New York Magazine’s Brooklyn Top 40

Filed under living in new york is neat, music is my boyfriend

This weekend, instead of properly paying attention to me, Kamran combed YouTube for all of the songs listed in New York magazine’s Brooklyn Top 40, the top 40 songs coming out of Brooklyn and defining what it means to be indie right now. He made a playlist of them, which you can enjoy here:

I feel so close to all of these artists somehow. Both physically, because I live down the street from them, but also . . . not spiritually, because that’s lame, but somehow like spiritually, because this sound is so distinctly Brooklyn to me, and I feel so distinctly Brooklyn myself.

While we sat on Kamran’s loveseat, him reading cases for law school and me scanning blogs as we listened to the playlist for the second time, he looked over and said, “We should be doing this!” I said, “Oh, um, I don’t know if we could do this.” He said, “Well, not THIS. This is good.”

This is the song he was talking about:

We decided that when we need to feel better about ourselves and how easy making music is, we’ll listen to this:

I forget sometimes that I’m so freakin’ lucky to live in a city where this stuff is being made and is readily available to me. I saw Crystal Stilts open for Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, saw Amazing Baby open for Cold War Kids, saw MGMT play in an abandoned pool, saw The Dirty Projectors play on the Williamsburg waterfront. Remind me of this when I say I can’t be out at a show until 2 on a weeknight.


  1. Lisa says:

    So, I haven’t commented on your blog for, like, years, but I felt compelled to tell you that Colin and I literally sing the Pizza Hut/Taco Bell song to each other daily. Usually in public.

    I’m at the COMMMMBINATION Pizza Hut and Taco Bell…

    • This makes me like you, like, the slightest bit. I almost feel like you and Tracey and I could be friends. Especially if you’d go back to dating guys from our high school exclusively.

  2. You ARE a freakin’ lucky girl, and don’t you ever forget it.

    (I mean, for one thing, you have people like me to comment on your blogs. THE BLOG-COMMENTER JACKPOT, is what that is.)

    • Honestly, we need to form a collective of good commenters. I was yelling at someone at work the other day for never commenting on my blog despite reading it daily, and he was like, “You don’t really think getting comments is important, do you? I know you’re not that superficial.” I was like, “Have you MET me?”