The Most Blogged About Shows: CMJ 2012 Edition

CMJ 2012

The My Social List team has covered CMJ extensively over the past two weeks.  We’ve listed over two-hundred shows. We’ve interviewed bands. We’ve provided handy guides to each day of the festival, and alerted you to all the best free shows. There’s so much going on, that it’s almost tough to keep track of US, let alone the festival itself.

That’s why I’m posting an official guide to CMJ here on FREEwilliamsburg.  Five can’t miss shows for every day of the “music marathon,” in no particular order.  There’s still a couple of shows that haven’t been announced (the Brooklyn Vegan day parties come to mind;) but rest assured, they’ll be added to our comprehensive CMJ list as soon as they’re announced.  For the budget minded, check out this list of free shows.


My Social List Official CMJ Showcase: Thieves Like Us, Teen Daze, Delicate Steve, Dent May, Heavenly Beat, Mac DeMarco, Bleeding Rainbow, The Young Evils, Grand Resort, Lingerie DJ set (Marlin Room at Webster Hall, 6:00 PM) $12

Why you should go: Because despite my obvious bias, this is probably the best collection of buzzed artists for the entire week.  Don’t believe me? Keep reading, and you’ll see. Oh, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to this one. [Read more…]

Get Ready For Another Subway Fare Increase

And just when you were starting to love your 45 minute wait on the L and G lines.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled on Monday four proposals for a scheduled fare increase next March, introducing the possibility of raising the base fare on subways and buses to $2.50 from $2.25 or increasing the cost of a 30-day MetroCard by as much as $21.

Some of the proposals put more burden on travelers who buy their rides one at a time. Others extract more blood from those who buy rides in bulk or spring for an unlimited card. Which do you think is the fairest? Which would you rather see the transit agency implement (which is not necessarily the same question)?

Here are the four proposals.

Domino Sugar Factory Sold And We Can’t Wait for all that “affordable housing”

Via Gothamist:

Brooklyn mega-developer Two Trees, which owns much of DUMBO, is poised to put down deeper roots on the Williamsburg Waterfront, where the big old Domino Sugar refinery awaits the developer’s gentrifying magic touch. The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), which tried and failed to transform the old refinery into a large mixed-use residential and retail development, has closed on a deal to sell the property to Two Trees for $185 million…

The original plans for the development were ambitious and somewhat controversial—some locals worried about another huge influx of Williamsburg residents overwhelming public transportation (the Bedford L stop is already a shitshow at rush hour). The mixed-use 2,200-unit development was supposed to have 660 units of affordable housing, but Two Trees owner Jed Walentas—who also owns The Wythe Hotel—has not committed to that ratio of affordable-to-obscenely expensive. In fact, Two Trees’ plans for the property are still very much TBD.

CPC’s promise of 30 percent affordable housing was never legally binding, but CPC would have taken advantage of the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program, requiring it to set aside 20% of the units at “affordable” below-market rates. In an interview with the Observer in June, Walentas said, “Regardless of what the deal was with the previous people, it’s been several years and nothing’s gotten built. One of the biggest challenges is to make something happen. I do think affordable housing will be at the top of the list, but there’s a wide array of social benefits this project can offer, from schools to open space to community space.”

CMJ Must See: EULA

I had the pleasure of checking EULA out on Friday at Shea Stadium. They blew me away! Go check them out, you will not be disappointed. They’re a vicious 3 piece to say the least.

Fri Oct 19 @ Rock Bottom [177 Stockholm St]
Aputumpu Showcase w/ Cool Serbia, Fast Years, Denzels
EULA @ 9pm

Sat Oct 20 @ The Paper Box [17 Meadow St]
Gimme Tinnitus & Exploding in Sound Showcase w/ Sleepies, Heliotropes, Yvette, Roomrunner, She Keeps Bees
EULA at 9pm

Into Another played Saint Vitus

On Saturday, Into Another played a 60 minute warm up show at Saint Vitus in preparation for their headlining slot at “Revelation Records 25 Festival” at Irving Plaza on Sunday. Watch a video edit of the intimate Greenpoint outing below.

CMJ Must See: The Suzan

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, The Fools Gold team are fucking geniuses. Do yourselves a favor and head over to Public Assembly and catch The Suzan. I shot them over a year ago. If they managed to get better from the perfection I saw the last time you people are in for a treat!


11:15 – Heliotropes
10:30 – Leda
9:45 – Beach Day
9:00 – Backwords
8:15 – The Suzan
7:30 – Easy Lover

Tuesday, October 16th

Sponsored by Narragansett – Free beer from 7-8pm

Public Assembly
70 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-4586

New Toro y Moi Track – ‘So Many Details’


Some CMJ Must sees: Black Light Dinner Party

I know everyone is so excited for CMJ! I’m going to be posting a bunch of cool bands/showcases I’m all worked up for as the week goes on. Tres Mack posted this video last week and I’ve been worked up ever since. I can’t wait to catch Black Light Dinner Party at Pianos on 10/17. I love their tunes. Can’t wait to hear them live.

Full line up is as followed:
Devin, La Big Vic (upstairs), Black Light Dinner Party, Fletcher C. Johnson (upstairs), Sleepies, Emma Louise (upstairs), Chains of Love, Incan Abraham (upstairs), Bad Cop, Starred (upstairs)

Show starts at 7:30

158 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
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