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This compilation was released as part of Super Bowl celebrations by the Culture and Arts Programs Committee to showcases Indy's local talent. It is available for free to download and stream and will be housed online at Musical Family Tree.
Okay, Indianapolis has had some embarrassments as it prepares for the Super Bowl (the poster, the logo, the theme song commercial of sorts), but this is not one of them; in fact, this might help us save face. We've got some great musicians in this city, and this state: maybe you didn't know. We do. These 46 songs, performed by 46 Indiana artists and bands, offer some serious variety. Impressively, this is the kind of play list that you can listen to, in its entirety, and want to repeat.
Even if you consider yourself an avid music connoisseur in Indianapolis, there's a decent chance that you haven't heard some of these local bands. Slothpop opens the mix; they've got an Indie folk/electronic sound, and Kristin Newborn is easy to listen to. Vulgar Boatman is more pop; "You Don't Love me Yet" is the kind of song that could make almost anyone's soundtrack to life. Mr. Kinetik's "Our City" is a straight-up tribute to Indianapolis: be proud, people. Been in Greencastle lately? Hopefully you've heard Tad Robinson: he's smooth - simple blues, the way Indiana is simple: it's not, quite, but it comes off that way. We like seasons. We like rainstorms, and what comes after them. Neon Love Life: damn, these girls rock. Trust me, every girl ever has wanted to be in an all-girl band and this group is a perfect example of why. It's cool: let these songs make you feel good.
This mix is working; you might be shocked that you don't skip over any of these tracks. Everything, Now! contributes a totally rocking track, "Why Believe?" Look them up. All of Indiana should be proud to have produced Margot and the Nuclear So and So's. Go to any country in the world and you'll probably see signs for this band. They get around, and they satisfy. They're #45 on a list of 46, and that may indicate that you will, for sure, make it all the way through this list, and you will be rewarded with nonstop excellent music, all from our little crossroads state. The final track, "One Way Ticket," by Frank Glover, is a good reminder that jazz is alive and well in Indiana, as it has been for some time. This state is home to some tremendous jazz musicians; if you need a reminder, head to the Chatterbox on Mass Ave. just about any weekend of the year. Congratulations Indiana, you're full of incredible music.