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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?
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?
check out Bumpin’ Tacos http://www.myspace.com/bumpintacosband
"REALLY FUCKING OUT OF TOUCH" is damn right!
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.
drummer in anamanaguchi is half mexican
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).
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 (dianewah.blogspot.com)
Look! A Matt Conboy look-a-like from last year. Only this year's is more gay.
NO WILD YAKS?!!!!!! YOU DUDES ARE REALLY FUCKING OUT OF TOUCH, NOT TO MENTION LAME AS FUCK. 99.9% PERCENT OF THE BANDS HERE ARE WACK AS SHIT, EXCEPT THE BEETS AND MAYBE ONE OTHER, BUT DOUBT IT.
How can you mention these bands with mentioning The Continentals (bartender, Thomas' band) and The Mr. Move or Black Names (Both from bartender, Reggie)
pow wow and the darlings play a show at Glasslands for the QuietColor showcase on May 7th
i found their myspace
I will have to check out these bands. My personal pick is Ava Luna, www.myspace.com/avalunaband. I saw them at Goodbye Blue Monday and fell in love.
Song's great. Do they have a web site or anything? Can't track 'em down.
I can't believe Hospitality didn't make the final cut!
More butts plz.
I heard of this band way before this. Don't be so elitist, guy.
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?
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