Posted in music on April 29, 2009

8 bands
L Mags bands you should hear

The did it in 2007, and again in 2008, and this year L Magazine is back with their list of "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear" (plus some runner-ups). Check out the 2009 list, and discuss, below...

2009's picks include:

pow wow!
Savoir Adore
The Albertans
Amanaguchi
Darlings
Emanuel & The Fear
The Beets
Xylos
They also gave honorable mentions to Sisters, Dinosaur Feathers, Neighbors, Browns, Hospitality, and Knight School. Shout outs were also given to Woods, Creaky Boards (think Coldplay), and Real Estate, who they "left out of our top eight, based on the notion that they are already well on their way to success, fame and world domination".

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Comments (171)

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Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 12:47 PM

LAST!

Posted by sloweducation | April 29, 2009 12:50 PM

Never heard of any of these bands. Gotta check em out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 12:53 PM

Beets were great on Friday at Bruar Falls.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 12:54 PM

Who gives a fuck?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 12:55 PM

L MEHg

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 12:56 PM

backlash to the backlash

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:01 PM

all of these bands are fucking amazing!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:03 PM

Funny, L Magazine got the most right in 2007, which is about the time it totally jumped off a cliff.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:04 PM

I'd heard most of the bands when the 2007 list came out, some on the 2008 and now just two of these. Either they're getting better at this or I'm getting old.

Posted by zik | April 29, 2009 1:05 PM

How pathetic do those people look in that picture....they all look like people that I saw walking to Music Hall last night on Bedford. Thank god I don't live in hipster community...when will they go away?

P.S. Let's guess how many of those people live in Williamsburg...I'm guessing 95%

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:11 PM

Anon 1:11 PM = insecure

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:14 PM

the dude on the right with the big hair and green shirt is hot...

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:16 PM

these are the bands you should be listening to instead of that goddamn Jack White side project!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:19 PM

the beets were good on doug...

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:21 PM

i love the albertans, it's nice that they are catching on after all this time!

i'm out of the loop on the rest, though, but that's just me.

Posted by janelle | April 29, 2009 1:24 PM

i've seen Emanuel and The Fear twice now, unbelievable.

the only justification i've seen so far to have 11 people on stage

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:26 PM

1:11 is a douche

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:29 PM

Boy, the L Magazine's new site redesign looks a lot like New York Mag's website, huh?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:30 PM

ROCK STARchitect-How long did it take you to come up with that name. And you actually poke fun of hipsters? You should be using the name COCK STARchitect. Dumbass...

Posted by d | April 29, 2009 1:34 PM

The Browns are actually really good. Great EP out

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:38 PM

WHAT??? No Afroskull? what kind of list is that??

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:40 PM

seconding the love on the Albertans, Beets are pretty solid too. not familiar with a bunch of the others on there though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:42 PM

"ROCK STARchitect-How long did it take you to come up with that name. And you actually poke fun of hipsters? You should be using the name COCK STARchitect. Dumbass..."

misdirected hate much??

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:42 PM

L Mag is better than New York Mag, better writers and funnier...

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:43 PM

garbage

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:47 PM

THE ONLY BAND WORTH MENTIONING ARE THE BEETS

CHECK IT

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:51 PM

L magazine. three years of irrelevancy
(so far!)

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:52 PM

how many of these people knocking it are doing so only because THEIR band wasn't picked?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:52 PM

jackson heightsssssss

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:54 PM

^^ me

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:54 PM

the 2007 list was solid.
2008 was even mostly right-on.

but this? um...no. just no.

i've seen all of these bands (except Browns and Horse Feathers) over the past year or two...and not a single one of them was remarkable enough to go out of my way to see them again.

the (fai)L Magazine.

Posted by non | April 29, 2009 1:58 PM

The best thing about the Beets is when they take 3 minutes to tune up between each song. That and they sound exactly like the Velvet Underground. The crappy pawn shop instruments (even though they're 3 well-to-do white kids) give them indie cred too. They're so authentic it hurts.

