Tag Archives: Indie Canon

Indie Canon Inductee: Black Tambourine

31 May

Most people think of Beck’s Guero when they hear “Black Tambourine,” but Black Tambourine was a band long before a song, and a musical anomaly at that.  The four-piece of Pam Berry, Brian Nelson, Archie Moore and Michael Schulman formed in the greater Washington D.C. area in 1989, recorded a total of ten original songs, played a small handful of live shows and then disbanded in early 1992.  They released only two EPs and Continue reading

Indie Canon Inductee: The Magnetic Fields

21 Mar

The Magnetic Fields was founded by Stephin Merritt in Boston in 1990 where he and bandmate/high school friend, Claudia Gonson, were living at the time (check out the adorable photo-booth still of the two above).

I might as well get this out of the way right now…Stephin Merritt is getting inducted into the Indie Canon for being the songwriter, lead vocalist, producer and mutli-instrumentalist behind The Magnetic Fields as well as Continue reading

Indie Canon Inductee: Guided by Voices

30 Jan

Guided by Voices is a band that you may know by name but have never listened to.  If that’s the case, this article will hopefully warrant a listen.  I myself hadn’t listened to GBV until a few years back outside of a few tracks of theirs I had on a Matador Records sampler.  Since then, they have become my most listened to artist according to last.fm, surpassing Beat Happening and Joy Division a few days ago thanks to my non-stop research over the past week.  I wouldn’t consider Guided by Voices my favorite band, but there are reasons why I’ve listened to them as much as I have… Continue reading

Indie Canon Inductee: Beat Happening

29 Nov

For anybody that knows me, this should come as no surprise.  I’m wearing a god damn Beat Happening t shirt as I write this.  I stumbled upon Beat Happening in 2005 when I was looking at some rando’s list of the best albums of the 1990’s.  Since then, they have become my most listened to artist.

Beat Happening has been an indie rock staple for the past 25 years and had an enormous impact on their musical peers.  They took a typical rock song and boiled it down to its bare essentials: no bass, no overproduction, no complicated solos (most Beat Happening songs are only three or four chords).  The band, which formed in 1983 Continue reading

The Indie Canon

16 Oct

I’ve been meaning to do something similar to this for years now.  Essentially, I want to induct bands and/or specific albums into what I will call the Indie Canon:  those artists and albums that have already exhibited staying power and/or independent scene importance as well as the indie zeitgeist that will hang around if all goes well.  After all, a canon is Continue reading