Coming Out Of Retirement


Mar 9 2009, 14h13

My wife's youngest sister has been asking me for quite some time to sit down at my computer and make her a mix of "good" indie music. She wanted to impress her friends with the knowledge of many different bands. Unfortunately, I have sort of been falling down on the job. I use to keep up to date and would write journals and reviews often. But, since going to college, working, and getting married, I've found little time to devote to my scavenger hunts of local record stores, much less keep myself up to date with the goings on of the industry. I am going to attempt to stay more abreast of new music and try to write more. Consider this my "coming out of retirement."

The mix I made my wife's sister spans seven CDs, totaling 131 tracks, arranged alphabetically. The collection will take her just under 8 hours to listen to fully - according to iTunes. Not all of the artists are strictly indie, some may just be slightly indie-esque. Some are just of my own enjoyment. Below is the track list.

Disc One
1.A.C. NewmanMiracle Drug
2.ActionslacksThe Scene’s Out of Sight
3.Alexi MurdochOrange Sky
4.All-Time QuarterbackPlans Get Complex
5.All SmilesKilling Sheep
6.The American Analog SetAaron & Maria
7.American FootballI’ll See You When We’re Both Not So Emotional
8.Arab Strap(If There’s) No Hope for Us
9.Arcade FireNo Cars Go
10.Architecture in HelsinkiCity Calm Down
11.AsterDoomed to Die
12.Azure Raythese bright lights will bend to make blue
13.Badly Drawn BoyWalking Out of Stride
14.Belle & SebastianStay Loose
15.Ben KwellerHear Me Out
16.The Beta BandDry the Rain
17.BeulahA Good Man Is Easy to Kill
18.The Black AngelsBlack Grease
19.Bloc PartyBlue Light

Disc Two
20.Brendan BensonAlternative To Love
21.Bright EyesSomething Vague
22.Built to SpillStrange
24.Camera ObscuraRazzle Dazzle Rose
25.Cat PowerI Don’t Blame You
26.Chad VanGaalenClinically Dead
27.Chris WallaArcher v. Light
28.The Cloud RoomHey Now Now
29.CursiveThe Recluse
30.Damien RiceRootless Tree
31.The Dears22: The Death Of All The Romance
32.Death Cab for CutieConey Island
33.The Deathray DaviesJack Never Crashes
34.The DecemberistsThe Engine Driver
35.Denison WitmerWhat Will Stay?
36.DestroyerNo Cease Fires! (Crimes Against the State of Our Love, Baby)
37.The Dismemberment PlanSuperpowers
38.Dogs Die in Hot CarsSomewhat Off The Way
39.EelsPacking Blankets
40.The ElectedIt Was Love
41.Elliott SmithSpeed Trials

Disc Three
42.Field MusicIf Only The Moon Were Up
43.The Fiery FurnacesSingle Again
44.The Get Up KidsMass Pike
45.Guided by VoicesEchos Myron
46.GusterManifest Destiny
47.HeadphonesNatural Disaster
48.HeatmiserPlainclothes Man
49.Hot ChipAnd I Was a Boy from School
50.I Am KlootSold as Seen
51.I Love You, But I’ve Chosen DarknessThe Less You See
52.Iron & WineBoy With a Coin
53.John VandersliceWhite Dove
54.Joshua RadinStar Mile
55.Kind of Like SpittingHappy?
56.The King Of FranceWhite Confection
57.Kings of ConvenienceMisread
58.KT TunstallUnder the Weather
59.LimbeckSin City
60.The Long WintersBlue Diamonds
61.The LucksmithsWilliam and Mary
62.The Magnetic FieldsI Don’t Believe You
63.Margot & The Nuclear So And SosBroadripple Is Burning
64.Mates of StateClean Out

Disc Four
65.Matt CostaAstair
66.Matt Pond PASo Much Trouble
68.Modest MouseDramamine
69.Mojave 3Return To Sender
70.The Mountain GoatsSource Decay
71.Nada SurfConcrete Bed
72.Neko CaseFox Confessor Brings the Flood
73.Neutral Milk HotelIn The Aeroplane Over The See
74.The New AmsterdamsProceed WIth Caution
75.The New PornographersThe Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
76.of MontrealRequiem for O.M.M.2
77.OK GoGet Over It
78.Okkervil RiverThe War Criminal Rises and Speaks
79.PavementSpit on a Stranger
80.Pedro the LionBad Things To Such Good People
81.People In PlanesIf You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode)
82.PortasticNoisy Night
83.The Postal ServiceRecycled Air
84.PowderfingerPrivate Man
85.The Promise RingHappiness Is All The Rage

