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Indiecast is a weekly show from UPROXX Indie Mixtape hosted by music critics Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen. Every week, Hyden and Cohen discuss the biggest news and names in modern indie, as well as look back to moments that established the indie rock canon.

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    10 Years Of Japandroids' 'Celebration Rock,' Plus: Wilco And Sky Ferreira

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 59:20

    When Japandroids released their sophomore album Celebration Rock in 2012, fans and critics alike weren't expecting such a strong follow-up to their revered debut album, Post-Nothing. Now revisiting Celebration Rock ten years later, Indiecast hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen reflect on the album's legacy and how Japandroids successfully embraced old school rock clichés (29:51).Speaking of veteran indie musicians, Wilco released their new album Cruel Country this week (1:08). It's an album the band essentially recorded live and has quickly become one of Hyden's favorite Wilco projects in the last 10 years. Perhaps the most talked-about song this week was Sky Ferriera's "Don't Forget," (10:15) which marked her second single in nine years. Elsewhere in the episode, Indiecast talk standout movie soundtracks (20:39) and yet another Conor Oberst mishap (15:10).In this week's Recommendation Corner (54:38), Ian spotlights Sweet Pill's new album Where The Heart Is. Steven gives a shout out to Dehd's fourth album Blue Skies, which shows the band's progression to polished songwriting.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 90 and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Kendrick Lamar, Plus: Harry Styles And Billboard Music Awards ‘Uncanceling The Canceled'

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 53:09

    As one of the biggest yet most elusive rappers of our time, Kendrick Lamar dominates pop culture whenever he releases new music. But did his latest album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers live up to the hype? On this week's Indiecast, hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen share their thoughts on the undeniably fascinating album (31:26) and wonder if the rapper's name alone will secure him a spot on Album Of The Year lists.In terms of music news this week, Indiecast discusses the other much-anticipated album this week: Harry Styles' Harry's House (3:58). Steven and Ian also talk about the Billboard Music Awards' attempt to "uncancel the canceled" musicians (17:47) and a contentious article that examined Taylor Hawkins' final days (10:18).In the Recommendation Corner (46:59), Ian gives a shout-out to Gospel, a hardcore NYC band who just dropped their first album in 17 years. Meanwhile, Steven recommends listeners to check out the South Korean indie rockers Say Sue Me, whose new album The Last Thing Left sounds like a mix of Mazzy Star and Pavement.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 89 and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Smile, Plus: Jack Antonoff's Indie Rock 'Minions' Soundtrack, Kendrick Lamar Discourse, And The End Of The iPod

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 55:49

    Nearly a year after Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood first teased The Smile, their side project with drummer Tom Skinner, the band's album is finally here. Indiecast hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen dive into their album A Light For Attracting Attention (31:47), a title that can be taken ironically seeing as the side project garners far less attention than an official Radiohead release.After a fair amount of banter, Steven and Ian get into some of the relevant indie news from this week. Music discourse this week was mainly dominated by two very different album announcements: Kendrick Lamar's Mr. Morale And The Big Steppers (7:02) and the Jack Antonoff-produced Minions 2 soundtrack (2:20), which features groovy music by artists like Tame Impala and St. Vincent.In this week's Recommendation Corner (51:17), Steven plugs Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's zippy guitar pop-filled album Endless Rooms. Meanwhile, Ian shouts out power pop band Hey, ily!New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 88 and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Arcade Fire's Comeback, Plus: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 60:21

    Throughout their nearly two-decades-long career, Arcade Fire have put out a number of revered albums. But they've also shared a few lukewarm releases. In this week's Indiecast, hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen reflect on the band's discography and decide whether or not Arcade Fire's comeback album We hits the mark (28:43).Along with reviewing Arcade Fire, Steven and Ian go over other big new in indie music this week. They discuss the relevancy of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, whose official inductees were announced this week including Dolly Parton and Judas Priest (4:33). The Yeah Yeah Yeahs also teased their return (12:50), prompting Indiecast to recall the band's impactful career and their very terrible 2013 Mosquito album cover.In this week's Recommendation Corner (52:59), Ian talks about Hatchie's album Stop Giving The World Away, which sounds like a crossover of Olivia Rodrigo and Turnover. Steven gives a shout-out to Sharon Van Etten's great new album, We've Been Going About This All Wrong.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 87 and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    A Look Back At The Albums Of 2002

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 63:01

    This week on Indiecast, hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen take a deep dive into the most talked about albums from 2002. Re-examining releases like Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Interpol's Turn On The Bright Lights, Beck's Sea Change, and Rilo Kiley's The Execution Of All Things, Steven and Ian sort the albums into a few different categories: Overrated, underrated, properly rated, and their absolute favorites (30:30).Along with revisiting music from two decades ago, Steven and Ian discuss all that happened in the music industry during their week-long hiatus. Elon Musk is trying to buy Twitter (10:26), Greta Van Fleet's Josh Kiszka apologized for cultural appropriation (7:17), and Succession's Cousin Greg is apparently starting an indie rock TV series (5:01).New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 86 and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    A Message From Indiecast's Steven Hyden

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 2:11

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    Kurt Vile, 100 Gecs, BTS vs. Built To Spill, And An Indie Rock Twitter Skirmish

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 53:47

    Despite his prolific releases, Kurt Vile has oftentimes been pinned with a slacker reputation. Maybe it's his "chill dude" persona or his wandering ballads, but on Vile's latest album Watch My Moves, the former War On Drugs guitarist proves his music has evolved over the last few years. On the latest episode of Indiecast, hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen share their thoughts about Watch My Moves (35:12), Vile's latest effort since 2018.This week in indie music also saw some great new releases and some Twitter faux pas. The Conor Oberst/Phoebe Bridgers supergroup Better Oblivion Community Center sent a very snarky tweet at musician Kississippi, calling her music "boring" in response to a very mild joke about Oberst's shoes. Steven and Ian discuss the blowback (6:18) and reminisce on times they learned the hard way that everything on the internet is permanent. Indiecast also delves into Built To Spill's latest album When The Wind Forgets Your Name (1:48), the return of 100 Gecs, and wonder if the hyperpop duo sound a little too 2019 at this point (14:07).In this week's Recommendation Corner (48:09), Ian shows love to Prince Daddy & The Hyena, whose self-titled album is out today. Meanwhile, Steven spotlights Wet Tuna's third studio album Warping All By Yourself, which veers into '70s funk and jazz fusion territory.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 85 and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Jack White + Father John Misty, Plus: Wet Leg And Q1 Favorites

