Posted in music | tour dates on April 12, 2012

Friends at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Friends

Brooklyn's Friends, already listed in the BBC 'Sound of 2012' are continuing to move up in the world. They've announced what will be their largest headlining NYC show yet: Bowery Ballroom on July 7. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/13) at noon. The show happens at the end of a North American tour. All dates are listed below.

The band also just revealed plans to release their debut LP, Manifest! on June 5 via Fat Possum in the US and a day earlier via Lucky Number worldwide. The album was produced by the band and mixed by Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Azealia Banks). They just dropped a new dance-punky cut from the album, "Mind Control," which you can stream below.

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Friends - "Mind Control"

Friends -- 2012 Tour Dates
April 12 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix AZ *
April 13 Soda Bar San Diego CA
April 15 Soho Restaurant & Music Club Santa Barbara CA w/ Tune-Yards
April 16 Constellation Room Santa Ana CA *
April 17 Echoplex Los Angeles CA * w/ Housse De Racket
May 5 Live at Leeds, Leeds
May 6 Digital, Newcastle
May 7 King Tut's, Glasgow
May 8 Academy 3, Manchester
May 9 Scala, London
May 10 The Great Escape, Brighton
May 11 The Great Escape, Brighton
May 12 Academy 2, Birmingham
May 14 Thekla, Bristol
June 13 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
June 14 Montreal, QC Lambi's
June 16 Chicago, IL Schuba's Tavern
June 17 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
June 20 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
June 22 Vancouver, BC Fortune
June 23 Portland, OR Doug Fir
June 25 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
July 2 Austin, TX Mohawk
July 3 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's Upstairs
July 5 Atlanta, GA The Earl
July 6 Washington, DC Rock N' Roll Hotel
July 7 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
* - w/ Neon Indian

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Comments (208)

YES!
Here we go trolls. On your Mark, Get set, Go.

I will start it off.

Who did this cunt with the fat fucking ass blow at Fat Possum and Bowery to get signed and get this gig

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 10:49 AM

I'm not trolling, I just don't get it. I've seen this band twice, and I didn't just think they were blah, I thought they were affirmatively bad. And I'm being honest. What is the appeal here?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 10:52 AM

We've created a monster...I don't blame the system or the labels or even the bands. We let this happen. You and I. And we should all be ashamed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 10:53 AM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 10:53 AM

weird choice of label for them , no ?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 10:54 AM

I've seen them play. I think I'm pretty objective. They are a really bad band, and annoying on stage to boot. Oooof.

Posted by panopticon | April 12, 2012 10:59 AM

what 10:53 (1st) said. a band that has absolutely nothing to offer but respectively good looking women. musically it is painstakingly awful.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 10:59 AM

Fat Possum must've read the other thread and agreed with the insane allegation that all 600 of us who think this band sucks was one person.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:01 AM

It's really hard to defend living in Brooklyn and liking music when shit like this keeps happening.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:09 AM

Where Matt & Kim was actually fun in a warehouse/backyard kinda setting, this shit is just abysmally bad. And yes, I have seen them play 285 Kent. It was hard to believe someone allowed them to set foot on that stage. Or maybe not so hard to believe, whatever...

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:09 AM

that big guy who is also in real estate sells pretty good drugs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:13 AM

Friends definetly make Brooklyn look bad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:14 AM

Fat Possum went from Junior Kimbrough to Friends?

Yikes.

Has there ever been a bigger drop in quality at a record label ever?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:17 AM

I think the biggest offense with a band like Friends and the million other bands of their ilk is that their music is simply trite. Listless and lifeless, I don't hear any real expression or passion for what they're doing.

There have been plenty of awesome bands who can't really sing and cannot play their instruments well, but they own their shit and make up for it with other strengths. Flash-in-the-pan bands like Friends seem totally content in their own banality.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:18 AM

Poor Paul Epworth. Can you imagine trying to coax a listenable record out of these no talent retards? Think he had to bring in session players?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:35 AM

11:17 - true. I had assumed this was a different Fat Possum.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:35 AM

I bet that slut singer has a fat possum.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:35 AM

Just goes to show that, regardless of talent or looks, the allure of cheap sex sells in whatever medium it is presented. Here, with "indie rock" (more on that leap another time), formerly in print, video, and internet.

