ugh. college applications, tired, GETTING ATTACKED BY MOSQUITOES ON WEDNESDAY AT MARCHING BAND PRACTICE TO THE POINT WHERE I COULDN'T PLAY AND WANTED TO CRY AND GOT 15 MOSQUITO BITES ON MY LEFT ARM AND THEN THIS MORNING AT PRACITCE I PUT MY FINGER IN MY EAR AND GOT MOSQUITO DEAD PARTS AND BLOOD ALL OVER MY FINGER WHEN I TOOK IT OUT, tired, a cool psychadelic furs song, tired, marching band game tonite, tired, and I wrote that whole newspaper article in half an hour. I hope it gets in, but it very well may not. oh well i'm stupid.

i guess i'm just gonna post the article until I think of a better way to present that stuff:

I <3 NY Music
What do you think of when someone mentions New York City with regards to music? Chances are, at best, you remember Frank Sinatra’s hit “New York, New York.” If you are a little more cultured, you might recall the great bands that came out of CBGB’s in the late 70’s and early 80’s, like the Ramones, and the Talking Heads. But if you were asked about the current music scene in NYC, you would probably draw a blank.
In reality, New York City’s music scene is far from blank. New bands with only a few shows and maybe one or two singles under their belt are getting huge amounts of exposure. While the majority of them look back to rock music in the 70’s and 80’s for inspiration, they all sound incredibly different. Here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest bands coming out of New York recently, including their sound, their style, and suggested listening.
The Strokes – The first band to accumulate a huge amount of hype from the British music press, their debut The Modern Age EP (XL Recordings) got critics excited again for the future of rock music. The Strokes draw influence from a number of NYC bands, including the constant chugging guitars and distorted vocals of the Velvet Underground and the two-guitar interplay of Television. They add an unstoppable backbeat and lyrics about life in the city to create their own distinct blend of rock. Their debut LP is entitled Is This It (RCA) and, if you’re smart like me, you already have tickets to see them in all their thrift-store glory at the Aragon Ballroom on October 11th.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Guitar, drums, and vocals are all this NYC trio needs to make its danceable blend of raucous, raunchy rock. Led by the unstoppable Karen O, whose voice switches from carefree “doo-doos” to a blood-curdling scream in seconds, the YYYs have earned an amazing amount of press coverage in the UK. They have gained a large group of fans based solely on the strength of their self-titled EP (on Touch and Go Records), which sounds like it was recorded on a old four-track in the dirtiest, sleaziest basement of a club you can imagine.
The Liars – An LA art student, two Nebraskans, and a moustached, mulleted Australian lead singer named Angus make up the Liars, a New York group that turns the most dissonant noise into a danceable funk. Unstoppable bass lines, disco drumming, nonsensical lyrics, angular guitar riffs, and samples ranging from handclaps and cowbells to telephones and type writers all go into their debut LP, “They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top” (Blast First/Mute). You could listen to the CD to dissect the complicated songs or to have the most insane dance party ever. Angus will be joining his girlfriend Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on a US tour that hits – or slams – the Fireside Bowl on October 26th.
Interpol – A well dressed quartet that sounds sort of like the Strokes, if the Strokes listened to a lot more Joy Division. Interpol puts their reverb drenched guitars, dark, stately vocals, and complex song structure on both a self-titled EP and their debut LP, “Turn On the Bright Lights,” for Matador Records. Elaborate guitar interactions, dark sounds and lyrics, and Interpol’s ability to switch from rocking to soothing in a second make them one of my most favorite new groups.
The Rapture – The guys that make up the Rapture have a lot of guts. By that, I mean that it takes a lot of courage to admit a love of disco to the entire world. I dare you to listen to their latest 12” single, “House of Jealous Lovers,” and not dance. It’s all fat bass lines, driving disco beats, twangy guitar riffs and shouted vocals.
Other suggested New York City listening: Enon’s “High Society,” Erase Errata’s “Other Animals,” Sonic Youth’s “Murray Street,” The French Kicks’ “One Time Bells,” The Walkmen’s “Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone.”

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