Heard Sub Pop’s LVL UP on All Songs Considered as I drove to Cincinnati last night. Not only are the perfect for the person who’s still obsessed with Neutral Milk Hotel, but this song, “Hidden Driver,” is about a website co-founded by one of my very talented grad school classmates, Astra Taylor! I’m excited to hear LVL UP’s Return to Love at the end of next month.
Lest you think I’m a total weenie for admitting that I liked some maudlin tunes, my first indie rock album was Codeine’s The White Birch. I bought it at Repo Records after running two miles from Haverford College in the middle of a track meet. I ran four miles round trip to buy a Sub Pop album. You don’t know how easy you have it today!
That album led me to write the band. Would you believe they wrote me back and told me to check out Gastr del Sol? That’s how my lifelong addiction to music began.
My first indie rock LP? That’s easy. Bought Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s Orange at Young Ones in Kutztown. I didn’t even have a proper turntable at the time! Fell in love with this record so much. Still can’t get enough of it.