There is no actual musical talent here kids. Just a chicken head that likes to fuck and just might fuck you if you buy the album.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:45 AM

wtf in newcastle, birmingham, leeds and bristol is going to come out to see this tripe? is one of their parents sponsoring the UK leg of the tour? 2 nights in brighton?!!?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:48 AM

You guys! Sigur Ros is playing the Brooklyn Bandshell on 7/31. Who cares about these dorks in Friends.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:57 AM

Any band that shares a stage with this shit should be held accountable. Anyone who participates in this nonsense should be boycotted.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:03 PM

less about friends more about THE EVERYMEN

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:05 PM

^ I agree. SR @ PP will be the FuKIN boMB BoyYYEEEE

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:06 PM

I heard THE EVERYMEN are opening the Sigur Ros show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:07 PM

I sold my Fat Possum stock before the crash.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:09 PM

And I used to have so much respect for Fat Possum. You guys done fucked up now.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:15 PM

12:15 great Eastbound & Down ref. That was a hilarious scene. Gonna miss that show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:17 PM

If Paul Epworth can make these ass-clowns sound good then he is the greatest producer OF ALL TIME!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:17 PM

"Just a chicken head that likes to fuck and just might fuck you if you buy the album."


Well shit, if that is the case

Hey Sammy Urbani, I am going to buy 5 copies of the album when it comes out. I really would love to eat your asshole for hours. I'll give that big ass a workout none of those loser hipsters could ever give. Call me 212-375-1200.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:18 PM

Bravo, 12:18. Must say that's a clever use of the Bowery Presents #

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:21 PM

If the girl wants to be a hootchi, then that's her choice. She is like a million girls I knew growing up in CT. Really pretty common in my experience. But, fuck if I'm gonna shit on her dream - you go Sammi, ride that shit as far as you can go. But please know, the band sucks dogshit, and at some point you will need to jettison them for the big time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:21 PM

12:21 has no life to call telephone numbers posted by Anonymous on the internet.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:22 PM

I didn't actually call, 12:22. You're on a fucking computer. Do the math, son.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=212-375-1200

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:26 PM

No seriously can you imagine the amount of editing some poor guy had to do to make the drums sound on time? I least hope he used pro tools. Could you imagine actually having to cut the tape? I think I would just quit or bring in a session guy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:28 PM

THE DRUMMER DOESN'T EVEN USE PEDALS! ENOUGH SAID!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:36 PM

Is Sammy Urbani her real name? She's gonna lose hot whore points if it's really Samantha Feldstein or something like that.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:40 PM

Aren't they supposed to be a dance band? You would think they might figure out that drums are important for that kind of thing.

That and the singer can't stay in key. Seriously she's really bad. They should use a vocoder and cut their losses.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:41 PM

That shit's gonna get autotuned like it's a Kim Kardashian/Heidi Montag duet.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:50 PM

Hate the band on their musical merits all you want (as annoying as they are, I actually think they have a few good singles in them), but it's pitiful to hurl insults at that girl's looks or what you perceive to be her sex life.

For one, she's just a kid. Two, you make it painfully obvious that you're just bitter that girls that cute don't want to fuck you. I'm sorry your girlfriend dresses like shit, buddy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:54 PM

12:54 - I agree that the misogynistic comments that are all too pervasive on BV are unnecessary, but you've got to be kidding me with that last sentence. That girl dresses like she robbed a Salvation Army truck coming from the set of "Blossom" and put on bunch of random pieces together in the dark.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:59 PM

^bwahahaha...

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:08 PM

To answer the first commenter's question, she fucked the dude from Neva Dinova years ago, but this seems unrelated, so probably the guy from the Black Keys with the crazy ex-wife.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:09 PM

guarantee you that their label/pr papers the show. people will be getting free tix left and right. don't be surprised when the show is 'sold out.'

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:10 PM

12:54...Not sure whose bitter. No one said anything negative about her. If anything, being a hot whore or a cum dumpster is a compliment. Are you one of these guys that takes a feminist stance in the hopes of getting some ass?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:13 PM

Nice 1:09,
More inside info please. Address? Number? Names of more dudes she has been with.

12:59, Hilarious. I spit out my coffee.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:14 PM

"Salvation Army truck coming from the set of "Blossom" and put on bunch of random pieces together in the dark"

I just came. Thanks, I needed that.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:15 PM

1:10 totally. I wonder how hard management will keep trying before they give up, or slowly replace the dudes with guys who can play. Maybe a solo career for Ms. Urbani? This is show business in 2012, there is no reason a singer needs to be able to sing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:17 PM

EDIT:
12:21 has no life to Google telephone numbers posted by Anonymous on the internet.

There, is that better, fuckwad? Do you think that makes you seem like less of a fuckloser? If I was you I wouldn't go buying any lottery tickets sonny boy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:19 PM

^ha, they are going to do those dudes like they did the fat chick drummer in best coast.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:20 PM

Friends= North Brooklyn's Jersey Shore

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:22 PM

Still can't get this image out of my fucking head
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w55yuXOPFCA

My life has been ruined by Friends!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:32 PM

50 comments so far...not a single positive one.

