NBD Glossary

Often times we create sayings, words, acronyms, etc. here at New.Band.Day. It helps us categorize what’s happening out there and though we may be sarcastic, they’re always one maverick that leads the charge. This is our book of sayings, we’re claiming them and we’re addressing sarcasm here and here only. If you like it, have one of your own, please submit it and tell us. Thanks for reading.

The Ark: A place for those animal named bands to reside. Some would call The Animals the Noah of this so-called Ark, but it’s only within the past 3 years we’ve seen bands named Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, SeaBear, Animal Collective, Caibou, Tame Impala, Bear in Heaven, The Mountain Goats, etc.

The Hibernators: These are the bands that name themselves after the mammal family of Ursidae, the Bear family. Over 892 bands show up under a MySpace Music search, or 53 on iTunes. Just to name a few: Grizzly Bear, Panda Bear, Sea Bear, Bear in Heaven, the father of them all Minus the Bear. Don’t forget the bearly famous Art Bears or Big Bear.

Inukshukian: These are bands that are invited to our Canadian music festival. The festival being aptly named Inukshuk. What is an Inukshuk, well it’s a stone landmark or cairn built by humans, used by the Inuit, Inupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America. These structures are found from Alaska to Greenland. This region, above the Arctic Circle, is dominated by the tundra biome, containing areas with few natural landmarks. Canadians are the first known settlers of these regions and they claim them be the first outposts of the Arctic Region. Canadian bands now can claim they are Inukshuks, guiding musical tastes around the world.

Laney Boggs: She’s that girl that’s always there for you. The one you take for granted. The one that cushions the fall when the trampy hot chick dumps you. That’s right the one girl that when she removes her glasses you realize, damn She is All That. Laney Boggs defines so many bands that get ignored because of all the hot ones being featured on Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, etc. They’re the ones that work their ass off but don’t get the recognition. But when you stop, plug in your headphones and just listen, they are even better then the ones that get the attention. We love you Laney Boggs and all of you bands that need the support.

The Pet Sound: For those bands that are following the melodic, layered vocal, spacey sound of The Beach Boys Pet Sounds record released May 16, 1966. That’s over 40 years ago and bands are just now realizing that it’s an incredible sound. The biggest Pet Sounders…Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Panda Bear etc.

Rawsome: Awesome + Rad = Rawsome it’s the outcome of California psych-rock. Bands that fit this bill, Lord Huron, The Donkeys, The Fresh & Onlys, etc. Love the saying and it will be used often.

Stupid Good: Come on, you’re really reading this definition. Literally it means, it so stupid that we haven’t given this a chance, or that we’re so stupid for not having discovered this already. Either way it’s stupid to not have coined this earlier and I’m stupid, to be 200 characters having to define this for you. Start using and give me a little wink every time you use it. Used in a sentence: “I had a Stupid Good time tonight. Let’s do it again”

XX/XY: It’s Girl/Boy duos. It’s the best of music. Acoustic guitars, birds chirping, we’re in love, we break up and now we’re back together. Create a cool band name, buy a drum machine, make t-shirts, get into a SXSW showcase, make the Facebook page and you’re in. There are so many good ones, and bad ones, but only a few make NBD.

19 Responses to “NBD Glossary”


  1. HEAR IT: (7.1.10) MATHEMAGIC – “Breaststroke” « New.Band.Day - July 1, 2010

    […] one blanket as you watch the sun go down. It’s dreamy, spacey and a good good next stage of The Pet Sound…I am coining that term for all bands that use The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” […]

  2. Band of the Day (7.20.10) – BEND SINISTER « NewBandDay - July 20, 2010

    […] Seriously, I’m not moving to Canada, I’m not even visiting Canada, but could someone please explain why their music is so darn good? I may move there, hell I might get married there and then throw the biggest fucking festival of music Canada has ever seen. I’m going to invite every band I love from NewBandDay, give away free picks in the shape of a maple leaf and let the good times roll. I’m gonna have it in Banff and call it Inukhuk.Because as the Inukshuk guided the ancients to dry land, so does Canadian music. I am a believer. Every new Canadian will now be called an Inukshukian. […]

  3. Band of the Day – (7.22.10) SLOW CLUB « NewBandDay - July 22, 2010

    […] shell will crack and your ears will thank you. So today I take you back to the comfortable place of XX/XY duos. Acoustic guitars, birds chirping, we’re in love, we break up and now we’re back […]

  4. Band of the Day (7.23.10) KARKWA « NewBandDay - July 23, 2010

    […] of it. Don’t be surprised if you see them at a Festival near you. They will be a headliner at Inukshuk. They are once again a favorite to win the Polaris Prize in […]

