Can't you see the writing on the wall?
Can't you see the writing on the wall?
To actually get reflective on indie for a second, I do have a general broad definition for it...Has nothing to do with specific labels, amount of radio play, or sound...but more to do with the backwards looking attitude that over took most emerging rock/pop music in the early 2000s.
Prior to the 2000s, each decade did seem to have a forward evolution...the 50s simplified jazz, swing, and the blues, made it louder, and crafted the foundation...the 60s exploded the possibilities of the form, the 70s advanced prog, metal, singer-songwriter, funk, disco and the start of the new wave, the 80s furthered the new wave and brought us rap and the early foundations of electronic music, the 90s hip-hop expanded, industrial emerged, as well as a whole host of atonal, deconstructionist rock. There were always extremely backwards looking acts, some great, (Bruce Springsteen, REM, The Stone Roses), and punk in it's way was backwards looking, but still advanced the level of aggression and intensity to the rock 'n' roll form.
But in the late 90s, early 00's most of that stopped, for every rare idiosyncratic act that emerged that was just too unique to pigeonhole (Modest Mouse), there were dozens of synthesists, again some great...focused primarily on the merging, blending or perfection of old sounds rather than creating genuinely new ones...and that synthesist/revivalist aesthetic has dominated the rock/pop landscape for the last 15 years. While there's always great music to be found, I don't think it's unfair to say that this synthesist/revivalists movement is seriously running out of steam. I for one thought 2013, once you got past the fringe genres of metal and experimental electronica, was the worst year for music in in a long, long time.
It definitely feels like the time is ripe for Rock and pop to start looking forward again and focus less on recreating the sounds of past decades.
Last edited by IlliniQ; 06-10-2014 at 08:51 AM.
LCD Soundsystem - Sufjan Stevens - M83 - The Kills - Lord Huron - St. Germaine - Savages - Bob Moses - Mavis Staples - Haelos - Mbongwana Star
Guns 'N' Roses - Ice Cube - Courtney Barnett - Gary Clark Jr - Lush - Deerhunter - Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Rhye - Bat For Lashes - The Damned - Shamir - Ex-Hex - Alvvays - Matthew Dear - Algiers
Kamasi Washington - Rancid - Miike Snow - Death Grips - Wolf Alice - Pete Yorn - Deafheaven - Young Fathers - The Vandals - Delux - Girl Pool
Yeah, but not that shit that all you assholes listened to
But the big problem is that Ed Sharp and his magnetic zeroes.
I was kind of thinking Roberto was wrong
You guys remember that new genre industrial that came up in the 90s?
9/21: Khruangbin @ The Independent
9/22: Moon Duo, Cold Beat @ The New Parish
9/24: Dolly Parton @ Shoreline
9/30: Omar-S @ TBA
10/9: Midland, Erika @ The Midway
10/14: Margo Price @ GAMH
10/15: Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Shea Stadium BK
10/16: Anthony Naples, Justin Carter @ Nowadays
10/21: Screaming Females @ The Night Light
10/25: Hiss Golden Messenger @ The Independent
09/28: Nicolas Jaar @ Taub
11/16: Neko Case @ The Fox Theater Oakland
Everything sucks now and used to be better.
I don't think I'm hosting a 2016 collaborative playlist.
Would this be considered Indiestrial?
What indie music needs is more bands with an animal in their name.
Last edited by TomAz; 06-11-2014 at 06:27 AM.
Unrelated again, but I was talking to my brother last night, and he said he never really got into the White Stripes back then in the eary aughts because he disliked the whole trendy guitar sound of the Vines, the Strokes, etc. I was just shaking my head. But he said he was starting to enjoy the White Stripes more now, so maybe there is hope. HAVE I MENTIONED I'M SEE JACK WHITE TOMORROW?
I still haven't gotten into them for the same reasons.
electric guitars, just a fad.