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FEATURED ALBUM: Volume 2 – She & Him

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Fantabulous news! indie city. has, over the course of the last year or so, amassed over 17,000 views! WOW!
I can’t tell you how grateful I am, and I hope that you’ll continue to read the blog. One new difference: due to the changes in, well, trends, I’ve decided to omit the link to artists’ Myspace pages from this point on. I’ll still include their Wikipedia and sites, as well as an actual artist site when it is available. I hope this won’t cause any inconvenience, and please let me know if you have any thoughts on the matter or even a suggestion for a replacement.
Now, on to the music!

Volume TwoShe & Him. (2010.)

Goth rockers, metal heads, and general moody listeners of the emo persuasion: this is not the album for you.
I can’t think of any duo in music today that inspires sunniness and optimism more than She & Him. A collaboration of M. Ward (whose solo career is something amazing in itself) and actress Zooey Deschanel, this is the album you want to play in headphones while lounging in the grass, that strangely sweet smell of honey and heat in the air.
Volume Two is the sequel to 2008’s Volume One, where the world realized that Zooey Deschanel had more of a range than the shower in Elf. As an aspiring hipster myself, I’ve spent many a day wishing I could be her. (Marrying Ben Gibbard didn’t help matters.) And I’m not alone. The hoards of fedora-wearing bike riders out there will be putting this on their summer playlists, and now you can too.

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buy Volume Two on amazon
If You Can’t Sleep
Ridin’ In My Car
In the Sun


NEW ARTIST ALERT: “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Taken By Trees.

September 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Dear lord, we’re back in business. Hallelujah.

I return with a wealth of goodies, number one being this cover of an 80’s classic. Me, I lost all respect for Guns n’ Roses when I found out that Axl Rose’s name was an anagram. Classy, dude. But as we all well know, the eighties are alive and well in popular music, and sometimes I wonder if most hit songs today aren’t just remakes of older versions I’m not familiar with. Recycling is all the rage now, you know.

Taken By Trees

Taken By Trees is the solo project of Victoria Bergsman, former lead singer for The Concretes. This cover of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is off the second album, East of Eden (kudos on the name from a Steinbeck fan). This may be a cover, but it’s also brand spankin’ new from an artist that looks promising — and that’s what discovery is all about.
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“Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Taken By Trees.

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we’re still here!

June 11, 2009 1 comment

Don’t worry!

indie city is still breathing. I swear to you.

Due to unforeseen circumstances (also known as “the real world” to those in the know) there has been a hiatus of sorts. It was unplanned, and I apologize to you personally for not coming through with what I have promised since the very beginning: delicious yummy morsels of indie goodness. Mmmm.

So stay tuned, reliable readers.
There is much coming in the impending weeks, including a new look for the site!

Don’t lose faith in me now.

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COVER: “Use Somebody” – Bat for Lashes.

April 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Maybe it’s just me, but Kings of Leon’s songs tend to blend for me. They all play off the rockabilly radio pop that while fun to listen to also tends to get a bit repetitive. (Though on a casual Saturday monopolizing the contents of my dorm room, Kings of Leon is on rotation.) But here one of my favorite songs by them, “Use Somebody”, is covered to the opposite effect by Bat for Lashes.

Bat for Lashes

A pseudonym for English singer Natasha Khan, Bat for Lashes has been complimented by acts such as M.I.A. and Thom Yorke, with Bjork seen at a few shows. She has been compared to Annie Lennox or Stevie Nicks, and I think that’s a valid comparison. Khan somehow both skims the surface of and dives into her songs, which leads for an almost transparent musical style. Her cover of “Use Somebody” is slower, sadder, but more emphatic because of it.

Bat for Lashes on
“Use Somebody” – Bat for Lashes.

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SOUNDTRACK: The Virgin Suicides.

April 24, 2009 Leave a comment

When thinking of a tragic movie seeped in melancholy, one doesn’t generally turn to electronic music. But that’s exactly what happened in the case of the movie The Virgin Suicides. Entirely composed byFrench duo Air, the score has a decidedly eclectic feel — fitting, considering that a large part of the movie is its time period of the seventies.

The Virgin Suicides

The cover says it all, doesn’t it? The music brings out the orange in a story that could have easily faded into darker hues. A tale about four sisters who all ultimately kill themselves, it asks both why people do these things and whether society at large compels them to do it. And yes, while electronic music may not have been your first choice, after listening? You’ll wonder why the heck not.

The Virgin Suicides on wikipediaIMDb
soundtrack on wikipediaamazon
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“Highschool Lover (Theme)”
“Playground Love”

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April 23, 2009 Leave a comment

You may not have ever heard of Alexi Murdoch, but I’ll bet that you might have heard one of his songs. His single “Orange Sky” garnered much play in both television and movie circles, and his album Time Without Consequence peaked at #25 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Alexi Murdoch

Murdoch, who is London-born and Scottish-bred, is well known for being a recluse and lives in a remote area of Western Scotland. This loneliness carries over into his songs, which echo with longing and hope. Simple in instrumental structure, the melody barely exists yet unfurls in depth. How he does this, I don’t know, but I certainly love it.
(from the album Time Without Consequence)
“All of My Days”
“Orange Sky (Album Version)”

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FEATURED SONG: “As Much as You Lead” – Lex Land.

April 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Lex Land is the new big thing, let me tell you. It’s my prediction, and folks, I am rarely wrong about these sort of things. (Okay, I’m wrong a lot.) She’s just smoky-voiced enough and just girly enough; she song-screams at just the right times and sells you the song just as she should, and just as those with more experience do. She’s the real deal.

Lex Land

Genuineness is something not often found in today’s music. It’s something lucky, something moving, something that kicks us in our backs to go out and do something that will inspire us just as much. When you find it, don’t let it go. Wrap it up in blankets, hum it songs, and realize that when you peel back the covers, all you’ll see is yourself.
(from the album Orange Days on Lemon Street)
“As Much as You Lead”

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