Oh ps-this band can lick my sack. Surprisingly bad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:33 PM

^ There was one positive comment, if you are a fan of the show Blossom.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:40 PM

the fat dude from Friends is going to sit in with Incubus at Bamboozle. Super psyched for that!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:47 PM

1:32, that video is classic. I watch it whenever I need to feel better about myself.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:50 PM

1:15 wins the internet

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | April 12, 2012 1:52 PM

hi im here to see the bass players tits

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:59 PM

Friends is the evidence for musical Stand Your Ground laws

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:01 PM

with Friends like these who needs enemies, amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:04 PM

with Friends like these who needs enemas, amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:06 PM

wow, never seen so many haters. youre so angry that sammy wouldnt even take a second look at you. have fun jerkin to Japanese comics tonight boys

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:10 PM

Bloc Party @ T5 on 8/8.

Does Bowery Presents seriously have a monopoly on NYC bookings?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:11 PM

If this band plays MSG in two months...

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:17 PM

SNORT

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:20 PM

fat possum will sign ANY band riding a bit of hype. granted, they put out a lot of good stuff (spiritualized, walkmen) but come on!

this is the exact shit that mike sniper (captured tracks) has been bitching about, and rightfully so:
http://mikesniper.tumblr.com/post/15465680567/an-indie-label-in-2012

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:27 PM

Fuck, they make Telepathe seem together.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:30 PM


Nothing to do with the females in the band or anything sexual. This band is just complete trite, uninspiring and confusing to watch. Trainwreck-Rock like Night Manager.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:42 PM

2:10 = Sammy

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 3:17 PM

2:10 is Sammy...or Sammy's sister.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 3:17 PM

hahahahaha ya haters!

Friends are just gonna get more and more famous

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 3:38 PM

3:38 uhm no. As soon as the publicist won't get paid any longer you will never hear about this shit again.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 3:49 PM

WHAT DOES GABE SPIERER THINK ABOUT ALL THIS?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 3:50 PM

i know for a fact that Samantha would never read the comments here so she's definitely not 2:10. long story short, Friends is actually next level. not a single person who has commented on this post could ever write a songs as catchy as she does. hell, her farts probably smell better than your Cheetos breath.

- a close friend

Posted by Serpent | April 12, 2012 3:54 PM

Friends PR team must be excellent because there is no way anyone actually like this band.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 3:55 PM

3:39 so true

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 3:56 PM

3:50 he'll probably send out another 500 mass e-mails per day to compensate...

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 3:57 PM

3:54 is really Sammy's balding Uncle.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 4:01 PM

Chick from Friends makes Gwen Stefani sound like Maria Callas.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 4:06 PM

Friends are the next Beatles.

YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 4:26 PM

FRIENDS WIN THIS ROUND

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 5:01 PM

One of my favorite things about Friends is how utterly good vibes they are, while at the same consistently enraging this one prolific BV comment troll hater here.

The obsession is just fucking bonkers, I mean bro spent a whole afternoon posting here.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 5:05 PM

^^the publicist crew just woke up

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 5:11 PM

^Haha, yeah. 'It's all one person!' God everything about Friends sucks so bad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 5:26 PM

All the comments defending friends is one person. And Sammy's farts smell like farts.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 6:15 PM

This reminds me of the 80s, when shitty hairmetal bands were getting pushed by the industry because they were latching onto a scene. Image over substance. To me, Friends is today's equivalent; the industry latching onto the Brooklyn hipster scene, pushing crappy bands that have an image regardless of musical talent.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 6:22 PM

^yeah, except that almost all of the hair metal bands could play circles around Friends.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 6:31 PM

this is crazy.
they get ZERO respect in brooklyn. ZERO.
shitty band on a great label

Posted by really? | April 12, 2012 6:31 PM

Its clearly not one person. I wrote 10:52 and didn't come back until now. There's a lot of hate for some bands for no reason at all. For this band, there's a reason. They're bad and perceived as getting a deal and headline shows because of something other than talent.

As I said in 10:52, I'm not a troll. I don't hate them. Its just that they are bad, affirmatively bad, and I don't understand how anyone at Fat Possum could see anything objectively good about their music.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 6:39 PM

absolutely agree with 6:39.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 6:43 PM

this band sucks

Posted by alex jones | April 12, 2012 6:44 PM

dude get over it, people like Friends.

why is this an issue in your life?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 6:45 PM

dont matter who mixed the record. its a friends record. nuff said. bad!

Posted by ericka jackson | April 12, 2012 6:46 PM

it's pretty telling that the way Friends chooses to defend themselves is by attempting to claim that all the criticism is coming from one person.

seriously, that's the best PR money can buy?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 6:47 PM

an issue? are you delirious? it's only an 'issue' when this band is on a bill of bands that I actually wanna see, like maybe when they played right before Bush Tetras at 285Kent. THAT you can call an 'issue', you tool.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 6:49 PM

WE SUCK

Posted by the skinny bass player | April 12, 2012 6:50 PM

boycott this shiit> i agree anyone who tries to pass this along as music or art is hella dumb

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 6:52 PM

sex does sell, but unless they are sucking dick at the merch booth, good luck getting your money back fat possum

Posted by ifuckedtheskinnyone | April 12, 2012 6:55 PM

god will this band just give up and die
no creativity
no talent
not even that hot

GO AWAY

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 7:00 PM

but... you are just one guy

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 7:12 PM

Friends are out of town on tour. Also, they are known flaky folks who barely have homes, and definitely don't have computers.

yet... you think they're on here writing to "defend" themselves?

