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So... here is another post about Tally Hall. I just read this great review of their show at the Rugby store, which happened after they played our day party. I was too tired to go, but it sounds like it was a great intimate show, packed with fans and striped shirts.

Best of all is this video of one of their new songs, "Never Meant To Know."

posted by n. @ 10/31/2008


Oh snap it's a recap: This Side Up / I Rock I Roll / Filter's CMJ DAY PARTY!

So while Bumpershine already has a sorta recap of what I did during CMJ Friday & Saturday nights (along with the rest of the After The Jump-ers), I thought it would be good to recap the party I actually helped put together - my FIRST for CMJ ever, with This Side Up Sounds and Filter Magazine!

First up: Pretty & Nice were EXCELLENT and i am hoping to get them back for a show asap. their drummer is one of my new favorite people, he wears science goggles when he drums. they are the only band I made a point of seeing twice during the marathon, and it was well worth the effort. Expect to see a lot more posting on them here in a "Tally Hall style" capacity. I have no pictures of them, because I had no camera either time I saw them. What a fail on my part. But this just means you have to come see for yourself, right?

Pretty & Nice - Fortress

Princeton were a great addition to the day and really did their best to get everyone in the venue to dance, which is a hard task at 1 in the afternoon in a room full of sober people but they made it work!

Princeton - The Waves

Jukebox the Ghost’s guitar player Tommy woke up 15 minutes before their scheduled set somewhere in brooklyn, but managed to make it to the venue after some frantic phone calls, kindaaaa looking like he had just fallen out of bed. but it was great, they rocked it, had the same funny banter as always and played a new song!

Jukebox The Ghost - Matter Of Time

Next up were The Noisettes who basically BLEW MY MIND. Their singer is a talent like I haven’t seen in a while. And she’s super hot and smelled really good too, if that matters. they were fantastic. I am in love. They should be playing much larger venues then Rehab, that is for sure.

The Noisettes - The Count Of Monte Christo

Tally Hall played two new songs, wore their new vests, and were great. I talk about Tally Hall on this blog basically every day, so I think you know my feelings here. Go watch episode 4 of their internet show!!! It's up now!

Tally Hall - Haiku

In the end, it was a really fun way to spend an afternoon, everyone drank ALL the Colt 45 and got crazy, and I tried both of the tasty flavors of Function Water and give them a thumbs up for sure. That "hangover cure" they promise is no joke!

Also a big big thank you for Ross and Andrew from Tally Hall, who were the DJs for the afternoon. They played some great stuff... including uh... Dogs Eye View!?!?

SO woo hoo and see you next CMJ where we will have something bigger and better going on, I'm sure.

All of the really great photos on this post are by the amazing Bryan. The rest are by me.

posted by n. @ 10/30/2008


Lowry, Part 2!

I blogged about Brooklyn band Lowry a few months ago, and am excited to have more to share. PLUS they are playing a show at the new studio at Webster Hall TONIGHT, with my other faves The Bloodsugars.

Here's a video they just put out:

"Face Behind Your Hands" from Lowry on Vimeo.

They also have a song called "Whiskey," that I am really digging, mostly because in this freezing pre-snow weather, it's nice to sip a little to keep yourself warm. And this is a good song to listen to while you do that.

Lowry - Whiskey

posted by n. @ 10/29/2008

cmj band crush #1: the depreciation guild

so i know i initially said that CMJ was pretty meh and stuff, but then I looked at my itunes the other day and realized that I had added a lot of new bands that I am actually REALLY excited about, all from last week alone. so in the end I think.. CMJ? mission accomplished! but I will agree with what Sarah said... it really really sucks to have to work a day job and then try to go to CMJ shows at night. at least during SXSW I can drink margaritas all day and night with friends and see tons of bands and not have to worry about the power point presentation I have to put together the next day.

First up, we have NYC band The Depreciation Guild. Okay so... do you remember that really really awesome video game for the original Nintendo entertainment system, Maniac Mansion??? It looked like this:

Well BASICALLY, if you took the soundtrack to that game (which was SO AWESOME) turned it into a good looking band and added a lot more shoegaze to it, the result would be The Depreciation Guild. They even play in front of trip-y colored video screens which enhances the otherworld-ly quality of their music, and if you read the band credits, one of the members is listed as playing TOYS. How do I get a job like that?! I saw them play at our After The Jump showcase at the Knitting Factory and was so mesmerized I barely noticed when someone handed me a can of Sparks plus, so that pretty much says it all.

Check out Depreciation Guild this Saturday (11/1) at some crazy new venue in Greenpoint called Alphabeta (which by day is a graffiti supply store!). Their album, In Her Gentle Jaws can be downloaded entirely FOR FREE if you click on the yellow strip on their website.

The Depreciation Guild - Butterfly Kisses (my fave)

The Depreciation Guild - In Her Gentle Jaws

posted by n. @ 10/29/2008


TALLY HALL - video for "Welcome To Tally Hall!"

I love this video. Every time I watch it I notice something new I didn't see before.

Ross also sat down with our friends The Music Slut and answered 8 questions about music and the band's recent relocation to New York. Read it here!

posted by n. @ 10/27/2008

Jukebox The Ghost - Live @ Rehab during CMJ!

Here is a great video of Jukebox The Ghost playing "Good Day" at the CMJ Day Party I put on with This Side Up & Filter Magazine on Friday. Enjoy! More CMJ write ups on zee way.

