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CMJ 2012 Announces More Artists

CMJ 2012
CMJ 2012

CMJ has announced the third round of artists to be officially confirmed for this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. These additions continue the tradition of adventure and discovery for which the festival is known, and include the following:

Ghostface Killah, Asher Roth, Dum Dum Girls, Eleanor Friedberger, Q-Tip, Theophilus London, Doldrums, Chad Valley, Prong, Rafiq Bhatia, Travi$ Scott, Duologue, Flatbush Zombies, Chip Tha Ripper, Casey Veggies and Free Energy

More third round CMJ artists after the jump.

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The Barr Brothers Going On Tour (Joe’s Pub, Union Pool) + CMJ Pics

The Barr Brothers at M pour Montreal at CMJ (10/21/11)
Barr Brothers at CMJ
Photo: Jon Klemm

Montreal quartet The Barr Brothers’ self-titled album debut is an opus of beautiful folk, gut-busting blues and far-out African rhythms, out Sept 27 on Secret City Records. The 10-song collection features brothers Brad (guitar, keys, vox) and Andrew (drums, percussion) Barr, Miles Perkin on bass and harpist Sarah Page.

From delicate pop melodies to growling delta blues riffs, ‘The Barr Brothers’ boasts a wide-ranging mix, heightened by an array of instruments including classic harp through a fuzz pedal, an air compressor xylophone, a toolbox converted into an electric guitar and more. “Beggar In The Morning” opens the album with a melted ambiance that unfurls into hushed, pensive folk. “Give The Devil Back His Heart” snakes around African thumb piano rhythms, collapsing into a Who-esque flurry of drums. “Cloud (For Lhasa)” is an ethereal waltz, a contrast to the dark, hushed blues that follows in “The Devil’s Harp.”

After a successful CMJ, including a set at the high profile M for Montreal showcase, The Barr Brothers will return to NYC next month for a pair of shows at Joe’s Pub on Dec 7 and Union Pool on Dec 8. On a side note, Montreal rockers and fellow Secret City label mates, Plants and Animals, will be playing a one-off show at The Rock Shop on Dec 7.

YouTube video for “Give The Devil Back His Heart”, full list of tour dates and more pictures of The Barr Brothers from CMJ 2011 after the jump.

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Miracles of Modern Science Covered “Pumped Up Kicks”, Debut LP Coming Soon + CMJ Pics

Miracles of Modern Science at Dominion (10/20/11)
Miracles of Modern Science
Photo: Jon Klemm

After six years together as a band, Brooklyn based drum + string quartet, Miracles of Modern Science, will be releasing their debut LP, Dog Year on Dec 6, 2011.

The band began at Princeton University when vocalist/bassist Evan Younger and mandolinist Josh Hirshfeld discovered a shared boredom with the status quo of pop and rock. “We felt there was a lack of fun music that was challenging and a lack of challenging music that was fun,” says Hirshfeld. They found kindred spirits in other restless musicians from the school’s orchestras and jazz bands: conductor-by-day cellist Geoff McDonald, Aussie violinist Kieran Ledwidge, and finally powerhouse drummer Tyler Pines, who spurred them to plug their miniature orchestra into amps.

Their debut LP, Dog Year, sounds like an impossible collaboration between David Bowie and Béla Bartók, squeezing symphony-sized crescendos and complex instrumental textures into irresistible, danceable rock songs. MOMS’ lyrics, delivered by Younger’s unhinged baritone, look inward and then upward, communicating earthly emotions through space-bound narrators who would be in good company with Bowie’s Major Tom or Elton John’s Rocket Man. [Press Release]

I don’t have information about their record release show as of yet, but I’d imagine something will be announced shortly. Miracles of Modern Science will be playing a record release show on Dec 6, 2011 (the day the record comes out) at Pianos. More pictures of MOMS from CMJ and their brand new video for their orchestral cover of FTP’s “Pumped Up Kicks” after the jump.

