TOP 25 INDIE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME

Posted: April 14, 2010 by dillion in Uncategorized

Thanks to all who’ve e-mailed or commented with entries to the list.  Because this is a transparent, D.I.Y. blog, I need to clarify a few things and change it a little.  These are the amended rules:  If you’ve already submitted a list, you don’t have to submit again (but you can if you like).

1.  The album must have been released on an indie label. Check the album or label on the RIAA Radar on my sidebar to be certain.

2.  You can list up to 25 entries. But the idea here isn’t to drive yourself nuts, it’s to have fun.

3.  The order of the entries doesn’t matter. I can’t figure out a good algorithm to make the order of the entries matter.

4.  Enter by dropping a comment to this post or by e-mailing me at ekalett@yahoo.com.

5.  Get the entries to me ASAP. I’m gonna close the rolls when I feel like I’ve gotten a healthy amount of entries.

Comments
  1. nemesis says:

    Hi,

    I’m from Germany and I’m a little bit confused by the findings of the RIAA-Radar – every Sonic Youth-Record is (re)released by Geffen? So Evol and all the earlier stuff is no longer comsidered “Indie”?! And what about all the regular Joy Divison-albums – originally released on Factory, one of the mightiest Indie-Labels of the 8ts … So you*’re plan is to list the 25 best albums, indepently released IN AMERICA? Seems a little bit strange in my eyes (& Ears).

    best

    n

  2. ekko says:

    Nemesis: We only blog on independent albums. There’s no real science to this–sorry if it seems offensive to you to only post on American releases, but I’m stuck with the laws as they’re written. If the label goes after bloggers becuase it’s in the American (or international) versions of the record label mafia (RIAA, etc.), I just don’t blog on it.

  3. nemesis says:

    I see the point – no offense, but what a pity … all those fine records, re-released by those bastard-majors… well, I will try to check my faves but at the moment the RIAA-Radar is not available, at least not for me (I tried it with two different browsers but I can’t access the site)…

  4. Frau Brougher says:

    1. Arcade Fire-Funeral
    2. Hold Steady-Separation Sunday
    3. My Morning Jacket-It Still Moves
    4. Bonnie Pince Paul-Letting Go
    5. Bloc Party-Weekend in the City
    6. Sonic Youth-Sister
    7. The Photo Album by Death Cab For Cutie
    8. Pink Flag by Wire
    9. Bloc Party-Silent Alarm
    10. The new Pornographers first one.

  5. !!! says:

    1. Sonic Youth:Sister
    2. Belle & Sebastian:Life Pursuit
    3. The Clientele:God Save The Clientele
    4. Bloc Party: Silent Alarm
    5. Grizzly Bear: Yellow House
    6. Decemberists: Crane Wife
    7. Black Keys: Rubber Factory
    8. Neutral Milk Hotel:In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
    9. Bob Mould:Black Sheets of Rain
    10. Postal Service: Give Up
    11. Modest Mouse: Lonesome Crowded West
    12. Detective Kalita
    13. Destroyer: Destroyer’s Rubies
    14. Arcade Fire: funeral
    15. M. Ward: Post War
    16. Grandaddy: Sumday
    17. Shins: Cutes Narrow
    18. The National: Alligator
    19. Broken West: I Can’t Go On
    20. Swan Lake: Beast Moans

  6. ekko says:

    Is anyone having trouble logging comments? I just got this e-mail:

    Ekko-I’ve treid to comment the list but it won’t let me. Here is my list.

    Band of Horses: Everything All the Time
    The Stone Roses
    Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit
    Smog: Dongs
    Pavement: Crooked Pavement
    Shins: Cutes Narrow
    The National: Alligator
    Bonnie Prince Billy: The Letting Go
    Superchunk
    Inerpol: Antics
    Spoon: Kill the Moonlight
    Boris: Pink

  7. hulamonkey says:

    the stone roses (self-titled)
    x – los angeles
    x – wild gift
    the fall – all up through “shift work”
    gun club – fire of love
    joy division – closer
    joy division – unknown pleasures
    the smiths – all up to “meat is murder”
    this mortal coil – it will end in tears
    dinosaur jr – bug
    sonic youth – daydream nation
    pixies – surfer rosa;

    but let’s shift to best indie record labels:
    sst
    roughtrade
    4AD
    factory
    slash
    stiff
    2tone
    matador
    and others

