If I could have been a fly on the wall at any recording session, it would be Simon and Garfunkel's "Cecilia"-- unorthodox, perhaps, but there's something magically delicious about those three minutes of sound that I've always found fascinating. Download "Tane Mahuta" by New Zealand's The Ruby Suns and marvel at how it captures the same exuberant feeling of "Can you believe how good it sounds to beat this with that and sing together?" Plus, the fact that the song is about NZ's largest living kauri tree is reason enough to stop surfing and follow the link. Unfortunately I couldn't make their lone appearance at CMJ this week, but assuming that they got the children's choir past the bouncer at the Delancey, this must have been the best show ever.
Sounds Like: Panda Bear, Beirut, Neutral Milk Hotel
If you're down to dance tonight, our buddies at Bond Music are hosting a pretty damn riotous slew of performances, from DJ sets by Moby to Le Castle Vania, to dance-pop electro rockers Kudu and Blonde Acid Cult at the debonair West Village hang, Le Poisson Rouge. Plus, co-sponsored by the publishing good-doers, Good Magazine, all donations go to non profits....So essentially you can party till dawn and still feel good about good deeds, all thanks to Good Magazine? Get it, got it, good. In the meantime, here's some tracks for these artists to get you through the day.
Yesterday The Levi's®/FADER Fort NYC saw some rather incredible bands roll through the opening day of the space, including appearances from our friends in Charlift, Crystal Stilts, The Muslims, and (the unscheduled but totally out of control) Los Fancy Free, while Queen Majesty, Jamal Ali, and the Swedish half of Radioclit spun everyone’s minds up during the interim. Our friends at The FADER have some great photos of the action over at their site and we've got tracks from some the artists that played below. The Fort is going to be slammed with fantastic bands and DJ's all week long, so stay tuned to The FADER blog and here for continued coverage.
While they're currently dropping wax with Slumberland Records (also home to Crystal Stilts and Cause Co-Motion,) The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart sound like a band meant for cassettes, walkmen, and early nineties skate videos. Drenched in showers in of solid-state distortion, their concise pop progressions and endless open-chord guitars would fit soundly next to the Dinosaur Jr. and Hüsker Dü cuts in Video Days, and I’m sure Jason Lee could also shred gnar along to them in his backyard (yes, that Jason Lee.) Equal parts Jesus & Mary Chain, Ramones, and Breeders, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will be crashing their tsunami of distored ecstasy at the Cake Shop tomorrow at 8PM for CMJ. Also keep your eyes peeled for a self-titled full-length, set to drop in February of next year.
Starting off the afternoon with a beautiful track, Aeroplanes and Hurricanes. First that distinct deep jazz drum pounds the hangover out of your head, then Daniel Hart's voice carthartically swells and wallows- aiding peacefully day-dreaming. (Psssst lest we remind you, the multi-talented Daniel Hart is also a member of St. Vincent and John Vanderslice's bands.) Add the violins and delicate female vocal harmony and it's bittersweet symphony for your Thursday afternoon. Psst if you dig it, you can check The Physics of Meaning along with Au, Bell, and the Crystal Stilts tonight at Pianos in NYC at Forcefield PR's showcase.
If you’re at CMJ this year to hear a “band-of-the-moment,” you will probably put it upon yourself to catch San Diego’s The Muslims, which you should, because they basically sound like Johnathan Richman’s offspring if they’d hitchhiked across the country to catch girls in Mission Beach instead of Harvard Square. Think of the most apathetically awesome sounding band since the Strokes formed a decade ago and add their hometown’s retro-punk history (Rocket From The Crypt, The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower, etc.) and you’ve kind of got an idea of where these guys are coming from. We’ve got two songs from the group’s debut full-length up for download today, a tune about ridding yourself of nocturnal boredom (“Nightlife”) and being utterly speechless in the presence of a crush (“Beside Myself”). So if you're in New York, badge-less or not, you can catch the Muslims this week at one of the nine million shows they are playing, details below.
