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The Rosebuds at Prospect Park last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Rosebuds

The Rosebuds, who just opened two incredible shows for Bon Iver in NYC as the last two dates on their tour together, have a few more shows announced that happen later this year. No tour has been announced yet, but we know that they'll be at Hopscotch in North Carolina, Pitchfork Paris and a NYC show on October 12 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/19) at noon.

Pitchfork Paris, taking place October 28th & 29th in France, is being co-curated by Bon Iver and the lineup looks like this so far:

28 OCTOBRE : 16h00 - 5H00

29 OCTOBRE : 14h00 - 22H00

Tickets are on sale.

Kathleen Edwards also plays shows with Bon Iver in September. All Bon Iver & Rosebuds dates, and the video for "Woods" (by Rosebuds) below...

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Tickets are going on sale at noon for the 2nd Wilco/Nick Lowe show at Rumsey Playfield aka Central Park Summerstage.

Tickets are going on sale at noon for both Jens Lekman shows taking place at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Jens at the Green Building in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jens Lekman

Everyone's favorite Swedish indie pop singer/songwriter Jens Lekman is set to release a new EP Argument With Myself on September 20 via Secretly Canadian in the US. He'll go on a short US tour in support of the album that includes NYC dates on October 7 and 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (7/22) at noon.

Jens recently spoke to Andrew Hall about his upcoming EP and tour. The interview is available via Secretly Canadian. He spoke about his plans for the tour's live set up:

JL: I'm thinking duo shows. I did two shows in New York in December that were just me and a drummer, so I think that's what I'm going to do, just to keep it simple.
All tour dates and EP tracklist below...

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Jens Lekman in Brooklyn last week (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

I guess Jens never left town:

This wednesday the 15th
there will be sweet sweet music
coming out of the doors of
Veronica Peoples Club in Greenpoint.
Me and my dear friend
Victoria Bergsman (Taken By Trees)
will be DJ:ing from 9:30, all night long.
Looking forward to see your face.

Veronica Peoples Club
105 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY



photos by Amanda Hatfield

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman completed his three-show US run, that started at the Mondrian Hotel in LA, at the "Green Building" on Union Street in Brooklyn on Friday night, 12/10. Like the night before at the same unique venue, Victoria Bergsman DJ'd before Jens went on, Jens told lots of stories, played the new Kirsten Dunst song, played two encores, had drummer Charlie Hall (War On Drugs, Lindsay Buckingham Appreciation Society, The Silver Ages, etc.....) from Philly accompanying him, and promised to play requested songs for audience members personally after the show (did he?). The new songs were nice, but the highest points of the show definitely came during older favorites like "Black Cab" and "The Opposite of Hallelujah." The surprise addition of Kyle Forester of Ladybug Transistor on sax on Friday night was great too.

More pictures from the second Brooklyn show, with some videos from Brooklyn and LA, below...

