Indie Rock

Indie RockMany customers mention the genre “Indie Rock” in several different contexts. This article will help you define the undefinable – Indie Rock.

Indie stems from the word independent. The music isn’t attached to a major record label so there is some purity. It’s not about selling a product; it’s about producing good songs. Labels like Matador, Subpop, Saddlecreek Records, and Dfarecords are just a few choice examples of independent music producers. Notable bands include: Interpol, Belle & Sebastian, Bright Eyes, The Rapture, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, The Shins, Rilo Kiley, PJ Harvey, and Elliot Smith. In general, Indie followers love obscurity. Indie music has also evolved into an entire subculture of “hipsters,” a group of people who listen to Indie music, and have no tolerance for poseurs and the main stream. The lines between indie and mainstream music is really not clear and often a subject of debate.

Please keep in mind, some bands that have spent most of their careers on major labels are still occasionally referred to by the press as indie rock because of their sound or aesthetic, such as Radiohead.

A variety of musical genres and subgenres with varying degrees of overlap are associated with indie rock. Some of these include lo-fi, post-rock, sadcore, C86, math rock, shoegaze/dream pop, indie pop, noise rock, noise pop, riot grrrl, post-hardcore, twee pop, alt-country, post-punk revival, garage rock revival, dance-punk, indie folk, baroque pop, new prog, and indietronica.

The roots of modern indie rock are often traced back to The Velvet Underground‘s self-titled debut album, released in 1967, which was ranked #7 on Blender’s list of the 100 greatest indie rock albums.[2] Allmusic notes that every “left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt” to this album.[3] The Beach Boys‘ 1966 album Pet Sounds is also commonly listed as a highly influential starting point.[4] Later, the punk movement of the 1970s had a direct impact on the DIY aesthetic that later became a cornerstone of indie rock.

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New Band Forms

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones of the Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Led Zeppelin respectfully, have come together to form a new band called Them Crooked Vultures.

Their debut concert is at Chicago’s Metro August 9th

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones Form Them Crooked Vultures, Schedule Chicago Show.


Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa

The lyrics, “Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa” was made famous by the Michael Jackson song “Wanna Be Starting Somehtin”. The story behind these syllables is very interesting.

The syllables originated in the Cameroonian language Duala. Duala is spoken in Cameroon’s largest city Douala. The word Makossa is translated as “to dance”. Makossa is a derivative of “Kassa” and refers to twisting and shaking of a dancer.

“Makossa” was an international hit back in 1973. Composed by Manu Dibango on the album “Soul Makossa,” the song was originally on the “B side” of an album meant to be a hymn for the Cameroon football team. The hymn was a flop, but Makossa was widely popular. The song is credited for establishing New York’s nascent disco scene and was getting heavy airplay in the area.

Michael Jackson originally claimed his version was Swahili but later divulged his financial arrangement with Dibango in an out-of-court settlement.

When Rihanna sampled Jackson’s album with her single “Please Don’t Stop The Music,” she asked for Jackson’s permission but not Dibango’s. As a result, Dibango sued both Jackson and Rihanna seeking damages in the amount of 500,000 Euros.

source: Benjamin Zimmer

Over The Rainbow – IZ

Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole

“Excuse me young man, what is the name of the song that you are playing?” I was asked this question this past weekend and seem to be asked every time I play “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole. It’s a great choice for cocktail/dinner music and has also become quite popular during the wedding ceremony as the processional/recessional song.

For those of you that are not familiar with the song, it’s a beautiful medley blending the two songs “Over the Rainbow”, originally performed by Judy Garland for “The Wizard of Oz” and “What a Wonderful World”, made famous by Louis Armstrong. The artist, Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, better known simply as IZ, effortlessly whispers the song as if he is singing a lullaby as he gently strums his ukulele. Check out the video at

IZ was a Hawaiian musician who gained national recognition in 1993 with the release of his album “Facing Future”, containing the now popular aforementioned medley. The album debuted at #25 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Pop Catalogue chart. On October 26, 2005, “Facing Future” became Hawaii’s first certified platinum album, selling more than a million CDs in the United States. Since then, the song has been featured in several films, television shows and commercials and continues to attract attention.

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The Darkness

We are getting so many requests for this song, we thought a little background may be helpful. Click here to listen the song.

The Darkness were a multi-BRIT Award-winning British rock band. Their traditional hard rock style of music was influenced by bands like Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Sparks, Van Halen, T. Rex, .38 Special, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Boston and Thin Lizzy. They were best known for the falsetto[4] of their lead singer Justin Hawkins, whose departure in 2006 resulted in the dissolution of the band.

Originally started in 1991 from Kirkley High School, Lowestoft in Suffolk, brothers Justin Hawkins (vocals and guitar) and Dan Hawkins (guitar and vocals) found themselves in London where they met up with childhood friends, Frankie Poullain (bass guitar and vocals) and Ed Graham (drums and percussion), and thus The Darkness was formed. Dan initially saw his brother’s potential of being a frontman after Justin did an impressive recreation of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” at a New Year’s Eve party in 1999, thrown by Justin and Dan’s aunt in her pub The Swan at Gillingham just over the River Waveney in Norfolk, despite the fact that Justin was only miming to the original song. Playing at first only in pubs and bars, their pyrotechnic guitar solos and over the top performances soon brought them to public knowledge.

source: Wikipedia

The Weekend Top 5

The following songs are listed because they absolutely packed the dance floor this past weekend. These songs are not “wedding standards” and are a pleasant surprise. Check our music database for all your personal favorites. Check our music database for all your personal favorites.

1. The Darkness – I believe in a thing called love

2. The Ting Tings – That’s not my name.

3. Dropkick Murphy’s – I’m shipping off to Boston

4. Sean Kingston – Fire burning

5. All American Rejects –  Gives you hell