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"Local Natives at Bowery Ballroom last night. New album is going to be fab! " - Theresa Montgomery

"New Local Natives material is sounding amazing. Get pumped for the new album. @ Bowery Ballroom" - John Verrochi

"Local Natives at Bowery Ballroom. New songs are more pastoral, but still anthemic." - B.Q. Nguyen

Local Natives

Finally the Local Natives took the stage and went straight into some new mind-blowing tracks. Their new stuff had a completely different feel from the first album. These songs were more brooding and intensely emotional. They had a slow build to them, which usually went from a quiet solo by Kelcey Ayer into that explosive three-part harmony for which the Local Natives have become so well known... Though I love the old materials, I was more impressed with the new and absolutely honored to be one of the first people to hear it performed live. [CMJ]
Local Natives played a one-off Champion-sponsored CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom last night (10/17), for which they were announced as the secret headliner, two days earlier. Pictures are in this post. The band used the show to preview material off their new album which they announced today.

The new Aaron Dessner-produced album is called Hummingbird and will be out on January 29 via Frenchkiss/Infectious. A stream of the album's lead single, "Breakers," and the tracklist (including a song called "Bowery") are below. .

The band will be supporting the new record with a North American tour in 2013 which brings them back to Bowery Ballroom on February 2 and 3 and also hits Brooklyn for a Music Hall of Williamsburg show (2/1) a day earlier. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates. All dates, more pictures, the setlist from Bowery and new LP tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Local Natives played CMJ, announce tour, released new song & album info (pics, setlist, dates & stream)"

Ratking

NYC rap crew Ratking, who are playing a mess of shows this week during CMJ, just remixed another King...UK artist King Krule. Their twist on his new single "Octopus" can be streamed below. Meanwhile, Ratking will release their Wiki93 EP via Hot Charity/XL Recordings on November 6.

RatKing are one of the many performers at the Saturday (10/20) BV day party at Public Assembly. While the full schedule hasn't been revealed (we know, we know, soon, soon!), they'll play at 3:40 PM in the back room. Other Saturday artists playing are Tashaki Miyaki and Eternal Summers.

Ratking's CMJ week begins tonight (10/18) at House of Vans for the Complex party that also features Action Bronson, Paul Banks and CMJ-buzz band Savages (who Bill loved last night at Glasslands). RSVP is now closed for that party.

If you aren't going tonight, Ratking also play the Yours Tru.ly party at Glasslands on Friday (10/19) with Joey Bada$$ (free w/ RSVP); then later Friday night (12:30 AM doors) for a FREE show at Mercury Lounge;  then Saturday (10/19) again at Glasslands with Doldrums, Pictureplane (DJ) and more (tickets).

All Ratking CMJ appearances are listed below along with their King Krule remix.

Continue reading "Ratking remixed King Krule, playing tonight at House of Vans, our Sat. day party & more CMJ week shows (dates, stream)"

Flyer 10/19

Lets face it, we're barely into CMJ 2012 and already in overload. So, we've decided to add a healthy alternative to the glut of Friday night showcases...Welcome The un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Friday (10/19)!

Sure we have some of the same things at our party that makes CMJ great- complimentary PBR, Sailor Jerry and Mercy Drink while supplies last, as well as some buzzy bands, but The un-CMJ has something else to offer as well... a chance for YOU get in on the action! Infinity Spaceship, which features current & former members of Primitive Weapons, Nakatomi Plaza, Ludlow Lions, On The Might of Princes, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear and The Judas Knife, will headline the evening with one of their signature punk/hardcore/indie karaoke sets!

Sign-up to get in on the action - the Infinity Spaceship karaoke shows are always an amazing time. Check out some video of Infinity Spaceship in action below. What song are you going to sing?

Before the ripping and personal rock n' roll experience, you can get to Vitus to catch sets from Canadian psychedelic synth-y pop band Absolutely Free and Kirin J Callinan.

Absolutely Free is the new project from 80% of the band known as DD/MM/YYYY, and the band is preparing to release their debut 12" via One Big Silence, the label run by Mike of Fucked Up. Stream half of that release, the song "UFO", which recently got 'best new track' at Pitchfork, below.

As recently discussed, Aussie guitarist Kirin J. Callinan is in town for CMJ and we can't wait to check out his gothic soundscapes in one of a very few select appearances the show.

This event goes down TOMORROW NIGHT (10/19) and will cost you absolutely nothing (it's absolutely free) to get in! So head to Saint Vitus for the 7:30PM opening ad grab a free drink at the bar. Prepare by streaming some material from both bands and checking out Infinity Spaceship below.