The Muslims’ CMJ Shows:
Thursday, 10/23 – Pianos – 1:00PM
Thursday, 10/23 – Mercury Lounge – 10:00PM
Thursday, 1023 – Don Pedro’s (Brooklyn) – 11:30PM
Friday, 10/24 – Pianos – 2:00PM
Friday, 10/24 – Bowery Ballroom – 8:00PM
Friday, 10/24 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Brooklyn) – 11:00PM
Saturday, 10/25 – Galapagos (Brooklyn) – 8:00PM
Sunday, 10/26 – Union Pool (Brooklyn) – 11:00PM
Autodrone call themselves "dream pop," which I like a lot more to describe the songs on their Strike A Match LP than "shoegaze," although you could easily ascribe that to the NYC foursome as well. All the earmarks are there - the sexily bored/soaring female vocals, the propulsive drumming, the melodic use of keys and organs and the trademark fuzzed out guitars combine to create Autodrone's sonic dreamscape - fitting into the genre, but uniquely their own. Check out the 2 songs offered on RCRD LBL today and when they play Lit Lounge tomorrow. For NYC-ers, they have a record release show coming up in November, so stay tuned.
Sounds Like: Big Sleep, Speck Mountain, the Morning After Girls
Every once in a while you stumble upon a dance party club song and you're pretty sure it's going to get dropped during sweaty hipster dance parties for months to come and people might not know what that song is, but they will like it and they will dance. I just never thought that song could come from Boston. The Bodega Girls are a 4-some from my home town - usually known more for aggressive sports fans than groups who write lines like, "an unadulterated penetration into the gaping hole of the sicko's soul" in their bio. The opening line on their MySpace page just says, "we'll play your party," and you can be fairly certain they will take your "party" and make it a "PARTY." The Bodega Girls play Europa on Thursday so head on down and listen to the song we've got on RCRD LBL today. Apparently Bodega Girls = Political Correctness.
Sounds Like: Louis XIV, the Virgins, Read Yellow, Cut Copy
I've never been to Manchester, but in my head its sort of a manic, post-industrial Gotham with raincoated lads and lasses standing on assembly lines and shaking uncontrollably at all hours, stopping only for tea and hooliganism. Factory Records, 24 Hour Party People and now The Whip have conspired to paint this muddled picture. Red synthesizers clash with orange guitars against a mauve digital canvas, and the Mancunians beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. They're bringing their take on the aforementioned topics to 3 highly anticipated CMJ shows this year, and downloading "Trash" should just about get you up to speed.
The Whip's CMJ shows:
Where: Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. 6th St btwn Wythe St & Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY
New York, NY 10012 When: Wednesday Oct. 22, 11:00 PM
Where: The Annex
152 Orchard St @ Allen St, New York, NY
New York, NY 10012 When: Thursday night, 12:30 AM
Where: Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
17 Irving Place @ 15th St, New York, NY
New York, NY 10012 When: Friday Oct. 24, 10:00 PM
Royal Bangs are from Knoxville, an eastern Tennessee town probably known more for NASCAR and the University of Tennensse than any tradition of rock music. But that isn’t to say that their collapsing, arty garage rock doesn’t keep with some semblance of Southern hospitality. What I’m saying is, while these guys might sound like their banging away at anything they can get their hands on, crashing through cleverly-crafted songs that sound like the MC5 with RISD degrees, they never manage to sound uptight or elite. Case in point: “Little Switzerland,” a tune whose verse is punctuated with some optimistic yelps and lingering maracas. WHO DOESN’T LOVE MARACAS? Aside from the triangle, they are easily the most democratic of percussion instruments. All you do is shake them! For CMJ'ers that want to play air maracas (count me in), Royal Bangs will be playing their showcase at the Cake Shop on Saturday, 10/25 at 11PM. For those that just want to hear a phenomenal young band, you'll find three songs from their album We Breed Champions—including the exclusive "Little Switzerland"—below.