I would postulate that they could seriously give a shit what you or any other internet nobody has to say, buddy. Being a band with a career keeps ya busy, and makes ya not worry about insignificant stuff like literally anything and everything said here on the BV comment zone.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 7:18 PM

7.18 - Friends from an internet cafe.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 7:27 PM

@ 4:26..maybe the Shitty Beatles

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 7:28 PM

I too absolutely agree with 6:39.

What the fuck happened to music? What the fuck happened to extremely hard working bands earning their accolades through years of effort.Proves you don't have to do anything anymore and as long as you have the right people working for you, you can likely play MSG in a years time. hm.


Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 7:37 PM

7:37 that'd only work if people were successfully 'tricked' into liking the band, which in this case for once is not working. there is hope after all!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 7:43 PM

it it makes you feel less lame to imagine that Friends are on here talking back to you, then I guess it doesn't hurt anyone. They're not though. Mostly nobody is talking back to you, you're just hitting refresh a lot and wasting your whole day.

The reality is Friends are out getting famous, getting laid, and getting paid. They just got a big advance I bet, and they're making money every night on the road. This summer they'll be on festivals IO bet, and will make real monety and will meet real rockstars and will party with / fuck them.

You (and I for the time being, but I won't stick around long-- this shit is boring, yo!) are anonymously commenting on Brooklyn Vegan.

Not hard to figure out who's winning and who's a loser here.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 7:43 PM

I'm winning her

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 8:45 PM

7:43 is obviously a member of Friends, the only person defending them against the literally dozens on BV between the two recent threads that have rightfully weighed them in the balance and found them wanting. No, I'm sorry fatso - you are clearly the one with no life, to act like the Great Oz trying to convince the city that you are not the one lonely sad guy behind the curtain.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:46 PM

Jesus, this band is just utter shit. Fries down!

Posted by myballsinyourface | April 13, 2012 12:11 AM

Clearly, no one here has a life. We're all commenting on a hype band on the Internet on a Friday morning when we should all be out having social lives. We're all losers. Get the fuck over it and switch back to your porn tab, you fucking neckbeards.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 1:07 AM

if I know Sammy ( and I do) she is most def watching these comments and is probably posting as well.

They are most def not poor LOL. Their favorite thing to do backstage is to pull out the 5k MacBook with all the stickers on it and read about themselves... Daddy bought them all the technochocolate they need to be all about net2.0 kids. They are all from rich homes guys. I used to pal around with them but the stink of fake ass shit was too much to take. Not jealous, not a musician, I just hate to see these guys on big tours when there are so many who are great and die alone, unheard, while these tramps spend daddy,s money to try to make it look like they are "making it".

I agree about the boycott. They only started this band because her art career tanked, and Sammy discovered, through a friend who was asked to join The Decemberists because she was hot, that sex sells and is a quick way to internet fame.

The only thing not autotuned or autocorrected is their drive to be famous and more rich.


That's not Brooklyn, that's fake ass
Don't buy any FP records and def dont support any band that play shows with them. or this site for promoing them BTW

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 4:10 AM

I like to heave little thingy-things onto this, you, and that.

Posted by louthe | April 13, 2012 4:49 AM

99.99% of the world doesn't live in Brooklyn and only know this band from what they've heard. "I'm His Girl" sounds like a Luscious Jackson rip but that and "Friends Crush" are pretty goddamned catchy singles. The Brits latched onto them to feed thei never ending churn of a band of the moment and at least there, they'll get radio play with that. I've seen 'em live and they are indeed no BFD but don't begrudge them any success, most of which will come from overseas by some - but only some - who will buy into an image of a 'Brooklyn' band. Most people don't give about crap like that.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 5:38 AM

we suck i know, but fuck it

Posted by samantha urbani | April 13, 2012 10:20 AM

i look inbread

Posted by skinny no ass bass player | April 13, 2012 10:21 AM

" "Friends Crush" are pretty goddamned catchy singles"

Exhibit A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w55yuXOPFCA

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:22 AM

i get it that brooklyn is not the entire world, but they are trying to sell themselves as art for artists and in this case it aint so

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:23 AM

"99.99% of the world doesn't live in Brooklyn"
"i get it that brooklyn is not the entire world"

You assclowns do realize that the name of this blog begins with "Brooklyn", right? Maybe you should find a nice midwestern blog to comment on and leave the Brooklyn view on things for us here? Just a thought, as you may find more peace that way.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:29 AM

