Posted in music on March 10, 2008

High Places @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY (mercurialn)
High Places @ Market Hotel

For rock bands this is a great time to be weird and independent in Brooklyn. After years in which the sound of New York was defined by various shades of retro monochrome -- the new wave minimalism of the Strokes, the disco-punk of the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, the moody Anglophilia of Interpol -- a new generation is making music that is indefinably eclectic and complex, and finding acclaim around the world. [NY Times]
SEE ALSO: MTV NEWS' "The Noise From Brooklyn"

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Comments (23)

MTV News. You hear it -boom ba doom doom do do doom didda- FIRST wakka chicka wa.

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 8:15 AM

oh god here we go

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 8:18 AM

Yes, MTV is correct (as always), but the important question is left unanswered: In which neighborhood of our fair burrough does this indefinably eclectic and complex sound thrive most? I wager it's Mill Basin.

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 8:29 AM

how did mtv get to that story quicker?

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 8:40 AM

yea BV, when were you planning on telling us about the Brooklyn music scene? we have to find out from MTV?

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 8:47 AM

yeah the problem is none of these bands are any good.

the noise/oi!/deathcore scene in dyker heights though...thats something worth checking out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 8:54 AM

There's deathcore in Brooklyn? WTF.

Posted by Chris | March 10, 2008 8:56 AM

Nothing worse than the word "eclectic" for a band or sound description. Your mom's bedazzled jean jacket is "eclectic" too.

Posted by Jen | March 10, 2008 9:08 AM

Neil Diamond: the ORIGINAL Brooklyn indie rockerTM.

Posted by greg | March 10, 2008 9:46 AM

oh snap... I bet Todd P is PISSED that he wasn't mentioned in that article!

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 9:56 AM

the end is near

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 10:08 AM

todd p should've been mentioned in the article

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 10:16 AM

"todd p should've been mentioned in the article"

Why, is he in a band? The article is about bands.

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 12:29 PM

it's good to see someone not give Todd credit for something he is barely responsible for.

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 12:50 PM

These bands sound great! Does anyone know if the clubs in Brooklyn are stroller-friendly?

Posted by I enjoy arts AND Leisure | March 10, 2008 12:54 PM

I like this part of the article the best:

"Despite gentrification Brooklyn is still a magnet for bohemians, though they have had to colonize ever deeper reaches. (Mr. Longstreth lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant.)"

also, this quote is pretty ridiculous:

"out-of-nowhere fascination with the guitar counterpoint of African highlife music"

Out-of-nowhere huh? What about... Graceland or
talking heads
david byrne
david bowie
rolling stones
peter gabriel
any post-rock album
joy division
new order
pretty much all of factory records
etc

Posted by Dan | March 10, 2008 12:55 PM

yeah Dan... Ben Sisario's writing is shit. He is totally clueless.

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 1:11 PM

Folks, this article is obviously not written with us (frequent, immediate commenters on an informed blog) in mind. It's written in the New York Times, and to an audience that likely isn't privy to what's going on. Lowest common denominator...

Posted by StopCrying | March 10, 2008 1:34 PM

Benga music!!!!!!

Posted by nick | March 10, 2008 2:53 PM

"It's written in the New York Times, and to an audience that likely isn't privy to what's going on. Lowest common denominator..."

If the New York Times is the lowest common denominator, what does that make the Post?

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 3:19 PM

how about indie rock bands coming out of brownsville?

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2008 6:10 PM

this article is about the new generation of commercial indie rock bands. it's no suprise that it doesn't mention a lot about the real Booklyn underground scene. Ben Sisario writes about music BUSINESS, ie *not* the avante, underground, art etc side of things.

it's true that Brooklyn is having a moment where by its pop indie bands (some of which are actually really really good, whereas some are... middle of the road and dull) are suddenly getting popular in a major national / international way.

a similar but smaller moment is going on with the Brooklyn underground world, but that's not the world that NY Times readers are privy to, and so that's not the stuff that Ben is writing about here.

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