Posted in music on March 31, 2010

by Bill Pearis

L Mag

The L Magazine's fifth annual "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear" issue just hit the streets and the internet. It's got some familiar names (Twin Sister, North Highlands, Oberhofer) and some less-known ones (Nohow On, Asa Ransom). And like ever year, it's sure to spark some friendly debate, which I'll start: what, no Beach Fossils? Anyway, here's the L's Class of 2010, with each band's next NYC show just in case you wanna check 'em out (three of them are conveniently playing together at Cake Shop this Tuesday, April 6):

Honorable mentions include Die Hard, Shark?, and Ribbons. You may remember discussing previous L Mag lists in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

P.S. The L Magazine-produced Northside Festival returns this year: June 24-27

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Comments (58)

Handsome Pheasants should be on that list.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 9:52 AM

Asa Ransom is the reincarnation of former band Death of Fashion, which you've probably also never heard of

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 10:02 AM

It's funny to see the '07 list with Vampire Weekend on it and even then everybody in the comments were talking about how lame they are.

Defenders take note: that is LONG before the 14 year olds and soccer moms knew who they were and people still didn't like them.

Remember that the next time there's a thread about them playing MSG and everyone is accused of hating on them just because they're popular.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 10:07 AM

10:07 you are worthy of BV comment section. Congrats.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 10:26 AM

oh wow, that guy in the photo with the bow-tie and suspenders looks like such a free spirit! i'll bet he's really, really creative too.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 10:58 AM

There's a bearded dude looking at Mr. bow tie-- TERRIFIED. That fist is coming for you buddy. Great news about Northside. Woot.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:14 AM

L Magazine is literally a Shit Rag you can use to literally wipe Shit off. PS I have literally Pissed in an L Magazine box. Enjoy a year of L Magazine promotion, covered in Shit and Piss

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:18 AM

L Mehgazine

Posted by Meh Guy | March 31, 2010 11:19 AM

Some of these bands are already too popular for me to like.

Bow-ties are for douches...obviously.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:41 AM

oh look! They've been using Bushwick Country Club for the last 5 years straight for this, are they just that devoid of creativity or just lazy? or poor?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:41 AM

I only read L MEHgazine when I've forgotten my book for the subway ride. And I only read the interviews with cab riders, and then throw it out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:45 AM

25 white people you'll need to order from if you want food on a weeknight in williamsburg

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:48 AM

Hey everybody, we're offering our record for a buck with the discount code BKLYNVEG on our bandcamp site. Or you can just stream it for free. http://miniboone.bandcamp.com/

We hope you enjoy us and the rest of the bands.

Sincerely,
MiniBoone

Posted by Craig from MiniBoone | March 31, 2010 11:48 AM

also i have a feeling bowtie will be asked by label execs do drop his band and gor for a more lucrative solor career. he has that starpower

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:48 AM

Ball of Flames sound kinda sweet. Has anyone seen them?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:49 AM

bowtie backlash to the backlash commence now

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:52 AM

The lone black dude is all "WTF?"

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:53 AM

i dont see a black guy. making me play where's waldo and shit all up in here

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 12:07 PM

Front Row, bottom right.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 12:16 PM

some pretty good bands here, but will L Magazine ever show even the slightest bit of diversity with their picks?

Best way to make their list is to be quirky, have a lot of members, a banjo or violin, and for the love of god don't be loud.

better late than never with Asa Ransom though.

how about ArpLine, Pacific Theater, Ghastly City Sleep, The Loom, DeVries, Kordan, New Numbers, Light Asylum, Gunfight and i'm not a big metal fan but we've got a booming metal scene

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 12:35 PM

oh fuck, these poor schmucks should have known getting in this issue would incur the wrath of the BV commenters. i hope they have a tough skin.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 1:07 PM

What about The Rich Get Richer?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 1:46 PM

This picture totally looks like year book club geeks. Are these the little kids that "make" the L magazine. How cute.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 1:56 PM

Why one of the most fun bands in Brooklyn , being around for a few years playing really good fucking show is never mentioned?

