February 23rd, 2010 · 17 Comments · By

A friend of mine from high school recently launched Pitchforked, a utility that generates a random playlist based on Pitchfork’s Best New Music section. I think it’s a great idea, sort of in the vein of Pandora. It’s only about a week old so there are still a few technical kinks. Ch-ch-check it out.

Speaking of Pitchfork picks, The Jefferson hosts St.Vincent tonight. St. Vincent is Annie Clark, an accomplished musician who previously played with The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens prior to striking out on her own successful solo career. I believe this is The Jeff’s first show featuring an indie artist. Doors are at 8 with a $15 cover.

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  • 1 baconfat // Feb 24, 2010 at 1:14 am

    one could argue (and quite successfully, i might add) that sharon jones qualifies as an “indie” artist, in that her albums are released on independent labels.

    or are we using “indie” as a sound/genre qualifier? because it’s kind of useless in that role.

  • 2 gary // Feb 24, 2010 at 4:48 am

    i was editing the dec last week and the word “indie” came up in 2 out of the 3 record reviews, despite hot chip’s new album being on EMI. i feel your frustration, sir baconfat.

  • 3 Sarah // Feb 24, 2010 at 10:28 am

    i struggled to find the right word especially since college rock definitely does not apply…something james mused on just a few days ago here. i stuck with indie because even though it has a technical meaning related to labels which everyone and their mom is aware of, i still maintain it is actually useful as a song/genre qualifier. i mean, you clearly understood i was using it that way, proving my point. all the same, that show was the first show of its kind at the jeff, whatever that kind is.

  • 4 Chris T. // Feb 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Read this the other day. Attempts to reconcile or figure out what “indie” is and why we should stop using it. Innnneresssing read.

  • 5 James // Feb 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I too find the use of the word “indie” quite frustrating indeed when it’s applied to bands which are not on independent record labels. But I see Sarah’s point, too.

    However, added to the list of independent bands who have already played the Jeff: Bella Morte are on Metropolis, which I’m pretty sure is still independently owned.

  • 6 James // Feb 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Oh, and thanks for that link, Chris.

    To address the question of what “indie” is/was, I would refer people to Michael Azerrad’s “Our Band Could Be Your Life”

    … to answer the question of why we should stop using that word, I would direct you to, um, Pitchfork Media.

  • 7 James // Feb 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    also re: that article, I just got to the anecdote about the person whose job it is to do things like use a song by the Monks in a Powerade ad… I totally just died inside a little bit.

  • 8 Sarah // Feb 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    i think it’s really backwards to say we should stop using any word at all. pertinent to indie, the word itself carries history and implications that might be forgotten if you stop using it. also, i think it’s backwards to forbid the meaning of a word to evolve over time just as the meaning of indie has. look it up on wikipedia, where someone has outrightly defined it as a style. i think it is a good, useful umbrella term for writers who are obligated to assign labels and qualifiers. i stand by the fact that this is the first show of this kind to happen at the jeff, which has now been open a quarter of a year. however you choose to class them, bands of this kind used to play regularly at the ballroom. and now wouldn’t that have read better if you inserted indie for every instance of “this kind” ?

    and yes, if you want the etymology of the word consult our band could be your life but you use many words every day that don’t mean the same thing they meant the day they were first used.

  • 9 gary // Feb 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    did my comment get deleted for a reason?

    st. vincent videos from the jefferson last night:

    laughing with a mouthful of blood – http://vimeo.com/9696763

    these days (royal tenenbaums cover) – http://tinyurl.com/yzqahdx

  • 10 James // Feb 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    gary – which comment? the one from, um 4:48am (damn, son) is still there, but if there was another comment on this thread, it never made it through…

    (also, I believe you mean a Nico cover? … I ain’t never heard of no group called the Royal Tenenbaums … Indie-ism strikes again! thanks for the videos, though).

  • 11 James // Feb 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    actually I thought your “smells like Ballroom spirit” tweet pretty much nailed it.

  • 12 gary // Feb 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    it was a late night. there were two comments, i guess the second one (with the video links) just fell through the “this comment is awaiting moderation” cracks…

    and the royal tenenbaums things is a great joke:


  • 13 A jerk // Feb 25, 2010 at 8:58 am

    ACTUALLY, “These Days” is a Jackson Browne song

  • 14 gary // Feb 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    ^^ not again…. (click on the video link! i’m not an idiot!)

  • 15 gary // Feb 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    any1 else like that “needle in the hay” song by the royal tenenbaums? pritty g00d band.

  • 16 Sarah // Feb 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    gary, were you born in the 90s?

  • 17 gary // Feb 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    june 13th, 1990