playlist 10.15.11- C86 “birth of indie”

This week’s playlist was loosely inspired by post-punk, shoegaze, the earliest days of indie rock in the mid-1980’s. In 1986, NME and Rough Trade Records released C86, a now-legendary compilation that established the “independent” aspect of “indie” music, through a secret-society vibe and an imperfect, raw sound. In the 2006 article “The birth of uncool,”  Alexis Petridis of The Guardian described the C86 mixtape as “iconoclastic and human, and so fiercely independent it was kind of beyond authenticity.” I only played one artist featured on the C86 compilation (The Pastels), and instead tried to offer an interpretation of modern artists who were influenced by this deeply personal sonic movement (The Radio Dept, Dum Dum Girls, Wu Lyf).

WILCO summerteeth- summerteeth

WILD NOTHING chinatown- gemini (I love this video for “Chinatown” featuring footage from the 1969 short film “Clown”…. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DOG?!?!)

EXITMUSIC the hours- from silence

BLACK TAMBOURINE drown- complete recordings (very early dream-pop, from Slumberland Records in the 1990s) 

DUM DUM GIRLS coming down- only in dreams

TWIN SISTER kimmi in a rice field- in heaven

WEEKEND hazel- red (local)

CRYSTAL STILTS the dazzled

BOB DYLAN don’t think twice, it’s all right- the freewheelin’ bob dylan (vinyl.. just got this record at Amoeba yesterday)

WILCO whole love- whole love

MEMORYHOUSE sleep patterns- the years

THE RADIO DEPT domestic scene- clinging to a scheme

THE SMITHS this charming man (vinyl)

THE PASTELS ride- up for a bit with the pastels (vinyl)

ATLAS SOUND criminals (electronic version)- logos


MATTHIEU SANTOS good return theme- massachusettes

ST VINCENT chloe in the afternoon- strange mercy

WU LYF we bros- go tell fire to the mountain

GANG GANG DANCE house jam- st dymphona (I saw Gang Gang Dance at the Independent on Tuesday, definitely does not fit in with this show’s theme, but WOW what a kooky, bizarre, awesome show… totally ridiculous in the best way.)

PAINTED PALMS falling asleep- canopy

NEON INDIAN halogen (i could be a shadow)- era extrana

WILD NOTHING vultures like lovers- summer holiday

THEOPHILUS LONDON FEAT SARA QUIN why even try- timez are weird

CANON BLUE a nature (madison)- rumspringa

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