CMJ: Virginia Plain and Zachary Cale played Union Pool

Last night All Hands Electric held a CMJ showcase at Union Pool. Virginia Plain and Zachary Cale footage is below. If I’m not totally mistaken, this was Virgina Plain’s stage debut, and a very promising one at that.

Friends – I’m His Girl

Pitchfork Is Doing Something Too

Last year, Pitchfork joined in CMJ festivities by throwing their own free one-day music showcase in the form of the #Offline festival. And while Kanye may not make a surprise appearance in their 2011 parties, the online music magazine will at least entertain two boroughs with some amazing bands.

So if you can’t wait till the new festival Pitchfork Presents : Forms in February, then check out Pitchfork’s TWO contributions this Saturday, October 22:

image c/o Brooklyn BreweryPitchfork Presents
Performances by Dom and Unknown Mortal Orchestra
DJ set from Neon Indian
2pm to 6pm
Aloft Hotel
216 Duffield Street, Brooklyn
FREE with RSVP to

Altered Zones
Performances by AraabMuzikEric CopelandGrimesXeno & OaklanderTrash TalkLight AsylumPrince RamaFORMADiveTeengirl Fantasy
DJ sets from Awesome Tapes From AfricaWeird MagicTodd PenduMain AttrakionzAyshay
New Museum Theater, Lobby and Sky Room
235 Bowery, New York
$20 Members / $25 Non-Members

CMJ 2011 Schedule – Day 3,4 & 5 picks

CMJ 2011

Welcome to Part 2 of our 2011 CMJ picks.  We teamed up with My Social List (of The Most Blogged About Shows of the Week) to give you the rundown of some of the best music of the fest.  Last time we covered the first two days of CMJ; today we finish up with Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Hopefully you already have your CMJ pass — or maybe you’ve been occupying Wall Street and want to enjoy some free music and booze.  Regardless, we hope to have you covered.

Thursday Afternoon Shows:

10:30AM:  KEXP CMJ w/ The Lonely Forest, Givers, Dum Dum Girls, Widowspeak @ The Ace Hotel – Free!

1PM:  Purevolume Smartlounge w/ Dum Dum Girls, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Araabmusik, The Stepkids, Gotye, Talib Kweli DJ Set, Nancy Whang DJ Set, Amrit Singh DJ Set – RSVP HERE & Download APP!

2PM:  SPIN PUMA Social Sessions w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Maluca, Class Actress @ Puma Store Union Square – Free!

12PM:  Floating Fest w/ Body Language, CSLSX, Caveman, High Highs, Grimes, Warm Ghost, Porcelain Raft, Hands, Guards, Doldrums, Beat Connection, Little Red, Parlovr @ Pianos – Free!

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Thees Uhlmann – “Jay-Z singt und ein Lied”

Thees Uhlmann’s new promotional video for “Jay-Z sings us a song” features random New Yorkers trying to pronounce the unpronounceable. I particularly dig ‘air dumming’ dude and Michael Jackson.

Fucked Up playing David Comes to Life in its entirety

Usually to have the pleasure of seeing a band play a classic album live, you need to wait years after the album is released and it’s had some time to marinate in the collective conscious. Fucked Up don’t want to wait that long. Nor should they! This year’s David Comes to Life is big enough, epic enough and already gunning for classic album status.

On November 14, the band will play all 18 songs from David Comes to Life for the first time, live and in the round, at Le Poisson Rouge. Joining them will be fellow ambitious post-punk rockers Titus Andronicus. Get tickets here. This is one of the most exciting shows happening in 2011.

The OWS Commercial

Dance your Ph.D. thesis

Human-Based Percussion and Self-Similarity Detection in Electroacoustic Music from Anderson Mills on Vimeo.

Geeky Gold:

Every year, intrepid Ph.D. students face off in a high-stakes competition for honor, glory, and the intermingling of science and art. The goal: Dance your Ph.D. thesis….

The dissertation research began with a two-choice, forced-interval experiment in which 29 humans were asked to rate isolated sounds from most to least percussive. The sound characteristic of rise time was found to be the most correlated with percussion of the characteristics tested. The experiment is represented in the dance by the first two interactions between Alain and Shiny, during which Shiny expresses his inability to correctly choose the stronger percussion sound.

… The final stage of the dissertation research was to use the detection algorithm with real-world music to discover self-similarity in the percussion patterns. By using auto-correlation analysis, the detection algorithm can be used to time the repetition and near repetition in music percussion. Shiny demonstrates the self-similarity of the music by several final repetitve dance moves, repeating appropriately at the time scale of beats, measures, and phrases.