Musings Of An Indie Kid

Me trying to introduce you guys to some of my music. I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, November 28, 2005

When you're indie, you have to look cool.

You have to. You can't risk looking like an idiot, which usually means trying to act better than everyone else at at least something. I work to be as disinterested as humanly possible so that people will look at me and think "Wow, he doesn't care what's going on... neither should I!" It's a gift. Being indie is all about trying to stand out without having anyone realize you're trying to stand out.

Also, thanks to Kendon for being awesome enough to comment on just about every one of my entries so far. He's better than you, and don't ever fucking forget it. Be friends with him on MySpace. All the cool kids are doing it.

Clor - Gifted Rapidshare... Follow link

If you haven't heard Clor yet, you're in for a goddamn treat. This particular track sounds a lot like the Former Cities track I posted a few weeks back, but don't let that fool you. Usually they are much, much more electronic sounding (like Stars with a little more synth), but this is a good track to introduce people to. Eventually, I'll get around to posting more Clor, but for now you'll have to settle for this.

The Mountain Goats - Standard Bitter Love Song #7 Rapidshare... Follow link

As you can tell by now, I sweat the Mountain Goats. You will too, eventually.

But I know you'd kill me if you could stand the sight of blood

Why am I all to close to those kinds of girls?

Tonight's update had to be extremely indie, because next update I'm going to do something that not too many of you are gonna support; I'm gonna do a highlight on Linkin Park. Trust me, it'll be good.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

I fell for the first girl who could hurt me.

System of a Down - Lonely Day Rapidshare... Follow link

I've been waiting two weeks to post this track, but I knew I couldn't until the album absolutely came out. Well, I made sure to pay for it as soon as I got a chance to, but I know other people don't share my same philosophies on early music. Needless to say, this track is going to get you laid from cute emo girls. Give it time... the stupid emo kids are gonna sweat it like none other and play it out before you get a chance to. Just like Vindicated. Awesome song, but it was already too popular to listen to by the time you first heard it.

Dashboard Confessional - Tonight I'll Take What I Can Get (Full Band Version)

I saw this get performed when I first heard it at the Dashboard concert I went to about 3 years ago. And I loved it... I felt like it was about time he was giving happy music a chance. Other "hardcore" fans begged to differ, and seemed to take it as a personal attack when his life wasn't absolute horseshit anymore. They're listening to My Chemical Romance now, and still don't get the attention they want. It's a sad life.

Anyways, enjoy this lo-fi rock fest.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Loaf of dead

I'm exhausted, and I have school tomorrow, so I'm sorry I can't give you guys a decent write up for these. But enjoy them anyways. Also, go see Harry Potter tomorrow night at midnight. I'm seeing it on IMAX, because travelling across state lines to see a movie on a huge screen... nothing screams "cool" more than that.

Menomena - Strongest Man In The World Rapidshare... Follow link

Teenage Fanclub - Cells Rapidshare... Follow link

Solid choices this week. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

High expectations usually lead to heartbreak

Two of my friends couldn't figure out Rapidshare, so let me just make sure you guys understand it: all you have to do is follow the link, click "Free" down on the bottom, and wait in line 20 seconds. I use this because I like it more than most sites, even though you have to wait in the line. It's simple.

Duane Hopwood (not an mp3)

I fully expect to absolutely love this movie.

And now for enough music to make this post relevant.

Broken Social Scene - Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl Rapidshare... follow link

My friend Tara got me into these kings of indie rock. While I'd always known about them, and heard a few songs from them, it was by her glowing recommendation that I took the leap to check out a few of their albums. Well worth it, I say. Thank her if you see her on the street.

There's something epic about this song. Something that makes you want to listen to it when you achieve something awesome. When you accomplish something hard. When there's a huge weight off your back. When one of those things happens, listen to this song. It'll seem to make more sense.

Maybe it would make sense all the time if I was a 17 year old girl.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Never say that I haven't even tried.

I kept meaning to mention it, but I'm dumb, and continually forgot. November is National Solo Project Month, and as such I should be trying to highlight some interesting solo projects. This is a lot harder than National Side Project Month, which might not exist... but if it does, I'll have a lot of fun that month.

