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DOWNLOAD: Eraas - "Briar Path" (Remix) (MP3)

Eraas at Knitting Factory, 10/04/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eraas

Black-clad Brooklynites Eraas are out tour for a few dates with Bear in Heaven, beginning tonight (10/24) at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia and will also play with BiH at the previously-mentioned show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 5 (tickets). Before that, as mentioned, Eraas will play Cameo on November 11 with Dignan Porch (who just played CMJ) and The Young. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

In the midst of all this activity, Eraas have taken a stab at remixing their own track "Briar Path" which brings the drumming -- a major element of their live show -- to the forefront. The remix makes it's premiere right here and is downloadable above. If you want to do a little compare/contrast you can hear the original (and the rest of their album) below, along with a list of all upcoming tour dates.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Mac DeMarco / Thieves Like Us @ MHOW, 10/24/2012
Marc DeMarco
Thieves Like Us

Mac DeMarco was one of this year's CMJ's more entertaining players, his shows a mix of solid musicianship, and gleefully anarchic humor. No place was this more on display than the Captured Tracks official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (10/18) where he made jokes about his anatomy, flung himself into the crowd and made out with a (random?) girl near the stage. And some great songs too (his Mac DeMarco II had come out that week), with a backing band that could actually, y'know, play.

Less of an impression was made with the two previous bands. Dance outfit Thieves Like Us had it together but mostly lacked that certain something to make it special, though "Drugs in My Body" sounded great and the've come a long way from when I saw them open for New Young Pony Club in 2006. Openers Dignan Porch, making their first trip from the UK, were fine but not the most engaging live act.

We missed headliners DIIV (we've seen them a few times this year already) but there are more pics from DeMarco, Thieves Like Us and Dignan Porch (who are in Austin tonight [10/24]) below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Django Django at Knitting Factory - 10/4/12
Django Django

"I'd like to go somewhere with you tonight! I'd like to go up in the sky to a place we call Cairo!" said Django Django frontman VIncent Neff at Knitting Factory last night (10/4) to a screaming crowd before going into the snake-charming "Skies Over Cairo." The band took the hypnotic tune to levels not experienced on the album version, ending in a jam which pulled equally from tribal drumming as from an extended club mix, an element they worked into a number of their songs throughout the show. Though "Skies Over Cairo," both live and on the album, is their most overtly psychedelic moment, those vibes are felt throughout. Visually, the band all wear matching shirts with blue cell-like spots plastered on a maroon background and are always (hail) bopping along to their multi-textural rhythms, fleshed out by numerous auxiliary percussion instruments. And musically, Django Django evoke the harmonies and chord shifts of '60s psych pop over pulsing krautrock synths. But while the majority of modern bands who fit that kind of description follow in the footsteps of Animal Collective's woozy versions of what a young Brian Wilson might be writing with today's technology, Django Django's psychedelia is way more "Journey to the Center of the Mind" than "God Only Knows."

Last night's Knitting Factory show was the last on their North American tour and second in NYC this week, after having played Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (10/2) with Lemonade. Unlike the Bowery show, last night's didn't sell out in advance, but by the time the band had begun setting up, the venue was at full capacity. You could tell the band had spent a lot of time on the summer festival circuit since last visiting NYC, calling for clap-alongs and other crowd participation moments. Fritzy monitor problems didn't dissuade the band's energy or the crowd's interest.

Last night's show was opened by Brooklyn goths Eraas, whose set was way louder than I expected and more grabbing than their album, but still a bit of style over substance. And when the singer really lets loose (like on the last two songs), he proves he's actually got a pretty good voice, despite often hiding it behind unintelligible levels of reverb. You can catch Eraas in Brooklyn again on November 10 at Cameo Gallery with Dignan Porch (who will be here for CMJ).

More pictures of both bands from last night's show are below.

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Gap Dream - A Little Past Midnight (MP3)

Gap Dream single

In this writer's opinion, Gap Dream's self-titled debut is one of 2012's most underrated albums, a mix of '60s paisley pop and druggy drone that has ambitions beyond home-recorded origins. Originaly released just on cassette, Burger Records has wisely pressed it on vinyl too. It's available digitally as well and you can stream it below.

The Cleveland band (mainly Gabe Fulvimar on record) are following up the LP with a new single, "Generator," which comes out next week via Suicide Squeeze. We've got the debut of its b-side, an organ-fueled groover called "A Little Past Midnight" which you can download above or stream below.

Gap Dream are hitting the rood soon and will be in NYC for CMJ, including the previously-mentioned Panache showcase at Public Assembly on October 19 with Twerps, Turbo fruits, Violent Bullshit, Xray Eyeballs, Levek, Dent May, Dignan Porch, Mac Demarco, and Vockah Redu (tickets). They'll also play Big Snow on 10/20 w/ MV & EE, Paperhead, Herbcraft.

All tour dates are listed below along with the aformentioned streams.

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by Bill Pearis

DIIV at River Rocks, August 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

DIIV will headline the Captured Tracks CMJ showcase which is happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with Mac DeMarco, Thieves Like Us, and Dignan Porch rounding out the bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (9/19) at noon.

DIIV are currently on tour with their labelmates Wild Nothing, while Mac DeMarco's tour has him making his way across the South and Southwest. Mac Demarco's new album, Mac Demarco 2, will be out October 16 and you can stream a track from it below.

Meanwhile, this will be the first-ever tour for London's Dignan Porch whose second album, Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen, came out earlier this month. Melodic and jangly, the album should appeal to fans of early Go-Betweens and Flying Nun (as well as Jay Reatard's less vitriolic side). You can stream the whole album at Spotify. In addition to the Captured Tracks showcase, both Dignan Porch and Mac DeMarco will play the Panache CMJ showcase on October 19 at Public Assembly with Twerps, Turbofruits and more.

And not to be left out, multinational dance combo Thieves Like Us (yes, named after New Order's song which was named after a movie) will be playing a few North American dates in October beginning at Glasslands on 10/11 with Heavenly Beat and New Myths. (Tickets are on sale.) If you haven't checked out the group's album, Bleed Bleed Bleed, from earlier this year it blends aloof Italo cool with a little more of a beating heart than you might get with that scene. You can stream it at Spotify.

Chances are all four of these bands will add additional CMJ-week shows to their schedule so keep your eyes peeled as the fest gets closer. Tour dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below.

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Twerps

Australia's Twerps will be heading back to North America for a tour this fall. Their tour kicks off in NYC on October 12 at Cake Shop with The Memories and more TBA, and then they'll be back in the city a week later for CMJ where they'll play Public Assembly on October 19 for the Panache showcase with Turbo fruits, Dent May, Dignan Porch, Mac Demarco, and Vockah Redu. Look for more CMJ to be added as we get closer to the fest.

Before the tour starts, Twerps will release a new single, "Work it Out," which is out September 17 via Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples. You can stream the b-side, "He's in Stock," below where you'll also find a list of all tour dates.

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