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by Bill Pearis

the line outside Other Music at RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
RSD14

We're just a few days away from Record Store Day 2014 (April 19) and quite a few of NYC's record stores have special events planned in addition to carrying all the RSD exclusive titles (check out our picks of the top releases). Here's a rundown.

The biggest in-store, probably no surprise, is at Rough Trade which will open at 9 AM and has a full day of musical performances. Hospitality and Perfect Pussy have now been added to the already announced line-up of Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. There will be DJs too, and they've already announced which RSD exclusive releases they'll have for sale. Band schedule below.

Generation Records in the Village also has a full day of in-stores. The store opens at 10 AM, and performers include Pour The Pirate Sherry, The Golden Grass, and Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ sets from Aaron Cometbus, Doug Gillard, Mr. Fine Wine of Downtown Soulville on WFMU, Zachary Lipez and more.

Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. This year's line-up, though, they are doing one actual live performance, with outsider artist Lonnie Holley at 1 PM. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Matana Roberts, Pete Swanson and more. Full schedule is listed below.

Over at Kim's Video, the store is opening early at 8 AM with "refreshments" and their own slate of DJs, including Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, plus members of Psychic Ills, Prince Rupert's Drops, and more. Full Kim's RSD schedule below.

Alex Bleeker @ In Living Stereo, RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan)
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Around the block, In Living Stereo will open at 10 AM and have in-store performances from Chaos Chaos, Call of the Wild, and Balancer. Plus, there will be free PBR all day (ID required) and if you spend more than $100 you get a free In Living Stereo beer mug.

East Village store Turntable Lab will be open from 10 AM - 8 PM with a healthy stock of RSD14 titles and guest DJs including Aaron DRM, Alex from Tokyo, Sable, Blue Jemz, Dopeshoes, and more. Full DJ lineup is in a flyer below.

Good Records in the East Village will cary a few RSD exclusives and will be putting out a special batch of vintage vinyl just for the day. They'll be posting a list of what's in that batch on their Facebook at some point.

Greenpoint's Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM with lots of RSD exclusives, plus "plenty of fun gifts and other swag to give away to our first batch of shoppers."

At the new Academy Annex location at 85 Oak St. in Greenpoint, in addition to RSD titles they'll be putting out "a great collection of used rare '90s and '00s indie rock, punk, and a ton of classic titles."

Nearby at the Captured Tracks Shop, they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a 11 AM for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.

Bushwick's The Crate -- the storefront for Wrecords By Monkey which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records -- will have it's Grand Opening on RSD, with $1 used records and new titles from local artists, plus free beer, and DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider.

Earwax

Earwax Records, in its new N. 9th location in Williamsburg, will be open at 10 AM with a selection of RSD exclusives.

Norman's Sound & Vision, which moved from the East Village to Williamsburg a couple years ago, will have RSD exclusives and is open at 9 AM.

The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have a stockpile of $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.

Co-op 87 in Greenpoint may or may not be doing their 24-hour RSD marathon this year (they haven't decided yet) but will carry a select batch of independent label RSD exclusives as well as a whole bunch of $1 records they've been hoarding.

Halcyon Records in DUMBO has their biggest selection of RSD exclusives yet. They'll be open at 10 AM.

In the greater NY area, Fords, NJ's great Vintage Vinyl will be open at 8 AM for Record Store Day and are carrying around 300 RSD exclusive titles.

Cake Shop, who has participated in RSD the last three years, is taking this year off. The cafe and venue are still open though.

If you're going to be in the Windy City on Saturday, BV Chicago and Saki Records are teaming up again for a free Record Store Day party with live performances from Their / They're There/ ,Wedding Dress, Minor Characters, Landmarks, Meat Wave and Negative Scanner.

Please note that these stores are open year-round and need your support. In-store schedules and RSD14 flyers below...

