Archive for August, 2009
It’s a very exciting week at the streaming cafe. We have just launched a completely new website. It’s simply beautiful. It’s a whole new streaming cafe.
The Beatles, among other things, gave us the perfect pop song: 2 and a half minutes of repetitive catchy guitar driven rock and roll. As partly a reaction to popular culture indie music often strays from this formulae. So, to understand the music of recent cafe performer Brock Geiger we need to look at the importance of indie music as a reaction, a protest but also a by-product of pop music.
Any who caught the show will be quick to notice Geiger’s lack of repetition, a standard way of making songs “catchy” as well as his extended 6-8 minute songs. It is important to note that my definition of indie music is such that the musicians have subscribed to the ideals of the counter-culture movement and not simply published their own record.
Geiger crafted his songs in such a way that there was an obvious “tipping of the hat” to the tradition of pop songs while also a step beyond into the oblivion of indie music. There was a sense of journey and meaning to his set, but also of reverence for the ground he was stepping on (that being pop music).
These ideas will undoubtably come up in the next fews weeks at the cafe as we have a wide array of indie bands and singers.
You can check out Brock Geiger on our website in the PREVIOUS SHOWS section as well as on our YOUTUBE channel (www.youtube.com/streamingcafe)
till next time,
Touring musicians in the Okanagan.
Young bands have a certain edge. As if they are playing things for the first time, which may be the case. Poor Little Rich Girl, a Vernon based indie rock band played at the cafe this Saturday. Like many young bands they get by on energy and creativity. What struck me was the detailed guitar effect and strong chilly pepper esque rhythm section. And although they claimed not to know “The Cure” strong 80’s prog rock influence.
Poor Little Rich Girl may be a new band but they’ve played enough shows together to have some tight well knit songs. With their enigmatic lead singer they might also have the look to catch national and even international attention.
What’s exciting about young bands is getting to hear and see the process. The songs and sounds often aren’t as polished and this opens an audience’s ear to the sounds of striving, the sounds of practice, not of perfection. That said, part of the pull towards indie music is a pull towards imperfection on purpose.
Overall, it was a great evening at the streaming cafe.
Check out some of this show at www.streamingcafe.net
and more of Poor Little Rich Girl at www.myspace.com/poorlittlerichgirlband