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Kuroumou

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« on: 03 Jan 2005, 11:47 »

Hi, um, I'm new to the whole indie rock scene, and I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for me? I was hoping something not too hardcore, something a 14 year old girl that likes Jpop would enjoy. Please don't come on here saying, " OHH EMM GEE! Why are you here if you don't know about indie rock! " because you don't have to be into the indie thing to enjoy this comic.
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czar0406

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« Reply #1 on: 03 Jan 2005, 11:48 »

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Kuroumou

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« Reply #2 on: 03 Jan 2005, 11:55 »

Ok, I read that. I think I would like AC Newman because I'm a fan of pop, but I'd need more of an opinion before I go out and buy a record, for I am in sort supply of money as of late.
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czar0406

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« Reply #3 on: 03 Jan 2005, 11:56 »

The Weakerthans "Left and Leaving" & "Reconstruction Site"

buy those...NOW!!!
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Kuroumou

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« Reply #4 on: 03 Jan 2005, 11:59 »

My... Indies really seem to love their bands... -sweats-
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« Reply #5 on: 03 Jan 2005, 13:38 »

the shins!
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LoveandaMolotovCocktail

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« Reply #6 on: 03 Jan 2005, 14:16 »

The Unicorns!
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« Reply #7 on: 03 Jan 2005, 14:33 »

Do not buy The Weakerthans. They are horrible.

Get anything by Gerogerigegege. Especially Senzuri Champion. Especially.
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« Reply #8 on: 03 Jan 2005, 14:33 »

the postal service!
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Kuroumou

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« Reply #9 on: 03 Jan 2005, 14:47 »

Ok, now I'm not sure what to get. I need some unbaised oppinons, perhaps I should just stick with Jeph's list.
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« Reply #10 on: 03 Jan 2005, 14:48 »

haha my opinion is terribly biased.
If someone suggests a band to me, i download a song or two to check out what they're like, and if i like it, i buy it.
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El Opium

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« Reply #11 on: 03 Jan 2005, 14:54 »

hmm, erm. Actually I can't think of anything for I am a sonic death knight. If pop comes near me I melt it with sheets of feedback.
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Kuroumou

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« Reply #12 on: 03 Jan 2005, 14:56 »

I cannot download songs, I hardly can get my internet to work at that.
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Hecuba

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« Reply #13 on: 03 Jan 2005, 15:13 »

Dressy Bessy. So happy and sparkly and poppy and twee and wonderful. Truly great.
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Kuroumou

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« Reply #14 on: 03 Jan 2005, 15:42 »

Dressy Bessy? I'm not sure If I want to listen to a album named after a properly clad bovine...
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« Reply #15 on: 03 Jan 2005, 16:16 »

Here's a few suggestions
Modest Mouse-Very popular fave for the kids these days, start with newest album Good News For People Who Like Bad News. If you like this work your way back some of the pre Everyhting and All of His Parlor Tricks albums you proably wouldn't like though.
Built To Spill-Spacy Sleepy rock and roll very personal songs
Elliot Smith-Paul Simonish folk stuff, with a touvh of fuzz and spacy tunes as well, I recommend Figure 8 as your first purchase
if you need anymroe email me and I will send a list far too long for a news post.
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Karl

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« Reply #16 on: 03 Jan 2005, 16:23 »

The remote part by Idlewild. The older stuff is a bit hardcore so stick with this.
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betteroffdead

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« Reply #17 on: 03 Jan 2005, 20:49 »

hmm definitely going to second the ac newman suggestion. he is freaking awesome. you can hear his music on http://www.acnewman.net" target="_blank">his site (only the flash version though).

also,
http://www.lawrence.com/bands/mates_of_state/" target="_blank">mates of state- catchy, unique blend of moog and mixed vocals. besides those downloads, some videos at http://www.matesofstate.com/media.html" target="_blank">their site.
http://www.thenewpornographers.com/" target="_blank">new pornographers- similar to ac newman (he's in the band); extremely catchy and poppy and happy. there are some downloads/streams on the flash site.
the reunion show/action action- (they recently changed their name and slightly altered their music style) is awesome too, but unfortunately i don't know where you can get good mp3s or videos... their site seems to have disappeared.
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« Reply #18 on: 03 Jan 2005, 22:02 »

Quote from: Kuroumou
Ok, now I'm not sure what to get. I need some unbaised oppinons, perhaps I should just stick with Jeph's list.