Continue reading "a guide to NYC #RSD14 in-store performances & special events"

Flamin' Groovies @ Bowery Ballroom in July (more by PSquared Photography)
Flamin Groovies

We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy which hit NYC on October 29. As you may remember, like most things in Red Hook, Norton Records' warehouse was hit hard. Thanks to the help of fans and volunteers, the label persevered and will celebrate the one-year anniversary of surviving the storm with a two-day "Norton Records Hurricane Sandy 1st Anniversary Blast" on November 15 & 16.

The November 15 show happens at Warsaw and features Flamin Groovies and The Sonics, with Daddy Long Legs and DJs Josh Styles and Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

The November 16 show happens at Brooklyn Bowl and features Reigning Sound, La La Brooks, and The A-Bones with The Dirtbombs' Mick Collins, and Bloodshot Bill. The night ends with an edition of Soul Clap & Dance-Off and Tickets to that show are on sale as well.

The Sonics were last here in April to play a Norton Records benefit at The Bell House. The Flamin' Groovies were here in over the summer, as were Reigning Sound (who also played a Norton benefit in January). A-Bones will also play The Bell House in October opening for 5.6.7.8.'s.

Flamin' Groovies will be playing a few other shows before the Norton Records party and those dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Flamin' Groovies, The Sonics, Reigning Sound & more playing "Norton Records Hurricane Sandy 1st Anniversary Blast""

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As mentioned, Detroit garage rockers The Dirtbombs are releasing their long-awaited "bubblegum" album, Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! next week (9/17) via In the Red. You can stream the whole thing right now over at SPIN who also talk with main Dirtbomb Mick Collins. Mick tells them a bit about each track like lead track, "Crazy for You" (streamable below):

When I was a kid in Detroit, there was a station called CKLW, which is actually across the border in Canada. They were a prime source for AM pop and quasi-bubblegum, not the sort of Saturday-morning-cartoons bubblegum this album is based on, but the stuff that would get played anyway. That song for me just sounds like a CKLW song to me. I wasn't making a conscious effort of trying to write a song like that, but as I was writing the song, it was like a CKLW moment. [Laughs.] When I was first writing it, it seemed like any other song, but right as we started laying down the tracks, I was like, "Oh, this is the single!"
The Dirtbombs haven't announced any tour plans surrounding the new album but they will be in NYC this weekend for a free block party celebrating the opening of the Shinola Flagship Tribeca store (177 Franklin @ Hudson) on Saturday (9/14). The party runs from noon - 4 PM and also features a performance by Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, plus DJ Rockaton and DJ Austin Peters spinning tunes between sets.

Flyer for the block party, plus "Crazy for You" track stream, below.

Continue reading "The Dirtbombs streaming new "bubblegum" album, playing free NYC show this weekend"

by Bill Pearis

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Detroit garage rock vets The Dirtbombs are into high concepts. Their last album, 2011's Party Store, brilliantly put their spin on Detroit techno classics from Juan Atkins and Derrick May. Band frontman Mick Collins has been threatening to make a "bubblegum" album since almost the band's inception and the band have finally done it: Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey will be out September 17 via In the Red. Owing much to The Archies, 1910 Fruitgum Co, Tommy Roe, Ohio Express and other sugary '60s groups, the band create their own bubblegum hits that sound AM-radio-ready.

You can stream the album's lead track, "Crazy for You," below.

Continue reading "The Dirtbombs releasing "bubblegum" album (stream a track)"

Metallica at Orion 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica

Metallica held their inaugural Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City in 2012, and as mentioned, they'll be moving to Detroit for the 2013 installment. It happens from June 8 - 9 in Belle Isle and the lineup was just announced, including headliners Metallica joined by Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Death Grips, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, The Dirtbombs, Death, Foals, The Bronx, The Orwells, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FIDLAR, and more. Full lineup below. The announcement includes no word on Metallica playing full albums like they did last year.

Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/1) at 10 AM EST with a Met Club presale starting Tuesday (2/26) at 10 AM and an Orion E-list member presale on Wednesday (2/27) at 10 AM.

Continue reading "Metallica announce line-up & tix for Orion Music & More 2013 (Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Death Grips, RHCP & more)"

photos by Adela Loconte

Afghan Whigs / Jose Gonzalez / The Dirtbombs @ ATP NY 9/22/2012
The Afghan Whigs
Jose Gonzalez
The Dirtbombs

...Outside, The Dirtbombs continue the revivalist flavour with a polished set of neo-garage rock, although sadly they don't tackle any of the techno tracks they covered on their most recent album Party Store -- we'd rather like to have seen a live guitar version of 'Strings of Life'. After their raucous set, The Antlers' downbeat sounds aren't exactly what TheVine is in the market for, and we decide that this is a fine moment to sample what the Venezuelan arepas truck has to offer for dinner.

Chavez were supposed to be playing next, but they've cancelled for reasons unclear and been replaced by, um, JEFF The Brotherhood, which isn't so much bait-and-switch as bait-and-whack-over-the-head-with-a-sledgehammer-then-run-away-laughing. Ugh. Happily, Mark Lanegan is on hand inside to rescue proceedings. His set is heavy on material from Blues Funeral, with only 'Hit the City' and a storming 'Methamphetamine Blues' (featuring a guest appearance from Greg Dulli) representing his earlier records, but even though we're not huge fans of the hard rock sounds of his latest LP, he's still great -- after all, with a voice like his, Lanegan could sing the phone book and still sound arrestingly good.

José Gonzalez? Well, you know what you're going to get -- quiet acoustic music and a couple of studiously offbeat cover versions. Quite why he's headlining the second stage tonight is unclear -- he hasn't released an album in five years, for Chrissakes -- and while his set is perfectly competent, it's not exactly inspiring. The same, sadly, can be said about The Afghan Whigs, although in fairness I've never been counted amongst their fanbase and thus is perhaps not best placed to judge the merits of their 90-minute headline set this evening. So we'll just say that it wasn't for us, but that the band's hardcore fans -- of which many, many are here -- seem to lap their set up with glee. [The Vine]

We've already posted pics from Friday and Sunday (here and here) of the first-ever ATP NYC -- which happened last weekend on Pier 36 on the East Side of Manhattan -- and here are a few from its chunky Saturday midsection, which saw sets from The Dirtbombs, JEFF the Brotherhood, former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan, Jose Gonzalez, The Roots, and the fest's curators, Afghan Whigs, to name a few.

Afghan Whigs will return to NYC for shows at Terminal 5 on October 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 6. The T5 show is sold out but tickets for the MHOW show are available.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "ATP NYC -- day 2 pics (Afghan Whigs, JEFF the Brotherhood, Mark Lanegan, Jose Gonzalez + more)"

Mick Collins of The Dirtbombs on stage with The Gories at FFF5 (more by BBG)
Mick Collins of The Dirtbombs

The Dirtbombs have a couple months to prepare to be sea-worthy, but until then have a pair of Sailor Jerry-presented FREE-with-RSVP gigs scheduled with White Mystery. The 21+ shows go down on 12/16 at the Subterranean in Chicago and 12/17 at Gramercy Theater in NYC. RSVP now. Flyer below.

The Dirtbombs were last in NYC in June with Dennis Coffey, and recently released a covers album of Detroit Techno.

Continue reading "The Dirtbombs schedule free NYC show at Gramercy (RSVP)"

Bruise Cruise (more photos by Gabi Porter)
Bruise Cruise

The Soft Pack, who will in fact be the surprise guest at both of the upcoming free Vice shows (that the band curated) in Costa Mesa and San Diego, are among those just announced on the lineup of Bruise Cruise II. The drunken "3 day tropical rock n roll vacation" opportunity will return in 2012 and is even already on sale!