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 55:17

    The last we heard from Jack White, he seemed to be midst of the artistic equivalent of a mid-life crisis with his 2018 album Boarding House Reach. But with his new LP Fear Of The Dawn, White has adopted a sense of indifference, resulting in a surprisingly captivating effort. On the latest Indiecast episode, hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen review White's new album (29:49) and share their thoughts on Father John Misty's latest LP, Chloë And The Next 20th Century (39:14).In other indie news this week, the Grammys once again proved their waning relevance by awarding Jon Batiste Album Of The Year (:26). Plus, Steven and Ian share their thoughts on Wet Leg's much-hyped self-titled debut album (7:13), which they both liked and disliked more than expected. They also cast their votes for artists who made their favorite Q1 albums (20:25), including Big Thief, Nilüfer Yanya, Black Country New Road, and The Weeknd.This week's Recommendation Corner (49:02) has Ian giving props to Brooklyn band Tree River. Steven gives a shout out to Austin-based band Good Looks, whose debut LP Bummer Year is out now.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 84 and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Red Hot Chili Peppers + Machine Gun Kelly, Plus: RIP Taylor Hawkins

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 55:45

    To say a lot happened in pop culture this week would be an understatement. The music world collectively mourned the loss of Foo Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins (5:38). A day later, cultural discourse was dominated by Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars (:28). This week on Indiecast, hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen recap the week and name the first album that disappointed them (19:34).Speaking of disappointing albums, this week's main segments are about the new LPs from Red Hot Chili Peppers (28:47) and Machine Gun Kelly (41:09). RHCP's Rick Rubin-produced Unlimited Love dropped this week, the band's first album in six years. Indiecast's thoughts on the mid-tempo album can pretty much be summed up in two words: It's fine. Machine Gun Kelly is an artist that's more used to getting flack from critics, and it shows on his album Mainstream Sellout. It's his second pop-punk album thus far and both Steven and Ian think he might be better than his detractors believe.In this week's Recommendation Corner (51:22), Ian shouts out the anticipated new album by Pup, The Unraveling Of PupTheBand. Steven mentions his interview with The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon ahead of their 2022 reunion tour.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 83 and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Destroyer + Oso Oso, Plus: Lollapalooza and Will Butler Leaves Arcade Fire

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 57:30

    Destroyer is a band that has been around for so many years, they seems to exist in their own realm. This week on Indiecast, hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen dig into Destroyer's new album Labyrinthitis (33:23) and wonder if the band is now immune to criticism from music reviewers. Oso Oso, on the other hand, is being picked up by music outlets. It seems as though their surprise-released album Sore Thumb (42:06) is finally putting them on the indie music map.This week also had some big news in indie music: Will Butler announced he has officially left Arcade Fire (:27). Indiecast talks about Butler's decision and discusses Arcade Fire's new music (3:24). Steven and Ian also walk through Lollapalooza's 2022 lineup (14:22), which was just unveiled this week and includes the apparently controversial headliner Metallica.In this week's Recommendation Corner (53:36), Ian's highlights several bands including Caracara, Soul Glo, Proper., and Carly Cosgrove. Steven praises music by MJ Lenderman and Wednesday's recent covers album, Mowing The Leaves Instead Of Piling Em Up.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 82 below and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Indiecast Hall Of Fame Albums Plus: March Madness Indiecast Bracket

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 57:12

    Gang Of Youths was recently named one of the most Indiecast bands, but what other musicians fit nicely in with the Indiecast brand? Since the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was in the news this week thanks to Dolly Parton (2:43), Indiecast hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen decide to induct four albums into the Indiecast Hall Of Fame (29:04).Steven and Ian also discuss some of the biggest news in indie music this week, which this time had to do with a somewhat imaginary feud between Japanese Breakfast and Machine Gun Kelly (11:08). After MGK shared his upcoming album cover, many Japanese Breakfast fans pointed out its similarities to Jubilee's artwork. But that begs the questions: Does MGK even know what a persimmon is? And, more importantly, has he ever heard a Japanese Breakfast song?In this week's Recommendation Corner (51:09), Ian talks Oso Oso surprise-releasing their fourth studio album. Steven discusses his recent Uproxx interview with Destroyer's Dan Bejar ahead of next week's new album.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 81 and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mailbag: How To Talk About Music, Best Album Closers, And The Top 3 Worst Songs

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 68:25

    Spring is already around the corner and the music industry is gearing up for a new season of releases. Indiecast hosts Steven and Ian have spent the first few months of 2022 sharing their music takes, but it's now time to hear what listeners have to say.This week, Indiecast takes some time off of reviewing albums to read some listener mail and answer burning questions (17:39). Steven and Ian kick things off by giving advice on how music nerds can respectfully discuss albums without becoming overbearing (18:21). Then, they discuss their opinions on the best album closing tracks (25:31) and share their picks for the top three worst songs of all-time (spoiler alert: Smash Mouth gets an honorable mention) (45:29).In this week's Recommendation Corner (1:03:20), Ian talks up Karate, a band who is booked for this year's Pitchfork Music Festival and seem like the perfect fit for an Indiecast Venn diagram. Steven gives a shout-out to Goose, who he just called the "next great American jam band" in a recent feature.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 80 on Spotify below, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steven and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Band Of Horses, Plus: Mitski, Charli XCX, And Bandcamp Sells Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 60:13

    What do Band Of Horses have in common with The Strokes and Interpol? Their first album was mostly considered to be an instant classic, though their second album was arguably better. Band Of Horses may have dominated much of indie music discourse in the mid-aughts, but they're now making a triumphant return with their first album in six years, Things Are Great. Hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen share their thoughts about the band's comeback (37:49) on this week's Indiecast episode.Along with reviewing new music, Steven and Ian talk about this biggest news in music this week: Bandcamp was purchased by Epic Games, a tech game company which owns popular video games like Fortnite (:27). Twitter, of course, lit up with jokes about the acquisition. Others wondered if it will fundamentally change how Bandcamp compensates artists, which they do more than many other music services. On top of the Bandcamp news, this week saw some artists beefing with their stans. Mitski denounced concertgoers who film her entire performance (15:55) while Charli XCX came at a fan who accused her of going through a "midlife crisis" (10:01).In this week's Recommendation Corner (55:05), Ian gives a shout out to Boston hardcore punk band Vein.fm, whose new album This World Is Going To Ruin You drops this week. Meanwhile, Steven reminds Indiecast listeners that Sonic Youth's In/Out/In compilation comes out in just two weeks, featuring a mix of low-key and noisy tracks.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 79 on Spotify below, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts here. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.

