The cool thing about industry festivals is that, between trying to catch the next-big-things at Mercury Lounge and the established super acts perform Hammerstein, you always stumble upon a diamond in the rough at some party or warehouse. At last year’s CMJ our big surprise was Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, who played the Fader Lounge to a fairly large audience one afternoon. Ezra is a tiny little dude who always wears plastic sunglasses 24/7 and writes beautiful country-tinged songs on his acoustic guitar about sitting alone on Valentine’s Day and God being a middle-aged woman who’s sacred to date a guy from her office. It’s brilliant and slightly heartbreaking. He signed to Chicago label Minty Fresh and released Banging Down the Doors last year. My Big Mouth Strikes Again are also big fans, and wrote a review of the album today.
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons at My Big Mouth Strikes Again
Since we launched this fall, one of our most prolific bloggers have been the guys over at SEEN, who have posted scores of cool articles over on their RCRD LBL blog. For the end of the year and as a thank you to all their readers, the SEEN dudes have made a cool little recap of all the flavor stuff they talked about over the past month and a half. Check it out and expect more hot stuff from SEEN and all our other affiliates in the new year…
2007 recap at the SEEN RCRD LBL blog
We've long been fans of NY's Other Music, and were elated this year when they announced the launch of their online music store. They effectively created a boutique online music marketplace that was user-friendly and nicely presented.
Today they announced the premiere of their "In-Store Film Series", which piqued our curiosity. To our surprise and delight we watched a beautifully shot and edited in-store performance and interview of singer-songwriter St. Vincent (known for her work with Polyphonic Spree). It's a lot more than a live performance captured on tape; it's an online documentary that was skillfully and lovingly crafted. Future films include performances and interviews with Vampire Weekend, Celebration, and many more.
Check out the fifteen minute St. Vincent film here and upcoming schedule here: