A Tripwire Guide to the Best Unofficial, Badge Be Damned CMJ Parties

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In life, the best things are usually the ones you don’t know about, stumble upon and end up enjoying thoroughly. It’s hard to plan. The best things just fall into place. As is the case with music festivals (and CMJ is no exception to this rule) it may be the reason for the phrase. Like SXSW, CMJ is full of unofficial parties, secret shows, and all sorts of RSVP lists that open the doors to epic parties, or parties that could be epic but no one knew about them, and hence, no one showed up. Luckily, we’re going to clear the air for you, and let you in on a few secrets, some choice bands to see, and a few reasons why obtaining an official CMJ badge doesn’t really matter.

Day 1- 10/20
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The Pop Tarts Suck Toasted kick off party at Cake Shop tomorrow is a great way to begin the fest. Not only is the blog bringing in Little Girls and Holiday Shores, but also Holiday Shores’ Floridian neighbors Surfer Blood, who’ve been making serious waves, no pun intended, since their trip to NYC almost two months ago. Small Black, Grooms, Sisters, Motel Motel, Dinosaur Feathers, Will Stratton and Seth Kallen round out the Free seven hour show.

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Tuesday night there are a lot of options. Between the Underwater Peoples/Olde English Spelling Bee freak fest at Monkeytown and the Best Coast show at Cake Shop, it’s a real tough choice to make, especially since its the first night of the Festival. But if your looking for a way to get into exclusive shows for free, well, there’s an app for that too. It’s called the iPhone app for Going.com and it will get you into the Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Woods, Here We Go Magic show at Webster Hall for free. Sorry BlackBerry users.

Day 2- 10/21

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One of the biggest buzz bands in town this week is Best Coast, who’ve been tearing up the Interweb and tape hiss circles since “Sun Was High (So Was I)” hit the Web early this Summer. Throw in hypnagogic allstar Ducktails, NJ riff raff Fluffy Lumbers and the Africa high life riddims of, uh, HIGHLIFE (bka Sleepy Doug Shaw’s groove project, which may or may not feature members of Gang Gang Dance, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and White Magic) and this is a show not to be missed. Oh yeah, didnt even mention that Alex Bleeker and the Freaks and Coasting would also be making appearances, at the Group Tightener/Todd P event at Monster Island Basement. Not gonna lie, Wednesdays at the Basement have been the jump off recently.

Day 3- 10/22

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Thursday is tough. You’re starting to fade from 48 hours of excess but you must keep trudging through the trenches in order to receive either inevitable enlightenment or utter disillusionment. At this point, they are one in the same. You could rage the free DFA party at Brooklyn Bowl, with Murphy & Mahoney spinning as Special Disco Version, always choice. But I’d skip the party, especially if coming from out of town, to see The Beets, Beach Fossils, the Smith Westerns and more at Don Pedro’s. Cover is only $5 and this is a damn good lineup, and taste of the North Brooklyn scene. Beach Fossils haven’t really played outside the City much, and they are a must see, so do yourself a favor and head to Don Pedro’s. Friends at home will be envious in months when you recount the night.

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Another go-to Thursday show in Brooklyn is at the infamous Market Hotel. By now, its become a staple for bands rolling through town to hit the spot above Mr. Kiwi’s and below the JMZ, and this doesn’t change during CMJ as WNYU is throwing a serious rager with Gary War, Eric Copeland of Black Dice, Amen Dunes, Expo ’77, and Fluffy Lumbers, who are on so many good bills this week it’d be hard to miss them.

Day 4- 10/23

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Back to the LES, Friday afternoon at Cake Shop might just be the place to be. The Chouette Promotions party Friday afternoon is stacked with up-and-comers who should already be household names, depending on who you talk to you. Forrest Fire, whose Survival was named #1 album of 2008 by La Blogotheque, headline the afternoon party, which also features soundstress Julianna Barwick, the Sian Alice Group, HIGHLIFE and Theo Angel. A good way to kill Thursday nights hangover while pre-gaming for Friday nights festivities.

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As is usually the case with CMJ, Friday night means running around. Everyone is pulling out the stops and the lineups are stacked to the brim with blogworthy, PR pumped bands from all over. However, if your looking to chill in one spot, and devour a cohesive lineup from one of the best labels going, your best bet is to pop over to Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg for the Paw Tracks showcase. It looks a lot like last years lineup, sans Beach House, but a lot has changed since then, with Dent May touring the world and Tickley Feather on the brink of a new release. Throw in Mrs. Avey Tare, aka Kria Brekkan, the freak show that is Exceptor and Drawlings and you’ve got one of the best label showcases of the festival.

