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The top 20 New York bands, according to the <em>New York Press</em>

The top 20 New York bands, according to the <em>New York Press</em>

See, even older publications can publish linkbait too! The New York Press, founded as the bad boy conservative rival to the Village Voice in 1988, is now facing the same issues that every major print publication is facing (though to be fair, they can't be doing much worse than the Voice). In any event, perhaps in an attempt to drive traffic to their website to alleviate the freefall of ailing circulation, the Press has released a list of the 20 best current New York bands.

 

Surprisingly, current hot shit NYU alums TV on the Radio doesn't top this list; neither does the legendary Sonic Youth. That title goes to Animal Collective, a band that is certainly the most prolific on this list, if not the most iconic. The Press calls Animal Collective the "most talked about band in New York," which leads me to believe this feature was written before Dear Science, was released. In any event, the list is as follows:

1. Animal Collective
2. The Walkmen
3. TV on the Radio
4. Sonic Youth
5. Gogol Bordello
6. Department of Eagles/Grizzly Bear
7. Marnie Stern
8. Battles
9. Dirty Projectors
10. El-P
11. Yeasayer
12. Parts & Labor
13. Obits
14. Les Savy Fav
15. LCD Soundsystem
16. The National
17. Apes & Androids
18. Motel Motel
19. Danger Mouse
20. Magnetic Fields

 

Seems like awfully low ratings for LCD Soundsystem and Danger Mouse. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Strokes, Liars, and Vampire Weekend are also nowhere to be found. Is this an attempt to be excessively cool? A list that was written too early? Pulled out of a writer's arse? We may never know.

 

::puts on White Light/White Heat::

 

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What about Interpol, did they move to Nebraska or somethin'?

Random Bob

Maybe it's a list that excludes bands that have sold less than 500K or something.

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I heard Interpol did move to Nebraska.
The next record will be influenced by their experiences of getting the NY kicked out of them by small town boys.

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This list seems like its only purpose is to start conversation.

comehomenow

For realz, Interpol would be #1 on my list. The National is pretty low too.. I don't mind them leaving the mentioned bands out.
Isn't Animal Collective really from Baltimore? I know most bands are transplants and The National is from Ohio... but they've been here for 8 years or so. Just seems like AC isn't a "NY" band yet.

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What, no Vivian Girls? No Crystal Stilts?

At least they're actually from New York.

Anon

Animal Collective has been in New York most of the time they have been making music, I think. Maybe I'm wrong there, I don't know. Panda Bear lives in Portugal and Geologist possibly still lives in DC, so that's really only half the band in NY anyway. But I love Animal Collective to death, so whatever. They are the best band in New York.

lalalala

I'll take responsibility for this list, since it primarily came out of my head.

in response to:
"Seems like awfully low ratings for LCD Soundsystem and Danger Mouse. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Strokes, Liars, and Vampire Weekend are also nowhere to be found. Is this an attempt to be excessively cool? A list that was written too early? Pulled out of a writer's arse? We may never know."

Lists like these are impossible, and they could change every day. I feel like these bands are most interchangeable and the # rankings are pretty unneccessary, at least for the top 5. I feel like Interpol, The Strokes, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs just need to reprove themselves. and the Strokes are on hiatus at this point anyway. Once Liars moved to Germany, I couldn't call them a NYC band, or they'd be right at the top. Vampire Weekend are great, but I just think these others are better.

If there was any change I could make, Secret Machines would be on there. They've proven that the loss of Brandon Curtis was not the end of them being great.

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