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Lady Lamb The Beekeeper Played CMJ, Playing Littlefield & Union Hall

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper at CMJ (10/21/11)
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper
Photo: Jon Klemm

Maine’s Lady Lamb The Beekeeper was just here for CMJ, but if you missed her then, the good news is you’ve got two more chances to see her in the very near future. She’ll be opening for Frontier Ruckus at Littlefield on the venerable 11/11/11 (this Friday), and then she’ll be back in Brooklyn on Dec 15 with The Milkman’s Union and Cuddle Magic at Union Hall.

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is the musical moniker of Aly Spaltro.

Aly primarily grew up in the south west –in Arizona and Nevada–where she spent most of her early childhood years, never more content than when she was making oldies mix tapes with a boombox & flashlight in her closet. Aly and her family moved to Germany for two years–where she fell in love with the German language,–before settling in her home state of Maine in 2004. She fell in love with more than a language for the first time in the southern part of Maine, in the same coastal town where her heart was first broken.

Out of these pangs and others came Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, a project which began solely as a means of self-expression & self-reflection during the long, dark winter of 2007 in the scalp of New England. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper writes sprawling, lyric & melody-based songs about lost , true & unrequited love, nostalgia, nectarine meat, wolf maulings, plum crumb cake & mustard colors, death & Guatemala, airplane rides & airplane crashes, lusting & pining, aubergine & almond colored bedsheets, balance beams hidden in the woods, desert mountain ranges, dreams & nightmares, fawns & fawning, & occasionally “The Neverending Story.”

More pictures of Lady Lamb The Beekeeper from CMJ after the jump.

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CMJ Thursday Picks (Plus Night 1 & 2 Recap)

Boy & Bear at Bowery Ballroom (10/19/11)
Boy and Bear

So, I managed to get out Tuesday and Wednesday night and magically I’m still standing, though my blogging has fallen off a little as you can see. Technically, my CMJ started on Tuesday night, but it just so happened to be a show that was not part of CMJ both in actuality and in spirit. I spent the better part of Tuesday night at The Bell House watching a drop dead gorgeous performance by the lovely and charming Lisa Hannigan in a room where you could hear a pin drop. (In fact, the room was so quiet at one point, I watched a band member ask a photographer to stop shooting because the sound of his shutter was too loud). After the show was over I swung by The Rock Shop to see if I catch a couple of sets but the Tuesday night showcase had already ended. Because I didn’t want to feel like a lightweight, I headed over to Union Hall to salvage my multi-venue night and as luck would have it, I caught the last ten minutes of Mike Birbiglia‘s set. Wednesday night started out in more typical CMJ fashion where I caught an early set by Seattle’s Motopony after rushing home to change. After catching most of Motopony, whose album I’ve had on repeat for the last couple of weeks, I did a little subway shuffle over to the village to catch the much buzzed about Zola Jesus at the NPR Music show. After taking in Zola’s entire brooding and melodramatic performance at the hot and sweaty LPR (archived here), I headed down to the LES to catch one of the Canadian Blast bands, because as you may know by now, I am secretly and unabashedly Canadian. As I rolled up to pay my yearly visit to Arlene’s Grocery, Hamilton’s The Reason were kicking off their set of straight ahead Canadian rock with a bit of Eurythmics thrown in for good measure. My next and final stop of the night was The Bowery Ballroom where I caught the tail end of a rousing set by Austin’s The Silent Comedy as well as the better part of Sydney’s Boy & Bear set. After Boy & Bear, I had fleeting thoughts of catching Caveman at midnight, but since they’ll be playing at least another half dozen shows before CMJ is over, I figured I would catch them some other time. Here’s a list of things I might do tonight, in no particular order:

