If you’re like us, whenever you see the latest “Before They Were Famous” articles full of Brad Pitt and Miley Cyrus yearbook photos, you wish there were some Animal Collective or Neon Indian flashbacks as well. Drawing from this borderline stalker curiosity, we’ve compiled our own indie-version of the gossip magazine mainstay. Click through and learn how cool Beirut was as a kid, how Best Coast has an entrepreneurial spirit, and even how cute Julian Casablancas was as a baby! The things you can find on forgotten MySpace accounts…
Zach Condon of Beirut
This is pretty much the definition of cool.
Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells
See her at seven and forty-one seconds.
Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast
Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes
Check out excerpts from his old Livejournal here.
Alan Palomo of Neon Indian
This is Alan’s old MySpace profile.
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie
Speaking of Ben, have you seen this amazing Baby Skates commercial that stars his one-time girlfriend Jenny Lewis and that brat Harriet from Small Wonder?
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver
The photo above is of Justin with his old band DeYarmond Edison. Also, here’s his old MySpace.
Flight of the Conchords performing an original version of “Bowie in Space” in 2000:
Bonus: “Indie-Appreciated” comedian Eugene Mirman’s high school yearbook photo