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Awesome Indie Rock: Spoon

I was poking around eMusic trying to find things to spend my leftover downloads, and I found this rare and relatively unknown jewel: Spoon‘s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Yes, the title is ridiculous. The music, however, is not. I am not a huge fan of the “indie” genre- I love independent bands, sure, but the kind of music that has been labeled as “indie rock” never really interested me. This album, however, is an amazingly good exception.Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga mixes driving guitars with some great instrumentation not normally found on a rock album –  “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” makes ample usage of baritone saxophones and vibraphone backing. Their lyrics are both deep and playful, and each song has a uniqueness reminiscent of the Beatles.Spoon reminds me of – and surpasses – other similar groups like Arcade Fire and Cold War Kids. This album in specific makes me feel like I’m listening to Rubber Soul for the first time.