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#21 Posted on 19.3.02 2359.23
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Most bands that have a CD out, whether it be an EP or a self-produced CD, are signed to a label. Albeit a very very small and local label.

Check out STEMM. www.STEMM.net
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#22 Posted on 20.3.02 1345.10
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Senor Citizen is the best indy band ever, them and J.C. & the Noise

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#23 Posted on 9.4.02 0121.55
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Wow, just getting around to the early March stuff...

Anyway, a band from Columbus I dig is Of A Revolution, aka O.A.R. Very cool sound, but not so much the punk stuff that has been largely espoused thus far on this thread.


Incidentally, Travis, just because doing what NOFX did/does worked for NOFX doesn't exactly make it a wise choice for other bands. Complaining about a band going to a major label seems a waste of time. Why bum around in the XWF if you can get a gig in the WWF?
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#24 Posted on 9.4.02 0747.22
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    Originally posted by LordOfTheSmarks

    Wow, just getting around to the early March stuff...

    Anyway, a band from Columbus I dig is Of A Revolution, aka O.A.R. Very cool sound, but not so much the punk stuff that has been largely espoused thus far on this thread.


    Incidentally, Travis, just because doing what NOFX did/does worked for NOFX doesn't exactly make it a wise choice for other bands. Complaining about a band going to a major label seems a waste of time. Why bum around in the XWF if you can get a gig in the WWF?



Your comparison is actually a good one. A worker in the WWF has to sacrifice his moveset (Benoit, Helms) or his dignity (Regal, Geurerro) to stay on TV. A band on (m)TV has to sacrifice their content (Weezer) to stay on the air.
It's all about respecting what you do vs. chasing the almighty dollar. NOFX basically = Stan Hansen. Stan didn't wanna put up with Vince's bullshit, and when WCW started aping the WWF, he went back to Baba. And got rich doing it.
You can be a live comfortably and maintain your artistic integrity (read: NOT go to MTV). Examples (some I truly loathe, but whatever):
Ani DiFranco
Souxsie and the Banshees
Morrisey
Bjork (for the most part off the MTV radar)
ICP
AFI

All these performers (I use the term sorta loosely) have gotten over without resorting to dealing with the devil (mTV). Sure they might be RICHER if they went that route, but if they're already reaching a rather large audience and not flat ass broke, why screw over your core audience and alter your style to water down for the masses?
I don't see the upside to "selling out".
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#25 Posted on 9.4.02 1647.04
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A worker in the WWF has to sacrifice his moveset (Benoit, Helms) or his dignity (Regal, Geurerro) to stay on TV. A band on (m)TV has to sacrifice their content (Weezer) to stay on the air.

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Weezer didn't sacrifice anything. The green album was a re-acquaintance album trying to bring music back to Burt Bacharach and the pop song. Listen to the stuff on weezer.com

Oh, and I'd have to say favorite independents (Not signed by the big 5 labels) would be:

-Anticon, a loose circle of MCs who came from Minnesota, Maine and other places to make stuff out in the San Francisco bay area.

-New Pornographers, someone wrote about them earlier in this thread, and Mass Romantic is the best pop album of the 21st century

-The Tindersticks, indescribably Nick Cavey but not really

-Belle and Sebastian, witty and production that sounds like its from the 60s
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#26 Posted on 9.4.02 1742.39
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I have two...

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Many of you hear Roger Clyne's work every day. While with his former band, the Refreshments, he wrote the "King of the Hill" theme song.

And has anyone mentioned Rancid? Rancid has never signed with a major label and remains, IMO, the most consistently entertaining band in Rock n Roll. The new NOFX/Rancid split record is entirely too much fun.
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#27 Posted on 9.4.02 2309.15
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Pbautista, if you like Belle and Sebastian, may I recommend checking out Edson. A slightly happier, and I do mean slightly version, with I think an even cooler sound. And yes, Mass Romantic owns the world, and makes me wish Neko Case would stay on the pop side of the fence.
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#28 Posted on 10.4.02 1735.22
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Travis, I think it's pretty unreasonable to say that Weezer have sold out. All three of their albums have a different sound, and, having listened to most of the ones off of the upcoming album, they've made it four for four. Just because they've got a differnet sound to each album doesn't mean they're searching for the right "MTV Mix" but instead are merely evolving as a band.
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#29 Posted on 13.4.02 0346.44
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I must say, props to everyone who mentioned q101. it's their damn fault I like Kill Hannah.
They really do try and get out a lot of more or less underground Chicago stuff, don't they?
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#30 Posted on 13.4.02 0948.31
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Personally I think you'll hear more interesting non-major label stuff on XRT than Q101.
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#31 Posted on 13.4.02 1146.58
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It's one thing to be on an indie and hugely hyped (like Fugazi, who were inexplicably called one of the 50 greatest bands ever by Spin). It's another to be on one and be mostly ignored- like the BellRays. Imagine Tina Turner simultaneously channeling Henry Rollins and the MC5's Rob Tyner while fronting a band that sounds like the unholy offspring of Mudhoney and the Yardbirds, and you're about 2/3 of the way there.
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#32 Posted on 13.4.02 1734.58
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Speaking of unsigned Chicago bands,

My friend's in a band called Leave which is pretty swank. Their website is Leave Music. Check em out if you see a flyer...
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#33 Posted on 15.4.02 0015.04
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Alright, on Fugazi...
I currently live/attend school in a town of about 16000, most of them hicks (I know its mean, but...), with about 6000 of those 16 being college students, and preppy ones at that. So, we (a few friends and I) call a phone number on Fugazi's website, say "Hey, wanna play a show here? We can't pay you put we can give you gas money." They go: "Sure, we'll be there Saturday." And they came and put on a great show for like the 30 or so people that turned out. So I have a bit of respect for Fugazi.
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#34 Posted on 15.4.02 0228.46
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That's just..... awesome....


-Jaguar.... in awe of a band that plays.... shows...
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