A quick look back to some groups that got bunched into the “Nuevo Rock Americano”, at least in Spain. They had some things in common, at least the ones at the top of the list… but others were clearly misplaced (The Cramps).
A highlight of this period: a song that was a great success back then: The Long Ryders’ Looking for Lewis and Clark. I mean, it was the only decent song that played in the sorry places I used to visit when I was young. I still love the A–G–Em riff, really dramatic (due to the “m”, of course).
Los campesinos! (the peasants! – you knew that if you know Spanish.) They sound exactly the way I like! Remind me of Sonic Youth, but much much happier. (Proof: Teenage Riot, one of SY’s lighter songs. It sounds similar to me in spirit.)
Fabulous indie band from Wales! Hear some samples at goear. Or this nice youtube video clip of their famous You! Me! Dancing!. Or, the wikipedia entry. Or, grab the fine song It started with a mixx from KEXP‘s song of the day.
KEXP, Seattle. Where the music matters.
I started listening to this station when it still was KCMU, I was living in Seattle and it was broadcast. Happily, I can still catch it online, and due to the time zone, I can now enjoy rare programming at the (Western US) wee hours. I have also added the RSS link to their song of the day, a sure catch. Interesting podcasts, too.