Ah home sweet home. After migrating to the wonderful city of Austin just a few months ago, your trusty Tripwire crew has returned to our previous home, NYC. It didn't take long to fall back into our old routine, hitting familiar haunts and bumping into plenty of our old crew along the way. The purpose of our grand journey from Austin to Dallas to Chicago to NYC (werd up ATA Airlines), is to tackle the beast that is the CMJ Music Marathon.
We've been attending these suckers for longer than we'd rather admit. I have no problem admitting that my first CMJ was back in '97, making this my ten year anniversary with ye olde Marathon. It has been interesting to watch the industry of college radio shift over the last several years, as labels, indie promoters and even college stations themselves have come and gone.
After flipping through today's schedule, there are several showcases that look quite promising. I've got a hunch that at least a few Tripwire writers will be attending the Dovecote Records extravaganza at one of our least favorite venues in the Big Apple, Fat Baby. Hey Dovecote, we know you didn't get to pick the location, so we still love you. They will have sets by Tim Williams, Bad Veins and Mason Proper, and we dig all three. Dallas' Smile Smile will be at the Alphabet Lounge early in the evening, which is tempting, and we're also interested in catching Foreign Born and The Deadly Syndrome at The Delancy, as well as Division Day at the Canal Room. So many choices, so little time.
Coffee has now been consumed, laptops and cameras have been charged, so lets light this candle and get CMJ underway. Oh, and many thanks to our good buddy Smoz for offering up some floor space to crash on this week!