Ben Gibbard - Farmer Chords (Live) Rapidshare... Follow link

I've been trying to find the album this is on, Home Vol. 5, to no avail. But this song is awesome. A great song of longing and love, and it manages to pull at my heart every time I hear it. And it manages to do that while maintaining a real simple set of lyrics.

I can't begin to compete with you and everyone knows I know you know it, too. It's a complicated fear that grows with every year and it's walking on it's own finally. All I can offer are farmer chords, these simple rhymes and you painted in words. You can sing this when alone or whistle it through your teeth and it will feel like home no matter how far you'll be from my lonely arms outstretched just beyond your reach singing "ooh, baby, please..."

That's it... that's the entire song. Then again, it's only two and a half minutes, so I doubt anyone's shocked.

Jeff Mangum - Up And Over Again Rapidshare... Follow link

They address this song as being called "Up And Over Again", but truly we know it as being "King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 3." It probably just wasn't finished at this point (He even sings "This is the part of the song that I didn't write lyrics for" at one point), but it's nice to hear where it started, and compare it to where it ended up.

I know this is an MP3 blog... but don't go see Saw 2. It's delightfully mediocre. And it's NOT A HORROR MOVIE! In the same way zombie movies aren't horror movies in most cases, this relies on heavy, gross images rather than actually scaring people. It's very weak on plot, the acting is worse than in the first one, and it's absolutely filled with plot holes. It's worth seeing, but at a time when I could have seen Jarhead or The Weather man, I'm sorely disappointed.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Life is waiting for you.

I try not to take too much from other blogs, especially not so soon... but thanks to My Old Kentucky Blog for this awesome track.

Soft - Higher

As someone who readily admits his lifelong obsession with pop radio, lead singer, Johnny Reineck instead sees the present not as something to savor, but rather as merely paving the way to Soft's ultimate destiny. "These songs [that we're writing], I envision them being played in a soccer stadium filled with 80,000 fans," he says without a trace of irony. "Our goal for the record is for it to be like INXS's Kick. We'd like every song to be a huge Top 10 single." - Read more...

I think they deserve it.

Only one track today, mostly because I want every last one of you to hear this song. And then love it. I can't imagine anyone not liking this song.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Let's go Phishing! Get it... it's a pun! My humor is lost on you.

No one's really indifferent about Phish. I mean the people who love them are fucking insane with their adoration for them. But the people who hate them... man do they despise them. I have a friend, Harry, who loves Dispatch and Guster, but absolutely can't stand Phish. I hypothesize that he just hasn't heard enough of them, but I've done what I could to convert him in the past. Now everyone listen to my two favorite Phish songs!

Normally, I'd write a nice writeup for each of them, but I'm short on time. Just know that they're beautiful and I love them.

Phish - Brian & Robert Rapidshare... Follow link

Phish - Wading in the Velvet Sea Rapidshare... Follow Link

Enjoy! I'll try to get one more update in this week... worst case scenario I'll update on Monday, though.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Throw stones at me if you wish

I've been kind of a failure at this lately, and I apologize. I've been short on time, but I'll do my best to give you two more updates before Sunday, if I can. Not that anyone really reads this... but I'm sure Claire's probably upset at my lack of updates. So, on with the music!

Former Cities - There's This Thing I Just Can't Quit Rapidshare... Follow link

I got an email from Chris of Former Cities, asking me to check this song out. And at first I was a little turned off, but about 30 seconds in the song really picks up. Comparisons can definitely be made to Pinback, but there seems to be a little Neutral Milk Hotel and Bright Eyes in there, too. It might just be the lo-fi acoustic guitar that reminds me of NMH, though. Either way, after a few listens, you find yourself singing along with it and quite enjoying this song which should be shrugged off as repetitive. The music's a little bland, but that's not necessarially a bad thing; look at Iron & Wine or something along those lines.

Definitely worth checking out. Not everyday you get to hear some experimental acoustic rock.

The Mountain Goats - Color in Your Cheeks (Iowa City Trance Mix)

I wish I could find more remixes of Mountain Goats music. This is just phenominal. Not better than the original, but definitely not worse, either. My friend Casey's not a big Mountain Goats fan, but he loves this remix. So be like Casey. Love this.

Also, go to StG to find a nice remix of a Stars song. I still prefer the original, but variety is always welcome.