BRUISE CRUISE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS SECOND YEAR!
FEBRUARY 10-13, 2012
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
THREE DAY TROPICAL ROCK 'N' ROLL CRUISE VACATION
SAILING FROM MIAMI TO THE BAHAMAS AND BACK

FEATURING KING KHAN & THE SHRINES, THE SOFT PACK, THE DIRTBOMBS, THEE OH SEES, QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT, NEIL HAMBURGER AND DJ MR. JONATHAN TOUBIN WITH MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

After a successful first year, Bruise Cruise Festival is back for round two. This year's lineup will feature an even crazier spectacle of today's best rock 'n' roll talent, including King Khan & The Shrines, The Soft Pack, The Dirtbombs, and America's funnyman Neil Hamburger. Coming back for another blast of sun-soaked fun will be Bruise Cruise favorites Thee Oh Sees, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and New York's infamous soul DJ, Mr. Jonathan Toubin.

Read all about the first Bruise Cruise HERE. A video promo and the flyer for the 2012 edition, with more Quintron tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Bruise Cruise announces its return & lineup, The Soft Pack also playing free CA shows, Quintron & Miss Pussycat touring"

by BBG

Dennis Coffey
Dennis Coffey

If I had my way, copies of Dennis Coffey's "Scorpio" and "Theme From Black Belt Jones" would be handed out to every prospective hip hop/funk DJ with the purchase of a pair of turntables; guitarist/wah-pedal-kingpin's breakbeat classic, "Scorpio", has been sampled to infinity since its pressing by Sussex in the early 70's. Between "Scorpio" and his numerous contributions as a member of Motown's "Funk Brothers", it's safe to say that Coffey is a pillar of the funk/soul community.

Now the guitarist is back in business and will hit the road in celebration of a new eponymous LP, due on 4/26 via Strut Records. The album includes the track "Knockabout" which you can listen to below. Album guests include Mayer Hawthorne, Mick Collins (Dirtbombs), Rachel Nagy (Detroit Cobras), Kings Go Forth, Lisa Kekaula, and Paolo Nutini. The full tracklist and cover art is below too.

Gigs at SXSW were just a taste. Coffey will hit select cities in early June on his way to Bonnaroo. Those dates include a stop in NYC at The Bell House on June 4th with the Dirtbombs. Tickets are on sale.

The Dirtbombs also just announced some dates, including that Brooklyn show and a Boston show with Dennis. They'll be out supporting their recently released Party Store. Check out their video for "Sharevari", with all dates, below...

Continue reading "Dennis Coffey releasing an LP, playing shows (one in Brooklyn w/ The Dirtbombs who are touring too)"

DOWNLOAD: The Dirtbombs - Sharevari (MP3)

Dirtbombs

"Nearly ten years after their acclaimed Ultraglide in Black helped kick-start a renewed interest in all things Detroit and rock-and-roll, The Dirtbombs are releasing the de facto companion piece, Party Store.

Ultraglide was a covers collection of 60's and 70's soul gems centred on the ideas of African-American identity and politics of the era (see Curtis Mayfield's "Kung Fu" and Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City"). All of the songs made an impression on a young, pre-musical Mick Collins as he listened to them on 45's in the family basement.

Party Store is an assortment of live band interpretations of classic Detroit techno music of the 80's and early 90's. These are songs Collins digested when they were originally released - at a time where he was already making waves with garage-punk legends The Gories. Songs that run the gamut of subject matter from materialistic future-disco braggadocio "Sharevari" (originally by A Number of Names) to cold, post-industrial isolation of "Alleys of Your Mind" originally by Cybotron) through the instrumental optimism of a worldwide house classic, "Strings of Life" (originally by Derrick May)... ALL these themes encapsulate the climate of Detroit both now and at the time of their initial release. Let it be said clearly...this is a record that addresses, at the same time, both the past and the future of Detroit." [Press Release]
You'll have to wait until February 1st to get your hands on Party Store via In the Red, but you can party with Mick Collins in Brooklyn tonight, New Years Eve, at Lady Jay's.

