A few lessons learned about CMJ:
- Bands never start on time
- Bands can’t believe they are there either
- New Yorkers of LES are one of the most passive audiences.
- Use the earplugs they give you in the CMJ Bag.
Amazingly enough, all the bands I saw were amazing. AMAZING amazing. Listen to them now – after you finish looking at these pictures.
- Terry Poison – Accidentally saw them rehersing in DROM. This was before the Brooklyn Bodega showcase and I was def the only young white female there. “Gloriously sleazy, outlandishly dressed quintet mix electro beats with rock guitars.” (CMJ)
- Bodega Girls – Pianos was nowhere near large enough for the proper dancing required. “These guys make everyone dance with their funky, hedonistic electrotrash.” (CMJ) Face painting always wins as well.
- Drink Up Buttercup – You have to love Philly bands with balls. The guitarist broke is string halfway through and while waiting for a new guitar, the group took their maracas and trash can lid and finished the song acapella + stomping. “Psychedelic without being cheesy, this bands sound like a sinister carnival.” (CMJ) They’ll be doing an acoustic set at the CMJ Happy Hour at Brooklyn Brewery tomorrow.
- BEAST – I was a little early when I went to Arlene’s Grocery, but though I only caught 1.5 songs I was intrigued. “Punk rock swagger, trip-hop beats, and vocals delivered with the sting of slam poetry.” (CMJ)
- Think About Life – AHH! I can’t get over how good they were! When first looking at this motley crew you wonder how they all were introduced. What you get is a unique blend of retro sounding vocals mixed in with awkward/awesome dancing and electronic hooks. “The kind of lo-fi, funky dance party that occurs when a punk band learns how to use a synth.” (CMJ) Listen to them, love them, feel young again.
- Mumford & Sons – Fleetwood Foxes can suck it. This band fromthe UK…..(sigh)…too wonderful. The lead vocalist had me welling up with tears during “White Blank Page” – for serious, I can’t pretend to be pretentiously apathetic. “Rural-sounding stripped down acoustic folk inspired rock” (CMJ) – from the UK…that’s what I can’t get over.
- Bear Hands – The lead singer looks like a grimier version of my friend Anthony. That alone is a BIG win. “Maniplated guitars create a solid wall behind aggressive, yelped vocals.” (CMJ)
As I sit here and type, I look longingly at my hand with all the admission stamps…and wish I was back there now. Curses for being a college student. More posts to follow about the “Being Your Own Label” panel and more glorious aritsts. If I’m brave enough I will share my stories of the random ppl you come across at a music industry festival with 1,200 bands and many thousands coming from all over the world.