  8. boo boo wilkes says:

    Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
    Palace – Viva Last Blues
    REM – Murmur
    The Fall – Hex Enduction Hour
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Raise Yr Skinny Fists
    Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die
    Red Red Meat – Bunny Gets Paid
    Galaxie 500 – On Fire
    Gastr Del Sol – The Serpentine Similiar
    The Microphones – The Glow Pt 2
    Panda Bear – Person Pitch
    Polvo – Today’s Active Lifestyles
    The Sea & Cake – Nassau
    Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
    Sun City Girls – Torch of the Mystics
    Animal Collective – Feels
    The Books – The Lemon of Pink
    Arcade Fire – Funeral
    Brightblack – Ali.Cali.Tucky
    Deerhoof – The Runners Four
    Jim O’Rourke – Bad Timing
    Stereolab – Peng!
    Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance

  9. Scott says:

    The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
    Brian Eno – Before And After Science
    Suicide – Suicide (first album)
    Pere Ubu – Modern Dance
    Cramps – Bad Music For Bad People
    Human Switchboard – Who’s Landing In My Hanger
    Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
    Joy Division – Closer
    The Durutti Column – The Return Of the Durutti Column
    Robert Fripp – Let The Power Fall
    In the Studio – The Special AKA
    The The – Soul Mining
    MDC – Millions of Dead Cops
    New Order – Movement
    Dream Syndicate – The Days of Wine and Roses
    Cocteau Twins – Treasure
    Opal – Happy Nightmare Baby
    N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
    Swans – The Burning World
    The World of Skin – Ten Songs For Another World
    The Feelies- Time For A Witness
    Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted
    Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92
    The Halo Benders – The Rebels Not In
    Victoria Williams – Musings Of A Creek Dipper
    Neko Case – Furnace Room Lullaby
    Aimee Mann – Bachelor No. 2
    Devendra Banhart – Oh Me Oh My…
    Michael Franti – Songs From The Front Porch
    The Decemberists – Castaways And Cutouts
    Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender
    Jolie Holland – Escondida
    Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

  10. Harley D. says:

    1. Red House Painters – Songs for a Blue Guitar
    2. Cake – Fashion Nugget
    3. Elliott Smith – Either/Or
    4. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
    5. Fugazi – 13 Songs
    6. Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted
    7. Smog – Red Apple Falls
    8. Elliott Smith – Either/Or
    9. The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
    10. Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
    11. Guided by Voices – Bee Thousand
    12. Meat Puppets – Meat Puppets II – SST – 1983
13. The Replacements – Let It Be
    14. Husker Du – New Day Rising
    15. DCFC-Transatlanticism
    16. Lucero – Tennessee
    17. Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake Its Morning
    18. The Stone Roses – Silvertone – 1989
19. Nirvana – Bleach
    20. Where Is My Mind – Pixies – SurferRosa
    21. JThe Jesus and Mary Chain – Pyschocandy
    22. Pixies – Doolittle
    23. Dinsosaur Jr. – Bug
24. Drive-By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera
    25. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells

  11. Wretched Earth says:

    I don’t envy you adding all these up! Great idea though.

    1. Alejandro Escovedo – A Man Under The Influence (Blooshot Records)
    2. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch Records)
    3. Hot Hot Heat – Make Up The Breakdown (Sub Pop)
    4. Everything by the Drive-By Truckers (New West Records)
    5. The Long Winters – When I Pretend To Fall (Barsuk Records)
    6. Centro-Matic – Love You Just The Same (Misra)
    7. Cat Power – The Greatest (Matador)
    8. Arcade Fire – Funeral (Merge)
    9. Interpol – Antics (Matador Records)
    10. Black Mountain – Druganaut (Jagjaguwar)
    11. Decemberists – Picaresque (Kill Rock Stars)
    12. Hold Steady – Separation Sunday (French Kiss Records)
    13. The National – Alligator (Beggars Banquet)
    14. New Pornogrpahers – Twin Cinema (Matador)
    15. Feel The Illinoise! – Sufjan Stevens (Asthmatic Kitty)
    16. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm (Vice Recording)
    17. TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain (Touch and Go)
    18. The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine (Sub Pop)
    19. The Shins – Oh Inverted World (SubPop)
    20. Spoon – Girls Can Tell (Merge)
    21. Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand (Scat Records)
    22. The Mother Hips – Later Days (self released)
    23. Postal Service-Give Up (subpop)
    24. Modest Mouse-The Lonesome Crowded West (Up, 1997)
25. Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time (SubPop)

  12. ivegotabigoneandiknowhowtouseit says:

    Here’s my votes….