Download "Sharevari" off "Party Store" above. Watch the video for the same song, with more info on the full album with cover art, below...

Continue reading "The Dirtbombs releasing Detroit Techno cover album (MP3), Mick Collins DJing Lady Jay's on New Years Eve"

DOWNLOAD: Mark Sultan - The Wind (Nolan Strong cover) (MP3)

Mark Sultan at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
BBQ

With King Khan and BBQ apparently going their separate ways, BBQ (aka Mark Sultan) has scheduled a one-man-band tour of his own.

King Khan and BBQ were originally scheduled to play shows this month, including one at the Bell House, but those were all cancelled and an October King Khan and the Shrines tour quickly showed up instead.

Now Mark 'BBQ' Sultan, who released his new LP $ via Last Gang Records (Metric's label) earlier this year, has an October tour of his own including an October 16th early show at Mercury Lounge in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The tour ends with Mark opening a bunch of dates for Deer Tick.

Mark also has a track on a new Nolan Strong tribute album. Nolan was a 50's R&B singer, and his fans (other artists who contributed songs to the album) include Lenny Kaye, Reigning Sound, Gentleman Jesse, A-Bones, and the Dirtbombs. Order the album at The Wind Records. Grab Mark's track for free above.

Full comp tracklist, Mark's new NSFW video for "Status", and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Mark 'BBQ' Sultan plans a tour (dates), makes NSFW video, contributes to Nolan Strong tribute comp (MP3)"

by BBG

The Gories, Amsterdam May 1992 Photo by Willem Kolvoort
The Gories

The emergence of The Gories heralded a new Golden Age of Detroit rock beginning in the late '80s; a renaissance of noise and rustbelt rock which lasts through to today. Formed in 1986 by three Detroit natives, none of whom previously knew how to play an instrument -- Mick Collins, Margaret Ann O'Neill (Peg), and Dan Kroha -- they took their name from a band of the same name which appeared in the "Gidget" series of the late '50s/early '60s. Comprised of two guitarists and a drummer (i.e. no bass), the Gories concocted a primal, raw yet soulful blend of garage punk, culling a wealth of inspiration and cover material from Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, and John Lee Hooker. The three-piece also paid homage to the Keggs and Nick and the Jaguars, two other bass-less bands from Detroit.

Since the demise of the Gories, Mick Collins has continued to perform in Blacktop, King Sound Quartet, the Screws, the Dirtbombs, and has contributed to Andre Williams' Silky and The Black Godfather and Speedball Baby's Uptight. Dan Kroha spent some time in Rocket 455, but is primarily known for being one third of another Detroit bass-free rock band, the Demolition Doll Rods. Peg O'Neill recorded a few tracks with '68 Comeback and is in the Darkest Hours from New Orleans. -[allmusic]

The Gories reunited last year for a tour that included shows in their native Detroit, Memphis, and Europe with the also-reunited Oblivians. They'll hit the road this summer for a string of dates including three NYC-area shows: July 29th at Maxwell's (tickets on sale Friday at noon, ), July 30th at Bowery Ballroom (tickets on AMEX presale NOW, general sale Friday at noon) and July 31st "Outdoors at The Lincoln Center".

One of their non-NYC dates is the Ottowa Blues Festival which, over twelve days, will feature a star studded lineup of bands including Arcade Fire, Bear in Heaven, Rush, Iron Maiden, The Flaming Lips, Blonde Redhead, Weezer, Jimmy Cliff, The Swell Season, Passion Pit, Metric, Hole, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, and many others across multiple venues. For more details, check out the Ottowa Blues Festival site.

On a somewhat related note, Reigning Sound play Maxwell's on June 20th and Southpaw on June 19th, and Jack Oblivian will be back at the Brooklyn venue on July 21st.

Full Gories tour dates and some videos are below...