ALSO, REMINDER: Saint Vitus will host the BV-BBG showcase the next night (10/20). Tickets are still available. And before both Saint Vitus shows, spend the day with us at Public Assembly.

Continue reading "BV Presents 'Un-CMJ' Friday night at Saint Vitus -- LIVE BAND KARAOKE, 2 awesome other bands, free drinks & admission"

photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis

Savages @ Glasslands, 10/17/2012
Savages

It is safe to say that neo-post-punk group Savages are probably the most hotly-tipped band at this year's CMJ Festival and apparently have U.S. labels falling over each other trying to sign the band. I am a fan of what I've heard of the London four-piece, and love their musical touchstones (early Echo & the Bunnymen, PiL, Bauhaus, etc) so I was pre-disposed to like them, but was a bit wary of the hype. After catching them at their U.S. debut last night at Glasslands (10/17, part of Stereogum's CMJ showcase) I am an official Savages Kool-Aid drinker. They knocked me out.

While they certainly look the part, the live show is what brings the goods. (No wonder their first official release is a live EP.) Anchored/powered by bassist Ayse Hassan on phenomenal drummer Fay Milton, Savages were an absolute force with wailer Jehnny Beth leading the charge with a stage presence that is both static and incredibly intense, somewhat reminiscant of Wild Beasts' Hayden Thorpe. (Guitarist Gemma Thompson colored in the lines, alternating between blasting riffs and more ethereal textures.) With all the cameras going off, it's hard to forget where you are but about halfway through the "Flying to Berlin" I went over the wall and lost in the groove.

You have a few more chances to see Savages, including our free Friday BV day party at Public Assembly (10/19) where they play at 2:30 PM in the front room. They'll play tonight at House of Vans (RSVP is closed) Friday night at Mercury Lounge as well, and Saturday afternoon (10/20, 5:30 PM) at Pianos for the Bowery Presents day party (free).

Savages setlist and more pictures from last night's Glasslands show are below, and we'll have pics from the rest of the night (Dum Dum Girls, Guards and more) soon.

Continue reading "Savages made U.S. live debut at Glasslands, playing more CMJ week shows, including our Friday day party"

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BrooklynVegan is doing a total of five CMJ 2012 events (one isn';t fully announced). They are:

  1. THURSDAY NIGHT (5pm-2am) - FREE, OFFICIAL CMJ TEXAS TAKEOVER PARTY @ Rebel NYC (flyer above)
  2. FRIDAY DAY (noon-6pm) - FREE @ PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
  3. FRIDAY NIGHT - FREE @ SAINT VITUS
  4. SATURDAY DAY (noon-6pm) @ PUBLIC ASSEMBLY (full lineup TBA)
  5. SATURDAY NIGHT @ SAINT VITUS (metal)
Click the links for more info, and stay tuned for the big Saturday day party lineup. This is the Friday day flyer if you forgot what it looks like:

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See you there, and stay tuned for more info. More flyers below...

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Hilly Eye at Cake Shop in June (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Hilly Eye

Brooklyn's Hilly Eye have a few shows coming up, including a couple this week during and around CMJ. As mentioned, they play the Life or Death showcase at 92YTribeca on Saturday (10/20) with DIIV, Maria Minerva, Mac DeMarco, Twerps, Starred, Kilo Kish, Slug Guts, Jozef Van Wissem, Sky Ferreira, and Dogbite. After that, they'll play an unofficial post-CMJ day party at 285 Kent on Sunday (10/21) with Blanche Blanche Blanche (who played Glasslands last month with Chris Cohen), Ireland bands Squarehead and So Cow, plus local bands Heaven's Gate, Ava Luna, and Butter the Children, and Massachusetts' Potty Mouth. The show runs from noon to 6 PM and there will be DJ sets by Grand Resort, Noah & Emily, and The Pelly Twins. The show is free to the public.

About a month later, Hilly Eye will play another local show at Saint Vitus on November 30 with their Don Giovanni labelmate Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield formerly of PS Eliot) and Corita. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Some song streams and videos are below.

Continue reading "Hilly Eye playing CMJ and post-CMJ shows (one with Blanche Blanche Blanche, one with Waxahatchee)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Braids at Pianos, 10/17/2012
Braids

Montreal's Braids played their first of three CMJ week shows yesterday (10/17) at Pianos for the Tell All Your Friends day party. This was NYC's first second taste (they played ATP NY a couple weeks ago) of the the now-trio's new sound that is almost entirely electronic, veering into house, techno and, yes, dubstep. Pictures from their set are in this post.

