THE OFFICIAL CULTURE WHORE GUIDE TO CMJ 2012
This week is the annual CMJ Music Marathon in New York, which means that basically every underground(ish) band you ever/never heard of will be invading the city to play roughly 6,000 shows a day. That’s a lot of acoustic guitars, synthesizers and tambourines.
To help you wade through the week of great music, we thought we’d share with you which shows we’ll be attending so you you know what the hottest tickets are. The best plan of action for CMJ is to pick one part/venue a night and stay there rather than frantically cabbing around the city trying to make your friend’s friend’s DJ set.
Neon Gold showcase at Santos Party House. We’re going for Ghost Beach (9:35) and Savoir Adore (10:25).
NPR Music/WNYC’s Soundcheck at le Poisson Rouge with Buke & Gass (9:30), Death Grips (10:30) and Flying Lotus (11:30).
The Harmonica Lewinskies at Littlefield, 10/16 at 10.
Hype Machine Handpicked at Brooklyn Bowl featuring Indians (7), The Neighborhood (also 7) and The Virgins (10) with a secret performer.
Neon Gold/National Anthem/Chess Club’s New Shapes party at Santos Party House, where we’ll be seeing Citizens!, Jinja Safari, Strange Talk, Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira.
CAA’s showcase at Bowery Ballroom, we’re going for MS MR (11) and MNDR (12).
Pitchfork @ Villain with Chairlift, DIIV, Merchandise, Daughn Gibson and Le1f.
No Pulp Music showcase at Arlene’s Grocery where we’ll be seeing Ambassadors (4), Connor Youngblood (6:15) and Blonds (11).
Butter the Children at Legion Bar (6:30).
Tumblr showcase at the Knitting Factory where Mykki Blanco performs at 10.
Bowery Presents showcase at Pianos, we’re going for Savages, Born Ruffians and Zulu Pearls.
Woah. We may die this week.
Last night I had the extreme pleasure of attending a private party/performance thrown by Savoir Adore to celebrate the upcoming release of their new album, Our Nature (out 10/16). The shindig was held at YouTooCanWoo, their sick studio in Williamsburg. There was plenty of beer (though they ran out of the good stuff far too quickly), plenty of people and plenty of great music. Savoir Adore, the musical alias of Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro, played their new album while we drank before giving us a four-song preview of Our Nature. This album is going to be amazing. The songs are thoughfully melodious and ethereally beautiful. Hammer and Muro’s voices blend together enchantingly as their backing musicians help create a full and encompassing sound. I was able to chat a bit with Muro after their performance and she was very sweet and very happy to be finally sharing the new album. Check back for an interview with the band in the weeks to come!