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And he’s the guy who made the logo, he’s also behind a Dinosaur Jr related comics, and an exciting life full of indie rock (more info about the legend here) →

French labels/collectives

Another Record Luc, Misophone
A Tant Rêver Du Roi Pamplemousse, It It Anita
Black Totem Records Burnside Eleven, Thee Maximators
Buddy Records Tapeworms, Belmont Witch
CanISay? Brainfreeze
Collectif O RawDog, Arainbow
Closer Records Cantharide, Jim Younger’s Spirit
Destructure Bitpart, Youth Avoiders
Echo Canyon Records Zero Gain, Monplaisir, Kindling
En veux-tu? En v’là! Gigs + noise label
Et mon cul c’est du tofu? Alligator, Besoin Dead
Furne Headcases
Head Records H.O.Z
Hidden Bay Posse, Brunch Club, Dumb Things
Incredible Kids Happier
Inmybed Prosperi Buri, Formica
Kicking Records Pegazio
Kütü Folk The Delano Orchestra
Lollipop Records Bushmen, Pleasures
Nineteen Something Highlight on guitar-driven french indie rock bands from ’80s-’90s (including Les Thugs)
Prohibited Records Prohibition, Heliogabale, Herman Düne
Red Plane Records Cantharide, Hamilton, Major Cooper
Rejuvenation Records Fat Beavers, The Kandinsky Complex, Hawks
Slow Death Red Gloves
tcritromal The Wrong Sister, Guru Meditation
Teenage Hate Avions
Total Heaven Mary’s Child, Sleepers
Vicious Circle Drive Blind, Chokebore, Troy von Balthazar
We Are Unique Angil And The Hiddentracks, Raymonde Howard

Labels out of France

4AD Pixies, Breeders, Throwing Muses
53rd & 3rd The Pastels, The Vaselines, BMX Bandits
Alternative Tentacles Dead Kennedys, Butthole Surfers, 16 Horsepower
Amphetamine Reptile Helmet, Chokebore
Babe City Records Lady Pills
Captured Tracks Veronica Falls
Creation Records Teenage Fanclub, Jesus And Mary Chain
Dischord Fugazi
Don Giovanni Screaming Females, California X, Jeffrey Lewis
Drag City Loose Fur, Will Oldham
Exploding In Sound Records Pile, Disco Doom, Two Inch Astronaut, Ovlov
Fat Possum R.L Burnside, Yuck
Fire Guided By Voices
Fleeting Youth Records Mumblr
Flying Nun (New Zealand) Tall Dwarfs, The Clean
Homestead Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh
Jade Tree Pedro The Lion
Jagjaguwar Bon Iver, Dinosaur Jr
Joyful Noise Sebadoh, Dumb Numbers
Juvenilia Records (Brazil) Ritalines, No Crowd Surfing
K Records Beat Happening
Kill Rock Stars Elliott Smith, Bikini Kill
Let’s Pretend Records Dead Dog
Lookout Operation Ivy, Bratmobile
Lovitt Records Soccer Team, Jason Falkner
Matador Pavement, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Yo La Tengo
Merge Superchunk, Polvo, Neutral Milk Hotel
Mom + Pop Cloud Nothings, Wavves, FIDLAR
Popllama Posies, Fastbacks, Presidents of the United States
Sub Pop Mudhoney, Nirvana
Suicide Squeeze King Tuff
Swami Records Drive Like Jehu, Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes
Touch And Go Big Black, Scratch Acid, Shellac

DIY bookers

Smart and Confused (Paris)
1000 manières de pourrir (La Rochelle / Poitiers)
Crumble Fight (Nantes)
En veux-tu? En v’là! (Paris)
Fish & Cheap Factory (Paris)
Freaky Loud Things (Paris)
Gtok gtko (Paris)
Les briques du néant (Lyon)
Sick my duck (Paris)
Transmission (Lille)
Psychotic Reaction (Paris)
Pilori (Paris)
Morsure (Paris)
smart and confused (Paris)
Calendar Days (St-Ouen)
Gutter Melodies (Paris)
Goat Cheese (Tours)

Bars that are also indie rock venues in Paris

Espace B (75019)
La Mécanique Ondulatoire (75011) – work in progress
L’Olympic Café (75020)
Supersonic (75012)
L’International (75011)
La Pointe Lafayette (75019)
Le Zorba (75010)
La Comedia (Montreuil)

Bars where you can listen to indie rock in Paris

Same than above
Pop In (75011)
Le Supercoin (75018)
Désordre (75011)
Le Chair de Poule (75011)
and probably more that we forgot


