Tuesday, April 22, 2008

In the News

As any of my erstwhile co-writers here at IA can tell you, I tend to pick a lot of the music I review here for fairly odd, often non-musical reasons. Perhaps the singer once had an active career in porn. Maybe the band was seen in the background of a particularly bad movie that I enjoyed. Sometimes, the name of the single is just daffy enough to catch my attention. So it's probably no surprise to anyone who knows me that I was first attracted to New York Times when I learned that one of the band members once illustrated for Dark Horse and DC Comics. I don't know anything more about that than that one tidbit, but if your band has any connection to comic book geekdom, then, yes, you have adequately piqued my interest. As the case may be, however, this doesn't mean your music is going to be worth listening to.

Fortunately, NYT passes muster and I have no problem recommending them to you. At their best, they sound like a subdued Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with fiery female vocals and a (duh) New York rock scene sound. At times, I tasted hints of the Velvet Underground and perhaps, just maybe, a scootch of Autolux. All of those bands (and NYT) have that eerie, spooky rock vibe that one would normally have to invest in some serious downers to experience. Now, I find it hard to believe that anyone who potentially inked Superman would indulge in such things, but who knows? All-Star Batman and Robin, though? Well, that's another story entirely.

Regardless, New York Times is headed to the area for their first DC gig at the Velvet Lounge on May 10. I'm trying to start a rumor that by wearing your favorite DC character underoos, you'll get into the show for free. However, I'm completely making that up, so don't blame me if it doesn't work for you when you show up. If you come in Wonder Woman underoos, however, I do promise to buy you a drink.




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