I used to really love being up on new music, but I got old, got boring, had a kid, and got out of touch. I'm getting kind of sick of my music collection and would love to find some new tunes. [more inside]
Reading Sasha Frere-Jones's 2007 article about the lack of audible bass frequencies and syncopated bass parts in indie rock again recently got me thinking. What contemporary indie rock bands bring the bass? [more inside]
I occasionally see interesting games being discussed here and then forget about them. Maybe we can assemble a list of the classics? [more inside]
I saw a game on Steam about a week ago that intrigued me. I want to ask my more video game savvy friend about it, but since I have no idea what it's called and now I can't find it, that's proving difficult. [more inside]
What are some of your favorite books/documentaries on the scenes and bands that influenced or were major in alternative & indie rock? [more inside]
Are there any small, unheard of musicians out there you can recommend who are doing go-go music nowadays?
I'm trying to remember the name of a band that I got pointed to last year (2014) and really enjoyed but can't remember now. They are a duo, I remember them being Scandinavian, the music was indie pop and vaguely Bon Iver-ish. I remember that the music video for their hit single (such as it is) told the story of a couple at a beach house and ended with a bonfire on the beach. Can anyone hope me? I'd really like to listen to the album again.
Sometimes you don't get paid at the beginning, is that okay? [more inside]
An indie film maker wants to use a song my band recorded and released for free. It's written by a friend's band and used with their permission. The film maker is asking to use it for free for a low-ish budget indie film. They have a contract, which states that they will use it for free and how they can use it (and that they do not have exclusive rights). We're pretty much ok with it, and so are the original songwriters. BUT... we've had interest in the past for commercial sync deals with this song. On two occasions, a sync company approached us to present the song to a client for commercials. Although these deals didn't work out, it's not unforeseeable that we get approached again, since this particular song seems to have commercial appeal. My question: if we give the song away for free to this film, will that ruin our chances of selling the song in the future? I know that legally, we can do whatever we want. However, would a sync company or their clients not want to use it if it had already appeared in a film? [more inside]
I urgently need long, well-curated Spotify playlists that I can download for listening to on a long impending Transatlantic flight. Preferred genres: shoegaze/nugaze, neo-psych rock, and/or melodic IDM. Basically anything that matches up with (or preferably blows the socks off) this listening profile. Relatively contemporary preferred. Thanks!
I've watching some vids where blow explains he spent a lot of time doing something deep in the game but hardly any players understood these deep concepts. But he doesn't tell what these deep ideas are!! What are they? I just see a simplistic puzzle platformer, what am I missing ???
Where do you go to find out about really cool indie films? Just saw a trailer for the movie A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and thought it looked amazing (to give you an idea of the kind of movies I'm looking for). I'd like to find a blog or website with reviews for indie movies like this one that don't necessarily make it out to theaters or get reviewed in major publications. [more inside]
What would your local indie/alt rock station be playing in 2005? Please give me that (with more specifications after the cut). [more inside]
I'm looking for more songs similar to M. Ward's "One Hundred Million Years" for a 20-minute baby photo/video compilation. I have found plenty of kids' songs and songs written about having children. I'm looking for more indie songs that echo the sentiment, "And this love, this love between you and I, Is older than that burning ball of fire up in the sky." Songs by indie singers about endless love, happiness, joy, the beauty of life, etc. would fit the bill. [more inside]
One of the activities in my Japanese class is learning and singing songs in Japanese, and I think I just exhausted my playlist. [more inside]
Longshot I know but here's the things I remember being said... It was an indie game with a great soundtrack, played like Zelda in some form-- that was the specific thing I remember, that it played like Zelda. Seemed pretty new. Think it had two words in the title too-- wasn't Transistor. Thanks!
I need new music in my life. [more inside]
I realize this is vague and potentially unanswerable but there seems to be a decent sized community of indie bands and singer songwriters in their twenties and thirties. I realize that there are some musicians older than this in those genres but they seem to be a minority. Is this something that people tend to move on from because of a lack of a viable financial living for the majority or does something else explain the abundance of younger people creating this kind of music? Thanks
I've been searching for various songs I used to have on tape from UK Radio 1's John Peel show in the late 80s (roughly 87-90). One in particular is proving a bit tricky. On the tape inlay I labelled it Imaginary Girlfriend by Mighty Mighty, but if that's true I haven't been able to turn it up on Google, so that could be completely wrong. I don't have the tape anymore so I can't upload a sample. More half-remembered details below the fold. [more inside]
Last year around this time misskaz asked this question that resulted in a Summer Jamz 2013 playlist that was SO AWESOME that it changed my life. Can we do it again? [more inside]
I'm trying like crazy to find the name of a song I heard playing earlier that I was unable to identify at the time. It is an indie-rock type of song with a long, slow build of an airy female voice singing in this repetitive rhythm. The voice is pretty heavily layered and processed, but it sounded like some of the lines were things like, "Parking our cars, sleeping on lawns" but the google's do nothing but bring up that damn Lit song, which is absolutely not what it was. So now this is driving me crazy and I really want to get this song. Hope me?
Book suggestions for a gift exchange recipient that combine business, Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, and/or music? (here's hoping my recipient isn't also a Mefite!) [more inside]
I'm wondering if you can recall a certain indie game about multiple generations of flying creatures peacefully growing flowers on an island. [more inside]
Hive mind: I'm trying to identify a song and google is failing me. Here's the best info I've got: The (tiny bit of) lyrics I can remember go something like "there's so many miles to go... [na na na na] // Don't even know [who I'll be?] when [I?] get there..." It's a duo of a male and female, and the male sings one octave lower than the woman. Her voice is somewhat ethereal. The song is in a minor key, and is somewhat melancholy. I keep thinking it's an Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan piece, but from everything I've listened to on youtube, it's not. HELP!
