That wasn't him with the "updated Biggie rhyme" that was Domo Genesis. If you are goinf to write a poorly written review as you did at least get all your facts straight.
That actually just doesn't make any sense. By taking the time to listen to young bands, we're creating an environment where they feel they shouldn't be criticized?
THIS SONG IS HOT TOO DEAF! I'D LOVE TOO INTERVIEW YOU FOR MY SHOW BAND SOUNDS GREAT!
"So many of the young bands here seem to feel it's their god-given right to never have anyone criticize their music, that they should be praised unconditionally for summoning the guts to have left whatever shitty town they came from in the first place to make music here at all."
The L is as guilty as many others of creating the atmosphere that breeds this sort of arrogant entitlement. You put in the time to check out these artists the hipper than thou blogosphere are always going on about and almost invariably a boring exercise in futility is the end result. Why? Well, it's hard to be won over by many of these amateurish upstarts. (And before you get off on a ‘hey, they don’t all have to be musos’ rant, can we agree The Ramones were amateurish but had lotsa heart? And tunes, too.) This latest batch of "artists" seem to approach making music as something to do while they figure out where to go for an MBA; a 'first job out of college' experience, if you will. Zzzz.
But, here’s the more important and determining issue: in the end, none of these bands will be around 5 years from now—oh, XL Records: so much to answer for—either by design or as a result of the fickle nature of their increasingly pliable fanbases, which are either bored or—depending on the speed and level of notoriety gained by the artist in question—consumed by the spirit of backlash 6 months into the artists’ arrival on the scene. Despite a band’s ardent desire to make a realistic go of it, no one with that kind of following can aspire to any sort of longevity. Of course, I suspect these artists have no intent to do so, and their fans, cut from the same cloth of ADD, know this and react accordingly.
So, why we should give a damn?
Never thought of myself as a 'tough guy critic' but now that you've called me out, I think I'll embrace it! Thanks, 'eventsfashionsexbooks.' / Craig
"fourstringheroes"- There is a reason you are not a music critic, probably not even a musician, based on your writing skills and musical knowledge its obvious no one would pay you to do either. Don't ya just love how the anonymity of the internet brings out the tough guy critic in all of us?
This review is so poorly conceived it's laughable. Harping on Low's "pace" is an outdated conceit, something they have answered to many many times so that's it's now not even a music point worth covering... and how, exactly, do singers sound more "determined"? I've heard of politicians, athletes, entrepreneurs, but singers? Determined? That is the incorrect language, although the comparison with the Thompsons (you should have noted for readers who don't know who they are that they were a once-married musical couple) is interesting.
And as far as repetitious lyrics go... really, there's a MUSICAL point to it. Figure it out, because you offer no critique of it except to say "if you're not a fan, you won't like it." That's not a critique. That's a lazy critic.
PS - Drums and Guns is a phenomenal record.
Every band here is mediocre! Derivative down to its last notes! Not a note of innovation in the bunch! From the samples you put up:
Grand Rapids = bad Richard Hell
second guy = mediocre Undertones ripoff
Radical dads = current Brooklyn jittery crap rock ripoff
rathborne = lifeless sixties garage ripoff
slowdance = lifeless synth rock ripoff
yellow ostrich = writing songs out of those riffs most others would have tossed away,
with added bonus dirty projectors dumbness ripoff, and
family trees - well actually this isn't too bad. he sings like a dying bird, but i like the music. the least pretentious of the lot.
oh, new york rock, you are SO overrated it's sick. mind you, I've never once read the L mag for its music coverage, so there you go.
@Charlespow - #3. I think the move-in of large chains (and modifications specific to the local demographic) points to increasing commercialism / exploitation of previously untapped demographics, not gentrification. And anyway, unless you're talking about Park Slope, the influx of people willing to pay $2k/month to live in Brooklyn are a transient population. Those people aren't making babies (well, to full term, anyway) - they're trust fund college kids.
Which leads me to what I think is wrong with Brooklyn these days -
What's wrong with Brooklyn? Well, what's going on in Brooklyn? These days, if it's not twee or self-consciously noisy, and/or if it lacks at least 75% suburban white kids with average-to-moderately-attractive looks with and a stand up drummer and tons of reverb or echo on the vocals (vocals) and a keyboard, then most bloggers and venues don't care.
Bands line-ups/tracklists are well-curated, but the music is dispassionate and extremely calculated. It's true, there are some polished, well-practiced groups out there. But innovative? Candid? Open? Those qualities I have rarely seen at shows in Brooklyn. The scene is anemic. How about some heart?
