to see people talking about them on ILM. Their reviews have tended to be positive, as far as i can tell, but i've never been sure how much attention they're picking up in the wider world.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 00:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

doh ..

mark e, Thursday, 11 October 2012 14:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Minus the video, that doesn't sound very retro at all. Very Englishy Vampire Weekend imo.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 11 October 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

That is one hell of an ugly band.

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 12 October 2012 13:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Side 2 of the Sweater Girls LP is amazing!

skip, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

fear of men 7" on too pure is just so. fucking. great. lock for one of the best singles of the year

bansplain (electricsound), Friday, 19 October 2012 02:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

bansplain (electricsound), Friday, 19 October 2012 02:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

five new releases from hozac this week, five great power pop / garage records!!

people's temple LP is really really good, games not half bad either (reminds me a lot of the gentlemen jesse lps tho)

biased gaffe patrol (electricsound), Thursday, 8 November 2012 04:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Liking this Cold Pumas album, good and krauty but in quite a spiky sort of way

Albert Crampus (NickB), Thursday, 8 November 2012 17:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://soundcloud.com/veronica-falls/teenage

veronica falls still sound like veronica falls (tho somewhat cheerier), fine by me.

fun facts about human waste (Merdeyeux), Monday, 12 November 2012 17:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

can't get enough of the new people's temple LP at the moment. it sits somewhere between back from the grave and early flying nun. if that even begins to make sense.

site nuances (electricsound), Wednesday, 21 November 2012 04:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Melodys Echo Chamber album is cracking, like a fuzzier, more rocking Broadcast.

Michael B Higgins (Michael B), Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dunno if this is the right place for this, but it's quite lovely.

Windsor Davies, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's no Cloud Nothings thread, so I guess I'll post this here: I think Attack on Memory might be my album of the year pick, and I'm trying to come to terms with that since it seems silly to to throw my vote to this inconsequential little faux-punk album in a year that had so many big, important, great albums. But if I'm honest with myself, I listened to Attack on Memory more than any of them, and that might have to be the bar

Evan R, Tuesday, 27 November 2012 01:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

FIDLAR -
please explain me the hype, cause there's nothing new going on around here:

nostormo, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 18:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

HOOKS FOR DAYS. I hate everything about this band but the hooks. The hooks are enough.

alpine static, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 18:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

granted, Cheap Beer is not their hookiest song

i dunno, man, they just have it, if you ask me

alpine static, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 18:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

by the sea album meets expectations

luvverly

site nuances (electricsound), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 00:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Finding great stuff so late in the year always throws me off, but this is great stuff.

Indoor Voices : http://indoorvoices.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-ep

Johnny Fever, Monday, 17 December 2012 06:23 (1 year ago) Permalink


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