by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Still Corners - Into the Trees (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Immaculates - Hey Joe Kelly (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gospel Music - This Town Don't Have Enough Bars for Both of Us (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Radiation City - The Color of Industry (MP3)
I think Wednesday is my favorite day for CMJ day parties. You get a lot of good bands, but it's not insanely packed like the weekend shows. And this year, there are a lot of great Wednesday afternoon options.
Before we get into it, I would like to say that Spotify has been a giant help in checking out music from bands playing and if you have the service, I recommend using it. (If you don't, chances are someone you know has invites to give out.) Much easier than Googling for Bandcamp, Soundcloud or (heaven forbid) Myspace sites. Spotify doesn't have everything, but it has most everything. I've got a CMJ 2011 Playlist that I update when I find something new and interesting which you're welcome to check out.
[editor's note/update/disclaimer: Spotify has partnered with us on all BV CMJ events this year, but Bill did not know that when he wrote that above paragraph, so please no conspiracy theories!]
Anyway, day shows:
PICK OF THE DAY: Under the Radar party at Public Assembly has a line-up that is pretty hard to beat, including one of my favorite bands of late, Still Corners whose chilly, majestic debut, Creatures of an Hour, came out last week on Sub Pop. Check out an MP3 of new single "Into the Trees" at the top of this post and you can stream the whole album at the bottom. Public Assembly is good and dark, ideal for their trippy accompanying lightshow. Still Corners also play Public Assembly Wednesday night which must be nice for them not having to schlep their gear around. They also play tomorrow at our day party at Knitting Factory and then the Sub Pop showcase at Mercury Lounge that night.
Also playing at Public Assembly: Norway's super-fun Casiokids, Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger (who maybe you caught last night with Wild Flag at Bowery Ballroom), the retro funk of The Stepkids (who also play our TBA Saturday party at Public Assembly), plus Chad Valley, Porcelain Raft. It's kind of a slam-dunk show.
THEN AGAIN... the folks at Terrorbird Media have put together a pretty great show at Cake Shop. It kicks off with newish, shit-hot Brooklyn garage-soul band The Immaculates who are worth showing up early for. Check out an MP3 at the top of this post. Then it's Virginia's Eternal Summers who have really come into their own since expanding from a duo to a trio.
Then it's Gospel Music which is Owen Holmes who used to be in CMJ 2007 buzz band Black Kids but now makes indiepop somewhere between Stephin Merrit and Jonathan Richman (which is a definite sweet spot for me.) Holmes got help from Hefner's Darren Hayman, Camera Obscura's Traceyanne Campbell and others on last year's Duets EP, but for his full-length debut, How to Get to Heaven from Jacksonville, FL, he shares the mike full-time with fellow Jacksonville resident Madeline Long. Check out an MP3 of first single "This Town Doesn't Have Enough Bars For Both Of Us" and watch the video (which features his old Black Kids pals) at the bottom. Gospel Music's other CMJ dates are down there as well.
Of course the nice thing about the Lower East Side is that every venue around there has a day show. At Pianos there's the We Listen For You party with Arms, Guards, The Pass, Parlovr, Nerves Jr. and Headless Horseman in the main room; upstairs it's the Big Hassle Media party with Radiation City, Aeroplane Pagaent, Clubfeet, Marques Toliver, J. Viewz, Pyramids and Army Navy.
If you're in the Ludlow area, do try and check out Portland's Radiation City (3PM) who've made one of the year's more charming debuts which drifts between moody, organ-driven numbers and more upbeat pop. Papercuts covering The Free Design? Add in some Mazzy Star smokiness and you're almost there. Check out "The Color of Industry" at the top of this post, and go seem them live at some point this week. Radiation City also play the PASTE party at The Living Room today too (4PM) and have shows this week, and all dates are at the bottom of this post.
That PASTE party, which goes from 4 - 7 PM also features Lord Huron, Santah and The Lonely Forest.
And finally over at Fontanas (which you may remember from BV day parties of old or episodes of Louie) is this year's Pirate! Island party with a pretty good bunch of bands too: Canada's Hollerado, Nick Diamonds, Fairmont, Army Navy, The Great Book of John and The One & Nines. Set times at the bottom of this post.
Click through for flyers (including a couple day shows I didn't mention), streams, videos and set times. I'll have Wednesday nighttime picks a little later.
Under the Radar Party - Public Assembly set times
12:45: Chad Valley (www.facebook.com/chadvalleymusic)
1:35: Casiokids (www.casiokids.com)
2:25: Porcelain Raft (www.porcelainraft.com)
3:15: Eleanor Friedberger (www.eleanorfriedberger.com)
4:10: Still Corners (www.facebook.com/stillcorners)
5:00: The Stepkids (www.thestepkidsband.com)
Gospel Music - Automobile
Gospel Music - This Town Doesn't Have Enough Bars For Both Of Us
Gospel Music - CMJ Dates
October 19 (2:30 p.m.) -- Cake Shop, NYC (Lower Eastside)
October 20 (4:15 p.m.) -- Shade Bar, NYC (Soho)
October 21 (10:45 p.m.) -- Lit Lounge, NYC (East Village)
Terrorbird Party - Cake Shop set times
6PM: TEEN DAZE
5:30pm: MUX MOOL
4:45pm: CUBIC ZIRCONIA
3:15pm: CLOUD NOTHINGS
2:30pm: GOSPEL MUSIC
1:45pm: ETERNAL SUMMERS
1:00pm: The Immaculates
$FREE, 12-7pm, 21+
Radiation City - "Babies"
Radiation City - 2011 CMJ Dates
Wednesday, 10/19 - [Big Hassle Media Party] - Pianos - 1pm
Wednesday, 10/19 - [Paste Party] - Living Room - 4pm
Thursday, 10/20 - [Gluttony Is The New Black Party] - Pete's Candy Store - 10pm
Friday, 10/21 - [Distiller Promo Party] - Knitting Factory - 1:35pm
Friday, 10/21 -[Self Group] - Lit Lounge - 8pm
Saturday, 10/22 - [Baeble Music Party] - Spike Hill - 3pm
BIG HASSLE CMJ DAY PARTY @ Pianos settimes
J. VIEWz (LAPTOP SET W/NOA LEMBERSKY)4pm
RADIATION CITY 1:45pm
Pirate! Island 2011 @ Fontanas set times
Hollerado / http://www.hollerado.com/ (4:40pm)
Nick Diamonds (of Islands) / http://islandsareforever.com/ (3:50pm)
Fairmont / http://www.fairmontmusic.com/ (3:00pm)
Army Navy / http://www.wearearmynavy.com/ (2:10pm)
The Great Book Of John / http://www.thegreatbookofjohn.com/ (1:20pm)
The One & Nines / http://theoneandnines.com/ (12:30pm)