Entries tagged with: CMJ
by Andrew Sacher
Pusha T spent most of the '00s as one half of respected hip hop duo Clipse, and more recently he's struck out on his own, releasing multiple mixtapes, and becoming a frequent Kanye collaborator. This week (10/8), he finally put out his first official solo album, My Name Is My Name, which was produced almost entirely (and executive produced) by Kanye West. You can hear hints of Yeezus in the production, but while 'Ye used his own record to see how far he could push the boundaries of hip hop, for this one he keeps his beautiful dark twisted fantasies within the classicist realm of the genre. 2 Chainz and Big Sean, who are becoming the dynamic duo of goofy guest verses, show up to lighten the mood on "Who I Am," The-Dream gives Pusha a dose of PBR&B (sorry) on "40 Acres," and Kendrick Lamar appears in characteristic game-murdering mode on what may be the album's best track, "Nosetalgia." You can watch the video for "Nostetalgia" (via NPR), along with a full stream of the album (via Myspace), below.
Pusha T is about to go on a UK tour with collaborators Chase & Status, but before that he'll play a couple US dates, including NPR's CMJ showcase, which happens on October 16 at Le Poisson Rouge. The rest of the lineup is stacked, including Syrian pop star Omar Souleyman (who has a new Four Tet-produced album on the way), NYC pop duo Cults (who have other shows too), and a DJ set from A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad (who also DJed last year's NPR CMJ showcase). The show is free with RSVP, which opens today (10/10). Check @NPRHipHop and @NPRMusic for updates. If you can't make it, you can also watch the live stream on NPR Music.
All Pusha T dates are listed, along with the video and LP stream, below...
Nick Waterhouse will be in NYC next week for CMJ, opening for Lee Fields & the Expressions at Webster Hall on October 18. It's an early show, Nick's on at 6:30 PM and tickets are still available. The day before that (10/17) he'll be at the MOSCOT store on the Lower East Side for a solo set. He's on at 7 PM and it's free but you do need to RSVP.
After the Lee Fields show, Nick is sticking around NYC for a special CMJ edition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off party at Brooklyn Bowl on October 19. Nick will be the Guest Selector for the evening, and guest judges include Simon Raymonde (Bella Union/Cocteau Twins), Jacco Gardner, Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult), Christian Peslak (Saint Rich), Maria Juur (Maria Minerva), and Sandra Vu (SISU/Dum Dum Girls). Tickets are on sale now and you can also get in with your CMJ badge.
The Bongos @ Maxwell's final night (more by Ken Bachor)
Hoboken scene vets The Bongos reunited for Maxwell's final night as a club and have kept going. The band's "lost" album, Phantom Train, finally saw release last week (10/1) after nearly two decades of half completion. Frontman Richard Barone talked with NJ.com about it:
"There was a lot of very time-consuming work that had to be done to listen to all those different takes and none of us had the time to do it back then," he said. So weeks became months, and months became years, And the years stretched into decades without Phantom Train ever being finished.You can stream a few tracks from Phantom Train below.
Barone finally found the impetus to complete the project when old friend Marty Scott announced that he wanted to restart his old label Jem Records (which had released Drums Along The Hudson in the U.S.)
"It really took a lot of time," Barone explained. "First those old tapes had to be baked in a convection oven so they wouldn't fall apart. The companies that made recording tape in the old days did the right thing for the environment by leaving out certain chemicals but what they did was bad for the longevity of the tape itself. Once the tapes had been baked, I was able to transfer them all to digital and then get to the process of mixing everything down."
With the new album out, The Bongos plan on continue to play shows. They'll be at CMJ next week, playing The Living Room on October 15. Their set is at 8 PM and the other bands playing that showcase are Quiet Company, Black Boys, Popular Culture, and my education. Tickets are on sale, or you can try and get in with your CMJ badge or Evening Showcase Pass if you have one of those.
by Bill Pearis
UK band Eagulls will be in NYC next week for CMJ and we already knew they were playing the free Kanine/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 and an evening showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 18 (sold out, but some badges will be accepted).
The band have added a few more shows while here: they'll play the NME showcase on October 16 at Glasslands with Yuck, Porcelain Raft, Courtney Barnett, and Theo Verney (tickets); and the Bowery Presents day party on October 19 at Pianos (line-up TBA). They're also playing one of BrooklynVegan's CMJ-week shows too, more on that very soon. All Eagulls CMJ dates -- with set times and full show line-ups where available -- are listed below.
