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7 September 2015

Episode 204

28 minutes


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Indie can be applied to a number of things: a record label, a film, a genre, even a haircut. We take the term and apply it to music and film with Will Hodgkinson, pop and rock critic for ‘The Times’, and David Jenkins, editor of ‘Little White Lies’ magazine, to see what the term means in 2015 and where it has come from. Plus: We head to Portland in Oregon, perhaps the most indie city in the world, and discover why counterculture thrives in the US city.

7 September 2015

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Chapter 1

Interview: David Jenkins, editor of ‘Little White Lies’ magazine, on indie film

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Indie film-making is synonymous with both a funding model and a style. We delve into the genre – if it indeed is a genre – with David Jenkins from indie-film magazine ‘Little White Lies’.

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What is indie? Portland in Oregon examined

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One place where indie seems to thrive is Portland in Oregon. The city has a plethora of independent businesses, food trucks, magazines, publishers, record labels, bands... the list goes on. So what is it about Portland that breeds so much indie? Our reporter, Melanie Sevcenko heads into town to find out.

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Interview: Will Hodgkinson, rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, on indie music

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What is indie music? Guitars, attitude, a certain dark-glasses-at-night notion of cool, the underground, the underdog. We wonder whether indie music is a style of guitar-y pop music or whether it’s simply music of any type put out by a non-major label?

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