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Karen transferred to NYU to pursue film and met Bard grad Zinner at Mars Bar, a notoriously grubby 2nd Avenue dive (like so many East Village landmarks, it closed, in June 2011; the band included a dedication to the hole on ).
You can hear and see echoes, but they are their own creature.” He was so impressed, he invited the band to join the Blues Explosion on a tour of the West Coast, then to Europe.
The sound that would come to define cutting-edge rock music for the first decade of the 21st century was bubbling up under their noses.
“The Strokes, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio — they all started a fucking scene,” Shaw says. It wasn’t about Brooklyn, it was about them.” There was clearly something extra volcanic about Yeah Yeah Yeahs, whose live show quickly became the stuff of breathless recounting in the scummy bars where young New Yorkers did their carcinogenic living before the Bloomberg smoking ban.
Consummate showman Jon Spencer caught an early gig and was “knocked out,” he says.
“It wasn’t just that they were a great band, but it was such an incredible scene with the crowd.