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Jens Lekman @ the Green Building last night (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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today in NYC
* Merton @ the Delancey
* Red Baraat @ Barbes
* Neighbors @ Party Expo
* Marc Maron @ Union Hall
* Atlas Sound @ Maxwell's
* House of Stride @ Barbes
* Tricky, RX @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sergei Tcherepnin @ The Stone
* Jonathan Toubin @ Home Sweet Home
* Deakin, Prince Rama @ New Museum
* Jens Lekman @ Green Union Building
* Ches Smith, Raz Mesinal @ The Stone
* Akoya Afrobeat, Top Shotta @ Southpaw
* Mkng Frndz, Skeleton Head @ Sycamore
* Ernie & The Automatics @ Bowery Electric
* Keren Ann, Dayna Kurtz @ The Bell House
* Phosphorescent, Man Forever @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Wailing Wall, Firefoot, Flower Orgy @ Coco 66
* Old 97's, Hayes Carll @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Beige, Idiot Glee, Web Dating, Knife City @ Glasslands
* Woman, Sediment Club, K Holes, Nice Face @ Death By Audio
* Bell, Cuddle Magic, Julianna Barwick, Jesse Harris @ Zebulon
* Alka-Hest, Kings Destroy, The Brought Low, Maegashira @ Cake Shop
* MC Frontalot, Math The Band, Alyson Greenfield @ Knitting Factory
* Blondes, Physical Therapy (DJ set), Brenmar (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
* Underground System Afrobeat, Arms, Birds & Batteries, Lavalier @ Pianos
* Oh No! and The Tiger Pit, No Fun, Dirty Fences, The Ravers @ Bruar Falls
* The Dardys, Sharp Lads, Frozen Gentleman, I Am The Heat @ Cameo Gallery
* Nation Beat, Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Tall Tall Trees, DJ Turmix @ Littlefield
* Yule Dogs, Knockout Drops, Wormburner, Lifeguard Nights @ Mercury Lounge
* Gunfight!, Roadside Graves, My Other Friend, Unremarkable People @ Union Pool
* Jounce, Armchairs, Flaming Pink, Dangerous Ponies, Double Downs @ Silent Barn
* Murder Mystery, Bridges & Powerlines, The Grownup Noise, The Last Royals @ The Rock Shop
* April Smith & the Great Picture Show, Elizabeth & the Catapult, Canon Logic @ Maxwell's
* Sweet Bulbs, Weed Hounds, Byrds of Paradise, Regal Degal, Kicking Spit, Night Manager @ Shea Stadium
* The Nields, Colin McGrath, VAMD, Danny Lanzetta, Chris Cubeta, Bryan Dunn, Matt Singer @ The Living Room
* Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Paramore, Justin Bieber, B.o.B, Bruno Mars, Travie McCoy, Michael Buble, Enrique Inglesias, Taio Cruz @ Madison Square Garden

Holly Golightly & The Broke-Offs @ Knitting Factory is postponed until April 2011.

What else?

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Rachel Kowal

Jens Lekman

With its antique brick walls, shiny chandeliers, high ceilings, and open floor plan, The Green Building typically hosts special events like weddings and elaborate parties, but last night, the large warehouse-like space was reserved not by two people declaring their love, but by a crowd of 400 who all held an allegiance to the same man: Swedish sweetheart Jens Lekman.

A freezing November day in Coney Island two years ago left Lekman a bit disenchanted with the city, but as ticket sales for his brief two-night stand in Brooklyn reveal, his fans are glad he decided to return. "These two shows will be some kind of closure for me, and I feel like I'm ready to fall in love with New York again," he said, a few songs into his Thursday night set. I'll let it slide that he then dedicated the next song to the "broken-hearted," which suggests that he might not have escaped the stark, lonely image of off-season Coney Island after all.

The make-shift stage was minimally decorated. A couple of curved tree branches dramatically hung from the ceiling by nearly invisible rope. But the simple yet gorgeous setting helped emphasize the beauty of Lekman's stripped down acoustic performance and his effortless charm. Lekman reached out to the audience early. During his first song ("Sipping on the Sweet Nectar"), he interrupted himself to say, "I want you to harmonize with me on this one." Of course, given the dedication of Lekman's fan base, he didn't have to tell anyone twice.

Lekman may be a subtle performer, but he knows the value of story telling. Before nearly every song (especially the new ones), he explained its meaning or the circumstances that led him to write it. Over the course of the evening, we learned that he grew up near a potato chip factory and that he once attempted to stalk Kirsten Dunst when she was visiting his native town of Gothenburg. (Sadly for Jens, since Gothenburg's clubs don't have VIP lines, he waited inside in vain. Dunst gave up due to the long line.)

Near the end of his set, Lekman and drummer Charlie Hall decided to pump up the volume to get more people dancing. Suddenly, the bass picked up, and Lekman started utilizing more samples and backing tracks. His single, "The Opposite of Hallelujah" contained a brief mash-up with "Give Me Just a Little More Time" by Chairmen of the Board. In the unfolding excitement, Lekman even handed his tambourine over to one lucky audience member.

After a remix version of "Sipping on the Sweet Nectar," he returned to the stage twice for encores. As he prepared to walk off stage, Lekman leaned back into the mic and offered one last personal touch. "The night is young. If you see me in the crowd, and you want to hear a song just come up to me and I will sing it personally."


Last night's show was one of three shows Jens scheduled this month. The first happened around a pool in LA. The next is tonight at the same environmentally-friendly Brooklyn space as Thursday's show. More pictures from last night (12/9), and the setlist, below...