10:29 moved to Brooklyn from Allentown, PA two years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:38 AM

the thread that wouldn't die

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:38 AM

10:38 - I was born here, dickhead. How about you? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:54 AM

Oh get over it, 10:54! Staying in one place your whole life is nothing to be proud of. The most interesting people I've met are those who have lived in many different places and seen the world outside of their comfort zone. So sick of hearing this "born and raised" bullshit people are always touting up on here. That being said, Friends still sucks. The world would've been better off if they stayed in their Connecticut suburb.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 11:04 AM

to the assclown at 10:54 - no one cares that you were born in Brooklyn any more than the blog has Brooklyn in its name. I'm sure if you asked BV if he would as soon restrict readers of the blog to only people living in and from the borough he'd say FUCK NO. It's just a fucking name. Jesus, and I thought Midwesterners were insular.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 11:10 AM

10:54...If you must know, the Bronx...which is way better than Brooklyn anyways.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 11:29 AM

Yeah the 'native' New Yorker movement is pretty comical. It's like being born somewhere was their life's greatest accomplishment. That being said, Friends still suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 11:31 AM

11:31 is envious he wasn't born in New York.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 11:53 AM

^nope, don't care.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 11:59 AM

I'm envious I wasn't born in New York. I can't be the self-loathing, condescending street trash posing as high society the rest of you are. I can only aspire. Welp, guess it's back to listening to my VU records in my over-priced closet of an apartment. Best city in the world, guys!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 1:07 PM

Native New Yorker movement = age old class envy repackaged with a fresh angle.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 1:18 PM

^That being said, Friends still suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 1:20 PM

Friends aren't going away.

So... if that somehow offends your sense of self then I suggest you get used to them and try to get your ahead around the fact that, yes, lots of people do like them.

Also, this comment page has no affect on anyone's opinions. Your whole multi-thread campaign to talk shit on them is futile. Friends're just going to get more exposure, and get put on bigger and bigger tours. Why? because they are popular!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 2:07 PM

1:07...it wasn't that way until all the transplants started showing up.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 2:12 PM

new york has been a city of transplants for about 400 years now

far less than half of it's famous sons were born here. most relocated here

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 2:18 PM

they're not popular only written about a lot. And you can tell who gets paid off by which sites run stuff about them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 2:27 PM

Wow, bunch of white trash faggots arguing that native New Yorkers are ______ (fill in the blank). Sounds like a lot of repressed low self opinion and general lack of skill to me. But, as usual, the original intent of the post was deflected, probably by the same faggot who made the original posts - "99.99% of the world doesn't live in Brooklyn" & "i get it that brooklyn is not the entire world". Guess what - no one cares about you or likes you. And, no one wants to hear your opinion about Friends.

And to the sole person posting about how great they are - I know you are trolling, and I just want to say that I admire your work. You get it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 2:34 PM

Not for nothing, but you transplants needn't be so defensive; you've already won. You drove out plenty of working people and families and made it so prohibitively expensive that those of us remaining who aren't wealthy will ultimately have to leave as well. First, your parents and grandparents abandoned American cities because they were scared of minorities. Then you heard that NYC was "safer" and so you felt the need to come here and displace the people who made it safer and showed absolutely no concern for the poor, the elderly, the sick and other at-risk populations. Your only concern is that you be able to ride your bicycles everywhere. The only solace I take is that Black and Hispanic families, having been priced out of NYC, are going move out to the new ghetto - the suburbs - and scare the bejesus out of your racist parents and grandparents. Then you'll know how it feels, you arrogant fucking colonists.

Posted by Mike | April 13, 2012 2:39 PM

^ word up Mikey. Grandma gonna get the stare-down from the Holmes rolling from the Price Chopper. Boomin bass, Grannie gonna be shit scared. Too bad for Grannie.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 2:46 PM

nobody is paying off anyone to write stories about indie rock bands. there's not enough money in it.

a typical publicity full campaign by a top-of-the-line indie publicity agency for a big indie rock release costs bands/labels about $1500 total.

how is there money there to pay off bloggers? Either bloggers sell themselves out REALLY cheap, or else the publicists don't make any money doing their jobs (or both), or else it's all just a conspiracy theory you made up.

Have you considered that you might be putting stock in an uninformed fantasy, and that you sound like an outsider hayseed?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 3:00 PM

best thing about "native" new yorker white people feeling proud of themselves?

they don't realize what kind of narrow minded pussies they come off as to everyone else on planet earth.

I'm sure you really learnt all about them STREETS growing up in Riverdale or Westchester or Forest Hills, buddy.