    1. Snow Patrol-Songs for Polar Bears
    2. When It’s Over We Still Have to Clean Up-Snow Patrol
    3. Modest Mouse-This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
    4. Sumday by Grandaddy
    5. The Knife: Silent Shout
    6. Midlake: Trials of Van Occupanther
    7. Neutral Milk Hotel – Planes
    8. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Ballad of the Broken Seas
    9. Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood\
    10. Chutes Too Narrow ~ The Shins
    11. Give Up ~ The Postal Service
    12. Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse
    13. Transatlanticism ~ Death Cab For Cutie
    14. Our Endless Numbered Days ~ Iron & Wine
    15. My Morning Jacket – At Dawn 
16. Victoria – Old 97’s – Wreck Your Life
17. Belle And Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister –
    18. Death Cab For Cutie – The Photo Album –
    19. Jim O’Rourke – Eureka
    20. Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
    21. Block Party-Plans
    22. Postal Service-Give Up
    23. Elliot Smith-Ether/or
    24. My Brightest Diamond-Tear it Down
    25. Pnda Bear-Person Ptich

  13. muzikscene says:

    25 is a lot, so I’ll just do less than that, and in no particular order
    Hope you don’t mind

    Payola Reserve- One Long Apology
    Chad Farran- Another Ride
    Jim Greer- Rover Songs
    David Daniel- Exit Lights
    Cat Power- The Greatest
    Arcade Fire- Funeral
    Tandemoro- Lock Your Doors EP (because it may be just a lowly EP, but it is still brilliant)
    Belle and Sebastian- The Life Pursuit
    The Shins- Wincing the Night Away
    Broken Social Scene- Broken Social Scene
    Starlit Summer- An Imitation of Love

  14. Matt Schuhmann says:

    Ya gotta think farther back for your “favorites”. If PeeWee Herman were my grandfather…

  15. mick dillingham says:

    1. The Pillbugs S/T
    2. The Pillbugs -The 3-Dimensional In Popcycle Dream
    3. The Pillbugs- Happy Birthday
    4. The Pillbugs- Buzz For Aldrin
    5. Mark Mikel -The Idiot Smiles
    6. The Winterpills S/T
    7. The Winterpills -The Light Divides
    8. The Maggies- Homesick
    9. The Maggies -Cryptic Valentine
    10. Sufjan Stevens -Seven Swans
    11. Sufjan Stevens -Illinois
    12. Sufjan Stevens.- Michigan
    13. Warm Wires -Servere Comfort
    14. Victor Krummenacher Out In The Heat
    15. Monks Of Doom- Meridian
    16. Daryll Ann-Weeps
    18. Jonathan Segel-Storytelling
    19. Waz S/T
    20. Gus Black -Word Of Mouth Parade
    21. Camper Van Beethoven -Third
    22. Game Theory-Lolita Nation
    23. Victor Krummenacher_Nocturne
    24. R. Stevie Moore-Phonography
    25. Cerebrial Corps.Attributed to…

    i could go on…

  16. zandar says:

    I can’t see the Forbidden List either. It would be a shame to leave any of these out, regardless.

    Unwound- Leaves Turn Inside You
    The Appleseed Cast- Peregrine
    The Cure- Seventeen Seconds
    The Replacements- Let it Be
    Minutemen- Double Nickels on the the Dime
    Giant Sand- Center of the Universe
    Andy Partridge- Warblers series
    Seefeel- Succour
    Camper Van Beethoven II and III
    Liz Phair- Exile on Guyville
    The Notwist- Neon Golden
    Broadcast- The Future Crayon
    Dungen- Ta Det Lugnt
    Susumu Yokota- Wonder Waltz
    Islaja- Palaa Aurinkoon
    Th’ Faith Healers- Lido
    Swirlies- What to Do About Them
    Urge Overkill- The Supersonic Storybook
    Pussy Galore- Dial M for Motherfucker
    Steve Wynn-Static Transmission
    Under Byen- Samme Stof Som Stof
    This Mortal Coil- Blood
    Mark Hollis- Mark Hollis
    Lilys- A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns
    Ralf Und Florian
    Grandaddy- The Sophtware Slump
    Flying Saucer Attack- Distance
    Felt- Let The Snakes Crinkle Themselves to Death
    Cocteau Twins- Victorialand
    Can- Ege Bamyasi
    Alex Chilton- Bach’s Bottom
    The Wrens- The Meadowlands

