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Two weeks ago, I began a segment I called “Intro to Indie Music” here at The Blah Blah.  You can get a recap here if you missed it.

While that covered most of the characteristics that I believe need to be in indie music, today I offer to you “Intro to Indie Music – The Other List,” a tongue-in-cheek look at the indie side of music:

More Characteristics of Indie music
1. Depressing
2. Bizarre music
3. Annoying use of “alternative” sounds
4. Depressing
5. Questioning, doubt-filled lyrics
6. Depressing
7. Full beards for the guys
8. Fans are music snobs
9. Eccentric artists
10. Depressing

John DavisHere it is, the final day of “Intro to Indie Music.”  So here they are again, for the last time, that wonderful list you’ve all grown to know and love…

Characteristics of Indie Music
1. It must be on an independent label (see here)
2. It’s about the music (see here)
3. Lo-fi good, over-production bad (see here)
4. A do-it-yourself attitude (see here)
5. Pushing musical boundaries (see here)
6. An anti-materialistic attitude (see here)
7. Social awareness and activism (see here)
8. The un-rockstar (see here)
9. A sense of community (see here)

And the final characteristic of indie music…

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Half-Handed CloudWelcome to Day 9 of “Intro to Indie Music!” As we near the end of this two-week segment looking at what exactly indie music is, I hope you’ve been having a fun time.  I know I have.

Well, before you get all choked up that the series will be over soon, check out some of the recognition we’ve been getting here at The Blah Blah: The Man of Steel did a post on us here, Provocate quoted us here, and The Original Mud Puppy added us to their blogroll!  Some day, I won’t be excited when we have three mentions of us in the real world, but that day has not yet come, so now I will be excited about it.

Alright, with that aside, on to the music!

Characteristics of Indie Music
1. It must be on an independent label (see here)
2. It’s about the music (see here)
3. Lo-fi good, over-production bad (see here)
4. A do-it-yourself attitude (see here)
5. Pushing musical boundaries (see here)
6. An anti-materialistic attitude (see here)
7. Social awareness and activism (see here)
8. The un-rockstar (see here)

And today…
9. A sense of community

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Pedro the LionOn to Day 8 of “Intro to Indie Music!” Hope you enjoyed the guest post by Nahar Mama yesterday.

Anyway, what do we have so far?

Characteristics of Indie Music
1) It must be on an independent label (see here)
2) It’s about the music (see here)
3) Lo-fi good, over-production bad (see here)
4) A do-it-yourself attitude (see here)
5) Pushing musical boundaries (see here)
6) An anti-materialistic attitude (see here)
7) Social awareness and activism! (see here)

And today’s characteristic of indie music…  The Un-rockstar!

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The Psalters[A Guest Post from Nahar Mama.]

Hi everyone! Thanks for checking out The Blah Blah’s series on indie music. I’m Jake’s wife, Jessie, and he has asked me to do the “lesson” for today.

Let me give you my quick personal history of indie music. I got into “indie” music back in high school (over 10 years ago) because I had friends who would make me mixed tapes (oh, yeah…remember those days??) of bands like The Promise Ring, Superchunk, Jimmy Eat World (back when they were indie), Sunny Day Real Estate, Cat Power, and so on. Before I met those who were so kind to do this for me, I’d stay up late and watch “Alternative Nation” on MTv just to hear Sonic Youth, Jesus and Mary Chain, Frente!, and all those more popular, non-maintream bands. I had been so bored with music on the radio that these were welcome additions to my collection.

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Denison WitmerWelcome back to “Intro to Indie Music,” now on Day 6!  Hope you enjoyed the links from Friday’s post (here).  If you haven’t checked them out, make sure you do that.

This week will be week two of our introduction to indie music (Christian indie in particular), with Friday wrapping things up, so check back every day for more updates.  If you’re just coming around, be sure to check out the previous posts.  I think all of the MP3s are still available for download.

Alright I’m done stalling. Back to the list of what makes music “indie music!”

Characteristics of Indie Music
1) It must be on an independent label (see here)
2) It’s about the music (see here)
3) Lo-fi good, over-production bad (see here)
4) A do-it-yourself attitude (see here)
5) Pushing musical boundaries (see here)

and 6) An anti-materialistic attitude

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AnathalloDay 5 of “Intro to Indie Music!” This will be my last post this week, so before I get into it, today I’ve got some links about indie music to keep you satisfied and smilin’ until Monday morning.

“What Exactly is Indie?” on Relevant Magazine – Defining indie music from the point of view of the largest indie festival in America – Pitchfork.

Bored-Again Christian Podcast and Blahg – Just Pete hosts this hour-long podcast / blog with all sorts of indie music.  I think he’s a Christian guy putting up mostly Christian stuff, but it’s fun either way.

“Indie Music” on Wikipedia – If you haven’t used Wikipedia yet to answer the question “What is Indie Music?” shame on you.

Paste Music Store – Interviews, articles, music to buy, and free MP3 downloads of independent artists, many of them Christian.

Daytrotter – On-line magazine with articles and interviews with indie artists.  Free live in-house recordings of tons of artists.

So that should keep you satisfied until Monday, when I go over some more indie stuff.  But right now, I still have to give you the next on my list of what makes indie music indie!

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The Porchfront FactoryHere we are, on to Day 4 of our “Intro to Indie Music” series.  I had everything planned on what I was going to do today (a post on Aaron Sprinkle), but it just didn’t seem right, so after talking to my wife, I thought, “Yeah, I’ll do Madison Greene,” but that just wasn’t meshing either.  I didn’t know what to do, until just about an hour ago, I found Aimee Wilson.

So today’s post will be about her, but more on that later. 

If you haven’t noticed, we’re in the middle of an introduction to Christian indie music here at The Blah Blah.  It’s been fun, and I hope you’ve learned a ton of stuff.  Check out my previous posts, parts 1 – 3, to get caught up. So what exactly makes indie music “indie?” Below is my ever-growing list of what I believe sets indie music apart from the rest…

Qualifications of Indie Music
1) It must be on an independent label (see here)
2) It’s about the music (see here)
3) Lo-fi good, over-production bad (see here)

and today’s qualification…
4) A do-it-yourself attitude

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Chair and Microphone, vol. 1Now on to day three of our “Intro to Indie Music” segment here at The Blah Blah!  I hope you’ve been enjoying the posts and even learning something while having fun.

If you’re just tuning in, I’m in the beginning of a couple weeks’ long exploration into what makes indie music “indie.”  Is it the instruments?  The attitude?  The often strange names of bands?  The faded jeans?  Or something much more… sinister?

Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts and/or questions.  Indie music is hard to define, so give me some feedback.

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FoxholeThanks for coming back for day two of our “Intro to Indie Music” segment here at The Blah Blah.

I’ve been looking at the world of indie music this week, with an emphasis on the Christian side of things, trying to answer the question ” What is indie music?”  Please offer your opinions and input, because I’m working through it as well.  I’ve got ideas and theories, and I’m more than happy to share them, but I’d like to hear what all you readers think qualifies as “indie music.”

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