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CMJ 2010 re-cap

Well CMJ is now a month behind us, but I admit my head is still reeling a bit from the whirlwind week of music, booze, schmooze, and serious sleep deprivation.  You can read all about my exploits in the archives of Brooklyn Vegan, but if you want just a snapshot of my week, I’ve compiled a helpful word cloud that pulls text from my myriad reviews.

It looks something like this…

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Oh yeah… and I actually recorded a bit of each show I saw – 44 total. (It should have been 45, but for some reason, I couldn’t locate any footage from the Extra Lens show. Sad. So that’s absent.)

So without further ado, here’s my crazy CMJ mash-up. It’s about 30 seconds from each band. (Don’t worry – I’ve gone back and added helpful tags for each bit, so you know what you’re listening to.) It’s a bit hectic with all the background noise and the varying levels of sound quality, but if anything, the reel is more true-to-life as a result. As with any big music festival, at CMJ, you get it all – good, bad, and everything in between.

That’s Alcoholic Faith Mission, Oh Land, Screaming Females, DOM, Yo La Tengo, Tape Deck Mountain, Cloud Nothing, Blair, Braids, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Wild Nothing, The Drums, Hedgehog, Sleepies, Allo Darlin’, The Blow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dent May, The Phantom Band, The Luyas, Lower Dens, S. Carey, Diamond Rings, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, Cotton Jones, Sarah Jaffe, Dinowalrus, Dream Diary, La Sera, Pepper Rabbit, The Crayon Fields, The Crocodiles, Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500, Jaill, Robbers on High Street, Tanlines, Dominant Legs, Braids (take two), Fake Problems, Lord Huron, Lia Ices, Big Troubles, Eternal Summers, Buke & Gass.


CMJ 2010, day one.


I admit I felt a bit of a head-rush when I walked over the Judson Memorial Church yesterday to pick up my badge. This is where it all begins, I thought to myself.

Judson Memorial Church (Photo Wall Gobetz)

There’s just something about seeing that flash of a badge hanging around someone’s neck (or more inconspicuously –  out of their  bag or pocket) that makes me smile. Here it is folks. A week of music, movies (if you’ve got the time), free beer, strategically mapped out subway trips, over-caffeination, sleep deprivation, and camraderie.

Though I was technically on the clock yesterday, I did manage to at least pick up my badge and see one short set before resuming work.

All day, I carried a handheld audio recorder with me to pick up some of the sounds. It was my intention to splice together a little representation of my day when I got home last night, but that of course didn’t happen. (It was late, I have work, and I had to figure out tonight’s schedule. You know how it is.) Hopefully I’ll have that coming at you soon enough.

To briefly bring you up to speed, here’s who I’ve managed to see so far:
Alcoholic Faith Mission – The Living Room… a Danish outfit with nice instrumentation and earnest vocals
Oh Lands – Music Hall of Williamsburg… another Danish artist – this time much more dramatic and dancey (a fun live act)
Screaming Females – Brooklyn Bowl… not normally my bag, but a good time
DOM – BB… meh
Yo La Tengo – BB… one of those bands you just kind of have to see. There were good moments, but the sound sucked for much of the show.

I attempted to see Dent May to cap off the evening, but upon learning that Glasslands was far behind schedule, I decided to bail.

Until then, get a load of Oh Lands.

A more detailed review should be up on Brooklyn Vegan soon.

"He considered music a liberating force: it liberated him from loneliness, introversion, the dust of the library; it opened the door of his body and allowed his soul to step out into the world to make friends."

- Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being