The Northwest Bands:
- Death Cab for Cutie, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
Before I had to explain to people that the guy from the Postal Service was in this other band, which is also, believe it or not, ridiculously popular for an indie, there was this record. And it is love.
- Unwound, The Future of What?!
Every time I try to explain why this record rocks me, all I can come up with is lyrics: “I'm on a subway to a place I can't pronounce / But at least I didn't pay. / A train of thought for a movie plot / Starring me and you, insane. / Can I tempt you with natural disasters?”
- 764-HERO, Weekends of Sound
Great driving music from a band named after the number you call in Western Washington to report carpool lane violators.
- Quasi, Featuring 'Birds'
A divorced couple sings dirty harmony about broken relationships, bitterness, and depression. I don't know why I wouldn't like it.
- The Gossip, Arkansas Heat
This EP captures the essence of their live shows better than the full-length LPs (not to mention the actual length of the average show). It makes me shake my ass for 20 minutes straight, which is no small feat during traffic.
The Non-Northwest Bands:
- The Pixies, Doolittle
This should be obvious.
- Massive Attack, Mezzanine
So sexy, I want to die.
- Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane over the Sea
Again, obvious. For the uninitiated, this is a spectacle of near-perfect indie rock insanity. Not for the faint of heart.
- Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings and Food
I don't know if it's cool to like the Talking Heads or what, but I do. David Byrne strikes me as completely fucking nuts in a way that rivals Bjork, which is great. Plus, again, it makes me wanna dance.
- The Mountain Goats, Tallahassee
This may be thrown on due to its freshness in my mind, and also for “No Children.” Which is not to discount its awesomeness in any way.
That's all I can commit to at this time. I should update this list every couple months, just to see how it shifts. Yes. I aspire to make list so obsessive that I can put them into a spreadsheet and create a graph. To post on my blog. That would be awesome.