  17. zandar says:

    alicia, db’s- stands for decibels- GREAT pick. Can I add that to my list in retrospect…?

  18. zandar says:

    EddieC- didn’t vote for Bleach because I think it kinda sucks.

    Now, the Sliver/Dive single… are you counting singles? Cause that one fucking changed my life. But Bleach? ….not so much.

    In Utero is a great example of an album you absolutely NEED to include in a list of the best indie albums ever… but technically, it ain’t indie…

  19. ekko says:

    LIST CLOSED–NO MORE ENTRIES WILL BE CONSIDERED, BUT FEEL FREE TO LEAVE SUGGESTIONS HERE ANYWAY.

  20. bsd987 says:

    What I would have voted for if I found this in time….

    25 Minor Threat – Minor Threat (1981)
    24 Mission of Burma – Vs. (1982)
    23 Dinosaur jr. – Beyond (2007)
    22 Big Star – #1 Record (1972)
    21 Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997)
    20 Rites of Spring – Rites of Spring (1985)
    19 Big Black – Songs About Fucking (1987)
    18 Husker Du – Zen Arcade (1984)
    17 Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
    16 Beefeater – Plays for Lovers (1985)
    15 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979)
    14 Guided by Voices – Bee Thousand (1994)
    13 Drive Like Jehu – Drive Like Jehu (1991)
    12 Hot Snakes – Suicide Invoice (2002)
    11 They Might Be Giants – They Might Be Giants (1986)
    10 Guided by Voices – Propeller (1992)
    9 Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)
    8 Game Theory – Lolita Nation (1987)
    7 Mission of Burma – The Obliterati (2006)
    6 Game Theory – Two Steps from the Middle Ages (1988)
    5 R.E.M. – Fables of the Reconstruction (1985)
    4 Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted (1992)
    3 The Replacements – Let it Be (1984)
    2 R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)
    1 Husker Du – New Day Rising (1985)

  21. Larry says:

    The Arcade Fire – Funeral
    Wheat – Hope And Adams
    Centro-Matic – Fort Recovery
    The Polyphonic Spree – The Beginning Stages Of…(Good Records Version)
    The Decemberists – Castaways And Cutouts
    Some By Sea – Fire/Igloo
    Neutral Milk Hotel – Aeorplane Over The Sea
    Death Cab For Cutie – The Photo Album
    Elliott Smith – Elliott Smith
    Iron and Wine – In The Reins
    Lou Ford – Sad, But Familiar
    Old 97’s – Hitchhike to Rhome
    The Promise Ring – Very Emergency
    The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
    This Shins – Wincing The Night Away
    Summer Lawns – First We Waited, Then It Started
    The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving
    The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site
    M. Ward – Post War
    Aimee Mann – The Forgotten Arm
    Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand (Scat Records)
    Death Cab For Cutie – We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes

  22. Larry says:

    These were unfortunately and accidentally deleted from my list. Sorry!!! The Midlake album is one of my favorite albums of all time!!!

    Midlake – Trials of Van Occupanther
    Richard Buckner – Dents and Shells
    Farmer Not So John – Receiver

  23. Yokotripper says:

    Best bands/ albums of all time!

