Posted in To Do | music on October 20, 2010

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Nothing But Our Love (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kordan - Closer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Revolver - Get Around Town (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - Tea Lights (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - Hospice Gates (MP3)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Day two and things are heating up. Here are my picks for things to do today. Set times are included for shows that don't have flyers.

Ludlow St. action: Chocolate Bobka gets in on the day party action with a two-stage extravaganza at Pianos which offers a line-up of idiosyncratic artists (Woodsman, Family Portrait, La Big Vic and more) which sure to draw the Altered Zones contingent. (He's a contributor). Don't know many of the bands? Dude has a very good track record of picking soon-to-be-hyped talent. Trust the Bobka. Bands start at 12:30. Free.

Over at Cake Shop, Terrorbird Media have put together solid lineup of about-to-breaks, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Kordan (Check out their MP3 above), Prince Rama, and Baths. Plus: Parisian chanson rockers Revolver and hammer-on queen Marnie Stern. First band's on at noon. Free.

The print version of Paste Magazine may be dead, but its CMJ day parties live on at the Living Room, with a line-up of acts any fan of The National is sure to like once they start playing them on KEXP. I kid, I kid. Big draw here is Martina Topley Bird, whose sultry pipes were so much of the appeal of those first two Tricky albums. Her new album, on Damon Albarn's label Honest John, is pretty good. Also playing: The Lines (stadium-ready Britrock), Gringo Star (catchy garage from Atlanta), Brooklyn duo Harper-Blynn and more. First band's on at 1:45. Free.

Over the bridge in Williamsburg, there's a swell day party at Bruar Falls with Sultan (ambient instrumental bliss-out), Sebastian Blanck (delicate, lovely folk), HighLife (afro-influenced, 8.0-scoring pop), Baltimore's excelent Lower Dens, and the soon-to-be-big Sharon Van Etten. Bands start at 2PM and there is a cover for this one: $6.

NIGHTTIME stuff coming shortly HERE. DAYTIME Flyers below...






Comments (19)

Why is that Bruar Falls show $6? Strange for a day show. Are they taking cmj badges at all?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 10:42 AM

Holly Miranda will be playing a free set in the lobby of Ace Hotel for KEXP.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 11:15 AM

This is starting to feel like the anti-CMJ CMJ. Yay!

Come check out a great in show in Williamsburg tonight all!


Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 11:17 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is crap.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 11:27 AM

If you have a badge, you might want to check out this panel:

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Posted by bill p | October 20, 2010 11:45 AM

KORDAN sucks ass live. That is all.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 12:09 PM

what time is lower dens going on at bruar falls?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 12:27 PM

sorry, thought i put in bruar set times...


Posted by bill p | October 20, 2010 12:40 PM

kordan is really good recorded though

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 1:13 PM

@1:13 PM - re: kordan: i agree. but lots of hazy layers and effects makes everything sound good when reocrded. performing live is a whole different scenario.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 1:21 PM

@1:21p, When was the last time you saw KORDAN? Bands progress as they keep playing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 1:38 PM

@10:42am agreed. Anyone know bruar falls is letting people with badges in?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 2:42 PM

Just pay the six bucks, it'll be one less beer for you. The early show at Bruar Falls isn't associated with CMJ. You can get into the showcase afterwards with your badge if you really want to flaunt it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 2:46 PM

The best show tonight is the coolest man alive, the swamp fox, Tony Joe White, dishing a tasty helping of swamp-rock at Sullivan Hall.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 3:03 PM

@12:09 Meh kordan sucked live when they first started but today's show was actually decent.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 9:37 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. only played a "stripped down" three song set at Bruar Falls because the PA there couldn't handle them. They were actually debating whether they should play at all because a stripped down set would give people seeing them for the first time the wrong impression or some shit.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 1:40 AM

Haha - welcome to CMJ boys.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2010 11:21 PM

Song Revolver Get Around Town - super!!!!

Posted by MrDal | October 24, 2010 4:23 PM

the party card was awesome.i would like to know this year dates

Posted by nyc gal | March 14, 2012 3:13 PM

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