brookyn for dummies
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009

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Besides vegan restaurants, farming co-ops and microbreweries, many forget that Brooklyn is also a cornerstone of the current trend-setting music world (no one forgets this at all, ever). In a not-so-surprising move, New York has made a note of this fact with its latest issue, including a list of the top forty songs that "define" Brooklyn. Who made the cut? Full list after the jump!

The interesting thing is the angle: "How New York Became America's Music Capital Again." Among other things, New York compares Brooklyn to a modern day Motown; that is, the center of something larger than its perceived limits and confines, an aesthetic spanning the shores of an entire country and captivating audiences around the world. And we're not talking about yogalates here, people.

"A highly subjective ranking of the songs that define the sound of right now." (New York). Check it, then we'll analyze:

40. Light Asylum - "Angel Tongue"
39. Oakley Hall - "All the Way Down"
38. Here We Go Magic - "Fangela"
37. Apache Beat - "Tropics"
36. Bishop Allen - "Click, Click, Click, Click"
35. White Rabbits - "Percussion Gun"
34. Japanther - "Challenge"
33. Class Actress - "All The Saints"
32. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - "The Debtor"
31. Ninjasonik - "Art School Girls"
30. Antibalas - "Beaten Metal"
29. Black Dice - "Glazin'"
28. The Antlers - "Kettering"
27. Panda Bear - "Comfy In Nautica"
26. The National - "Mistaken For Strangers"
25. Amazing Baby - "The Narwhal"
24. St. Vincent - "Actor Out Of Work"
23. Neon Indian - "Deadbeat Summer"
22. Matt & Kim - "Daylight"
21. Grizzly Bear - "Knife"
20. Suckers - "Beach Queen"
19. Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings - "100 Days, 100 Nights"
18. The Drums - "I Feel Stupid"
17. A Place To Bury Strangers - "To Fix The Gash In Your Head"
16. Chairlift - "Bruises"
15. Telepathe - "Chrome's On It"
14. Crystal Stilts - "Crippled Croon"
13. Das Racist - "Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell"
12. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - "Young Adult Friction"
11. Hercules & Love Affair - "Blind"
10. Animal Collective - "My Girls"
09. Yeasayer - "2080"
08. Vampire Weekend - "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"
07. Vivian Girls - "Where Do You Run To"
06. Gang Gang Dance - "House Jam"
05. TV On The Radio - "Golden Age"
04. LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends"
03. MGMT- "Kids"
02. Grizzly Bear - "Two Weeks"
01. Dirty Projectors - "Stillness Is The Move"

OK. The webchatter (via commenters) seems generally unfair. Most people are complaining about the list not being "current" enough or having glaring exclusions. They seem to be missing the fact that this is highly subjective, and therefore not absolute. Sure, plenty of out-of-touch upper east-siders will read this and buy Bitte Orca, only to be disgusted and revert to their copy of Under The Table and Dreaming. Also, true, the spread is kind of all over the place time wise and not totally location specific. But to be fair again, it is "the sound" that is being defined right now, not "the names" or "the hippest bands." Also, aren't you just glad to see some of these great bands bumped in a major publication?

Check out the full list here, including a purchasable iTunes play list with all forty tracks. But you have most of them already, don't you?-joe puglisi

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NY Mag: Brooklyn Top Forty

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