Week in Review: There’s Only One Viable Avant-Garde Art Form Nowadays, And It’s Called Indie Rock


In the week a Brooklyn indie-rock band either did or didn’t kick a puppy in Prospect Park (sweat-soaked August news cycle, we see you), we amused ourselves making Rick Ross “Yo Mamma” jokes and watching rap panic take New York as 50 Cent did, and then didn’t, shoot your grandmother.

We talked to Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny about his new Luminous Night, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar on Bay of Pigs, and The Antlers’ Peter Silberman on how people are always comparing his band to the Arcade Fire.

Yes In My Backyard brought you the Animal Collective remix of “Boundary Waters” by NYC dance duo Palms and “Summer,” a September-anticipating bummer jam par excellence by Cake Shop affiliates Dizzy Spells Martian.

We were live at my childhood, a/k/a The Bouncing Souls and Lifetime at Webster Hall, Islands and Das Racist at the Bell House, The Breeders laying waste to the Bowery Ballroom, the stateside return of metal legends Marduk to the Gramercy Theater, and last Sunday’s Williamsburg Waterfront Pool Party.

The Spike Lee Michael Jackson birthday bash is moving, but still happening. Sound Fix is moving as well, but they’ll be back. CBGB is not coming back, but you’re welcome to borrow their memory for your high concept Bowery retail gambit. Japandroids, the Very Best, Das Racist, and Pitbull (?!) are playing CMJ 2009, while both the Melvins/Neurosis/Sleep hybird Shrinebuilder and the noise colossus that is Lightning Bolt are coming to New York in the near future.

Who should cover what at tomorrow’s John Hughes tribute at Cake Shop?

Plus, an addendum to that piece we did on MGMT’s Wesleyan surrealist-pop mafia, the top 10 records sold last week at Generation Records in the West Village, Diplo getting arrested, High Places at the Guggenheim, the connection between the B-52s and murderous lightning, and lots and lots of new music: jams from Vivian Girls/Woods project Babies, the New York biz-trio fun., Wavves, and R. Kelly. We’d recap more, but really, it’s time to go home–you’ll find the rest below. Back on Monday.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 21, 2009

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