Other white people from other white people places, they just don't understand!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 3:07 PM

3:07 there are plenty of non-White native New Yorkers who are proud to be from here as well big guy. And it seems you're making the generalization that all White people from NY grew up in upper class areas like Riverdale which shows you haven't a clue about New York at all.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 3:25 PM

just the ones who bitch about "hipsters" and read brooklyn vegan comments, 3:22

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 3:29 PM

While driving back from sight seeing in NYC with his family, 3:07 saw signs for Riverdale and Westchester and now feels qualified to talk about them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 3:42 PM

having been called out on his shit, 3:42 scrambles to change the subject.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 3:44 PM

3:44...no, I just think 3:07 is a fucking idiot and has no real concept of NY and the people who make up our city. My comment at 3:42 is spot on judging by your response.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 3:50 PM

It's funny how this comment thread is obviously one hater, and one member in the band fighting eachother.
Pretty evident to us experienced BV readers.
Both of you are fooling nobody.
If you have free time on your hands, either go outside and do something or post some hummus comments.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 3:58 PM

The native New Yorkers either dislike freedom or just love bitching.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 3:59 PM

^That being said, Friends still suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 4:01 PM

are you white?

are you from super white people neighborhood?

if you won't answer these questions honestly then shit the fuck up about "transplants." you're just another carpetbagger, whether you came down in a Uhaul or the Subway.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 4:05 PM

the one hater is bizarre prolific

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 4:06 PM

I wish BV published IP addresses, if only because I kind of suspect this obsessed hater guy is going to be found one day with samantha urbani's severed head in his freezer

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 4:34 PM

I LIKE THIS BAND!!!

Sue me. They're fun and entertaining and put on a great show!!!

Leave them alone!!!!!!!!

Excuse me, I have to go sniff my socks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 5:00 PM

1054 was born in this thread

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 5:07 PM

I can assure you that there are at least a dozen people that have posted hateful things about Friends on this thread, 4:34. That's called "reasonable doubt".

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 5:20 PM

FRIENDS ARE A GREAT LITTLE BAND

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 5:24 PM

hmmm 5:20, somehow I don't buy your assuring me of jack shit

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 5:25 PM

native New York white people are the worst people in New York

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 5:32 PM

5:20 a dozen? Try a hundred+ . Friends truly suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 5:33 PM

5:32 after the members of Friends, they are in fact the worst

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 5:50 PM

this guy can't just post once. everytime he thinks he has a zinger, he posts the same basic statement a couple or three times.

if you're going to pretend to be a bunch of people, at least change it up

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 6:26 PM

The members of Friends? You'd have to interview literally hundreds of people who have met / hung out with Friends to find a soul who would disparage them as people. You don't have a clue, bud.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 6:35 PM

Ha, I was originally just trolling about people who are "from" New York being trash. But this is so much better because it confirms that everyone who lives there is fucking pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 7:37 PM

whereas elsewhere in America, it's just every fat, cultureless day of your lives that's pathetic

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 7:45 PM

how about getting over regional identification and realizing that everywhere is shitty because most americans are fat, cultureless morons?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 7:58 PM

are you seriously trying to claim there aren't legit differences between NYC and the rest of the USA?

you're shit for brains

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 8:09 PM

what else is there besides a sense of entitlement and a liberal political slant?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:00 PM

really 10pm? try harder if you want to bait.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:16 PM

oh, you're a bunch of outsiders who ran away from (or a bunch of natives who exist outside of) the oppressive, judgmental social hierarchies of middle america to go to a small, crowded island to create your own version. you substitute art for sports, but you still live sad, meaningless lives full of loveless relationships and unfulfilled expectations.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 10:48 PM

whereas elsewhere in America, it's just every fat, cultureless day of your lives that's pathetic

Posted by Souq | April 14, 2012 5:12 AM

5:12 unfortunately 10:48 is right on about most people in NYC. you like most people in BK will get married, have kids, get fat, and move back home to nebraska or alabama or wherever you came from by the time you turn 30. you think you are cool now and will be hip forever, but the truth is, you never are,were, or will be. you kids are just like the hair metal bands in 1992, too arrogant to see your "rule" of NY end, too stupid to move on, and too rightious to realize YOU ALL are 1%ers just by your rent price. your ignorance and choice of words mark you. we have enough kim kardashian wanna bes here. your art sucks, and the rest of the planet knows it. go back home to pappy and the cows, that is where you belong. please get the fuck out of NYC and take Friends with you.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 6:34 AM

My sentiments exactly, 6:34. I don't think I could have put it as eloquently as you.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 9:23 AM

What's with all the native New Yorker bashing? Seriously. You will never meet a grittier, more resilient group of people that have heart. They have a right to an attitude, because they earned it.
And fuck you too.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 9:39 AM

...and those Hispanics that are being pushed out of Bushwick? I hope they fight back and win.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 9:40 AM

And that's BUSHWICK. Not "East Williamsburg", which is bogus terminology made up by real estate developers and sales agents to sell to foolish white people from out of town.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 9:48 AM

Understand why the Native New Yorker gives the transplants attitude. What if we came to your podunk town where you grew up, took it over and acted like we owned the place?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 10:24 AM

...and Friends still suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 12:17 PM

Who gives a fuck about Native New Yorkers? This is America, there are no points for tenure. Try acomplishing something instead of bitching about natural change. You babies.

