Last Thursday was a weird night. A fight broke out, I received some really good news, there was some sort of a police raid in a bar I went to, and I kept running into people I used to know. The weirdness kept on coming and coming. Luckily, so did the good bands at The Delancey, for the most part. Eola is Edwin from Tonstartssbandht. He played a few unreleased songs, and I can tell you now that when he decides to release them into the world, the blogs are going to go nuts for them. Mark my words. They’re delightfully dancey and creatively confusing all at the same time. Harpoon Forever are young and need a lot of work, but they’ve got some solid musicians and I think if they keep at it they could come up with some very good 90s college rock-ish songs. Cool World is friends with Tonstartssbandht, and are definitely a band to keep your eye on, especially if you like loud and fast garage music.
Speaking of very good 90s college rock, Lame Drivers are an interesting band. No doubt, they are good. Their live show is tight, concise, and churns out alt rock that would make Robert Pollard smile. They’ve been around on the scene for so long, they’re friends with cool bloggers, and generally seem to have friends all over the music scene. I really feel that they have not received the recognition they deserve from the Internet music world at large. It’s almost as if they came along ten years too late. I can only imagine that if this were 1995 they’d have a pretty big record deal and be getting interviewed by Matt Pinfield on MTV. But they’re not. Did anyone watch the new Fred Armisen sketch show, Portlandia? It opens with a hilarious sketch about a place where the 90s are still alive: Portland. That sketch is EXACTLY how Lame Drivers feels to me. It’s a subtle change in how cool is perceived since then that’s difficult to articulate, but Armisen hits the nail on the head. Watch it here, and tell me if you agree.