Throwback Thursday: “The Rat” by The Walkmen

Continuing on from last week with songs that would make my all time greatest “indie” songs without a shadow of a doubt:

 

 – MCG.

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“Julie’s Place” by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

This has been an incredible year for music and the year-end lists are coming.  Here’s a great song and band that might’ve flown under your radar.

 

And here is the entirety of my best songs of 2017 (thus far) Spotify playlist which continually has changed throughout the year as new ones are released:

 

Let me know if there are any glaring omissions in the comments section!

– MCG.

 

Throwback Thursday: “Like Eating Glass” by Bloc Party

I think a lot about what the best “indie” songs of all time are.  I’d really like to make a playlist of them someday.  This is one song that will undoubtedly be on that list.

 

 – MCG.

Throwback Thursday: “Someday” by The Strokes

I got in a little online debate this week about which band that broke out around the turn of the century would have the best “greatest hits” list at this point.  The article was about Phoenix and how good they are, but I offered up The Strokes as a counterpoint (others were also mentioned, but that’s not the point here).  I think a lot about The Strokes’ debut album Is This It; how it’s perfect in so many ways, how it’s one of the best debut albums ever, how it would easily be one of my choices if I were to be stranded on a deserted island and could only take three albums with me, how it was recorded, etc., so with all that on mind almost constantly, and given the debate I had this week, I chose my favorite Strokes song off of their debut for this edition of throwback Thursday.

“See, alone we stand, together we fall apart,
Yeah, I think I’ll be alright…”

 

– MCG.

“Little Dark Age” by MGMT

MGMT have just released their promising new single and title track for their upcoming album “Little Dark Age”.  Hopefully this album will be a return to the magical form of Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations.

 

– MCG.

Throwback Thursday: “Reckoner” and “Videotape” by Radiohead

It’s a double feature!  Radiohead’s magnificent album In Rainbows came out ten years ago this week, so I figured I’d do a track from that for this week’s throwback.  Problem is, every track on that album is so damn near perfect, and I couldn’t pick just one.  The first one, “Reckoner”, is one of the most beautiful pieces of modern music that I can think of.  It’s the feeling of watching the ocean wax and wane all alone in the early hours of a chilly morning.  The second, “Videotape”, is the album’s closing track, and it cuts me so deep and wrenches on my heart every time I hear it.  It’s the feeling of losing someone but knowing it’s still okay.  Both videos I selected are from the Live From the Basement concert which you can, and should, watch in its entirety on YouTube.

 

– MCG.

Relatives in Descent by Protomartyr

I’ve been listening to this album nonstop since it came out yesterday.  I’m a big fan of their previous two efforts but I think they really got everything to click with this one.  It’s perfectly controlled chaos.  It builds and crashes out of nowhere.  It’s the feeling of rolling down a mountain with no brakes while laughing uncontrollably.  It’s thrashable and it’s danceable at the same time.  This is a master class in post-punk.