How exactly can you get an "unbiased" opinion??
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BlueCoatKarma

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« Reply #19 on: 03 Jan 2005, 22:54 »

I second the vote for New Pornographers - both albums ("Electric Version" and "Mass Romantic") are good happy pop music. I'm recommending "Electric Version" though, on account of it being catchier, if you're into that.

For Elliot Smith, I'd definitely suggest "Xo" over "Figure 8". Definitely not "From a Basement on the Hill" though.

Belle & Sebastian's newest album ("Dear Catastrophe Waitress") might be to your tastes as well.

You're in luck - there's more and more "indie pop" music out there (people at college told me that was an oxymoron... well, NOW who's laughing? [mwahahahaha, the fools, etc.])
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SeanBateman

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« Reply #20 on: 03 Jan 2005, 22:59 »

if your into j-pop try deerhoof. They're weird, but delicious
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thedude1313

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« Reply #21 on: 04 Jan 2005, 12:09 »

I personally enjoy The Decemberists and modest mouse. But then i found out that modest mouse sold out. This greatly upsets me. I would also recomend the Harlots.
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« Reply #22 on: 04 Jan 2005, 12:35 »

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if your into j-pop try deerhoof. They're weird, but delicious


this is yes.  uh, do a search for killrockstars record label and look around for deerhoof.  they have buttloads of songs to sample.

i have to say i actually like figure 8 more the xo.

and uh, modest mouse signed to a major label something along the lines...four to five years ago at least.  do you have a job?  go to school?   is wanting to be compensated for work you do selling out?  or working hard at tests and exams for a better grade selling out?

seriously let's just kill this selling out crap right here.  it just leads to locked threads and angry jeph and angry moderators.
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Thal

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« Reply #23 on: 04 Jan 2005, 12:43 »

The Postal Service
Modest Mouse
Dogs Die In Hot Car
Talking Heads
Tv On The Radio
The Arcade Fire
The Future Heads

Think you could end up liking all the bands above if you gave them a shot and you should. Maybe went beyond indie rock with that list but they are still great bands.
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« Reply #24 on: 04 Jan 2005, 13:08 »

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The Postal Service
Modest Mouse
Dogs Die In Hot Car
Talking Heads
Tv On The Radio
The Arcade Fire
The Future Heads

Think you could end up liking all the bands above if you gave them a shot and you should. Maybe went beyond indie rock with that list but they are still great bands.


What he said though add in Flaming lips, Wilco, My Brand New Favorite Band, and Iron & Wine.

It's not really indie but I like Franz Ferdinand; many of the people I talk to think that band is over blown though.
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Re: New to Indie rock
« Reply #25 on: 04 Jan 2005, 13:10 »

Quote from: Kuroumou
I was hoping something not too hardcore, something a 14 year old girl that likes Jpop would enjoy.


Since you like pop (I admite Jpop is different but...) you might like Annie - Anniemal.
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aekastar

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« Reply #26 on: 04 Jan 2005, 14:05 »

http://www.morrmusic.com/">the morr label is good for german electropop.  a lot of it is pretty catchy... top picks would be styrofoam, ms. john soda, lali puna.  there's streaming song samples on the site; it's all in flash.  hell, on my slow loading computer, I think it's the fastest media website I have ever opened.

Múm is also a good one -- icelandic, but not entirely like Björk.. they have childlike voices and it is cute.. sort've like a lot o' jpop :D

Belle & Sebastian works (it's what I started with -- after I finally purchased indie music; not heard.. back in '00)... really, I wouldn't go for their latest though.  Tigermilk or Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant.. those are my favs. on an 'as a whole' level.

Cocteau Twins.. well, they aren't *really* indie.. more like 80s / 90s shoegazer, but they were a good step up from jpop.  hell, even Faye Wong (who did a song on an FF sndtrk) covered a C.T. song.  they haven't done a bad song ever.

Mice Parade - Obrigado Saudade.  o' course, maybe that's too 'hardcore', but it reminded me of japanese stuff and is pretty cool in an experimental way.

http://www.roguewavemusic.com/">Rogue Wave -- sounds like Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab and Postal Service).. nice little catchy songs.

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Also, I've gotta say that Mates of State is only good for one or two songs at once; a whole album is gag worthy... sorry to say -- of course, maybe that's not an "unbiased opinion".  a friend of mine was going to open for them, but decided not to since their music wasn't the type they wanted to be associated with.

