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Part II: The one where there’s indie rock instead of pucks

I was surprised that my idiotic post about indie rock went over fairly well, so I’ll continue with the series and move along to the Caps-Rangers series.  Again, I’ll offer the caveat.  If you don’t like ridiculous things or discussions about indie rock, read no further.

SERIES #2: Washington v New York Rangers
This is probably one of the most compelling series in terms of the battle of the indie rock bands.

On one hand, there’s the DC punk scene that was enormous in the eighties and nineties that overlapped the DC college rock scene from the nineties.
There’s no doubt that Fugazi leads the way for the DC scene.  It might not be fair to include them in this discussion, but I’ll do it anyway.  There were loads of “indie-punk” bands, most notably Autoclave, Slant 6, Jawbox, Girls Against Boys.  There were also some giants of the “college rock” era:  Velocity Girl (Silver Springs, MD) and Unrest.  Unrest had a few spinoff bands including Air Miami, Olympic Death Squad.  This may be a matter of some debate (and I suppose there will be a lot of matters of debate in this series of articles), but I will count Ted Leo as a DC band. I also feel compelled to include Barcelona and The Sprites in this discussion, simply because they’re friends of mine.

New York City has a lot to pick from.  Some of the bands are home-grown and most of them clearly are not.  My favorite out of this lot is Versus, who always put on a hell of a show.  They had spinoff bands including +/-, Whysall Lane, Containe.  Another giant of the scene is Magnetic Fields.  Throw in a couple of Japanese transports (CIbo Matto and Asobi Seksu).  There’s Bowery Electric, Ladybug Transistor and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  They Might Be Giants and Soul Coughing based themselves in NYC.  So did Madder Rose and Ivy. 

Despite the megastar that Washington has in Fugazi, and the indie rock brilliance that was Unrest, I like New York better in this matchup. 

As a concession to Washington, I’ll ask you all to view this video:  Make Out Club by Unrest.  It’s a horrible video, but it’s a brilliant song.

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.