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Comment Archives: stories: Music: 8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear

Re: “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear: 2009

Posted by anon on 06/05/2009 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The Beets

Oh, hey beard-o-phile. Cool name. Of the many things I so enjoy about your comment, the one thing I'm most fond of is how you put "band to watch" in quotations, even though the name of the feature is "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear." I guess you had to make your grade-school-level joke work somehow, right?

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Posted by Mike Conklin on 05/13/2009 at 5:19 PM

Re: “The Beets

I'm assuming that when you mean "band to watch", you mean it in the same way one watches out for dogshit on the sidewalk, right?

Posted by beard-o-phile on 05/13/2009 at 12:26 PM

Re: “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear: 2009

check out Bumpin’ Tacos

Posted by J on 05/07/2009 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Honorable Mentions


Not a single person of color was to be found anywhere?! Are you sure these were NYC bands and not Orem, Utah? I guess 70% of NYC isn't making music worth listening to? And people wonder why the industry is so messed up and nothing but crap is getting played?

Get up to the Bronx and to the parts of Brooklyn (er, diet Manhattan) that aren't 1-2 stops from the city.

Those cats put these librarian bands to shame.

Posted by hatinonlamewhiteybands on 05/07/2009 at 2:50 PM

Re: “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear: 2009

drummer in anamanaguchi is half mexican

Posted by bro4lyfe on 05/07/2009 at 1:07 AM

Re: “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear: 2009

in response to diane. its unfortunate that the L magazine's spread is agreeably quite vanilla so to speak. but in all fairness, these were a couple people writing about bands they like, and by no means boast that it is an ALL encompassing NYC list. and also in fairness to the groups, who i am friends with some, we have 2 filipinos in the spread (the nazareno brothers, pow wow!) , as well as two south americans (Juan Wauters & Jose Garcia in the beets).

Posted by cuckooforcocoa on 05/03/2009 at 9:33 PM

Re: “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear: 2009

Dear L Magazine and your 8 NYC Bands you NEED to hear issue...41 people in your spread and not ONE non-white musician?
The L train runs through more than just williamsburg however you wouldn't know this by looking at your cover. If I had reason to think that these were really the Top 8 Bands that related to the L train , this wouldn't be a problem , however I have a time believing that with the breadth of the entire L train from Manhattan, to Williamsburg to Bushwick to East New York that there weren't ANY significant non-white indie (rock) bands or even bands with a more diverse make up. Racism is more than who you include but rather who you leave out. I'm not telling you to include a token black or latino person just to make me feel better, however when you live in one of the most diverse neighborhoods of one of the most diverse cities in the world, this negation is a flagrant one. People hate hipsters not because of their irony but rather because of their flagrant refusal to live in a world not inhabited by people JUST LIKE THEM.

-Diane Wah (

Posted by dianewah on 05/03/2009 at 11:58 AM

Re: “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear: 2009

Look! A Matt Conboy look-a-like from last year. Only this year's is more gay.

Posted by dingdong on 05/02/2009 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Honorable Mentions


Posted by nogamesnopains on 05/01/2009 at 7:45 PM

Re: “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear: 2009

How can you mention these bands with mentioning The Continentals (bartender, Thomas' band) and The Mr. Move or Black Names (Both from bartender, Reggie)

Posted by crackpipe on 05/01/2009 at 10:28 AM

Re: “pow wow!

pow wow and the darlings play a show at Glasslands for the QuietColor showcase on May 7th

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Posted by max on 05/01/2009 at 12:10 AM

Re: “Darlings

i found their myspace

Posted by anonymous on 04/30/2009 at 7:22 PM

Re: “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear: 2009

I will have to check out these bands. My personal pick is Ava Luna, I saw them at Goodbye Blue Monday and fell in love.

Posted by Hannah on 04/30/2009 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Darlings

Song's great. Do they have a web site or anything? Can't track 'em down.

Posted by Straintest on 04/30/2009 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Honorable Mentions

I can't believe Hospitality didn't make the final cut!

Posted by Ted on 04/30/2009 at 4:35 PM

Re: “8 NYC Bands 2009: Photoshoot Outtakes

More butts plz.

Posted by HI H8ER on 04/30/2009 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Anamanaguchi

I heard of this band way before this. Don't be so elitist, guy.

Posted by EmceePeePants on 04/30/2009 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Anamanaguchi

Using outdated computer hardware isn't a gimmick at all, much less "obviously" so. I think that people choose their instruments based on the sounds they get. Writing off an entire genre because you don't happen to be familiar with the tools they use to make it seems like pretty shoddy music writing. Anamanaguchi are terrific, but there are other fantastic 8 bit musicians like Nullsleep, Bit Shifter, Glomag, and Bubblyfish to name just a few in New York City.
One would hope that music journalism would have something to do with an appraisal of the actual music and not a mere dismissal of it on the basis of the manner in which it was created.

Was using turntables a gimmick?

Posted by Natty on 04/30/2009 at 2:16 PM

Re: “8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear: 2009

Decent list. But RECKLESS SONS should also be mentioned.

Posted by nybuckeye on 04/30/2009 at 1:07 PM

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