CMJ 2009: Welcome to the Talent Show

06 Nov 2009

“amid a flurry of miller high life, vitamin water and breakfasts that would be fit for www.thisiswhyyouarefat.com; we learn that you can't see or do everything at cmj music marathon.  we admit defeat, crack a beer, and here are the top three 'next big thing's' at this years talent show; in the centre of, the centre of the world...”

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So the music industry is a dead duck.  Up the Twitter sans le paddle.  Everyone is losing their jobs, and no one is buying records anymore; with sales in the United States of America especially, reaching all time lows.  On top of this the almighty Michael Jackson, Stephen Gately and Lux Interior are actually dead; and it has been revealed that John Philips (from the now ironically named Mama's and Papa's) has been having 'sexual relations' with his own daughter...bad vibes!

In defiance of the tumultuous time that this particular sect of the entertainments business is having (see?), some things still seem to be going strong. The College Musical Journal Marathon; aka the industry-centric showcase lasting 5 days and nights, with 1,200 artists and 120,000 fans, enveloping more than 75 of New York City's best venues, music halls, bowling alleys and 'dive-bar-come-pizza-joints', appears to be hunky dorky.

Amid a flurry of Miller High Life, Vitamin Water and breakfasts that would be fit for www.thisiswhyyouarefat.com; we learn that you can't see or do everything at CMJ music marathon.  We admit defeat, crack a beer, and here are the top three 'next big thing's' at this years talent show; in the centre of, the centre of the world:

 

Surfer Blood hail from Florida somewhere.  Despite having most of their equipment 'yoinked', they still manage to play twelve shows around NYC in four days.  All these shows appear to be rammed with big booking agents, bloggers and enthusiastic tweeters.  These holiday state lo-fi slackers look approximately twelve, balls up a ton of songs (in an endearing manor), and their singer sounds like Tim from Cursive.  It's difficult to go anywhere in NYC this weekend, without hearing someone rave about these kids and their songs about David Lynch and Twin Peaks.

 

Male Bonding were actually formed in New York in late 1980 by Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon.  They became Sonic Youth so Male Bonding formed again in London late 2008; by Robin, Kev and John; who are obviously, like, the nicest guys ever.  In two thousand and nine these part-time punks sound like Weezer doing Nirvana covers and as America now knows, they're pretty awesome live.  Dalston's own and Sub Pop's newest signings are about to record a full length record in Williamsburg, with Alex Newport (of At The Drive-In fame).  Probably the new Bush.

 

Jeff the Brotherhood are a warehouse party where the beer doesn't stop flying and everyone's dancing; just waiting to happen.  Sonically a smooth blend of Black Sabbath and the Ramones, all the way from Nashville Tennessee., one half of this rawcus two-piece started the relatively awesome Be Your Own Pet, yet they totally smash the granny out of Jemima Pearl and Turbofruits (the other two post-BYOP bands).

 

Apparently in 1976 a British soldier said of the Big Apple "surely this place must be heaven".  It is, and in 2009 I say the College Musical Journal Marathon is rad.  After a five day diet, of booze, fags and imitation Black Flags, I feel like death warmed up.  Despite being more than slightly gutted about not getting to see the legendary surfers TheTrashmen, a two piece doom band called Black Midget or Andrew WK's seminar on 'Partying Hard'; It's time to escape from New York.  Y'all have a nice day now!

 

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