Indie Basement is a weekly column on BrooklynVegan focusing on classic indie and alternative artists, "college rock," and new and current acts who follow a similar path. There are reviews of new albums, reissues, box sets, books and sometimes movies and television shows. I've rounded up September's best music, highlighting my favorite albums and songs, plus links to relevant features and news, a monthly playlist, and more.
After a typically quiet August, September exploded with an overflowing weekly cornucopia of new music. My Top 10 songs of the month expanded to 12 to accommodate all the stuff I really liked this month, which included at least two things I would never have thought would be here, along with new songs from some of my favorite artists, and some very anticipated ones as well.
Meanwhile, this September had five Fridays, so there was no shortage of great new albums. I kept things to five, but runners-up include records from The Intelligence, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Crack Cloud, Preoccupations, Tim Burgess, Unloved, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bjork, and more. Check out all my album and song picks below.
For the overflow, I put together a playlist of all my favorite songs from the month, nearly six hours worth. Listen to that below.
If you need more, inspired by Moonage Daydream, I rounded up 30 Great David Bowie Covers by Indie/Alt artists, and I gathered up just as many indie/alt music videos that feature famous actors (Bowie shows up in that one too, actually).
You can also pick up many of this month's albums on vinyl in the Indie Basement section of the BV shop, along with records by Beach House, Broadcast, Stereolab, Pavement, Wet Leg, Parquet Courts, Belle & Sebastian, Talking Heads, Spoon, Cocteau Twins, Can, Dinosaur Jr and lots, lots more.