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ATJF - good golly.

(locksley @ after the jump fest)

did you make it out to After The Jump Fest on Saturday? I had a great time, saw a bunch of great bands, drank some free Colt 45 and ate too much catered lasagna. Big thanks to everyone who came out and helped us, especially all the bands and volunteers.

check out more photos at or at the officlal Flickr group for ATJF

now it's time to move on to other things though, and once I get this stupid macbook fixed tomorrow I should have a lot of good music to share so stick around.

posted by n. @ 8/27/2007



need i say more?

posted by n. @ 8/23/2007

an interview with Golem!

i hardly ever do interviews on this blog, so this actually might be a first (and a last...)! But here is the promised interview with the lovely Annette from Golem, who (as I have mentioned before) will be playing at After The Jump Fest on Saturday! Be sure to check out the After The Jump website for more interviews with the rest of the great bands!

Q. So there has been some debate going around about where the name Golem orginates from? Can you enlighten me?

The Golem is the Jewish Frankenstein. Actually, rumor has it that the
idea for Frankenstein was inspired by the story of the golem. A golem
is a human-like creature, created by man, which isn't human (like a
robot). The most famous golem was in 17th century Prague, created by
a certain Rabbi Lowe out of clay. The golem, a huge monster, was
supposed to protect the Jewish community from trouble, but he was a
little too wild, so had to be put back to clay eventually. Too wild
for his own good.. just like us!

Q: There aren't a lot of bands out now that sound like Golem. What inspired your sound and what inspired you guys to get together?

Our sound is inspired by very old music (Jewish, Gypsy, Slavic)..
we're a bunch of punks playing songs from the 19th century! But we
play music from Eastern Europe that has so much life and energy in
it, it melds perfectly with our own contemporary mindset. We play the
music in the here and now.

Q. I noticed that you're playing the Jewish Music Festival in Warsaw. How did you get that opportunity? How do find that crowds abroad differ from audiences that you have played for here in the US?

We've been getting some reknown as the iconoclastic folk-punk band..
and people want to hear what's that's all about, especially in
Europe, where people are familiar with the type of folk music we're
riffing on. So I'd say it's a more informed response in Europe, but
no less hearftfelt, and audiences there are even more surprised with
what we're doing with this music. This time will be our first time in
Poland, however, and we're really looking forward to it. Of course
most Polish Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and it will be
incredibly emotional to go there and scream our hearts out on stage
and show how alive both we and this music are!

Annette -- low long have you been playing the accordian?

I started out playing classical piano as a kid, and picked up the
accordion about 8 years ago because I wanted to play folk music and I
wanted something I could carry around... the accordion is a "poor
man's orchestra" because it plays melody, bass, and chords, all in
one crazy-sounding instrument!

Q: Since you certainly are combining the "old world" with the "new world," i'm curious as to what your parents think about the music you make?

They love it. The members of Golem come from different backgrounds,
Jewish and not Jewish, and I think it's that mix of viewpoints that
gives us such a powerful energy. All the Golem mamas and papas really
dig what we're doing. This music crosses all boundaries: age, race,
geography, hairstyle :)

Q: And finally, since you guys do seem so unique, if I wanted to listen to more bands that sound like Golem (new and old), who would you recommend? What are you biggest influences?

Our musical influences are long dead, but we still talk to them.....

posted by n. @ 8/23/2007


AFTER THE JUMP FEST - meet Golem & carefully study all this important information. YAY!

Hi kids! So, incase you hadn't noticed the previous posts on here, I just want to point out that the great convergence of the New York City music blogosphere is going down on August 25th - do you have your tickets for After The Jump Fest yet? Personally, I am most psyched that we can now talk about one band that have been added to the line up, and that is exactly what I am going to do here:

At an old job of mine, my boss came up to me one day and asked me to find her some great klesmer music, but I had no idea at the time what to do with that request, especially in terms of the modern day indie music that I spent so much of my time listening to then. And then last year all of that changed, when I - almost on accident - stumbled upon Brooklyn's own klesmer sensations Golem.

Not to be confused with that not-so-precious creature from the fairly popular film about a ring and some elves, this Eastern European folk-punk band tore up the Heeb magazine party at SXSW, and despite finding myself at the tail end of an exhausting few days I couldn't HELP but want to jump up and dance around with their infectious music. If you've ever been at a concert and thought to yourself "wow this is great, but it would really be 10,000 times better if everyone formed a circle and did the hora"... then I SERIOUSLY encourage you to come and check out what Golem have going on.

Fellow After The Jump-er Jerry Yeti really likes them too, and he managed to throw in a whole "American Tail" analogy that you might also appreciate. He and I will surely have some beers and dance around (Yeti's might do that, I hear), though I never knew that Fival was so punk rock?

Anyways, here is a track from the band's excellently titled album Fresh Off The Boat.

