like having to use chopsticks for the first time
or it just sucksIndie is probably the least "in" genre among hip New York gentry, presumably because it's semi-mainstream. If you needa distinguish yourself from the plebs, it's your best option. It's all part of the new highbrow sensibility, which can be described as "listens to everything (except indie)."
is that indie? I dont think 'covered by pitchfork' makes it inherently indie. Newsom doesnt sound anything like the popular conception of indie music. The working definition on here at least seems to be bands like Bodega//
this is really tricky for me to see an answer. I mean, what are you calling "indie" here? Are LCD Soundsystem indie, or do you consider them too cool and danceable to be indie? Is Sufjan Stevens indie, or is he a singer songwriter? Casiotone for the painfully alone? I don't even see how Jim O'Rourke comes to be indie, but as far as you are concerned he is.
Not an answer by any means, but indie is such a useless term for a question like this. Asking for recommendations about a music catagory that is so ill defined and much disputed is just asking for a big fat mess.