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Chapter 206: Doin' The Cockroach

90s indie rock

The late 90s were just a stellar era for indie rock, coming after a post-grunge major label interest in alternative sounds got weirdos like Wayne Coyne and Elliott Smith paid, but before Garden State, the commoditization of ‘indie’, and the creeping irrelevance of guitar bands. Speaking of, Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse does things with his guitar I’ve never heard before or since, twisting his riffs into rusty, gnarled darts. It’s impossible to believe, when listening to “Doin’ The Cockroach” or the Sugar rush of “Helpless,” that rock could ever become a spent force.
1. The Beta Band

Dry The Rain

2. Yo La Tengo

Moby Octopad

3. Elliott Smith


4. Sugar


5. The Magnetic Fields

Yeah! Oh, Yeah!

6. Lambchop

Your Fucking Sunny Day

7. Modest Mouse

Doin' The Cockroach

8. Elliott Smith

Needle In the Hay

9. The Flaming Lips

Pilot Can at the Queer of God

10. Neutral Milk Hotel

Two-Headed Boy