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Awesome choice jz. The Maldives have such a big and satisfying sound...and they're nice guys too!

Posted by E | August 1, 2007 11:12 PM

jonathan, did i ever tell you that one of my studio projects was to mix down a bunch of maldives songs?

Posted by ewald | August 2, 2007 3:45 AM

"alt-country?" Don't you mean "indie-americana?" :) Thanks for showing some love to that side of the scene, whatever you call it. It IS a big part of the Seattle landscape. The Stranger really needs to bring back the roots/americana column ... (Drunk by Noon - Border Radio)

Posted by yep | August 2, 2007 9:43 AM

@3--doh! yeah, "indie-americana." or maybe "indie-roots"--though i guess thats something different:

Posted by jz | August 2, 2007 10:17 AM

Nice jz, had not seen that. It's an interesting take on it, but what a hopeless task, this categorization. I haven't the slightest notion anymore what "indie" really means. I think it used to mean simply 'independent of label (or at least major label) support.' Anymore, it seems like it has to denote a certain attitude, or refers only to punk-influenced music.. or young, "new" music. If indie still means independent, then the question is independent of what? 'Roots' and 'Americana' at least suggest some connection to older folk/blues/country which are kind of uniquely American.

I don't envy your job, which is largely to describe one language - music - with another - written words. Something is usually lost in translation. Doesn't it drive you nuts?

Posted by yep | August 2, 2007 11:18 AM

yep--nah, its pretty fun, actually. im a geek like that. it only drives me nuts when im misunderstood, which is the feedback im getting from another piece in this weeks section:

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