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Lo-Fi in the 90s

536 Lo-Fi in the 90s

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Tape hiss, four-tracks, and more - we explore the world of lo-fi in the 90s and ask if it's just a recording technique or a genre of music

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Lo-fi isn't unique to the 1990s, but it is the first decade that the recording technique (meaning literally "lo-fidelity") merged with indie rock and take on a genre identity. Artists like Pavement, Sebadoh, Guided By Voices, Liz Phair, and more found their bedroom and basement recordings appealing to more than just a tape-trading crowd with the advent of cheap CD reproduction and small labels with better distribution. But it begs the question - is lo-fi simply a recording technique based on circumstance, or an aesthetic artists strive for to attain a particular emotional effect.

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  • Intro - I Am A¬†Scientist by Guided By Voices
  • 12:57 - Splendid Isolation by The Bevis Frond
  • 22:49 - Drive All Over Town by Elliott Smith
  • 32:37 - Losercore by Sentridoh
  • 45:56 - Parting Shot by The Grifter
  • 1:06:38 - Anytime You Want by Eric's Trip
  • Outro - Summer Babe (Winter Version)¬†by Pavement

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Roundtable - Genre Dissection