Continue reading "The Gories playing more reunion shows (3 in the NYC-area)"

Davila 666 @ Southpaw in July
Davila 666

The Dirtbombs and Davila 666 are playing a Scion garage rock show at Knitting Factory on Thursday, February 25th. The show is free, entry is limited, RSVP required.

A poster for the show and videos of both bands are below...

Continue reading "The Dirtbombs & Davila 666 playing free show at the Knit"

Outside Lands

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is taking place this year August 28th-30th at Golden Gate Park. Tickets for the fest go on Visa presale Wednesday, April 15th at 1pm ET, and general sale Sunday, April 19th at 1pm ET.

Like last year, the San Francisco fest shares a headliner with NJ's All Points West. In 2008, it was Radiohead. In 2009, it's the Beastie Boys.

Also on the schedule for the fest is the Dead Weather, Jack White's new band. Dead Weather plays its first show tonight (April 14th) at the Bowery Ballroom.

M.I.A., Ween, TVOTR, Mastodon, Os Mutantes, Extra Golden, Tom Jones, and many others are also playing. Full Outside Lands line-up and poster below....

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2009 festival lineup, Dead Weather tonight"

Photos by Tim Griffin

Dirtbombs

The Dirtbombs opened for TV on the Radio last night at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (10/14). Tonight they play Maxwell's and Thursday they're at Southpaw. Lots more tour dates and pictures from last night below...

Continue reading "The Dirtbombs - Masonic Temple pics, more 2008 Tour Dates"

TV on the Radio

TV on the Radio @ Masonic Temple in Brooklyn
Oct 14 - w/ The Dirtbombs (SOLD OUT)
Oct 15 - w/ Telepathe (SOLD OUT)
Oct 16 - w/ Dragons of Zynth (on sale Thursday @ noon)

All dates below...

Continue reading "TV On the Radio - a 3rd Brooklyn show, updated tour dates "

TVOTR

Just when I started to think that Brooklyn Masonic Temple changed its mind about having concerts, Broken Social Scene announces one there in October, and TV on the Radio says they'll be there for two evenings that same month. Tickets ($25, 18+) for the October 14th and 15th TVOTR shows go on sale August 9th at noon. The new TVOTR album us out September 23rd. All dates below...

Continue reading "TV on the Radio - 2008 Tour Dates (2 x Masonic Temple)"

Afro Punk

Michelle N'degeocello, The Nosiettes, The Dirtbombs, Tamar Kali, Bermuda featuring Antibalas Horn Section, Little Jackie, Sophia Ramos, and much more.....

Continue reading "4th Annual Afro-punk Festival --- July 5-13 in Brooklyn, NY"

The Dirtbombs @ local 506, April 3, 2008 (lord dut)
Dirtbombs

The Dirtmbombs play a free show in Other Music in just a few hours (April 7th, 8pm). Thay played Maxwell's this weekend, and they're back in NYC to play Bowery Ballroom in four days. Tickets for that, and other shows on their tour with Kelley Stoltz, are still on sale. All dates below.....

Continue reading "The Dirtbombs playing Other Music & other 2008 Tour Dates"

Sonic BidsAs a New Yorker who loves to see live music, I love the CMJ Music Marathon (SXSW and Pop Montreal too). Yes, it's almost always like CMJ in NYC (aka there is never a shortage of live music to see and discover), but CMJ (October 16-20 this year) adds the element of around-the-clock hour-by-hour themed music showcases. You can create a schedule, and see a lot of artists from around the world in a short time. Many CMJ shows also often offer much more for your money than you get on a normal bill, but yeah, sometimes that means shorter sets (if that bothers you). I like CMJ (and Bowery Ballroom) so much, that I even couldn't turn down the opportunity to set up my own showcase when I was offered the chance this year. And on top of the official shows, you get the countless, mostly-free unofficial ones to choose from (my own included). From the point of view of someone who wants to see as many bands as possible live (at least once), it's all very efficient.