Our band could be your life (Michael Azerrad) Indie rock’s official bible →
Our noise (Mac & Laura & John Cook) The great and amazing story of Merge Records
Perfect from now on : how indie rock saved my life (John Sellers) Nothing to add to the title
Please Kill Me (Gillian McCain, Legs McNeil) Punk narrated by the ones who made it
In Love With These Times : My Life With Flying Nun Records (Roger Shepherd) The autobiography of the man behind this great NZ label
Late Century Dream About some indie american scenes (Chapell Hill + Phoenix + Athens + Texas + Chicago + Seattle without Sub Pop)
Nick Soulsby If you think you know it all about Nirvana after having read the biographies by the usual suspects (Azerrad, True, Cross), take a look at the books written/edited by Nick Soulsby, they’re gold mines.


1991 (the year punk broke)
Hype! About Seattle scene, before and after the grunge tsunami
I’m trying to break your heart About the intense recording of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Dig! About the Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre
End of the century About The Ramones
Instrument About Fugazi
Live! Tonight! Sold! Out! About Nirvana
Come on, people! About Les Thugs

Online videos

Ian MacKaye @ Library Of Congress
A documentary about Fugazi (no it’s not Instrument, it’s related to a tour in the West Coast in ’91)
Mac McCaughan talking about Merge Records
Elliott Smith interviews Lou Barlow
An interview of Ira Kaplan at the Ohio University
A speech by Michael Azerrad about Our band could be your life
Lot of John Peel sessions (sound only…)
Marie XXme : punk/noise (and more…) live videos in Paris


Dangerous Minds It’s wild and wide (books, illustrations, experimental vidéos, weird dolls…) but there’s good music posted there quite often (Jesus Lizard, Daniel Johnston, Butthole Surfers, Chavez, etc.)
Epitonic A lot of good indie, grunge, lo-fi music
Idioteq Very vast website about worldwide DIY and underground music
Indie Rock Mag The name is 100% accurate
John Peel Archive A journey in the legend’s record collection
nyctaper Crazy people recording great shows and sharing them
Rad Party Zine Incredible paintings and very old fanzine 
The talkhouse Michael Azerrad’s new website : Lou Barlow reviews Black Sabbath, Buzz Osbourne reviews the Stooges, etc.
Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females) also contributes comics to that website…
Xsilence Reviews, interviews and live reports  of french and international indie music. A (french written) forum too, with lots of trolls and fine discoveries.

Gig Agendas

Indie rock gigs in Paris (but it can be anything else, just type another request)
Open up your ears “Big” concerts from Paris and around posted every day
Paris Kiwi Website focused on Paris & Ile-de-France DIY scene
Pull Rouge Agenda for Nantes
Razibus Lot of punk and noise for France
Concertoupizza Loud music in the Toulouse area
Ville Morte Agenda for Lyon and around
Vortex Agenda for Marseilles
Oukonva Agenda for Auvergne

Radios & Podcasts

NPR A lot of previews, videos and discoveries
KEXP Seattle’s radio. A lot of live recording with great indie acts
Planet Claire Radio Aligre’s tasteful show with acoustic sessions (Yo La Tengo for instance) and mythic gigs (Nirvana @ Issy-Les-Moulineaux)
Indie 500 Radio A great Paris-based english spoken podcast about the french indie scene
Kreative Kontrol makes a lot of great interviews and has set up a conversation between Ian MacKaye and Steve Albini in two parts (1 and 2)
Life of the Record Podcast about cult albums (Surfer Rosa, NEU, John Prine, Violent Femmes, Perfect From Now On, The Sophtware Slump…) told by the people who made them

(More or less) DIY pedal effect makers

If you skip the “big” and “famous” ones:
Dirge Electronics (USA)
Formula B (ITA)
JMB Experience (FR)
Roadrunner (FR)
Bruno from tcritromal label (FR)
Celmo (FR)
Mazzette (FR)
Anasounds (FR)
Electronic Audio Experiments (USA)
Crowther Audio (NZ)
Beautiful Noise (AU)
Tym (AU)
Wren and Cuff (USA)
Dunn Pedals (USA)
Mask Audio Electronics (USA)
More broadly speaking, collector//emitter youtube channel does a great job testing indie pedals

Discover more bands

Bandcamp Discover It’s to find bands on… the bandcamp platform
Camp Explorer Also for bandcamp but you can look for as many tags as you want (including the place of the band)

Bands we’d like to see reunited
(even for money)

Screaming Trees
The Geraldine Fibbers
Drive Blind
Les Thugs

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