"Yes New York" CD
Genres: indie rock, garage rock revival, indie pop
Aug 25 - 31 2003
clever (okay, not that clever) play on the legendary Eno-produced
No New York compilation, Yes New York is a selection of
songs from New York's modern breed of rockers, featuring choice
selections from The Strokes, Longwave, The Rapture,
The Walkmen, Interpol, and Le Tigre, among
others. No surprises, but fun nonetheless.
Things start off with a previously unreleased live (in Iceland)
version of The Strokes' "New York City Cops," the
tune that was cut from Is This It because of
"controversial content." It's a very solid tune, one that is
extremely listenable and very catchy, and this live version is
arguably better than the studio take. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists'
"Ballad of a Sin Eater," on the other hand, is pure
punk-energy art-rock, with strong emphasis on the energetic vocals,
but it becomes a bit bland by the time it hits five minutes. Calla's
"Strangler" is pop noir with pained emotion in the smooth
vocals; it succeeds in being one of the album's best moments, although
its being right before The Rapture on the track listing seems a
bit disjointed. The Walkmen are overwhelmingly solid as usual
("Rue the Day"), and Interpol's "NYC" is
used, despite the fact that 110% of this compilation's audience will
have heard that song infinity plus one times before.
Strong tracks by The Natural History, lcd soundsystem,
Le Tigre, and Secret Machines finish out the remainder
of the disc, with Unitard's "Year to be Hated"
getting honors as Yes New York's last track. It's a bizarre
choice, admittedly, but a fun listen regardless.
Put simply, Yes New York is a compilation for fans of the
modern New York rock scene. Nowadays, when just about every other
person in North America has an extensive knowledge of every single
band on the Big Apple's list of garage revivalists, a compilation like
this is a nice way to put everything in perspective. Not all
inclusive, but a decent rundown, nonetheless.
[Vitals: 16 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]