Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
This week’s NYC Scene Report features transient electronic music duo Uruguay, some boisterous indie rock from Alexander F, featuring Kimbra, a blues, and pop, influenced rock song from Justin Baron, and an absolutely batsh*t insane video from garage rock/post-punk band L’Amour Bleu.
* Uruguay, not just the country that won the inaugural World Cup in 1930, is also the name of a Brooklyn-by-North-Carolina transient electronic music duo.
Consisting of Stepha Murphy and Benjamin Dawson-Sivalia, Uruguay recently released their debut video, which is for their song "Sabrina Segment.” Murphy says the inspirations behind the song are her experiences since coming to New York and “embarking on adulthood.” She adds, “This video is meant to be a portrayal of the complexities of life, and showing how it can be hard, raw, and unfair, but at the same time balanced.”
Check out the clip, and take a trip to this far more local version of Uruguay.
* NYC-based indie rock artist Alexander F has a simple request – he just wants you to call him pretty.
“Call Me Pretty” is the name of the latest single from the Rubbelbucket frontman, and it features additional vocals from Kimbra. It’s a boisterous rock song that would just as at home playing in a DIY music venue, inspiring people to dance, as it would be played at a high volume out of someone’s bedroom speakers, inspiring people to jump on their beds.
The single is off of Alexander F’s self-titled debut album, which is due out February 10th. Give “Call Me Pretty” a spin, and have some raucous fun.
* If you like your indie rock with an infusion of blues, and pop, chances are you’ll be “Craving” the music of NYC-based singer-songwriter Justin Baron.
“Craving” is Baron’s latest single, and he describes the inspiration for it, saying, “I’ve been in love with this girl for a while now, but I’ve never been able to tell her. Every time I tried, my lips went numb and my words turned to gibberish … I’m putting this song out to tell her how I feel.”
Unless you’re the most supremely confident human being in the world, you definitely know what it feels like to have those butterflies. Give “Craving” a spin to hear Baron – who once co-wrote with Kanye West and John Legend – deal with his butterflies in the best way he knows how.
* Here’s what you need to know about Queens, NY, indie garage rock/post-punk band L’Amour Bleu – the video for their song “New Dominance” features a Little Richard impersonator (CP Lacey), a samurai dancer (Takemi Kitamura), and an adorable dog.
Why haven’t you clicked play yet?!?!
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.