    1. Modest Mouse- Lonesome Crowded West
    2. Cake- Comfort Eagle
    3. Ween- Chocolate and Cheese
    4. Built to Spill- Ancient Melodies of the future
    5. Phish- Billy Breathes
    6. Neutral Milk Hotel- Avery Island
    7. Interpol- Turn On the Bright Lights
    8. Ambulance LTD- Primitive
    9. Elliott Smith- Figure 8
    10. Unicorns- Who Will Cut Our Hair When We Die
    11. Sunset Rubdown- Shut Up I Am Dreaming
    12. Ugly Casanova- Sharpen Your Teeth
    13. Muse- Absolution
    14. The Stills- Logic Will Break Your Heart
    15. Spoon- Gimme Fiction
    16. Radiohead- Amnesiac
    17. Beck- Guero
    18. Butthole Surfers- Independent Worm Saloon
    19. Flaming Lips- At War With the Mystics
    20. Thievery Corporation- The Richest Man in Babylon

  24. ukljukani says:

    1. Sunset Rubdown – Shut Up, I Am Dreaming
    2. Television – Marquee Moon
    3. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    4. Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea; On Avery Island
    5. Radiohead – O.K. Computer
    6. TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain
    7. Wire – Pink Flag
    8. Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
    9. Arcade Fire – Funeral
    10. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

  25. dr bob says:

    1) neutral milk hotel- in the aeroplane over the sea
    2) minutemen- double nickels on the dime
    3) husker du- zen arcade
    4) sonic youth- daydream nation
    5) pixies- surfer rosa
    6) fugazi- red medicine
    7) elliott smith- elliott smith
    8) the shins- chutes too narrow
    9) modest mouse- the lonesome crowded west
    10) the mountain goats- tallahassee
    11) violent femmes- violent femmes
    12) neutral milk hotel- on avery island
    13) man man- six demon bag
    14) the decemberists- picaresque
    15) fugazi- repeater
    16) the olivia tremor control- black foliage
    17) dinosaur jr- you’re living all over me
    18) elliott smith- either/or
    19) kimya dawson- remember that i love you
    20) bad religion- against the grain
    21) slint- spiderland
    22) built to spill- there’s nothing wrong with love
    23) andrew bird- and the mysterious production of eggs
    24) joanna newsom- ys
    25) murder city devils- in name and blood

  26. Matt says:

    Hopefully this isn’t too late, I spent a ton of time on this. I’d say it was more agonizing than I should have made it :P.

    25. Boredoms – Super ae
    24. Cat Power – what would the community think
    23. Sleater Kinney – The Woods
    22. Mission of Burma – Vs.
    21. The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
    20. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I See a Darkness
    19. The Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace
    18. The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I
    17. Fugazi – Repeater
    16. The Wipers – Youth of America
    15. The Microphones – It was hot, we stayed in the water
    14. Madvillain – Madvillainy
    13. Marnie Stern – In Advance of the Broken Arm
    12. Silver Jews – American Water
    11. Sonic Youth – EVOL
    10. Elliott Smith – Elliott Smith
    9. Slint – Spiderland
    8. Television – Marquee Moon
    7. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
    6. Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville
    5. The Replacements – let it be
    4. Joanna Newsom – The Milk Eyed Mender
    3. Joanna Newsom – Ys
    2. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
    1. Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted

    Loveless by My Bloody valentine would be #1 if I could put it on… They had it released on an independent label in the UK, but a major in the US, which is weird considering they were a UK band. If they are acceptable, change that to my #1 :P.

  27. i know says:

    honestly, why have none of you guys put interpol down, have you ever heard it?
    if you have, and you’re not to keen on it get into it, cause once your are nothing beats it. They are amazing live.
    All their 3 albums should be up on all of yours
    Anyways,
    my favourite indie albums:

    INTERPOL – turn on the bright lights
    INTERPOL – antics
    INTERPOL – our love to admire
    The killers – Hot fuss
    The shins – Wincing the night away
    Joy division – Closer
    Editors – The back room
    Foals – Antidotes
    The libertines – Up the bracket
    Franz ferdinand – Franz ferdinand
    Built to spill – You in reverse
    Bloc party – A weekend in the city
    Editors – An end has a start
    The stone roses – The stone roses

  28. scott says:

    Some of you didn’t read the begining on this thread….Major lables can not produce indie rock bands….

