We’re Taking Over CMJ

My Social List & Freewilliamsburg presents

That’s right.  CMJ Music Marathon is probably the absolute best week to be a New Yorker.  For a few days, all of the best buzzbands and buzzhumans descend on the city to play music, drink and network with one another.  And this year, the FREEwilliamsburg and My Social List team is taking the whole damned thing over.

Well, not EXACTLY, but we do have a bunch of great showcases to share with you.

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The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Kendrick Lamar

If you listened to our blog-o-meter last week, then you attended Warm Up and were privy to three brand new songs from Atoms For Peace; so new that Thom Yorke was singing lyrics out of a little book on at least one of them.  It was quite the spectacle: moist pony-tail peering over a composition notebook full of unintelligible lyrics (they need to do something about that PA at PS1.)  We’ve got a host of bloggable shows for you again this week, as you could have guessed.

The most BLOGGED ABOUT show this week is one for the kids; a hip-hop show from the ultra-buzzed Kendrick Lamar at Terminal 5 on Saturday, with support from fellow blog rappers Ab Soul, Jay Rock, Stalley and Fly Union.

That’s all well and good, but this week is all about Thrill Jockey for me.  The label is celebrating their 20th anniversary, and they’re doing it in style with two incredible showcases.  Friday night, Death By Audio hosts a virtual whos-who of today’s experimental scene: White Hills, Guardian Alien, Man Forever, Dan Friel and Rhyton and on Saturday, TORTOISE RETURNS to headline the night’s festivities with Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy and D. Charles Speer in this week’s EDITOR’S PICK.

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The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Louis C.K.

Louis CK.  That is all.

No, but seriously.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or if you just woke up, and in that case, I am jealous), you already know that Louis CK is playing THREE TEN DOLLAR shows, tonight at Bell House.  If you’re like me, you’re wayyyyy too far away from Gowanus right now to have any chance of getting tickets, because they’re only available at the venue’s box office.

Relax.  You should know by now that I’m here to console you with incredible shows that you actually CAN attend.  Like Train and Mat Kearney tonight in Central Park.

Just kidding.  Serious salt in the wound there, soul sister.

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The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Just Blaze

MoMA PSOne may take home the bloggable gold once again this week with Just Blaze, Nick Catchdubs, Danny Brown, The Stallions and BAIO (of Vampire Weekend) at Warm Up on Saturday, but there’s no fewer than four more hip-hop shows this week we’d say are up to snuff with that one.  The best part about them is that they’re all FREE (except for warm up, which is just $15), and they’re all on different days.

The legendary Pete Rock appropriately gets things started on Wednesday at East River Park with a free show with DJ Premiere.  THEN Action Bronson plays Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Flatbush Zombies, Meyhem Lauren and Tanya Morgan.)  Nas released his first decent album in about a decade last week (or more, depending on who you ask), and he plays tribute to the city that made him a star with free one at the iHeartRadio Theater on Friday night.  Cap it all off this weekend with the FREE Afropunk festival; which is hip hop heavy with Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Ninjasonik, and Spank Rock, PLUS TV On The Radio, Toro Y Moi, Body Language, Cerebral Ballzy and much, much more.

If it’s not a hip-hop week, then it’s Teengirl Fantasy’s week.  Their highly anticipated LP, Tracer, is out tomorrow, which features guest spots from Panda Bear and Laurel Halo (to name just a couple) and they’re appropriately all over our buzz list for this week.  And why not start with tonight?  Teengirl Fantasy are part of a FREE show at Summerstage which gets going at 6 PM with none other than Araabmuzik.  Flosstradamus and Nick Hook are also on the bill, and you don’t even have to go uptown for it either – this one’s down at East River Park.  Too last minute for you?  For just fifteen bucks, you can catch them on Thursday ON A BOAT, with Lemonade and Gatekeeper on the latest Rocks off Cruise.

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The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Warm Up

You know… I was going to lead this with the whole “free” angle this week, but then I realized I did that last week.  I’m going to do it anyway… it’s appropriate, because once again, there’s a bunch of free shows dominating the blogosphere.  That’s summer in NYC for ya.