Meanwhile, Eagulls have released the b-side to their new UK 7" which is a cover of Killing Joke's "Requiem." You can check out the video for the killer a-side, "Nerve Endings," below as well.
by Doug Moore
Pelican at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pelican will be busy for the next few weeks. As you're already no doubt aware, they'll be playing Invisible Oranges's CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/17 and 10/18, along with Ringworm, Sannhet, Primitive Man, Aksumite, Wreck & Reference, and a host of others. (Tickets for both nights are still available; get them before they're gone.) Pelican also have an ensuing run of dates in November afterwards, which you can check out below.
They're also about to spend a lot of time packing CDs and LPs into boxes, because they've started a preorder for their new full-length, Forever Becoming. The whole album is currently streaming over at Pitchfork, and it makes a strong sales pitch for itself. Pelican have drifted on and off my radar over the years, but this album is the heaviest and most vital they've sounded since they broke through with The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw in 2005. It's worth your time.
All Pellican dates are listed, along with three Forever Becoming jams and an IO-debuted music video, below.
by Bill Pearis
Our friends at M for Montreal will be down for CMJ again for their showcase which, as in years past, happens at Arlene's Grocery on October 18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, TOPS, Pat Jordache, CAMP, Kandle, A K U A and Foxtrott. Tickets are $10 at the door, or you can get in with a CMJ badge or Evening Showcase Pass (based on capacity, of course).
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, who formed in Montreal but now reside in Toronto, are probably the best-known band on the bill, and will release their new album, UZU, on October 29. The multi-hyphenate band are better known for their theatrical live shows which you should witness if you can. They're on
late at 1 AM. UPDATE: YT//ST are now playing at 10 PM. They play 285 Kent at 1 AM later that night (see below).
YT//ST are also playing at least two other shows during CMJ: the Panache showcase at Knitting Factory on October 16 with Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, U.S. GIrls, Slim Twig, and Arp (tickets); and the unofficial Pitchfork show with Speedy Ortiz, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett (tickets). (Currently both P4K and M have Y//ST's settimes as 1 AM, some shifting will likely happen at Arlene's.) After CMJ, they'll play Basilica Hudson on Halloween, which sounds like a pretty good time, too.
TOPS played CMJ last year and are working on the follow-up to 2012's Tender Opposites which came out on Arbutus Records (Grimes, Doldrums, Blue Hawaii). You can stream that, in all it's lite R&B indiepop splendour, below.
It's been almost two years since Pat Jordache last played NYC and they've undergone a somewhat radical reinvention since then into dark postpunk territory, though not your average influences, pulling from Jah Wobble style dub, and mid-'80s 4AD (to my ears at least). You can stream their three digital singles from this year below ("O.M.O." is excellent). You can also catch Pat Jordache at Silent Barn on October 17 with CAMP (who also play the M showcase) and Chicago's J Fernandez. More info on that show here.
Pat also plays in CAMP, who share a similar vibe, with some slinky funk -- complete with '80s-style watery bass, -- on their track "Little Boy Blue," which reminds me of, um, Kajagoogoo. (In a good way? Maybe Japan is a more palatable comparison.) You can stream it below.
Kandle is Kandle Osborne whose father, Ben, is the singer of long-running extremely popular (in Canada) Canadian band 54-40. Sam Golberg of Broken Social Scene produced her debut EP (streamable below) and plays in her live band.
A K U A spent time recently as one of Solange's backup singers and, recently, has been collaborating with Twin Shadow drummer Andy Bauer, the results of which can be heard on this year's One's Company EP, which you can stream some of below.
As for Foxtrott, that is the name Marie-Hélène L. Delorme records under. Her music is definitely dance pop but don't look to compare her to other one-named Montreal singers -- it draws from a variety of global influences and is pretty good. Judge for yourself: a few tracks are streamable below.
As M for Montreal has done every year, the night starts off with a "poutine party" that is free and open to the public. During that time (5 - 7 PM) there are a couple Francophone acts playing, Quebec city rapper Webster and VioleTT Pi.
Song streams, videos, and the M for Montreal showcase schedule below...
Deniro Farrar at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
The hip hop CMJ show announcements keep coming. Noisey is throwing one of their Rap Parties on Wednesday, October 16 at Santos Party House with Vic Mensa, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, World's Fair, Deniro Farrar (who also plays SOB's a day earlier), Key!, Bryant Dope, The Kid Daytona, Eddie B, Illclinton, and DJ Meka (of 2dopeboyz). The show is totally free but RSVP is required.
