Here's a mixtape of songs I've been listening to lately that you may not have heard. See, I don't just listen to old school rock--here is some indie music that really reflects low-fi values and personal vision. Or maybe it's just a bunch of wheedling vegans who can't hit the notes. You decide. Me? I've already decided. This stuff is decidedly cool.
cage the elephant
"Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" by Cage the Elephant
I want this on the jukebox at my favorite airstream diner. Love the intro slide guitar riff on this one, which is some sort of blues punk rock rave-up in which you can hear old blues and Beck and White Stripes, too. Nice.
yo la tengo
"If It's True" by Yo La Tengo
Yo La Tengo has it all. Great melodic oddball tune from their new album, "Popular Songs." The revered indie band--consisting of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew--have been together for quite a while and are still making original music. They're absolutely wonderful in concert.
"The Ruminant Band" by Fruit Bats
Fruit bats are huge hairy flying creatures out of your worst nightmares and also a nice folk-rock band. This is one of the two.
"Went to See the Flaming Lips" by Benji Hughes
Yup, I already posted this tune a while back but you should listen again because this is a wonderful short story about a mind-altering road trip to see another band. Yeah.