Thursday Picks (by venue):
Octoberman – Kenny’s Castaways
Datarock, U.S. Royalty, Jump Into The Gospel, Beg To Differ (DJ Set) – Brooklyn Bowl
Marques Toliver (High Road Touring) – Bowery Ballroom
Black Taxi, Beast Make Bomb, The Ruby Spirit (Rethink Pop) – Bowery Electric
Cheeseburger, Chelsea Wolfe, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Main Attractionz (Life or Death PR) – Cake Shop
Miracles of Modern Science, Shout Out Out Out Out – Dominion
Fionn Regan (Music From Irelan) – Fat Baby
Dinowalrus, Freshkills (A Heart Is A Spage) – Fontana’s
Chad Valley, Wise Blood, Penguin Prison, Art vs. Science (Windish) – LPR
Frankie Rose and The Outs, Talk Normal, Noveller (WNYU) – Littlefield
X-Ray Eyeballs, Memoryhouse, J Mascis, Dum Dum Girls (Sub Pop/Hardly Art) – Mercury Lounge
Sea of Bees – Living Room
Caveman, Step Kids (Deli) – Pianos
Lord Huron, The Lonely Forest, Dinosaur Feathers – The Rock Shop
Howth, Minden, Spirit Animal, Capybara, CP Stelling, Soft Reeds, Unincycle Loves You (Mecca Lecca) – Spike Hill
Beast Make Bomb, Hollerdo, Chad Valley (Suprise Attack) – Spike Hill
We Are Scientists – Studio at Webster Hall
Sunset Hearts (Portalnd ME Night) – Sullivan Hall
Givers, Alberta Cross, Portugal. The Man – Terminal 5
Metronomy, Class Actress – MHOW
Weekend, Millionyoung, Headless Horseman, Keepaway (Weird Vibes) – Cameo
Pearl and The Beard, The Suzan (Tom Tom Mag) – The Woods (RSVP)
Ninjasonik (Rap Rocks) – Southpaw
Grimes, King Krule, Dent May, Main Attrakionz, Bleached, Sharon Van Etten DJ (Gorilla vs Bear) – Shea Stadium
Teen Daze, Sunglasses, The Forms, Woodsman (Birddog PR) – Bar Matchless

CMJ 2011 Starts Today: Preview Roundup

CMJ 2011

Yup, CMJ starts today and the amount of bands to take is almost as overwhelming as the amount of information that is being disseminated in the form of previews, guides, top ten lists, and tip sheets. In lieu of adding my own voice to the noise, I’m just going to round up the sizeable list of resources that are already out there. (Don’t worry, I’ll be adding my own daily picks over the course of the rest of the week, maybe even later today.)

Official CMJ Resources
The official CMJ schedule is over here.
CMJ’s discover music web app,

My flyer collection for CMJ can be found over here.

SPIN’s 30 can’t-miss acts at CMJ 2011 []
What to see at CMJ []
Consequence of Sound’s guide to CMJ 2011 []
CMJ 2011: A Preview []
10 must see bands at CMJ 2011 [metromix]
5 not to miss bands at CMJ 2011 []
How to go CMJ for free []’s CMJ 2011 Unofficial Show and Party List []
The always comprehensive EardrumNYC concert listings []
The Wild Honey Pie’s guide to CMJ 2011 []
10 bands to watch at CMJ 2011 []
Death and Taxes guide to CMJ 2011 []
lmagazine’s ABC’s of CMJ 2011 []
Addendum 1 to the ABC’s of CMJ []
Addedum 2 to the ABC’s of CMJ [] guide to CMJ 2011 []
6 bands to watch at CMJ 2011 []
Artists to watch at CMJ 2011 []
Metal Lungies guide to CMJ 2011 []
Metal Sucks guide to CMJ 2011 []
WNYC’s picks for CMJ 2011 []
10 bands you can’t miss at CMJ 2011 []
CMJ Music Marathon requires critical reinforcements []
CMJ 2011 Festival Preview []
What to do and who to see at CMJ 2011 (Part 1) []
A CMJ Music Marathon guide []
CMJ 2011 Preview []
15 industry insiders decode which bands will be the breakout stars of CMJ 2011 []

CMJ 2011 Starts Tomorrow, Digital Flyer Gallery Is Here

CMJ 2011 Flyer Gallery
CMJ 2011

In case you forgot, CMJ 2011 starts tomorrow (Oct 18-22), and just like in year’s past, I’ve decided to put together a gallery of digital flyers for official CMJ showcases and unofficial parties. In an effort to build my FB fan base, I’ve gone with Facebook again this year and you can view the results over here (organized by day). I’m trying to make it comprehensive, so if you’ve got something to add, or would like your flyer removed, please send me an email. See you on the streets!