As discussed, sooner than that, Noisey does another Rap Party at Santos this Wednesday (10/9), which is the NYC stop on Black Milk's tour and also includes The Doppelgangaz (who play that same SOB's show as Deniro Farrar), Black Dave, Quelle, and DJ Sober. Tickets for that show are still available.
Meanwhile, Meka also DJs the Duck Down CMJ showcase, which happens on October 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg co-headlined by Talib Kweli and Brooklyn hip hop vets Black Moon, who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1993 debut, Enta da Stage, backed by Phony PPL. The rest of the lineup includes Smif N Wessun Reggae Jam Session, RES, T'Nah Apex, and Cory Mo (tickets).
Flyer for Noisey's CMJ show below...
by Bill Pearis
We mentioned that noisy Welsh pop act Joanna Gruesome are coming over to NYC next week for CMJ, and at the time we knew of two day shows: Pianos on October 16 and The Rock Shop on October 19. Since then, the band have officially come in the running for this year's Most Shows During CMJ Award, with
nine eight appearances listed now, including the Pitchfork unofficial show at 285 Kent on October 18. Here's the rundown, with times where available:
10/15 Brooklyn, NY - Ran Tea House (Force Field PR showcase)Joanna Gruesome, whose debut Weird Sister is a terrific example of non-wimpy indiepop, just released the video for one of the records' standout cuts, "Sugarcrush," which features some pretty cool animation (and a talking cheeseburger) by Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond. You can watch that below.
10/16 New York, NY - Pianos (Kanine Records/SESAC party) - 3:30pm
10/16 New York, NY - Pianos (Old Flame Party) 7:45pm
10/17 New York, NY - Cakeshop (Capeshok Presents) midnight
10/18 Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium (Portals Music) 9:00pm
10/18 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent (Pitchfork showcase) 11:15pm
10/19 Brooklyn, NY - The Rock Shop (Lost Colony party) [day]
10/19 Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio (Agency Group showcase)
Full lineups of the shows mentioned, where available, are below too.
Cults at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cults' new album, Static, comes out the day of the Brooklyn Bowl show via Columbia, and you can now stream it in full on NPR. Updated dates are listed, along with the video for its track "High Road," below.
Since we last spoke, Atlanta dream pop band Mood Rings (whose debut LP, VPI Harmony, came out this year via Mexican Summer) were added, along with SACCO, as openers to Cults tour, including the Webster Hall show. This also means Mood Rings have dropped off the Cymbals Eat Guitars tour, which they were supposed to be on. That tour still hits NYC without Mood Rings on 11/23 at Knitting Factory with Grooms and Daniel James taking their place (tickets).
Mood Rings aren't on Cults' Brooklyn Bowl show, but they do have their own CMJ shows scheduled, including the Carpark/Mexican Summer/Kanine showcase at Cameo (10/16) with Eternal Summers, TEEN, Quilt, Bleeding Rainbow, and Happy Jawbone (tickets); the unofficial Newtown Radio party at Shea (10/16) with Canadian rapper Young Braised, plus Christines, Calvin Love, and Rose Quartz DJs; and a free show at Ace Hotel (10/17).
All Mood Rings dates are listed, along with the list of Cults dates and that video, below...
Raekwon at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
We were recently talking about hip hop shows at CMJ like Schoolboy Q, Talib Kweli, Black Moon, and more, and since then another big one was announced. Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon will headline the AllHipHop.com 15 Year Anniversary party at SOB's on October 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Rae recently remixed Drake and Jay Z's "Pound Cake" from Nothing Was the Same, and you can stream that below.
SOB's is hosting some other good hip hop showcases this year too. One of those happens on October 15 with Deniro Farrar, The Doppelgangaz, Dillon Cooper, Hefna Gwap, Rod Rhaspy, Greg Grease and Sean Falyon. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
There's also one on October 17, which is especially notable because legendary NYC hip duo Black Sheep (aka Dres and Mista Lawnge) is on the lineup. But also, Sisqo is headlining, if you're into that sort of thong. I mean thing. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Stream that Raekwon remix below...
Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.
The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.
After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).
Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The 20th anniversary celebrations for Nirvana's In Utero continue this week with, Milkin' It, a tribute album from a number of Toronto bands co-curated by Greys, The Wooden Sky, and the Hand Drawn Dracula label. In addition to Greys and The Wooden Sky, the compilation also features covers from Beliefs, Teenanger, Absolutely Free, Odonis Odonis, Hooded Fang, HSY, and more.
