Posted in music on June 20, 2011

Babycakes

SPIN made some video series called the "SPIN Underground Guide" where bands "take you around their stomping grounds." I'm not sure that the Tompkins Square Dog Park or a cupcake shop fall into the "underground" category, but I was happy to see Babycakes get some attention nonetheless. You can watch Cults talk about NYC in the video below...

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Cults play a free House of Vans show and other dates this summer.

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Comments (52)

i think i'm gonna be sick...

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:51 PM

What a fricken' joke.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:56 PM

thanks cults!! i've never heard of the strand before--i'll have to check it out along with your other "underground" suggestions.

this lady looks like bristol palin?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:59 PM

Are her eyes too far apart?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 12:59 PM

you know what ... fuck you cults.

yeah, it's swell you listed places like babycakes, but i've been a fan of theirs for quite some time. and i don't need your "underground" bullshit to find my way around my own city. if you market your brand of cool, go document your own fucking city.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:06 PM

suburban kids guide to manhattan

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:09 PM

"If you're a real movie buff, you should check out the AMC 25 in Times Square. It's totally awesome and underground."

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:09 PM

^ oh, and one more thing ... the strand. um, way to dig deep on that one. it's probably the most famous, with maybe powell's and a few in the bay area, place to shop for books in this country. for pete's sake. couldn't you have at least listed a badass small store like st. mark's books?

seriously. please, go quit your day job and read a book.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:09 PM

I like this little ethnic enclave called Midtown.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:36 PM

Here's my totally underground NYC:

Magnolia Bakery
Hogs & Heiffers
McSorley's Ale House
Union Square Barnes & Noble
South Street Seaport
Katz's Deli

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:37 PM

this band blows so hard. why the hype? why?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:37 PM

^ cause they're a m/f duo, and that's the hip thing to do these days. she's cute and he has long messy hair. and, um, they have a cool, underground name. all of that screams we-can-market-them-to-the-burbs. check back with them in a couple years.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:39 PM

@1:37, haha, totally - though i guess the lower east side's most underground club, libation, is so underground you haven't heard of it yet.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:42 PM

Hey guys, I'm checking out a show at this really cool underground club called Terminal 5. You probably never heard of it, only cool people with connects can get in.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:52 PM

Yes, I am sure that Spin asked Cults to make this list for YOU.....you miserable bunch of self-righteous f--kers!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:52 PM

1. Cults are a band that makes money

2. You are a pathetic a-hole

ps - I don't like Cults, but I def like them more than you sissies!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:54 PM

1. I fucking hate it when people try to hype and mainstream places I love.

2. They are obviously huge tools who were not employing #1, so I should just thank them for being huge tools.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 1:58 PM

"Yes, I am sure that Spin asked Cults to make this list for YOU.....you miserable bunch of self-righteous f--kers!"

Hey fuck-o, if it was a pop monkey "day in the life" segment, nobody would be howling. It wasn't packaged as what Felicity does in her free time around NYU, so mocking this as being a pathetic stab at offering insights into any kind of underground NYC is pretty spot on.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:07 PM

pitchfork only gave this band an 8.5. not enough hype.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:10 PM

Who cares about what they're talking about? We should be focusing on the fact that this band is fucking terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:11 PM

gentrifers telling what's underground and cool in NYC. what a fucking joke!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:17 PM

Stay in Manhattan bloody yuppies!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:24 PM

BARF!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:35 PM

WOW, this thread is worse then a hen house beauty parlor! You guys make me ill!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:40 PM

When I moved to NY, I slowly found all the places I know now, over the course of years. I'm not finished, either (one can never finish this task), but it's all about the adventure. It's fun hearing about a new spot from a friend, for instance. Let's pretend that this list was actually good (or at least what it purports to be). Who wants all that just handed to them? Takes the piss out of exploring the city, and finding one's niche, and all that cheesy stuff.

This is just disgusting, unless they gave this crap list to "cover up" the good stuff. I know, highly unlikely. Even though they are obviously unable to actually give away everyones' special spots, they are trying their damnedest. So, they should be seen as intruders. Don't make the same mistake the Inca did!!

