Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Brooklyn seems to be the place to be, and be from, these days. A cool lineup of hip Brooklyn born (or based) bands includes :: The Welcome Wagon, The National, Grizzly Bear, Vivian Girls, Vampire Weekend, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Au Revoir Simone, MGMT and Dirty Projectors.

The Hold Steady are also from Brooklyn but I don’t really care about The Hold Steady. On that note, Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond also hail from New York’s most populous borough.

Vivian Girls provide some pretty standard rock (but with a stellar bass groove):

Next month Sufjan Stevens comes out with his BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) multi-media effort, which will include a “stereoscopic 3D View-Master reel”. The tunes are grand, orchestral efforts developed as a musical expression of the much-maligned BQE thorough fare. Reviews, of the music at least, have found Sufjan much-maligned as well. As in: get on with making the sequel to Illinoise and stop farting around!! At least there are hula hoopers:

Interlude I—Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.

Not bad. Music to drive to? I've tried and.... well.... meh!

The Avett Brothers are from North Carolina but the title track from their forthcoming album (September 29) references Brooklyn and it sounds like they'd like to live there too... so there ya go!

Song :: I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers

"I and Love and You" featurette ::

I and Love and You, the album, will be out next Tuesday. And, yes, it will be awesome!

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