You have two more chances to see Braids this week, including the BrooklynVegan not-CMJ day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19) where they'll headline the front room at 5 PM. Fun starts at noon, and is 100%. Do stop by.

The other show Braids have lined up this week is on Saturday (10/20) at Bowery Ballroom with Weekend, Forma and headliners Wild Nothing. Tickets are still available or you can try and get in with a CMJ badge.

Meanwhile, Blue Hawaii (side project of Braids' Raphaelle Standell-Preston) will be playing some CMJ shows too, including the Sam Mickens CMJ party at Bowery Electric on October 18; the M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery on October 19;  and the Arbutus Records Showcase at Death by Audio on October 20.

More pictures from Braids' Pianos set are below.

Continue reading "Braids played Pianos, playing 2 more CMJ week shows, including BV Friday day party (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

Io Echo describe themselves on their Facebook as "PASTEL DOOM" which is as good a descriptor of their sound as any I've heard. Their US debut EP was released this week and while it references '80s goth and '90s shoegaze, theduo sound very now (and very L.A., where they reside). You can stream a track and watch videos below, or stream the entire EP via Spotify.

Io Echo are here for CMJ, and play the BV day party on Friday at Public Assembly (2:10 PM in the back room) which is free and you should come to if you can (call in sick!).

In addition to our party they play Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/18, 9 PM) with MNDR, Gabriel Bruce, plus MS MR, Deap Vally, and Sky Ferreira (all of whom also play our Friday day party); then Shea Stadium on Friday night (10/19, time TBA) with Har Mar Superstar, RIG 1, and Breakfast in Fur; and Union Pool on Saturday afternoon (10/20, 2:30 PM) for the free RDIO day party that also features The Luyas, Citizens!, Jesse Harris, The Lost Brothers and Emma Louise (more info here).

All dates are listed below along with music videos and song stream.

Continue reading "Io Echo released EP, are here for CMJ including our Friday day party (dates, videos, stream)"

Flatbush Zombies at Santos - 10/17/12 (via Frankie Castillo)
Flatbush Zombies

Flatbush Zombies packed Santos last night for the Noisey showcase with Children of the Night, The Underachievers, Bodega Bamz, and more. The show was a mad house and the line to get in was wrapped around the block. If you were there, how was it?

Since that show happened, the hip hop crew have been revealed as the special guest at tonight's MTV showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall (10/18) with Big K.R.IT., Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Le1f, and Killer Mike. Doors are 5:30 for what is sure to be a great show and tickets are still available. You can also try to get in with your CMJ badge. Set times are below.

For Killer Mike, this is an early show that he tacked on before he heads to Irving Plaza where his tour with GZA (performing Liquid Swords), Sweet Valley (Nathan of Wavves' beat project), and Bear Hands hits tonight. Since we last posted about it, that show's lineup has been expanded to include Haleek Maul (who also played the Santos show with Flatbush Zombies last night) and The Color Film. Tickets for that show are still available, or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge, or try to win a pair from us. Contest details are below. The show starts at 7 PM.

The Studio show is the first of two shows for Big K.R.I.T. tonight, who also plays the Cinematic/Ecko/XXL showcase at SOB's later on with Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, and others.

Contest details for the Irving show and set times for the Studio show are below.

Continue reading "Flatbush Zombies played Santos, playing the Studio tonight; GZA & Killer Mike's Irving Plaza show is tonight (win tix!)"

by Bill Pearis

Intelligence

The Intelligence just debuted the video for their track "Hippy Provider" from this year's terrific Everybody's Got it Easy But Me (stream it at Spotify). The clip features a sweet '80s-style Fisher all-in-one stereo system (that goes well with the "Freedom Rock" referencing lyric) and the sunny skies of Los Angeles where main brain Lars Finberg resides these days when not on the road. You can watch it below.

As noted before, The Intelligence are here for CMJ week (though no official CMJ shows) in the midst of their tour with King Tuff, including headlining our backroom stage at Friday's BV day party at Public Assembly (10/19, 5:15 PM). The show is free, with complimentary beverages by PBR, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Mercy.