For the album, Greys took on In Utero's second track, "Scentless Apprentice," and that cover makes its premiere in this post. The headbanging riffage and dissonant chorus of this one was a great choice for the noise punk quartet who probably owe more than a little of their sound to tracks like this one. They do the song the justice it deserves, and you can listen for yourself, below.
Greys will also be in NYC soon for CMJ (as will a few other bands on the comp). Their currently announced shows include Cameo on 10/15 with Hunters, PUP, Big Ups, Kirin J Callinan, and Ovlov; and the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory on 10/17 with Pity Sex, Dads, Ovlov, Kal Marks and more.
All of their dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
Ringworm at the Acheron in March (more by Keith Marlowe)
We just announced over at metal blog Invisible Oranges that the mighty Ringworm will be the aforementioned "Special Guest" on the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase on 10/17 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn with Pelican, Primitive Man, Aksumite, and HASJ. If you can't make that show, the very next night Invisible Oranges is hosting a second night at Saint Vitus (10/18) with Pelican, Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck & Reference, Phantom Glue, and Pyrhhon. Or come to both. It will be a fun two nights--hope to see you there.
Ringworm, whose new EP is still streaming, played a great show last night at Saint Vitus with Howl, Call of the Void and Baltimore's Noisem (who are also playing the IO co-sponsored A389 Tenth Anniversary fest). Did you go? It was a fun show start to finish--from Noisem's energetic and raucous thrash to Ringworm's gruff hardcore.
IO CMJ Showcases @ Saint VitusMore Ringworm and Noisem tour dates below...
Wreck & Reference
The cost of a CMJ Music Marathon badge -- which gets you into the convention floor and the many panel discussions in addition to the nighttime showcases -- has been out of the range of most non-industry music fans. But this year, CMJ is offering a Evening Showcase Pass for $159 via LivingSocial. Compare that to the current $549 pricetag for a full badge. Like with a badge, entry to shows via the Evening Showcase Pass is "first come, first serve based on venue capacities and restrictions."
Invisible Oranges' two night showcase at Saint Vitus (October 17 & 18) is headlined both nights by Pelican. BrooklynVegan will be at CMJ too and stay tuned for details on our showcases and day parties.
by Bill Pearis
Prince Rupert's Drops @ Knitting Factory in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Prince Rupert's Drops' debut album, Run Slow, was one of 2012's more underheard albums, dabbling in fungal psychedelia, droney freakouts, and motorik grooves. If you haven't heard it yet you can stream the whole thing below. We've also got the premiere of the band's new single, "Stay Awake," which is three minutes of a bad trip (in a good way). Paranoia abounds and you can stream it below.
The band, like most NYC-based bands, will be making appearances during CMJ. They'll be playing the Beyond Beyond is Beyond showcase at Union Pool on October 17 with Velcro Lewis Group, Coke Weed, and Worthless. Drippy Eye Projections will be providing appropriately trippy visuals. $10 at the door, no advance tickets. You can also use your CMJ badge if you have one of those. Show flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue just put out their new record, Tales of Transit City via The End Records in the US (and Sony/Columbia worldwide). The record owes much of its influence to the sounds of the late '60s and early-mid '70s, with hints of Pink Floyd's proggy psych atmospheres and the bluesy jamming of the Dead. And somebody was listening to the harmonies of John, Paul, George and Ringo when they wrote "Mr. Busdriver." Tales of Transit City isn't only a retro thing though. Though Okta Logue love the sounds of yesteryear, they do them in a way that suggests they're fans of some modern bands like The Walkmen and The Helio Sequence too. Check out two videos from the album and a Spotify stream of the whole thing, below.
Okta Logue are kicking off a North American tour in NYC tonight (10/2) at Mercury Lounge with NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette, who sound like they've heard a few Sufjan records in their time (stream their I'm Sorry You Hit Your Head LP below). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
After making their way around the US and Canada, Okta Logue return to NYC for CMJ, where they'll play the previously discussed Long Winters show at Bowery Ballroom (10/18), which also includes Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, and Promised Land Sound (sold out).
DDGs @ T5, CMJ 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
It's been a little over a year since Dum Dum Girls released the excellent End of Daze EP. Their third album has been in the works for a while now, with much of the recording happening this past spring in LA with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner behind the boards. No release date for record has been announced yet. Dum Dum Girls did, however, record the theme song for Cartoon Network's animated series Beware the Batman that debuted over the summer. You can check it out in the show's opening title sequence below.
