2011-05-14T15:06:59-04:00 2011-06-21T19:55:42-04:00

The Indie Sabbath - Week 2

Before we begin, I have some news about The Indie Sabbath.

As you should know by now, the southern part of the United States has been ravaged over the past few weeks by violent thunderstorms, tornadoes and massive flooding. The scale of the disaster is incredible, and the people living in those areas are suffering in a way most of us can't even fathom. Starting Monday the 16th, I am going to be traveling to Missouri to help with the relief effort. This is going to be a physically draining experience as I will be working 6 days a week for extensive hours. As a result, The Indie Sabbath is going to be running on an intermittent schedule. The feature is also going to take a different course over the next month or two, becoming relevant to the work I am doing and raising awareness for the people whose lives have been damaged by this tragedy. What you can look forward to is the same, fresh and new Indie music- but the amount of music will not be as supple, and the consistency of it's schedule will not be as reliable.

Raise your right hand in the air, put your left hand over your heart and repeat after me: "I love Indie Rock." If Indie Rock (particularly new Indie Rock) is something that truly tickles your pickle, then your boy Ronnie has a present for you that is delivered on a weekly basis. Every Saturday I am going to come forth with a mix of deliciously stimulating songs from the Indie Music gift basket that are sure to leave you peachier than the state of Georgia.

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Stream: "For 12" by Other Lives while reading

Sometimes we need a break from the everyday grind- the worshipping of a job you hate, school you despise and systematic function our society has been dragged in to. Let this be that break.The Indie Sabbath is an hours worth of new and authentic Indie music, a gift from the friendly milk men here at the Earmilk factory that can help us get away from the repetitive cycle our lives have become. Now lets satisfy that fat little A.S.S. of yours (Audio Sensory System) with some earcandy that is so hot it'll melt your popsicle faster than those California Girls with the whip cream and undeniable charm.

I've spent the past week out in the pastures milking the cows of Indie Rock, jerking and tugging my way to some deliciously satisfying results. There were so many good EP's, albums and singles this week I had a hard time deciding who made the cut... This week I was able to come away with 27 jugs of fresh milk that I've divided into two sections. Of course, these big glasses of the white stuff are guaranteed to fill you up and leave you with a sensational feeling from ear to ear- just be sure to wipe off that milk mustache when you're done (don't wanna let anyone get the wrong impression).

Let's start sippin' on the normal milk- Here's 20 cups of it, white like Aladdin's Hammer Pants and fresher than a batch of cookies (Unless those cookies happen to be dipped in this creamy white elixer). Be sure to take a big swig off of the new Hugo track (cover) "99 Problems,"  Wilderness In Manitoba "Hermit," Love Inks "Skeleton Key" and Antlers "I don't Want Love."



Download: The Wilderness Of Manitoba - Orono Park

      01 99 Problems
Download: Hugo - 99 Problems (Jay-Z Cover)

      02 On The Eighth Day
Download: El Obo - On The Eighth Day

      05 Skeleton Key
Download: Love Inks - Skeleton Key

      02 Hands in the Sky
Download: Here We Go Magic - Hands in the Sky

      01 Orono Park
Download: The Wilderness Of Manitoba - Orono Park

      1-01 Lions Share
Download: Wild Beasts - Lion's Share

      01 I Dont Want Love
Download: The Antlers - I Don't Want Love

      02 Plath Heart
Download: Braids - Plath Heart

      9 Barracudas
Download: The Devil Whale - 9 Barracudas

      03 The Globe
Download: Ben Sollee - The Globe

      02 Cassette 2012
Download: Delay Trees - Cassette 2012

      06 Longitude
Download: Sam Roberts Band - Longitude

      04 You Can Make The Sunrise
Download:Sleepy Rebels - You Can Make The Sunrise

      1-07 Albatross
Download: Wild Beasts - Albatross

      02 French Exit
Download: The Antlers - French Exit

      02 Blackeye
Download: Love Inks - Blackeye

      04 Used To Be
Download: The Shivers - Used To Be

      07 Summer Fires
Download: The Wilderness Of Manitoba - Summer Fires

      06 Desert God
Download: Sleepy Sun - Desert God


Like I said- things got a little crazy this week. The cows were running wild, I was spilling milk everywhere- but in the heart of my struggles I found something great. These are 7 tracks that took me places with no or little vocals, just good solid music. Be sure to savor the taste of Fleet Foxes new track "The Cascades," Explosions In The Sky "Human Qualities" and Mountains "Thousand Square."