    Gang Of Youths Plus: Hulu's 'Pam & Tommy' And Kanye's Antics

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 58:58

    Indiecast sure does have a lot of favorite artists, but what's the most Indiecast band? It very well may be Gang Of Youths, an Australian group who have garnered a massive US following in recent years. Their new album Angel In Real Time is already an album of the year contender for Indiecast hosts Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen, who share their thoughts (39:14) about the "real achievement" of an LP on the latest episode.Other than Gang Of Youths' new album, there's a lot that happened in music this week. Hulu's Pam & Tommy series featured a hilarious (and sadly untrue) bit about some beef between Mötley Crüe and Third Eye Blind (5:39) and Tool announced a box set reissue of their Fear Inoculum (:26). The catch? It costs $810 after tax. It's a steep price, but one that's surely affordable for the overlap of Tool fans and crypto fanatics.Of course, Indiecast would be remiss if they didn't dive into some of the drama surrounding Kanye West (14:41). The rapper's recently released Netflix documentary Jeen-Yuhs shows a mix of humility and grandiosity in his early career. The film arrives at a time when Ye's already making headlines for pestering his ex-wife Kim Kardashian over social media and talking about dropping his next album Donda 2 exclusively on his handheld stem player.In this week's Recommendation Corner (53:32), Ian shows love to UK post-rock eight-piece group Caroline, who are vaguely associated with Black Midi. Their music has shifted from an emo-adjacent sound in 2020 to more '90s-inspired post-rock. Steven shouts-out the Dublin all-women band Pillow Queens, who recently announced their sophomore album Leave The Light On.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 78 and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.

    Beach House's ‘Once Twice Melody' Plus: Is It Too Early To Argue Again About The 1975?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 60:59

    After the pandemic threw off touring plans for a few years, many big indie bands are making a 2022 comeback with double albums. Big Thief just delivered their 20-track LP and Kurt Vile recently announced a 90-minute magnum opus. But is Beach House's latest project Once Twice Melody effective as a double album? On this week's Indiecast, Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen talk Beach House's new album (40:57); reminisce on their most vivid festival memories (12:05); and decide it's not too early to argue about The 1975 (6:15).Along with diving into Beach House's Once Twice Melody, Indiecast walks listeners through recently announced weekend-long festival lineups, which thankfully still exist two years into the pandemic. Hangout Fest 2022 hit the mark with Tame Impala, Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow, and Phoebe Bridgers. Beale Street Music Festival took a more eclectic approach by booking a mix bag of performers like Foo Fighters, Lil Wayne, Smashing Pumpkins, Three 6 Mafia, DaBaby, and Modest Mouse (20:30).In this week's Recommendation Corner (52:44), Ian shouts out Pittsburgh band String Machine, whose album Hallelujah Hell Yeah is set to release next week. Steven hypes up Philly four-piece Caracara, an emo band with '90s alt-rock influences who are opening for String Machine on tour later this year.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.

    Big Thief + Spoon, Plus: Steve Albini Loves Juggalos

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 57:32

    Is it fair to say 2022 is already a better music year than 2021? After all, 2021 might have been a year without an all-time classic album. But so far, The Weeknd has dropped an Album Of The Year contender with Dawn FM and now, Big Thief has delivered the masterpiece of an album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You. This week on Indiecast, Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen talk new LPs by Big Thief (24:12) and Black Country New Road, rank Spoon's discography (40:09), and discuss some indie music discourse (which includes Steve Albini defending... Juggalos?).With the biggest sports event of the year coming up this Sunday, Hyden and Cohen touch on this year's Super Bowl (5:42). Though the stacked halftime performance with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J. Blige is sure to be a showstopper, the NFL also signed The Chainsmokers onto a very weird, virtual TikTok tailgate event. This begs the question: "Does anyone lean into doing the most unlikeable thing more than The Chainsmokers?"The NFL's bizarre tailgate aside, Indiecast wouldn't be the same without Cohen and Hyden suggesting some great reads. In this week's recommendation corner, Cohen spotlights the books Endless Endless: A Lo-Fi History of the Elephant 6 Mystery and Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla (49:58).You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    Mitski + Animal Collective, plus: HitPiece NFT outrage

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 58:54

    The indie world is nothing if not ripe for conversation. This week's episode of Indiecast has Steve and Ian discussing HitPiece, the new NFT music platform that didn't get permission from any artist to host their music (4:56), the release week drama for Black Country, New Road (12:41), and the arrival of a new song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (17:35).The meat of this week's episode features Steve and Ian's reviews of new records from Mitski (34:12) and Animal Collective (44:44). While Mitski's latest album Laurel Hell is a pivot to pop that still seems to feel weighed down by the overbearing Mitski stans, Animal Collective's Time Skiffs is their first album in six years, and the rare “comeback album” that actually feels like a rewarding return to form from a veteran indie band. How do both albums hold up in the artists' catalogues? Listen to find out.In this week's Recommendation Corner (54:11), Ian is vibing with London outfit Deathcrash, while Steve is plugging Boat Songs, the new solo album from Wednesday guitarist MJ Lenderman.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    2022 Wish List: Sky Ferreira, Alvvays, My Bloody Valentine, And More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 61:05

    We're barely a month in and 2022 has already delivered a great amount of trends to be hashed out -- like Taylor Swift vs. Damon Albarn (6:36) and Neil Young removing his catalog from Spotify (0:28) -- and music to be excited about. On this week's episode of Indiecast, Steve and Ian tackle the latest developments in the indie world and curate their wish lists for albums they hope are finally released in 2022 (34:38). From long-delayed albums from The Wrens and Sky Ferreira to theoretical releases from The Cure and My Bloody Valentine, there's a lot of music in the vault that they're hoping finally sees the light of day this year.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Steve is urging listeners to check out Texas band Good Looks, who are set to release their new album Bummer Year in April. Ian is digging Dissolution Wave, the latest album from alternative rock outfit Cloakroom (55:20).You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    10 Years Of LCD Soundsystem's 'Shut Up And Play The Hits'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 56:37