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words by Ian Cohen, photos by Graeme Flagenheimer & Sonny Gerasimowicz

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Jens Lekman debuted a new song, at his performance in Los Angeles on Saturday (12/4), inspired by a failed attempt to stalk Kirsten Dunst while she spent time in Sweden. It's pretty familiar subject matter for Jens- romantic awkwardness, celebrities that feel weirdly attainable, etc. But his surroundings that night gave it a weird irony: there was a decent chance he might actually have run into her after the show.

The main talking point among the crowd ( which was reaching fire hazard capacity) was that Lekman was playing an intimate, mostly solo show around the pool at Skybar at Mondrian - for those who've never been, just think of the kind of bar you conjure when you're coming up with reasons you'd never move to L.A. I've gotten parking tickets that cost less than what the valet charges, and pretty much anyone watching Jens that night would've been the most shabbily dressed person in the rest of the hotel, if they were even allowed in.

Nonetheless, there was an acknowledgement of the revenge of the nerds thing going on throughout. As Lekman has done in the past, he had deadpan comedienne Tig Notaro open up and her first remark was indicative of both her sense of humor and the situation: "This is where we all go to meet our friends on a Saturday night, right?" But Lekman was game, cracking wise over the din of loudly mixed, wallet-emptying cocktails and decked-out social climbers in the next space over, and turning in something of an acoustic Greatest Hits package with three unreleased songs (it was a relief to find out that Jens is in fact planning on following up 2007's Night Over Kortedala).

"Black Cab" and "Maple Leaves" were undoubtedly suited for the spare treatment, but the formerly sample-heavy Kortedala inclusions stressed the complexity of Lekman's chording (in particular, "Sipping On The Sweet Nectar" and Kanske Är Jag Kär I Dig"). Once Lekman brought out DJ Victor Sjöberg for a two-song encore, it presumably fit the usual requirements that Skybar have a laptop DJ at some point in the evening. But like our hero during his airplane dance and tambourine shaking as for one night, it was the kind of dance party that there was an almost conspiratorial vibe to take comfort in.

The Bird & the Bee play the the next Mondrian Session at the same hotel on December 10th. Jens plays sold out shows in Brooklyn on December 9th and 10th. Jens's full LA setlist with more pictures and videos from the show, below...

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Tickets for the just-added December 9th Jens Lekman show (December 10th is sold out) go on sale today, Wednesday, 11/17 at noon EST. (UPDATE: whoah that also sold out quick. People want Jens!)

Tickets are on AmEx presale for the Decemberists show happening at Beacon Theater.

Tickets are on AmEx presale for the Robyn show taking place at Radio City Music Hall.

Other Radio City shows that recently went on sale include Interpol and Iron & Wine

Lykke Li Webster Hall tickets go on AmEx presale at noon.

Tickets are still on sale for Nada Surf's upcoming acoustic show at the Rock Shop.

Tonight's not-sold out shows include Darwin Deez at Mercury Lounge.

Other shows happening tonight include The Big Sleep, Human Eye and Sex Beet.

Jens Lekman - Øyafestivalen 2007
Jens Lekman

I was kicking myself the other day. I knew in advance that Jens Lekman was playing a show at Green Union Building (located at 450 Union Street) in Brooklyn on Friday, December 10th, but before I had a chance to post, Jens sent out an email blast about the show and all 400 tickets sold out almost instantly. Thankfully for those who missed out and because demand is obviously high, Jens has been kind enough to add a 2nd show at the same venue one night earlier. And as you already know if you saw Jens's most recent email blast, tickets for the new December 9th show go on sale Wednesday, 11/17 at noon via a link that I'll post here on BrooklynVegan.com at that time. Make sure to check back then!

UPDATE: Ticket info POSTED

UPDATE 2: That sold out quick!

