The Best Local Music Of 2010: Our Annual Mixtape Starring Sweet Bulbs, Marnie Stern, Sharon Van Etten, and Special Guest Hannibal Buress

Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. This is a compilation of 2010's best local music, lovingly curated by YIMBY columnist Christopher R. Weingarten. See last year's tape here.

R.I.P. Chris Weingarten's old blue trucker hat. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.
Have you heard the one about how the recession is over? Uh, don't tell it to New York City's musical community. While our center-of-the-universe assembly line of hype puttered on unabated, 2010's biggest up-and-comer success stories were actually beamed from the outer limits of the five boroughs--Titus Andronicus (Glen Rock, NJ), Screaming Females (New Brunswick, NJ), Phantogram (Saratoga Springs, NY), Real Estate (Ridgewood, NJ)--places where money can go to tour vans instead of landlords, where musicians aren't paying $400 a month for the luxury of sharing a practice space with three other bands. The remaining New York City indie-crossovers all benefited from frugal one-man home-recording set-ups (Oneohtrix Point Never, Matthew Dear), stripped down line-ups (the Drums, Sleigh Bells, Matt & Kim) or simply embracing the idea that sounding mushy is smarter than buying new gear (Small Black).

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Ridgewood Produces Noise Bands, Too: Download Twin Stumps' Killer "Missing Persons"

Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.

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Twin Stumps are Ridgewood-based pukenoize art-punks, noisy nihilists, abrasive tantrum-throwers that make Pissed Jeans look like pressed jeans. To wit, their melodies are crazy blown-out. Hideously blown-out. Comically blown-out. Sure, occasionally a classic punk gnash peeks through, but most of the times it's a barking, gnashing, anti-chillwave maelstrom--like Wolf Eyes, but with a reliable drummer. After a 12" and a cassette made the rounds, their debut album, Seedbed, is set to finally drop on April 20. First taste, "Missing Persons," is a jarring fuzzfuck, opening with a Flipper-style bass massage that's got the subtlety of an airhorn to the ear, then leaning into a noise-metal groove like Real Thing-era Faith No More played through shredded speakers and a mouth full of duct tape.

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Benefit for Twin Stumps' Bassist Mike Yaniro Happening Tomorrow at Death By Audio, With Extra-Special Guest Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

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If you've complained about anything in your life recently that isn't homelessness, domestic abuse, paranormal activity, or, say, a potentially malignant lump, you should probably shut the fuck up, quietly thank your maker, and reread this excrutiating detail about the injuries sustained by Twin Stumps' bassist Mike Yaniro, the health-insurance-less victim of a terribly violent mugging in late October: "His right eye socket needs surgery as there is a bone protruding into it... so it needs to be repaired to restore his ability to move the eye." There really are no words, except those professing endless gratitude to the folks playing the once-tentative benefit show tomorrow night at Death By Audio, specifically Sightings, Pink Reasons, and White Suns. But an extra-huge thanks should be directed at Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, who's promised to join Brooklyn brainwash-noise duo York Factory Complaint as a special guest. "Get there early," bids Twin Stumps' frontman Alessandro Keegan on the event's official Facebook invite, "York Factory Complaint, with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will be going on 2nd!" Just get there.

Queens Band Twin Stumps Planning Benefit for Their Bassist Mike Yaniro

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Michael Yaniro

Lost amid the Halloween blog blitz was the terribly sad news that Michael Yaniro, bassist for hardcore sludge outfit Twin Stumps, was violently attacked two weeks ago in Ridgewood over $10 and a cell phone. The artist didn't have health insurance--and the mere account of his injuries was absolutely harrowing:

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