Disc Five
86.QuasiIt’s Raining
87.The RaconteursStore Bought Bones
88.Rainer MariaCeremony
89.The Revolutionary HydraWhere We Intersect is Collide
90.Rilo KileyPlane Crash in C
91.Rocky VotolatoWhite Daisy Passing
92.Rogue WaveLike I Needed
93.Saturday Looks Good To MeWhen You Got to New York
95.She Wants RevengeI Don’t Want To Fall In Love
96.The ShinsFighting in a Sack
97.Shout Out Louds - 100°
98.Silver JewsRandom Rules
99.Sleep StationCaroline, London 1940
100.The SmithsI Want The One I Can’t Have
101.SodastreamFresh One
102.Sondre LercheTwo Way Monologue
103.Sonic YouthIncinerate
104.SpoonBelieving Is Art
105.StarsYour Ex-Lover Is Dead

Disc Six
107.Straylight RunThe Tension And The Terror
108.Sufjan StevensDear Mr. Supercomputer
109.Sunset RubdownThey Took A Vote And Said No
110.SuperdragSold You an Alibi
111.Syd MattersObstacles
112.Taken by TreesLost And Found
113.Teenage FanclubStar Sign
114.Tegan & SaraI Hear Noises
115.Thirteen SensesInto The Fire
116.TravisShe’s So Strange
117.Two GallantsNothing To You
118.Ugly CasanovaBarnacles
119.Under The Influence of GiantsMama’s Room
120.The VeilsCalliope!
121.The ViewSame Jeans
122.VoxtrotBrother In Conflict
123.The WeakerthansLeft & Leaving
124.The WeepiesAll That I Want
125.WheatOff the Pedestal
126.White RabbitsThe Plot

Disc Seven
128.Wolf ParadeYou Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son
129.Yeah Yeah YeahsGold Lion
130.Yo La TengoMr. Tough
131.764-HEROYou Were the Long Way Home


  • kimpled

    What a great list!

    Mar 10 2009, 15h17
  • amzx91

    Seeing this on the sufjan page made me think he was coming out with a new album. :( x infinity

    Mar 11 2009, 2h22
  • thingemon

    Yeah, this tricked me too.

    Mar 13 2009, 2h20
  • kendralugo


    Mar 13 2009, 16h15
  • mattpate

    It's going to be a while until we hear more from Sufjan Stevens. He's too busy saving the world right now.

    Mar 13 2009, 16h29
  • skinnydrifter

    I'm insulted everytime someone puts "indie" to She Wants Revenge..but atleast you have a good reason, that song is like ridiculously indie rock - All their good stuff is laid to rest, what a shame.

    Mar 15 2009, 12h43
  • sunnychick

    Kudos to you, it looks like it was a labour of love. Some great, great bands included; bands I'd want to be investigating further after hearing their track. If I may be bold, I think you have missed a huge chunk of the Swedish indie scene out. Which seems a shame to me! Nice one anyway! Cheers.

    Mar 23 2009, 14h05
  • mattpate

    Boring? Obviously this was not supposed to be a great mix, as it was only to be a mix of artists for my youngest sister-in-law. The mix is not something to analyze, which is what you, seemingly, are doing.

    Abr 18 2009, 15h32
  • Bayou16

    Boring? I'd say AWESOME! I would have add Great Lake Swimmers ;-)

    Mai 26 2009, 22h31
  • mattpate

    I would have added Great Lake Swimmers, but, alas, I do not own any of their albums.

    Mai 26 2009, 22h41
  • J-to-da-Z

    Wow great list. Almost my entire Top 50 artists on this site feature in it :P. Missing one noteable exception though - The National. How can you not fit them into a Indie playlist/compilation? :(

    Jul 14 2009, 10h47
  • houghster27

    This is a great list covering some great bands, but ye The National should have been on there

    Fev 10 2012, 16h00
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