2015 started with a lot of hope and optimism for me as far as my return to blogging went. I had just come off a pretty popular post opining on Peter Hook/New Order that got a mention from Hooky in The Guardian. But life got in the way and my attention waned.
I’m not a fan of New Years resolutions, but I do intend to get this site to becoming a regular affair in 2016. There. You can relax now.
Through the fog of time (aided by major media), our memory of the roster of 90’s indie has shrunk to a very small number of bands. As someone who lived through it, I can tell you that there were many, many twists, turns, offshoots, and outposts of indie music at the time. The great thing about the time was that all styles could coexist without impacting the space-time continuum.
One of the bands that neatly fit into a feeling is Halifax (Nova Scotia) by way of Kingston (Ontario) band, The Inbreds. A two piece long before the White Stripes, singer/bassist Mike O’Neill and drummer Dave Ullrich played sweet, melancholoy, mid tempo lo fi indie as well as anyone at the time. Think Sebadoh, Sloan, Hayden.
And now, some videos:
We all have heard the rumours of artists’ extravagant demands for their dressing rooms from liquor selection to snacks to decor. Most of them seem pretty self-indulgent but Van Halen proved that there is a method to the madness in certain cases. Watch the video below to get the full scoop on why they included the “no brown M&Ms” clause in their rider.
For some other interesting riders, check out this story from Stereogum.
Noel Gallagher’s post-Oasis project has yet to grab my attention — until now. Ballad of the Mighty is the first release from his upcoming LP and is good enough that I’ve played it 5 times since yesterday. Not quite Live Forever, but it’s a solid new track.
Equal parts The Streets, Blur, and The Fall, the UK’s Sleaford Mods made a bit of a breakthrough in 2014. The heavy accented rapping about all manner of things over UK indie beats is a winner in our books. Seek out and enjoy.
Tied Up In Nottz
I’ve heard a bunch of versions of this song, but this is my favourite. The tempo is faster than the studio version and the abnormal drum patterns keep things interesting.
Panda Bear (Animal Collective member Noah Lennox) is back with a typically reverb-laden harmonious earworm with “Boys Latin”. From the outside it would be easy to dismiss this music as hipster pot head mood music. But the fact that my young kids love it as much as their straight edge dad would prove you wrong. It’s just good.