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An Ode to Indie (or, Check Out IndieBlockedappella)

Posted by Jer / August 1, 2006


Indie rock used to be so indie. Bands used to make tapes on 4 tracks in their basement and distribute them on record labels owned and managed by their moms and dads. They used to buy instruments at garage sales. Or make them out of soup cans and telephone wires. They used to tour in vans with wheels made of rubber they collected from used condoms.

That was for real.

Now, indie is a category at HMV. iTunes has an indie rock love songs playlist. And "indie" bands like the Arcade Fire are making money and getting national distribution. Sellouts.

Fear not. I give you IndieBlockedapella. If you have already been given said band by someone else, please ignore. Otherwise, I definitely give it to you, courtesy of the someone else on the web.

IndieBlockedappella (see this hilarious video about how they got their name) are so indie they don't even use instruments; they simply record a cappella versions of all your favourite indie rock songs. The band is made up of two dudes from Ohio (Nathan Smart and Zachariah Durr) with a lot of talent and time on their hands. Otherwise, how can you explain their kick ass versions of the Arcade Fire, the White Stripes and Sufjan Stevens. (Oh snap, I just found a killer version of Livin' on a Prayer here)

Anyway, if you have given up on indie, fear not. I'm pretty sure a cappella is the new guitar.



Dave / August 2, 2006 at 09:19 am
I'm really impressed with their version of Belle & Sebastian's Wrapped Up In Books.
J Mac / August 2, 2006 at 06:05 pm
Wow. Great link. I want to vote on the next one. Final Fantasy, I say. That should be hard.
Dave / August 2, 2006 at 06:45 pm
After listening to it today, I'd like to vote on him doing Loch Ness by Judas Priest.
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Mohammad / February 5, 2015 at 02:21 am
The 360 version has some plneand DLC hence the pricetag and it supports awards, not sure if the iPod version has that (price will be increased to 400 MSP once the dlc is out which will add bosses and some other good stuff supposedly).However, I do agree with it being repetitive but at the same time found it to be quite fun as long as you take some breaks and then go back to playing it. Once you enough cash to get some decent weapons and jack up your stats, it's definitely a good way to pass the time if you like sidescrollers and slaughtering the hell out of zombies. I've seen several mixed reactions though so to anyone who's skeptical, the trial is your friend.

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