I’ve lived in Hoboken since 2000. A few years later, I wanted to move to Manhattan or Brooklyn. Interpol, The Walkmen, The Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and other exciting new bands were forming there.
I first crowd surfed at a They Might Be Giants concert during my freshman year at Syracuse University in 1992.
I can’t remember the last time I actually saw crowd surfing and stage diving at a show. Maybe it’s because I’m pushing 40 and am really into NPR type wine-and-cheese bands like The National.
I like to check out what band’s are playing on the late night shows. Jimmy Fallon gets the best ones, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan are tied for second, Letterman is third and I don’t even bother with Jay Leno.
I saw that The Walkmen were playing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, so I hit the record button on my DVR remote control.
When I fast-forwarded to the end of the episode a few nights later, I saw this Asian dude with glasses strumming a very Mumford and Sons like tune on his acoustic. Surrounded by a five piece band. All Asian. Doing a hoedown.
I posted Part 1 of the music listening party. Part 2 concludes here. The theme for the second half of the evening was anything old/vintage. I put a rule of pre-2000. The night continued on after a few people left. Here’s how it transpired.
I participated in a music listening with former Universal Records employee Eric Funderburke, über indie music nerd Kevin Moore, and about seven other people in 2007. Each participant brought three bands—two new ones and one oldie.