11.20.2005

Music of the 'Indie Rock' Persuasion


The music of the "indie" genre has really surprised me.
by it's name, it sounds poorly produced, merely because of the lack of a Big name record company behind it.
but these bands are making great music.
ambient and 'love-infatuated', noisy and continuous.

last night, Bonnie and i went to Les Rendez-Vous.
a great little venue with echoey walls and beautiful lights.
We saw Broken Social Scene and The Most Serene Republic.
two great bands, who have brought themselves upon my list of Top Five Concerts of all time, up there with the Arcade Fire, among others.
With up to a dozen people up on stage at points, the band played a two hour set, including tracks from both albums, a mix of 'dance Indie' tunes, ballads, and gorgeous 'surrealist' rock songs.

These indie bands are going places, big places. Big-Big.
Seeing a concert like this makes "lots of people remember why they love indie rock-- the shambling ecstasy, the pitch-perfect experimentation, the unabashed heart-on-sleeveness of it all." (Pitchfork Media)

Take the time to do some research on these bands.
They have the potential to create some beautiful moments with their listeners.

"All I know is that when I press play, and this disc whirrs to life, it inexplicably sheds its crybaby fa├žade and becomes... sort of infinite.
Rock critic Michael Goldberg recently speculated that what makes music fanatics thirst for the obscure is the desire to discover music that is "uncontaminated by the commerce machine." This, he says, is the reason we cling to the abstract and unmarketable, the outlandish and abrasive.
This record combines outright experimentation and strong hooks, something that engages us mentally while appealing to the instincts that draw us toward pop immediacy. Some of the best records ever have been ones that put these two seemingly disparate elements together.
Broken Social Scene have, and even made it seem effortless. I wish I could convey to you just how perfectly this record pulls off that balancing act, how incredibly catchy and hummable these songs are, despite their refusal to resort to pandering or oversimplicity. "
-Ryan Schreiber (Pitchfork Media)

3 Comments:

Blogger Spiro said...

hey. caroline gave me broken social scene last time I was up there. enjoy it very much... and ricky went to go see them with the girl in the band with the little side projecto called fiest a little while ago. probably was a great show and should've gone. next time.

November 21, 2005 11:40 AM  
Blogger Spiro said...

the two best indie band dvd's ever seen?
low in europe (watch it)
and another one about death cab (this was before plans...) such claims were made such as, "the kings of indie music." I would have to agree.

November 21, 2005 11:42 AM  
Blogger Sweet Caroline said...

kristina!
i too saw broken social scene last week, and stars this week... broken social scene was so tight hey? one of the best concerts i've ever seen. they were so mother freaking solid, i have been preaching bss over the past week. i'm glad you saw them. even though you're in winnipeg and i don't see you that often anyways, i feel closer to you somehow.

November 22, 2005 5:31 PM  

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