Posted by Phat Beets | April 29, 2009 2:04 PM

"Let's guess how many of those people live in Williamsburg...I'm guessing 95%"

Not to mention how many are trust fund brats -- I'm guessing 100%

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:05 PM

is that picture from an American Apparel ad?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:10 PM

i'm in the jesus and mary chain...what band are you in?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:13 PM

i wonder if these picks are based on recordings or live performance...

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:13 PM

"is that picture from an American Apparel ad?"

wait, why? is there some sideboob i'm missing?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:14 PM

"even though they're 3 well-to-do white kids"

you have no idea what you're talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:14 PM

How did they capture all that talent in one place?

http://lookatthisfuckinghipster.tumblr.com/

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:18 PM

""Let's guess how many of those people live in Williamsburg...I'm guessing 95%"

Not to mention how many are trust fund brats -- I'm guessing 100%""


Who fucking cares. Either you like the band or you don't. This whole hating on Williamsburg & Trust Fund kids is beyond old.

losers.

Posted by James | April 29, 2009 2:23 PM

Thataboy, James! I wish people would stop being ashamed of their trust funds and start standing up to people who work for a living!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:26 PM

you know it makes me wonder this hating on the "trust-fund" kids. what happened to you, did your mom and dad kick you out of the house at 15? just wondering. I dont see nothing wrong with parents helping kids out and vice versa. Even if they are over 18...

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:29 PM

1:11, you are a dockers and oxford wearing tool. That's the tamest looking group of people, most certainly NOT flying any over the top hipster cred freak flags. So get your cock out of your mouth, put your dockers back on and shut the fuck up.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:31 PM

NO AIR WAVES????

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:33 PM

the browns please

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:35 PM

Yes: The Beets, Anamanaguchi.

Don't know any of the others.

Should add: Knyfe Hyts, Real Estate.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:41 PM

@ 2:26

Not trying to defend anyone. I'm not a trust fund kid, myself. I work....I just don't really see the point of dismissing everything somebody does because they live in a certain neighborhood or have a fortunate financial situation that allows them to do it.

If you're envious of those people, that's one thing. I'm sure most of us are envious of people who don't have to work. It doesn't mean we have to hate them.

Posted by James | April 29, 2009 2:42 PM

there isn't even any stock in the statement about trust fund kids anyway because this person doesn't KNOW that. i doubt they are all on trust funds. i would be willing to bet that a) most of them don't and b) most of them don't even live in williamsburg

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:45 PM

It's hard to decide what to react to, if anything, in these comments (see above).

So, good job, bands. The point of lists is that everybody hates lists. Remember this, folks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:46 PM

Imagine a world where BV posted L's list, and everybody posted congratulatory comments.

Congrats, bands. Good job.

Posted by James | April 29, 2009 2:49 PM

So much ironic facial hair, so little time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:55 PM

good job bands.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 2:56 PM

james you're so righteous

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 3:00 PM

Um...the Albertans are cool but their MySpace says they live in Vancouver...couldn't The L have gone with a different, equally talented band that is actually based here? And if the band does indeed split time between Vancouver and NYC, who is Mr. Moneybags in the band that can afford to fly cross-country all the time?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 3:02 PM

their tourdates kinda make it look like they might be driving there?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 3:07 PM

Savoir Adore is really good. I think it's Jan Hammer's son's band.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 3:15 PM

ANAMANAGUCHI ARE KINGS

Posted by zombieville | April 29, 2009 3:17 PM

just heard of Anamanaguchi. they're an 8-bit band, yes? they play blipfest often.

Posted by t the c | April 29, 2009 3:25 PM

Actually, dickhead, I play in pow wow! and am friends with a chunk of kids in these bands and I happen to know that those I do hang with are all pretty much just middle class kids who work full time jobs and balance playing in a full time rock band. so go fuck yourself, pal. what shitty band do you play in??
oh right, you're a talentless fuckface. i forgot.