Jens's only other upcoming show is in LA. All dates below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

photo by Tammy Karlsson
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Jens Lekman has a new song, "The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love," which you can get for the price for your email address below. The track, written in 2008, is in the same vein as his string-laced Kortedala pop songs. The lyrics typically address a real-life situation, and Jens provided full details on the backstory. Check both out below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Au Revoir Simone - Shadows (Jens Lekman Remix) (MP3)

Au Revoir Simone

Just like nearly every other Brooklyn band, Au Revoir Simone is playing this weekend's Northside Festival. Their show is Thursday (6/24) at Warsaw, where they play with The Hundred in the Hands and CALLmeKAT. The ladies are then heading off on a short summer tour of North America in July. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

Meanwhile, on July 6 Au Revoir Simone release Night Light, a compilation of tracks from last year's Still Night, Still Light that have been remixed by the likes of Neon Indian, Aeroplane, Angel Deradoorian, Jens Lekman, Your Twenties, Tanlines and more. You can download the Jens Lekman remix of "Shadows" at the top of this post which is one of the more idiosyncratic on the compilation, turning the 4/4 time song into a string-laden waltz.

Au Revoir Simone tour dates are after the jump...

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Fischerspooner @ MoMA in November (more by Ryan Muir)

Fischerspooner will be playing a live show at Irving Plaza in NYC on New Year's Eve. Tickets are on sale. They also have a pair of DJ dates scheduled in Europe.

Speaking of New Year's Eve, shows for the night are coming together. Some NYC NYE events we've mentioned before include Patti Smith's multi-night run at Bowery Ballroom (sold out), Dean & Britta then The Felice Brothers at Southpaw, Antibalas at Knitting Factory, The Obits & Eli "Paperboy" Reed at The Bell House, Roky Erikson at Maxwell's, Clutch at Starland Ballroom, and The Detroit Cobras & The A-Bones then Titus Andronicus at Mercury Lounge.

Some we haven't mentioned include Lee Burridge at Santos Party House (tickets), Trouble & Bass at Europa (flyer below), Alice Smith at Joe's Pub (tickets), and Chuck Berry (who replaced the Dan Band) at BB King's (tickets - early and late). Tons of jam-friendly options this year: Soulive at Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Word at Terminal 5, Gov't Mule at the Beacon, The Disco Biscuits at Nokia Theatre, and most importantly, Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden.

Phish have a four-night run in Miami.

For other out of town shows, The Black Keys and Kurt Vile play Chicago, where Jesus Lizard are also doing multiple nights and Jens Lekman is at the Empty Bottle (for three nights in a row actually). Girl Talk also plays Chicago that night- a sold out show at The Congress Theater. Crystal Castles are at Logan Square Auditorium. (Chicago wins)

Guns n Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone are playing Boston.

Pink Floyd cover band The Flaming Lips will be in Oklahama City's Cox Center, where they'll perform Dark Side of the Moon in full at midnight. They'll be assisted by OK's Stardeath and White Dwarfs. Flaming Lips are also reportedly planning an iTunes-only release of their own version of the album.

What else?

The Flaming Lips flyer, other flyers, and all Fischerspooner tour dates, below...

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Drew Barrymore & Jens Lekman

There's a few of my songs in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut "Whip it". Drew was really nice, she flew me out to LA, we had a cup of coffee and she showed me some clips from the movie. Usually I say no to film synchs because you just get a short synopsis from someone's agent's agent, and I always feel awkward my song will end up in the wrong context. You know, I write my songs for specific people, I find it hard to find them applied to someone elses story. But Drew listened to my concerns and we discussed the scenes she had in mind.

At some point our conversation drifted away and I think we were talking about monkeys, and it just struck me right there and then how surreal my life has become. And how absurd it is when anyone expects any kind of real compensation in this business. Compensation for what ? I've been touring on and off like crazy, I've put so much work into recording and writing. And in the end what I make my money from is talking to Drew Barrymore about monkeys...

The soundtrack is compiled by Randall Poster, who put together the soundtracks for the Wes Andersson movies among others. His soundtracks are like amazing little jukeboxes of random goodies. I haven't seen the movie but it seems to be falling smoothly into the category of American movies about teenage love and alternative sports. From Breaking Away to Bring It On. -Jens Lekman

Jen (who's now cured of swine flu) contributes the song "Your Arms Around Me," originally on 2007's Night Falls Over Kortedala, to the soundtrack. Joining him on the comp are The Breeders, Peaches, Little Joy, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and more. It comes out September 29th on Rhino. Album art and tracklist are below.

