The 100 Best Indie Albums + Outdoor Dining Forever

Will returns to discuss his favorite indie albums of all time and State Sen. Scott Wiener hopes to give the restaurant industry a boost.

Outside Lands is scheduled for Halloween weekend, spring — and vaccine optimism — is in the air, and State Sen. Scott Wiener wants to make some of the best drink and dining policies of the pandemic permanent.

Let’s celebrate!

On this week’s podcast SF Weekly music writer Will Reisman returns to talk about just a few of his top 100 indie rock albums of all time while sampling some of the newest beers from Anchor Brewing Company.

Also on the podcast, Benjamin Schneider talks with Ca. State Sen. Scott Wiener about bills he is sponsoring to help San Francisco’s dining and nightlife industries bounce back.

Join us!

Will’s 100 best indie albums of all time list is below:

  1. The Strokes – Is This It (2001) 
  2. Belle and Sebastian –If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
  3. Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
  4. Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted (1992)
  5. Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy (2005)
  6.  Japandroids – Celebration Rock (2012)
  7.  The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999)
  8.  Guided by Voices – Bee Thousand (1994)
  9.  M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (2003)
  10. Modest Mouse – Lonesome Crowded West (1997)
  11. Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
  12. Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
  13. Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)
  14. Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things (2002)
  15. Built to Spill – Perfect From Now On (1997)
  16. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)
  17. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
  18. The Walkmen – Bows and Arrows (2004)
  19. Spoon – Kill the Moonlight (2002)
  20. Elliott Smith – Either/Or (1997)
  21. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)
  22. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)
  23. The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs (1999)
  24. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps (2017)
  25. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell (2015)
  26. The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow (2003)
  27. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot it in People (2002)
  28. Built to Spill – Keep It Like A Secret (1999)
  29. Girls – Album (2009)
  30. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
  31. …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – Source Tags And Codes (2002)
  32. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire On The Mountain (2011)
  33. Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes (1995)
  34. The Replacements – Let It Be (1984)
  35. Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing (2010)
  36. The National – Boxer (2007)
  37. Antlers – Hospice (2009)
  38. The Strokes – Room on Fire (2003)
  39. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (2011)
  40. Mikal Cronin – MCII (2013)
  41. Grandaddy – Sophtware Slump (2000)
  42. Band of Horses – Everything All The Time (2006)
  43. The Wrens – The Meadowlands (2003)
  44. Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil (2007)
  45. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde (2011)
  46. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)
  47. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake (2016)
  48. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
  49. The Men – Open Your Heart (2012)
  50. Clap Your Hands Say – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)
  51. The Decemberists – Picaresque (2005)
  52. Viet Cong – Cassette (2014) 
  53. The Walkmen – You and Me (2008)
  54. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967)
  55. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It (2012)
  56. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor (2010)
  57. Galaxie 500 – On Fire (1989)
  58. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (2005)
  59. Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle (2015)
  60. The Drums – The Drums (2010)
  61. Television – Marquee Moon (1977)
  62. The Babies – Our House on the Hill (2012)
  63. Sleigh Bells – Treats (2010)
  64. Big Star – #1 Hit Record/Radio City (1974)
  65. Baroness – Purple (2015)
  66. New Pornographers – Twin Cinema (2005)
  67. Yuck – Yuck (2011)
  68. Okkervil River – Stage Names (2007)
  69. Cende – #1 Hit Single (2017)
  70. The Replacements – Tim (1985)
  71. The Blow – Paper Television (2006)
  72. Wild Pink – Yolk in The Fur (2018)
  73. Sunset Rubdown – Shut Up I Am Dreaming (2006)
  74. Bright Eyes – Lifted Or The Story Is In the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002)
  75. boygenius – boygenius (2018)
  76. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979)
  77. Drive By Truckers – Decoration Day (2003)
  78. Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs (1998)
  79. Smith Westerns – Smith Westerns (2009)
  80. Slint – Spiderland (1991)
  81. Cults – Cults (2011)
  82. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead (1986)
  83. Exploding Hearts – Guitar Romantic (2003)
  84. Silver Jews – American Water (1998)
  85. Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear The Heart Beating as One (1997)
  86. Jens Lekman – Oh You’re So Silent Jens (2005)
  87. The Microphones – The Glow, Pt. 2 (2001)
  88. Pulp – Different Class (1995)
  89. Okkervil River – Don’t Fall In Love With Everyone You See (2002)
  90. Handsome Furs – Plague Park (2007)
  91. Pixies – Doolitle 
  92. Belle and Sebastian – Tigermilk (1996)
  93. Elliott Smith – X/O (1998)
  94. Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy (1985)
  95. Titus Andronicus – Airing of Grievances (2008)
  96. Built to Spill – There’s Nothing Wrong With Love (1994)
  97. Pavement – Brighten The Corners (1997)
  98. The National – Alligator (2005)
  99. Vivian Girls – Vivian Girls (2008)
  100. Fang Island – Fang Island (2010)
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