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Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Say 'YES New York'

New York’s finest new rock acts will be anthologized on “YES New York,” a 15-track collection due June 3 from Wolfgang Morden, the soundtrack imprint of Vice Records.

The album kicks off with a previously unreleased live version of the Strokes’ “New York City Cops” recorded in Iceland, and concludes with an acoustic version of “Our Time” performed by Unitard, a side project of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

“As transplants to New York, we had spent a decade watching the New York rock scene kinda suck with too many Heartbreaker wannabes and noisy sound-alikes,” executive producers Chris White and Brian Long said in a statement. “In the spring of the ‘scene’ seemed to crystallize. Suddenly there were a lot of really interesting rock bands happening RIGHT NOW – and they didn’t all sound the same.”

A number of the acts included on “YES New York” have released acclaimed albums in the past year, notably Interpol’s Matador debut “Turn on the Bright Lights” and Ted Leo/Pharmacists’ “Hearts of Oak” (Lookout!). Longwave just released its RCA debut, “The Strangest Things,” while the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will unleash their Interscope debut, “Fever To Tell,” on April 29.

The compilation’s name pays homage to the seminal 1978 album “No New York,” which was produced by Brian Eno and featured songs by local underground acts such as the Contortions, DNA, Mars, and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks.

Some proceeds from “YES No New York” will benefit Musicians on Call, which utilizes music as part of healing therapy in healthcare facilities.

Here Is The Tracklist For “YES New York”:

  • “New York City Cops” – live, the Strokes
  • “Save Your City,” Radio 4
  • “Zero Point,” the Rogers Sisters
  • “The Ballad of the Sin Eater,” Ted Leo/Pharmacists
  • “Ladyfingers,” the Fever
  • “Next Plateau,” Longwave
  • “Strangler,” Calla
  • “Olio,” the Rapture
  • “Rue the Day,” the Walkmen
  • “NYC,” Interpol
  • “The Right Hand,” the Natural History
  • “Tired,” LCD Soundsystem
  • “Decepticon” – DFA remix, Le Tigre
  • “What Used To Be French,” Secret Machines
  • “Our Time” – acoustic, Unitard.
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