Posted by powwow!motherfucker | April 29, 2009 3:36 PM

pow wow is agressive. i like.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 3:44 PM

throw the antlers on that piece.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 3:45 PM

haha. "powwow!motherfucker's" gotta be that monty youngblood! i can smell it. bringing the jersey flava.

seriously though, the beets, are fucking sick. i also recently saw jacob and erik (members of the beets) band Gutsies (http://myspace.com/gutsies) definitely give em a listen.

congrats to all the groups

Posted by ihavetopooagain | April 29, 2009 3:49 PM

also emanuel and the fear are really good.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 3:49 PM

Phat Beats - I don't say this often or attack people (ever) on here - but you are a fucking moron.

The beets bassist plays a Fender Mustang bass - I have the same one, and its anything but a cheap "pawn shop" instrument ya douche. Take two fucking seconds next time to look at the headstock before trying to make some lame pigeonhole attempt.

As to your "Well to do" white kids comment I will say only this.

Jackson Heights.

That alone should be enough for you to shut up and stop embarrassing yourself. Unless of course, you don't know what that means which is even more embarrassing if you live in NYC. You must be some loser from Jersey.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 3:50 PM

pow wow is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo talented.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 3:55 PM

This fucking magazine sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:04 PM

loser from jersey eh?
that probably means your some loser from staten island.

Posted by jerseygirlxoxo514 | April 29, 2009 4:05 PM

I am deeply confused by the Fender Mustang bass comment. Does this mean that it's supposed to be an expensive instrument (which its not), thereby implying that they aren't playing purposefully kitschy pawn shop instruments? And if so, then how does that square with the Jackson Heights anti-trustfundista comment. I am so confused.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:07 PM

I wish I was a "trust fund brat". Working 6 days a week to afford to see shows sucks!
"How pathetic do those people look in that picture." Uhh, they look pretty normal to me. Be more specific fool.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:08 PM

"This whole hating on Williamsburg & Trust Fund kids is beyond old."

Especially if you're a Trust Fund Kid from Williamsburg!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:12 PM

"if the band does indeed split time between Vancouver and NYC, who is Mr. Moneybags in the band that can afford to fly cross-country all the time?"

Some trust fund twerp, no doubt.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:15 PM

I'm starting an ironic new alt-nothing band called Trust Fund Dummies. We're playing basements in Williamsburg right now, but next year we'll be in the L Mag's hot bands list!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:18 PM

i saw pow wow! play at the metropolitan social club with kittens ablaze and they had an entire loft full of kids going ape shit. I'd never heard of them before, and neither had most of the kids who were there. I was pleasantly suprised, especially since everyone was pretty much sitting around and talking the entire rest of the show. no one was sitting down during their set. and they gave me a free cd. nice kids.

Posted by orangejews | April 29, 2009 4:22 PM

I was there! they covered "let's stay together" great show. i think they are playing this friday with the beets somewhere

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:25 PM

This list is the final nail in the coffin of the L Mag's relevance.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:25 PM

You know, just because people find time to play in a band, it does not necessarily mean that they have shitloads of money that affords them the time. Some people make these things called "sacrifices", spending their time and money doing what they love with dreams of success but no guarantees of it. I worked in a bookstore with lots of dreamers making just slightly above minimum wage: actors, musicians, artists and writers. Day jobs can crush dreams. Keeping the dream alive and actually getting an ounce of recognition is what most of these folks have managed to do.

And then some people want to pee in their coffee.

Posted by Aaron | April 29, 2009 4:28 PM

awesome.. finally some bands that arent hyped to death like vivian girls.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:30 PM

I don't get the whole Jackson Heights = pulling yourself up from the ghetto false-pride. I mean, it's not the best neighborhood in New York, but it's a far cry from being the worst.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:31 PM

congrats to being bands on the pendulum of pop music. gold star

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:35 PM

My new band the Trust Fund Dummies will stomp on all those other Williamsburg pretenders!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:41 PM

what pulling yourself up from the ghetto false-pride are you talking about? i didn't read about anyone claiming Jackson Heights to be the worst place. it's a neighborhood known for its great food/culture and it's nice to see a band come out from there and be PROUD about it. it's certainly a breath of fresh air compared to all the bands that claim they hail from Brooklyn, when in reality they moved to Brooklyn 3 years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:41 PM

jackson heights is an up and coming neighborhood. dont your read that other irrelevant magazine time out? i mean ny mag, oh nevermind.

