Band Alert: Hundred Waters

Check them out May 9 at Glasslands. Their new record is streaming in its entirety at www.hundred-waters.com/.

From their press materials:

Hundred Waters was woven together under the spell of a viscous Floridian summer, from a home on its own in the woods amidst a city. The music sets sail into ancient seas, subtly shifting through worlds of howling silence, borealic tales, and briarpatched exotica, ultimately arriving into the arms of a caring embrace.

Nicole Miglis narrates the journey alongside Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, Zach Tetreault, and Sam Moss, in Hundred Waters’ debut release. The album was composed, recorded, torn apart, reshaped, spat on, shined, and tucked in at their Gainesville home through a method of remote collaboration and thoughtful solitude, reconvening at the helm to gather their threads into rope, and pull.

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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CMJ 2011 Schedule – Day 1 & 2 PICKS

CMJ 2011

Welcome to Part 1 of our 2011 CMJ picks.  We teamed with My Social List (The Most Blogged About Shows this Week) to give you the rundown of some of the best shows of the fest.  First off, a quick tip: This year CMJ show-only badges are $150; in years past (unless you were a student), trying to get an all-access pass could cost you three times that much. Meanwhile, we’ll try to help you save a few bucks by recommending primarily cheap and free shows.

This list includes official CMJ shows & unofficial shows alike.  We tried to throw in some counter-programming so that those who don’t partake in music (losers!) or those sick of it can still be entertained.

Tuesday Evening Shows:

6PM: Live4ever Media CMJ w/ The Duke Spirit, Damndogs, Figo, Pint Shot Riot, The Minutes, Fifth Nation, 1,2,3, Le Blorr, The Dirty Grand, LA Riots DJ set, VHS or Beta DJ set, Boyhollow DJ set @ Brooklyn Bowl – Free with RSVP

7:30PM: Car Park / Paw Tracks Showcase w/ Class Actress, Dent May, Cloud Nothings, Young Magic, Adventure, Jimmy Whispers @ Public Assembly – Price TBD

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DOM, Zaza, Twin Sister and Memory Tapes played at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (pics)

Twin Sister

Last night was one of the Brooklyn Vegan showcases, featuring Zaza, DOM, Twin Sister and Memory Tapes.

I unfortunately missed the Zaza set, although heard from some folks that they were one of the better sets that night. DOM rocked it, with trippy projections on a big screen behind them (that would also flash “DOM” between songs, lest you forget who you were watching) and trying to rouse a chorus of “USA!” after they finished their song “Living in America.” One poor audience member attempted to stage dive at the very end of their set, to be met with nothing but the cold, hard floor of the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Twin Sister absolutely killed it, filling up the entire venue with their fantastic sound while Andrea Estella was running around stage barefoot singing and dancing.

Next came Memory Tapes, whose drummer is I think one of the better I’ve seen in a while. They were great, getting almost jammy at times but in a really good way, but did anyone else feel like the vocals sounded a bit flat?

All in all a great show. Pics below.

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Meet Oh Land: The Most Adorable Danish Musician This Side of the Gowanus

Oh Land in a big bowIt all started in 2009, when a relatively unknown former ballerina from Denmark took the stage at SXSW, enchanting audience members with her dreamy electro-pop. She had just one self-produced album and little more than a year’s worth of experience making music under her belt. She’d never before performed in the U.S.

Now Nanna Øland Fabricius, otherwise known as Oh Land, is set to release her first major label album on Sony’s Epic Records later this year. After flying back and forth between LA and NYC, she just settled down for good this past January in Williamsburg, and will be playing at our very own Free Williamsburg showcase at the Northside festival this Sunday.

We sat down with the 25-year-old Copenhagen native to discuss her custom made electronic bell organ, being her own tour manager, and why her show will be like Mary Poppins on acid.

Free Williamsburg: So, you’ve just moved to Williamsburg. How do you like it so far?

Oh Land: I wanted to move here because I really like the feeling and the vibe. It’s more relaxed than manhattan. Like going over the bridge: all the work is in Manhattan and then it’s nice to go over the water and be out here and leave all that behind. Actually, Williamsburg reminds me a little bit of Copenhagen, where I come from. It’s like a little village.

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