Plates of Cake's LP is a gem!
I see your comment and raise you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcttUQooVMY
Congrats to all the bands that made this list. The sad part is, nothing here sounds even remotely new...lacking any semblance of passion or urgency or even wanting to actually be doing what their doing. Half the bands sound bored...and in effect, bores the discerning listener. I find the honorable mentions section to actually have more interesting sounds than the gimmicky 8 that have been chosen. Let's face it, when it comes to these lists, NY underground music has been reduced to echoes...echoes of music that has already been brilliantly crafted in decades past, and now recycled and collaged so many times that nothings really even moving or inspiring. You'd think that's what the underground is all about, is breaking these norms but alas, the flavors seem to more or less be the same. So while it's commendable to make an annual list as locally esteemed as The L's Top 8, nothing here is like "WOW! That's fucking awesome! Who is this band?"
Robin Bacior- Northen California...not North Carolina
Daytona is awesome!!! And they're playing this Friday night at Death by Audio!!!
what is slarlight?
Skinny jeans are wack. They primarily rock that ish in Cali and some parts of the east coast like jersey and new york. besides that its not very popular anywhere else unless ur a rock star, gothic or emo. And with skinny jeans comes the genre of bubble gum rap....that's why hip hop is said to be loosing its popularity. The number of rappers have dwindled down to almost nothing since the 80's and 90's(which was the peak of hip hop). I can handle straight leg jeans, but whats the point of men wearing skin tight pants that suffocate their twig and berries. However, to each their own.
They inspired me, I bought one of their albums at a garage sale, when I was a teen. I used to listen to it repeatedly and wonder how they made the sounds. Today, I am a sound designer, and an audio engineer. My name is Caroline Budna and I thank Kraftwerk for pushing the boundaries of sound, experimenting with wave envelopes, oscillators, and producing electronic music.
Duke Performances' blog, The Thread, recently published an interview with Lee Ranaldo. Check out part one here: http://thethread.dukeperformances.duke.edu/2012/04/interview-lee-ranaldo-part-1/
Your opinion is wrong. Viva la Tennis.
This is totally comment of the week.
ur a cock. you cant possibly mean what u've writen an if u do you shud hav ur stylus revokd
touting ur own retrospectively brilliant horn here, huh. you know they sucks right?
El-P's new album is Cancer for the Cure. I'll Sleep When You're Dead was his classic that came out in 2007. You almost got it right. Wait, no you didn't.
The last point hits home...and I am almost 100% in agreement with you, were it ANY OTHER WEEKEND besides St. Patrick's Day weekend here in NYC. I mean you can't walk around without seeing a bunch of people who can't hold their liquor on like every other streetcorner. Not that that isn't also perhaps true in Austin, but at least there people are getting drunk while listening to music, whereas here people are getting drunk just to get drunk...yuck...
Forreal Skinnys is Swag You Jus Gotta Know How To Wear Em. Certain Skinnyz Aint Made For People . But If You Look At The Rappers That Wear Baggy Cloths No One Listens Or Pay Attetion To Them. Haters Need To Come In To 2012 And Start To Wearin Skinny Jeans And Fitted Cloths That Baggy Shit Dead. Real Talk
While not personally an indie guy, and therefor not a Sasquatch! attendant, I still love the nod to the greatest venue at which to see a show. Having seen many fantastic bands (Phish, The Dead/Allman Bros, DMB, among others) for multi-night stands, and live only 2 1/2 hours away, I take every opportunity to vouch for "Heaven's Ampitheatre"(-Dave Matthews). The overall package of setting, sound, and atmosphere I've not experienced anywhere else. Not to mention the convenience, cost effectiveness, and party-hearty expanse that is the venue campgrounds (post-show rage fest!). This place is everything they say it is and then some, further supported by outranking bigger festivals with more space, stages, fans, and bands. Trust me when I say that while maybe not as "epic" in scale, 20K people is a lot more comfortable and enjoyable than 80K, and 1 stage in 1 majestic location is far easier and more enjoyable than 5-10 spread out over multiple acres. My basic point is if you live for live music, whether for a festival or single/multi-band tour, get to this venue. If you haven't, it deserves a high ranking on the bucket-list....
What about Benicasim? It's probably the best festival on the planet.
"This round definitely went to us." Please stop with the "us". It's really, really irritating and douchey. It went to "him". Him winning doesn't include "We discovered Brooklyn!" transplants. Who would constitute to "them", in this case? The guy's doing liquor ads, for crissakes. If there's a "them", he's certainly included.
Most of the tips in here are pretty spot on, and should be pretty obvious to any musician who lives in the city and has played at least a handful of gigs.
With that said, there are a couple of tips that contradict other tips you make.
1 - "play as many shows as possible every day of the week." The fact is unless you're on a decent bill with bands that are in a "scene" you are trying to get in, and there's actually going to be people there, most likely you're not going to get any real "exposure." In other words, Mike and other buzz bloggers will most likely not be at Trash Bar on a Tuesday, let alone a more DIY spot like Death By Audio or Party Expo, and especially won't come if it's a bunch of bands who they've never heard of (or been tipped off to), and more-so the case when all of the bands are completely different, did little to no promo, and the bands have little musicianship, fanbase, etc.
On top of that, as many venue bookers and promoters will tell you, if you don't bring people to your shows, they're not going to want to book you again, even at the DIY venues these days (esp the Todd P associated ones). There are so many bands and venues in the city, shows to see, let alone things to do, and on top of that, most people (who are not avid live-music attendees), don't see more than 2-4 shows (even small ones) a month. So if you send your friends invites 10 times a month for them to see you play your exact same set on a Monday night at 11pm, most likely they will not come (and thus venues will not be as likely to book you as much).
2 - "license your music." So at one point you say that you should license your music, which you neglect to mention means enabling large corporations to play your music when selling their product or during their tv shows, in order for them to either associate your sound with their product (i.e. indie cred with cars). While you do in fact make money from this (although you most likely won't be able to do this without some prior relative success), your art will forever be associated with something that either has nothing to do with it, or worse, is against your/your artistic ethos and values.
At the same time, you write that you are sick of vague tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and songs about bland sunny days (or something like that), and that you're more interested in bands taking a tougher tone, which I think you meant to say, "talking about actual emotions, events, society, politics, the world, your experiences," as opposed to fluff.
So are you looking for bands to write songs about the juxtaposition of the relative misfortunes and economic outlook of 20-somethings with college degrees against, the misfortunes of the people whose neighborhood's are being gentrified and are actually living at below poverty levels, to then go ahead and license their song off to Bank of America for their new commercial, while this very same institution's actions were clearly responsible for a lot of the economic and social injustice that their song is supposed to highlight?
My personal opinion is do what Steve Albini says and don't look at music as a way to make money, because it will diminish your message, artistic creativity, your ability to go against the grain, and more importantly, put money in the hands of organizations whose interests are completely against yours.
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