fucking little india!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:45 PM

You know the Brooklyn hipster scene is a joke when even Law & Order CI is doing episodes about it!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:46 PM

Gossip/Jerseygirlxoxo (real clever name BTW) - I actually live in Queens and never set foot on SI unless I'm passing through. Enjoy living over there in Jersey and keep convincing yourself that it's not that bad.

4:07 - If you have something against well-to-do people, you sure have a weird way of showing it by acting like a snob at what's expensive and whats not - in this case the price of a bass.

That bass is "moderately" priced - by no means an "expensive" instrument but it is certainly not a cheap ass "kitschy" pawn shop instrument. Pawn shop instruments are generally in the range of 50 to 200 bucks. The other attribute typically associated with pawn shop instruments is that they are USED hence the reason for their existence in a pawn shop. If you once again would take three seconds to think this though before launching into more idiocy, you would see that he plays a NEW reissue mustang bass....not a used one. So sorry, its not a "kitschy" bass or a pawn shop bass or anything like that to support your lame argument. Its a moderately priced reissue bass, nothing more.

As to J-heights, I don't know what else to say other than anyone who knows what/where that is are well aware that if you are from there, odds are you are of latin or indian descent and typically not paying too much for rent which would imply they just might not be so "well to do" in comparison to other parts of Queens/BK and Manhattan. I guess place like J-heights are beyond you thought huh? Too scared to leave the comfort of whatever lame million-dollar-instrument-owning neighborhood you live in? Do us a favor and also be too scared to make idiotic comments like yours on blogs like this about bands you are clueless about.

Posted by 3:50 | April 29, 2009 4:54 PM

My indie band has tons of street cred. We're from the streets...of Park Slope. You best recognize, son!


Posted by Stewart McSmithers and the Trust Fund Five | April 29, 2009 4:57 PM

yay anamanaguchi!

Posted by leia | April 29, 2009 5:07 PM

Stewart McSmithers and the Trust Fund Five: Stay outta Brooklyn Heights!

Posted by The Pains of Being Rich Trust Fund Brats | April 29, 2009 5:13 PM

i sincerely fucking hate each and every one of you and i hate the internet and i hope you all die in some bizarre, unforeseen internet holocaust.

you are all just completely fucking saturated with suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 5:14 PM

"i sincerely fucking hate each and every one of you and i hate the internet and i hope you all die in some bizarre, unforeseen internet holocaust. you are all just completely fucking saturated with suck."

Problem with the trust fund this month?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 5:16 PM

too many white people.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 5:18 PM

SERIOUSLY

Posted by notenoughblackpeople | April 29, 2009 5:24 PM

i wish i was a trust fund baby
had lots of money and women made of gold
had i been born as some high society lamey
i’d spend all my cash on hookers, shiny cars and blow
but instead i’m stuck wallowing in the muck
staring at the stars and waiting for dusk
it’s fair to say and easier to see
that i’d rather been born as a trust fund baby

i wish i was a trust fund baby
had lots of money and women made of gold
had i been born as some high society lamey
i’d spend all my cash on hookers, shiny cars and blow
i’d be rich and you’d get by on meager means
and the differences between us would become obscene
one day i’ll see you and you’ll be looking back at me
and we’ll both know you’d rather been born a trust fund baby

wish he was a trust fund baby
wish she was made of gold
wish he was a big fat lamey
wish he was snorting all his money up his nose

wah wah wah wah

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 5:29 PM

at least the bands they picked this year were actually good enough that all anyone has to do is make up fairly worthless arguments over here.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 5:35 PM

i live in jersey...so fucking what.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 5:40 PM

nice to see nyu represented

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 5:44 PM

dang. I remember reading the 2007 list on BV and not really knowing any of them. Dang.