    In April of 2011, LCD Soundsystem performed a monumental three-and-a-half hour show at Madison Square Garden that was billed as their final show ever. Fans flew from all over the globe to say dance themselves clean and say goodbye to the dance-punk outfit that made a name for themselves with self-referential lyrics and impressive electronic arrangements. A little less than a year after the band waved goodbye, in January of 2012, a documentary called Shut Up And Play The Hits premiered at the Sundance Film Festival that their final show and interspersed with sections featuring frontman James Murphy reflecting on the band with prompts from Chuck Klosterman.A decade later, that Madison Square Garden gig turned out to be more of a "see you later" than a "goodbye." LCD Soundsystem returned to the stage in March of 2016 before headlining Coachella that same year, and they even dropped a new record in 2017's American Dream. Everything that has transpired in the 10 years since Shut Up And Play The Hits was released greatly affects -- and perhaps completely undermines -- the film's context and one's ability to appreciate it as a swan song. On this week's episode of Indiecast, Steve and Ian try to come to terms with the legacy of the film, and LCD Soundsystem as a whole (32:46).In this week's Recommendation Corner (51:19), Ian is plugging Pedro The Lion's new album Havasu, which came as a surprise earlier this week. Steve is urging people to check out Elvis Costello's The Boy Named If, which is the 32nd studio album from the legendary songwriter.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. :35 - Intro, Ian's LA Weekly LCD Soundsystem Piece4:21 - Nostalgia for Troll-y music lists + why you don't see as many negative reviews any more10:22 - Breaking News: Taylor Swift, Ambassador of Record Store Day11:46 - Steve's piece on the cd revival16:09 - When We Were Young Fest23:54 - Mailbag: Ian's thoughts on The Grateful Dead

    The Weeknd's ‘Dawn FM,' Plus: Coachella + Bonnaroo Lineups

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 51:15

    After the dearth of new music releases over the holidays, 2022 is officially in full swing and it seems like the docket of new music just keeps getting more and more exciting. To kick off a year of new music reviews, Steve and Ian are digging into Dawn FM, the latest album from The Weeknd that dropped without any preamble on January 7, but is simultaneously the biggest release of the year so far.Before any of that, however, it's time to break down the newly-announced Coachella and Bonnaroo lineups. After a two year hiatus, Coachella is finally back with a pretty stacked lineup. That said, are people still going to be writing “rock is dead because there are no rock bands at Coachella” thinkpieces in 2022? What bands in the indie world even have the reach to potentially headline future iterations of Coachella?In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging Little Green House, the latest album from Connecticut punk outfit Anxious, while Steve is getting excited for the forthcoming album from Guerilla Toss.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.0:12 - Intro: Music Festival Font Size + Coachella & Bonnaroo Announcements7:51 - What Rock Bands Could Headline Coachella?18:07 - Mailbag: Okkervil River Memoryhole?27:10 - The Weeknd 'Dawn FM' Review 44:49 - Recommendation Corner

    Mailbag: Whoacore, Non-Western Music Coverage, And More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 57:05

    And just like that, the holiday break is over and it's already time to get back into reviewing albums and hashing out trends. Steve and Ian are both back from vacation and not wasting any time, diving right into the story of the Eve 6 guy arguing online with Steve Albini about Counting Crows, a topic that sounds like it was created in a lab specifically for Indiecast. They also chat about newly released music by Father John Misty and Radiohead side project The Smile, and the first performance in four years by emo legends The Hotelier.To kick off the new year, Steve and Ian are diving into the mailbag to answer some more questions from you, the Indiecast listener. Topics covered include: “whoacore,” non-western music coverage, and a true first for the show, a five-question “Remember Some Guys” pop quiz for Ian. What will he score? Listen to find out, and let's all get excited for another great year of reviewing albums and hashing out trends.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    The 2021 Year-End Indiecasties

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 64:26

    2021 is finally winding down, and on the final episode of the year, Steve and Ian are celebrating with the return of Indiecasties, the semi-annual Indiecast awards show. Who will take home this year's Indiecasties, widely regarded as the most prestigious award in indie rock? Tune in to this week's episode to find out! Included in this installment of the Indiecasties are awards for:“Why Isn't This On Your List” Award: Consensus Album That is Truly OverratedNominees: The Weather Station, Olivia Rodrigo, Cassandra Jenkins, Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, and moreThe “Hey, I Actually Like The Album!” Award For Artist You Came To Like This YearNominees: old LPs from Sonic Youth and the new efforts from Tyler, The Creator and Dry CleaningMost Annoying Music StoryNominees: Phoebe Bridgers smashes her guitar on Saturday Night Live, Lana Del Rey defends the Capitol rioters, St. Vincent's entire Daddy's Home album cycle, the “can adults like Olivia Rodrigo?” debate, and Foxing's fateful Pitchfork review.Most Memory-Holed Album Of 2021Nominees: Lana Del Rey's Blue Bannisters, Kacey Musgraves' Star-Crossed, Drake's Certified Lover Boy, Iceage's Seek Shelter, Lorde's Solar Power, and more.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    Mailbag: Music Book Mount Rushmore, TV On The Radio vs. Wolf Parade, and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 52:29

    It feels like we just celebrated the new year yesterday, but somehow, 2021 is already coming to an end. Steve and Ian already named their favorite albums of the year, and what better way to further reflect on an eventful year for indie rock with another mailbag episode?This week, Steve and Ian take questions from listeners all over the map about everything from their Mount Rushmore of music books, to bands they would watch an eight-hour docuseries about, and which band is better: TV On The Radio or Wolf Parade?With so many questions to get through, they once again are skipping this week's Recommendation Corner and encouraging listeners to revisit last week's episode to discover some new albums from 2021 that they might not have heard yet.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    The Best Albums Of 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 62:27

    It feels like just yesterday that we were looking ahead to what we could expect in 2021, and now we're here in December. Before breaking for the holidays, Steve and Ian wanted to come together to list thier favorite albums of the year. Some albums, like Wild Pink's A Billion Little Lights and Low's Hey What, made both of their lists. For his list, Ian paid tribute to the latest works from The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Home Is Where, and Dltzk. Steve, on the other hand, has I Don't Live Here Anymore by The War On Drugs topping his list, followed closely by Tonstartssbandht and Rosali.Breaking from tradition, Steve and Ian decided not to do a Recommendation Corner this week, instead recommending that listeners check out any of the albums discussed that they haven't yet heard.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    The Indiecast Hall Of Fame, Part 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 59:59

