unknown indie rock songs

Foals – Total Life Forever

3 fun facts about Foals:
1) They are signed to Sub Pop, the same record label Nirvana and other big grunge artists
2) Yannis (the singer) and Edwin (keyboards) dropped out of Oxford University, a top 10 university in the world, to pursue music
3) Their song “Spanish Sahara” is featured in the Entourage season 7 trailer

I love this groove.

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Posted in Unknown Songs on December 3rd, 2010 by Tony Amoyal –

Francis and the Lights – The Top

I love the dancing and the beat in this video. Francis Farewell Starlite (I hope that’s his real name) puts on an addicting performance that leaves you wanting more. And if you want it, just check out their awesome website with more videos right on the home page.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on November 30th, 2010 by Tony Amoyal –

Al Green – Take Me To The River

Most people know “Take Me To The River” as a Talking Heads song. It was actually written by Al Green and Teenie Hodges for Al Green’s 1974 album Al Green Explores Your Mind. The song was not released as an Al Green single, but passed off to Syl Johnson who brought it up to #48 on the US Hot 100 chart in 1975. The Talking Heads didn’t cover “Take Me To The River” until their 1978 album – More Songs About Buildings and Food.

Here is the Al Green version:

and the Syl Johnson version:

and for those who don’t know, The Talking Heads:
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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music on November 28th, 2010 by Tony Amoyal –

Richard Hell & the Voidoids – Blank Generation

From their 1977 album of the same name, this song rocks, plain and simple. Richard Hell is best known for his influence on punk fashion (spiked hair, clothing held together with safety pins, etc.) and for his roles in the band Television (who was infinitely instrumental in the popularization of New York’s CBGB club) and then later with Johnny Thunders’ The Heartbreakers.

Since the 80s, Hell has focused primarily on writing novels, but still releases some music.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on June 15th, 2010 by Nick –

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion-Two Kinds of Love

"I hate conventional blues, but I love myself."

When you hear the break in this song you’ll wonder why this band didn’t do that kind of thing all the time. JSBE provides the kind of music you think you’d play after 15 glasses of whiskey and it feels awesome.  Boogie down + sledgehammer over the face rock  = me dancing/screaming at the top of my lungs.

JoSpence was a member of the Washington-based (What! What!) Pussy Galore.  After the band broke up in 1990 it seems Jon Spencer set out to destroy everything he loved about to the blues.  Thank god I love every minute of it.

SPN

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on May 11th, 2010 by Sean –

Dr. Dog – Alaska

Dr. DogDr. Dog formed in Philadelphia in 1999 but have only recently gained popularity. Their melodies are reminiscent of The Beatles (the guitar solo here is especially Beatles-esque) and their vocal harmonies are similar to The Beach Boys. However, they’ve molded a style of their own and this song is a great example, with more folk flavor than the pop sounds that Dr. Dog is often compared to.

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Posted in Underplayed Music on April 28th, 2010 by Denis –

Wye Oak – Take it in

Wye Oak
Baltimore indie power-couple, Wye Oak, are making it in the music bizz.  Maybe.  I don’t actually know how they define, “making it big.”  I would say that a feature in Spin, a record deal with Merge (Spoon, Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, etc.) and no 9-5 job definitely denote the term.  This track, taken from Wye Oak’s latest album, features the angelic voice of Jenn Wasner.  Come to think of it, most of Wye Oak’s songs feature the angelic voice of Jenn Wassner.  She wails on the guitar like an ex-member of Sonic youth, and her man, Andy Stack, plays the drums, the keyboard AND sings backup vocals.  Two people haven’t made this much noise since overweight people realized that they, too, could have sexual intercourse.

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Posted in Unknown Songs on April 26th, 2010 by Danny G –

Simian – La Breeze

Formed in Manchester in 2000, Simian enjoyed a brief period of success with this song due largely to its appearance in numerous 2003 TV commercials.  The band broke up in 2005, but members still continue to make music.  The song is solid and I never understood why the band wasn’t more popular.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on April 20th, 2010 by Nick –