Stereogum’s tag cloud hovers above The Paper Of Record today, with profiles on Brooklyn alt-rockers in Arts & Leisure and an indie rock dress-up cheat sheet in the Men Styles Magazine. Consider it a print version of the story run by MTV in January. “All Hail Brooklyn: Alt Rock Thrives In Alt-Borough” opens on the eve of Yeasayer’s Late Night triumph (where they’d perform “2080,” Conan’s “favorite song in a long time”) and highlights many of the notable musicians from our hood who are thriving on indie labels while the majors scramble. Battles are branded convoluted (but playful!) and Animal Collective claustrophobic (in a good way!) by writer Ben Sisaro; the “knotty technical complexity” he ascribes to arty acts like Battles/Grizzly Bear/Yeasayer make the prospect of listening to these New Bohemians seem like homework. The scene is so dense, even NME is sick of it (“It’s gotten to the point where I had to stop constantly writing about Brooklyn,” says editor Alex Miller). Yeasayer guitarist Anand Wilder sums it up in a silly sentence.

“You have these frat guys in Atlanta who are too sophisticated to listen to Creed and Nickelback, so they’re like, ’Maybe I’ll read this site Pitchfork and find out about this band Yeasayer or Dirty Projectors.’”

If you won’t be able to catch the new buzz bin at SXSW next week, the Times’ Men Styles Magazine shows how you can at least dress the part: “Designers searching for indie cred need look no further than a Pitchfork review. Here, a few rising alt-rockers whose style is as distinctive as their sound.”

French intellectual meets Bulgarian farmer! And, how apropos: Beirut #1 fan Natalie Portman is on the cover of the Times Magazine.

The weather is miserable in Brooklyn today, so why not stay inside and check out all the indie rock props at NYTimes.com. You’ve got a few hours to kill before Vampire Weekend hit SNL.

Your Sounds Of Brooklyn soundtrack…








Comments (47)
  1. qtr  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    Ahhhh…how fucking depressing…..and while I have your ear, I can’t stand that fucking Deerhunter douchebag, please get out of the music business.

  2. Liam  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    file under “depressing yet inevitable”.

  3. no link?  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    also, do you speak english?

  4. elvin  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    i think this is hilarious and awesome!! fashion has and always will be a part of music…we all take fashion cues from our favorite artists, and its cool that NYT highlighted it!

  5. sb  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    ugh. i go to school with those frat boys (in new orleans, not atlanta) that Anand Wilder cited. worse, though, are the sorority girls who think that, by listening to rilo kiley and regina spektor, they have transcended some kind of stereotype and made themselves unique.
    also, Vampire Weekend is playing a free show at my school on Tuesday…the only other artist we’ve brought this year was Lil’ Wayne. Comparisons? Demographically compatible? …as if i weren’t already embarassed to attend Tulane.

  6. bajeezus  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    I’d like to know what is so depressing about bands that sell 15K records, getting recognized as doing something different and new by the NY times

    it’s nice, and truth be told none of these bands (except vampire weekend) will ever have commercial success, so let them have critical success at least

  7. Pupster  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    Since when is Vampire Weekend from Brooklyn? Like one guy from the band moved there last month.

  8. bajeezus  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    LOL@ pupster

    so true

    upper west side does not = brooklyn

  9. Deerhunter from Brooklyn. Nope. Looks like another times reporter wasn’t doing his homework.

  10. Collin  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    Three of the four Vampire Weekenders live in Brooklyn so that makes them Brooklynites as much as anyone else.

  11. mothermary  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    McG

    the Times style piece makes no mention of brooklyn, better check yo’ self before you wreck yourself.

    I commend the pieces, I like pretty much all the bands mentioned, particularly grizzly bear, deerhunter and beirut

  12. hoppergrass  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    Wait… they make music in Brooklyn now?

  13. Excuse me, but I was, like, PERHAPS I’ll read this site Pitchfork and find out about this band Yeasayer. You see, I’m sophisticated.

  14. Brian  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    3 Great bands… and deerhunter. Anything that gives Beirut more much needed press is good in my books. Rock on NY Times.

  15. chris  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    I like how a person from Atlanta cannot legitimately enjoy the same band as a “true” hipster from brooklyn. I didn’t realize you had to live within the same community in order to enjoy a band.

    NY hipsters get over yourself.

  16. brody  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2008 0

    sb

    i would love it if lil wayne played a free show here at LSU
    we only get chevelle and nonpoint
    how awful.

