Posted by: Dave on January 20, 2007 at 10:00 am

TwoGallantsTollTellsExcept for the songs that made my Top 20 Songs of 2006 and the representative tracks from my Top 20 Albums of 2006, these are the rest of the best indie and indie-minded rock tracks of 2006, volume one. To be eligible, a song needed to be included on an album released in the United States between December 1, 2005 and November 30, 2006.

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1. Two Gallants “Las Cruces Jail” What the Toll Tells (Saddle Creek)

2. Tapes ‘n Tapes “Insistor” The Loon (XL)

3. Cold War Kids “Saint John” Robbers & Cowards (Downtown)

4. The Evens “Everybody Knows” Get Evens (Dischord)

5. Built to Spill “Goin’ Against Your Mind” You In Reverse (Warner Brothers)

6. Editors “Blood” The Back Room (Fader)

7. Heavens “Patent Pending” Patent Pending (Epitaph/ADA)

8. My Brightest Diamond “Something of An End” Bring Me the Workhorse (Asthmatic Kitty)

9. Pretty Girls Make Graves “Parade” Elan Vital (Matador)

10. Cold War Kids “Hospital Beds” Robbers & Cowards (Downtown)

11. Annuals “The Bull and the Goat” Be He Me (Ace Fu)

12. Oxford Collapse “Please Visit Your National Parks” Remember the Night Parties (Sub Pop)

13. Sonic Youth “Incinerate” Rather Ripped (Geffen)

14. Built to Spill “Traces” You In Reverse (Warner Brothers)

15. Editors “All Sparks” The Back Room (Fader)

16. Heavens “Gardens” Patent Pending (Epitaph/ADA)

17. M. Ward “Right In the Head” Post-War (Merge)

2 Responses to “Indie and Indie-Minded Rock of 2006 Vol. 1”

  1. Ben Says:

    So, formally, what qualifies as indie rock anymore? You used the phrase “indie-minded?” What does that mean?

  2. Dave Says:

    “Indie-Minded” is a phrase I use to account for the fact that there are many bands signed to major labels (so technically not on an independent label) that don’t make music targeted for mainstream radio or a single-loving, mainstream audience. These indie-minded artists tend to be more career artists whose artistic ambitions may even exceed their commercial ambitions. Many artists signed to independent labels have comparable ambitions and share a relatively similar sound.

    So many independent label artists and indie-minded, major-label artists seem to belong in the same genre and/or sound good together on the same playlist.

    Of course, what’s accepted by the mainstream is always changing. Therefore, what remains indie and indie-minded changes over time, too.

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