Posts Tagged ‘this is new york’

Wins / “Arrow”

December 28th, 2014 | This Is New York | 0 Comments


I saw A Sunny Day In Glasgow last night at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn. They were so awesome. I wasn’t sure how well everything would translate from record since they sound very much like a ‘studio band’, but no, they killed it. Opening for them was arty local trio Wins, playing their first show ever apparently, and also putting on a pretty solid (if more chills) performance.

The band is principally a collaboration between Fang Island guitarist Jason Bartell and former Eleanor Friedberger bassist Cassandra Jenkins, who met while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. Playing a double-necked guitar, Bartell’s odd, innovative axemanship gives the group its requisite element of interest, but their songs were no slackers either, and the same goes for Jenkins’ almost austere vocals.

p.s. the picture above is from Jason Bartell’s tumblr, since I was having trouble getting a usable image of the band for this post.

Blood Moon // Cosmic Sands

November 23rd, 2014 | This Is New York | 0 Comments


The project of Brooklyn’s Jesse Brickel, Blood Moon is a lo-fi bedroom take on the kind of late night synth-pop that sounds a lot better in 2014 than it ever did in the 80s. Looking forward to taking a break from all this law school stuff to see him (along with old Toronto peeps Omhouse) at Cake Shop tonight. He just recently put out a cassette called Cosmic Sands that you can buy off his bandcamp. Some choice cuts below.

Red Cabin

October 14th, 2014 | This Is New York | 0 Comments


Though in recent years my tastes and posts on this blog have moved into weirder and more experimental territory, I’m still a sucker for power-pop and a damn good melody. Long Island-based artist Jonathan Foster, working under the pseudonym Red Cabin, sent over his new album, Right This Way, and though a bit cutesy, it’s got the hooks to make the books (or the blogs, I guess). Comparisons to Blue Album-era Weezer and A.C. Newman‘s solo work are quick to come to mind, though Right This Way‘s homespun cleanliness really stations it in the same conversation as Paul McCartney‘s RAM.


September 7th, 2014 | This Is New York | 1 Comment


Former Night Manager-member Caitlin Seager wrote a song about social media for what appears to be her first track with her fluorescent new project Beiju. It’s cool. (via Portals)

New York Mix

August 23rd, 2014 | The Mix, This Is New York | 0 Comments


So Gold Soundz has moved to New York. I’m a little sad that I’m not in my beloved Toronto anymore, with its Canadian charm and all, but there’s no place like New York, and I’ve dreamed of moving here for many, many years.

So what’s the story? I decided that I wanted to go to law school in New York and luckily I was accepted by a couple. I decided to enrol in The Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, which is part of Yeshiva University. I start classes officially on Monday, though last Thursday (not this one that just passed) we started orientation, so I’ve been getting familiar with the school and the students and so far so good.

The blog will continue – if it made it through the IDF it can make it through law school…hopefully – and the only change will be that the Torontopia feature, that focused on notable releases by local Toronto bands, will now be This Is New York, and it will focus on notable New York band releases.

To celebrate the move I’ve put together a little New York mix, with bands either from the city or singing about it (btw, I’m including Brooklyn as part of New York). I know there’s a million bands that omg had had had to be on a New York mix (LCD Soundsystem, The National, Television, Ramones, etc.) but this what I came up with for this time. I think it’s a pretty deece selection in any case.