Indie Affinity: Daytrotter

Daytrotter is the website for Horseshack recording studio in Illinois, specializing in recording upcoming indie artists as well as local artists. The unique thing about the musicians’ recordings are that they are left completely unedited before their “sessions” are put up on the site for streaming and free downloading.

This method allows the listener to hear raw and more authentic versions of songs by their favorite artists such as MGMT, Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie, and Cold War Kids. Another unique thing about the sessions is that each one is specially illustrated.

Putting up songs from about 7 different artists a week makes the site a great outlet for discovering new music. It’s no wonder why Daytrotter won the Nielsen Online and Billboard.com’s “Music Blog of The Year” award in 2007.

The Daytrotter app is just as amazing as the site, containing all the same content, just displayed in a simpler, more convenient to use format.

Here are some tracks I recommend:

  • Holy Ghost!-“Wait & See”
  • Smith Westerns-“Weekend”
  • Daughter-“Candles”
  • The Gay Blades-“O, Shot”
  • Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s-“Broadripple is Burning”
  • Local Natives-“Airplanes”

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