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.
On Friday night, October 19, we’ve joined forces to bring you a night of dark post-punk and experimental jammage. I can think of no better setting for that than XPO 929, where all of your DIY nightmares come true. The show is headlined by experimental mastermind Gary War, who manages to twist and contort conventional structures, samples and tape manipulation into something both frighteningly quizzical and accessible all at once. TICKETS FOR XPO 929
He’ll be directly supported by a pair of ultra-buzzed post-punk acts; the cold-wave leaning Black Marble, and your new neighbors, the garage-leaning Weekend, who I recently sat down for an interview with. Black Marble JUST released their debut album, A Different Arrangement, which is streaming on Brooklyn Vegan. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear it live in an intimate setting. Weekend are hard at work on the follow up to 2010’s excellent LP Sports, and this show finds them smack in the middle of their first tour of Brooklyn as residents.
They’ll be supported by electronic acts Plastic Flowers and Dark Sister, and Yvette, one of our favorite local noise acts. Doors are at 7 PM.
CMJ begins on Tuesday, October 16th, and we’re kicking it off in style with the OFFICIAL My Social List showcase at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, at 6:30 PM. It’s headlined by the amazing Swedish-American electropop outfit Thieves Like Us, who are hard at work crafting a new krautrock and post-punk infused LP, which is slated for release in March of 2013 on Captured Tracks. TICKETS FOR WEBSTER HALL
They’re directly supported by Delicate Steve, aka the guitar-driven psychelic-project of Steve Marion. Over the past year or so, Steve has had the honor of sharing big stages with the likes to tUnE-yArDs, Grizzly Bear, Built To Spill, Sigur Ros and Yeasayer, who have been quoted as saying that Delicate Steve have made them “excited about guitar again.” Bedroom pop star Teen Daze will transform the Marlin Room into a dance party earlier in the night. The rest of the lineup is a virtual “who’s who” of buzz; Dent May, Mac Demarco, Bleeding Rainbow, The Young Evils and Grand Resort. Milky from Lingerie and Sean Earl Beard of Plastic Flowers are in the booth in between sets.
That’s not all; we’ve also partnered with some other friends in the hood for a couple of free shows.
Domino Street is a new iPhone app that serves as your guide to the happenings in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and they’ve helped us put on a free day party at Public Assembly on October 18, beginning at 1 PM. We’ve brought lo-fi post-punks The Intelligence across the country from Seattle to headline the show, and Dan Deacon’s buddies in Roomrunner up from Baltimore to support. Wild Yaks and Royal Baths don’t have to travel quite as far for this one, but we’re psyched to have their garage rock variants on the bill as well.
We’ve got your entire Thursday mapped out, because after that, we’re bringing you free alcohol and free music as part of the “Land Based Booze Cruise” with our friends at Goodnight Records, in the back room of The Gutter. That show is headlined by the aforementioned ultra-buzzed post-punk outfit Weekend, and features a bunch of your local favorites; Friend Roulette, Fan-Tan, KNTRLR, Heaven, Lou-Is, Life Size Maps, Sun Ladders and The Flag. While the anchor to this cruise ship has been cast on dry land; I can assure you the party will be anything but dry. It is a booze cruise after all, no? Show up early, because there will be FREE booze from 5:30 to 7:30. Just make sure to RSVP, the show is $5 without it.
Shout out to Kristina Tequila for planning the first three mentioned shows and for Andrew at Faction for designing the first three posters.
Peter Rittweger of My Social List