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 My Social List team is taking the whole damned thing over.
Well, not EXACTLY, but if you’ve been paying attention to this blog (and I trust that you have,) then you’ll know that not only do we provide the MOST comprehensive guide to the “music marathon” that there is, along with the most convenient way to navigate the experience with our app; we’ve also booked a plethora of buzzable shows, thanks to our very good friend Kristina Tequila, who booked all but one of these incredible showcases.
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.
They’re directly supported by Delicate Steve, aka the guitar-driven psychdelic-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. At year’s end, he’ll have two strong LPs under his belt, and a high-profile collaborative track with Frankie Rose.
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.
We’ve also partnered with some friends in the hood for a couple of free shows.
Domino Street is a new iPhone app that serves as your guide to the haps 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. Especially since we’d bet on some new material from Wild Yaks, and Royal Baths have welcomed some new bandmates to the fold.
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, who have assembled this unruly bill in the back room of The Gutter.
The ultra-buzzed post-punk outfit Weekend are commandeering the ship. They’re hard at work on the follow up to 2010’s excellent LP Sports. This show finds them smack in the middle of their first tour of Brooklyn as residents, which they mused about (among other topics) in my recent interview with guitarist Kevin Johnson.
The undercard consists of 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.
We’ve saved the best for last, perhaps. On Friday night, October 19, we’ve joined forces with our very good friends at FREEwilliamsburg 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.
Experimental masterminds Gary War have top billing, and they’ll twist and contort conventional structures, samples and tape manipulation into something both frighteningly quizzical and accessible all at once.
A pair of ultra-buzzed post-punk acts follow; the cold-wave leaning Black Marble, and our second billing with the more garage-leaning Weekend.
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. This might be your last chance to catch Weekend on a smaller stage; they’re already playing Bowery Ballroom.
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.
See you next week, friends.
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