GUNFIGHT
GUNFIGHT
GUNFIGHT
GUNFIGHT
GUNFIGHT
GUNFIGHT
GUNFIGHT
GUNFIGHT
GUNFIGHT

Posted by Xico Loco | March 31, 2010 2:17 PM

burzum fucking sucks

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 3:25 PM

Wow, talk about a bunch of geeky looking midwestern hipster transplants. Yikes.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 3:30 PM

That place probably smells like a blend of backyard beef jerky, stumptown coffee, tofu, feet, stale pbr, and granola.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 3:35 PM

Hive mentality gets rewarded?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 3:55 PM

>That place probably smells like a blend of
>backyard beef jerky, stumptown coffee, tofu,
>feet, stale pbr, and granola.

Well, yeah. It's the Bushwick Country Club. It fucking always smells like that.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 4:08 PM

I can agree on the Twin Sister tip but the rest are straight up stank.

Posted by Tang | March 31, 2010 4:14 PM

thank god cuz last years had me feeling like i was outta touch, this year i know again

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 5:22 PM

bands are getting uglier.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 6:20 PM

Death of Fashion were a thousand times better than Asa Ransom are now. Bleugh.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 7:18 PM

Yeah, other than Twin Siser and Oberhofer this is disgusting.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 7:31 PM

every band on here sucks except ava luna

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 7:56 PM

this is terrible aside from miniboone

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 8:32 PM

Asa Ransom! Yes!

Posted by Scot | March 31, 2010 9:53 PM

every band recommended to me by a magazine makes me want to barf.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 10:35 PM

THIS LIST IS TERRIBLE EXCEPT FOR THE BAND I PLAY ATMOSPHERIC GUITAR IN

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 10:35 PM

bill peris is the L magazine of brooklyn vegan

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2010 11:49 PM

that's a perfect thing to say, totally right!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2010 12:22 AM

oh man, white people, y'all NEVER get tired of each other, do you?

Posted by baffled | April 1, 2010 12:36 AM

Ass Ransom and Oppenheimer are the best on the list.

These guys and gals I bet are from Conn, Mass, and Vermont.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2010 2:52 AM

2:52, spot on. Fuck Massachusetts. I've always hated Jonathan Richman, Jerry Harrison, The Pixies, Mission of Burma, etc...

Posted by you fucking moron | April 1, 2010 10:12 AM

I see Dan, Jacob and Darryl! Hi guys!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2010 11:18 AM

FUCK NEON INDIAN AND HIS AGGRESSIVE/ANNOYING AD CAMPAIGN. I WOULD RATHER LISTEN TO ANY OF THESE BANDS

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2010 12:14 PM

This is the most subtle april fools post ever - great job BV!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2010 12:40 PM

Ava Luna—please no, God.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2010 3:12 PM

That Oberhofer show is the 9th, not the 6th

Posted by Paul | April 2, 2010 9:15 AM

twin sister april 11 silent barn

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2010 9:17 AM

please, go on with your righteous indignation! sorry your band didn't make it on the list, perhaps if you didn't waste so much time on the internet bashing other bands and practiced a bit more? your opinion might be more valid then! just saying. good day!

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2010 11:15 AM

>THIS LIST IS TERRIBLE EXCEPT FOR THE BAND I
>PLAY ATMOSPHERIC GUITAR IN

Winner.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2010 11:29 AM

I guess BV comments is what people are talking about when they say the internet sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2010 2:10 PM

Xico Loco has that shit right. Also, Miniboone is the jam

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2010 3:35 PM

wow....8 bands who are all afraid of using distortion pedals. music critics at L mag are a bunch of nancies.

Posted by matt | April 2, 2010 4:59 PM

"afraid" or "bored"?

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2010 2:06 PM

TWO WORDS: TOTAL SLACKER

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2010 7:17 PM

Miniboone and Asa Ransom rock. The rest of these are tame as hell.

Something is bugging me. Forty musicians in that picture and only five are women. Of those five, only one plays an instrument (piano). I don't think this is L Magazine's fault, I think it's the truth of the indie scene today. And that's really disturbing.

Oh yeah, and that's not even mentioning the race thing, but I think y'all already covered that.

Posted by Radio Flyer | April 12, 2010 3:58 PM

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