View Full Version : 1990s hypes revisited - loose series installment 04 - "Lo-Fi"

08-06-2018, 10:29 AM
OK, this time it's some genre - if it's a distinct genre at all - I know almost nothing about - "Lo-Fi". People likethe Palace Brothers/Will Oldham. Nerd-ish people recording folk-rock songs in their bedrooms/toilets (well, it got a wikipedia-entry so I guess it's a genre after all). The only times I really heard this was on the John Peel Show tbh. It's a likeable stance I guess to record guitar music in your bedroom studios without adoubt. Back in the mid 90s I was a teenager and this stuff sounded like music for adults, which it definitely was/is. In other words it didn't interest me at all back then, I wasn't appalled by it, either though.

08-06-2018, 07:11 PM
Horrible John Peel/Everett True Music.

08-06-2018, 07:27 PM
does this start with the first pavement records and stuff on the shrimper cassette label? "slay tracks" is still pretty great (one of my most valuable 7"s, $200 on discogs!), sounds like it was recorded with shitty one mic in a cardboard box studio but the hooks! before the whole slacker aesthetic ruined everything.

maybe they were to "rock", unlike palace.

08-06-2018, 08:06 PM
Sebadoh are better than Dinosaur Jr. getting that in now and quickly.

08-06-2018, 10:41 PM
dino jr=indie rawk; sebadoh=bedwetter music.

i actually like some sebadoh, but it's sentridoh that's the true lo-fi band.

08-06-2018, 10:48 PM
Sebadoh had nothing on this:


08-06-2018, 10:56 PM
Or this:


08-06-2018, 11:44 PM
Surely TV Personalities and other ramshackle post-punk bands prefigured all the 90s lo fi.

Sebadoh and Palace brilliant, lovely 90s time capsules, Pavement execrable and charmless.