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October 20th, 2010

This impromptu concert by Atomic Tom on the B train in NYC is awesome!  They use iPhones as their insturments and just rock out.  I’m never around when this stuff happens, which is obviously why YouTube is so amazing.

But here’s the best part – I learned about it through one of MTM’s new contributors!!!  Lindsey will be giving the new MTM a little edge with her Indie music influence.

Music enthusiast Lindsey wrote to me the other day saying she would love to share her passion with MTM readers.  As someone who has developed a new appreciation for music in the last year, I got excited.  She gladly submitted a couple sample posts for me to see if she was a fit.  Not only does she know and love the underground scene, but she has a true personal voice in her writing.  Even though she ripped Grace Potter (a fave of mine) in her first post, I instantly trusted her perspective.

Her other entry is below, with the video she’s referencing above. 

Hometown Boys Make Good

With well over 1.4 million views in less than four days, I’m sure everyone has already seen this video by Brooklyn band Atomic Tom.  In case you’ve been living in a cave (hi, Mom!), the Williamsburg quartet took to the B train recently to record a live performance of their single “Take Me Out” using only iPhone apps as instrumentation.  After a superfluous byline about a falsified equipment theft, the band launches into their performance in the middle of what looks like a typical sunny afternoon commute.  New Yorkers will know that strange sights on the subway occur more often than not, and the best ones go viral on YouTube.  Since the video’s release this past Friday, the band has been written up everywhere, from NYTimes online to Billboard Magazine to CNN.com and the Hollywood Reporter.  According to CNN, Apple has already come calling to negotiate some sort of partnership. 

I am proud to say that I’ve followed these guys since the summer of 2008, when I was fortunate enough to get to know them socially through the startlingly-small New York music community.  It was their humility and sense of whimsy that drew me in years ago, but it’s their infectious and intensely hummable tunes that have kept me coming back.  I was thrilled for the guys when Atomic Tom was signed to Universal/Republic earlier this year – I ran into bassist Phil Galitzine at a mutual friend’s show in April, and his excitement was written all over him.  I can’t even imagine how wide their smiles must be this week. I hope you’ll get a kick out of the video and, if you haven’t already, hop on over to iTunes and pick up their 2010 major label debut, “The Moment”.

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