  5. Band of the Day: (7.30.10) FUTUREBIRDS « NewBandDay - July 30, 2010

    […] are splendid and unique. In an age of derivative dribble, we get a clever marriage between melodic PET SOUNDS and folky twang. Thank you for waking up and adding to our ARK of sounds in […]

  6. Band of the Day (8.9.10) Yuck or Yu(c)k « NewBandDay - August 9, 2010

    […] Yuck. I’ve listened to approximately four tracks and I quite honestly think they nail what XX/XY duos stand for….I love you, you dumped me, I hate you, I forgive you, etc. Their voices sound […]

  7. Band of the Day (8.13.10) Stornoway « NewBandDay - August 14, 2010

    […] with some level of distortion. I’m feeling like 2010 is shaping up to be similar. Bands with The Pet Sound, that melodic spacey repetition, with layers of sound taking the lead dominate today’s music […]

  8. Band of the Day (8.16.10) Emma-Lee « NewBandDay - August 16, 2010

    […] She might even be a headliner at The NBD Inukshuk Festival. […]

  9. Band of the Day (8.17.10) The Acorn « NewBandDay - August 17, 2010

    […] too will be on the NBD Inukshuk Festival line-up and yes they will be added to The Best New Bands of 2010…so far […]

  10. Band of the Day (8.20.10) Gauntlet Hair « NewBandDay - August 23, 2010

    […] seem to have found a groove and we are so very lucky to be able to hear their success. They have The Pet Sound, but they are so much better than the others who attempt it. They are two guys who make layered […]

  11. Band of the Day (9.2.10) Dark Dark Dark « NewBandDay - September 3, 2010

    […] and pre-order the new LP. Nona is a beautiful cross between Zee Avi and Fiona. Thanks again to my Music Muse for this great […]

  12. Band of the Day (9.13.10) Candy Claws « NewBandDay - September 13, 2010

    […] to influence the Animal Collective/Fleet Foxes crowd. They’ve upped the ante on the core “Pet Sounders” and they’ve added something, it’s a freedom of sound. It’s not repetitive, it […]

  13. Band of the Day (9.17.10) Gamble House « NewBandDay - September 17, 2010

    […] I am fan, because they are classically California and they maintain their own sound. Yeah they have The Pet Sound, but they pull at your heartstring in a way you don’t get from the other PSers. Ben Becker, […]

  14. Band of the Day (11.22.10) Memoryhouse « NewBandDay - November 22, 2010

    […] Memoryhouse is so good, she actually gave me chills the first time I listened. I love The xx for one reason, it’s that simple solo guitar that intros Romy Madley Croft’s vocals. I find that so alluring and it really draws the emotion of the vocals. Memoryhouse is Guelph, Ontario’s Evan Abeele, classically trained and Denise Nouvion’s photographic mind, melded together to form a soulful Beach House/My Bloody Valentine. They don’t conjure sadness, but rather a sense of passion. They make me want to create. Their simple electronic drum beats never seem Yacht-like, or campy, they are better than The xx and I think you’ll find their music a great accompaniment to the blustery winter weather. Denise’s voice will warm your heart as your bearing the snowy winter doldrums. I think we’ll add them to the mainstage of our Inukshuk Festival […]

  15. Best Bands of 2010 HUMMINGBIRD AWARD: #18 Gamble House « NewBandDay - December 7, 2010

    […] Brian Mclaughlin Sonic Soulmates: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear. Yeah they have The Pet Sound Tracks of the year: “Bonny Doon” “Rising […]

  16. Band of the Day (1.17.11) Pepper Rabbit « NewBandDay - January 17, 2011

    […] you the whole time. Not that we’re re-writing another teen romantic comedy, but you are our Laney Boggs…who is Laney Boggs you ask? Well Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook in She’s All […]

  17. Band of the Day 2.10.11 Dodos « NewBandDay - February 10, 2011

    […] Finally Finally have a 4th LP Band of the Day 2.10.11 DODOS Here again we have another case of a Laney Boggs band. Curious what a Laney Boggs band is? Well Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook in She’s […]

  18. Band of the Day (3.9.11) The Answering Machine « NewBandDay - March 9, 2011

    […] their final year at university, and Gemma joined on bass shortly afterwards. Do they qualify for a Laney Boggs award? Yes they do, having worked their tails off touring, releasing several albums and capturing a […]

  19. Bitch is back — Band of the Day (6.20.11) Sun Airway « NewBandDay - June 21, 2011

    […] to the masses for their enjoyment. A happy graduation of sorts. We compared Huron to the layered “Pet Sound” for the Little Mermaidians. That oceanic version of Animal Collective. Well Sun Airway is like […]

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