  17. matt  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    Count me as one less clueless fan from Atlanta Yeasayer has to worry about.

  18. Lazy  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    Once again- both the national music press and NY Times write about what’s in front of them-Part of the special deals bands get for living in the area- Bands could fart, tape it and the local jet set would buy into it-

  19. Mrs. Sippi  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    Fuck Brooklyn. Seriously.

  20. senorita lazy  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    lazy, you are lazy for using the fart , tape it , line.

    can’t you come up with something else?

    In fact, why don’t you fart, tape it and see if people are interested???

    I’d watch that on youtube

  21. mike  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    weak

  22. Les  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    This is like 1993 all over again

    Anyone remember grudge?

  23. Grudge?!

    Hilarious! I assure you madame/sir, that my computer screen was sufficiently covered in this morning’s beer after that one!

  24. nick  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    who says that yeasayer is any more sophisticated than creed? i’m sure creed is more technically proficient.

  25. bluntacious  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    amen to nick. any artist that knocks creed (yeasayer here) can lick nuts.

  26. too bad the NYT didn’t see grizzly bear’s ironic mustaches this past week. that’s fashion at its best.

  27. Les  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    Oh noes!

    I made a mistake over the internets,my face is so red right now….

  28. a guy  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    people should like music

  29. sb  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    haha brody the lil wayne show wasn’t free at all; it was like $30 i think.
    i love that there are other louisianans on this blog though!

  30. YO YO YO MONEY  |   Posted on Mar 9th, 2008 0

    “the only other artist we’ve brought this year was Lil’ Wayne. Comparisons? Demographically compatible? …as if i weren’t already embarassed to attend Tulane.”
    -sb
    HAHAHAHAHAHA THAT SUCKS HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  31. Grimmone  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2008 0

    I’m I the only one who remembers when the Times did a story much like this on grunge back in ’93?? And some chick who was interviewed for the article who worked at Sub Pop made up some really stupid slang as a joke and the Times printed it.

  32. I’m so interested in the fact? that Natalie Portman is the arbiter of musical taste for a generation. And this happened even before she did the nude scene. Or even before the SNL skit Milk and Cookies.

  33. i was surprised to see the term “technical complexity” used for a few of these bands. maybe complex to the indie crowd, but indie rock’s bar for technical proficiency has been lowered to the point where almost anybody can stumble over it.

  34. I don’t get why it matters that any band is from Brooklyn… isn’t it because of this kind of labeling that the Seattle scene took a hit…?
    I mean the band is either good or not. Commercial or not. Real or not.
    We live in Brooklyn, I don’t think we sound like “it”. What does that make us? Strange “business”…

  35. keebler  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2008 0

    @glenn, I dunno I think dirty projectors and grizzly bear are rather technical if you listen to their recordings and/or see them live.

  36. cj  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2008 0

    why can’t we just listen to the goddam music?
    i could give a shit if it’s lil wayne or my downstairs neighbours band.
    it has a beat.
    i can dance.
    get over your ironic mustached selves and do something constructive with your internets.

  37. adrienne  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2008 0

    no thx.

  38. Horatio  |   Posted on Mar 11th, 2008 0

    are they really vampires?

  39. yes to all but vampire weekend please

  40. NYTimes, seriously, that’s just kinda disturbing that nytimes has to tell us what’s indie, when i see alll suits reading it on the subway. kinda sad.

  41. spud  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2008 0

    “Suits reading it on the subway”?

    Try the random 20 something male, all decked out in the latest hip attire (see VICE’s ‘Dos’ section for details) feeling vindicated for having Beirut and Deerhunter on their iPod. And while the former band reminds him of a Broadway production of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ he saw in middle school and the latter really is just kinda noisy, it’s OK because the most respected paper in the world (and mandartory reading material for Sunday brunch with the fam) has now deemed it ‘cool’.

    This satisfaction will be shared with the other Jr. Analysts at his dad’s equity firm shortly before the big meeting on how the company will move forward with dividing the assets of their newest aquisition….EMI

    THAT is kinda sad.

    • “And while the former band reminds him of a Broadway production of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ he saw in middle school…”

      Classic Zing!

  42. Karen  |   Posted on Mar 13th, 2008 0

    hahah nicely said. :)

    i meant business guys, i only see them reading it. not a handsome 20 something guy reading about how to dress :] it would be ok if he were reading the art section ( i really would’t mind that ) haha

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