My missive about listening to independent music was well-timed, because today I’m kicking off a week of indie rock picks, many from some big names in the field. If you’re new to the indie world and not sure what to try first, consider this a starting point for your exploration. Heck, some of these tracks probably will have some ring of familiarity and you might already know and like ’em.
In fact, one of the big myths of indie rock is that it’s all about obscure bands that nobody has heard of. Maybe Feist’s name doesn’t ring any bells, but I’ll bet you remember this iPod commercial from a few years back:
See? You knew that, right? Kinda catchy too, huh? Indie rock isn’t a hard, dense, impenetrable fortress of music that’s difficult to listen to and enjoy. Some of it is more challenging, for sure, but a lot of it is actually quite accessible. Some of it is even ends up becoming *gasp* a little bit mainstream. “1234” ultimately landed Feist a spot on “Sesame Street:”
Oh, and besides being a great song that appealed to both commercial and educational sensibilities, Feist made a great video for the song. Check that out here:
All in all, “1234” is one of the most universally enjoyable songs you’ll find, even if it wasn’t made to be mass-marketed.