You can see them sooner than that, though, as The Intelligence play this afternoon (10/18, 4 PM) at Public Assembly for the free MySocialist day party with Wild Yaks, Mood Rings and Royal Baths. They'll then play again tonight for a not-CMJ show at Death by Audio with Canada's Absolutely Free, Parquet Courts, and Viva L'American Deathray Music (that's a great show), and then Friday afternoon (10/19, 2:40 PM) at Pianos before our day party. Do try to catch them at one (or more) of their NYC appearances, The Intelligence are a blast live.

Continue reading "The Intelligence made a new video, playing two shows today plus our Friday day party"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Flying Lotus / Death Grips
Flying Lotus
Death Grips

"You New Yorkers are lucky," said Flying Lotus last night (10/17) on stage at Le Poisson Rouge pointing at Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest), who had been DJing between sets, "You got a legend right here... I think he lives here or something. It's an honor to be sharing a stage with him."

"Nah, it's an honor to be sharing a stage with you," Ali said in return, "Flying Lotus is a legend in the making."

Then the two producers hugged it out on stage as the crowd cheered and FlyLo got behind the boards to prove Ali's "legend-in-the-making" statement true. He had just sold out Terminal 5 last week, so this LPR show was an intimate one and as soon as he began, the packed crowd went nuts. Blown out textures and rattling bass came flowing out the speakers as FlyLo struck a priestlike pose and took the whole venue into his own warped vision of hip hop's future. He looks like he has as much fun on stage as the crowd on the floor does-- dancing, singing along to the vocal samples he uses, and grinning when crowd reactions agreed with the beat he chose to drop or the hit song he decided to throw in (like "Niggas In Paris"). The set was almost entirely seamless, blending songs from his new album, Until the Quiet Comes, with other memorable tracks from hip hop's recent past, and old favorites (like the obligatory "Do The Astral Plane") too. The best moment of the set came when he mixed Kanye's "Mercy" into his own "Putty Boy Strut," and other standouts came from portions of "Sultan's Request," "Getting There," and a sped up Frank Ocean vocal ("Thinkin Bout You").

Like I said, Flylo's crowd was wild, but not as wild as it was for Death Grips, who filled the venue with their fucked vision of rap rock before Flying Lotus' headlining set. As MC Ride barked rhymes and Zach Hill pounded away at his cymbal-less kit, the angry dude mosh pits broke out (at least in the front of the stage) and never really let up. With three great albums under their belt since 2011, Death Grips have no shortage of solid material and the crowd agreed, shouting every word and pumping their fists along as they did. If you weren't there last night and want to experience the insanity for yourself, check him out at the Pitchfork showcase at Villain on Friday (10/19) or Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 12 (tix) with Mykki Blanco, who was in attendance last night after blowing the roof off Cake Shop earlier in the day.

The always-great Buke & Gase opened the show. It was presented by NPR Music and WNYC and if you missed it, the archive will soon be posted to NPR's website. More pictures of all four artists from lat night are below.

Continue reading "Flying Lotus, Death Grips, Buke & Gase, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad played Le Poisson Rouge (pics, review)"

Shakey Graves

Alejandro Rose-Garcia is probably most recognized as "The Swede" responsible for luring Julie's heart on the second season of Friday Night Lights. This is convenient because his one-man band Shakey Graves is proudly, unarguably Texan. Texas forever, they say. His fingerpicking and stomps take on the grizzled weight of the Old West, but they can also expand into balladry aligned with (true Swede) The Tallest Man on Earth. In either scenario, he's a fierce contrast to all the digitally driven bands showing up at CMJ in spades. [The L Magazine]
Austin's Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is in NYC this week for CMJ and played a couple shows already, including one with Laura Stevenson and the Cans. His last show is tonight at our Texas Takeover Party, which happens at Rebel NYC (10/18) (5 PM doors) and is being presented by our BV Austin site. Admission is free with RSVP and drinks are free while they last too. The rest of the lineup features Robert Ellis, Grandfather Child, Wild Child, The Tontons, New York City Queens, Josiah Hall, and Technicolor Hearts.

Shakey Graves recently filmed a live video for "Roll The Bones," which you can watch below. The video sees Alejandro on stage by himself with guitar, kick drum, and vintage mic, giving some insight as to what you'll probably see at the party tonight.

Continue reading "watch a Shakey Graves live session; see him live at BV Austin's Texas Takeover CMJ party TONIGHT"

Tiny Fingers

Israeli band Tiny Fingers are visiting NYC and their next show is at our BV day party on Friday (10/19) at Public Assembly. They kick off the main stage line-up at noon. Our party is 100% free, you don't need to RSVP and there will be complimentary beverages from PBR, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Mercy.