Having said that, Friends still suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 12:23 PM

Right, because 20-somethings living in a 2500/month apartment in Billyburg on daddy's dime have accomplished something.
Speaking of not accomplishing anything, Friends still suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 1:11 PM

Hummus never sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 1:12 PM

12:23 ftw

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 3:01 PM

hahahahaha!

FRIENDS BE WINNIN

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 5:13 PM

^Eh no, but that one dude in Friends BE EATTIN

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 6:53 PM

Has anyone seen rents for microscopic rooms in BUSHWICK lately? $700 for 9x12 is CHEAP, to fall asleep to gun shots outside your window.
The benefactor for FRIENDS is Bushwick realty owners investing in a device to make their own property rise in value: perceived NY trendiness and Hipster YOUTHINESS to outsiders that know shit.
And, the whole "that girl I basically moved to NYC with from our home town that I didn't discover could play an instrument until we were trapped together due to (a quintessentially cliche young, strugglin' Brooklyner) bedbug infestation problem even though we've known eachother since we were 8" is exactly as realistic as that scenario should sound. And gross to brag about (if that was anyone's REAL anecdote, that would have been changed due to embarrassment, unless you're EXPLOITING IT, duh). Then, with no more than 3 songs (STILL), instant shows with in a week of a first rehearsal (literally) and west coast tour a month later? People are such sheep, as this shit is as contrived as it cums... and that chick bassist needs a damn cheeseburger. Also, if THIS kind of PR only costs $1500 bucks, write that persons name in here and I'll be in touch. That is not alot of money for this LDR territory over here. NOW I'm going out to see good music, in BK.

Posted by Cunt Floss | April 14, 2012 8:15 PM

in the end, people born here own your ass. You are The Tourist, whether you like it or not. in 30 years in NYC i have yet to meet a midwest transplant who has accomplished anything without monetary help from home. You all need to take a look in the mirror and realize you ARE the problem, and no amount of knitting or Whole Foods runs or Veganism is going to change shit. Standing in a park and comparing yourselves to Egypt? Saying BK is a "cultural center"? Getting off your duff and changing your life AND where you spend your money is how you gain cred, not by buying a hoodie from H&M. You midwesterners did NOTHING for thisntown. Except raise prices and make everyone elses lives shittier on the subway. I am surprised one of you wet naps has the balls to spit the lies you do, pretending like you add anything to the city beyond higher rents and more people at the local McD. You Apple junkies are a complete joke, 1%ers fighting for freedoms you already lost on a device made by slave labor. You pusses need to man up and fight against Friends and the Day Glow scum instead of talking about it on the web. Damper than an old cat lady's litterbox = every single non-native New Yorker. Specially Daddys Princess I mean Sam

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 8:28 PM

Brave anonymouse has spoken

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 9:11 PM

Why the FUCK would I want to watch Coachella from the comfort of my damn couch?! It smells and is lumpy and I want to be there LIVE dammit!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 9:56 PM

8:28 how about loser Midwest transplants like Robert Zimmerman and Madonna Ciccone for starters. You're a total gasbag.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 10:29 PM

hey 8:28, how exactly were those midwesterners able to raise the property value for everyone else? its not like they all decided to move at once. you fucking greedy morons sold yourselves out or were too lazy/stupid to do anything to stop it. you let the city push native minorities out through the use of eminent domain and crime initiatives so they could turn around and hand that property to developers who could clean it up and sell it off to those tourists.

if you should be angry at anyone, it should be yourself. you elected public officials whose only intent was to rape the "culture" from your city so they could turn it into a fucking amusement park. you are the problem because you've never done anything to protect the city you claim is yours. you allowed it to turn into what it is now.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 4:29 AM

New York old guard white people are the worst element in the whole city

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 8:01 AM

the fact evidenced here is that New Yorkers have forgot what makes New York great. that explains why New York is in a slump.

hint: it has zero to do with "native" versus "transplant."

New York is great because New Yorkers, wherever they were born, are more cultured, informed, and open-minded than other USA Americans, and because we respect privacy and accomplishment in equal parts. That respect for accomplishment transcends race, background, age, gender, where you're from, etc.

These "native" New Yorkerists have forgotten all of that, and are resentful, pigheaded failures.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 10:11 AM

Hey 'natve' New Yorkers quit your whining, or do like the rest of your kind does and move to Florida.

If not you can eat all 7.5 inches and wash it down with an egg cream.

