We threw our 2nd annual CMJ showcase (and one-year anniversary party!) this past Thursday at Webster Hall in NYC. There was much cake, revelry and tunes from the crew, here’s the photo galleries and related linkery:
- Driven By Boredom photos (whole show / Kid Sis / Voice selects)
- Last Night’s Party photos
- Behind-the-scenes glamour shots (and Q&As) from Metromix
- Prefix Mag photos (more on Flickr)
- End-of-night foolishness captured by Nicky Digital
- NY Times story on CMJ merch w/ Kid Sis tee
My personal highlights include Nacho Lovers playing Circle Children’s “Zulu” while giving Armand a pound, Gant-Man’s epic hypeman skills keeping up with Kid Sister’s set, Dave1’s extra dapper suit, and of course being able to rock with practically the whole FG fam (Nachos, JOTS and Trackademicks stuck around all CMJ weekend so we’ve been handling photo shoots and meetings alongside late night ridiculousness and more food than I’ve ever eaten in my life. Call me Nick Fatdubs). Special shout-out to Scion for sponsoring the show and to Kenny and the whole Webster Hall team for making sure our champagne glasses were filled up.
(Little Boots / Photo: Diana Levine)
Saturday’s line-up at the Levi's®/FADER Fort boasted some pretty diverse but equally mind-melting sets from Charles Hamilton, Wild Yaks, Dungen, and our friend Little Boots and as always, The FADER have some great photos up of the insanity. While you're there, peep around for some great live video from last week's peformances, with more to go up as the week goes on. We've also rounded up all the tunes we've got from bands that played the space and you can find those below. So with all this together we're basically just one step away from creating a Second Life version of our experience last week. Maybe next year?
CMJ actually ended on Saturday but our ears are still ringing and our bodies aching, so what better time to relive the Ponytail set that we caught on Friday, right? The Baltimore four-piece got some serious nods this week (what up cover of NYT Arts Section) but we still feel like people are pretty split over their love/hate of them. Personally, I fall heavily towards the former, and this set at the Levi's/FADER Fort was one of the most exciting things I caught all week. Decide for yourself, "Beg Waves," the first track from their album Ice Cream Spiritual, is above.
Our heads hurt, our feet are blistered, sleep is not an option and there's still two more days of CMJ to combat. Thus, to rejuvenate ourselves, we've had this track on repeat. It's a romantic dreamy-pop remix recording purposefully fuzzy as though you are listening off of your record player. With songs whimsically reminiscent of the more shimmery tracks by The Beatles and the soft vocals of Simon and Garfunkel, Princeton has the same happy-go-lucky Ivy League appeal as Vampire Weekend. As this builds and flickers golden towards the end with "doodles", "oohs," violins, trumpet, and banjo, it acts as a sonic elixir for our weary souls.
Princeton CMJ Schedule: SATURDAY, OCT 25th 7:00pm - Princeton @ Club Love (OFFICIAL showcase)
This year Hollywood Holt is more ubiquitous at CMJ than skinny jeans and Raybans. But Hollywood Holt – due to his feverish will, talent, and necessary good humor, will hopefully remain far longer than some feeble fashion trend. The Chicago-based rapper is part of the same Chicago crew as The Cool Kids and Million Dollar Mano, that’s been packing basements for years (thanks to Flosstradamus’ Abbey Pub nights) while recently making national buzz and magazine covers. Like The Cool Kids, Holt can sling slow lyrics about mopeds, girls, and life’s positives (rather than ‘haterville’ negatives) over old-school hip hop beats. But he’s also adds a bit more spice with fast and funny zingers, energetic stage jumping (the guy’s like the mighty mini energizer bunny of hip hop) and electro synths, drums, and sporadic disc scratching thanks to producer Mano. Let us make it clear: this year’s Hollywood’s year. Look forward to him bounding onto a stage near you.
Hollywood Holt's CMJ Schedule:
Oct 24th R Bar 7 pm
Arlene's Grocer 1:30 am
October 25th 205 Club
Sounds Like: The Cool Kids, Million Dollar Mano, Spankrock
Stream: Hollywood Holt - Hollywood
It's about time the average American built some associations with Oklahoma City that don't involve bombing, and The Uglysuit are here to provide the flower-eyed PR fix. (I know, I know, The Flaming Lips, but I'm pretty sure they live mostly on Mars now). This is pop music straight up with a twist of Rhodes, and it reminds the listener thats its alright to listen to songs that make you feel warm, and happy, and slightly stoned. The Lips have certainly fought hard for those ideals, and its nice to see a new generation of Oklahomans heeding the call. Download and view live tomorrow.
Where: Cake Shop
152 Ludlow btwn Rivington & Stanton St, New York, NY
When: Saturday Oct. 25, 9:00 PM
Sounds Like: Wilco, The Flaming Lips, The Shins
Our bros over at Ghostly have posted up some great footage they shot of their boy Michna in his apartment and around the neighborhood, talking about his musical development and making some ill veggie soup. Catch the clip above and head over to the Ghostly blog for Michna's upcoming tour dates (including a stop at One Step Beyond at the Natural History Museum in New York) and if you're doing the CMJ thing, head out to the Ghostly showcase on Saturday at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring sets from Matthew Dear, School Of Seven Bells, Michna, and Mike Servito. Flyer below.
(Passion Pit / Photo: Diana Levine)
Yesterady at the Levi's®/FADER Fort NYC we caught some great sets from our buds in Passion Pit and Death Vessel and also managed to catch what was (we think?) the live debut of Tan Lines, the psych-dance-cool-island-jams project from Jesse Cohen of Professor Murder and Eric Emm of Brothers. The FADER has some great photos of all the action, and, as always, you can grab some free tunes from the bands that played (or sort of) below, including the exclusive Passion Pit remix we dropped in September. Also hit the jump for some more live footy from FADER TV's coverage, this time of Death Vessel closing out the space with a full band.