by Bill Pearis
Fanfarlo @ The Bell House in September (more by Ryan Muir)
Oh boy, how is CMJ here already? Whether you have a badge or not, there's lots and lots of good stuff to see. These are my picks for today (10/20).
Unless there's an absolutely killer show somewhere else, I don't see any reason to go anywhere besides the Lower East side where you can flit between a handful of free day parties. The best of which today -- hands down -- is Pop Tarts Suck Toasted's at Cake Shop, with a nice mix of quality locals Sisters, Grooms, Dinosaur Feathers) and hyped out-of-town acts (two from Florida: Surfer Blood and Holiday Shores). Though you might be tempted to pop over to Pianos for The Music Slut/Sneak Attack party where Fanfarlo will be playing the smallest venue of their CMJ run.
Fanfarlo, of course, are also playing the official BrookynVegan CMJ showcase tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It would certainly be an interesting juxtaposition if you went to both Fanfarlo shows. The venue's awesome sound will certainly enhance Fanfarlo's sweeping anthemicism. Also on the MHoW show: Best New Music recipients The Antlers, the lovely and talented Laura Marling, awesome Montreal band Think About Life (on at 7pm), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel, the Walter Schreifels Band and the comedy stylings of Mr. Dave Hill. Tickets are still available if you don't have a badge.
If I wasn't going to MHoW tonight, you'd probably find me at the New Zealand party at Red Bull Space with Surf City (who also play the Subbacultcha showcase at Cake Shop tonight) and Bang Bang Eche; or possibly The Studio @ Webster hall for Stereogum's party with Glasser, Free Energy, The Golden Filter and Cold Cave at The Studio (free with RSVP which is now closed but might re-open sometime soon); or maybe at Le Poisson Rouge for Broadcast and Atlas Sound (tickets sold out, but badges accepted).
Whatever you do tonight, take it easy. You don't want to burn out the first night! Hip Hop recommendations HERE. Fliers, set times, and all Cold Cave dates, below...
7:00 Think About Life
7:40 The Walter Schreifels Band
8:45 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel
9:30 Laura Marling
10:15 The Antlers
& comedy by Dave Hill between sets
TUESDAY DAY SHOWCASE 10/20:
POPTARTS SUCK TOASTED Presents:
12:45pm: Dinosaur Feathers
1:30pm: Little Girls
3:00pm: Motel Motel
4:30pm: Surfer Blood
5:15pm: Holiday Shores
6:00pm: Small Black
3:30pm - Seth Kallen
4:30pm - Will Stratton
FREE, 21+, 12am doors
TUESDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE 10/20:Cold Cave - 2009 Tour Dates
SUBBACULTCHA!, VIVA RADIO & PUKEKOS Present:
07.30 - 08.05 - Blondes
08.25 - 09.00 - Hospital Bombers
09.20 - 09.55 - Best Coast
10.15 - 10.50 - The Moi Non Plus
11.10 - 11.45 - Surf City
12.05 - 12.40 - zZz
01.00 - 01.35 - Male Bonding
01.35 - end - DJ Dan Selzer
$8, 21+, 7pm doors
Tue 10/20 Studio at Webster Hall / Stereogum CMJ Opening Night w/ The Golden Filter, Free Energy, Glasser
Wed 10/22 Public Assembly / VICE Late Night Party w/ Crystal Antlers
Fri 10/23 Flamboyan Theater / Matador/True Panther Showcase (11:00 PM set time)