    In this week's special Thanksgiving episode, Steve and Ian return to the Indiecast Hall Of Fame. In case you don't recall, the honor was designed to honor albums in the indie rock and alternative rock realm that were influential and beloved at the time of their release, but have since been lost to the test of time and sadly — some might say shamefully — left out of the widely accepted canon of the genre. After paying tribute in past episodes to albums by Counting Crows, The Promise Ring, Saves The Day, Secret Machines, and many more, Steve and Ian are now turning their attention to albums from Jane's Addiction, Robbie Robertson, The Stills, and The Jealous Sound.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is vibing with Frailty, the new album from dltzk that is the first digicore album he's ever really liked. Steve is enjoying Highway Butterfly's The Songs Of Neal Casal.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    Looking Ahead To 2022: Mitski, Big Thief, Beach House, And More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 60:35

    It won't be long now before the year-end lists start rolling out, which means it's time to look ahead to what we can expect in 2022. This week, Steve and Ian give their takes and predictions for albums coming out next year, including Mitski, Beach House, Big Thief, and many more. They each give their confidence ratings between 1 and 10, and discuss the indie rock landscape that these albums will be released upon. Some of their opinions are informed by early listens of the records, while others are pure theorizing.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is spreading the good word about Buds, the hotly anticipated new record from Connecticut outfit Ovlov. Meanwhile, Steve is enjoying the debut album from Irish quartet Pillow Queens, which actually came out last year and sounds like The Cranberries with a slightly punkier vibe.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    Idles + Courtney Barnett, Plus: Astroworld Tragedy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 53:06

    This week's episode of is dedicated to two of the greatest indie rock success stories over the last decade. First up is Idles, whose new album Crawler follows up 2020's Ultra Mono and continues down a musical path toward what Steven Hyden recently called “the mix of political righteousness and musical bluntness that once caused people to call The Clash ‘the only band that matters.'” Does Idles actually pull of the tightrope walk on Crawler?Next on the review list is Courtney Barnett, whose new album Things Take Time, Take Time is her first in a little more than three years. While Barnett isn't necessarily as consistently discussed on music publications and music writer Twitter as a band like Idles, her albums are always well-received and her touring business is consistently growing and lucrative, making for an ideal situation for indie rock stardom. Things Take Time, Take Time is surely to continue Barnett's trajectory and build her fervent fan base.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging the latest release from SeeYouSpaceCowboy, and Steve is enjoying A Way Forward, the second album in two years from Brooklyn trio Nation Of Language.

    Snail Mail + The Best Movie Soundtracks

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 53:34

    After her 2018 debut Lush catapulted Lindsey Jordan into the spotlight, she was suddenly working harder — and more regularly — at the age of 18 than most people work in their lives. The tours, interviews, and TV appearances kept coming, and with them a growing cult of personality surrounding Jordan. All of this and more is explored on Valentine, the new album from Snail Mail. Where 2021 found many artists scaling back their productions into its more bare bones (see: Clairo and Lorde), Jordan used the opportunity to flesh out the Snail Mail sound substantially. Valentine is full of piano, synths, strings, and even boasts jazzy bass lines and tinges of R&B.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging Sup, the latest LP from Super American, and while Steve is promoting the latest effort from Neal Francis, In Plain Sight.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    The War On Drugs, Plus: Lana Del Rey, Spoon, And Pronunciation Backlash

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 57:00

    The first new album from The War On Drugs in four years has finally arrived. Steve considers The War On Drugs his favorite band of the last decade, while Ian considers them in a similar lane as Tame Impala or Beach house, where the music is enjoyable but does little more for him than establish “vibe.” Musically, I Don't Live Here Anymore is a refinement of the craft the band explored on 2017's A Deeper Understanding, which itself was a refinement of 2014's Lost In The Dream. Will this finally be the record that wins Ian over?In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging the new book Sellout, as well as Another Kill For The Highlight Reel, the new record from New Jersey band Save Face, which sounds like a lot of the bands covered in the book Sellout. Steve, on the other hand, wants to spread the good word about Myriam Gendron's new album Ma Délire that was released earlier this month, a collection of reimagined folk standards that gives the songs new life.Submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com.

    My Morning Jacket + Parquet Courts, Plus: Band Of Horses Returns and Ian Honeymoon Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 56:31

    After Ian took the week off to recuperate from his wedding, he's back online with Steve to do what they do best: talk about the biggest indie news of the week, review albums, and hash out trends. This week, the dynamic duo is digging into new albums from Parquet Courts and My Morning Jacket.My Morning Jacket is back with their ninth studio album, following last year's surprise sequel to The Waterfall. In a recent interview with Steve, Jim James revealed that he hadn't been actively engaged with My Morning Jacket for much of the 2010's, but he felt more locked in on the band's new self-titled album. It's undoubtedly the jammiest record the band has ever made, and also more interesting than anything they've done in years.Parquet Courts are in a similar point of their career with the release of their seventh album Sympathy For Life. Once considered the next great New York City band after The Strokes, the recent projects have proven them to be closer to a band like Spoon — really consistent and solid without ever quite knocking it out of the park. Will Sympathy For Life help to reinvigorate the band for years to come?In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging That's OK, the new album from Swimming, whom he names the greatest Newfoundland band (emo or otherwise) of all time. Steve, on the other hand, has two albums you should check out: the new efforts from Trace Mountains and Mo Troper.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    The Albums Of 2001 + Ian Gets Married

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 53:54

    Twenty years helps to put a lot of things in perspective in life, especially music. This week on Indiecast, Steve and Ian are reflecting on the musical landscape of 2001 and how it has evolved in the two decades since. The discussion revolves around four specific categories: albums they loved in 2001 that they longer care about, albums they didn't care about in 2001 that are now important to them, the overall most important albums of 2001, and their personal favorite albums of 2001. From Daft Punk's Discovery and Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory to Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American and Guided By Voices' Isolation Drills, this episode is an exercise in nostalgia and reevaluation for the music that helped to shape the 2000's.In lieu of this week's Recommendation Corner, we're taking a moment to congratulate Ian on his wedding and wish him a wonderful honeymoon! We'll be back with more recommendations next week.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    Let's Talk About Coldplay + Mitski's New Song, Plus: Pitchfork Re-Scores Itself

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 57:08

    This week marked the long-awaited return of Mitski, who has been more or less quiet since the Be The Cowboy tour wrapped nearly two years ago. Now, the acclaimed songwriter is back with “Working For The Knife,” bringing with it the always-insane discourse around her music.The meat of this episode revolves around one of the biggest bands of the 21st century, Coldplay. With billions of streams on Spotify, Coldplay is almost a perfect poptimism-era rock band, in that they have no qualms with being a super pop band and doing whatever it takes to remain relevant (see: doing a song with BTS). After being nominated for Album Of The Year in 2019 with the double album Everyday Life, the band's new Max Martin-produced album, Music Of The Spheres, is due out next week.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging Illusory Walls, the epic new album from emo legends The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Meanwhile, Steve is enjoying Seventeen Going Under, the new album from English singer-songwriter Sam Fender.ou can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    Illuminati Hotties + Strand Of Oaks

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 58:15

    October is upon us, and with it comes new records that are perfectly timed to soundtrack the changing of the leaves. This week, Steve and Ian are digging into Let Me Have One More, the anticipated new record from Illuminati Hotties, as well as Strand Of Oaks' In Heaven. Both artists represent relatively opposite ends of the Indiecast-core spectrum — Illuminati Hotties have perfected a brand of irreverent, anti-capitalist alternative rock while Tim Showalter's music style tends to lean into more atmospheric soundscapes and a folk-forward songwriting style.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is getting ready for fall with True Love, the new album from vibey Austin duo Hovvdy. Steve is plugging his recent interview with BJ Burton, the producer who has had a hand in crafting some of the best and most influential albums of the last decade (think: Yeezus, Bon Iver's 22, A Million, and many more).New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 59 on Spotify below, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts here. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.

    Let's talk about Nirvana's 'Nevermind' at 30

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 58:58

    Today, September 24th, marks 30 years since Nirvana released Nevermind. In the last three decades, people have already said pretty much everything there is to say about the Washington grunge outfit, but that isn't going to stop Steve and Ian from reminiscing about one of the biggest rock albums of all time on this week's episode of Indiecast. Nevermind is an album that still holds up after thirty years, despite its oversaturation on rock radio and elsewhere. But it's the rare breakthrough album that might have almost become underrated, overshadowed — at least in the critical sphere — by what came next for Nirvana. The band's third album In Utero is now understood as a response to fame, while their Unplugged performance has evolved into a poignant, dramatic artistic statement that holds a whole new weight in the wake of Cobain's death. In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging the latest from One Step Closer, a new signing to esteemed indie label Run For Cover Records. Steve wants everyone to check out Wilds, the new LP from Andy Shauf out today.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    Mailbag: Metallica vs. The Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stone Songs List, and What Is Indie?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 59:43

    It's that time again: Steve and Ian are taking questions from listeners. This week's episode of Indiecast kicks off with a recap of last weekend' Pitchfork Festival, before diving into a discussion of bands that started their career in the indie world before eventually growing to a point that their indie cred became nonexistent. Bands like The Black Keys and Kings Of Leon are shining examples of this phenomenon, while bands like LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, and Arcade Fire retain the coveted indie credentials.Other conversations include the ultimate Indiecast concert that would bridge the gap between Steve and Ian's musical tastes, the discographies of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica, and more.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Steve is vibing with the new single from Orlando duo Tonstartssbandht, which previews their first album in four years. Ian is enjoying a new split release from European emo bands I Feel Fine and You Could Be a Cop.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    Low + Favorite Fall Albums Of All Time. Plus: Certified Lover Boy!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 52:13

    This week, Steve and Ian are getting ready for festival season. Pitchfork Festival is finally here, featuring sets from Dogleg, Oso Oso, and Bartees Strange and marking the tripling of the fest's notorious “token DIY/emo” acts. This year, festival season arrives in the fall, which leads into a question from a listener asking which albums are indicative of the changing of the leaves for our two hosts.This week's episode is centered around Minnesota trio Low, who has been regularly releasing music over the last 30 years or so. Recently, Low's consistent catalogue was starting to feel like they were tapering off, but their thirteenth studio album, Hey What, has them back in the saddle for their best collection of songs in recent memory. Perhaps this is the result of the prominence of the vocals on this album — where the voices were frequently buried amid the glitchy instrumentation on previous efforts, Hey What has the dual vocalists front and center, often cutting through the musical mayhem behind them.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging 2012, the new album from Pittsburgh band Brightside. Meanwhile, Steve wants to bring your attention to the forthcoming album from Irish post-punk band Silverbacks.New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.

    Kanye West's 'Donda' + Guilty Pleasures

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 55:18

    What's your biggest fear as a concertgoer? For Steve, it's having to do a Number 2 at a show — even nice venues with good toilets seem like a terrible place to spend any significant amount of time. This is perhaps the exact thought that went through the head of the person who had an unfortunate bowel movement in the mosh pit at a Turnstile show last week. Will people now feel empowered to do the same at upcoming Turnstile shows, like how Barenaked Ladies got Kraft mac and cheese thrown at them?The meat of this week's episode comes in the form of a discussion about Donda, the oft-discussed, perhaps anticipated new album from Kanye West. The thing about Kanye is that the music media once gave him the benefit of the doubt, and now they don't. Nonetheless, like everything Kanye does these days, Donda has this huge gravitational pull, yet it feels somewhat marooned from what's actually happening at large, with a narrative set almost entirely on planet Kanye. There'ss callbacks to some Yeezus and 808s-style electronic music, a lot of Jesus (the curses are bleeped out!), but rather than create trends, it turns away from them. Donda just sucks all the air out of the room.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging Jail Socks, who just released the new album Coming Down while Steve wants to spread the good word about Other You, the latest LP from indie guitar god Steve Gunn.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.