(and yes, Tally Hall really did DJ Shastakovitch. Ross & Andrew did a great job. You should have them DJ your party!)

posted by n. @ 10/27/2008



I have such mixed feelings about CMJ this year. And very little time to express them at the moment. So either follow me on twitter or Bumpershine is nice enough to let you stalk all us After The Jump bloggers at once!

PS: I seriously think that having LOUIS XIV kick off CMJ 2008 kiiiiind of says it all. don't you?

posted by n. @ 10/22/2008


TONIGHT: Stories In High Fidelity : Launch Party!!

While the nostalgic part of me is sad that Product Shop NYC, one of my favorite and best NYC music blogs, is no more, I am really excited that Jason has launched an awesome NEW site, Stories In High Fidelity, which may in fact be even MORE awesome. Check out tonight's AMAZING lineup and I will see you there!

An evening of stories & music with
>> Jaymay (Autumn Fallin')
>> Chuck Klosterman (Downtown Owl, Fargo Rock City)
>> Robert Christgau (“The Dean of Music Journalism”)
>> Dan Kennedy (Rock On: An Office Power Ballad)
>> Rob Sheffield (Love Is A Mix Tape)
>> Marc Spitz (A forthcoming biography of David Bowie)
>> Rocketship Park (Off and Away)
>> and more to be announced.
OCTOBER 20, 2008
Get Tickets Here

Stories In High Fidelity is a new website from the founders of Product Shop NYC (Village Voice Best of NYC, PC Magazine's 100 Favorite Blogs, PLUG Music Award Best Specialty Radio Show). Stories will feature first-person essays, tour diaries and reviews from some of the biggest names in music and a ton of buzz acts. Think of it as the Huffington Post for the music industry. Stories in High Fidelity has a weekly national radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio's Left of Center called Blog Radio with Stories In High Fidelity.

Check out to read essays from Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne, Stereophonics,, Willie Nelson, Juliana Hatfield and many others.

check out top ten songs about books!

posted by n. @ 10/20/2008


That right, After The Jump will be taking over The Yard, servin you hot dogs and other tasty grillables and bring you the latest in up and coming bands this CMJ SATURDAY! I went last year and it was a beautiful fall day (fall isn't over yet, i don't care what you say!) and such a great time. Spend your saturday outdoors while you still can!

posted by n. @ 10/20/2008


Pretty & Nice = Awesome & Fun.

I have to first say, that if you are going to describe a girl as "pretty and nice," I probably would be like "ZZzzzzz." It's like the difference between the "simple" girls and the katie girls (your girl is lovely hubble... you know). Fortunately there is NOTHING dull about the BAND Pretty & Nice. Infact, this Boston trio are more like super fun garage band times - I mean basically when I listen to their songs, I want to do EXACTLY what this girl on their album art is up to:

Except probably not in that outfit unless I was in some retro 50s beach movie.

"Get Young" is out right now on Hardly Art. Pretty and Nice are playing the CMJ day party that I am putting on with Filter and This Side Up @ Rehab, and they are on at noon. And it's TOTALLY FREE.

Pretty & Nice - Tora Tora Tora

Pretty & Nice - Grab Your Nets

posted by n. @ 10/16/2008

After The Jump Fest - CMJ BABY!!!

As you probably already guessed, dreamed and hoped about, After The Jump Fest is BACK this year, all over the CMJ-ness next week. Here is the super hot flier for our "OFFICIAL" showcase, next Wednesday, where we are taking over EVERY room at Knitting Factory with super musical awesomness. So please come out, bring me a sparks, and let's get it done.

When: Wednesday, October 22nd
Where: Knitting Factory
Old Office: ($8/or CMJ Badge)
8 PM the Beets
8 45 the Lisps
9:30 Inlets
10:30 Motel Motel
11:15 Alina Simone
12:00 the Muggabears

Tap: ($10/or CMJ Badge)
8 PM Best Friends Forever
8 45 PM the Depreciation Guild
9 30 PM My Teenage Stride
10:30 A Sunny Day in Glasgow
11:15 the Pains of Being Pure at Heart
12:00 Ringo Deathstarr

Main Stage: ($12/or CMJ Badge)
8 PM Starfucker
8 45 PM Unicycle Loves You
9 30 PM Bad Veins
10:30 Crystal Antlers
11:30 Heloise and the Savoir Faire
12:30 Juvelen

posted by n. @ 10/16/2008


this side up, i rock i roll & filter magazine present: MUSICAL CHAIRS, FREE CMJ DAY PARTY!

OMG. I am so excited about this! PLEASE COME! No CMJ Badges required!

More info coming soooon

posted by n. @ 10/14/2008


white lies. white lies. white lies. have got a hold on me.

Apparently this band has played Lollapalooza and been all over the place, and I don't know where I was but I missed it. I can't win them all I suppose, right? Actually, when I was djing the Glasvegas show this weekend, the lovely Elhaam came over and asked me to play White Lies, and I didn't have any and I was like... that seems wrong. They are, after all, everything I love in a dark moody british band.

So now I am head over heels for this song of course! And the band is going on tour with Glasvegas (how appropriate!). But first they have two CMJ shows, one at the Ben Sherman Store on Oct 23rd, and then at Bowery on the 24th.

White Lies - Death

posted by n. @ 10/09/2008

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