There were other cool “non official” CMJ happenings that took place over the past week (this not being one of them) or so that didn’t involve Pitchfork Media or Todd P., although all bands involved in the shows that I caught have gotten shout outs from one or the other at some point in time. Myopenbar.com, one of my favorite resources for free booze and interesting times in this and a few other cities, also happens to throw great parties and shows from time to time, one of which went down just as CMJ was kicking off at Manhattan’s sprawling but sometimes not awful Webster Hall. The show line up included Beach Fossils, Woods, Titus Andronicus and Here We Go Magic. The event was free to those who R.S.V.Peed and although there was no free (or even discounted!) booze at the event, the line up was good enough not to scoff. Strangely, Here We Go Magic was headlining the night, even though they were the least exciting name on the bill. My friends have all assured me that so far Here We Go Magic’s music hasn’t been used on a popular teen TV show or film so I can’t really understand what’s going on here, but I guess they have a lot of New Yorkers who are really into them since the show continued to get more and more crowded as the evening moved on towards their performance. Needless to say I didn’t stick around for them to play. I also left before Titus Andronicus did their thing, since I’m trying not to kill my interest in them while I still like what they’re doing and I’ve seen them play an embarrassing amount of times since moving to New York two years ago. I focused my evening instead on Woods who I hadn’t seen play in a good six or seven months and on Beach Fossils, a newer Woodsist/Captured Tracks band that I’ve been really into lately and one that I’ve been trying to catch live for a while.
The Pitchfork curated, Todd P organized, Showpaper benefit at the Market Hotel went off with a few hitches, mostly, the power blowing out multiple times during the course of the day and some bands sound being far worse than others. This is the Market Hotel though and I guess we should just expect that from this kind of venue…? Whatever, the show was still well worth it and the chance to see all these buzzing bands play in one place for a good cause is something that’s hard to complain about. While there were no bands playing that would accurately be described as bad, only The Smith Westerns came off as a bit of a let down. This might however be due to their banter showing their age and the obviousness that all of them were younger than me. Maybe I’m just jealous that they were playing a cool show I was mearly watching. At the top of my list are unquestionably Javelin, Real Estate and Delorian, the last of whom most likely played the days most impressive set. I had to leave before Cymbals Eat Guitars took to the stage, but I’m sure I’ll see them sometime soon and then be forced to decide whether I think their brand of revived early nineties indie rock is worth my time and yours. In the meantime, you should all be highly anticipating Javelin’s recordings to surface beyond their myspace since they bring the kind of hip-pop dance party many bands try for and few achieve. Real Estate’s debut full length is arriving soon and if their live show is any source or indication, it should be cause for excitement. Lastly, the continuation of Delorian’s evolution in sound from electroish rock, to blissed out, whimsical, electroish rock should be tracked closely readers. Their show blew the roof off and got just about everyone in the room moving, something I see less and less of these days. I can guarantee they will float your boat, unless of course, dear reader, you don’t want to be forced to dance like you’re Prince on prom night, in which case just stay home and give your old Bright Eyes records one more spin. Don’t fret, we’ll have fun without you.
Some pictures I took at the show after the leap:
Artwork by Kemialliset Ystävät
I don’t know how this one slipped under my radar until the night before its going down but most likely it has just been kept somewhat on the DL due to the fact that the line up is super stellar and undoubtedly the best thing music related going on in the city tomorrow, Saturday October 24th, the last official day of CMJ New York.
NOTE: This is not an official CMJ event so that means it’s cheap ($12.00) and the money goes to a great cause.
A few words about Showpaper from its myspace page:
“SHOWPAPER is a FREE bi-weekly print-only publication which aims to list and promote all ages DIY shows in the NYC and tri-state area. We try to spread the word about shows that would otherwise slip under the radar, and the all ages scene in general. Each issue also features a full color piece of art by a contemporary artist. Look for it in your local record store/gallery/café/pizza place/etc.”
The paper is always free to pick up and gets its funds from donations from its readers and other generous folk. The line up for this show is pretty much worth its weight in gold, so please if you are free on Saturday, fuck CMJ, get thee to Bushwick, see some great music and support a good cause. It goes on ALL NIGHT LONG…
LINE UP (copied and pasted from Todd P’s website):
====| SATURDAY 10/24 – 1PM to 7AM! – @ MARKET HOTEL |====
:: PITCHFORK SHOWPAPER BENEFIT FESTIVAL
:: curated by Ryan Schreiber
0100pm : BANDS ALL DAY & EVENING
1100pm : special guests to be announced…
1000pm :: Cymbals Eat Guitars
0900pm ::: Cold Cave
0800pm :::: Delorean
0700pm ::::: Real Estate
0600pm :::::: the Smith Westerns
0500pm ::::::: Javelin
0400pm :::::::: Small Black
0300pm ::::::::: Bear in Heaven
0200pm :::::::::: Highlife
0100pm ::::::::::: Surfer Blood
1200am : LATE NIGHT DJ SETS
0430am : Lemonade
0300am :: dj Alan Palomo / Neon Indian
0200am ::: 20 Jazz Funk Greats
0100am :::: Jamie xx
| MARKET HOTEL |
1142 Myrtle Ave @ Bdwy | Bushwick, Bklyn
JMZ-Myrtle, L-Jefferson, G-Myrtle/Willoughby | 1pm to 7am! | all ages | $12 sliding scale
| MYSPACE |- http://myspace.com/markethotelnyc
| curated by Ryan Schreiber, organised by Todd P & SHOWPAPER |
Museum of Bellas Artes
Sometimes songs appear out of nowhere in this magical age of the internet. Quite often these songs have no back story and often even when followed up up on, these songs, usually by very young and newly formed bands, still remain a bit of a mystery, since there really isn’t all that much to say. This is the double edged sword of the hype machine and we still have a long way to go before we learn how to tame such a beast. We digress…When we interviewed Air France a week or so ago, our attention was drawn to a track called “Who Do You Love” by a band we hadn’t heard of called “Museum of Bellas Artes” that has since become what is undoubtedly our jam of the month. Following up on this beautiful mystery track, we were lead to their Myspace and then to Pitchfork Media (who picked up on them via our Air France interview!!) and immediately wanted to know more about this trio from Stockholm Sweden. They generously granted us an interview and helped to shed a little bit of light on their still mysterious existence. Though their staying power as a band is yet to be determined, we here at minorprogression are very hopeful that this attention the web has given them (ours included) doesn’t make things sour for them and helps to push their creativity along in helpful and exciting ways.