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ScissorMix 14: Warm Waves

Jul 15th, 2015 Ambient, Chillwave, Indie, Indie Dance, ScissorMix steve 1 min read

My friend asked me to throw together some new music for an event she was having and this is the result. A mix of modern easy listening that sits within its own little nook nestled somewhere between Indie, Electronic and Dance. Not quite Chillwave, but definitely something you can thrown on for a dinner party. Mostly new music from 2015 and the end of last…

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100% Indie Dynamite

Jul 3rd, 2013 Indie, Mixes, Rock steve 2 min read

Nearly two hours of new and classic Indie Rock for your Fourth of July throw down. Starts with the here and now and ends up for the OGs who stay until the end of the party.

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Phone Home

Oct 26th, 2010 Indie, Instrumental steve 1 min read

It’s a real shortcoming of Hallmark as a company, that they don’t offer a “Post-Rock brings families together” greeting card. New York’s Phone Home is the second duo of brothers (the awesome Lymbyc Systym is the other) to channel potential angsty rivalry into beautiful musical alchemy

Conspiracy of Owls

Jul 14th, 2010 Classic Rock, Indie, Psychedelic jz 1 min read

When I think of the Detroit music scene, I think of a huge amount of musical diversity: the soulful sounds of Motown, Mick Collins’ gritty garage rock with The Gories and The Dirtbombs , the brash hip hop of MCs like Eminem and Guilty Simpson, and the analog synths of the early Detroit Techno scene. One thing that doesn’t come to mind is melodic, lo-fi…

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Spokes

Aug 25th, 2009 Indie, Instrumental, Post-Rock, Shoegazer steve 1 min read

To be truthful, I rely on the RIYL picks to do a lot of the work for me. I could go on and on about a band, but if you know your shit like most of you do — and know the bands I use as similar recommendations — than really there’s no reason to read this. And today’s post is probably the best use…

Lushlife

Jun 19th, 2009 Hip-Hop, Indie steve 2 min read

Sometimes you just have to believe the hype. It feels like it’s been ages since a truly fresh perspective has come out of the underground hip-hop scene.

Polvo: Back with a Bowl

Jun 18th, 2009 Indie steve 1 min read

It’s not often that bands break up and reunite over a decade later without some kind of clear financial motivation. Sure Polvo have had their share of shows over the last year in some of the biggest festivals around (they killed it at ATP), but after listening to their newest track “Beggars Bowl” — which will  instantly register with fans longing for a sound that…

Torche

Aug 12th, 2008 Indie, Metal steve 1 min read

Like SK favorites Jesu, these dudes ply their trade with a potent formula of sound-drenched melody, but unlike them, they have no problem shifting speeds and alternating degrees of accessibility.

High Places (Allez-Allez Remix)

Jul 11th, 2008 Indie, Remixes, Techno steve 1 min read

Back in the day — now easily over a decade or so — my old friend Sam and I used to share a kebab over at Crystal, skate around the Sommerset parking lot (badly) and engage in friendly arguments about music. While the doner ingestion (and resultant swamp-ass) and skateboarding have steadily slowed to a halt, we both still shoot the shit over IM about…

Human Bell

May 22nd, 2008 Folk/Acoustic, Indie, Instrumental, Post-Rock, Rock steve 1 min read

Introspective track today I guess. Just heard word that our friends Adam and Amy had a baby a few days ago and my old friends Pete and Tracy should be bringing their first into the world any minute now. All this new life, these literal positive changes in the fortunes of parents and their children seems well-suited for Human Bell’s “A Change in Fortunes.” What…

Fleetwood Mac (Cut Copy Lifelike Remix)

May 14th, 2008 Classic Rock, DJ Weapons, Indie, Remixes steve 1 min read

My younger co-worker said something recently that caused quite a stir in the office. “John Hughes is totally overrated” or something similar to that. The more seasoned of us — nearly 10 years her senior — couldn’t believe the sentiment. No neophyte directors since have been able to come close to Hughes’ teen-oriented melodramatic comedy and while some of his films are better than others,…