The film itself stars Ellen Page and is about roller derby. Its trailer, which includes a nice chunk of Weezer's "Pork and Beans," is posted below...

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Jens Lekman @ MHOW (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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I picked home one last souvenir from South America, it's called the H1N1 virus. Wrongfully known as the Swineflue.

I was crossing the Atlantic when things started getting really bad, the fever was hallucinogenic and shaking me like a leaf and I grabbed the sleeve of the Air France steward. "I'm not feeling well, I should see a doctor" I said and the reply came as a brilliant mix of death anxiety and french rudeness: "Uh, yes... Terminal D... go there maybe... when we land". After that the stewards and stewardesses took long detours. A ring of empty seats formed around me. Peoples eyes were kind but determined, they read "Poor you, I really wish you all the best but if you come near me or my kid I will have to stab you with this plastic fork". I got up and went to the bathroom where I fainted.

Now I'm in quarantine for ten days. I can see the summer through my window and it's just perfect. Summer is always best through a window. [Jens Lekman] (via)

Poor Jens! He is scheduled to go back to (oops) to a club named after a country in South America in July too. A few international dates below...

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words and photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - Water Runs Dry (Boyz II Men) (live @ Googie's) (MP3)

Frida Hyvonen

Frida Hyvonen

I went to see the Frida Hyvonen show at Googie's Lounge last night (11/11). I was both looking forward to seeing Frida for the first time and secretly hoping Jens Lekman would be there - apparently I wasn't the only one. The places was packed, and I'm guessing Joe McGinty's Piano Parlour is not standing room only on many other weeks. Luckily I got there early and was able to grab a table. Jens was in the audience.

After a bit of waiting, Jens got up around 10:30 and introduced Joe McGinty and a woman playing recorder. Joe played piano while the woman played three songs on the recorder. Bizarre. Then Jens got up and sang three songs while Joe accompanied him. They played "Sipping on the Sweet Nectar," "Water Runs Dry," (yes, a Boyz II Men cover), and "The Opposite of Hallelujah." All three songs were absolutely brilliant jazz arrangements, and I'm suddenly craving a Sinatra-style album from everyone's favorite Singing DJ.

Then Frida got up. Unfortunately I was a bit distracted during her bit (my camera broke early in the set last night, and the stress of that was overwhelming), but man was she a performer. She played a set lined with guest appearances including - you guessed it - Jens Lekman. I'm not overly familiar with Frida's music - I knew "Once I was a Serene Teenaged Child" and "Science", but after last night I'm a convert. I believe most of the other tracks come off of Frida's recent release, "Silence is Wild," which came out on November 4th.

If given another chance, I would definitely catch Frida again. Though I'm busy tonight, I'd strongly suggest checking her out at the Church of Sweden and also picking up a copy of her record.

Grab the MP3 of Jens singing "Water Runs Dry" above, and check out a few more pictures below...

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Frida Hyvönen & Jens Lekman @ Bowery Ballroom in 2006 (thisismecl)
Frida and Jens

As previously announced, Frida Hyvönen is playing shows in NYC tonight/Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tuesday show is still upstairs in Googie's Lounge at the Living Room, though Living Room switched her name to just "Special Guest". Also worth noting: WFUV is hosting an event downstairs in the same venue with a bill that includes Lucy Wainwright Roche. Overall a good night to be at the LES venue. The Wednesday show was supposed to be at Monkeytown in Brooklyn, but has moved to the Church of Sweden which is located at 5 East 48th Street in Manhattan. It's an 8pm show with a suggested donation of $5.00.

Video of Frida and Jens Lekman singing together in Swedish Finnish below...

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DOWNLOAD: Frida Hyvonen - Enemy Within (MP3)

Frida Hyvonen

Sweden's Frida Hyvonen will be spending some time in the United States this month. Not only is she playing the Zipper Factory in NYC tonight (November 1st), but after visiting Chicago, Philly and DC, she is back in NYC to play Googie's Lounge (the upstairs part of Living Room) on November 11th and then Monkey Town in Brooklyn two days later. Maybe her friend Jens Lekman, who now seems to be living in NYC, will stop by one of those last two shows.

I would say maybe he would stop by tonight, but...