The most blogged about show this week isn’t free, but it’s pretty cheap at fifteen bucks, and worth it for admission to the museum and a look at the winning installation, and that’s Floating Points, Jacques Greene, Secret Circuit and Hieroglyphic Being at MoMA PSOne Warm Up on Saturday.

This week’s editor’s pick, however, IS FREE, and that’s over at the House of Vans.  The Jersey kid in me is pretty much foaming at the mouth at this week’s show which is co-headlined by the pride of Glen Rock, Titus Andronicus, and Cursive (not from NJ, but justtttttttt emo enough to be pigeonholed here.)  Titus just announced their new LP will be released on October 23 (my birthday, btw, thanks guys), so there will likely be some new tracks to hear for the first time, and who can resist the tone-deaf screech of Tim Kasher’s vocal assault?  Love as Laugther and Joyce Manor are also on the bill.

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The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

The xx

I’m going to try and get all the shameless self-promotion out of the way in the first two paragraphs here, but we released the new version of My Social List quietly over the weekend.  It features an all-new blog, where you can read even more of my incoherent ramblings.  Our “Official Grand Opening” in which we take over the blogosphere is TBD, but the door’s open for you to come on in and poke around now.

SHAMELESS PLUG TWO: We have another show scheduled for TONIGHT with our good friend Kristina Tequila featuring Anasazi (record release party), Dream Affair, Religious to Damn (last show) and Nao Katafuchi.  I’m looking out my window now and it’s a total Factory Records day out there; perfect because these bands would have fit right in on the label in the late 70s.  Read our preview here.

THE MOST BLOGGED ABOUT SHOW this week is The XX at Terminal 5 tomorrow night.  No surprise, the UK buzz darlings have sold out the cavernous venue in spite of the negative press their first single has received; but if you missed out, Jamie XX is performing at MoMA PS1’s Warmup on Saturday with Lemonade (who DJ late night at Glasslands for free afterwards with Rewards), Pearson Sound, Sinjin Hawk and Jora Jones.  If you haven’t been to Warm Up yet this year, this is the perfect one to start with.

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The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Catalpa Festival

Another week, another festival in New York.  Randall’s Island is getting quite the workout this summer, and this weekend the tri-boro island hosts the inaugural Catalpa Music Festival.  The two-day festival (Saturday and Sunday) has an admirable concept, to create “a truly authentic, fresh and unique musical experience featuring over 50 artists that traverse many styles and genres from rock and indie to hip-hop, reggae and the world of electronic music.”

And they do accomplish that to some degree.  The lineup is eclectic and bloggable enough to be our MOST BLOGGED show for the week; thanks in no small part to the two mammothly huge headliners: The Black Keys and Snoop Dogg.  Also worth mentioning: TV on the Radio, a newly non-Hasidic Matisyahu, Girl Talk, Araabmuzik and Zola Jesus.

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Interview: Lower Dens

Lower Dens

Baltimore’s Lower Dens have packed up their guitars, and this time around, their synthesizers, for their first headlining tour this summer, to support their excellent sophomore LP, NootropicsNootropics injects the atmospheric shoegaze of 2010’s superb Twin Hand Movement with a dose of late 70s post-punk and krautrock from the likes of Idiot-­era Iggy Pop and Kraftwerk (namely, Radioactivity), resulting in one of the strongest releases of 2012.  The LP is the second album in a conceptual four-album cycle, and the tour includes a stop across the bridge at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday night (tickets still available here.)  My Social List caught up with front-woman Jana Hunter beforehand for quick chat regarding the thematic content of her albums, yoga and the challenges of playing multiple instruments in a live setting.

Peter Rittweger: I’ve read that you’ve become quite a yoga enthusiast, at times, pulling over at highway rest stops to do your routine when there isn’t a studio in the area. “Nootropics” are, by definition, drugs that enhance some cognitive function, similar to the impact yoga or other meditative rituals can have on the psyche.  Do you feel that this interest influenced the content of the album or at least the album title?

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