If you hadn’t already heard, Cameo Gallery is going the way of Glasslands and 285 Kent this November, but that doesn’t mean it’s slowing its roll until then. With CMJ in town, and with its days significantly numbered, the venue packed itself to the gills with premium acts and throngs of followers willing to compete for oxygen near the stage.
Deradoorian and Porches carried the early night. Deradoorian, formerly of Dirty Projectors fame, sold the crowd on life beyond the death of Cameo.
As Deradoorian shot out regal, wild, and resilient shouts of joy into the room it reminded me, as I looked around, that I’d seen all these people before, and would see them again. Surely these bands can find a new home in Greenpoint, given their loyal audience. Continue reading →
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to spend half your year in total darkness (and then unending sunlight), the musical offerings of the Iceland Airwaves CMJ Showcase painted a pretty convincing picture. Unhinged, experimental noise from the school of Björk, Levis jeans thrash rock, and a melodic post-punk sendup presented different takes on the same powerful sense of trance-like possession.
I’ll be the first to admit that I was skeptical walking into the middle of dj. flugvél og geimskip’s set. But what initially sounded to me like unconvincing basement-studio tinkering gave way to a pretty refreshing noise performance with a discernible thread. That every song began with an elaborate premise was half the fun: “I feel we should go as deep into space as we can,” she said before creating an echo chamber punctuated by lasers and smoke. Later, “This is a song about a slave who plays drums for a king. But the king never says he’s good. He says, ‘Keep drumming for the next 100 days. With no food.'”
Fufanu took the trance state from “playful” to “pure angst,” but this was for the adult in all of us. There was definitely a clean aesthetic to be picked out among the grungy, psychedelic heaviness, so it’s probably not surprising that the band started out as a techno project.
Mammút was a “holy shit” moment more than worth sticking around for. If the raw, emotional candor didn’t make you slightly uncomfortable, you were probably audiencing all wrong. There was definitely no half-assing the urgency of the music, and vocalist Kata Mogenson covered a startling range of yelps, breathy intonations, and tonsil-shredding screams (yeah girl, we’d be sweaty too).
[sponsored] Nightfall at the Distillery: A pre-Halloween party at NY Distilling Co. Tuesday, October 20, 6-10PM NY Distilling Co. (79 Richardson St.) $25 advanced tickets online; $35 at the door (cash only) – RSVP WhiskeyWisemenNYC + Bombshell Bakers presents an almost Halloween party with booze tasting and performances, More info
WEDNESDAY 10/14 ♫ Violent Mae CMJ Show@ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 7pm, FREE, With Grand Courriers / Slight / Sweet Bronco / Warehouse Eyes, RSVP * Human Rights Through a Different Lens@ UnionDocs (322 Union Ave) 7:30pm, $9, Screening of Civil Rights activist documentary The Bus, plus a teaser for Whose Streets, More info
THURSDAY 10/15 ♫ Get Summered CMJ Showcase @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, $10, With Lance Neptune / Isiah Panther / Trove, More info * The MUFF Society Presents Ginger Snaps @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 9pm, $7, There will also be film-themed prizes and freebies, plus a werewolf-inspired photobooth, RSVP
As much as we love a good music marathon, it’s getting chilly and we’re feeling like staying local. So for this year’s CMJ Festival we’ve partnered with SuperCrush Studio and CaraBella to put together a showcase right here in Greenpoint.
Join us Friday, October 16, 8PM at Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave.) We’re expecting a hassle free, good time that won’t break the bank!
CMJ music marathon is upon us again, and before your head starts spinning trying to figure how, what, when and where to see the best music (and who that best music even is), we have crafted a special guide for North Brooklyn residents. You don’t have to hop all over the city to see the best new music- you can stay right here in Greenpoint and Williamsburg (and maybe venture into Bushwick). Continue reading →
CMJ 2013 is now in the books. I hope you were able to see some music, particularly the spectacular showcase Greenpointers presented Friday 10/18 along with Supercrush Studios and Cara Bella Presents at Matchless. If you weren’t there, you can at least get a taste with this recap. And if you were, you can partially relive it all over again. Continue reading →
Ah CMJ– it’s that the the time of year again, when free shows and of course, the free alcoholic beverages that accompany them, are just sitting there, waiting to be enjoyed and imbibed. Speaking of which, we just got an insider tip that Daptone is hosting a listening party at Union pool tonight for the new Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings record, Give the People What They Want. Performances from The Can’t Tell / Bad Cops / Heliotropes / Diane Coffee / Cub Sport / Sunwolf will follow.
The party starts around 5:30pm and there will be FREE Brooklyn Lager.