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Play On: Before They Blew Up

Noah Stitelman is one of Etsy’s customer service whiz kids. When he’s not assisting the Etsy community, he sings in a band called Neighbors. Making music has been one of Noah’s passions since he was a kid, and he’s followed the indie scene for years. In this video playlist, Noah talks up some of his favorite bands — many of which you may also love. From Grammy winner Arcade Fire to indie darlings TV on the Radio, this playlist is sure to bring back memories of your favorite bands’ early days.

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  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    I love David Bowie!

    3 years ago

  • Myfavoritesong

    Myfavoritesong says:

    This is a great concept! That moment before a band gets huge! I always loved music, but didn't have any talent creating it, so now I create custom jewellery by engraving the notes to your favourite song. My favourite indie band I ever did was Edward Sharpe and the Magic Zeros, the song 'Home'. Thanks for sharing this idea and video.

    3 years ago

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux says:

    Noah! Nice vids!

    3 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    Great Videos. love David Bowie too!

    3 years ago

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts says:

    Great videos, reminded me of some I had forgotten. Time to go make some music myself.

    3 years ago

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle says:

    Nice Vids!!!!! i love David~! :)

    3 years ago

  • pintobeanpress

    pintobeanpress says:

    Thanks for sharing. I love love love that song, especially for getting into work (creative at that) in the morning! Arcade Fire is one of the best shows out there.

    3 years ago

  • yourauntiespanties

    yourauntiespanties says:

    Thanks for this!! I really enjoyed it! Rebel, Rebel :)

    3 years ago

  • happyfamily

    happyfamily says:

    These are great, thanks for putting this together! I googled the date of my last arcade fire show- 2004- ugh kids make me old!

    3 years ago

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly says:

    LOVE David Bowie - when I was a teenager I drew the album cover from "Aladin Sane" on my bedroom wall (still can't believe my mom let me do that) :)

    3 years ago

  • BeaumontStudio

    BeaumontStudio says:

    Loved this - plugged in the speakers and rocked. The first time I heard the strokes their sound blew me away. I was working in a drawing classroom with all the lights down for dramatic lighting. The subject the class was drawing looked like a pile of wire and posts you'd find in a junkyard. This quiet guy popped in the strokes album and cranked it up. It was one of those moments where your heart skips a beat and your mind and body sink into each other for a minute in the pure bliss of an unexpected and awe inspiring sound. That drawing I was working on turned out gorgeous.

    3 years ago

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts says:

    We designed some of Tvotr's very first tour t-shirts! Great band, even greater people.

    3 years ago

  • jasmin5

    jasmin5 says:

    I really enjoyed this, thanks for taking the time to put it together. I can't believe you lived above Julian Casablancas!!!

    3 years ago

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop says:


    3 years ago

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    ThatOldBlueHouse2 says:

    Wow! Just listened to Arcade Fire video - Fantastic! I have been a Bowie fan since high school in the 70's...and had my most favorite jobs in college when I worked in a couple of Record Stores. Almost flunked out of college 'cause I worked so much. Worked with the entertainment writer for the local I got into some concerts free & then sat in on the interviews (talking heads was one)! Now my son turns me on to the new indie bands, cause that's what he listens to. Also got to see Stevie Ray Vaughn all the time when he was just a bar band...Fatdawgs...Lubbock, TX! Boy, thanks for the memories!

    3 years ago

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself says:

    Great song!

    3 years ago

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself says:

    Great Arcade Fire music!

    3 years ago

  • editionbw

    editionbw says:

    terrific mix, I remember that Arcade Fire / Bowie moment... the Thin White Duke loves his upandcoming bands! Also re the Letterman comment, remembering his (flirtatious?) interaction with Beth Ditto & Gossip makes me smile!

    3 years ago

  • zdaz

    zdaz says:

    TV on the Radio is a blast. Gosh and Bowie as well. Now you just need some Joy Division and we are set!