    Lorde, Big Red Machine, and Turnstile, Plus: Jimothy!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 55:51

    During last week's episode, Steve and Ian wondered if the latest album from Lorde, was going to follow a similar trajectory to recent releases from Clairo and Billie Eilish — LPs with rollouts that feel very muted and underwhelming, but the final product ultimately left them feeling pleasantly surprised. Solar Power, however, never manages to spin the narrative and truly deliver, offering a collection of songs that feel bland and difficult to connect with.The new LP from Big Red Machine does not experience the same fate, with Aaron Dessner/Justin Vernon delivering an album that outshines each of their solo output over the last few years. It marks both of the acclaimed indie artists' transition into a world that feels markedly more “pop,” integrating massive names like Taylor Swift to elevate the project.Last but certainly not least is Glow On, the anticipated new album from Baltimore hardcore band Turnstile. Currently in the top 10 at Album of the Year, Glow On is a good example of how more bands should be making melodic hard rock records. Melodic hard rock is one of the most popular genres of all time and so few people make it now! Turnstile once again prove to be a shining example of how exciting rock music can be.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Steve is paying tribute to the life and music of Charlie Watts, the longtime Rolling Stones' drummer who passed away earlier this week. Meanwhile, Ian is plugging Asbestos Weak Hood, the new album from Ohio emo band Narrow/Arrow.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    Deafheaven, Plus: Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, And Foxing Discourse

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 53:55

    This week's episode has Steve and Ian discussing a band that wouldn't have fallen into the show's purview on their last record. But the new record from San Francisco black metal heavyweights Deafheaven doesn't sound very much like black metal at all. Instead, Infinite Granite is a genuine departure, a straight-up shoegaze record that starts the band on a completely new path.Where singer George Clark previously leveled up the intensity with his harsh vocals from previous records, Infinite Granite has him focused on melodic vocals, while the rest of the band is focused on shimmering expansive instrumentals. Plus, it's all doused in layers of reverb very reminiscent of modern shoegaze bands like DIIV and Nothing.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is is shouting out Portland shoegaze-dream-pop-college-rock hybrid Alien Boy, whose new album Don't Know What I Am just dropped. Meanwhile, Steve is highlighting Trace Mountains, whose forthcoming album House Of Confusion is due in October.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Killers + Bleachers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 59:39

    It's been a big week in the indie rock world, from the return of Big Thief to updated Covid policies across the live music ecosystem. Steve and Ian cover both of these topics in the opening minutes of the latest episode of Indiecast.The meat of this week's episode comes in the form of a discussion of new albums from The Killers and Bleachers. The Killers are back with Pressure Machine, the band's seventh LP that comes almost exactly a year after their last full-length effort, Imploding The Mirage, and finds the band exploring new sonic territory that is markedly more downbeat and introspective. Bleachers, on the other hand, found Jack Antonoff trying to go as Springsteen as possible on his third solo release, Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night. How do both of these albums stack up in their respective catalogues?In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging the new LP from emo greats A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, while Steve wants to shout out the forthcoming LP from Baltimore experimental hardcore outfit Turnstile.

    Billie Eilish + Foxing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 58:59

    During last week's episode, Steve and Ian took some time to theorize that Billie Eilish's new album Happier Than Ever might be heading in the direction of a sophomore slump. However, the latest effort from the young superstar is a good example of an LP featuring a handful of underwhelming singles that misrepresent and otherwise pretty good album. Happier Than Ever seems to share some inspiration DNA with the new Clairo album, in that they are both reactions to fame records, but instead of going abrasive they've gone even quieter and more hushed. Overall, the new album from the young superstar feels very much apiece with how people listen to music now, and a thoroughly enjoyable affair.Next up on the docket is Draw Down The Moon, the latest opus from St. Louis band Foxing. It's the follow-up to the band's third studio album Nearer My God — which Ian is quick to name the best album of any genre of the last five years — and goes to places even grander and enveloping. Long story short, it can either take the band to completely new heights in their career… or destroy them entirely. Only time will tell!In this week's Recommendation Corner, Steve is recommending No Medium, the new album from Rosali that was released a few months ago. Ian has been vibing with Lantlôs, the German “post-black metal” band that dropped their latest effort Wildhund last week.

    Our 1-Year Anniversary + Indiecast Hall Of Fame

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 56:13

    Time flies when you're having fun: this week marks the one-year anniversary of Indiecast! Steve and Ian kick off the new episode with reflections of their highs and lows from a year of doing the show, and take a moment to thank all of the listeners who have engaged with the show and submitted questions.The meat of this episode has Steve and Ian revisiting the Indiecast Hall Of Fame, which is dedicated to honoring albums that are under-appreciated in the modern lexicon of indie rock. The new albums receiving honors include The Soundtrack Of Our Lives' 2002 effort Behind The Music, Screaming Trees' Dust, and more.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is paying tribute to Joey Jordison, the late Slipknot drummer who passed away earlier this week, and reminding fans to revisit the first Slipknot album. Steve, on the other hand, is prepared to start revving the engine of the hype train around Let Me Do One More, the new album from Illuminati Hotties that isn't due until October.

    The War On Drugs and 2021's Return Of Heartland Rock, Plus: Kanye West + Music Documentaries

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 54:26

    With new music incoming from The War On Drugs, The Killers, and Coldplay, this episode of Indiecast asks the question we've all been thinking: is heartland rock stronger than ever or drawing its last breath? The staying power of the aforementioned acts is undeniable, but at the same time there aren't many up and coming acts who are creating music that feels similar, sonically or thematically. It's unclear whether there is even room in the heartland rock space for any acts that are still emerging, including some of our favorite underrated artists like like Wild Pink or Strand Of Oaks.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian has been vibing with Johnny Football Hero's Complacency EP, while Steve is once again plugging HBO's forthcoming Woodstock '99 documentary for which he served as a consulting producer.

    Clairo + Albums By Kids Of Famous Musicians

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 53:40

    This week's episode opens with Steve and Ian discussing recent albums from the offspring of famous people. This leads naturally into a conversation of Sling, the new sophomore album from indie pop phenom Clairo. Claire Cotrill's parents are well-connected in the music industry, which many haters use as a way to discount her success as an artist over the last few years and reiterate the “bootstraps” mentality (that is a driving force of the capitalist mindset, but we digress).Musically, Sling is a very low-key affair that could be viewed as another “reaction to fame” record that exists as the opposite end of the harshness spectrum from Nirvana's In Utero. Produce by Jack Antonoff, the LP stems from the pent-up anxiety of Cotrill's sudden fame after her debut, and the intense touring schedule that followed. It's not as immediately gripping as Immunity, but seems like a record that could get definitely grow on a listener after it settles in the brain and ages.In this week's Recommendation Corner, both Steve and Ian are plugging brand new surprise EPs from two of their favorite artists. Steve is urging everyone to check out Total Serene, the latest short-form release from Gang Of Youths, and Ian can't get enough of the new EP from Yves Tumor.

