FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. When was IRP established?

May 2006 was the first Indie/Rock Playlist

2. What’s the difference between IRP and BIRP?

BIRP(Blalock’s Indie/Rock Playlist) was created by Josh Blalock after IRP went on hiatus in January of 2009.
IRP returned in 2010, and since then the two playlists have coexisted.

3. Why isn’t IRP a monthly playlist anymore?

We release them as frequently as possible, but we’ve increased the number of sources to check – increasing the time necessary to complete each playlist.
With over 15,000 songs between each playlist, it becomes a several month process to sift through each album/EP/single and find what we believe to be the most suitable.

4. How do we get our song on the playlist?


5. How do we get our song on the Indiecent Exposure and Indie Crack Spotify playlists?

Send a Spotify link with your artist/band name, song title, and year of release to: sendusyourcd@gmail.com

6. How is IRP funded?

IRP was kept alive by our faithful supporters! We’re not currently accepting donations, or any other form of monetary compensation.

7. Who is working on Indie/Rock Playlist now?

The original creator of IRP – Criznittle(2006), and partner Cloudy who joined in 2013.
Cloudy and Criznittle are the admins of the IRP page and group on Facebook.
Members of the IRP group on Facebook can contribute recommendations, which may be featured on future playlists.

8. Who is responsible for the coverart?

We’ve had several artists contributing art for the playlists since 2008(no official art was created prior to March ’08)
Our latest cover artist: @strangejuiceart custom made album covers
S. Nilsen has been our #1 contributor for the last few years
Our past artists include: Martin L, Artsiom C, Nathan A, RadRad, Steve C, Marko H, Simona M, Michael C, and Suhita S.
We owe them all a huge debt of gratitude for the years of contribution
If you’d like to personally contact one of the artists, contact us at sendusyourcd@gmail.com

9. Can I submit coverart? What are the requirements?

Yes. Submit art to sendusyourcd@gmail.com
All art must include the text IRP or Indie Rock Playlist, the month and year, and optionally hide a star somewhere 🙂
When we have more than a few covers to choose from, we hold a vote in the IRP Facebook group.

10. How do I make recommendations?

Join the IRP Facebook group and post your latest finds.

11. How can I join the IRP Facebook group?

The group is temporarily open to new members. Request to join, and answer 3 simple questions.

12. How can I stay updated on new Indie releases?

Like and follow us on Facebook for updates on the latest singles and album releases from your favorite IRP bands.
You can also stay updated on our favorite new indie releases through Indiecent Exposure and Indie Crack on Spotify.

13. Can I donate in any way to IRP?

No. This will probably never be an option.

14. Why is the playlist ordered alphabetically by title and not by genre, preference, bpm, etc.?

We prefer the shuffled feel it gives the playlist.
No bands get preferential treatment, and the best songs could land anywhere on the playlist.
We still make a strong effort to curate a playlist that’s enjoyable from beginning to end, but instead of reordering the songs, they’re removed or sent to Vol. 2.

15. What are some similar playlists, and how do they differ from IRP?

BIRP, recommended for those looking for the newest and most independent bands.
Genres featured: chillwave, indie rock, indie pop
Download audio quality MP3 320
Release schedule: Monthly
Streaming options: Pretty much all of them
Site: http://www.birp.fm

SaG’s Rising Anthems, recommended for fans of a wider range of independent music.
Genres featured: indie r&B, indie rock, indie pop, electronic, soul
Download audio quality ???
Release schedule: ???
Streaming options: Spotify

Hunted*, for fans of more popular indie music
Genres featured: Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative, Rock
Download audio quality: MP3 V0 VBR
Release schedule: Monthly
Streaming options: Spotify
Site: https://www.facebook.com/Huntedplaylist

ALT RAD Playlist, recommended to fans of the edgier side of indie rock.
Genres featured: indie rock, alternative, indie punk
Download audio quality MP3 V0 VBR
Release schedule: Monthly, with special editions throughout the year
Streaming options: Spotify
Site: https://altrad.wordpress.com

Swan’s Indie Pop, recommended to Indie Pop fans
Genres featured: indie pop, indie folk
Download audio quality… no download option yet
Release schedule: Monthly
Streaming options: Spotify
Site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157504284381589

16. Where did the non-streaming links go?

We regret to inform you that IRP will no longer offer a publicly downloadable option. The playlist will continue on the current streaming platforms, but we won’t be able to provide a direct download or torrent option.
We apologize for this inconvenience, and hope that those who needed to download the playlist can find a suitable alternative.

The original Indie Rock Playlist