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cmj 2007 aka "i hate my day job right now"

well, per the usual, cmj is totally kicking my ass. i'm on my second cup of coffee and my lotus notes at work is making me go cross-eyed. nevertheless, so far it has been a pretty fun though also fairly tame marathon thus far.

Monday night I wen to the Syndicate party, which is usually the highlight for me. The downside this year was that it was a really expensive cash bar (BOO?!?!?), the upside was that I got to see/oogle We Are Scientists, one of my personal faves. They have a new album coming out in 2008 which should be awesome x1000.

after monday night's vodka swilling, I took it easy last night and after dinner at the Pink Pony made my way across the pond to Southpaw to see a band a friend of mine has been raving about since she got back from the UK.

Alberta Cross are a folk/rock band from London who produce a soulful southern sound very much akin to Kings of Leon. They have a debut EP out now called The Thief & The Heartbreaker, and you can catch them at CMJ today at 3pm at the Puck Building or BETTER YET, tonight at the After The Jump show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.


Alberta Cross - Lucy Rider

Alberta Cross - The Thief & The Heartbreaker

posted by n. @ 10/17/2007


CMJ: Indie Outlaw daytime show (After The Jump!)

Yet another After The Jump CMJ party, this time with a fun North Vs. South theme (my civil war buff father would certainly appreciate this). Highlights for me are absolutely The Silent Years (I've heard some of their awesome new demos recently - a MUST SEE), but also The Pendletons from Georga who I have heard great things about.

Get more info on the par-tay here

The Pendletons - Sad Songs

posted by n. @ 10/11/2007


a (momentary) break from In Rainbows

Hi all.

Well like probably the vast majority of bloggers and any other musically minded folks, I have spent my morning listening to In Rainbows (the new Radiohead album). and also drinking lots of coffee, which has left me hyperactive, in the best mood ever, and pretty much totally unable to concentrate on this expense report i'm should be working on at the moment. c'est la vie, i suppose great albums + excess caffeine will just do that to you.

Anyways, CMJ is a week away, which is totally nuts. Tonight I plan to sit down and cram with the list of bands playing and figure out how to put my badge to good use. In the meantime, here are some new tracks that make me happy lately.

Having already created some fantastic remixes for local favorites like The Diggs and Pela, it's really exciting to hear that Cassettes Won't Listen will finally be releasing a full length album entitled Small Time Machine. There are some new tracks on the myspace page, including a demo called "Paper Float," and here is another track for you to check out.

Cassettes Won't Listen - Lunch For Breakfast

So... I'm a Rogue Wave fan! Who knew? Not me, but one listen to this gorgeous track, about the lake I grew up next to, and I was hooked. You're probably rolling your eyes and saying "Oh Nora, where have you BEEN" but maybe you aren't doing that and I can make you a fan too.

Rogue Wave - Lake Michigan

Oh my god it's another band with ocean and animal references!! Not to be confused with my other faves Sea Wolf, and my pretty much least faves (sorry kids) Grizzly Bear, Sea Bear hail from Iceland (!) and make very very pretty music about "nature, mortality and love." Awwwwwww, that is lovely. This track from their debut album, The Ghost That Carried Us Away (out now) makes me want to take a nap in a field of daisies while someone braids my hair... or something like that.

Sea Bear - I Sing I Swim

New York band Raven's and Chimes have a song title on their new album, Reichenbach Falls that could very easily be the title of a Bound Stems song. That was my first observation when I read about them. They also, just like Bound Stems, make some great music, well orchestrated Arcade Fire-ish tunes that would be the perfect accompaniment to a chilly autumn dusk (if autumn actually ever HAPPENS in New York this year).

Ravens & Chimes - General Lafayette, You Are Not Alone!

okay, that's enough procrastination. Time to turn my attention back to Radiohead and finances.

posted by n. @ 10/10/2007


presents from via audio

At lunch today, I burned my tongue on my soup (damn you, Hale and Hearty!), and was in a grumpy mood because of it. Thankfully, there are plenty of great new album releases this time of year, and one that I am especially excited about has been improving my post-lunch & tongue injury mood exponentially.

It has been almost a year since I first wrote about Brooklyn's own Via Audio, and now they have finally released their full-length debut say something... which was produced by Jim Eno of Spoon and is a great potpourri of indie rock musical stylings.

MOKB recently had the band on his Sirius Satellite radio show, and you can check out some live mp3s from that over here.

You can watch the video for Presents, which was recently pimped over on Stereogum, right here, AND they were featured in NYLON! Hooray!!!

Via Audio - Presents

Via Audio - Harder On Me

here are Via Audio's upcoming NYC shows (including CMJ!)

