CMJ Day 4, 21 October 2011


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Day 4 of CMJ music fest and I’m still going strong.  First up was a trip to the Ace Hotel, to catch the last bit of EMA, before I rushed over to the Living Room.  Unfortunately wristbands for the Paste show were not ready, so I headed back uptown for a nap at Barnes and Noble.  Then it was back to the Ace Hotel for Bradford Cox’s Atlas Sound.  So glad I arrived early.  Some people couldn’t make it in to the hotel.

Cox came out in pajamas, apparently he has a room at the hotel.  As he sound checked his own equipment, he wittily chatted with the applause-ready crowd, which he thought way too weird.  The perfectionist in Cox had to stop during his set to make sure the sound was perfect.  I’m no musician, but it sounded pretty good from where I was sitting.

Then it was off to the Living Room, where I got to play with some guitars and pedals upstairs in the Googie’s Lounge at the Stomp Box Exhibit.  It’s just like going to Guitar Center, but you get to play with a variety pedals right in front of you!!!  There’s one more day to enjoy this exhibit, so go early.

After guitar practice, it was off to Spike Hill.  We Are Augustines played a set full of vibrant guitar melodies and alot of sweat.

Danish singer Fallulah, joined by a backing band, performed a dance-ready set full of fun beat and a crazy-ass back bend, which may very well be my favorite image of the festival.  WOAH!

UK’s Viva Brother later performed a short six song Brit, 90s influenced set, to the dismay of some people in the audience who wanted a little more.  The band wins the award for most gear brought along, as stacks of cases lined the side wall like a tower.

Finally, Norway’s electro band Casiokids performed a late night set of fun, danceable pop.

Was a great night and sensible shoes are what got me through the whole day!  Thank you New Balance!

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