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    Who here listens to this crap?


    I sure love it.

    Here's a list of some great artists:
    M.Ward
    Animal Collective
    WHY?
    Of Montreal
    Menomena
    Modest Mouse
    Grizzly Bear
    The Strokes (Old stuff is amazing!)
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    i don't listen to the bands that you named very often but i do listen to:

    sunny day real estate
    jets to brazil
    brand new
    the smiths
    minus the bear
    rilo kiley
    saves the day
    huge fan of conor oberst as well.
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    I dunno if all of this is actually indie... but "indie" is so subjective.

    Fleet Foxes
    Guster
    Husker Du (later stuff)
    The Decemberists
    Death Cab for Cutie
    Arcade Fire
    Sufjan Stevens
    Iron and Wine
    Imogen Heap
    Elliott Smith
    Radiohead
    Talking Heads
    Cake
    Neko Case

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    i consider pretty much anyone on an independent record label to technically be "indie". i dunno how other people feel about it though.

    also arcade fire is good.
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    Technically "Indie" is totally independently produced music...like somebody self-releasing their album. There are Indie labels that don't have the major distribution of the majors and this is considered "Indie" as well. Most bands on these labels (Rough Trade, Kill Rock Stars, etc...) share certain aesthetic qualities that have been labeled "Indie." So when one of these types of bands...say The Decemberists jumps to a major label (Capitol) they are still considered Indie even though they really aren't at that point. On a major label, many indie bands retain their original sound so they are still labeled as Indie.

    Therefore some people argue that Indie really isn't a genre of music. I think it is because there is a certain niche/sub-culture/style associated with the overall "Indie scene." It's a big thing and it exists so we might as well acknowledge it!


    And yes, I am a huuuuuuge fan of so-called Indie music (as if that wasn't obvious )

    Animal Collective is pretty much my favorite modern band. Actually, I saw them at an amazing concert in Oxford, Mississippi a month ago. It was cooooool.

    I am a fan of pretty much all the bands previously listed except:

    1. M. Ward (I have not heard them)
    2. Saves the Day (have not heard them)
    3. Jets to Brazil (have not heard them)
    4. Iron and Wine (do not like to listen to them/him at extended intervals...too mellow in a too sweet way)
    5. Imogen Heap (I really don't like the soft electronica thing)
    6. Death Cab For Cutie (Ben Gibbard's voice can become a little grating in its un-ending cute overload).

    I need to listen to more Minus the Bear.

    Here's a question:

    How and when and why did you get into this sort of music? I mean...when did you discover there was a world of music outside the mainstream and what did it mean to you?
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    i like:

    Davendra Banhart
    Sufjan Stevens
    Animal Collective
    Beirut
    probably some others too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingfisher View Post
    i like:

    Davendra Banhart
    I'm trying really hard to like him (I got a CD of his a while back), but he... trills. SO much. I think I'll get used to it, though.

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    Devandra Banhart and Sufjan Stevens are really, really amazing. They are the best in modern folk I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperServal View Post
    Technically "Indie" is totally independently produced music...like somebody self-releasing their album. There are Indie labels that don't have the major distribution of the majors and this is considered "Indie" as well. Most bands on these labels (Rough Trade, Kill Rock Stars, etc...) share certain aesthetic qualities that have been labeled "Indie." So when one of these types of bands...say The Decemberists jumps to a major label (Capitol) they are still considered Indie even though they really aren't at that point. On a major label, many indie bands retain their original sound so they are still labeled as Indie.

    Therefore some people argue that Indie really isn't a genre of music. I think it is because there is a certain niche/sub-culture/style associated with the overall "Indie scene." It's a big thing and it exists so we might as well acknowledge it!


    And yes, I am a huuuuuuge fan of so-called Indie music (as if that wasn't obvious )

    Animal Collective is pretty much my favorite modern band. Actually, I saw them at an amazing concert in Oxford, Mississippi a month ago. It was cooooool.

    I am a fan of pretty much all the bands previously listed except:

    1. M. Ward (I have not heard them)
    2. Saves the Day (have not heard them)
    3. Jets to Brazil (have not heard them)
    4. Iron and Wine (do not like to listen to them/him at extended intervals...too mellow in a too sweet way)
    5. Imogen Heap (I really don't like the soft electronica thing)
    6. Death Cab For Cutie (Ben Gibbard's voice can become a little grating in its un-ending cute overload).

    I need to listen to more Minus the Bear.

    Here's a question:

    How and when and why did you get into this sort of music? I mean...when did you discover there was a world of music outside the mainstream and what did it mean to you?
    Typical "indie" qualities are just re-hashed aeolian melodies created by some dude wearing 70s glasses and a plaid outfit covered by an over-dramatic scarf twenty-feet long. They're all reinventing the same wheel. I can't stand most of them. Minus the Bear is respectable because they're a little more creative and innovative but bands like Death Cab and The Decemberists bore me. What pisses me off more are the emerging "indie" clubs where hipsters get to hang out and judge who has the most indie cred.

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