10/16 Galapagos • Brooklyn, NY (CMJ)
w/ Cheeseburger, Tacks The Boy Disaster, White Denim
$8 (CMJ Badges do not grant entry) / 21+

10/17 Lions Den • New York, NY (SideCho Records CMJ Showcase)
w/ Meat Puppets, 1090 Club & more
9:30PM / CMJ Badge grants entry / open to the public

10/20 Ace of Clubs • New York, NY (Berklee / Heavy Rotation CMJ Showcase)
w/ Elizabeth & The Catapult, Igmar Thomas & The Cypher, edibleRed, Kid:nap:kin
Free / 1PM / 21+

posted by n. @ 10/03/2007


and the blog goes on...

That's right, After The Jump continues to bring you the best in new music, this time with several great CMJ line ups to rock your socks off. I probably should have blogged about this sooner, starting to blog about CMJ is almost as overwhelming as CMJ itself (well.. kind of). We've announced one of the line-ups so far, at the Williamsburg Music Hall, with more shows TBA.

Wednesday 10/17
A Place To Bury Strangers
Cadence Weapon
Sam Champion
Alberta Cross


More info to come on the other shows...

Here's a song by one of the bands that I'm stoked to check out.

Foals - Hummer

posted by n. @ 10/02/2007

CONTROL (a review)

I'm not really sure that I'm going to do this film or Joy Division fans justice with this review, but I have to try, so here we go... I was out with my friend Jade the other night and she introduced me to some girlfriends of hers. We were sitting around chatting over pints when the DJ put on "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and one of the girls commented on how there was this one summer a few years ago where you could walk around in the village and EVERY bar would be playing that song. Every DJ was spinning it, constantly. I don't know why this was exactly, but that was actually one of my first introductions to Joy Division - aside from hearing that song and others before my knowledge of the band was honestly pretty limited. Fast forward a few years later, and, while I am still not a die-hard fan like a lot of people I know, Joy Division are now a band that I have really grown to appreciate, far beyond the basics of their catalog.

Coming at it from that perspective, I was still really excited to get to see an advance screening last night of Control, Anton Corbijn's new Ian Curtis biopic. Having always been sort of an enigma to me, in so far as I basically knew little to nothing personal about him aside from his haunting vocals and the fact that he tragically took his own life, the almost chilling trailer that was released earlier this year immediately drew me in. Shot entirely (and very appropriately) in black and white, the film is based on the memoirs of Ian's wife Deborah, and takes us through their relationship together, the formation of what would become Joy Division, Ian's ultimate infidelity, internal struggle with his demons and his epilepsy, and ultimate unraveling.

Personally, I thought Corbijn did a beautiful job with the material, however even after watching such a compelling and tragic film, I still felt that I came up empty in a sense in terms of having any real new insight into Curtis, aside from what most people already know about him. Then again, it seems like no one, even the women who loved him and his closest friends and family, really ever knew what was going on with their withdrawn friend, always touching from a distance but never truly getting in.

Never the less, Sam Riley (who had never been in a film before) gives a remarkable performance as the tortured soul Curtis, and the film frame by frame seemed to have been made with the utmost love and care. Corbijn himself describes the film - his first - as a very personal voyage for him in his life It is a journey which began in for him in his turbulent teenage years, to when he moved to London to make a change after listening to "Unknown Pleasures" and knowing that he needed to be in the place where that music was created because it touched such a chord with him. All of this emotion culminates in what is ultimately a film that will stay with the viewer a long time after the final frame.

For more information on Control, check out the official website. The film comes out October 10th here in the US in limited release. The trailer is here.

posted by n. @ 10/02/2007


i know i haven't blogged about them in a while

but i still LOVE Tally Hall.

They are playing Bowery Ballroom (zomg!) on November 6th.

Tickets are on sale here!

posted by n. @ 10/01/2007

ilu, radiohead

allow me to join the rousing blogosphere chorus with a HELL YES HOORAY I LOVE YOU RADIOHEAD!!!!!

here is one of my favorite radiohead songs. and one of my favorite love songs.

Radiohead - True Love Waits

posted by n. @ 10/01/2007

i wish it was the 60s, i wish we could be happy

last night i went to see Across The Universe, which pretty much doled out hook line and sinker every possible cliche about the 60s you could imagine. and while I love the Beatles, and loved looking at and listening to Jim Sturgess, the film could have used some serious editing (it tops out at a little over 2 hours long) and something called actual plot developement. it really pains me to say this, because i wanted so badly to love this movie, and there were a few truely beautiful moments, but in general I just feel like it all could have been so much more than it was, both special effects wise and especially in terms of the script. the beatles music lends itself so well to the stories of life and love, i just wish i had felt like this film truely did justice to the music.

nevertheless, come great musicians lent their talents to the soundtrack and also appeared in the film. the scenes with Bono were definitely a treat -- has he done any acting before?

Bono & Secret Machines - I Am The Walrus

Joe Cocker - Come Together

posted by n. @ 10/01/2007

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