Posts tagged brooklyn

Monogold’s album The Softest Glow came in this month’s #Merchbox along with a bunch of other stuff and it’s pretty damn good. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY—apparent home to 1 in every 2 hipster indie bands—the three piece indie-pop band cites influences that range from 50’s do-wop to avant-garde, to folk and shoegaze. It shows. Here they are with “Spirit or Something.”

Here’s NY based indie dreampop duo MS MR with their single “Fantasy,” off their upcoming album Second Hand Rapture. I hear a pretty big Florence & The Machine influence, especially on the chorus, but that’s definitely not a bad thing.

A quick Tw-interview—yeah, I said it—with the very talented Rosi Golan. While The Beatles don’t particularly do it for me, I do think she picked a solid group of singer-songwriters to grab a beer with. I’ve mentioned Rosi a few times before on 34th & Now: her song "Hazy" is one of my favorite male-female duets ever, and I’m pretty sure I’ve recapped a performance or two of hers either from Philly’s Tin Angel, or from when Liz and I caught her in Brooklyn performing with Greg Laswell. If you’re new to her music, I highly recommend checking out her debut album The Drifter & The Gypsy and her brand new sophomore release Lead Balloon. In the meantime here’s a great video of her performing new song "Fly Away" live for Berlin Sessions

A quick Tw-interview—yeah, I said it—with the very talented Rosi Golan. While The Beatles don’t particularly do it for me, I do think she picked a solid group of singer-songwriters to grab a beer with.

I’ve mentioned Rosi a few times before on 34th & Now: her song "Hazy" is one of my favorite male-female duets ever, and I’m pretty sure I’ve recapped a performance or two of hers either from Philly’s Tin Angel, or from when Liz and I caught her in Brooklyn performing with Greg Laswell.

If you’re new to her music, I highly recommend checking out her debut album The Drifter & The Gypsy and her brand new sophomore release Lead Balloon. In the meantime here’s a great video of her performing new song "Fly Away" live for Berlin Sessions

Tonight Liz and I are going to see Wakey!Wakey! at First Unitarian in Philly. After the great show he put on last time at North Star, we’re pretty psyched to catch him again and plan on getting there super early to get up front. Here’s Mike Grubbs with a solo performance of my favorite tracks off their album, Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said the Last Time I Saw You.

For more info on Wakey!Wakey! head on over to The Family Records, a very cool little label packed with great artists run by Wesley Verhoeve

Bonus: Here’s a live full band version of this track. The quality isn’t great but it’s totally made up for with the depth that the violin and drums add to the mix.

Brooklyn’s TV on the Radio has a lot of hype to live up to coming off of Dear Science—an album universally hailed as the best of the 2008. Their newest single, "Will Do," not only lives up to that hype, but has got me pretty psyched for Nine Types of Light, which drops April 12th.

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The Damnwells will release their latest studio album, No One Listens to the Band Anymore on March 15th. If the first single, "The Great Unknown," is any indication, it might be lead singer/songwriter Alex Dezen’s best work to date. I really, really dig this song.

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Check out this remix of Wakey!Wakey!’s "Twenty Two" featuring Rhode Island MC Theo Martin. It’s always cool when two artists from different genres can come together and make a real catchy track.

I’d like to thank whoever put up this video of Mike Grubbs, better known as front man for Brooklyn’s own Wakey!Wakey!—or as Grubbs for those of you who watch One Tree Hill—performing a live cover of Cyndi Lauper’s "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." 

As someone who loves going to concerts—whether it’s a sold out show at Madison Square Garden or a handful of people at Kung Fu Necktie—I have to say that my favorite part of live shows is when you see the artist/band really letting loose and having fun; after all, for them, performing is still a job. This is one of those moments.

You can catch Grubbs and the rest of Wakey!Wakey! on their current tour with Jenny Owen Youngs. Dates here.

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The sky looks pissed indeed—it’s been raining all day here in Philly, and this track by Ingrid Michaelson always reminds me of rainy days; the way the vocal harmonies slowly build between Ingrid and band mates Allie Moss & Bess Rogers kind of equates in my brain to the way a storm builds from a drizzle. Anyway, here’s "The Chain"  off Ingrid’s 2009 album Everybody.

Here’s another Project 365 pic I took awhile back on a trip to visit some friends in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; an often described as the birth place of the new hipster movement and home to some great bands—MGMT, Matt & Kim, Yeasayer, & The Dirty Projectors to name a few.
I wanted to capture this shot because, as a young twenty-something, I can totally relate to the message being displayed here. NYC is great, don’t get me wrong and I have a ridiculous time whenever I’m there, but for the price of two drinks in the city I can grab some beers, check out some art and catch a great band in Brooklyn. So while I love it, it’s like the poster says, I can’t always afford to “heart” NY.

Here’s another Project 365 pic I took awhile back on a trip to visit some friends in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; an often described as the birth place of the new hipster movement and home to some great bands—MGMT, Matt & Kim, Yeasayer, & The Dirty Projectors to name a few.

I wanted to capture this shot because, as a young twenty-something, I can totally relate to the message being displayed here. NYC is great, don’t get me wrong and I have a ridiculous time whenever I’m there, but for the price of two drinks in the city I can grab some beers, check out some art and catch a great band in Brooklyn. So while I love it, it’s like the poster says, I can’t always afford to “heart” NY.

Recently I’ve found myself spending a lot of time listening to the The National’s 2007 breakout album, Boxer. Perhaps it has something to do with the change in weather or the days growing shorter, but the deep baritone of lead singer Matt Berninger just seems to somehow fit more so than ever before.

Hailing from Brooklyn by way of Cincinnati, the five indie rockers that make up The National have created a niche for themselves at the forefront of a movement that proves you can still rock without screaming. While the music is certainly driven by intricate drumming and subtle yet powerful guitar riffs, it is Berninger’s lyrics and vocals that give the band it’s unique sound. As one reviewer put it, “Berninger paints relationships like Monet paints haystacks—exhaustively, with an eye for subtle shading and changes in atmosphere and mood that others would find mundane.”

The National is one of those bands that requires more than just one listen to appreciate. It wasn’t until I sat down and listened to The Boxer a few times that I was able to really dig into it and appreciate it for the masterpiece of tension building that it is. That being said, pick up a copy of the Boxer, or their latest, the critically acclaimed High Violet, and settle down on the next rainy afternoon to have your mind blown.