Indie wedding playlist help!
July 2, 2007 4:56 PM   Subscribe

WeddingMusicFilter, help me make a iPod wedding playlist for our indie-loving friends.

I've asked for romantic indie music before. But additional suggestions for a multiple-hour playlist are requested from the Hive.
posted by k8t to Media & Arts (25 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
Try the Damnwells! Their latest record, Air Stereo, has some good romantic indie songs on it like I've Got You, Accidental Man, and Kung-Fu Grip Kiss.
posted by autojack at 5:16 PM on July 2, 2007

Response by poster: Any songs for the playlist...
posted by k8t at 5:18 PM on July 2, 2007 [1 favorite]

I loves me some Damnwells. Seconding them.

anyone know where I can see the new documentary about them?
posted by jourman2 at 5:32 PM on July 2, 2007

1. Mew - Am I Wry? No.
It's super hip and indie and ends with an irresistable chorus: "Diamond Ring... Diamond Ring..."

2. Grizzly Bear - On a Neck, On a Spit
Indie/folkie fitting lyrics: "Each day spend it with you now..."

3. The Red House Painters - Song for a Blue Guitar
A slow, romantic, let's dance alone in bliss beautiful song with a slide guitar. If you're only gonna check out one of these suggetions, get this track.

4. LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
Maybe kind of cliche, but it's a great current pop/dance indie classic. so many adjectives....

That's just a few tracks to get you started off the top of my head. Check out some of the more obvious choices like Belle & Sebastian.

posted by ageispolis at 6:03 PM on July 2, 2007

The song Question by the Old 97s is my favorite wedding song.

Morning Edition on NPR just had a story on a very similar topic. You should check out the list that Stephen Thompson came up with.
posted by sara558 at 6:55 PM on July 2, 2007

"Love and Some Verses," Iron & Wine
M. Ward, "Fool Says," "I'll By Yr Bird," and his version of Bowie's "Let's Dance"
Super Furry Animals, "Hello Sunshine"
The Weakerthans, "The Reasons"
Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins, "Handle With Care"
"Here Comes Your Man" and "La La Love You," The Pixies
"Butterfly," Mason Jennings
"First Day of My Life," Bright Eyes
"Down Together," The Refreshments
Almost anything by Viva Voce, but especially "N Love W/U," "The Center of the Universe," and "Red D-Lish"
"Cronulla Breakdown and "Blinded by the Stars," Pernice Brothers

Lou Rawls, "You've Made Me So Very Happy" from this record
The Scud Mountain Boys' version of "Wichita Lineman"
The Lightning Seeds, "Pure"
Over The Rhine, "I Want You To Be My Love"

Handsome Boy Modeling School, "If It Wasn't For You"
Josh Martinez, "Just a Dood"

"Your Adorable Beast," Bobby Bare Jr.
"Oppenheimer," Old 97s
"Pecan Pie," Golden Smog
"Ballad for My One True Love," Mason Jennings

"Je Pense a Toi," Amadou et Mariam
"Caravane," Raphael

I think every playlist of this nature should have an "In French" category. Congrats to your friends!
posted by jeffmshaw at 7:03 PM on July 2, 2007 [2 favorites]

Also, how could I forget "The Book of Love" by the Magnetic Fields? Shame on me.
posted by jeffmshaw at 7:04 PM on July 2, 2007 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Sara, thanks for that link!!
posted by k8t at 7:07 PM on July 2, 2007

The National - Slow Show

I wanna hurry home to you
put on a slow, dumb show for you
and crack you up

Rilo Kiley - Portions for Foxes

And you're bad news
I don't care, I like you
I like you

The Decemberists are all about romantic songs. The Crane Wife, O Valencia, Yankee Bayonet, We Both Go Down Together, The Bagman's Gambit, From My Own True Love (Lost At Sea) ... problem is at least one of the lovers usually ends up dead, imprisoned, ran away, etc.

The Black Heart Procession - Even Thieves Couldn't Lie

"she pointed at the map and said
"any place looks good to me, just run with me"
she said "any place looks good to me,
as long as you run with me away from here""

but it has the same problem with someone ending up dead.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 7:48 PM on July 2, 2007

"Mystifies Me," Son Volt
"Fade Into You," Mazzy Star
"Ol' 55," Tom Waits
"You Are the Everything," R.E.M.

and one of my favorites (totally biased as this was my first dance!), "When It Comes to You," Buddy and Julie Miller:

you can send me out on a high wire
without a net below me
you can stick a feather in my hat
and call it matrimony
you got the time baby let's do the crime
we can dance while the wedding bells chime
i see my future coming into view
when it comes to you

posted by pineapple at 7:50 PM on July 2, 2007

"I Love How You Love Me" Camera Obscura - an oldies cover, but it's wonderful.
"California Stars" Billy Bragg & Wilco
"Frozen Lake" Buffalo Tom
"Our Way To Fall" Yo La Tengo
"Chosen One" The Concretes
"Your Sweet Voice" Milton Mapes (on the Sweetheart compilation)
"Saturday" Sparklehorse
"With Every Light" Smashing Pumpkins
"Michigan" Red House Painters
"My Beautiful Reward" Bruce Springsteen - not indie, but one of the best love songs ever.