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Alright I'm done... I think I'm feeling too longwinded today.  I apologise.
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« Reply #27 on: 04 Jan 2005, 17:34 »

modest mouse - the moon and antarctica
the flaming lips - the soft bulletin
the velvet underground - the velvet underground
elliot smith - either/or
the new pornographers - mass romantic
spoon - kill the moonlight
modern lovers - modern lovers

and from there allmusic.com is your friend.   dont necessarily trust their ratings, but it's a good way to find a lot of new music.

good luck!
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« Reply #28 on: 04 Jan 2005, 17:42 »

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I was hoping something not too hardcore, something a 14 year old girl that likes Jpop would enjoy.

Lets just make sure we're still paying attention to this and not just naming off good bands...

I'd say there's a pretty big gap between bands like TV on the Radio or Cocteau Twins and J-Pop. This shouldn't stop you from listening to them anyway.

In my experience, people don't hear a totally new genre and go "WOW THAT'S TEH AWESOME!!1" the first time they hear it. Personally, I have to transition, which requires finding a band with some songs that are more like what I'm used to before diving in.

I don't know much about J-Pop, so I must admit that most of my suggestions were just more well-known indie pop bands.

...Which reduces the chance I'll ever enjoy Black Metal to about zero.
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« Reply #29 on: 04 Jan 2005, 17:52 »

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Quote from: Kuroumou
I was hoping something not too hardcore, something a 14 year old girl that likes Jpop would enjoy.

Lets just make sure we're still paying attention to this and not just naming off good bands...


Yeah, I kept that in mind when I made my suggestions sort've -- well, some were just continuing on with stuff already mentioned, but... yeaaah...

I have listened to jpop though... well, the stuff on anime sndtrks plus stuff like Gackt and Ayumi Hamasaki if those count (also Luna Sea for jrock which ROCKS!  ..in case no one has heard of them).... I just happened to notice they have a lot o' electronics and do remixes, so I mentioned electronic type stuff for the most part....

Of course, I have mixed both jpop and indie together on mixes, so it didn't seem that big of a jump....
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« Reply #30 on: 04 Jan 2005, 17:57 »

Weeeelll, not entirely sure what Indie Rock is per-se, genres are always a bit subjective, but never mind, someone mentioned Idlewild, so I'll thrown in Biffy Clyro. Radiohead, Feeder, Snow Patrol, Elbow and Interpol could all possibly be said to have indie connections and are well worth a listen.

Your best IMO, is to find a shotucast station or soemthing (assuming you ahve broadband) and find out what badns you like from that. I'm sure theres a site somewhere that traces musical connections between band, you click on one and can see whos connected, that might of some worth. Aduisoscrobbler is also worth a look, it reccomends you music based on what you listen to and signing up to a group will often give you some ideas.
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« Reply #31 on: 04 Jan 2005, 18:24 »

You'd definitely like the bubbly "melodion" (which is a weird cross between an accordion and a flute, it seems) sounds of The New Pornographers (not to mention everything else about them), especially their album Electric Version. It's ridiculously catchy and bubbly and upbeat yet manages to stay COMPLETELY EXCELLENT throughout.

A.C. Newman is also great but not quite as bright as the New Pornographers.

From there, I'd consider moving to these:

The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair when we're Gone?
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (lots of Japanese influences in the music and themes)
Pretty Girls Make Graves - Good Health (it's not really indie but it's bubbly and punchy)

See how that goes for you.
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« Reply #32 on: 05 Jan 2005, 09:22 »

Try these

Sonic Youth
Songs: Ohia
Joanna Newsom
TV on the Radio
Bugs in Amber
Elliott Smith / Heatmiser
Waxwing / Rocky Votolato
Tilly and the Wall
Autumn Picture
Iron and Wine
deerhoof
Badly Drawn Boy
The Mountain Goats
Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Please Inform the Captain that this is a Hijack
The Decemberists
The Books

There is this broken up indie-ish rock band named Pygmy from florida who are really amazing, they only released one album but it's just so good. Members formed a new band called Down Home Southernaries. If you have SLSK you can find them on my list, my SN on SLSK is "mahlon"
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« Reply #33 on: 05 Jan 2005, 09:52 »

Oh, I think I got this from this forum. So thanks to whoever first posted this, but this is a good way to hear a variety of music...
http://www.woxy.com/
It a radio station, but you can stream it (I use iTunes cuz it is teh rawk 4 college!!!1)
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« Reply #34 on: 05 Jan 2005, 10:14 »

This whole thread and no mention of Wilco? Though for the jpop fan Franz Ferdinand might do a little good.
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« Reply #35 on: 05 Jan 2005, 13:14 »

thedude1313 - The Harlots?! They're on par with Nickleback.
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