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That there’s an article about this cracks me up…

September 29th, 2006 · No Comments

Here’s a snippet:

Since the scene’s inception in the late 1970s with the advent of punk, some say that the term indie has evolved into something that has far less meaning than the original rebellious, creative, do-it-yourself aesthetic.

“For me indie is convenient to use as a term, but it’s hard to actually accept that it actually exists on any meaningful level now,” said McCabe, who is best known for his work with Interpol — a popular band from New York City who, coincidentally, just left their indie label to sign with Capitol, one of the largest major labels around.

According to critics, indie is now nothing more than a branding tool: a highly commercial and money-driven movement, more concerned with marketing a particular image instead of culture with a truly independent nature and passion for its art.

In May, Dave Cool, a Montreal-based filmmaker, released “What is Indie?” — a documentary that takes a look at indie musicians and attempts to determine what being indie actually means.

Read “If it’s cool, creative and different, it’s indie,” by Catherine Andrews, on CNN’s website.

Can’t people just be music fans without having a label (no pun intended) slapped on every single thing? Most music lovers I know are just that — music lovers. The genre doesn’t really matter — if the music’s good, if the musicians truly have talent or if there is something that sets the band apart from the rest of the pack, then the appeal is there. In my opinion, only the truly close-minded among us only listen to one “type” of music…

That being said, I also think people that actually like the music of Britney Spears and that ilk have no taste so I may be contradicting myself…

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