Monday, April 18, 2011

NMH - Holland, 1945

Neutral Milk Hotel. If you know about them then I don't need to tell you anything. If you don't, well, you don't know what you're missing. Pioneers in 90's indie rock. Their second album, In the Aeroplane over the Sea, was so amazing that vocalist/songwriter Jeff Mangum never attempted outdoing it (it was impossible!).

This, in my opinion, is the best song to introduce people to the band. It references Anne Frank.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Libertines

Early 00's had a new trend in rock music, something labelled as "Garage Rock Revival" (a not accurate term), started by The Strokes and The White Stripes in the US. The first UK band to emerge from this were The Libertines. Combining influences from every alternative genre since Punk, their style can be felt in every "indie" band to come out from England after them. And that's just to give you an idea of how good they were.

Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, the two guitarists/lead vocalists, had a unique songwriting style that can only be matched by their decadent lifestyle. Their problems caused the breakup of the band after only two albums. Their best album, for me, is the first one, since the turmoil hadn't broken their focus yet.

My Top 5:
1. Up the Bracket
2. Time for Heroes
3. Can't Stand Me Now
4. What Became of the Likely Lads
5. Boys in the Band