*Note To Mobile Users: You need to look at the CMJ flyer gallery on a personal computer.

Check out the CMJ 2011 full schedule over here.

CMJ 2011 Announces Initial Lineup

CMJ Music Marathon (October 18-22, 2011)
CMJ 2011

I know I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one, but just in case you didn’t look at the Internet in the past two days, here’s the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon initial lineup. See you on the LES kids!

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival has announced its first round of performing bands and artists including: riot grrrl supergroup Wild Flag, chillwave forefather Neon Indian, Fiery Furnace sister Eleanor Friedberger, Portlandia psych outfit Portugal. The Man, garage girl group Dum Dum Girls and Capitol Hill rollers US Royalty.

A true international incident, this year’s Marathon also welcomes the following groups to New York City: São Paulo’s sexiest New Ravers CSS, Puerto Rican punks Davila 666, English electros Metronomy, Liverpudlian skiffle mates The Wombats, married Montreal duo Handsome Furs, Norse rockers Kvelertak and South Africa’s biggest rock band The Parlotones.

New York-bred hip-hop will have a fine showing as well, with Brooklyn’s own Talib Kweli, the king of Queens Pharoahe Monch and NYU wordsmith Jean Grae scheduled to perform.

Rounding out this first lineup announcement are emerging indie acts like Class Actress, EMA, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Givers, Art vs. Science, Viva Brother, Sea of Bees, and Memoryhouse.

Hundreds more acts will be announced in the coming weeks, so please visit for the latest lineup updates. CMJ Music Marathon 2011 will be held in New York City from October 18-22.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Played CMJ, New Remix EP Out Now

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at CMJ (10/20/10)
dejj at CMJ
Photo: Jon Klemm

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. played a lot of shows at CMJ this year, and when they did, they usually showed up in full NASCAR regalia. However, at this particular gig, the band had to dial it back in both size (less members) and scale (no costumes) due to “production problems”.

About 30 minutes later, their huge “JR JR” glowing letters had been set up and the guys took their places on the stage, commenting that they were going to do a stripped down set due to the limited space. (“So stripped down we’re wearing the clothes we normally wear under our jumpsuits.”) The Motor City natives did three lovely songs (including a cover of The Beach Boys song “God Only Knows”) before drawing their show to a close.

At the end of the show they announced that they’d be handing out comment cards (“like the ones they give out on Top Chef”) and that 5 meant awful and 1 meant fantastic. Based on that scale, I would have filled out my imaginary rating card at a 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. charmed me with their fun, poppy songs and upbeat and funny banter. []

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. just released a new remix EP on Tuesday (Nov 2) entitled My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1 via Quite Scientific. The EP will be followed by their full length debut in Spring 2011.

Track listing for My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1 and more pictures of (the costumeless) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. from CMJ after the jump.

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PS I Love You Played CMJ, New Tour Dates Announced (Rock Shop, Pianos)

PS I Love You 2010 at CMJ (10/21/10)
PS I Love You
Photo: Jon Klemm

The duo took the stage later than planned — prompting an impatient announcement by the sound man — but when they stepped out and launched into a selection of songs from their much-lauded Meet Me At The Muster Station debut album, everyone — from the too-cool hipsters to the jock brosephs to the party chicks in the front — went nuts.

You could barely see the hirsute Saulnier‘s face through his shaggy hair, but his Frank Black-style vocals shone right through. When paired with some absolutely solid drumming from Benjamin Nelson, you had a combination that created some ebulliently noisy rock. PS I Love You killed it, and their audience definitely showed their appreciation (particularly when Diamond Rings’ John O’Regan stepped up to play bass in their set’s last song). [Chartattack]

If you missed the buzzed about PS I Love You at CMJ, you can relax, they’ll be back in NYC faster than you can utter Palm Springs’ most memorable marketing slogan. You can catch the Guelph Ontario duo at The Rock Shop on December 3 (Buy Tickets) and at Pianos on December 4.

More PS I Love You tour dates and photos from CMJ 2010 after the jump.

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