"Mystifies Me," Son Volt
posted by pineapple

posted by puritycontrol at 8:59 PM on July 2, 2007 [1 favorite]

There's a triple album for you and it's called 69 Love Songs.
posted by ludwig_van at 9:51 PM on July 2, 2007

there are so many great songs already mentioned, but i must stress "never let you go" by Evermore.

yes yes yes.
posted by gursky at 10:02 PM on July 2, 2007

Major Leagues- Pavement
My Little Corner of the World, Sugarcube-Yo La Tengo
Perfect Way-Sebadoh
Ask, Is it Really So Strange- The Smiths
Joyride- Built to Spill
Let Me Go- Cake
Do You Love Me Now?-the Breeders
For Tammy Rae- Bikini Kill
Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady To (album)-Lovage
posted by Wayman Tisdale at 10:04 PM on July 2, 2007

"I Love How You Love Me" Camera Obscura - an oldies cover, but it's wonderful.

Jeff Mangum's version is superior.
posted by ludwig_van at 10:11 PM on July 2, 2007

Cotton Crown- Sonic Youth
posted by Wayman Tisdale at 10:22 PM on July 2, 2007

Sarabeth Tucek - something for you
It's Raining - The Detroit Cobras
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - Bongwater(indie version)
Loves Comes To Me - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Misguided Angel - Cowboy Junkies
The Good Ones - The Kills
I Had To Tell You - Poi Dog Pondering
Hold Me Now - Polyphonic Spree
100 Ways - Porno For Pyros
Martha - Tom Waits
Good Feeling - Violent Femmes
Debra - Beck

sorry if some have already been mentioned.
posted by Sailormom at 10:34 PM on July 2, 2007 [1 favorite]

Adam Green- Who is your boyfriend
Andrew WK- She is beautiful
Billy Bragg- Greetings to the new brunette
Bloc Party- Sunday
Bruce Springsteen- Thunder Road
Damien Rice- Cannonball
Pretty much the Decemberists' entire catalog
Feist- Mushaboom
Moldy Peaches- Anyone else but you
Nick Drake - Hazey Jane
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, & Wives- Voxtrot

For getting everyone to leave:
Xiu Xiu- Fabulous Muscles
Xiu Xiu (Covering Tracy Chapman)- Fast Car
Oh man, they'll get uncomfortable quick.

Expect a second post when I get home and actually have a chance to look at all of my music (on the external), instead of just whatever's floating around on the laptop.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 10:35 PM on July 2, 2007

Aha, I'm getting married soon and it's going to be the indiest wedding that registrar has ever heard. Here are my choices so far (having trouble narrowing them down):

Arctic Monkeys - Baby I'm Yours (cover of the 1960s Barbara Lewis song, done very respectfully)
The Wannadies - You And Me Song, or if you want to be a bit more obscure, Big Fan ("I'm a big fan of you...")
Easyworld - Til The Day
Arab Strap - There Is No Ending
Guillemots - Made Up Lovesong #43
Magnetic Fields - It's Only Time
For Now And Ever - Super Furry Animals (if they ever did a song more perfect for a wedding, I've not heard it)
posted by terrynutkins at 1:56 AM on July 3, 2007 [1 favorite]

Haha, that last one should be Super Furry Animals - For Now And Ever. Unless any bands called For Now And Ever have been found to sing a song about Welsh indie nutters.
posted by terrynutkins at 1:59 AM on July 3, 2007

I'm guessing this is some sort of background music playlist? It really depends on what sort of 'mood' your looking for:

Five for Fighting - 100 Years
Ed Harcourt - Apple of My Eye
Iron & Wine - Fever Dream
Ray Lamontagne - Forever my Friend / Hold you in my Arms
Kings of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You
Nick Drake - Northern Sky (Awesome Song)
Rob Dickinson - The Night (Probably a little somber)

A few, but there is a whole mountain of more mainstream ones that it would take forever to list!

Enjoy your indie wedding..
posted by mjlondon at 2:09 AM on July 3, 2007 [1 favorite]

Flood of Sunshine - The Posies
posted by safetyfork at 3:22 AM on July 3, 2007

Billy Bragg- Greetings to the new brunette
I don't think this is a pro-marriage song. I usually interpret "Politics and pregnancy/Are debated as we empty our glasses" and "you really know how to make a young man angry/can we get through the night without mentioning family" as him leaving his pregnant girlfriend instead of marrying her, and "greetings to the new brunette" refers to the baby. Also, "The Marriage" from the same album doesn't give the album a pro-marriage mood.

Even if I'm wrong, the song would only work if the bride's name is Shirley.

posted by kirkaracha at 7:44 AM on July 3, 2007

Low - La la la Song
Tom Waits - Johnsburg Illinois
posted by svenx at 9:13 AM on July 3, 2007

Is this for Dan and Christa? Just curious.

In fact, never mind, I'll email.
posted by klangklangston at 4:48 PM on July 3, 2007

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