Record Machine: “Can’t Be Sure” by The Sundays

Released through famed indie label Rough Trade Records, The Sundays’ first single, “Can’t Be Sure,” is an great snapshot of the band at their most Smiths and Bunnymen-esque. Let us travel back to 1989 England, shall we?

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Record Machine: Magpies / VTO Split 45

I love stumbling upon freebies from local bands while in record stores. During a recent stop at Rudy’s II in Missoula, Montana, I picked up this split single from Magpies and VTO.

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Book Review: Twee by Marc Spitz

Though anything overly cliquish, with rules of operation and preconceived notions, makes me squirm, I realized that I had made assumptions of my own about the word “Twee,” and any movement that might be associated with it. So with mixed feelings did I pick up one mouthful of a title: Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film by Marc Spitz.

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30 Years of Music: 2004

2004! The year of my daughter’s birth, and also the year in which I felt like the decade really started to come into its own, musically. My personal favorites from this time skew a bit indie, yet I still include some popular tunes that I really dig. Let’s wander back, shall we?

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The Five Best Artists/Bands You Might Not Be Listening To

1. Pop Pick: Allison Weiss

Weiss got her start where new acts do these days, on the YouTubes. I fell in love with her adorably earnest cover of Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life.” It was a love deep enough to prompt me to try some of her original stuff. For your starter pack, give her video “I’m Ready” a view/listen. Read More The Five Best Artists/Bands You Might Not Be Listening To

Indie Games

With the rise of the mobile platform for gaming (iOS, smart phones, tablet PCs, etc.), the independent game developers have gotten a boost in popularity. For something that started among the PC hobbyists, it has become almost mainstream in the last few years. Read More Indie Games

Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids tells the timeless tale of a quiet, nervous little man learning how to gain self-confidence and navigate the world through the ample application of sex, drugs, and parody songs. Blending intrigue, comedy, and coming-of-age, this movie leaves audiences laughing and confused. Read More Cedar Rapids