Turn-of-the-Century "indie" or today's?

11月 08
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Turn-of-the-Century "indie" or today's?

Posted by Eric080 on

Since we're all Strokes fans, I was wondering which type of "indie" you guys preferred. Or at least non-mainstream rock. I've been on a garage-type kick recently since I've been listening to the Caesars (Jerk it Out), The Hives (although I don't particularly like them), The Vines, Interpol (at least post-punk), Von Bondies, White Stripes, etc. and of course as always, The Strokes :D

I don't really care for the way "indie" has turned though, at least during the mid 2000s. A lot of it is primarily acoustic, pretentious stuff. I've tried but haven't been able to get into acts like Iron & Wine, Arcade Fire, Dirty Projectors (whose new album is actually solid, but strange), et al. Now it seems near the end of the decade that indie has really gone electronic which I don't mind. That seismic shift was probably introduced by The Postal Service and The Rapture then the Killers brought it to mainstream radio, maybe Daft Punk too. I kind of like the direction now with Crystal Castles, Crocodiles, Cut Copy, Passion Pit, Klaxons, etc.

So I'm just asking for your guys' taste. Do you prefer the garage-influenced indie of the early 2000s, the folk-influenced indie of the middle 2000s, or the electronic-influenced indie of the late 2000s?

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i thot alanis morisette and like old joan osbourne was indie? synth is an instrument and its not turn of the century- think harpsichord! lol

Yeah, indie is kind of a catch-all phrase nowadays. Everything under the sun is considered "alternative" and a lot of alternative non-mainstream music is tagged with "indie". It doesn't really mean what it was meant to anymore.

Basically the question was whether in non-mainstream "rock"-ish music if you guys preferred the garage-revival, the folk-influenced, or the electronic turns that the music has taken :D

I've never been able to get into the Arctic Monkeys. I do like a lot of British stuff that finds its way onto the mainstream radio over there though like the Editors (who have a couple weird songs like "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool" (WTF does that mean?) but for the most part are pretty solid), Franz Ferdinand, Keane (a lot of people hate on Keane, I don't), Coldplay, The Cribs, some Glasvegas, etc. And yes, you could probably take a pass on Cosmic Egg. Out of 10, I'd probably give it somewhere between a 5 or a 6. Not anything to write home about.

[quote="Eric080"]Yeah, I used to like Queens of the Stone Age, but if their latest album was any indication, they've lost it. :? Era Vulgaris sounded like battery acid was poured down my ears. They even have a song named "Battery Acid" :lol: 3's & 7's was the only thing I could take away from that. Now Wolfmother is a good stoner rock band, but I thought their debut was a lot better than Cosmic Egg.[/quote]

Yeah, I heard Cosmic Egg is no good, haven't given it a listen though. As for QOTSA..you know Jules contributed on one of the songs. Actually Wikipedia says: '"Sick, Sick, Sick" is a Grammy nominated single released by Queens of the Stone Age from their 2007 album Era Vulgaris. [b]The song features Julian Casablancas of The Strokes on backing vocals and synth guitar.'[/b]

I never considered The Strokes to be indie. I dunno though, I'm weird about genres. They're so vague and yet they still hold such strong connotations. It's just music to me...'Indie' seems to be more defined by like Death Cab and stuff...I dunno hah

I will say though, whatever influence QOTSA had on Arctic Monkeys, I like it.

Yeah, I used to like Queens of the Stone Age, but if their latest album was any indication, they've lost it. :? Era Vulgaris sounded like battery acid was poured down my ears. They even have a song named "Battery Acid" :lol: 3's & 7's was the only thing I could take away from that. Now Wolfmother is a good stoner rock band, but I thought their debut was a lot better than Cosmic Egg.

It wasn't a radiohead song it was a thom yorke solo's album song called Atoms for peace (if I remind it good).

But yeah it had some bjork touch in it. The entire album is amazing.

To answer to max question, there's so many genres I listen to, from Marissa Nadler in folk music, Mars volta in prog-rock, Queens of the stone age in heavy/stoner (even though I don't like era vulgaris),Regina Spektor, Bjork, Radiohead, Less known people like Red Walls, Kill Kenada, Duke Spirit, No Age, Yeasayer, Times new viking ...

It would take a year to give you all the bands.

I am very very picky.. most stuff I don't like so it's discouraging for me to explore music. When I happen to find something I tend to stick with it.

I have a lot of interests outside of music though so that is a big part of why I also don't explore more bands. Plus.. none of my friends are interested in music much -- more movies and visual stuff. So I don't hear about a lot of bands.

[quote="Max Fischer"]I like electronic. Bjork was doing that throughout the 00s and she is my favorite musician along with Jules. I think she was way ahead of the curve and directly influenced a lot of musicians today. For example.. Julian referenced a song from Radiohead in an interview as something he used to help him make the sound of Phrazes.. the thing is.. the Radiohead song he referenced sounded exactly like a Bjork song. So Jules was indirectly influenced by Bjork. I think a lot of musicians are.[/quote]

There are some pretty cool electronic groups out there. Aside from the ones I mentioned, on my to-do list are Shitdisco, Digitalism, and Simian Mobile Disco. I had pretty sheltered musical tastes going back to a few years ago, so I'm always hearing about new artists that I haven't looked in to. :D

I like electronic. Bjork was doing that throughout the 00s and she is my favorite musician along with Jules. I think she was way ahead of the curve and directly influenced a lot of musicians today. For example.. Julian referenced a song from Radiohead in an interview as something he used to help him make the sound of Phrazes.. the thing is.. the Radiohead song he referenced sounded exactly like a Bjork song. So Jules was indirectly influenced by Bjork. I think a lot of musicians are.