Posted by Jason Lam | April 29, 2009 5:53 PM

"Problem with the trust fund this month?"

Yeah, absolutely. It's a problem with my "trust fund." It has nothing to do with the breathtakingly worthless jockeying for backlash position by a group of people that seem less concerned with music and more with crafting new and pithy ways to set your cynicisms apart from the greasy brooklyn pack.

i don't know you, anon, but i can safely say i am fervently rooting for you to swallow a shotgun at this point.

i just don't want to participate in a society with you lilly-livered cunts, so its either you all or me. i pick me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 5:53 PM

where's jesus when we need him?

Posted by EXmormonNOWmormonAGAIN | April 29, 2009 5:57 PM

"i don't know you, anon, but i can safely say i am fervently rooting for you to swallow a shotgun at this point."

Whew! Man, I think you got the TRUST FUND BLUES!

lolololololol!'

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 6:00 PM

I hope Mr. Big Words aka. "i want you all to die"
catches the greasy bacon flu.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 6:06 PM

Jesus? Has he got a band? Or a trust fund?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 6:06 PM

I do have the trust fund blues. I'm blue that I don't have access to one to fund gun running so that I could have a whole army of souls to blast you from this mortal coil.

It takes a special, almost pitiable sort of stupidity to read what I wrote and think "trust fund," but then, any break from telling us how "fucking terrible" wavves are and how "mind blowingly lame" animal collective definitely are is really straying from your game, so allowances should be made.

i have to go take a shit now.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 6:08 PM

'"I hope Mr. Big Words aka. "i want you all to die" catches the greasy bacon flu.'

I don't want him to die, though. It's fun to watch him suffer over the fates of his trust fund pals in their trust funded little bands. He flunked his class in indie rock history and now Daddy is cutting off his trust fund, which means he has to move back to Staten Island or become a hustler.

Poor wittle twust fund baby!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 6:14 PM

My dad offered to buy me a condo along the Williamsburg waterfront, but I decided to just have him buy me a place in Bushwick. I have more street cred that way.

Our band is playing at the Canal Room with Lady GaGa next month. Check us out.

Posted by Stewart McSmithers and the Trust Fund Five | April 29, 2009 6:32 PM

So what do you guys think of the bands?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 6:32 PM

bands? what does any of this have to do with bands?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 6:33 PM

Compared to the flooded level of shit music that presents itself these days ESPECIALLY AROUND NYC, all in all, this is a great list. For me this is a humbling reminder that real hardworking and talented groups still exist, but it doesn't stop there. You can be working hard as a motherfucker, and practice 80 times a week with your mates, and still be bloody shit because you just don't write good tunes. Most of these bands on this list do that. With that said, REAL people, like Matt & Lauren @ L magazine, who don't have pitchforkmedia pushing them around in a pram are going to write about what they fancy despite what anyone else has to say.

So congrats to these fine people for getting to a place that anonymous message board shit talkers obviously haven't

Posted by Brian | April 29, 2009 6:34 PM

@Stewart McSmithers and the Trust Fund Five:

Any interest in sharing a bill with the Trust Fund Dummies? I think my friend can lend us his living room in Williamsburg this Friday nite!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 6:35 PM

Sorry, I have a dinner event at the Harvard Club that I'm being forced to attend that evening. Daddy's making me cut my hair and shave my ironic mustache for the event too. I hate daddy sometimes. He doesn't understand my "art".

Posted by Stewart McSmithers and the Trust Fund Five | April 29, 2009 6:39 PM

I love all of these bands.

Posted by wizard dick | April 29, 2009 6:43 PM

<3<3<3<3 pow wow! <3<3<3<3

Posted by sarah | April 29, 2009 6:51 PM

@Stewart McSmithers and the Trust Fund Five:

I hear you "bro" (I love the ironic usage of "bro" and "dude": the Trust Fund Dummies strive to live their lives inside of quotation marks). It is truly tough being rich and bored with such unappreciative parental units. You guys are one of the best in the alt-nothing genre, and hopefully some day soon our bands can like, totally rock out in a Williamsburg basement.

best,

the TFDs

Posted by Trust Fund Dummies | April 29, 2009 6:52 PM

Hospitality is awesome.