Dum Dum Girls are also playing some shows in January, though right now there are only dates for NYC and LA. The New York show happens at Mercury Lounge on January 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/2) at noon. Might those be record release shows? We shall see.
Meanwhile, half of the DDGs (Sandy and Jules) will be in NYC during CMJ as part of SISU. Four shows have been announced: 10/16 at The Flat with Total Slacker, Hunters, Weekend and Habibi ($8 at the door); 10/17 at Shea Stadium with Billy Woods, Wreck & Reference, YC The Cynic, Guardian Alien, and Odonis Odonis; 10/18 at The Delancey w/ Thomas Azier, Psychic Twin, Spirit Animal, LE TROUBLE, Raccoon Fighter, and SWF (FREE); and 10/19 Union Pool with King Dude, Weeknight, and Zig Zags (tickets).
Dum Dum Girls and SISU dates are listed, along with the Beware the Batman theme, below.
by Bill Pearis
NYC duo WRITER (brothers James and Andy Ralph), who released their album, Brotherface, last year, followed that up with a new 7" via Nineteen98 records over the summer. One of its tracks, "IE," has just gotten the music video treatment. Shot in Southern California's Inland Empire, not too far from where the Ralph brothers grew up, it's an homage to Jim Jarmusch's classic 1980 feature Permanent Vacation. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
WRITER have a few local shows coming up, including Wednesday (10/2) at Mercury Lounge opening for Chicago's Twin Peaks. Tickets for that show are still available. They'll also be around for CMJ and so far they have two shows during that, both on October 18 -- one at Pianos and one at The Ho_se. No details on those -- like whether they're day or night shows -- at the moment. Stay tuned.
Schoolboy Q at Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, who appears on the new Danny Brown LP (listen), and just released "Banger (MOSHPIT)," the newest single off his own upcoming LP, Oxymoron (release date TBA), has just been announced for a CMJ show happening on October 16 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (10/1) at 10 AM. Q's other upcoming shows include Barclays Center (11/2) with Kendrick Lamar and more. Updated dates are listed below.
Another hip hop show happening during CMJ is the annual Duck Down Music/Javotti Media showcase happening on October 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg co-headlined by Talib Kweli and Brooklyn hip hop vets Black Moon, who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1993 debut, Enta da Stage, backed by Phony PPL. The rest of the lineup includes Smif N Wessun Reggae Jam Session, RES, T'Nah Apex, Cory Mo and DJ Meka of 2dopeboyz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Talib Kweli will also play NYC, along with Big K.R.I.T., when the two rappers open for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at The Theater at MSG on 11/13, 14, and 15. Tickets for those shows are still available (but "not many left"). Talib also DJs/hosts the album release show for his Idle Warship partner Res at SOB's on 10/9. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other hip hop CMJ shows include Stalley and Gunplay at Gramercy Theatre on 10/18 (tix), and Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia), Oxymorrons, Illustrate, J. Natural, Kosha Dillz and special guests at Littlefield on October 16 (tix).
Not during CMJ, but some other hip hop shows were just announced too.
Updated Schoolboy Q dates are listed, along with a stream of his new song, below...
by Bill Pearis
Welsh band Joanna Gruesome released their debut album, Weird Sister, earlier this month via Slumberland. It's a terrific record of riotous indiepop that has both jangly melodicism and sharp-fanged, bash-it-out aggression. (It's almost like Los Campesinos! covering Veronica Falls or vise versa.) You can stream a couple tracks below or listen to the whole thing via Spotify and Rdio.
Those coming to CMJ in two weeks can catch Joanna Gruesome live where they'll be playing their first North American shows. There are two confirmed shows so far: they'll play the Kanine Records/SESAC day party at Pianos on October 16 as part of a killer lineup including Eternal Summers, Eagulls, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, VALLEYS and The History of Apple Pie. That show is free. They'll also a day party at The Rock Shop on October 19 with Great Lakes, Fan Modine, Room Full of Strangers, Sophie Auster, Riverwild and Three Thousand Crowns. That show is also free. More shows are likely to pop up as we get closer to CMJ (which is pretty close already).
Song streams and flyer for the Kanine day party below...
Emo/indie rock label Run for Cover Records has announced that it will do its CMJ showcase on October 19 at Santos Party House. The lineup includes the shoegazey Pity Sex, the slow/sludgy Cloakroom, indie rapper GDP, scrappy emo punks Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking, Hostage Calm and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your CMJ badge.
