Qualified Condition

January 22, 2009

Get Out of the Forest

Filed under: Uncategorized — qualifiedcondition @ 5:59 am

For a limited time I have a free trial of satellite radio in the car.  Word to the wise, you can buy music for less money and keep playlists on your iPod that are probably going to be better than satellite radio which plays the same damn thing over and over and over.  Did anyone actually like Rick Springfield in the 80’s and is there a reason that he needs to dominate that station today?

More importantly, there is an indie rock station which pretty consistently plays bands that have woodland creature names; what the hell?  I’m not sure if the station is obsessed with fauna or if every damn indie band these days feels compelled to name themselves after something furry and rustic.  There’s Deer Tick, Deerhoof, Blitzen Trapper (as far as I’m concerned that counts), Grizzly Bear, Kit Fox, Fleet Foxes… enough! (I don’t know what these guys look like but I’m picturing more than enough beards and flannel shirts).

If you are thinking about starting an indie band these days please name it after something cold, shiny and metal.  Geez.




  1. As a bearded man wearing a flannel shirt, I agree. Actually, I think my shirt is technically oxford, but it’s plaid. Let Steely Dan be the model for the next generation of indie bands. Actually, let’s not do that. Indie bands should do what Christian metal bands do and name themselves after Star Trek episodes. (See http://www.brunching.com/metalortrek.html)

    Comment by Lazlo — January 22, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

  2. yeah, every dude in fleet foxes has beards and flannels for sure.

    Comment by xie — January 23, 2009 @ 1:13 am

  3. another really annoying trend in indie bands is putting “crystal” somewhere in the name: crystal stilts, crystal slits, crystal castles, crystal skulls. a couple of years ago it was “wolf.”

    Comment by elcaballo — January 26, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

    • I know, and none of them are ever as good as Crystal Waters. La da de, la da dow, la da de, la da dow…

      Comment by qualifiedcondition — January 26, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

  4. Haha, no way to argue with that. Given that water/nautical themes are also incredibly popular in the indie world right now, we might wonder if she is not somehow the mother of all indie. One can only wish.

    Comment by Jamie — January 27, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

  5. I feel obligated to defend satellite radio for a moment. Since the much talked about takeover/merge/integration of XM and Sirrius, all the XMU Indie DJ’s from before have inexplicably disappeared and been replaced with new DJ’s. And since then, they have been rotating the top 40 Indie songs all the time, where as before you would hear new stuff for a little while and then they would move on to newer new stuff while mixing in great classics and obsurities and so on and so on. It was unique and enjoyable and now it feels much more like a convential radio station without commercials. Oh well. I hate commericals, so I’m still happy.

    Comment by laura — January 28, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

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