  29. aka aeon malware says:

    25. the replacements – let it be
    24. grizzly bear – yellow house
    23. fugazi – repeater
    22. animal collective – strawberry jam
    21. pixies -surfer rosa
    20. husker du – zen arcade
    19. camper van beethoven – ll &lll
    18. red house painters – red house painters 1
    17. belle ic and sebastion – the life pursuit
    16. liz phair – white chocolate space egg
    15. pavement – crooked rain crooked rain
    14. dinosaur jr. where have you been?
    13. swervedriver – raise
    12. ride – nowhere
    11. slowdive slouvaki
    1o. the feelies – crazy rhythms
    9. sonic youth – daydream nation
    8. the meat puppets ll
    7. the minutemen – double nickels on the dime
    6. the archers of loaf – ickey mettle
    5. sebadoh -lll
    4. radiohead – ok computer
    3. pavement – slanted and enchanted
    2. the mountain goats – all hail west texas
    and finally the best indie disc of all time is “drumroll please” – the dead kennedies – frsh fruit for rotting vegetables

    yes i give some honorable mentions to built to spill, the fiery furnaces, cat power, they might might be giants, arcade fire, superchunk, flipper, X, neutral milk hotel, and death cab for cutie as well as the early modest mouse discs.

    and a special shout out to UNcle Tupelo for no depression

  30. carlos says:

    Was creation not an indie label? MBV loveless and The house of love self titled first album have got to list!

  31. Erin says:

    no particular order:

    CocoRosie – La Maison de mon reve
    Arcade Fire – Funeral
    Beachhouse – Devotion
    Modern Lovers- Modern Lovers
    The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?
    Neutral Milk Hotel – aeroplane
    Cat power – what would the community think?
    beat happening – you turn me on
    the microphones – the glow pt. 2
    joanna newsom – the milk-eyed mender
    magnolia electric co. – what comes after the blues
    magnetic fields – 69 love songs
    elliot smith – elliot smith
    beirut – gulag orkestrar
    wolf parade – apologies to queen mary
    beck – one foot in the grave
    the gerbils – are you sleepy?
    okkervil river – black sheep boy
    simon joyner – the cowardly traveller pays his toll
    babyshambles – shotter’s nation
    mirah – advisory commitee
    rock plaza central – are we not horses?
    of montreal – the sunlandic twins
    the pixies – doolittle

  32. Dan says:

    The Stone Roses debut was great

  33. doesn't matter says:

    1. Aeroplane over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
    2. Gulag Orkerstar – Beirut
    3. Rook, by Shearwater
    3. Burn Piano Island Burn – Blood Brothers
    4. Ameatures and Professionals, by Penfold
    5. Our First Taste of Escape, by Penfold
    6. Terrorhawk, by Bear vs. Shark
    7. Even So -Lewis
    8. The Ugly Organ – Cursive
    9. Domestica – Cursive
    10. Brother Sister, by Mewithoutyou
    11. Glasvegas, by Glasvegas
    12. Sack Cloth n’ Ashes – 16 Horsepower
    13. Fevers and Mirrors – Bright Eyes
    14. Every Time a Bell Rings . . ., by Logh
    15. Six Demon Bag, by Man Man
    16. Fire Theft, by the Fire Theft
    17. The Lonesome Crowded West, by Modest Mouse
    18. Style No. 6312, by the White Octave
    19. In Bocca al Lupo, by Murder By Death
    20. Low Level Owl I & II, by the Appleseed Cast
    21. Boxer, by the National
    22. These Four Walls, by We Were Promised Jetpacks
    23. The Protomen, by the Protomen
    24. Pinkerton, by Weezer
    24. Dear You – Jawbreaker

  34. gofobroke says:

    These are in know particular order and subject to change as I dig through my limited indie collection. So, I might have a part 2!!!

    Leatherface-Mush
    Godspeed You black Emperor-Lift Your Skinny Fists Like…..
    Modest Mouse-The Moon And Antartica
    The Clean-Anthology
    Red House Painters-Rollercoaster album
    Radiohead-OK Computer
    Fleet Foxes-Fleet Foxes
    The Velvet Underground-all of thier material
    bonnie ‘prince’ billy-i see darkness
    Badly Drawn Boy-The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
    Nirvana-Live At Reading (bootleg)
    Bright Eyes-I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
    Iron & Wine-The Creek drank The Cradle
    Fugazi-13 Songs
    Flogging Molly-Swagger
    The Pogues-Rum Sodomy & the Lash
    Yo La Tengo-Prisoners Of Love
    M83–Dead Cities & Lost Ghosts
    Titus Andronicus-The Airing Of Grievances
    Pavement-Quarntine The Past
    Guided By Voices-Vampire On Titus
    Arcade Fire-Funeral
    Pavement-Westing (by Musket and Sextant)
    Titus Andronicus-The Monitor
    Sonic Youth-Sister
    Libertines-Up The Bracket

