Posted in Contests | To Do | music on October 20, 2009

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fanfarlo - Finish Line (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fanfarlo - I'm a Pilot (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fanfarlo - Luna (MP3)

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...

BV party

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
11:00 Fanfarlo
& comedy by Dave Hill between sets
Music Slut Sneak Attack Party

Pop Tarts

12:45pm: Dinosaur Feathers
1:30pm: Little Girls
2:15pm: Sisters
3:00pm: Motel Motel
3:45pm: Grooms
4:30pm: Surfer Blood
5:15pm: Holiday Shores
6:00pm: Small Black

3:30pm - Seth Kallen
4:30pm - Will Stratton
FREE, 21+, 12am doors




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
Cold Cave - 2009 Tour Dates
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)



Comments (25)

Well today sucks for music, huh?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 10:35 AM

"Well today sucks for music, huh?"

Maybe you were wishing Britney Spears was playing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 10:42 AM

The day parties are the best thing to happen to the dying CMJ fest, it's fun, it's mostly free and you get to drink in the afternoon. Although tonight's shows are awesome
Here we go magic- have gotten so good since tour, really.
Atlas Sound, Surfer Blood, Dead Leaf Echo, Antlers, Fanfarlo, Surf City, Die Die Die, Titus Andronicus and Black Swan Green are all worth seeing if you can.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 10:44 AM

bill you have old info...freelance whales aren't playing at POP's showcase.... thx for the info ...really like your posts

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 10:44 AM

Sean Bones, Right On Dynamite, ECHOecho and Beat Radio are playing Glasslands tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 10:44 AM

"freelance whales aren't playing at POP's showcase"

updated, thanks

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 20, 2009 10:47 AM

don't forget to update the set times underneath the poster too

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 11:01 AM

the here we go magic/titus andronicus/woods/beach fossils show isn't an actual CMJ show, is it? as in, if you have a badge, it doesn't matter. you're still going to have to pay. unless i'm totally wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 11:37 AM

Anon 11:37 - The Webster Hall show isn't a CMJ show but it is totally free with RSVP before 10PM.

Posted by Doug | October 20, 2009 11:57 AM

I enjoyed those Fanfarlo mp3's...thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 12:10 PM

Hey all,
I have an extra ticket for the antlers/fanfarlo/etc show at MHOW tonight - can part with it for like 10 bux.

Posted by josh | October 20, 2009 12:27 PM

Here We Go Magic don't seem to be playing any other shows but this Webster Hall blow-out.

Am I wrong? Any other dates?

Too bad I can't make it; it's probably the last time anyone can see them for less than $15.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 12:45 PM

Day shows are for trust fund hipsters

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 12:49 PM

"Day shows are for trust fund hipsters"

Seriously. I am curious who attends these shows.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 12:55 PM

college kids / industry / press / people who hate their lives less than you.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 1:18 PM

Seriously. I am curious who attends these shows.

CMJ=College Music students...

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 1:20 PM

You morons - the purpose of the day parties, panels and also evening showcases at CMJ are for all the college radio kids who travel to NYC to attend the music marathon so they can check out bands to play on their stations. or did you not go to college? day parties and panels are also heavily attended by music industry people of every level... CMJ is mainly a trade event - it's not just for 23 year olds in skinny jeans who live in Williamsburg and think they're famous...

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 1:25 PM

I agree with 10:09, CMJ really just get's worse and worse every year!

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 1:31 PM

Was CMJ ever really good?

I think its gotten better with all the free stuff going on.

Musically it was never that great.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 1:52 PM

yeah, i brought my asst to the music slut's day party on my lunch break to catch home video. back from lunch and just a little distracted from all the free frozen margs.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 1:55 PM

Not everyone works 9-5, M-F.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 2:12 PM

Anonymous 1:25 PM "...... or did you not go to college?" HA. this is exactly why these message boards suck, your posts pit "college radio kids" versus "23 year olds in skinny jeans" (as if they're so different), and then use not going to college as some kind of taunt. what a small, small world the majority of the BV commenters live in. god forbid someone who didn't go to college would try to infringe on your precious understanding of the indie music scene.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 2:40 PM

It was a rhetorical question, you troglodytes. I know very well who attends these sub-par, over-hyped, industry circle jerks...and believe it or not, I didn't learn it in college.

I know you feel you're really a part of something special by attending though, so go on with your bad, indie selves. Yeah!

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 3:07 PM

i can't believe you guys are bitching over what's pretty much free music and free drinks all week long.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 6:21 PM

What was the song Bradford played before Walkabout? It was incredible and doesn't appear to be on the new album. He, incidentally, killed it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2009 1:13 AM

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