    3 years ago

  • customeyes

    customeyes says:

    Great bands Noah... I have been a huge TV on the Radio fan since I first heard Return to Cookie Mountain. Bowie appears on that record also. I immediately went back to the record store and bought Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes and Young Liars. Love and own every album they have put out now. My mom also became a big fan. She compared them to early Genesis. (with Peter Gabriel) David Sitek's new project Maximum Balloon is also very amazing. TVOTR fan for life! I like the other bands too ;) Wolf Parade was a new one for me though. Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • Jmiahmom

    Jmiahmom says:

    What a great blog. Thank you, love it

    3 years ago

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling says:

    Noah, that was great! I have been a David Bowie fan since I was in high school...the 70s. Been out of the loop for a while so this was awesome! Loved the Strokes and TV on the Radio!! Thanks for sharing this! :)

    3 years ago

  • iriejen

    iriejen says:

    I love the whole "stand up band" thing going on in this video. Reminds me of seeing the Pogues a few years back. Lots of different instruments, passion and dedication makes this a beautiful success with the added Bowie ensemble. Thanks for your blog. Neat O

    3 years ago

  • danapereabloede

    danapereabloede says:

    i love arcade fire....thanks for sharing this video w/david b. am looking forward to more indie "blow up" bands you recommend ...

    3 years ago

  • SkateBetty

    SkateBetty says:

    pretty cool stuff Noah!

    3 years ago

  • brynnalex

    brynnalex says:

    Arcade Fire from Montreal - love them! Thanks, of course I've always loved Bowie, too. To see them together is great!

    3 years ago

  • everythingok

    everythingok says:

    Way to make myself sound like a pretentious hipster fart, but I remember just after the Arcade Fire released their first little EP playing a few shows here in Guelph in the old Ed Video space upstairs in this wee little space that sat about 30 cross-legged on the floor, with half the band members apparently almost too tall for the space, and Richie banging on the ceiling with drumsticks by way of percussion. To be honest, I got a touch selfishly sad when they went supernova famous because it meant they wouldn't be playing shows in little spaces in my city anymore. Which blows because more really good bands should be playing here, not less. Poopy poopy poop.

    3 years ago

  • AlceneChan

    AlceneChan says:

    I jam out to this song almost everyday :-)

    3 years ago

  • hollyglimmer

    hollyglimmer says:

    Thank you, Noah for the epic videos! Arcade Fire and David Bowie--sublime ♥

    3 years ago

  • RossLab

    RossLab says:

    I simply love Bowie... thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • cartoonmonster

    cartoonmonster says:

    it looks like he's in my living room... rainbow lights, guitars on the wall...

    3 years ago

  • ucjohnstone

    ucjohnstone says:

    Thank you Noah for introducing me to some great bands! Looking forward to more!

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:


    3 years ago

  • WildPlumTree

    WildPlumTree says:

    Thank you!! for sharing your playlist and introducing me to some very good new music. I'll be listening to more of these guys in the future!

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    I always used to love before they were famous skits, some of my favourite bands have some pretty cringeworthy ones. Big backcombed hair and lycra leggings and that was just the men. ouch!

    3 years ago

  • VictoriaWest

    VictoriaWest says:

    I LOVE LOVE the Strokes! ... And I should start listening more to TV on the Radio - I love their track "staring at the sun".

    3 years ago

  • TheLaughingLlama

    TheLaughingLlama says:

    Thank you Noah for putting a smile on my face today! =) I have always loved David Bowie. I have never herd of Arcade Fire before...awesome band.

    3 years ago

  • FiorellaJewelry

    FiorellaJewelry says:

    Love Oberhofer! I am such a sucker for whistling in songs :)

    3 years ago

  • AmigurumiByAli

    AmigurumiByAli says:

    thanks for the playlist! Very good :)

    3 years ago

  • kristinebphoto

    kristinebphoto says:

    Loved this! All my favorite songs from my favorite bands! Did i hear the lead singer of wolf parade is in the handsome furs now? I guess i was the only one who wanted less bowie and more Win on wake up ;) either way it was a great video to watch. Please do more of these!!!

    3 years ago