This has been asked before, but long enough ago that it's time for an update: What are the best, smartest, most compelling indie sci-fi and horror films of recent months/years, with a preference for things streaming on either Netflix or Amazon Prime? [more inside]
Can anyone offer opinions on reputable offset printers for CD inserts in short-run or micro-run quantities (50-100 copies)? [more inside]
Can anyone point me to this online Batman deconstruction? [more inside]
Please turn me on to excellent hip hop tracks produced in the last few years, but not released on any major label -- I'd love to hear stuff you can only get on bandcamp, or soundcloud, or on some scrappy self-produced website. I'll be hosting a 90-minute hip hop show on my local community radio station in a couple of weeks and I need sweet tracks! Suggestions of tracks by hip hop artists from elsewhere than the U.S. also more than welcome. Muchas gracias, amigas y amigos!
It's been nearly 10 years since I've poked at game programming as a hobby (Hi smackwich!). What are the best platforms, engines or technologies for not-windows hobby/indie game devs these days? [more inside]
My indie folk band is playing a show, and I'm trying to get some ideas as to what to wear. I'm a short, un-thin (but I mean, not fat) asian girl. I'm also kind of a lesbian, middle-of-the-road in terms of gender expression (think My Drunk Kitchen). I like dressing up, but not the super girly stuff. What are some indie musicians whose styles could be an inspiration for me?
I just finished the iOS indie game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (previously) and I feel the need to contextualize what I've just experianced. I'm looking for long-form essays, analysis, YouTube critiques, and anything else that will let me understand more about what I've just played.
I'm making a Summer Jamz 2k13 playlist for a few BBQs I'll be hosting this month, and I'm looking for more songs to add to the rotation. Despite my best efforts I'm a little out of both the indie/hipster loop and the R&B/rap/pop sensation loop, so I'm turning to you for help. [more inside]
My dear friend who is known for making awesome mix tapes/CDs/playlists is getting married, and I'd love to give him an awesome mix CD as part of my wedding present. So, musical & in-the-know folks of AskMe, please give me your best suggestions for what songs should be on it! Artist suggestions welcome too, but ideally you will suggest specific songs. [more inside]
I want to develop an RPG game based on a non-popular, out of print tabletop RPG - the game I'm developing will be for PC/Mac/(possibly mobile). So far, I'm looking into RPG Maker, which seems to be able to fit the bill most appropriately. I've also looked at Titanium for developing mobile games, but this seems like it's not necessarily a good fit for just hitting the ground running. Any ideas are welcome - priorities are that the system is flexible for development and is easy to begin with (I'm cool with advanced features, but don't want to have to hack the system in order to merely start bringing my ideas to fruition).
There's a song that comes on at my work, and for the life of me I can't figure out what it's called. [more inside]
Hi there! I'm planning a road trip around the US and Canada this June and was looking for suggestions for independent bookstores and places that cater to Yoga practitioners/Yoga studios that have an oomph factor. Do you have a favorite indie bookstore or a Yoga studio you go to that you'd love to share with other people? I welcome any and all suggestions! [more inside]
A question for the alternative comic book artists out there who sell their books at small press festivals across the country. What are the must-attend festivals I should try to register for and how hard is it to get in? [more inside]
We're shooting a low-budget feature and are having trouble finding a cinematographer/DP. Where else can we look (details inside)? [more inside]
A good friend of a friend completed production of an independent film earlier this year. They've submitted it to festivals and are just waiting to hear back now. Does anyone have some stats on how much revenue a typical independently-produced film can hope to make in the US and how much the most popular ones make? How do indie filmmakers actually make money? [more inside]
Name that song: I have a very vague memory of an "indie" song I heard last year but can't recall the name or artist or tune. The lyrics may have had something to do with turning into a wolf or running with a wolf, or something... [more inside]
Style filter: Help me build a new wardrobe that is low-key, humble, and comfy, but polished and not disheveled. [more inside]
I'm trying to revive my rather rusty Spanish. One of the green's favourite tips for language learning seems to be to immerse yourself in TV programmes/films/music in the target language. So I want to start listening to Spanish-language music, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
If I release a new album to CANADIAN campus/community radio stations for airplay, and it is played, can I potentially earn royalties if the album is registered with SOCAN? [more inside]
Can you help me identify this indie film from the last half of the 90s? It was shown repeatedly on either IFC or Sundance in that period. Set in LA, it seems now like a precursor to "mumblecore" films with non-actors poorly recorded with only a bit of a plot. The protagonist was male, shorter, dark-haired, and kind of aggressive in the way he would talk to people; I especially remember he would mostly repeat what other people would say, maybe two or three times, rapidly, with this angry tone. [more inside]
Help me track down this Cube-esque, straight-to-video nuclear bomb shelter paranoia film (with a shocking twist!). [more inside]
Tell me about your favorite indie rock songs that have steel drums. [more inside]
I'm really liking female indie-pop vocalists right now (Kimba, Florence Welch, Adele, Marina + the Diamonds). Who else should I listen to? Sorry, I hate Kate Bush.
Fifteen years later, Calexico's The Black Light has finally clicked with me in a big way. I absolutely love the guitar sound in Gypsy's Curse. Does this sound have a name, and where can I find more of it? [more inside]
Can we do this again? Indie music for a wedding? We're iPodding it for our reception, and would love some new suggestions for music that we might have overlooked. I've looked at the older threads on this on MeFi, but the newest one is a couple of years old.