JENS LEKMAN will be playing a benefit show this Saturday, November 1st, in Northampton, MA. The show will benefit a young student named Clara Gardner who lost her legs after being hit by a drunk driver. What was planned to be a small private show to lift her spirits has turned into a real performance to be held in the Northampton High School Auditorium.

If you're in the Northampton area this weekend, don't miss your chance to help support Clara.
If you'd like to donate, please contact Eric Warren eric.warren@gmail.com

"Ememy Within", the MP3 on top of this post, is from "Silence Is Wild", Frida's new album out on Secretly Canadian on November 4th. Listen to more songs on her MySpace. All tour dates below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

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All the way back on Tuesday night (10/21), the first night of CMJ, the first of three BrooklynVegan shows during CMJ concluded with the controversial singing DJ Jens Lekman and the many-membered Phenomenal Handclap Band. Also on the Music Hall of Williamsburg bill: Emmy the Great, The Sammies, Shearwater, Ponytail and Passion Pit.

I didn't think we'd run late at this show, but we did, a little, and that forced TPHB to start about 45 minutes after their advertised midnight start time. I'm sure the lateness on a Tuesday had something to do with the mass exodus before they even started, but many of those who did stay made the best of it and continued the dance party that Jens started. Aurelio from Calla sang one song with them and they were joined by some Dap Kings for at least one song as well. More pictures from that part of the night below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Sammies - Sleep in My Clothes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ponytail - Celebrate the Body Electric (It Came From An Angel) (MP3)


Even if you don't have a badge, CMJ (Oct 21-25 in NYC) can be overwhelming... especially these days with the proliferation of day parties, unofficial showcases and afterparties. Running around like a crazy person trying to catch everyone you want to see can be fun, but sometimes it's not such a bad idea just to pick one place and stay there. With that in mind, I've picked one day party and one evening showcase for each of the five days, as well as late night parties where applicable. The guide to Tuesday (10/21) is below...

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Tickets go on sale at noon for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase.

People keep asking (for good reason) why Jens Lekman is listed as "singing DJ Jens Lekman". The short answer is because that's how he asked to be listed. The long answer is that when I got the idea that Jens might be around to play a show and asked him to play, I didn't expect him to say yes, but he did, BUT he could only play the show solo, AND he said it will be a "singing DJ" set. My main concern was that there was "singing". As long as Jens sings, I know it'll be good. Someone else close to the situation assured me that he's done this before and "it went great". Regardless, I was still pushing to get an official description of what it will be and this is the best I could get: "he is djing a bit, and he is singing a bit. A Singing DJ." It's Jens, so I think it's going to be great which will come after great sets by Passion Pit, Ponytail, Emmy the Great, The Sammies, and a really special, special guest. I'm sure Jens will also warm up the crowd properly for the late-night set by The Phenomenal Handclap Band. $15 tickets at Ticketmaster. Limited CMJ badges will be admitted.

Check out an Emmy The Great video below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Sammies - Glisten (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Testimony (MP3)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008. Doors at 6 PM. Show at 7 PM, (18+)
the lineup...
* Emmy the Great
* The Sammies
* Secret Guest
* Ponytail
* Passion Pit
* singing DJ Jens Lekman
  and a special late-night (midnight) set by:
* The Phenomenal Handclap Band
BrooklynVegan is finally (well, it's been a while) doing a show in Brooklyn. After a successful try at throwing an official CMJ showcase last year at Bowery Ballroom, I'll be doing it again this year, but this time at Bowery's sister venue Music Hall of Williamsburg. I couldn't be more excited about the lineup. $15 tickets go on sale Tuesday at noon. A limited number of CMJ badgeholders will also be admitted to this show on a first come, first served basis.

The SammiesThe Sammies are a North Carolina band whose new album Sandwich became a slight obsession recently. I'm glad I didn't judge the book by its cover and that they said yes to coming up and playing the show.

Emmy the Great is coming all the way from the UK, and bravely, like Bon Iver before her, holds the opening slot on the seven-artist bill. Stay late. Show up early. We'll have drink specials (TBA).

More about the artists on this bill as the show gets closer. In the meantime, check out the video Joly took at the recent Phenomenal Handclap Band show at Tribeca Grand, below...

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