"I'm tired of this life. I'm tired of this generation. I think it's a suck-ass world." ~ Bill Hicks
you made a BIG overlook.
DELUKA is living in Brooklyn and they are THE next big
alt /indie/dance/rock band to break out!
be on the look out or go to facebook or itunes to check them out.
I've been seeing this go down for the last three years and frankly, I think it might have been going on for a while before I even noticed.
The other day it dawned on me: the bubble has burst in the music industry.
Now, even to me this idea seems ludicrous, but look, it kind of makes sense: the costs of production have gone down in every segment (production and marketing), there is so much supply that frankly most of it isn't even that interesting. Promoters, bands and managers rely mostly on hype to get people excited about shows. It's always about the next great thing, when it actually should be about good music and musicianship (don't get me wrong - this trend is endemic to the music industry).
I agree with nearly every perspective above, it makes sense in one way or another. It's the end. It's been the end, the bubble burst more than three years ago. On one side, we're left with bands that chase a Brooklyn address because of the prestige such an association affords them. On the other, the people going to shows don't seem to be all that interested in the music. Frankly, Brooklyn has been taken over by the scenesters.
Yea. Too many entitled little fucking cunts who only play in bands as a means to an end. They miss the most beautiful point of all and that's how playing in a band is an excuse to have fun with your best friends. No one wants to read your shitty little interview about your influences and no one wants to see you play for $10. People need to start rocking for the right reasons again and in Brooklyn there is pretty much none of that.
And can we please get the fucking floor toms away from the front of the stage?
I think two significant changes in the past decade have led to the "problems" described in this article. First, there are more people than ever making and performing music, and second, there are more people than ever listening to music. These have both happened because technology has eased many barriers that used to exist.
It's tougher than ever to find the band that'll stick with you for a lifetime. It sounds like people are just having trouble adjusting to change, as happens with every culture shift. Let's try and view the positive elements of all this...we have an abundance of music at our disposal, we have an abundance of web sources who try and filter out the crap for us...and it's all free! I'm pretty happy with the state of things.
>So many of the young bands here seem to feel it's their
>god-given right to never have anyone criticize their music,
>that they should be praised unconditionally
Well let's start criticizing also the L Magazine's writers when they say stupid things like this one then. At least they get paid for writing, while criticizing an up and coming artists is like shooting on the ambulance. If you don't like them, don't cover them, silence and lack of an audience will speak for itself, they'll understand.
The only thing that's objectively wrong with the music scene IN GENERAL is that there are too many bands, and many of them are really good, and that unfortunately the music industry can't support lasting careers of more than a handful of really talented people. It's sad to see incredible musicians struggle or give up doing what they were born to do.
The rest is just opinions - there's nothing objectively wrong with "corny people" attending gigs (Gee dudes, it's corny even just to say that!), or agents picking up unknown bands, or venues wanting to make sure bands actually promote their shows.
As far as the commercialization of rock music is concerned - well, it hasn't begun this year in NYC. There's a layer of people in the scene that "thinks commercial" in a bigger way and another that has a more moderate commercial approach (indie or DIY). The minute you sell tickets for the show you are commercial. But I mean, nobody starts in this business just for the money. There's nothing intrinsically wrong in either approach, unless you somehow can demonstrate that you can survive and feel good about yourself without making any money.
Well, one thing everyone seems to have ignored is THE MUSIC. Maybe we should start there?
You have, very unfortunately, overlooked an amazingly talented and unique Brooklyn based band, Lake Street Dive. THEY are unreal good.
My Teenage Stride has suffered a similar fate as Oneida- better than nearly all the bands that sound like them in Brooklyn yet not as famous
All u need to do is go to great resources like http://myfreeconcert.blogspot.com/p/free-s… to find out the myriad of free or cheap choices u have in NYC. Anyone who says there's nothing to do in New York is either lazy, stupid, or woefully uninformed!
Half of you don't know what you're talking about or being upright snooty about this.
#2- This isn't Japan. The L throw all sorts of free "alcohol sponsored" shows with great bands. What is your definition of "corny" anyway?
#3- Very convenient to blame gentrification. A safer neighborhood. This isn't the 80s anymore, get over it.
#5- Some of the best bands I've ever seen had yet to officially put out a record. Give me one example of a real band that played "some party" in Williamsburg and then were immediately signed. Let them record a bad album and embarrass themselves or their label.
Second to last one: There are like a zillion shows that are less than 10 bucks. Sounds like you need to look a little bit harder.
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