Alternative Nation: The Fediverse's Alternative and Indie Music Community

3305 readers
15 users here now

Alternative Nation : The Fediverse's largest alternative and indie music community! All things alternative music, from 80s college rock to today's indie and all the amazing alternative music in between. Welcome home, music nerds!

Some of y'all may remember MTV's Alternative Nation or 120 Minutes, awesome programs & incredible ways to discover #music back in the 80s & 90s...

Welcome, to the Fediverse edition!


Subscribe, share, & chat!

Share youtube, songwhip, spotify, bandcamp links, music memes, album art, articles, whatever! But avoid links to directly download music (don't want to get in trouble). Songwhip links always appreciated!

See this post on recs on how to post!

The Golden Rule: Music taste is subjective so don't be a gatekeeping asshole. There's no "bad music", only music you like or don't like.

We Are A Community: So no racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or spam.

๐ŸŽต Let's get lost in the Fediverse's record store together! ๐ŸŽถ

Other Lemmy music communities to explore and support:

Where to find ren:

founded 1 year ago

HELLO & WELCOME to Alternative Nation, the Fediverse's largest alternative & indie music community!

We are all so happy you are here. You love music, we love music, and here we are, headphones on, in our own little world happily outside the mainstream while also supporting the growth of Lemmy, Kbin, & the Fediverse at large. ๐Ÿ’•

Figured it was time to talk about recommendations on how to format your posts for maximum visibility & engagement and also let you know the different ways you can post to the community.

Sound good? Let's go!

. . .


Key word here is "recommendation". I don't think we need strict rules to post, but here's what I recommend:

  1. Band - Song or Album Title: At the very least, this should be included in your post title. Pretty standard way of identifying something. No worries about quotation marks, the text and the dash are more than enough. Obviously, if it's an article link, the article title would go here.

  2. [Description Brackets]: Totally up to you, but personally I've been enjoying adding [Fresh] if the song or album is pretty new within the last week or two or so, or adding [Stream] if it's a link to an album stream link on Songwhip. I also sometimes use brackets to indicate the source if it's an article like [BrooklynVegan]. Not a rule, I just think it's nice to give some cred out.

  3. Dates or small commentary after the title: Again, you do you. Year of release can be nice for older tracks & albums, or if you have a strong emotion about the album that you think needs to be in the title, go for it - though I think the caption section is probably best.

  4. Album Art/Image or Link?: Lemmy is set up to share an image or a link as the primary content. Personally, I love album art or a cool image of the artist and would rather share the link to the music, video, or article in the caption. Lemmy's auto-thumbnails seem hit or miss, so to me it makes a richer post. But again, you do you!

Great! But let's say you aren't posting from Lemmy or Kbin?

. . .


While having a Lemmy/Kbin account is the best way to not miss any comments, you don't need to be on Lemmy to post here. By tagging "@[email protected]" in a Mastodon, Firefish (Calckey), or other federated microblogging platform post, you also actually post to our community! How cool is that!

But the format of your post can get real janky if you don't follow a certain format. My recommendation is set up your Mastodon et al post in the following way:

  1. Make the 1st line of the post the title like "Band - Song or Album Title" - no hashtags or account tags here, they get real messed up on Lemmy.

  2. After the line break from the title, include your caption and any links. Feel free to add hashtags in the caption area (I know people follow hashtags on Mastodon et al)

  3. Include "@[email protected]" in the post (just not in the first line, please). This is how the post gets posted here!

  4. Finally, I recommend adding an image to the post - this will be the thumbnail on Lemmy!

. . .


That's it y'all! Hope this helps. Please spread the word to all your alternative music fans here, on Mastodon, and even on Reddit. Let's build something special together.


ren ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’•

Alex G - Exist (
submitted 1 day ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

i wrote a thing about Ariel Pink. but it's more of a wrestling match with the cognitive dissonance that comes with enjoying music that's made by gross people. kinda a "separating the art from the artist" thing, kinda not. bound to inspire some negativity from some, but the goal is to explore this weird dynamic that happens between art and artist and fan in an open, cordial way.


Gather all around, there's a new clown in town / He's preaching for a change but there's nothing going down / So bring all your gold and forgiveness will be sold / And if you're number seven he will send you straight to heaven.







I just noticed a new Eels album came out in June. This is the opening track. It's delicate, existential and introspective. I am listening to the rest of the album, as I type this.

Youtube backup link


I have been exchanging music recommendations with a friend. She recently sent me this track. The internet tells me that I had already listened to a few times, but it had slipped my mind until my friend's email. Having just listened to the whole of the Versions Of Modern Performance album, I like the sound that this young Chicago band makes. That's probably because it sounds like we're back in 1996 again.

Youtube backup link


Who's listening to the new NGR EP?


This is some list.


Youtube backup link

From The Tragically Hip's first EP.

For those who observe it, have a nice Canada Day.


They are no longer his creations


NPR has a story about them today which reminded me of this song from the mid-90s.

you know my love is sweeeeeet!


Familiar now strange

view more: next โ€บ