    • Vinnie says:

      Well I’m just gonna say beforehand that some of these were probably on majors but are what I’d still call indie based on the sound. Tried to pick only one per band which is hard for me

      1. Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West
      2. Pavement – Wowee Zowee
      3. Pixies – Dolittle
      4. Fugazi – 13 Songs
      5. Built To Spill – Keep It Like A Secret
      6. Ugly Cassanova – Sharpen Your Teeth
      7. The White Stripes – De Stijl
      8. The Shins – Oh! Inverted World
      9. The Libertines – Up the Bracket
      10. Love as Laughter – Holy
      11. Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Airplane Over the Sea
      13. At the Drive-In – Relationship of Command
      14. Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary
      15. Spoon – Gimme Fiction
      16. …Trail of Dead – Source Tags & Codes
      17. The Walkmen – You & Me
      18. Stephen Malkmus – Stephen Malkmus
      19. The Thermals – More Parts Per Million
      20. Iron & Wine – The Shepards Dog
      21. Clinic – Internal Wrangler
      22. Metric – Old World Underground
      23. Eagles of Death Metal – Peace Love Death Metal
      24. The Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God
      25. The Black Keys

  35. UtahRugbyGuy says:

    This is such a subjective poll and most of these people’s list are so idiotic and have such lame taste in music, it’s starting to become a joke. Some of these lists are ok, but anyone who left The Butthole Surfers’ 1983 Punk Rock Classic – Independent Worm Saloon off their list (including Rolling Stone Magazine) just doesn’t have a well-rounded opinion about music.

    If you haven’t heard it, download it. Love it. Spoon with it. “Is there a problem officer?” …”What’cha doin’? …”Chewin’ chocolate” …”Where’d you get it?” …”Doggie dropped it” ………..”Carry on.”

    • gnick says:

      yeah, that’s totally well-rounded to claim that one particular butthole surfers record is the litmus test for whether you have good tast in music. duh.

  36. gnick says:

    Here’s my stupid list (no particular order):
    1. Moving Targets-Burning in Water
    2. Neutral Milk Hotel-Aeroplane…
    3. Cramps-Songs the Lord Taught Us
    4. X-Los Angeles
    5. Liz Phair-Exile…
    6. Replacements-Hootenanny (or possibly Sorry Ma…)
    7. New Order-Temptation/Hurt ep
    8. Dead Kennedys-Plastic Surgery Disasters
    9. Vinnie and the Stardusters-Novelty Music for Casual Sex
    10. Circle Jerks-Group Sex
    11. The Slits-Cut (don’t know if this is technically indie…)
    12. The Monochrom Set-Strange Boutique
    13. Pavement-Slanted and Enchanted
    14. Babes in Toyland-Spanking Machine
    15. The Gun Club-Fire of Love
    16. Daniel Johnston-Songs of Pain (or Yip Jump Music)
    17. Violent Femmes-Violent Femmes
    18. Pogues-If I should fall… (again, don’t know if Island records is indie)
    19. Mission of Burma-VS
    20. Gary Numan-Pleasure Principle
    21. Throwing Muses-Throwing Muses
    22. Modern lovers-modern lovers
    23. Stereolab-Transient random…
    24. Dan Deacon-Spiderman of the Rings
    25. The Shaggs-Philosopy of the World

  37. Terry says:

    1. My bloody valentine-loveless
    2. The libertines-up the bracket
    3. The strokes-is this it
    4. Arcade fire-funeral
    5. Jamie t-panic prevention
    6. Weezer-pinkerton
    7. Bwani junction-fully cooker
    8. Arctic monkeys-whatever people say I am that’s what I’m not
    9. Yuck-yuck
    10. Pavements-Crooked rain, cooked rain
    11. The libertines-The libertines
    12. The smashing pumpkins-simeas dreams
    13. The drums-the drums
    14. Jamie t-kings & queens
    15. The stone roses-the stone roses
    16. The xx-xx
    17. The view-hats off to the buskers
    18. Bloc party-silent alarm
    19. The strokes-room on fire
    20. Blur-park life

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