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    OK indie hipsters....gimmie some indie to tell someone realitively new about...

    I know someone who says he's starting to get into indie rock, but I know he hasn't heard a whole lot, mostly just stuff coming out recently and all. So...I was thinking I could get some good suggestions from here to let him in on. I'm thinking about maybe a top five indie records from the 90s until today. C'mon, what are the indie rock essentials that people need to know about. In know you know, so tell me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobody
    I know someone who says he's starting to get into indie rock, but I know he hasn't heard a whole lot, mostly just stuff coming out recently and all. So...I was thinking I could get some good suggestions from here to let him in on. I'm thinking about maybe a top five indie records from the 90s until today. C'mon, what are the indie rock essentials that people need to know about. In know you know, so tell me.
    Independent Releases here..

    Slint - SPIDERLAND
    Pavement - CROOKED RAIN (SLANTED might be too raw)
    Yo La Tengo - I CAN HEAR THE HEART BEATING AS ONE
    Sunny Day Real Estate - DIARY
    and something heavy..
    The Jesus Lizard - LIAR

    Major label "indie" stuff:

    Built to Spill - KEEP IT LIKE A SECRET
    The Flaming Lips - THE SOFT BULLETIN
    Mercury Rev - DESERTER'S SONGS
    Hum - DOWNWARD IS HEAVENWARD
    Stereolab - DOTS AND LOOPS
    If being afraid is a crime we'll hang side-by-side,
    at the swingin' party down the line..


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    Not sure which way to go with this, but it's probably best to ease him in, so I'd go with safe stuff like:

    Spoon - Girls Can Tell
    Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
    Wilco - YFH
    Elliott Smith - either/or

    Looking at a little less safe:

    Refused - The Shape of Punk To Come
    Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
    Archers of Loaf - Icky Mettle
    Bedhead - WhatFunLifeWas
    Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
    And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobody
    I know someone who says he's starting to get into indie rock, but I know he hasn't heard a whole lot, mostly just stuff coming out recently and all. So...I was thinking I could get some good suggestions from here to let him in on. I'm thinking about maybe a top five indie records from the 90s until today. C'mon, what are the indie rock essentials that people need to know about. In know you know, so tell me.
    That's easy! Give him/her copies of some of the indie comps produced by the Indie Hipsters around here.

    Last winter one of the lift operators at Sun Peaks asked what I was listening to on my player. I think it was Bjork. The next time up the lift I asked him what he listened to. He was a big TOOL fan and I nicknamed him "Raggedy Andy" since he had one of those awful, stringy beards so many 20-something's seem to favour. (That and his name was Andy.)

    Well, I told him to check out some websites and he admitted that he didn't have access to a computer, or the money to buy new music.

    So when I went up on Christmas day, I dropped off a bunch of comp copies for him at the staff room, (based on his age, a lot of Jar's and Slosh's and Davey's) and the next time he saw me he actually had tears in his eyes when he came and gave me a great big hug and said it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for him and he loved the music!

    Every now and then, I drop a copy of one of my fave comps somewhere (like a bus stop to the college) where it will probably be appreciated by someone who may not be able to afford new music. I make sure there is a tracklist and I write "Finder's Keepers - Enjoy!" on the disk.

    Goes to show you that things we take for granted can mean a lot to someone else.

    Snowie

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    Yeah, like I was taking for granted that that guy...

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowbunny
    That's easy! Give him/her copies of some of the indie comps produced by the Indie Hipsters around here.

    Last winter one of the lift operators at Sun Peaks asked what I was listening to on my player. I think it was Bjork. The next time up the lift I asked him what he listened to. He was a big TOOL fan and I nicknamed him "Raggedy Andy" since he had one of those awful, stringy beards so many 20-something's seem to favour. (That and his name was Andy.)

    Well, I told him to check out some websites and he admitted that he didn't have access to a computer, or the money to buy new music.

    So when I went up on Christmas day, I dropped off a bunch of comp copies for him at the staff room, (based on his age, a lot of Jar's and Slosh's and Davey's) and the next time he saw me he actually had tears in his eyes when he came and gave me a great big hug and said it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for him and he loved the music!

    Every now and then, I drop a copy of one of my fave comps somewhere (like a bus stop to the college) where it will probably be appreciated by someone who may not be able to afford new music. I make sure there is a tracklist and I write "Finder's Keepers - Enjoy!" on the disk.

    Goes to show you that things we take for granted can mean a lot to someone else.

    Snowie
    in your avatar was able to pull a rabbit out of his finger. How'd he do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowbunny
    Every now and then, I drop a copy of one of my fave comps somewhere (like a bus stop to the college) where it will probably be appreciated by someone who may not be able to afford new music. I make sure there is a tracklist and I write "Finder's Keepers - Enjoy!" on the disk.

    Goes to show you that things we take for granted can mean a lot to someone else.

    Snowie
    Nice post, as usual

    That does sound like a sweet thing to do. I know Dave G used to talk about leaving comps out when he'd go trail riding. Never knew for sure if he was just kidding or not. The other day I was out to lunch with an old buddy and he pulled out this comp he had with just a typewritten tracklist and no name or anything and stuck it in the player. Said he found it in his kids stash and they claimed it came from the library or some other such inplausible story, but he figured it must be one of mine. Hehehe, one of my first CD type comps. Fun to hear it again after a few years. Didn't make me cry or anything, but it was worth a grin. I made a whole slew of basically the same comp back in those days...over and over

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    The other day I was out to lunch with an old buddy and he pulled out this comp he had with just a typewritten tracklist and no name or anything and stuck it in the player. Said he found it in his kids stash and they claimed it came from the library or some other such inplausible story, but he figured it must be one of mine.
    Wow, that's really interesting and all, Davey, but more importantly, what did you have for lunch?

    Snowie

    So kids in the States actually keep music in their stash, eh? How odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swish
    in your avatar was able to pull a rabbit out of his finger. How'd he do that?

    Swish
    Hehehe... that there avatar was meant as "bait" for someone who shall remain nameless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowbunny
    Wow, that's really one of the dumbest stories ever Davey, so what did you have for lunch?
    Probably some Sing Chow Fried Mai Fun and Sub Gum Chow Mein Hong Kong Style at King Wah. Or maybe it was Phở tái chín and Chả gị at Pho-Binh. I had a bowl of Pho in Canada before, that was fun

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    Dood, dunno about all that but I finally have a package for you ready to go out. Very sorry for the delay, been caught up in other things.

    jc
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    Some really good suggestions already but my list would be:
    1. Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
    2. Built To Spill - Perfect From Now On
    3. Stephen Malkmus - Face The Truth
    4. Spoon - A Series Of Sneaks
    5. Enon - High Society

    Hmmm . . . . not much acoustic stuff in there and not all that much variety so five more:
    6. Decemberists - Picaresque
    7. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
    8. Pinback - Summer In Abaddon
    9. Super Furry Animals - Rings Around The World
    10. McLusky - Do Dallas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Dood, dunno about all that but I finally have a package for you ready to go out. Very sorry for the delay, been caught up in other things.

    jc

    Never a problem.
    I realize some people do have actual lives.





    ...just never knew you were one of 'em...

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