Fantastic list. I can tell I have almost the same taste in music as you, since you named some of my favorites in there. Here is some stuff I that I'm sure you either have, or you are going to really like:
Caroline Herring - Golden Apples of the Sun
Clare & The Reasons - Arrow (awesome phil collins cover on this one)
The Dodos - Beware of the Maniacs
Freelance Whales - Weathervanes
Gossip - Music for Men
MGMT - Time to Pretend
Mirah - Advisory Committe
Okkervil River - The Stage Names
Passion Pit - Manners
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Shout Out Louds - Work
St. Vincent - Actor
Taken by Trees - East of Eden
Temper Trap - Conditions
Tunng (be patient on the first track, it gets really good after a few minutes)
Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
The XX - XX
Go preview these albums on eMusic.com or Amazon to get a feel for them. Or just download them, I'm sure you'll like 90% off this list.
I missed a few easy picks based on your preferences:
Thanks a lot. I have already started checking some of them out and enjoying them. I also like some of the new stuff that has the folk feel to it. I really love the acoustic guitar. I also like Big band and female jazz also. Really a lot of everything. But I still listen to the Rock primarily.
They're not really under the radar, but if you haven't listened to Nickel Creek, they are some good mainstream "newgrass." Abigail Washburn does some very cool stuff combining traditional mandarin speaking with american folk music.
And if you're listening to Iron and Wine I'm sure you're already listening to Ray LaMontagne. He's just a genius with a beautiful raspy voice.
I would also suggest Tilly and the Wall for some really cool pop mixed with stomping percussions. Aberfeldy is also fun summery pop.
Built To Spill
The Microphones-The Glow Pt. 2
Neutral Milk Hotel-In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
If you like rock, you should try Alejandro Escovedo. His recent recording "Real Animal" is excellent. Title song is about Iggy Pop. I love his "A Man Under The Influence." I've seen him twice live . . . kick-ass R'n'R!
Thanks guys. I guess the stuff I listed in not to main stream now? Like I said I never listen to the radio and I've only learned about the music by word of mouth or just checking out stuff on Amazon or cross referencing using Wikipedia. I have to say that the Indie Rock/Folk whatever it's called is really good. When I left the States I didn't see much really new good music. As I said I like pretty much all music but this Indie Genre is a lot of fun.
From the UK:
Emmy the Great
Au Revoir Simone
Department of Eagles
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
From San Diego:
The Soft Pack
From: Orange County
Cold War Kids
The bird and the bee
From the rest of the US:
Band of Horses
Cage the Elephant
Darker My Love
The Heavenly States
Minus the Bear
The Sea and Cake
Bongofury - Great job. That's a solid list.
Florence + The Machine "Lungs." This is going to spin a few times this weekend.
I think I'll print this thread and take it to National Record Day hunt tomorrow.
Oh yeah, put The Swell Season on the list.
Nice list Bongofury. That will keep me busy for a while. I have already started on Heyitsmedustys. Good stuff. There is so much good new music coming out on small labels or self produced. It's nice to give them exposure as well. I think a lot more people would like to hear the stuff if they knew how to get it. Heyitsmedusty maybe you could tell them about the download site you told me about. $20 dollars a month is very fair for downloading a lot of new music.
Great thread! Not much time at the moment but a quick second for Cat Power. In line with some of the very best that have been mentioned and would seem to fit your taste well. Back with more later...
Oh and Sufjan Stevens too. If nothing else, listen to the song John Wayne Gasey Jr. from the Illinois record. Haunting, beautiful, creepy and powerful.
Mark Lanegan too!
Neko Case...Fox Confessor brings the Flood & Middle Cyclone
The Audreys...Australian band with not a ton of recognition yet here but extremely talented, original. Sort of haunting indie americana sound, minimalistic with beautiful female vocal. Highly recommended.
I think Brightblack Morning Light would fit in with your taste, Detredwings. Folky, slow, psychedelic vibe... new music from Cali.
Thanks. I forgot Vampire Weekend. BTW: love the XX.
Try - Peter Wolf's Midnight Souvenir, Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Concert, download a recent Cowboy Junkie show from their forum page.
