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ever since KEXP 90.3FM in SEATTLE started film and mixing live performances from visiting MUSICAL GUESTS more than a decade ago, other RADIO STATIONS as well as COUNTLESS INSTRUMENT MANUFACTURERS and RETAILERS have caught up and caught in on the action.
which i am all for. i cannot get enough of these live performance videos, especially when they are filmed and mixed well. 91.1FM WNXP in NASHVILLE within the past year got their LIVE AT WNXP'S SONIC CATHEDRAL live music series off the ground and they have landed some IMPRESSIVE guests from the INDIE ROCK world, from established acts like ALT-J, BUILT TO SPILL, METRIC, YO LA TENGO, PARQUET COURTS, SPOON and MY MORNING JACKET to EMERGING artists like SOCCER MOMMY, AMYL & THE SNIFFERS, IDLES and THE BETHS. it was even cool to see POM POM SQUAD making a recent appearance, a local NYC band we filmed and recorded a few years back (linked HERE) as part of our own OFF THE M live performance video series.
definitely check out these AMAZING videos. these artists are worth your time.
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earlier this summer i did a DEER GOD RADIO show on a topic i am particularly passionate about, INDIE ROCK.
i've spotlighted several bands in this genre (LA LUZ, JAPANESE BREAKFAST, EL GUINCHO, GIRL IN A COMA, DRAB MAJESTY, GRAHAM COXON) with several more planned in the coming weeks (WARPAINT, LA VIDA BOHÈME, THE COATHANGERS, IRON REAGAN, ANA TIJOUX, BATTLES, LE BUTCHERETTES). i've also written several book reviews on this topic (GIRL IN A BAND, LOVE ROCK REVOLUTION, MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM) with have several more lined up (SET THE BOY FREE, THIS BAND COULD BE YOUR LIFE, CLOSER YOU ARE, HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL). all due to the fact that this is arguably my favorite genre. for me what edges it above METAL and HARDCORE is the experimental aspect of it, the fact that like HIP HOP, it is a form that at its core challenges the musician and listener alike to seek new sounds. this fact makes it infinitely intriguing to read about and explore as people came to it from different viewpoints along gender, class, geographic, political lines that ultimately complicated and strengthened the fabric of the by definition open community.
looking back, this was one of my favorite playlists yet. i see this specific show as being a sister piece to a previous episode dedicated to 1980s HARDCORE, since both were concurrent scenes that supported and in many cases had a similar DIY ETHIC surrounding it. if anything, i see MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC as a community built on that same ethos of independence, integrity and passion.
if the artwork didn't clue you into the playlist, you can always catch that at the episode's page HERE. take it all in and enjoy this show. i definitely had fun with it.
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watch HERE our most recent episode of DEER GOD RADIO where we go all DIY and pay homage to INDIE ROCK of the 1980s, 90s and 00s. a companion piece of sorts to our 80s HARDCORE playlist back in december, this show explores the ethos of the movement and how that mindset affected musicians thereafter.
past episodes of DEER GOD RADIO as well as other MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC shows like MAKE HER SPACE, NOWHERE FAST, and THE SYNTHESIZER SHOW are available here at the DEER GOD website.