Earlier today, we mentioned that Topshelf added a second showcase too. It's free and happens on 10/18 at Suburbia with The Jazz June, Caravels, The Saddest Landscape and more, before the former two join Braid for a sold-out night at Saint Vitus on 10/19.
As they do every year, Seattle radio station KEXP will be in NYC for CMJ broadcasting live and hosting free performances from some of this year's participating bands. This year, they'll be broadcasting from Greenwich Village's Judson Memorial Church from 9 AM to 5 PM on October 16, 17 & 18. This year's KEXP live performance line-up is this:
WEDNESDAY, OCT 16: Bear Ceuse (10 AM), Lee Fields & the Expressions (noon), Weekend (2 PM) and The Helio Sequence (4:30 PM)The performances are free and open to the public with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.
THURSDAY, OCT 17: TBA (10 AM), Minks (noon), Au Revoir Simone (2 PM) and Ski Lodge (4 PM)
FRIDAY, OCT 18: HAERTS (10 AM), Eleanor Friedberger (noon), The Dismemberment Plan (2 PM) and Ghost Wave (4 PM)
Bear Ceuse's Adam Horne will probably not be doing any of his kids songs parodies, but you never know.
The Head & the Heart at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The Head & the Heart are going on a tour with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down this year which comes to NYC on November 5 at Terminal 5 (tickets) and November 6 at Webster Hall (sold out), but they've just announced that they'll be in NYC even sooner for a smaller show during CMJ happening on October 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with their Sub Pop labelmates Rose Windows and Rathborne. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with your CMJ badge. Updated dates are listed below.
Rose Windows who played Le Poisson Rouge earlier this month, also play the previously discussed Hardly Art CMJ showcase at Death by Audio on 10/17 with The Beets, The Moondoggies, Animal Tropical and Hausu. Their debut LP, The Sun Dogs, came out earlier this year and that can be streamed, along with the updated list of dates, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Henderson, NV post-hardcore band Caravels have been putting out solid EPs, splits, and 7"s for a few years now, and earlier this year they released their first full length, Lacuna, via Topshelf Records. Musically, it's a pretty dynamic record, often indebted to post-rock and '90s slow-emo, but with raw, backgrounded vocals that take the approach of early screamo and heavy indie rock. It's been a good year for this type of stuff and Lacuna is no exception. Stream it in full below.
Caravels will be heading out on a tour with their labelmates Have Mercy, which kicks off in NYC for CMJ and ends in Gainseville, FL for The Fest. Both bands play the previously discussed Topshelf showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/19 with Braid, The Jazz June, and Enemies, which is now sold out.
It's since been announced that Caravels, Enemies, and The Jazz June (who are reuniting for these shows) will also play the free unofficial Topshelf CMJ party at Suburbia (10/18) a day earlier. That show also includes another great modern screamo band The Saddest Landscape (who also open our sold-out BV-presented Touche Amore show), Prawn and My Fictions. All ages, 7 PM start, and like we said, totally free. Flyer below.
And while we're on the topic, Topshelf just released a free 78-track 2013 sampler with tracks from a bunch of their bands plus a ton of their friends from other labels like Speedy Ortiz, Slow Warm Death, Radiator Hospital, The Sidekicks, Field Mouse, Lemuria, Owen, Porches, Pity Sex, Cloakroom, Calculator, Creative Adult, and more.
All Caravels dates are listed, along with the LP stream and tour flyer, below...
by Doug Moore
Primitive Man at Saint Vitus, July 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Primitive Man are a pretty negative band. How negative? If you go on their Bandcamp and look at the lyrics for their Relapse debut Scorn from earlier this year, only lyrics for the eleven-minute title track are listed. The lyrics are:
"No one is listening. No one fucking cares.Yikes. Incidentally, that isn't what it sounds like frontman Ethan McCarthy is actually saying, though his choked delivery make it hard to tell. It's pretty common for metal bands not to publish their lyrics, but it's less common for one of them to explain so succinctly why they didn't bother.
Nonetheless, Scorn rules -- its combination of doom, hardcore, and noise is caustic enough to scour the scum out of your sink, which is (weirdly) a good thing. How much does it rule? Well, we've asked them to play our official Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/17 (tickets) You should all come to that show because it is going to rule extremely hard. BUT, if you can't make it to NYC for CMJ, you're in luck; Primitive Man have announced a run of US dates during the week around the Vitus date.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of Scorn in its entirety and tour flyer, below.