Golem - Warsaw Is Khelm

Golem are playing on the stage at 4pm THIS SATURDAY at ATJF so please do not miss them!!! I will have an interview with the band up later this week (if my computer holds out on me and all else does not fail), and you can take a gander around all the After The Jump Fest blogs to see what other awesome music lies in store for you.

Finally, here is a lot of VERY important ATJF info - namely the line up and a run down of our fabulous sponsors, without whom this charity event would basically be impossible.

Set Times:
FREE Day Show Schedule

2:00 ( Main Stage) The Teenage Prayers
2:30 ( Side Stage) Jukebox The Ghost
3:00 ( Main Stage) Locksley
3:30 ( Side Stage) Bling Kong
4:00 ( Main Stage) Golem
4:30 ( Side Stage) Goes Cube
5:00 ( Main Stage) Ra Ra Riot
5:30 ( Side Stage) Apache Beat
6:00 ( Main Stage) Spectrum
------------------------------------------------ Night Stage

10:00 The Virgins
11:00 Soulico
Midnight Free Blood
1:00 Riot In Belgium
Finger on the Pulse (DJ set)
David Bruno (DJ set)

Again, the day show is FREE. Purchase tickets to the night portion
of the event HERE.

Raffle/Prizes: (because you know you like to WIN AWESOME STUFF and GIVE MONEY TO GOOD CAUSES (yay)
Chris over at Music Snobbery is keeping a running tally of all the awesome prizes wehave to raffle off at After the Jump, including TWO passes to the CMJ Music Marathon worth nearly $500 each (thanks CMJ)! We also have a ton of CD prize packs, signed posters, t-shirts, and much more - so come and donate for your chance to win!

Interested in donating your time to this event? Go HERE
for more info.

Things in this world cost money. Even really awesome free/for
charity things. The companies below have helped out a great deal in
terms of making this whole After The Jump Fest possible. Thanks and
big ups to them.

- Cellfish Media
Cellfish Media creates digital content for mobile phones and is helping to revolutionize the blogging community.
MetroMix is your one-stop local entertainment guide on where to go and what to do, from the hottest restaurants and bars, to the latest in events, music, movies, and more.

CONCERT.TV is the first television channel dedicated to live music by offering both cutting edge shows and past favorites

- Indaba Music
- Indaba Music is an international community of musicians, music professionals, and fans exploring the creative possibilities of making music with people in different places.

- Imeem.
Imeem is an online community where artists, fans & friends can promote their content, share their tastes, and discover new blogs, photos, music and video. Visit After the Jump on Imeem

CMJ Network connects music fans and music industry professionals with the best in new music through
interactive media, live events and print.

- Xanga.
Xanga is a community of online diaries and journals

- Colt 45.
For over 4 decades, Colt 45 Premium Malt Liquor has been the "class of all malt liquor brands". With its smooth and distinct flavor and historic affiliation with Billy Dee Williams, it has become an urban American icon.

and FINALLY FINALLY MOST IMPORTANTLY, click here to read all about the great cause all of this is going towards. PLEASE purchase your tickets early and buy some raffle tickets and give something back to your community. nothing is more rock and roll than that.

this is possibly the longest blog post I've ever done. woo hoo

posted by n. @ 8/20/2007


i'm djing in brooklyn tonight!

Here is the info! Touring for bands without a lot of financial backing is so hard, so please come out and support these great acts!

For the first time, has helped put together out of town shows for two NYC bands.

Gold Streets and Man In Gray will be hitting the road together in August and it all starts with a show in their own backyard at one of their favorite venues in the city: Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Please come out and show your support for the bands. All money they earn from this show will help them pay for gas and other expenses on this stint and others the bands have planned together and separately in the coming months.


She Keeps Bees - Stutter

Man In Grey - Stranded

posted by n. @ 8/15/2007


you! me! sleeping!

i am uber tired this week. i think my brain has meltzord. seriously. i'm working at this crazy job and i cannot think straight, and they won't let me listen to music during the day so when it comes time for my much needed 4pm dance party rejuvination it JUST DOES NOT HAPPEN.

so. worst.

but if i was going to have a 4pm dance party instead of slamming dunkin donuts iced coffees like no body's business all day, here is some new stuff I would throw on it:

Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing! (with so many friggin exclamation points, how could you NOT be excited. and they are playing mercury lounge tonight. super rad).

The 1990s - Switch (I always confuse this band with the band the 1900's from Chicago, although they are very different - time periods and sound-wise too! but they are fun, and I missed all their NYC shows like a total over-worked loser. they have an album out called COOKIES. num num num).

Mink - Talk To Me (this is some catchy catchy stuff, period. and they opened for Kiss (!?) and Perry Farrell really really really likes them).

posted by n. @ 8/10/2007

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