I'm still not sure how it is possible that I have now completed my tenth CMJ Music Marathon. TENTH! I feel like the CMJ crew should have given me a gold star on my badge or maybe at least an extra set of earplugs to protect my aging, slightly more fragile eardrums. Old man Chip came, conquered and survived. One of my bigger observations from my week was the shift in attendees. When I bounced from showcase to showcase, I bumped into blogger after blooger, only occasionally seeing college radio kids sporting badges.
Now don't get me wrong. I love college radio. I stream various college radio stations for a good portion of the day here at the office. Those that take their rolls seriously, helping support upcoming new music that the commercial radio bigwigs haven't even considered (or heard of), are a brilliant resource for music fanatics such as myself. While you can find an enormous amount of new tunes online these days thanks to blogs, it makes a world of difference when you can just sit back and listen without having to download far too many MP3s, hoping to uncover that one diamond in the rough.
I'm sure the college radio kids were in attendance. I just didn't see them in the massive numbers that I used to. Regardless, even despite a few venues being douchebags about allowing in CMJ badge holders, overall it was a great (and exhausting) week in NYC.
BEST NEW BAND - BAD VEINS
Hands down, the one band that made the biggest impact to me was Bad Veins. Trust me, you will start reading about these two dudes quite a bit here on The Tripwire. With the momentum these fellas already have, I expect them to be a band to watch in 2008. By the time SXSW rolls around, they're gonna be huge.
BEST BAND THAT I ALREADY LIKED - THE DEADLY SYNDROME
After listening to The Deadly Syndrome's The Ortolan for quite some time, it was great to finally see these guys live on stage. Their blazing live rendition of "I Hope I Become A Ghost" was one of the best things I heard while in NYC.
BIGGEST DISSAPOINTMENT - BADGES VS. GUEST LISTS
The battle of badges vs. guest lists came to a head when I attempted to catch the Los Angeles (via Dallas/Fort Worth) group Oliver Future at Fontanas. Apparently this Viper Room event had a massive guest list, which required me resorting to call a friend in to flirt with the door guy. By the time I got in, the band was finishing up their set.
WORST MOMENT - LAGUARDIA AIRPORT FOOD
Hands down, my worst moment during my CMJ Music Marathon extravaganza was sitting in the "food court" at LaGuardia Airport at 4:30am. As my booze slowly turned into a hangover, which is never pleasant while you are still awake, the only bit of food I could scrounge up was a shitty bagel. It was disgusting but necessary.
See ya soon NYC!