Back in the day when I managed my college rock radio station, not only did I go to CMJ, but I planned the trip every year from Ohio to New York. I rented the 15 passenger vans, I booked the college-kid-priced hostel, I gathered everyone’s hard earned money for our badges, and we all piled into the giant ugly blue jalopies and made our way to the city.
Our first year, we missed some of the shows we wanted to see (mostly due to our incompetence in navigation) but now that I’m older and wiser, I know my way around the city and won’t be missing anything! Or so I hope – with nearly 1000 artists, 65 venues, and 5 days spanning October 20th to the 25th, I’ll have to pick and choose, but I definitely won’t miss my favorites:
Put Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson at the top of your list. As one of the city’s most buzzed about new artists, you’ll want to get your tickets early! His set with Lykke Li is already sold out, but lucky for you, he’ll be playing 3 more shows during CMJ. Basically, there is no excuse for missing him! Download his debut self-titled album here.
Sam Champion, also a Rind HQ favorite, will be playing a showcase at The Bell House on Thursday October 23rd. Having just released their sophomore album Heavenly Bender September 2nd on North Street Records, the ravereviews just keep rolling in and their live show delivers on the hype.
Lastly but definitely not least, I won’t be missing indie electro pop sweethearts Passion Pit with The Sammies and Ponytail at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase on October 21st. Everyone’s favorite buzz band has lived up to their live performance potential at Piano’s and elsewhere in the past few months so we’re pretty stoked for the show.
Even though you probably aren’t (and wish you were) taking a huge ugly blue van to the shows, CMJ will be the music event of the fall. So put on your Suzie cruise director hat and get out your calendar because you have some planning to do.
Motivated by their love for keyboards and vintage drum machines, Brooklyn indie rock darlings Au Revoir Simone – Heather D’Angelo, Erika Forster, and Annie Hart – made their worldwide debut in late 2005 with the sweet synth pop mini-album Verses of Comfort, Assurance and Salvation, before following it up with 2007’s critically-revered debut LP, The Bird of Music. A band with an essential respect for order and simplicity, but who also dabble in experimentation and playfulness, Au Revoir Simone are proud to now present Reverse Migration, a collection of their favorite remixes and cover versions their friends have created from The Bird of Music. Due out November 11th via the band’s own Our Secret Record Company, the album features contributions from a host of indie luminaries – The Teenagers, Darkel of AIR, Montag, Best Fwends, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, Pacific! and more. As Pitchfork reported earlier this week, Amazon.com digital shoppers will get an additional remix of “Sad Song” by Air France, while iTunes users can look forward to a ReRunner reworking of “The Way to There” as a bonus track. Ruff and Jam’s take on Bird of Music standout “Lark,” premiered on Monday on Stereogum, is available for download below. Tracklist after the jump.
Reunited progressive metallurgists Cynic — the Floridian forefathers of tech-minded prog metal, and the proud parents of 1993’s landmark Focus — will unveil their first album in 15 years October 28th. Due via French powerhouse Season of Mist, Traced In Air is an eight song tour de force of twisted time-signatures, mind-bending riffs and all-out metal indulgence, building upon the groundwork laid out by the formidable Focus while fortifying and updating a genre the band practically willed into existence a decade and a half ago. Recorded in California with Down knob-twiddler Warren Riker, the current line-up features founding members Paul Masvidal (guitars/clean vocals) and Sean Reinert (drums) along with Sean Malone (bass), and newcomer Tymon Kruidenier (guitars/growls). In other news, the band will support OPETH on their upcoming European trek in November and Decembe, which comes on the heels of their headline performance at this year’s installment of ProgPower Europe. A U.S. tour will follow in early 2009. Current dates and Traced tracklist after the jump.
Fresh off their twelve date Boston to Austin tour, New Jersey indie roots four-piece Carlon has released its debut for Ropeadope Digital, Johari Window . The long-awaited answer to Carlon’s self-released Suburban Heel EP , was recorded in the band’s warehouse rehearsal space in New Jersey. Executive Produced by Pete Francis (of Universal-recording sensation Dispatch), produced by the band and Ross Petersen (John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Muse) and mixed by Dan Huron (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), the album is filled with twangy rock and harmony-laden balladry that has won the band more than a few favorable comparisons to Band of Horses. The album is streaming in its entirety on AOL Spinner .
If you’re in the US, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never heard of Norwegian songstress Ane Brun, but with her fifth album Changing of the Seasons coming out October 14th on Cheap Lullaby, you should soon. The album, which is already out in Sweden, debuted at #2 on Swedish album charts, and was produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson (Björk, Sigur Ros, Múm).
Having grown up in Norway, Ane has lived in Stockholm, Sweden since 2000. She’s already received a ton of recognition in Scandinavia since releasing her debut in 2003, Spending Time With Morgan, on her own Balloon Ranger/DetErMine Records. What kind of recognition, you ask? Well, are three Norwegian Spellemannsprisen Awards (Norway’s Grammy), and a nomination for “Best Norwegian Act” at the 2005 European MTV Music Awards enough for you?
They should be, but just in case they’re not, check out “The Treehouse Song” below!