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by David Lee on 04/14/09 at 05:19 PM ET
Part three of a series. Again, the caveat: Don’t pay attention to this if you can’t tolerate ridiculousness or talk of indie rock.
Another caveat. I am extraordinarily biased here. We’re talking about my team and my “local” music scene.
SERIES #3: New Jersey v Carolina
For the purposes of this, I’m going to discuss bands hailing from the Raleigh MSA, which means no Whiskeytown, no Ryan Adams. I’ll also admit that I can’t recall from memory more than one band from the New Jersey part of the New York-Newark MSA, but I’ll do my best.
The absolute king of the indie rock scene in Newark is Yo La Tengo, who are from nearby Hoboken. They’re king of more than just Newark. They’re one of the best in the business. Using some cheat sheets and some of the suggestions from commenters, I came across a bunch of New Jersey bands that I’d never heard of and can’t pass judgement on. There’s just a few that I have any knowledge of. Pete Yorn is from Montville, which is nearby. Ted Leo was born in Bloomfield, which is nearby. I already counted him as a DC indie rocker, but I’ll grant them this. Of course, even though this is a discussion about indie rock, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Bruce Springsteen is a proud Jerseyite raised near Newark. I’m supposed to mention that Gaslight Anthems an Bouncing Souls (neither of which I know) are also from the area.
There aren’t too many notable bands from Raleigh proper, just as there aren’t any from Newark proper but in the MSA, there are a bunch. I can’t stand The Connells, but they’re a band from Raleigh proper. Just a few miles away in Durham, you have The Rosebuds and The Mountain Goats. Anaheim fans might complain that TMG started in their neck of the woods, but he lives here now. And I’ll grant them that later, anyway.
Still within the Raleigh MSA in Chapel Hill, there’s a bunch of action. The king of them all is Superchunk. Out of Superchunk also came Portistatic. Archers of Loaf, Ben Folds Five and Squirrel Nut Zippers all call Chapel Hill home.
Now… It gets tricky because I’ve included Durham and Chapel Hill bands because Durham and Chapel Hill are in the Raleigh MSA. Does this mean that I have to include NYC bands because they’re in the same MSA as Newark? In fairness, I would, and I would have no choice but to give the edge to the Newark-NYC area over the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.
However, there’s three NHL teams in that New York-Newark MSA, and the line has to be drawn somewhere. They don’t all three get all the bands. For example, the Islanders would have sole possession of Billy Joel, if he were an indie rocker. If there were an NHL team in Chapel Hill, they alone would get Superchunk. This logic will later become sloppy when I talk about which bands should fall under the Ducks’ umbrella. At least I admit it.
All that said, it should come as no surprise that I like the Raleigh area bands more than the Newark area bands, and I’ll shamelessly give the nod to Carolina here.
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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.