We caught Tiny Fingers at the Jerusalem Music Conference in August and they were one of the highlights of the festival, a powerful, tight, proggy post-rock assault who sometimes perform with a singer, and sometimes without. They've opened for Mars Volta in Israel and that's a fitting double bill. You can stream last year's Massive Fingers Spacetrip and check out some live videos at the bottom of this post.

In addition to our day party, Tiny Fingers will play the CMJ Closing Night Party at Union Square Ballroom on Saturday (10/20, 9:45 PM) with I.U.D.M., Inky Jack, The Killing Floor, Hussle Club, Figo, and Alex English.

Another group we saw in Israel, though one that is a bit more fun and quirky, are called The Raw Men Empire and they're also currently on a tour of the US and in NYC for CMJ. Dates listed at their Facebook include Pete's Candy Store and Freddy's Bar (tonight, 10/18).

After CMJ, Tiny Fingers are sticking around NYC and will play Trash Bar on 10/22, Fontana's on 10/23, Pianos on 10/24 and Lit Lounge on 10/26. All tour dates are listed below, along with the album stream.

Continue reading "Tiny Fingers are here from Israel, playing our Friday day party and other CMJ/NYC shows (dates, stream & live video)"

MSMR

MS MR released their four track EP, Candy Bar Creep Show, earlier this year and also made a video for each track and an official remix for each track by Charli XCX, Twin Shadow, Chet Faker, and Tom Vek, respectively, which they've been revealing on their tumblr. You can watch all four videos and listen to the Charli XCX and Twin Shadow remixes below.

The band kicked off a tour earlier this month supporting Grouplove which hits NYC on November 2 at Terminal 5 (sold out). But you can catch MS MR in NYC this week because they're taking a short break from the Grouplove tour to squeeze in some CMJ shows. One of those happens at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/18) with MNDR, Deap Vally, IO Echo, Sky Ferreira, and Gabriel Bruce. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and you can also try to get in with a CMJ badge.

You can also see MS MR for free at the BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19), where they'll be playing the front room with Braids, METZ, Savages, Deap Vally, Murals, and Tiny Fingers. MS MR go on at 4 PM before Braids' headlining slot at 5 PM.

A list of all MS MR dates, those videos and remix streams below.

Continue reading "MS MR made videos for every track on their EP (revealing remixes too), touring, playing CMJ (including BV party)"

Lee

As mentioned, the Thursday night Hype Machine CMJ party with Hundred Waters at Brooklyn Bowl has a secret guest, and all clues are leading to that guest being none other than Lee "Scratch" Perry (who played a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg one month ago. How was that?). Flyer below..

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by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Rufus the cat getting good use out of CMJ badge (via @robotsvsghosts)

Oh hey, it's CMJ time again (Wednesday to be exact). Here's a little recap of what BrooklynVegan did on Tuesday (10/17) night with some you-are-there type Instagrams. (Follow along in real time with @Brooklynvegan on Instagram or @BVpics and @bvCMJ on Twitter.) Here we go...

Ghost Wave @ Le Poisson Rouge
Ghost Wave

I was a little thrown off Tuesday as my original plan revolved around seeing French acts Bertrand Burgalat and Juveniles at the Union Square Ballroom. When both canceled last-minute, I had zero plan. After picking up my badge (a breeze) at Judson Memorial Church, I headed over to Le Poisson Rouge for some of the New Zealand showcase that's become an annual CMJ kickoff event at the Village venue. I caught the latter half of Ghost Wave (horrible name, but pretty good classic Flying Nun-style indie) and stuck around for about half of Die! Die! Die! whose blitzkrieg punk was certainly fun to watch.

I then hoofed it over to the L.E.S. where fellow BV writer Andrew Sacher already was... (-Bill)

Indians @ The Living Room (via @llllbfgllll)
Ghost Wave

The ease of making a record by yourself in your bedroom has inspired countless artists to do so, resulting in a ton of filler, but every now and then some real gems pop up. If you're looking to find a new one of those gems at this year's CMJ, Copenhagen's Indians (aka Soren Lokke Juul) is a good place to start. He played his first CMJ show at Living Room last night (10/16) for a WFUV showcase, and though he didn't have the highest attendance (early Tuesday is tough), those who were there were attentive the whole show. Rather than hiding his voice behind reverb or distortion like many of his peers, Soren's voice is his strong point. He belted out every song while providing piano, acoustic guitar, drum loops, and ambient backing tracks. Even on his own everything was well put together, so when Soren begins playing with a full band (like the one in his 4AD Session video), it feels pretty safe to say it's gonna be great. You can catch Indians again tonight (10/17) at the Hype Machine party at Brooklyn Bowl and Thursday at Fader Fort.