That said, I've never been a big fan of the CMJ application process. I feel bad for the bands that fork over some non-refundable cash (currently $35-$45), only to find out later that CMJ (or SXSW/Pop Montreal/whoever) did not accept them for the festival. CMJ can only accept as many bands as there are clubs to play in, so obviously everybody can't get in. I don't know if there's a better way to do it, but it still sucks for those who don't make it. Rejected bands do get something out of it though - a "Sonic Bids Electronic Press Kit" - a page they may or may not ever use in the age of MySpace.

Sonicbids was launched in 2001 on a simple idea: that it should be super-easy for artists and music promoters to find each other online, without sending bulky press kits through the postal mail.

Since then, Sonicbids has become one of the fastest-growing music communities on the web trusted by over 70,000 artists and over 6,000 festivals, music conferences, and clubs from over 100 countries. [What is Sonic Bids]

If a band does use their Sonic Bids page though, they can then easily track (like MySpace) how many people played their music. That brings us to today's scandal. Part of the idea behind the Sonic Bids page is that CMJ will use it to judge you - at least that is what the many disgruntled band members who emailed me last night & this morning are claiming - that CMJ will listen to those songs to decide if you should be accepted in the festival. I did not fully research this - it sounds right though (correct me if I'm wrong in the comments). And according to those emailers,
  1. CMJ sent out a rejection notice to approximately 670 bands (who each paid approximately $35-$45)
  2. CMJ accidentally CC'd (instead of BCC'd) all of those bands (OOPS).
  3. 670 upset bands suddenly all have access to each other - all are now pissed off together- all can reply-all
  4. At least one person replies-all and says something like, "hey check out my band everyone", thus pissing off the other 669.
  5. At least one other person replies-all and says something like, "hey, did anyone else notice that their Sonic Bids music got zero plays?" (aka, in theory at least - CMJ did not listen to their submission before rejecting them after they paid $45 for CMJ to do that very thing)
  6. At least one or more people suddenly notice the same thing
  7. Lots of people are even angrier, etc....
To be fair, one commenter at Ghost Media (who documented the whole email thing in more detail), wrote...
but, i don't think sonicbids is complete drivel. it has worked for us. we actually got a spot on one of the cmj new music monthly sampler cds that goes out to college radio stations, industry people and subscribers all across the world. we did that by entering the cmj/sonicbids contest a few months ago, which we won a week to be featured on both sites, then, we also won the enitre month, so, we earned a spot on the cd. that is a $3000 value. i don't remember how much it cost to enter, like $10.

overall i'd say we have dropped about $250 into promo via sonicbids. given the numbers, i am happy with the return.

they also contacted us directly to license songs to tabacco companies overseas and offered us $250 a track. royalties and free promotion would be a factor too. but we said no to that.

so, the point is, sonicbids does work in some cases.

but, i don't like spending $45 bucks on a contest i potentially wasn't even assessed upon paying a fee.

that pisses me off.

I did not contact CMJ for comment - just reporting from the point of view of the disgruntled. Is it reasonable to assume that CMJ will listen all applicants? Is it possible that CMJ did listen to the music, but that it just doesn't show up in Sonic Bids (thanks commenter)? If not, is it fair to make people pay to apply? More commentary over at QCLA music blog and Ghost Media.

On a more positive (and related) note, here is who did get in to CMJ, or more specifically, here's who did get in to CMJ and is playing their show at Mercury Lounge (which I was going to post today anyway, so why not combine the posts?):

Tuesday October 16th
Jesse Lacey & Vin Accardi (Brand New) 8:15
House & Parish 7:30 (info)
Jay Brannan 7:00

Wednesday October 17th
Eskimo Joe 1:00 (info)
Robbers on High Street 12:00
The Little Ones 11:00 (info)
The Airborne Toxic Event 9:00
The Loose Salute 8:00
Rock And Roll 7:00

Continued below....

Continue reading "CMJ shows @ Mercury Lounge & an e-mail snafu (scandal?)"