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Best Indie Tracks of Movember 2010

We talk a lot about music on TNLF but lately we’ve been trying to tie different topics into our posts that eventually link back to music. A few days ago we featured a mixtape from Dear Earth, a fashion company in Miami we really dig that makes eco friendly clothing, often with a music related twist, i.e. a “Come To Get Her” t-shirt that plays off of The Beatles song “Come Together”. Love the concept, love the designs and totally love their mixtape.

Today I want to highlight Movember. Honestly, until this year I never heard the term. Sad. I know. Anyway, Movember is a term that came from combining the slang for the mustache or “The Mo” and the name for the 11th month of the year, November.

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia.  The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health.  Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a mustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean-shaven and then grow a mustache for the entire month.  The mustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a mustachio for 30 days.

Movember has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland. In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.

In honor of Movember, we put together a mixtape of our favorite indie tracks from this past month. A few of these tracks you may have already heard somewhere in the blogosphere but there are a handful of newcomers that we’re really excited about. From the newcomers, check out Swim Party’s Take a Knee, Voxtrot’s The Start of Something, Jim Noir’s Car, The Nautics Black Light Doves, We All Have Hooks For Hands‘ Be Love, Be Wild, and Sri’s Season of Whales. All of the bands on this mix are on our radar for the most important indie bands to watch this year.

Cheers, D-Hall

Blood In the Water Must Have Been Tokyo
Tiny Circle Wolf People
Take A Knee Swim Party
Colors The Pass
Be Love, Be Wild We All Have Hooks for Hands
Go Outside Cults
Easy Breeze Family Trees
The Start Of Something Voxtrot
Shape of Things to Come Janelle Monáe
Holiday In Congo Raindow Arabia
Car Jim Noir
O Maybe I Chapel Club
Black Light Doves The Nautics
Season of Whales Sri
Recklessness Radical Dads

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