HATE.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:50 PM

"Hogs & Heiffers"

Full of cunts.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:51 PM

New York City was much cooler before the internet. True fact.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 2:58 PM

i do not like this band

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 3:00 PM

2:50 - I hope you get Steve Irwin'ed next time you visit your favorite aquarium.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 3:28 PM

I like their album (sorry, snobs) but think this list is terrible. Fucking embarrassing for them. If they weren't in NYC long enough to know any real places, couldn't they have called a friend that does?

Jesus, are they marketing themselves to open for Lady Gaga or something? Fucking pathetic. You don't have to say yes to every publicity spot if you're going to look this dumb and cheesy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 3:55 PM

2:50 here - thanks 3:28. Means a lot coming from "anonymous". Fuck much?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 4:09 PM

lol

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 4:25 PM

really douchey

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 4:40 PM

New York City has officially become the least-hip, underground or cool major metropolitan space on the planet. You should ALL be ashamed for helping to ruin a once culturally relevant/important city.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 5:33 PM

NYC is serious business, guys, don't forget it

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2011 7:55 PM

glad to finally see some backlash for this terrible band

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 12:10 AM

Really love their record

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 1:07 AM

yeah! why are their no BROOKLYN VEGAN spots????


Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 1:14 AM

Obviously these comments are all written by the same hater who most likely got shot down by the girl singer in high school or something. At least try to sound like different people if you're going to be so outright jealous.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 6:45 AM

What a disgusting group of people. I'm glad such a Jeinpus group of vegans found each other.

Snobs. Sorry your Brooklyn based band didn't get signed.

cults are really amazing and I like this video.

Posted by Darla | June 21, 2011 7:03 AM

7:03 AM - what do you like about this video? It's objectively ridiculous. You're supposed to be getting an "insider's perspective" from some kid who keeps talking about "when he first moved here" like it was 3 months ago, and there's really almost nothing "underground" about any of the things that they mention. They seem like nice kids. It's an objectively stupid video. And while I think comments here usually BEGIN at hyperbolic hissy-fit and end somewhere in dumb name calling, everybody complaining about this one is right on the mark.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 9:08 AM

Also, what's a "Jeinpus?"

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 9:09 AM

there are far better cults than cults in nyc

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 9:11 AM

when you google "jeinpus," the only thing that comes up is this post. sounds like a pretty snobbish word to me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 10:26 AM

So list your underground spots here you hate mongering negative dweebs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 11:26 AM

11:28 touché! Love it!

Posted by Colette | June 21, 2011 1:59 PM

Self absorbed hipsters from some fly over state with their "yah man" accent swearing they are cool or something.

Posted by Jnior | June 21, 2011 3:34 PM

I massively surprised that so many of you are letting the very hype machine that you claim to hate (and the bands they champion) blind you from the really good album that 'Cults' is. I'd expect many BV readers to actually LIKE this record, seeing that it's catchy and melodic as fuck, albeit a bit repetitive at times. It's good music and I love it, regardless of any 'hype' or connotation the band may or may not have. I'm judging the music as I hear it and it's good. Many of you seem to be judging anything but the music.

Seriously, I am baffled.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 3:58 PM

Love these jealous rants!! Sounds like everyone's a little hungover and grouchy today. Listen babes, drink lots of water and take a nice long nap. Envy isn't cute.

Posted by Errow McKookle | June 21, 2011 9:00 PM

One problem with NY is that there is very little underground as everything is excessively documented.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2011 9:45 PM

Check them out on NPR, their song "Go Outside" is incredibly catchy :) http://www.npr.org/2011/06/19/137245548/cults-leave-internet-hype-behind-for-the-big-time

Posted by Emma | June 21, 2011 10:09 PM

You are all a bunch of dimwits!
First off there aren't anymore underground places in Manhattan and Brooklyn being even worse. Second of all do your research Madeline from Cults grew up in NYC on the LES. Brian is from San Diego.

Posted by ortiz | June 22, 2011 2:19 PM

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