      07 The Cascades
Download: Fleet Foxes - The Cascades

      06 Ballad Of A Hungry Mother
Download: Phil Cook and His Feat - Ballad Of A Hungry Mother

      Communal Blood
Download: This Will Destroy You - Communal Blood

      07 Tiptoe
Download: The Antlers - Tiptoe

      02 Thousand Square
Download: Mountains - Thousand Square

      02 Human Qualities
Download: Explosions In The Sky - Human Qualities

      10 Putting The Dog To Sleep
Download: The Antlers - Putting The Dog To Sleep


When milk is close to expiring but not quite there yet, you can usually find it in one of two places: In the back of your fridge or the front of the shelf in the dairy section. Now you can find it in a third place- here, on The Indie Sabbath. This milk is still good to suck on, but on the verge of being too old and fed to the chickens. In this case that means out of my smart playlist and into my iTunes library to be lost among the masses. Luckily for you, I've taken the time to share a few cups from the latest gallon before it becomes disposed of. So take a sip, and enjoy some lactose from the back of the fridge that's only gotten better with time. Be sure to lap it up with Thao & Mirah "Spaced Out Orbit," Gregory Alan Isakov "Dandelion Wine" and Filligar "New & Old."



      06 Spaced out Orbit
Download: Thao & Mirah- Spaced out Orbit

      02 Riverside
Download: Agnes Obel - Riverside

      01 Dandelion Wine
Download: Gregory Alan Isakov - Dandelion Wine

      04 Not Gonna Settle
Download: Filligar - Not Gonna Settle

      04 Roses and Wine
Download: Diego Garcia - Roses and Wine

      03 Sim Sala Bim
Download: Fleet Foxes - Sim Sala Bim

      Looking Glass
Download: Little Dragon -
      Looking Glass

      13 New Old
Download: Filligar - New & Old

      03 Little Cup
Download: Thao & Mirah - Little Cup

      01 Make Some Noise
Download: Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise

      01 Robbery (Shocking Love)
Download:Filligar - Robbery (Shocking Love)

Download: Little Dragon - Feather

      06 The Night Will Always Win
Download:Elbow - The Night Will Always Win

      03 Brother Sparrow
Download: Agnes Obel - Brother Sparrow

      01 All at Once
Download: The Airborne Toxic Event - All at Once



Lets get real. Any farmer will tell you that some cows make better milk than others. It's science- Some chickens make better eggs, some people make better babies- some cows make better milk. Why waste time sorting through the different manatees of the land when you could have someone else do that for you?



You're welcome. Here's a list of the cattle that proved to be concoctors of the finest Milk Drank this week, starting with

Miles Kane - Colour of the Trap

Love Inks - E.S.P.

The Wilderness of Manitoba - When You Left The Fire

Okkervil River - I am Very Far

Here We Go Magic - The January EP

Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math

Other Lives - Tamer Animals

Wild Beasts - Smother


Upon this day, I declare that Indie music is leaps and bounds more pure than anything else, and the Term "Indie" means not that a band isn't mainstream, but that a band has been able to hold on to its roots, even through fame and fortune. While the wonderful thumps and womps of electronic music gets me grooving, It will always be the Alternative Indie Rock that guides me to the homeland. And for that- I both thank it and applaud it- for it has brought me great pleasure in the past and will so in the future. Follow me on Twitter @RonnieEarmilk



@INDIE ARTISTS: If you are an INDIE ARTIST and would like for me to promote your music, whether that means on the Sabbath, an artist feature or an interview, email me ronnie@earmilk.com. Include 'Ronnie' in either the title or the opening of the email so that it will be filtered to my indie music section. I will review the content and get back to you as soon as I can.



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10 years ago

This is an amazing post. Definitely a nice switch up from the usual flow of music and I totally dig it, keep em comin

Charles David
10 years ago

allot of words is on this post

10 years ago
Reply to  Charles David

yes, but a lot of well-written words (I appreciate it!).

Charles David
10 years ago
Reply to  Brian


10 years ago

That's awesome you're going to help out in the south/midwest. I'm from Missouri and my family is still back there with the floods and had a tornado miss my house by less than 10 miles. The people there will appreciate the help!

10 years ago

Great change up guys!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

10 years ago

Indie Sabbath is awesome, thanks Ronnie!
All the best for the support work.

10 years ago

this is AWESOME

Robbe Nelissen
Robbe Nelissen
10 years ago

So much love for the jay-z cover!

10 years ago

Thanks for the motley selections. Enjoying the Little Dragon tracks; keep 'em around.

10 years ago

Awesome post!

10 years ago

absolutely getting me through NYC weather right now. thanks!

10 years ago

Keep this up. Loving the Indie goodness.

Josh Bull
10 years ago

I write poetry and this has been the perfect musical background to get my creative juices flowing. Great post.

10 years ago

Its been a long time since I actually looked forward to some music show. Though not an actual radio music show, there is a lot of great stuff on display here every week to which to look forward to!