Posted by williamsword | April 29, 2009 7:00 PM

Staten Island is the new Williamsburg. You heard it here first.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 7:12 PM

darlings

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 7:16 PM

last year they were so right about high places. and the year before vampire weekend. in terms of bands blowing up. wonder who will be the HP of 2009 from this list. at this point i don't know a single band on that list.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 7:19 PM

Maybe the Trust Fund Dummies can join us this summer when we play Whartscape in Baltimore? We can jam out a version of "Trust Fund Blues" during the encore with both bands on stage! That would be deck.

peace, bro.

SMatTFF

Posted by Stewart McSmithers and the Trust Fund Five | April 29, 2009 7:23 PM

@Stewart McSmithers and the Trust Fund Five:

>Maybe the Trust Fund Dummies can join us this >summer when we play Whartscape in Baltimore? We >can jam out a version of "Trust Fund Blues" >during the encore with both bands on stage! That >would be deck.

Hey Stewart, that would be "deck," indeed! Our band really knows the "Bodymore, Murdaland" streets: we've watched all 5 seasons of The Wire! During the "Trust Fund Blues" jam, our ace lead guitarist, Johnny Ca$h, can pull his faux B.B. King facial tics: should be aces, bro!

Keep us posted as the "gig" approaches!

the TFDs

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 7:40 PM

darlings win

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 7:47 PM

oh, my, god, becky, look at her butt.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 7:56 PM

Agreed, Darlings are really good!

Posted by Rachel | April 29, 2009 8:11 PM

I met her in the thrift shop bumping indie hip-hop
Calculator wrist watch, Shins t-shirt and flip-flops
Queen of the hipster scene, straight out of Vice Magazine
Social outcast at 16 but now she lives her BoHo Dream
She came from Omaha to Williamsburg
She loved Karen O and she had heard
That Brooklyn was the hipster mecca
Packed her bags with her friend Rebecca
Said she had a thing for broke dudes in bands
Who lived by Union or by Grand
So we went down to the Bedford Bar
And bought a six dollar PBR

Hipster girl: Ezra. Go down Bedord, take a right on Metropolitan, then a right on Union,
and then you're here. Just text me when you get here okay?

CHORUS:
Hipster girl
Cool by the numbers and she rocks my world
Knows all the indie bands you've never heard
She's my hipster girl

She thinks uncool stuff is mad cool, indie culture's fad rule
But cool stuff is uncool, right? That's why Friday's Jewel night
She reads books no one has read, laughs at jokes no one has said
So ironic with her taste, her whole life is cut and paste
It's a metrosexual romance, she wears my shirts and I wear her pants
We play dodge ball, kid sports are cool
Watching Spank Rock and McCarren Park Pool
She's my trust fund baby bohemian, her vegan humus keeps her thin,
I love my L-Train girl it's true, she always goes down on the weekends too

Hipster girl: By the way, that pro-Bush shirt you're wearing is making me really uncomfortable,
you may be wearing it ironically, but that doesn't give you the license to be obnoxious you
look like a hardcore fascist redneck!

CHORUS:
Hipster girl
Cool by the numbers and she rocks my world
Knows all the indie bands you've never heard
She's my hipster girl

BRIDGE:
Donnie Darko makes no sense!
Hipster girl: When did side-pony tails get cool again? Your fixed-gear bike makes no sense!
Hipster girl: I've been trying to do that dirty-chic thing, you know? Donnie Darko makes no sense!
Hipster girl: I am so BoHo right now L train girls don't make sense (I don't get it, I don't get it)

Hipster girl
Cool by the numbers and she rocks my world
Knows all the indie bands you've never heard
She's my hipster girl

Hipster girl
She's got her latte and some spoken word
Ironic statements on her vintage shirts
She's my hipster girl

Hipster girl: I'll give it to you, Napoleon Dynamite was funny, but "Vote for Pedro" t-shirts at Wal-Mart? What are they thinking. Wal-Mart is evil. Their health care is totally inadequate.
Didn't you see the screening of that Robert Greenwald movie at Pete's Candy Store? It was so sad. What is with all of these hipsters taking over Williamsburg?


Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 8:34 PM

i'd like to collect all the "hipster haters" "trust fund haters" and collect them in a room and see just how ugly pasty and depressed they are.

Worst

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 9:17 PM

"i'd like to collect all the "hipster haters" "trust fund haters" and collect them in a room and see just how ugly pasty and depressed they are."

Hipster trust funders being the beautiful, happy people of course. Or are they just narcissistic and medicated?


Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 9:49 PM

It'd be really deck to check out Stewart McSmithers and the Trust Fund Five and the Trust Fund Dummies while chugging a few bronsons. The bands on the L list are all pretty fin.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 10:20 PM

The writers at L tend to be snarky idiots with bad taste in music most of the time. Oh yeah, NJ rocks! As if where you come from makes any difference. I've met many an asshole from many places including Brooklyn! And I've met plenty of cool folks from many places including Brooklyn!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 11:22 PM

>>P.S. Let's guess how many of those people live in Williamsburg...I'm guessing 95%

All you dumb asses, who gives a shit about Bedford Ave. That shit is straight up Sex in the City, cable TV, sorority girls. Rock on.


Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 11:25 PM

whats a trust fund?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 11:35 PM

goddamn! now i remember why i love this blog so so much. deep down, i am learning that i love to watch petty arguments unfold online.

congrats to the bands, and huzzah for the heshers!

Posted by the jim | April 29, 2009 11:39 PM

to the "anit-trust funders": how hard did you have to convince your parents to stop paying your rent because you wanted to be 'independent' in brooklyn and work at a 'coffee shop' to support your self?

in all honesty though, please direct all your hipster hate towards the beets. they suck huge balls... their interview is hilarious: "We aren't really aware of music scenes, not hip to the jive. We just feel there are a handful of really good bands and they happen to be our friends. is that a scene?" ...FAIL.

all the other bands dont deserve the hipster stereotype. these 7 bands are all pretty low on the hipster meter. there are many MANY more "hipster-er" bands in nyc then these...

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 11:46 PM

WHY ISN'T TRUST COMPANY ON THE LIST? THEY HAD A KILLER SINGLE.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 12:01 AM

"WHY ISN'T TRUST COMPANY ON THE LIST? THEY HAD A KILLER SINGLE."

They'll never be as deck as Trust Fund Dummies or the awesome Stewart McSmithers and the Trust Fund Five.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 12:41 AM

In modern times, the “trust fund baby” has emerged as a term that is often used to describe an individual who lives solely off the trust fund established by the parents. More often than not, the term is one of derision and is used to refer to someone who is not engaged in any type of labor or work in order to make a living.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 12:45 AM

No fucking Bear Hands?

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 12:46 AM

Check out XYLOS' free EP & listen to a couple of their brand new demo tracks here:

http://soundsareastounding.com/?s=xylos

Posted by Kevin | April 30, 2009 1:58 AM

Check out Stewart McSmithers & The Trust Fund Five's free EP entitled 'Straight Outta Park Slope', featuring such great cuts as 'Pass the Pabst', 'This Is Bushwick Not L.A.', and our party anthem 'I Heart Beards'.

Posted by Stewart | April 30, 2009 2:44 AM

8:34 wins for overall creativity.

But 2:44 gets honorable mention props for the most pop cultural references crammed into one short post. Kudos.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 3:12 AM

Bear Hands was on the list two years ago (or it might have been last year-- but I think it was two year's ago when they wrote about Vampire Weekend and Frances).

