Blender picks the best 100 indie rock albums ever

    Once again Blender did what Blender does best/worst: compiled another list that will most definitely end in indie rock snobs firing a few salvos via email (snail mail if they”’re really pissed) to the mag. The December issue boasts the 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums Ever. Yes, ever.
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    But before we unleash the list, here”’s the mag”’s introduction, giving us a nice little stereotypical snippet of what indie rock is all about: ””Mumbled lyrics, couldn”’t-care-less strumming, white dudes in sweaters”what”’s not to love about indie rock? Born 25-odd years ago in suburban garages and spread via college radio, it has made distortion into something hummable, boredom into something thrilling and aimlessness into a raison d’être”and these days, thanks to blogs and the fine people at Grey”’s Anatomy, it”’s more popular than ever.””
    Mmkay, then if that”’s indie rock, what”’s M.I.A.”’s Arular doing on here.? Not that there”’s anything wrong with the album; It”’s a splendid. But I doubt it was made in a suburban garage, I”’ve never seen her lazily strum a guitar and I don”’t thinks she”’s ever been a white guy in a thrift-store sweater. De La Soul (again, a wonderful group) doesn”’t exactly scream gimme indie rock either. Read on, find the albums that aren”’t here, debate in chat rooms.
    100 The Shaggs – Philosophy Of The World
    99 Dream Syndicate – The Days Of Wine And Roses
    98 Palace Music – Viva Last Blues
    97 The Mekons – Rock ‘N’ Roll
    96 TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain
    95 The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I
    94 Half Japanese – Greatest Hits
    93 Big Black – Atomizer
    92 Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
    91 The Chills – Kaleidoscope World
    90 Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
    89 Art Brut – Bang Bang Rock & Roll
    88 Daniel Johnston – Yip/Jump Music
    87 Wolf Parade – Apologies To The Queen Mary
    86 Flipper – Album – Generic Flipper
    85 The Clean – Anthology
    84 Beat Happening – You Turn Me On
    83 The Misfits – Walk Among Us
    82 The Embarrassment – Heyday 1979-83
    81 The Vaselines – The Way Of The Vaselines
    80 Feist – The Reminder
    79 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    78 The 13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators
    77 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
    76 Le Tigre – Le Tigre
    75 Galaxie 500 – Today
    74 The Fall – 50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong
    73 Meat Puppets – Up On The Sun
    72 The Mountain Goats – We Shall All Be Healed
    71 Stereolab – Refried Ectoplasm
    70 Mudhoney – Superfruzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles
    69 Nick Drake – Pink Moon
    68 Descendents – Milo Goes To College
    67 Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising
    66 Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth
    65 Various Artists – No New York
    64 Cat Power – The Greatest
    63 Nirvana – Bleach
    62 The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms
    61 LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem
    60 Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
    59 Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
    58 Built To Spill – There’s Nothing Wrong With Love
    57 Bikini Kill – Pussy Whipped
    56 Archers Of Loaf – Icky Mettle
    55 Bad Brains – Bad Brains
    54 Unrest – Imperial F.F.R.R.
    53 Smashing Pumpkins – Gish
    52 Bright Eyes – Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground
    51 Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
    50 Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous
    49 Spoon – Kill The Moonlight
    48 Mission Of Burma – Vs.
    47 Green Day – Kerplunk
    46 Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
    45 Fugazi – Repeater
    44 Various Artists – Wanna Buy A Bridge?
    43 Black Flag – Damaged
    42 Brian Eno – Another Green World
    41 Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West
    40 New Order – Power Corruption & Lies
    39 Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    38 The Strokes – Is This It
    37 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
    36 Elliott Smith – Either/Or
    35 Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville
    34 Superchunk – On The Mouth
    33 The Shins – Oh, Inverted World
    32 Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
    31 Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand
    30 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    29 Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
    28 The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
    27 M.I.A. – Arular
    26 Belle And Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
    25 Sebadoh – III
    24 The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
    23 Yo La Tengo – Painful
    22 Meat Puppets – Meat Puppets II
    21 The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
    20 The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday
    19 Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
    18 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
    17 The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
    16 Slint – Spiderland
    15 X – Wild Gift
    14 De La Soul – 3 Feet High And Rising
    13 Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade
    12 Dinosaur Jr – You’re Living All Over Me
    11 Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime
    10 The Smiths – The Smiths
    09 Big Star – Third/Sister Lovers
    08 My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
    07 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
    06 Arcade Fire – Funeral
    05 Pixies – Surfer Rosa
    04 R.E.M. – Murmur
    03 The Replacements – Let It Be
    02 Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
    01 Pavement – Slanted And Enchanted