This will be my fifth consecutive year of CMJ Madness. Show going is great but the pre-blog coverage of CMJ is equally enjoyable. Perhaps my most favorite pre-CMJ post comes from Bumpershine. Every year they try to compile every single CMJ flyer – epic.
As for which bands you should look out for this year, take note of where these guys (actually most of them are girls!) are playing: San Francisco’s Tamaryn, New Zealand’s Zowie, Tampa’s Dominique Young Unique, New York’s Marnie Stern and Brooklyn’s OBERHOFER.
Here are my most anticipated showcases:
Best dance party showcase is Stereogum.
Funniest showcase is Conflict of Interest.
What’s hot in electronic pop showcase is Manifest Airwaves.
Looking to snag your professional nighttime photo showcase is NickyDigital.
Vanity Fair Advertising Presents NYC Summer Guide 2010, oh my! You can download this hot item here.
Warm weather enters NYC and I start to act as if it is summer. I plan to see several shows over the next few months. If you’re going to any of these, make sure to holler at me. (And yes, this list will get longer.)
4/20: Whitest Boy Alive @ Bowery Ballroom
5/6: Local Natives @ Bowery Ballroom
5/28: Jeremy Messersmith @ Joe’s Pub
6/4: Stars @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/9: School of Seven Bells @ Mercury Lounge
6/30: Tokyo Police Club & Passion Pit @ Governors Island
7/9: Bear In Heaven @ South Street Seaport
7/23: Free Energy & Best Coast @ South Street Seaport
7/27: The National & Beach House @ Prospect Park
8/6-8/9: Lollapalooza @ Grant Park
Get there before they close!
Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted: 20 E. 4th St.
Insound Design Store: 303 Grand St., Williamsburg
Phaidon Books Pop-Up: 100 Wooster St.
The Future Perfect Pop-Up At Chelsea Market: 425 W. 15th St.
The Journal Holiday Store: 168 North 1st Street, Williamsburg
WIRED Pop-Up: 415 W. 13th St.
1. Art Basel as a single fair was disappointing. Galleries whipped out their recession-safe Picasso, Lichtenstein, Dan Flavin, John Chamberlain, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons works. The most noteworthy artist was Evan Penny, please check him out!
2. Pulse Art Fair had a hot set up. It was held in the Design District of Miami, which is equivalent to NYC’s Bushwick. An art troupe from Austin, TX created a fantasy quickie mart that could have been strait out of Jay And Silent Bob.
3. The Rubell Family Collection was impressive. Major downtown artists – Nate Lowman, Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol, Haruki Murakami – reappropriated popular works.
4. The parties. Easy door. Free booze. Free music. If only the cabs weren’t so damn expensive.
Pong is back by popular demand. A single ping pong table awaits at 397 Grand at Suffolk. Visitors can play pick-up games, or become members and compete for a chance to win the L.E.S. Cup
Rubin Museum’s The Red Book Dialogues pairs personalities from all walks of life will with a psychoanalyst and invites them to interpret a folio from Jung’s book as a starting point for conversation. Twitter’s Founder, Jack Dorsey, speaks Monday night.
CMJ 2009 begins Tuesday. There’s lots of fluff out there, so here are my picks:
Most Welcoming For The Unemployed Show: ‘Sup Magazine Presents a free afternoon show with free booze @ Cake Shop 10/21
Most Timely For A Nightcap Show: Vice Late Nights w/ Crystal Antlers and Harlem @ Public Assembly 10/21-23
Most Secret Comedy Show: The Comedy Central Records Presents a Secret Show @ Comix 10/22
Most Fashionistas To Be Seen Show: Topman Presents w/ Neon Indian and Cale Park @ Root Studios 10/24
Most Looking Forward To Seeing A Band Again From CMJ 2008 Show: HeartsRevolution @ Santos Party House 10/24
Tell Your Friends
Monday, Sept 21st at 8:00PM
266 Broome St.
Punch Up Your Life
Tueday Sept. 22nd at 8:30PM
Housing Works Cafe
126 Crosby St
The tickets for these shows are first come, first serve.