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“Indie rock” has become a term as amorphous and hard-to-pin-down as some of its associated lingo—think “hipster”, for example. You know it when you see it, to borrow a phrase. The old debate about the values of commercialism versus the DIY values of punk, indie’s tattooed and bloated father, seems to matter less to audiences these days. So, if the boundaries of indie can’t be satisfyingly defined by the classic majors-versus-minors label split, what are we left with? For our purposes here, we’ll go with a line of demarcation strangely omitted from the discussion much of the time: the rock portion of the equation.
I’m scrapping the usual year-end wrap up and instead dropping an old school form letter on you. Just like the kind your granny used whip up and put inside her Christmas cards. So sit down, eat some peanut brittle, and we’ll get right into it after the jump. In a year that saw a lot of trend-jumping, regrettable 80s synth ripoffs and worse, this is a list of what caught, and kept, my attention in 2010.
LSF know they’re a revelation, a revolution even. If the response is just, Harrington may become obliged to hang up those oven gloves for good Read the original NME review from 2007: Frank Carter, Simon Neil… 2007 has welcomed the unlikeliest of heroes with freshly-inked arms.
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