Category Archives: 2003

You Make Me Like Charity by The Knife

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No video for this song.

Simple drum machine track with a repetitive synth melody to induce dancing. This is off their second album, Deep Cuts.

The Knife who hail from Sweden push the electronic genre. They’ve even been labelled as Indietronica, which I love. If you can sit through this song, and connect with it, you’ll likely want to explore more of their experimental sound. The closest thing that I could compare them too is good old Kraftwerk. Enjoy!

Pulp Song by stellastarr*

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Fan made video with stills of the band.

stellastarr* mimic Pulp with this aptly titled song . You can easily slip this into a Pulp medley, and not many people would notice that it’s not them. This is off their debut self-titled album.

This New York band have released 3 ablums and 1 EP. Even though they never quite lose that Pulp sound, they are a slightly meaner version of the group, and that’s why they’re my new favourite sound.

Here It Comes by The Brian Jonestown Massacre

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Trippy non-video for this song, probably created by a fan.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre ooze out this psychedelic number. This is off their ninth album, …And This Is Our Music.

This non-radio-friendly American band have been around for a while. They put out their first album in 1993, and have been pretty prolific since then releasing over a dozen albums, and EPs. I stumbled on this band thanks to the show Boardwalk Empire, who use one of their songs for the theme. If you like what you hear, check out the documentary, Dig!

Hello by Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

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No video for this song.

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes take this Lionel Richie classic and mix in some snugs and snails and puppy-dog tails to create this version. It’s off their fourth album Take a Break.

This punk-rock converto-matic will take any pop song, put it through the grinder and spit out a punky version of it. They’re made up of members from bands such as NOFX, and Foo Fighters. They’ve released 7 albums and 3 EPs. Most of their songs are less than 3 minutes, and perfect for starting up a mosh-pit at a kids party.

The Bachelor And The Bride by The Decemberists

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A great video using animated silhouettes, reminds me of a great movie titled, The Adventures of Prince AchmedAnd when the music ends the animation and credits continue.

Lead singer, Colin Meloy, has a voice you cannot mistake for anyone other than him. This is a typical slice of Decemberists‘ music. It’s off their second album, Her Majesty the Decemberists.

They’re an American folk band from Portland, Oregon, who’ve released 5 albums and 7 EPs (2 of them live). Their acoustic guitar driven music make them the perfect soundtrack for Sunday afternoons. And even though they’re indie, they’re scheduled to appear on an upcoming episode of the Simpsons (Dec 2nd). So I guess they’ve made the grade.

Kick It by Peaches and Iggy Pop

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Watch as Iggy Pop fends off zombies with a rubber arm. You’d think a music video with the undead would be more entertaining. Meh.

Peaches along with Iggy Pop kick it with this indie-punk tune. This is a bit of a departure from Peaches’ normal genre synthpunk. It’s off her 3rd studio album, Fatherfucker.

I’m not really fan of this Canadian synth-diva, but there are a few songs from her that I just love, this being one of them. She’s released 5 albums, and many singles, with her latest in 2009. Including Iggy Pop, she’s also worked with Karen O, The Flaming Lips, and Christina Aguilera to name a few.

This Is Our Emergency by Pretty Girls Make Graves

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It seems that certain record companies are making it harder and harder to embed videos. And unfortunately this band’s label is one of them. You’ll have to click on the link to take you to another site to watch the video. Video is kind of lame, but the song does kick some ass.

Defunk band Pretty Girls Make Graves deliver a hard-driving rhythm in this fun tune about being frustrated. This is off their 2nd studio album, The New Romance.

This post-punk band from Seattle released 3 studio albums, and a few singles and EPs. Tis a pity they are no more.

Click here to watch the video.

Love by Elefant

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Enjoy some stills of the band while watching this fan-made video.

This Elefant song is nicely layered and a bit more upbeat than the rest of the music on their debut album Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid. This is one of my all-time favourite songs which I hope to use in one of my movies, once I become a big-time director.

They’ve released 2 albums, and 3 EPs. Their 2nd album has a harder edge, and moves away slightly from the more ambient sadness of their first. Unfortunately they’ve announced their break-up a few months ago, so that’s all you’re going to get folks.

Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Another boring video of the band playing their instruments. At least it’s lit well.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs (not to be confused with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) coolly slice the air with this tune. They grab your attention from the get-go with a low siren-like guitar riff, and then a distinct repeating drum riff. And then Karen O‘s sultry voice smoothly slips in.

In 2007 and 2010 they had Grammy nominations for “Best Alternative Album“, so they’re much too popular for my blog, but I like them, so sue me. They’ve released 3 albums so far (I wasn’t too pleased with the last one), and Karen O is dreamy, so what more can you ask for?

Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t by Brand New

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No video for this song, or much of any for this band. They don’t even have a fully functional website. It’s like they’re afraid of self-promotion.

It took me a while to pick only one song from this band. Brand New, an alt / indie rock band from NYC belt out an amazing tune, and the best part is the lyrics.

They’ve released 4 albums and 2 EPs, and are still going on strong. If you don’t know who they are, look them up.