Hello! It’s been seventh months, but New York Rockmarket is up and running once again. Over the last half year, I’ve spent all my musical energy music supervising a new show on ABC called Final Witness. It’s going to air in March, and I can’t wait to share everything I’ve been working on with you. Some New York Rockmarket favorites will be featured on the show, like Thee Oh Sees, JEFF the Brotherhood, Kurt Vile, Widowspeak, Young Man, Tennis, Parenthetical Girls, and I’ve discovered a ton of new music I love now, like Sean Rowe, Family Band, BOBBY, Barn Owl, Toubab Krewe, Katie Kim, The Bony King of Nowhere, and J. Pinder just to name a few. I anticipate you’ll hear from me about a lot of these bands. I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who wrote to me when I shut the blog down back in May. It was so nice to hear from people who had been reading– thank you.
I’m still frustrated with the state of music in Brooklyn. I’ve admittedly been a bit out of touch, but I don’t see the same energy and passion from young bands coming up that I think I saw three or four years ago. So many DIY venues have shut down, and the community feels dry to me right now. I don’t think that the shift towards one-man(woman)-electronic-bands helps foster a sense of local community. And I still don’t care for most of that music. Still, there have been inspiring things happening since I left off here. Amy Klein’s amazing blog reminded me of what I was hoping this blog would be, but wasn’t ever able to quite put my finger on- longer, thoughtful pieces on the state of rock and roll’s place in our cultural world. I didn’t know a blog could be like that AND find an audience. Impose Magazine continues to be a force for good in the universe, and I continue to run the photo section of their page. And many of my old favorites, like Real Estate, have gone on to release incredible, mature albums on big-deal labels. We’ve all grown up a little, I guess. Still, my favorite things about music are angst, and rebellion, and that feeling you get at shows when you know that you and a room full of strangers completely understand each other without having ever spoken a word. I’m still very confused about how those feelings fit into today’s Internet-centric music world.
With that in mind, I won’t post here every day anymore. I most likely won’t write show suggestions, or post every day. I plan to write about bands I come across that I like. I plan to publish longer, thoughtful pieces when I’m able. I haven’t been taking as many photos lately, but when I do, I will post those, too. In the ethos of this blog, to be 100% transparent, part of the reason I’m posting again is so that I have a place to show potential music-supervising clients the type of music I like. Not very rock and roll, and a personal conflict I will hopefully address soon in more depth. But most of all, I will always and forever love good music, and have a compulsion to share it with others.
In that case, I’m very excited for my first new MP3. It’s from a former classmate of mine at Swarthmore, Dwight Smith. I’ve known Dwight to be a multi-talented guy for years, but I was pretty damn impressed when I heard these new tracks from him. The Neutral Milk Hotel/Sufjan influences are there, but Dwight’s voice is clearly special and unique, and blends perfectly with the DIY-folk production of this track. Check it out below, and visit his Bandcamp to pay what you wish to download another track, too.