Quilt @ Arlene's Grocery (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Quilt

Boston's Quilt made their way over to NYC last night for their only CMJ show this year, the Easy Apple/Vinyl District/Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records showcase at Arlene's Grocery. The band have been in NYC a bunch of times (they called it their home away from last night) but I've somehow managed to miss them every time until last night, and glad I finally caught them. They filled the venue with trippy Haight-Ashbury vibes, and still managed to sound fresh despite their obvious lineage to an era which is almost half a century old. I guess I had assumed they'd be playing acoustic guitars, but they went strictly electric and still captured the delicate folkiness of the record -- plus it allowed them to throw in some noise freakouts. The band were charming on stage too, cracking tongue-in-cheek jokes about how Flea is no longer in their band, and they gave a shoutout to Bob Weir, who turned 65 yesterday and said he was on stage with them on spirit (which also came off as a joke, but to some extent, they weren't wrong).

If you haven't heard Quilt's self titled LP which came out in 2011 on Mexican Summer, you can stream it at bandcamp. They'll be back in NYC to open for The Fresh & Onlys on November 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available.  (-Andrew)

Back to Bill...

Foxygen @ Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Foxygen

After seeing Quilt at Arlene's Grocery with Andrew, I walked over to Mercury Lounge (a trip Michael Cera needed a car for in Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist) for the showcase put on by our West Coast blog friends Aquarium Drunkard. Waiting in line to get in I met, Foxygen singer Sam France's two aunts and grandmother who were very, very proud of him. Not sure if they had an influence on me, but I thought Foxygen was the best thing I saw last night, a confident melange of late '60s / early '70s psych pop and glam that was exemplified by the closing number that seemed to merge "Under My Thumb" and "Suspicious Minds" into a new baby. France was a funny frontman too who seems to really enjoy the frontman role. Catch them at our day party on Friday.

Tashaki Miyaki @ Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Tashaki Miyaki

Los Angeles trio Tashaki Miyaki were up next. I enjoy their hazy sound (Mazzy Star-esque as noted before) but they were not completely on their game last night, though their laconic vibe is a tough follow to Foxygen's showmanship. I spent much of their set trying to figure out how leftie guitarist played his righthanded instrument upside down. (Some brains just work that way.) Still, current single "Best Friend" sounded pretty sweet, and they should be a nice soundtrack to the early afternoon of our Saturday day party at Public Assembly (where you can catch them again while getting a free tattoo).

BV photographer Amanda Hatfield (her cat Rufus is at the top of this post), who had been at Ben Gibbard's intimate HiFi show earlier in the evening, tried to get in to Mercury Lounge but found it sold out, or badged-out or both. Some venues adopt a one-in-one out policy during CMJ, others give you a stamp that allows you to get back in anytime and others have the old "no reentry" policy, though you don't see that so much in the 10 years since the smoking band came into effect. Whatever way, it pays to show up early to something you really want to see.

Orwells at Mercury Lounge (via @brooklynvegan Instagram)
Orwells

At midnight it was the NYC debut of Chicago's The Orwells whose album is out on Autumn Tone records (which is run by Justin of Aquarium Drunkard). All still in High School (or should be) and looked it too, they cranked out a hyper set of angst-fueled garage pop driven by wild-eyed frontman Mario Cuomo (not that one) who stalked the stage and generally went apeshit. In a well-worn Batman tee, he definitely brings the danger to The Orwells that otherwise look like someone's nice younger brothers. They were all clearly stoked to be playing New York City. They're playing many times this week, including an opening slot on our Saturday day party at Public Assembly.

Then I went to bed. It was only Tuesday, plenty of late nights to come. (-BIll)

What are you seeing tonight?

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Savoir Adore played two CMJ shows last night, and one as part of the pre-CMJ Conflict of Interest party on Monday night at Rebel NYC. We missed all three, but check out a video from the Monday one, and a video of Spacehog playing "In the Meantime" at Rockwood Music Hall (true story), below...

