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CMJ 2011 – Bill’s Friday picks (BV parties, M For Montreal, Jesuslesfilles, Gotye, Masters of the Hemisphere, Zaza & more)

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Pat Jordache – Phantom Limb (MP3)
DOWNLOADMasters of the Hemisphere – Eggshell (MP3)


Apologies for no day post today, I had a full CMJ day yesterday and stretched myself a little thin. (And I’m thin already.) As I came to realize recently, with CMJ every night is Saturday night and every morning is Monday morning. Anyway, I hope you all went/go to a day show and saw a bunch of free music and maybe had some free booze and snacks somewhere. Maybe our day party?

Speaking of this website, I hope all of you are going to come to the BrooklynVegan Official CMJ showcase tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg which features a couple repeat players from one of our SXSW shows: Weekend and Braids, both of whom are just fantastic. The band I’m most excited/curious about is Blue Hawaii, a duo that features Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston. In between those three bands, we also have Pepper Rabbit (who were great when I saw them at Northside) and Active Child. It’s a really solid night of music, tickets are still available, come on down.


But this being NYC and CMJ, there is other stuff going on (which is maybe why you’re reading this). At some point in the evening, I’m going to head to Arlene’s Grocery for the M for Montreal showcase, which has ten, count ’em, ten Canadian acts performing. Of them, I’m most excited about getting to see Jesuslesfilles again, who were great at the M4M fest last year. Their 2011 album Une Belle Table (streamable below) is still a “name your price” download from Bandcamp and I highly recommend you do. It’s somewhere between the Pixies and that first Dandy Warhols albums…but in French. They’re great live.

Pat Jordache
Pat Jordache

I also really like Pat Jordache who I saw for the first time yesterday. Wearing overalls and wifebeaters, I was expecting maybe something countrified, but with a two-drummer assault it was closer to ’80s goth than anything else, maybe a little Wild Beast-y too. (That dark side isn’t quite as apparent on PJ’s album.) They’re pals/colaborators with tUnE-yArDs and, like Merril, have a good sense of showmanship. Check out “Phantom Limb” at the top of this post and stream the entirety of their Future Songs album at the bottom.

There’s also Parlovr, The Barr Brothers, Miracle Fortress, TOPS, Philemon, TONSTARTSSBANDHT, Passwords and Peter Peter.

The Stepkids

For those who are on a budget and want to keep the day party spirit alive into the night, YoursTruly are presenting a show at Glasslands that is free to you and me. And it’s a great line-up of talent: Active Child, Born Gold (formerly GOBBLE GOBBLE), The Stepkids, Araabmuzik, Memoryhouse, Caveman, INC, and Ava Luna. No badges needed.  No RSVPing. Just show up. Mind you when it hits capacity — and it will — there will be a one-in-one-out policy even if you’re just going out for a smoke or some fresh air. You do have to be 21, though. Sorry King Krule.

And for those into dancing and/or “alt-culture,” Forcefield PR and Hipster Runoff are presenting the BleepyBloopFest at Cameo with latenight DJ sets from Neon Indian, Teengirl Fantasy, Beach Fossils, Dent May, DJ Taolin, and maybe even HR’s enigmatic Carles himself. Will it be relevant/authentic? Possibly. But it will no doubt be a scene. This one is also absolutely free. But also 21+.


Meanwhile at Santos, Neon Gold is putting on two floors of New Sounds, including Australian artist Gotye whose Sting-y sounding single “Somebody That I Used to Know” is a massive, massive hit over there down under, spending eight weeks straight in the top slot. (The longest run in AU chart history since Savage Garden in the ’90s.) The video has racked up over 11 million hits.

There whole line-up is impressive. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinoaurs. The Knocks. Savoir Adore. Is Tropical. And many more! $10, less than a buck a band! There’s a lot of bang for your buck here, it’s all fun, party music. Sad bastards stay home.

Masters of the Hemisphere
Masters of the Hemisphere

And a couple one-off bands I’d like to point out. Georgia indiepop legends Masters of the Hemisphere return after a 10-year hiatus for a show tonight at The Rock Shop. (11:30PM) Check out an MP3 at the top of this post. They’ll play again Saturday (10/22) at Bruar Falls if you can’t go tonight.

Dark, sultry locals Zaza play their only show of CMJ tonight at Knitting Factory. (Midnight) Overlooked I think, but Zaza do the dark romance thing better than just about anyone in this town and their record is very, very good — you can stream it at the bottom of this post.

There’s a ton of stuff happening tonight and I’m sure I’m missing something huge and awesome, but these are the things I’m considering. What are you going to see?


Future Songs – PAT JORDACHE by Constellation Records

Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know

Sacred Geometry by zaza

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