David Shephard

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Some Great Relatively Unknown Stuff.

Kinda bored, feel like list making.
1Future of Forestry
Travel II

Arcade Fire but without the "massive" sound, if that makes a lick of sense. Very diverse in instrumentation, adept vocals, nice guys. A track to check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY_ZgAvXsuw
2Jon Foreman
Fall and Winter

The singer of Switchfoot's folky side project. Completely different from Switchfoot, Foreman writes mostly acoustic, darker songs on Fall and Winter and more upbeat indie, almost Sufjan Stevens influenced songs on Spring and Summer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyymdvWIQlA
3Blood and Water
In Character

Mostly high energy pop-punk with some ska and alt rock thrown in. A pretty good easy listen that manages to grow with a few extra listens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-ywcO_zPHI
4Derek Webb
Stockholm Syndrome

I have a hard time finding a way to describe Stockholm Syndrome better than "electronic indie folk." Very minimalistic production and beats make this have a pretty unique sound that bears Radiohead to mind. Much of his lyrics are cutting criticism and commentary on the modern church. A huge grower, for me at least. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlN9UFEb6SU
5Jeff Jacquay
La Cambria

Brilliant indie folk record. Mostly just acoustic chord progressions with shoegazy, breathy vocals. Sort of a hybrid of the mood of Pink Moon and the more somber moments of Transatlanticism. Very lo-fi production, but probably my album of the year so far. Free download at http://jeffjacquay.bandcamp.com/
6Kye Kye
Young Love

It's like Eisley but waaaay better. More atmospheric, almost in a Sigur Ros/Jonsi sort of way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdAunBveJQQ

Gypsy rock. Crazy, eccentric stuff. http://www.myspace.com/hearmilanomusic/music/songs/gloria-76326385
8Pedro the Lion

A key influence on later acts such as mewithouYou and As Cities Burn. Indie "slowcore" as I've heard it described on their earlier material, though their later work is more energetic. The two piece focus much on story telling and social commentary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JPd8nf6elA
9 Sky's The Limit
Sky's The Limit

Mae, before Mae. Better than Destination: Beautiful, in my opinion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ96tOCVero or http://spartanrecords.bandcamp.com/
10Starflyer 59
Dial M

The oldest member of Tooth and Nail Records remains one of the best despite never receiving the acclaim they deserve. Started as shoegaze and eventually transitioned to 80's esque dream pop indie. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=5W6jU1gbqdk
Three Birds

mewithoutYou side project that no one has picked up on... http://geology.bandcamp.com/album/three-birds-ep
12(The) Slowest Runner (In All The World)
We, Burning Giraffes

Scoot's been hyping this a lot, and for good reason. Godspeed fans might want to gives this a try. Free download: http://theslowestrunner.bandcamp.com/
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