Continue reading "CMJ 2012 kicked off Tuesday (Indians, Quilt, Foxygen, The Orwells, Savoir Adore, New Zealand bands + more)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fantasy Rainbow - Condominium (MP3)

fantasy rainbow

CMJ 2012 is kind of slim pickins for Anglophiles this year, with worthy post punks Savages taking most of the ink/slack. But if you have a jones for the Union Jack, one option is Manchester, UK's Fantasy Rainbow who are playing three shows this week: tonight (10/17, 7 PM) at The Rock Shop for the Let's Get Messy Party; Thursday (10/18, 7 PM) upstairs at Pianos for the Old Flame Records showcase (free); and Friday afternoon (10/19) for the Old Flame//Heist or Hit day part that is currently looking for a new home after Delinquency got shut down.

On record at least, Fantasy Rainbow the pseudonymn of Oliver Catt who makes a laid-back pop not too far away sonically from Real Estate. Fantasy Rainbow's debut album, Bos Taurus, is out next month in the UK and will make it's Stateside bow in early 2013. You can download the album's first single, "Condominium," at the top of this post or stream it below, along with a video for "O, Wierdo."

Continue reading "UK band Fantasy Rainbow readies debut LP, here for CMJ (dates, MP3, video)"

Takka Takka

Takka Takka whose sole announced upcoming show is the Ernest Jenning Record Company CMJ showcase at Grand Victory on 10/19 (with Dinosaur Feathers, Wild Yaks, Miniboone, and Daytona), have announced a new album, their first in four years. Listen to one of its songs, with more info, below...

Continue reading "Takka Takka announce new LP & song in time for CMJ"

by Bill Pearis

pow wow

Astoria, Queens' pow wow! are still kicking, if you were wondering, and have just released their long-cooking debut album, Don't Stop to Look, which finds the band leaving the party soul vibe of their early singles in favor of a folky jangle a la The Tyde or Felt. It's a nice little record, and you can stream the entire thing below.

Meanwhile, the band will be playing a CMJ week show at the Whatever Blog's party at The Gutter on Friday (10/19) with Wojcik, Passenger Peru and Quiet Loudly. Shortly after, pow wow! will be hitting the road with Quiet Loudly for a short East Coast/Midwest tour that kicks off on November 8 at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge. All tour dates are below.

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Ghoul sprays the crowd with blood at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Ghoul

We are very sorry to announce that we have to cancel our appearance at St Vitus in Brooklyn this coming Sunday (10/21) due to massive shitdickery on our part. We'll try to make it up to anyone who was planning on going in the coming year. There's still an awesome show happening with Satan's Satyrs, No Stayer, and Destroyed In Seconds, so by all means go to the show! And if you don't mind traveling a little we will still be playing at NJDF on Saturday night. Right across the river. One PATH Train ride and you're there. -[Ghoul]
Sad to hear it. The ticket page still list Ghoul as part of the show, so no word as to refunds, etc. right now

Of course there are a few metal shows going on in NYC on that Saturday night (10/20) if you dont head to New Jersey, including the BV-BBG showcase with Yakuza, Royal Thunder, and many others (tickets).

DOWNLOAD: Blessed Feathers - "Winter Sister" (MP3)

Blessed Feathers

Wisconsin folk duo Blessed Feathers released their debut EP, Ocean of Weeds, earlier this month, and you can stream the entire thing below. The EP was produced by Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate) and also features Thor Harris of Swans. You can also grab a free MP3 of one of its tracks, "Winter Sister," at the top of this post, and check out the video for another, "Holyoke/Springfield," below.

The band just landed in NYC for CMJ, and you'll have a number of chances to see them, including the free BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19), where they'll play an opening set in the back room at noon.

In addition to that, they'll play the SESAC showcase at Cake Shop tonight (10/17); the Popular/MCT day party at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/18) with GHXST, Savoir Adore, Ambassadors, Santah, and Royal Canoe; the Fred Perry Artist Lounge at Stratosphere Sound Recording Studios on Thursday with The Luyas, Poor Moon, Foxygen, Ape School, So So Glos, Slug Guts, and Bleeding Rainbow; the Planetary Group day party at Pianos on Friday (10/19) with The Orwells, The Intelligence, San Cisco, Turbo Fruits, Rah Rah, Twerps, The Trouble with Templeton, Tim Chaisson, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Elephant Stone, and Ditka; and the Bowery Presents day party at Pianos on Saturday (10/20).

A list of all Blessed Feathers dates, a flyer for their CMJ shows, EP stream, and video are below...

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by Bill Pearis

Opossom

New Zealand's Opossom (aka former Mint Chick Kody Nielson and brother of Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson) is visiting NYC this week for CMJ, and will play the BV day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) which runs from noon - 6PM and is totally free. Full schedule is still to be revealed but Eternal Summers, Cities Aviv and The Orwells will be there too.

