June 10, 2011 at 10:57 am

Daytrotter App Brings Live Indie Rock to iPhone, Android

Every single weekday, Daytrotter posts a new, exclusive recording session with a different band, usually from the world of indie music. And all of these high-quality performance recordings are now available on free apps for Android and iPhone.

It had some help with those apps. With its Concert Vault app, programmers at Wolfgang’s Vault built what we believe to be the premier live concert archive app back in 2009. Earlier this year, the same crew built a similar app for Daytrotter, the tastemaking indie rock concert archive site based out of Rock Island, Illinois, that’s spent the past five years putting out new, original performances every day.

Built for iPhone (and other iOS devices) and Android, Daytrotter’s mobile app shows the same guiding principle as its antecedent, Concert Vault: The app is designed to get users listening to live-recorded music quickly and easily.

First, the app comes with no login, so unlike Concert Vault, new users don’t need to worry about signing any paperwork. Second, you only get five initial options: New Sessions, Daytrotter Radio, Browse Artists, Artist Search, and Most Played — all of which even are easily navigable even if you’ve never been to Daytrotter.com before.

Photo of the mixing console at Daytrotter studios via DavidBazan.com (link below).

The most interesting option is Daytrotter Radio, which allows you to start a random radio station based on Daytrotter’s massive library or launch a randomized 40-song playlist based on the previous eight sessions to emerge from founder and CEO Sean Moeller’s Horseshack studio in Rock Island, Ill.

It’s a good starting point for Daytrotter newbies and users who aren’t sure what they want to listen to. At one band every weekday for over five years, Daytrotter has built a pretty expensive library, and it wouldn’t be hard for a casual listener of modern indie music to get lost in the mix, the Radio option is a nice way to cut to the chase.

Elsewhere, it’s unfortunate that Daytrotter doesn’t more clearly organize its content. The Concert Vault app, by comparison, has broken down shows into 22 different genres to make browsing easier. Why can’t Daytrotter? Sure, most of it’s indie rock, but there has to be a way to categorize this stuff better.

Also worth noting: Daytrotter.com’s video archive is nonexistent on the apps, and account holders cannot sign in and leave comments on each page, they way they can on the web site (though users can share on Facebook, Twitter, and email). So basically, you’re there to listen, not to watch or comment.

Aside from that, Daytrotter’s app runs great. It would be nice Daytrotter could support downloads on their app, as the web site does, so that you’d be able to listen offline. But as the app’s developer told Evolver.fm (interview posting soon), that feature may not be worth the trouble.

Either way. It’s a great app for fans of indie rock who are looking for a new way to listen, who are sure to enjoy these recordings, which aren’t available elsewhere.

(Photo via DavidBazan.com)