Aaron’s Radio Show

Episode 8

Indie & Alternative Bands


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Episode Notes

EPISODE EIGHT – Indie and Alternative Bands:  First off, a shout-out to the one-and-only Jake Ralston for the great introduction! And a big thanks to James White (@jamescagewhite) for his high-energy start to each show.

Welcome, everyone, to Episode Eight. I know you have many places to find music; thank you for supporting this show; I promise to make the hour worth your time.

This episode is a showcase of sixteen songs from indie/college/alternative bands.  It’s certainly not a comprehensive list, but  I feel like it highlights sub-genres.  You can hear similarities between many of the songs, but each still has its own sound and appeal.

One band that is very obviously missing is R.E.M.  I could not find any of their popular songs on the BMI and/or ASCAP repertories, so I could not include them.  Also, much to my frustration, Nirvana songs were not available for me to use, with the exception of the one I used, The Man Who Sold the World, which was written by David Bowie. Is there a song you expected to hear in this show, but I didn’t include it?  I’d be glad to do a sequel! 

Please use the comment form below to share your thoughts about Episode 8.  Did you discover a new song that is becoming one of your favorites?  Did a song in this episode suddenly take you back to a time or event in your life?  I’d love to hear about it!

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  1. Cool Kids – Echosmith (2013)
  2. Broken – lovelytheband (2017)
  3. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People (2010)
  4. Short Skirt Long Jacket – Cake (2001)
  5. Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne (2003)
  6. Pork & Beans – Weezer (2008)
  7. My Own Worst Enemy – Lit (1999)
  8. Dirty Little Secret – All American Rejects (2005)
  9. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World (2001)
  10. Box Set – Barenaked Ladies (1992)
  11. Sober Up – AJR (2017)
  12. Santeria – Sublime (1997)
  13. Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
  14. Amber – 311 (2001)
  15. The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana (1993)
  16. Slide – Goo Goo Dolls (1998)

Aaron’s Radio Show has been licensed by ASCAP and BMI to include songs from their repertories in performances on this website.

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