We profiled Opossom over the summer, and if you haven't checked out his album, Electric Hawaii, yet you can stream it at the bottom of this post. If you like Uknown Mortal Orchestra and have a fondness for trippy, groovy psych-pop, it's well worth a listen.

In addition to our day party, Opossom will play the Team Clermont showcase tonight (10/17) at Union Pool that's headlined by Matthew E. White; the Windish showcase at Pianos on Thursday (10/18, 9 PM) and then at the Wild Honey Pie showcase at Bar Matchless later that night (11:40 PM); the Bowery Presents party at Pianos on Saturday afternoon (4 PM) and the Cape Shok showcase as Cake Shop later that night (9:15 PM).

Opossom will be playing other North American shows while here, and all tour dates are listed below, along with the album stream.

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this is happening Saturday....
tattoos

As you know, we'll be serving complimentary Sailor Jerry drinks at Public Assembly in Brooklyn (70 N. 6th St) this Friday (10/19) AND Saturday (10/20), but on SATURDAY we're ALSO giving out FREE TATTOOS from noon-6pm (first come, first served).
To quote Sailor Jerry:

The Sailor Jerry brand was inspired by tattoo legend, Norman Collins, a true visionary with intense dedication to his craft and an unwavering rebellious and devil-may-care attitude. In honor of Collins' and the spirit of bad add music everywhere. We are proud to have artists Matty No Times and Jeremy Sutton from Three Kings Tattoo Parlor on hand giving complimentary tattoos at our Sailor Jerry Pop-Up Tattoo Shop. Even better, right after you get fresh ink stop by the bar and have a shot on Sailor Jerry Rum.
The tattoo choices are Anchor, Panther, Cherry, Dice, Swallow, and Sailor Girl, but there's a catch! We'll have a dart board and you have to shoot and get whatever tattoo it lands on! Crazy people can start lining up at 11:30am Saturday at Public Assembly...

and STAY TUNED FOR THE SATURDAY LINEUP OF MUSIC on two stages.
Meanwhile check out Friday's lineup.

photos Chris La Putt

"Listen, I just watched OFF! and The Spits. I know nothing about with binders or whatnot, but Keith Morris lectured me about voting. #punk" - Scare Gardscare

The Spits @ Irving Plaza - - 10/16/2012
The Spits

CMJ at Irving Plaza (where there are big shows every night this week) began Tuesday night with the touring combo of OFF!, The Spits and Double Negative. It was a night of angry-not-punk rock... From a recent Rolling Stone article:

"With part of the hardcore mentality there became this batch of rules," [OFF!'s Keith] Morris tells Rolling Stone. "If somebody says, 'Well, you're hardcore' or 'You're punk rock,' I'm not gonna argue with you - except I'm not any of that stuff. I'm 57 years old. I'm just angry, and I'm pissed off."
Though it continues:
"What we're doing now is kind of like a party," Morris says. "And we invited some of the bands that we believe are the best to be playing with us, to make this special, to make our party on wheels something that we want a lot of different people to come to."
The party on wheels continues TONIGHT IN NJ (for those who missed the Irving show because they were home watching the debate).

Check out more pictures from NYC, OFF!'s setlist included, below...

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Die Antwoord @ ACL 2012 (by Glen Brown)
ACLACL

We've completed our coverage of this past weekend's Austin City Limits festival with a set of pictures from Sunday, Die Antwoord (like the above) included.

Die Antwoord have a new and controversial video for "Fatty Boom Boom" which you can watch below.

Still no word on the identity of the body found near Austin Music Hall.

Maybe you heard it's CMJ week here in NYC and we're already tired and we haven't even seen any shows yet. But we are pumped to be throwing two day parties on at Public Assembly. Saturday's line-up hasn't been announced yet, but you can check out Friday's (10/19, including METZ, Savages and The Intelligence) here.

We also are sad to report that, despite what the flyer says, Sharon Van Etten is NOT playing that Thursday day party at Ace Hotel.

Muppets

A "Million Muppet March" is being planned in Washington DC on November 3 (three days before the election) to protest Mitt Romney's pledge to cut funding to PBS if elected president. The second of three Presedential Debates happens tonight at 9 PM EDT... UPDATE:

Speaking of, Menomena just toured through NYC and played Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom.

The Lollipop King is suing South Park.

Watch Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Windy City kids show Chic-A-Go-Go.

More stuff below...

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