Day 5- 10/24

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Got really drunk at the Paw Tracks show and fell asleep in the bathroom? All good, as the fellas from Underwater Peoples will be taking over Cameo Gallery starting at 12 noon on Saturday. It’s a brunch show for all the hungover masses still trying to figure out exactly what happened. Fortunately for us, the collective will have bands playing in the front of Lovin’ Cup and in the back room. It’s a gathering of chillers, complete with the seven man Pill Wonder arkestra, Family Portrait, Frat Dad, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, and yes, Fluffy Lumbers, who, like I said earlier, are on a lot of choice bills this week.

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By Saturday night your bones probably ache. That’s cool. You should feel like shit. And the only thing that will cure your ailing limbs is a long ride on the L train to the deepest depths of Brooklyn, to what is easily one of the coolest places in New York. If you think I’m talking about the Silent Barn, well, you’re right. Tuck a few tall boys into your coat and check out the dope lineup Pop Jew has curated for the closing nights festivities. By the end of the night, which features the likes of A Classic Education, a band from Italy which His Clancyness plays in, you’ll be searching the floor for a valium and a few bucks for a cab ride home. And that’s fine. That’s how it should end: aching, ears bleeding.

POSTED October 19, 2009 3:40PM IN THE TRIPWIRE Comments (6) TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. One day I will make you, CMJ. One day.

  2. Reena Shah says:

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    Indo-Indie Music Festival
    Friday, October 23rd
    PUBLIC ASSEMBLY

    http://WWW.INDO-INDIE.COM
    featuring MY PET DRAGON + DAS RACIST + BAMBOO SHOOTS + ZEROBRIDGE

    ———————————–
    The indo-indie scene which has been on a slow (but tasty) simmer in Williamsburg, BK over the past 4+ years via the AVZ ‘love+noiz” events, unleashes on one glorious night with a stellar lineup. LIVE.LOUD aur FREE!

    Come ret to dance…don your best Filmi-fab steez!

    Just added:
    8:30pm – 9pm
    Chesney Snow LIVE with Kate Havenevik

    We will be marking milestones…

    _My Pet Dragon will be droppin’ nu trks hot off their upcoming release due out next year

    _KRTS brings forth the machines, the magic dust + the trip-hop madness a la Powerstrip Circus

    _Raj Maddela + NO BRAND team up for a much- anticipated LIVE electronic set

    _DAS RACIST comes correct with the HARE KRISNA HARDCORE

    _GOONDA will def hold down the low end

    _V:shal Kanwar from DC’s electroganic crew bringin’ the dubsteppa vibes

    _Bolly+Dimm will man the dex, mics, laps + efx

    …You: Bring da love!

    CMJ badges are welcome / honored.

    You must RSVP directly to loud@indo-indie.com for free entry!

    WHERE: Public Assembly (Front Room)
    70 N. 6th Street
    btwn Kent + Wythe Sts
    Williamsburg, BK 11211
    _______________________
    WHEN: 8pm – 4am.
    _______________________
    HOW MUCH: Free with RSVP to loud@indo-indie.com
    ($5 without RSVP).
    _______________________

    WHO:

    Bamboo Shoots (EPIC)
    Ches Snow + Kate Havenevik
    DAS RACIST
    My Pet Dragon
    Zerobridge

    on dex-efx-laptop-mics+machines
    KRTS
    V:shal Kanwar
    GOONDA soundsystem
    Raj Maddela + No Brand
    w/ AVAAZnyc residents Bollygirl + Dimm
    ______________________________________

    For full deets, music + vids check out indo-indie.com and individual band sites and FB fan pages:

    BAMBOO SHOOTS
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/bambooshoots?ref=ts
    http://www.myspace.com/bambooshoots

    KRTS
    http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=krts&init=quick#/KRTSmusic?ref=search&sid=537020615.407474004..1

    MY PET DRAGON
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/My-Pet-Dragon/11025397538?ref=ts

    ZEROBRIDGE
    http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=krts&init=quick#/group.php?gid=2883709092&ref=ts

    CHESNEY SNOW + KATE HAVENIK
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_bgKHJvc2U

    DAS RACIST
    http://www.myspace.com/dasracist

    V:SHAL KANWAR
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11143564724&ref=ts

    AVAAZnyc
    http://avaaznyc.com/make-noiz/
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7014783973

    GOONDA
    http://goondamusic.com/

    Ethnotechno.com
    http://ethnotechno.com/

  3. Michael McGregor says:

    um really, “But I’d skip the party, especially if coming from out of town, to see The Beets, Beach Fossils, the Smith Westerns and more at Don Pedro’s. Cover is only $5 and this is a damn good lineup, and taste of the North Brooklyn scene. Beach Fossils haven’t really played outside the City much, and they are a must see, so do yourself a favor and head to Don Pedro’s. Friends at home will be envious in months when you recount the night.”

    its called reading

  4. Franklin says:

    You forgot The Syndicate’s Conflict Of Interest Party that kicks the week off? If you go to one party that week, there’s one you need to be at.

  5. Great thread. Enjoyed the posts…