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|Promises of Fame, Promises of Fortune|
In my opinion, the landscape of the independent music scene in recent years has been largely shaped by the events and circumstances described by Ohmpark:
If 2009 was the Year of Chillwave and 2010 was the Year of Escapism, 2011 has proven to be the Year of Blog Rock. Once only common to the major media outlets, independent bloggers now seem to have opted to report quick tidbits instead of actual stories. With more and more sites just regurgitating PR announcements, The Economist reporting that the advent of social media has created a “new, improved hit machine”, and the likes of Pitchfork falling prey to marketing ploys such as Lana Del Ray, music blogs appear to have become over-saturated with mediocre material.
As a result, major media sources have claimed that 2011 simply wasn’t a very good year for music. However I, like blogger Andrew Dubber, believe it also wasn’t a very good year for music journalism. Which problem came first? It doesn’t really matter. The politically, socially, and economically volatile times in which we live will no doubt produce poignant music worthy of coverage, and it’s up to music journalists to find it.
So with 2012 now underway, I hope to update Indeed Indie with the following in mind: If it’s not interesting, I won’t cover it; If there’s nothing interesting, I’ll find something that is. In 2011, I did the former and wrote quite scarcely; This year, I plan to do the latter as well. To start things off, in lieu of a Top Ten Records of 2011 list, here is a mix I compiled to describe the many trials and tribulations that come with being an independent musician. Remember: Blog Rock is over if you want it.
Download the mix as one mp3 above, or as separate songs below:
1. The Radio Dept. – “Heaven’s On Fire”
2. Black Mountain – “No Hits”
3. These United States – “The Business”
4. Pavement – “Cut Your Hair”
5. Okkervil River – “Pop Lie”
6. The Smiths – “Frankly, Mr. Shankly”
7. Detachment Kit – “Hell Machine”
8. Port O’Brien – “Pigeonhold”
9. Archers of Loaf – “Plumb Line”
10. The Sandwitches – “Mr. Promotion”
11. Belle and Sebastian – “Seymour Stein”
12. The Mountain Goats – “Anti-Music Song”
13. Destroyer – “The Bad Arts” (Excerpt)
Promises of Fame, Promises of Fortune: An Indeed Indie Mix.