    Mailbag: The Doors, Blog Rock, and The State Of Music Journalism

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 59:45

    As is tradition, this week's episode of Indiecast has Steve and Ian taking questions from you: the loyal listeners. Questions were fielded from all around the globe, leading this Mailbag episode to revolve around a provocative conversation about topics like the state of music journalism and which medium is best for learning about an artist in 2021, as well as bands that could have been bigger had they come around at a different time, blog rock, and the songs that Steve and Ian have listened to the most over the years.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Steve is recommending Liam Kazar, whose latest effort, Due North, is set for release in August. Ian, on the other hand, is taking the opportunity to once again plug South Carolina outfit Adjy, who released The Idyll Opus (I-IV) last week.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    The Mid-Year Indiecasties

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 57:27

    Late last year, Steve and Ian created the Indiecasties, a special, highly sought-after distinction honoring the best, worst, and downright strangest releases of the year. This week, they're bringing back the segment for a mid-year review to award titles like Most Valuable Album Cycle (MVAC), Memory-Holed Album Of The Year So Far, and Most “Festival Band” Festival Band to the best and brightest of the first six months of 2021.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging South Carolina outfit Adjy, whi released The Idyll Opus (I-IV) earlier this week. Steve, on the other hand, is shouting out Summer Of Soul, the new Questlove-directed documentary focused on the Harlem Cultural Festival during the summer of 1969.

    Lucy Dacus, Lightning Bug + Faye Webster

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 61:34

    Lucy Dacus! Modest Mouse! Pom Pom Squad! Tyler, The Creator! Lightning Bug! Free Throw! Faye Webster! All of these albums drop today, and that's just the beginning of the list. Steve and Ian got in front of this week's onslaught of releases by discussing the new Modest Mouse LP in last week's episode. Even with advance preparation, it was difficult to choose just two albums to dig into this week, so they decided to tack on a third. The latest efforts from Lucy Dacus, Lightning Bug, and Faye Webster stand above the rest of the laundry list of releases this week, marking creative high points for all three artists.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Ian is digging Butterfly 3000, the latest in a string of 2021 releases from prolific Australian outfit King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Steve wants to spread the good word about The Veiled Sea, the new effort from indie jam band Six Organs Of Admittance.You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at indiecastmailbag@gmail.com, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news.

    Modest Mouse + The Shins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 57:19

    Next week, Modest Mose is releasing The Golden Casket, their first new music since 2015's Strangers To Ourselves . We recently got Isaac Brock to review every Modest Mouse album, including their latest, and now it's time for Steve and Ian to give their takes on the band's first release for the better part of a decade.In addition to new music, Steve and Ian are also reflecting on the catalogue and career of one of the brightest lights in the indie rock scene of the aughts: The Shins. The band recently celebrated twenty years of Oh, Inverted World with a newly remastered version of the album, considered to be one of the definitive touchstones of the indie rock canon. How does it hold up two decades after its initial release?In this week's Recommendation Corner, Steve is excited about the return of Gang Of Youths with the new single “The Angel Of 8th Ave.” Ian is digging Megabear, the new album from UK outfit Me Rex.

    "Bon Iver" 10th Anniversary, Plus: Lorde, Jimmy Eat World, Bo Burnham Blowback

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 62:24

    This month marks the tenth anniversary of Bon Iver's self-titled sophomore album, which solidified Justin Vernon's project as an indie rock powerhouse, and eventually earned him a handful of Grammys (see above). To celebrate ten years of this pivotal record, Steve and Ian are putting aside their opposing views on Bon Iver to spend an episode reflecting on the outfit's catalogue and lasting impact.In the decade since the release of Bon Iver, Justin Vernon has made a name for himself as one of the least predictable and most adventurous artists of recent memory, with a series of ultimate “grower” albums that end up shifting listeners' tastes, that somehow exist in the same timeline as recent massive collaborations with Taylor Swift. This week, Steve and Ian discuss whether “Woods” is one of the most important indie rock songs of the 21st century, and how much Vernon's association with Kanye actually accounts for his credibility in the indie world.In this week's Recommendation Corner, Steve is digging Australian indie-pop outfit The Goon Sax's forthcoming LP Mirror II, while Ian is plugging Militarie Gun's new EP All Roads Lead To The Gun.

    2021's Unsung Albums (So Far)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 53:04

    Somehow, 2021 is already nearly halfway over. With the world getting ready to emerge from our collective cocoon, here’s to hoping that the second half of the year will bring more joy IRL than the first half. Despite the lack of in-person interactions over the last six months, one thing that hasn’t been lacking is the release of exceptional new music. On this week’s episode of Indiecast, Steve and Ian are digging into some of the year’s best albums that might have flown under the radar.Ranging from punk and punk-adjacent efforts like Fiddlehead’s Between The Richness and Field Music’s Flat White Moon, to the good vibes of Jimmy Montague’s Casual Use or Sunburned Hand Of The Man’s Pick A Day To Die, Steve and Ian cover a lot of sonic ground in their picks.With much of this episode dedicated to music you might not have heard before, there is no Recommendation Corner this week.

    Olivia Rodrigo + Black Midi, Plus: Fartlow

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 56:21

    Last week, Olivia Rodrigo released her highly anticipated debut album Sour. The full-length effort includes three absolutely massive singles, and sets Rodrigo as one of the biggest stars on the planet. However, some of the discourse online was criticizing the praise, questioning whether critics have any place reviewing “teenage” music. On this week’s episode of Indiecast, Steve and Ian dig into Sour, and this confounding divide.Later in the episode, the duo also discuss Cavalcade, the new album from English experimental rockers Black Midi. In the midst of an era of music consumption that gives listeners exactly what they want, Black Midi is the rare rock band with a significant profile that is unafraid of irritating people. At a time when boundless musical comfort food is at our fingertips, the buzz around the group is equal parts confusing and exciting.In this week’s Recommendation Corner, Ian is plugging I Won’t Reach Out To You, the new EP from Michigan punks Hot Mulligan. Steve wants listeners to check out his recent interview with Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, whose forthcoming Jubilee is a big contender for indie album of the year.

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