Indie Love

September 21, 2006  |  music
Love-is

My friend Joel is getting married in November, and a while back he asked a bunch of us for some recommendations on good love songs that might work during the recessional.

The creative brief was that the song had to be semi-modern (nothing from 80’s or earlier) and that it would be performed by a female vocalist and a guitarist. Their three finalists were “Mass Romantic” by the New Pornographers, “Hotel Yorba” by the White Stripes, and “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon (which obviously breaks the 80’s rule).

Imagining any of these songs sung in an acoustic fashion while the newly married couple rushes down the aisle is an interesting exercise for me, so I took him up on his challenge. I took semi-modern to mean indie rock, but I also tossed in a few classic nuggets.

Here’s the mix-tape I came up with which includes their finalists:

What are your favorite indie love songs?

17 Comments


  1. Great list!

    Others:
    I Summon You – Spoon
    Speeding Cars – Imogen Heap
    Tonight – Stars
    Blossom – Ryan Adams
    Where Is My Love – Cat Power
    Waiting To Know You – Fiery Furnaces

  2. “Gold in the Air of Summer” and “The Luckiest” are a must, though go to kingsofconvenience.org and try to download one of the better live versions of “GITAOS”, the intro piano is better than the album version, there are some good, clear versions of it on there.

  3. Elevator Love Letter is a classic.

  4. “Someday Some Morning Some Time” – Billy Bragg & Wilco
    “Last Tide/Floating” – Sun Kil Moon
    “Hey Mamma Wolf” – Devendra Banhart
    “I’ll Be On The Water” – Akron Family
    “Naked As We Came” – Iron & Wine
    “Last One” – Mystic Chords of Memory
    “Fingernail Moon” – Viking Moses
    “May It Always Be” – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
    “Shut Up I’m Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings” – Sunset Rubdown
    “Knot Comes Loose” – My Morning Jacket
    …. and my all time favorite….
    “Sweet Thing” – Van Morrison

  5. Yeah, Van Morrison was up there from the non-“indie” list. Sounds like we need another mix!

  6. After seeing M. Ward’s version of “Let’s Dance” (from 2003’s Transfiguration of Vincent) live last night, it would definitely be on the top of my list 🙂

  7. So many new Indie bands coming out of the wood works, but there is one that stands out like a man among boys. I will agree with Zeon’s music blog. The Kunek record “Flight of the Flynns” is one of the best records I have ever heard. Kunek is going to explode in time.

  8. true love waits: radiohead
    i’m so happy when you’re near: the shaggs
    reservations: wilco
    brand new colony: postal service
    wraith pinned to the mist and other games: of montreal

    great great list! if someone gave me a mix like that, i think i’d promptly swoon.

  9. Anoter songs:

    night nurse – britta philips & dean wareham
    i call it art – the kills
    by your side – cocorosie

  10. Boats and Birds – Gregory and the Hawk

    This is the best indie love song ever.. too the wedding has long passed b/c it is acoustic and sung by a girl!

    Other Faves:

    I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab
    I Know I Know I Know – Tegan & Sara
    Beating Heart Baby – Head Automatica
    Lion’s Mane – Iron & Wine
    The Blowers Daughter – Damien Rice
    Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Piazza, New York Catcher – Belle & Sebastian
    Funny Little Frog- B&S
    Overjoyed – Waking Ashland
    Mushaboom – Feist
    Oh, It Is Love – Hellogoodbye
    The Honey Tree – Brooks Chambers
    You’re All I Have – Snow Patrol
    Heart – Stars
    Lets Get Married – Archie Star
    Strange And Beautiful (I’ll Put A Spell On You) – Aqualung
    Just Like We Do – Eisley

  11. You’re missing “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes

  12. the cutest indie love song is “anyone else but you”-moldy peaches

  13. I made a Valentine’s day mix for my friends last year, and called it Oh, It Is Love Vol. 1

    Oh, It Is Love – Hellogoodbye
    Elevator Love Letter – Stars
    Lovefool – The Cardigans
    First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
    Gamble Everything for Love – Ben Lee
    Somebody to Love (Queen Cover) – Anne Hathaway
    Hands Down (Acoustic) – Dashboard Confessional
    Your Misfortune – Mike Doughty
    I Want You to Want Me – Letter to Cleo
    Every Breath You Take – Sting
    Better Love – Steel Train
    Never My Love – Pete Yorn
    Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
    Love You More – Alexi Murdoch
    Follow You, Follow Me – Red House Painters
    Love Will Keep Us Together – not sure
    Love Love Love – The Mountain Goats
    Elephant Love Medley – Ewan McGregor & Nichole Kidman

    Right now I’m working on Vol. 2

  14. “how lucky we are” by meiko. its adorable.

  15. I sing, I swim by Seabear is adorable!

  16. “northern lights” by page france
    “I’ll keep the bad things from you” by the damnwells
    & “collide” by pilate

  17. for you- elephant parade

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