Alternative Music for Alternative People
~ and when we say Alternative, that’s Alternative in the sense of not top 40, and not your usual pop…
So Really, What Is Alternative Music?
In it’s purest sense, Alternative Music is the opposite of Pop music (i.e.; whatever is on the Popular music charts). However, Alternative has become an umbrella term for describing new rock music. Modern Rock is probably a better description. Alternative embodies many sub-genres including: Indie Rock, Alt Folk, Gothic, Brit-Pop, Alt.Country, Shoegazer, Nü-Metal, Grunge, Punk, Emo, New Wave, Post-Rock, most of which you’ll find in the Plutonic Group Sync Samplers.
The roots of Alternative music go back to the late 1960s with bands like The Velvet Underground, Iggy and the Stooges, MC5, The Silver Apples and many more. These bands fused art and intellectualism, along with counterculture ideals, with rock and roll.
In the early to mid 1980’s, bands such as REM and Echo & the Bunnymen became mainstay’s on the college radio stations as well as late night video shows like Night Flight and 120 Minutes on MTV. It wasn’t long before those college students were out in the “real” world and running the record labels and radio stations.
Most of what gets called Alternative today is very much mainstream popular music. Many people have come to resent the words Alternative Music, since everything, good or bad, seems to get called alternative. However, there are still Indie labels and artists out there who demonstrate the alternative spirit of art and intellectualism. But now, when someone says they listen to “alternative,” they mean Vampire Weekend, Lana Del Rey, Haim, CHVRCHES — you can essentially throw a blind dart at the Coachella or Isle of Wight lineup and deem the artist you hit as “alternative.”
So if you’re the type of person whose music tastes are a little more eclectic, chances are you’re looking for some alternative indie tracks for your TV or Trailer promo. Luckily, we’ve got you covered!
We’ve taken the privilege of handling one vital need on your music discovery checklist — the perfect playlist of alternative tunes that you probably haven’t heard before — because the most memorable songs from last month just won’t make the cut this time around.
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- Behind Your Back
- A Day
- Porn Mountain
- Church Bells
- Is There Anyone Better Than The Flaming Lips?
- Return To Coney - Radio Edit
- Soul Bird