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 6:41 AM

Stewart McSmithers & The Trust Fund Five's _Straight Outta Park Slope_ EP is one of the best releases of the year, IMHO. I hear that their friendly Williamsburg rivals Trust Fund Dummies are in their bedroom studio now trying to match it, but with apocalyptic party tunes like "Pass The Pabst" to compete with, it's gonna be tough. SMatTFF are deck!

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 10:05 AM

i LOVE how people who use phrases like "suck huge balls" think that anyone gives two shits about their opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 10:06 AM

can we get back on topic and talk about how bad the 8 bands are?

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 10:11 AM

8:34: hahahaha. Fuck yes. Donnie Darko is so universally loved by cool people--it's insane. It must be one of the foundation documents for the hipster creed.

And hey, good job bands on these accolades. Is it meaningful, though? Probably not...I would like to offer a quote:

"This fucking magazine sucks."

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 4:04 PM

Indeed, this fucking magazine sucks.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | April 30, 2009 10:18 AM

I think the name No Fucking Bear Hands is better than just Bear Hands on its own.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 11:03 AM

Hands down, Bigga Haitian will be the act to watch in 2009.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 11:36 AM

darlings fucking rule. im going to see them tonight at union pool!

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 11:49 AM

"trust fund" is the best band ever

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 12:06 PM

Little known factoid: Stewart McSmithers was the original bass player for Trust Fund, before leaving to start his own project, Stewart McSmithers & the Trust Fund Five, which was an obvious dig at his former bandmates...one of whom, Brett Tharpe, used to play drums in the band TBA.

Now you know.

Posted by SMatTFF 4 Evah | April 30, 2009 12:14 PM

i like L magazine, and i think these are some awesome choices. i don't like EVERY band on there, but i can see quite a few of them going somewhere.

i would have chosen a different set, but anamanaguchi and savoir adore would probably still have a place on mine. 8bit music ftw!

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 12:43 PM

"As if where you come from makes any difference."

You win - that's the dumbest thing I have ever read.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2009 1:53 PM

12:11 -

L Magazine commenting on Brookyn Vegan commenting on L Magazine. How very meta.

Posted by I chuckled | April 30, 2009 2:21 PM

New three-song free EP due from Trust Fund Dummies
due May 1:

Traxlist

1. Trust Fund Blues Pt. 1.

2. I Saw A White Rabbit (Donnie's Song)

3. P.B.R. (Pretty Boring, Really)

4. She's So Deck

5. Trust Fund Blues Pt. 2 (feat. Stewart McSmithers & The Trust Fund Five)

Look for us on Bedford and get your free copy!



Posted by Trust Fund Dummies | April 30, 2009 8:04 PM

xylos is HOT!

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2009 2:32 AM

When are TFD and SMatTFF going on tour together??? Will you guys play Missoula?

Posted by bored in Montana | May 1, 2009 8:41 AM

"When are TFD and SMatTFF going on tour together??? Will you guys play Missoula?"

When Stewart's ironic mustache grows back we will be hitting the road together -- keep checking back for further details.

Posted by Trust Fund Dummies | May 1, 2009 4:33 PM

Hardly any of these comments had anything to do with MUSIC!! I guess you can't expect much from people who are critics but don't actually even listen to who's on the list. I saw pow wow and The Beets last night at Red Star Bar and both bands were fucking incredible! Really great show, congrats guys!

Posted by mahajabuti | May 2, 2009 7:24 PM

New York bands suck

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 3:15 AM

pow wow!

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | May 5, 2009 12:52 PM

pow wow + darlings at Glasslands on Thursday! Pumped for that

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2009 1:03 PM

New York bands suck

Posted by Jimmy Choo Handbags | October 16, 2009 2:58 AM

Awesome coverage! Thanks!

Posted by lv | October 17, 2009 10:15 AM

Emanuel & The Fear are playing at 92YTribeca on Nov 21st.

Posted by anon | November 11, 2009 4:42 PM

Great!! i think?

Posted by green laser pointer | November 18, 2009 10:25 PM

it's a pretty excellent coverage. i kinda like NYC bands

Posted by bulldog training | January 11, 2010 7:29 PM

What makes you like about NYC bands?

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