Having said that, Friends still suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 10:31 AM

nice try guys. please go back to the place you came from and make that city cool. its so easy to come here and take advantage of the place the locals made for you. dissing locals because they dont dress like friends is exactly why you suck. you just dont get it due to arrogance.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 10:57 AM

10:57 please reference 2:18

YOU just don't get it. This is America. No one owes you anything. There are no REAL locals. I've lived in Greenpoint for 14 years. When I go to the gym and talk to the old school Italian dudes, they tell me how nice Greenpoint was before the Poles came. "There used to be nice stores on Manhattan Ave". Now the Poles bitch about the hipsters. It will never end. It's like the Ouroboros.

The truth is, no one group of people own New York or 'belong' here. The fact is the city has ALWAYS been in a state of change and always will be. You can either keep up or fall back, but your 'native' New York bitch fest carries no weight.

Having said that, Friends still suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 11:24 AM

locals like Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Thurston Moore, David Byrne, Keith Haring, Michael Bloomberg, Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock, etc, all prove that YOU GOTTA GROW UP IN NEW YORK CITY TO MATTER HERE.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 12:42 PM

I'll tell ya... I make low six figures and still think that paying 2300 a month for a one bedroom apartment is foolish. I'm amazed that people do it. And Friends really sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 4:46 PM

first of all, that's not what a one bedroom costs in any neighborhoods where cool kids are living... you don't have a clue. also, interesting people a) don't live in manhattan or in condos (which are the only places you'd find those prices) and b) creative folks don't tend to live alone, they instead pay $600 for a room in a warehouse loft.

secondly, NO ONE GIVES A FUCK HOW MUCH MONEY YOU MAKE YOU SAD SACK OF SHIT

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 5:25 PM

bro out there reading Brooklyn Vegan but "hating" New York City is about as transparently regretful of his boring life decision to stay in Chicago or Atlanta or whatever as you could possibly be. If you hate that New York gets so much attention and cool points, maybe you should live here for 6 months and then we'll talk about whether it's worth it. As it is, sounds like you maybe hate where you are. Live a little dude

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 5:38 PM

5:25 - Um, have you seen the rents in North Brooklyn recently? They're MORE expensive than the upper east side.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 10:18 PM

And Friends still suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2012 10:19 PM

5:25 - Easy there killer... My point in stating my salary was merely to give a point of reference - to say that even though I make a comfortable living, I still think it's foolish to throw away that kind of money on rent, when it could be going towards a mortgage.
That being said, you are the one with no clue. The days of $600 loft spaces are more or less over (and have been over for a few years now). The new normal in Billyburg/Greenpoint, and areas surrounding is over 2000/month; and not just in condos.. in old apt buildings, private homes, and converted warehouses too.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 10:43 AM

literally tens of thousands of kids live in Bushwick and Bed Stuy and pay around 600 a room in shared spaces.

You clearly don't know where to look, and presumably don't know people who live in communal living situations. That's not surprising - who would want to live with you?

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 12:38 PM

hey 10:43 old man.

interesting young people don't live in Greenpoint or Williamsburg anymore, and haven't for a few years now

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 12:49 PM

200 y'all

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 1:33 PM

12:49 - you are correct. I am old. Too old to want to live in a communal situation. (I probably would have 10 years ago). And wise enough to not live in Bed Stuy or Bushwick where, despite gentrification, are still high crime areas.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 2:36 PM

Friends still suck

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 3:12 PM

12:49 and you're one of those idiots living in an overpriced apartment spending daddys cash on 1989 Batman hats, shitty coke, and In Living Color Flygirl clothes. Stupid arrogants who were late to the party to begin with. Shit has been done for over 6 years now.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 6:56 AM

I came to Brooklyn last year from Florida. I pay way too much for a roach closet in Williamsburg, and pay way too little for food. As a result, I am pretty thin and most might think I am a "hipster" from the way I look. And even I think Friends sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 8:37 AM

just came accross this cuz I dig Friends and wanna find out about their tour sched and stuff..gotta say, whoever owns this blog should rethink the posting policy. serious. I'm not impressed. really immature, disrespectful comments. nothing to do with the music. sitting online all day writing shit like this? only people with no lives. I mean who wants to read this kind of pointless garbage? I would be embarrassed to say I was here wasting my time reading this trash. haven't seen anything like it. low class drivel. BV get some class.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 6:51 PM

All you deaf bastards, cant even read the sign language you posted your hate with. All u can sit in the shower and dream of being as talented as her. The truth of the beauty of this music will SF lip past u like the haters of Lennon, and brown. U deaf hating fucks. Learn your ASL.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 10:16 AM

"A Think Like This" is awesome, some other songs are decent, nothing revelatory, but nothing to inspire this hate. These posters snickering and sharking until they get punched in the mouth with the awful reality that they have eaten their poison hands and are dying.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 5:34 PM

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