Go and read Nitsuh Abebe's epic-for-the-internet history of indie pop aka "twee" from 2005. Then, come back here and tell us if you saw anything in there about New York City — even the slightest mention of one of those bands getting stuck at JFK on their way to Boston or Olympia. Nothing? How does Evergreen State College get recognized as the epicenter of American indie pop and New York gets nothing? Maybe we were what they didn't want to be back then, but we wear the shit out of some cardigans now. And we have ourselves some pretty great indie pop in the name of Cause Co-Motion! on What's Your Rupture? and these new guys The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart on OG indie label Slumberland Records (see also: Crystal Stilts). Slumberland put out The Pains "A Teenager In Love" earlier this year and are set to release their next single "Everything With You" this October. You can download the former below and listen to the latter at their MySpace, both of which, as our intern Maud puts it, "sound like riding your bicycle to your friends house after you've finished your homework." Zing! Or not? Is that an insult or just an accurate description? Being kind of nerdy has become so nebulous lately. Anyway, we have slept on The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart solely on principle thus far and are changing our ways. See them live on August 29th at Glasslands. And bring your curated pimples!
August 06, 2008