One artist I have enjoyed is Chris Cacavas. I believe he lives in Germany now. Chris played keyboards for Green on Red in the 80's and has done a lot of work with Steve Wynn from the Dream Syndicate and Chuck Prophet's solo work. His cd's are more easily available in Europe on the Blue Rose label. All of his solo efforts are excellent and fit stylistically into a lot of the alternative music you have mentioned. Enjoy.
Special thanks to the Bongoman for turning me on to Herbaliser and a few others enumerated in other threads.
Person Pitch is the name of the album by Panda Bear btw. Excellent modernization of Brian Wilson at his best.
A nice website that Dusty told me about which is excellent to cross reference your music is allmusic.com It tells you about the band and gives you a list of artists with similar style music.
Wow! You're just finding out about allmusic? Pitchfork is THE site for all of this style of music. I'd recommend trawling through their Best New Music section going back a few years. Tons of links to samples too.
very good list, I have similar music taste to the op. Vampire Weekend - Contra and The XX - XX are a MUST.
I'm cutting and pasting my Top 50 of The 2000s for you to check out. There may be some stuff on here you'll like. The only criteria I had was not having multiple albums by the same artist. I also had a Top 50 Electronic albums hence the weird title.
TOP 50 NON-ELECTRONIC ALBUMS OF THE 2000's
2-Built To Spill-Ancient Melodies Of The Future
3-Phosphorescent-Aw Come Aw Wry
4-Rilo Kiley-The Execution Of All Things
6-The Arcade Fire-Funeral
7-Panda Bear-Person Pitch
8-Cat Power-You Are Free
10-The Avalanches-Since I Left You
11-Bon Iver-For Emma, Forever Ago
12-Iron & Wine-Our Endless Numbered Days
13-Japancakes-The Sleepy Strange
14-Thao With The Get Down Stay Down-We Brave Bee Stings And All
15-Sleater-Kinney-All Hands On The Bad One
18-Band Of Horses-Everything All The Time
19-Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Fever To Tell
20-Stars Of The Lid-And Their Refinement Of The Decline
22-The Microphones-The Glow Pt. 2
23-Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban-Mambo Sinuendo
24-The Flaming Lips-Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1
26-Tord Gustavsen Trio-Being There
28-Bill Frisell-Good Dog, Happy Man
29-Fleet Foxes-Fleet Foxes
30-My Morning Jacket-Z
31-Steve Tibbetts-A Man About A Horse
32-Bohren & Der Club Of Gore-Dolores
33-The White Stripes-White Blood Cells
35-Sunn O)))-Black One
36-The New Pornographers-Electric Version
37-A.C. Newman-Get Guilty
38-Wilco-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
40-Rainer Maria-A Better Version Of Me
41-Black Mountain-In The Future
42-The Gutter Twins-Saturnalia
44-Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter-Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls Of The Soul
45-The Black Keys-Chulahoma
46-Pelican-What We All Come To Need
47-Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions-Bavarian Fruit Bread
48-Earth-Hex: Or Printing In The Infernal Method
49-Mogwai-Happy Songs For Happy People
50-Nik Bartsch's Ronin-Holon
Yes I just learned about allmusic.com after I started this thread and I just heard about pitchfork last weekend but I've been busy at work and haven't had much time to really check it out. Before I was just using amazon.com and wikepeda. I did find a lot of music I really liked but I had to work for it. You guys have made life easy on this old music lover. But now I'm busy listening to all this new stuff. I love it. Keep them coming.
Nice mentions on this thread.
Here are some more (a couple of repeats maybe):
Wilco - try Summerteeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Sky Blue Sky
White Stripes - anything really
+1 Okkervil River - someone mentioned them above, try the Stage Names
The Sleepy Jackson - not new, but Lovers is great album
The Flaming Lips - I like the older stuff, but try Yoshimi
Black Keys - I see you have Dan Auerbach on your list already
Mumford & Sons - I really dig these guys
some not seen listed, The hold steady, the gaslight anthem, owl city, the new pornographers, cage the elephant, bright eys's, the killers. not to promote my thread but on the analog forum I started a thread new favorite vinyl album? there are a lot listed.