And more importantly, why is the New York Times writing about them?

So here I am, in Louisville, KY, sitting at an Amish custom built mission style dining set, in my brother and sister-in-laws expansive kitchen- my coffee is surreptitiously spiked with Old Forester (hey- it's past Noon eastern time!) and I'm simultaneously sampling the complete line of Woodford Reserve stable of Kentucky Straights. It's the exact same thing that thousands of blogging hipsters are doing on this Thanksgiving day, to be sure. (Doesn't everyone have a relative that works for Brown Foreman?)

After perusing the ubiquitous "Black Friday" advertising circulars, I read an interesting article in the New York Times about Kanye West's impromptu "low profile" rock show at the Bowery Ballroom, and after I finish the article, amongst the inner pages of The Arts section, I stumble upon a brief write-up of another live show, this one by what the NYT refers to as "Tornadoes of Anarchy and Auto Tune"- BROKENCYDE- an "Albuquerque band". The concert review is not exactly complimentary, but this is one of those cases where any publicity is good publicity, I assume.

(credit:Willie Davis for the NYT)

And the author does refer to the band's live show as an "absurd, effective fun" so it's not all bad. But it leaves me wondering, where did these guys- Mikl, Se7en, Phat J, and Antz (does Dreamworks or Woody Allen get to sue for that?)- come from? Did the pay their dues at our local clubs? Did they edificate themselves at our local star factory?

What do you all, my peeps on the streets, know about our latest culture magnets? Where in the Thanksgiving turkey did they come from? Were they "artificially discovered"? Did they pay their dues? Are they committed to the toil tribulations of stardom? Or are they a bunch of turkeys?

Enlighten me, please.

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Comment by Stephanie James on November 25, 2010 at 11:47am
Gawd. I like lotsa different genres....but that just made my headache worse.
Comment by Adelita on November 25, 2010 at 7:50pm
Even my 16 year old daughter said "Yuck!"
Comment by ABQrising on November 26, 2010 at 4:58am
The answer to your question is, "Yes."

It looks like they were struggling with the best of 'em circa 2007. Then the internet happened and they struggled no more.
Comment by Rich Boucher on November 26, 2010 at 11:09am
I tried to listen to three of their songs via YouTube just now.

I tried; I really tried. Please, no.

No more Brokencyde.
Comment by Phil_0 on November 26, 2010 at 12:08pm
They really are unbelievably bad...
Comment by misterhinkydink on November 26, 2010 at 12:12pm
They're known as New Mexico's loudest band...
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on November 26, 2010 at 12:39pm
And I just went to the local indie record store here- Ear X-tacy, and they were selling tickets to tonight's, yep, you guessed it, BROKENCYDE show right here in Louisville!!!!- How lucky am I????
Comment by Ray Maseman on November 26, 2010 at 12:42pm
Yes--they are quite the item amongst the local teens who prefer music of the death metal variety. If you don't like that sort of thing, then they probably sound really bad.
Comment by Juan on November 29, 2010 at 11:48am
Yup, maybe the worst band to come out of Burque, but a lot of the scene kids seem to like them. I didn't see them playing tons of shows in Burque before they got "big", mainly a few shows at Sunshine. Think they just got lucky with a record contract.


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