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Chapter 267: Blessing Force

Late 00s indie rock

The mid-to-late 00s were a good time to be nerdy. Adam Brody made nerds look hot on The OC, Marvel was just beginning its takeover of the culture, and a band as endearingly brainy as The Decemberists could reach something like the masses. “Mariner’s Revenge Song” is exactly what it sounds like, a gripping tale of vengeance complete with foley effects. Meanwhile, Muse brought a sci-fi sensibility to stadium rock, Grizzly Bear’s prog-pop made fans of Jay Z and Beyonce, and Dirty Projectors turned a brawny Black Flag album into a somber meditation. Take that, jocks.
1. The Decemberists

Los Angeles I'm Yours

2. Grizzly Bear

Two Weeks

3. Akron/Family

Blessing Force

4. Arcade Fire

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

5. Dirty Projectors & David Byrne

Knotty Pine

6. Grizzly Bear


7. Muse


8. The Antlers


9. The Decemberists

The Mariner's Revenge Song

10. The Dirty Projectors

Rise Above