Greetings from CMJ in New York City-- the annual music conference put on by College Music Journal designed to showcase up and coming talent. So far, the most interesting thing we've seen is this fish tank...
In all seriousness, we have yet to be blown away by any of the bands this year, but the weekend is still young. Our days have been filled with meetings with our favorite minds in the music biz and eating a lot of fantastic food, while enjoying the best of Manhattan neighborhoods, the Lower East Side. Oh, and we brought the sunshine with us - the fall weather is perfect.
The bands who are buzzing this year are:
Freelance Whales -- still unsigned, yet industry eyes are upon them. Our friend, Ian, said it best, "if a bomb went off at their showcase yesterday at Bowery, half of the music industry would have been demolished."
Bands we've seen:
@ SPIN Party:
Samuel - pop artist, just got signed to Columbia
Temper Trap - like the music, the band's appearance really threw us -- take a listen on myspace and then look at the photos, you'll get the drift.
@ The Rumble Brooklyn:
Casxio - discolicious, a Future Sounds favorite
Teenage Prayers - Brooklyn band
@ A Random Late Night Showcase:
Ninja Sonik -- wins award for most entertaining (so far)...partly due to the drunk rocker chick on stage who's sole role was to grind on the band members and head bang to songs like "Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant." These guys were so blazed, we're surprised they remembered the words.
@ Cake Shop:
Naam -- lovely, loud and heavy rock n roll... Beware-- shirtless drummer. Note: Cake Shop on the Lower East Side is the coolest coffee shop/bar/record store/music venue we've ever seen.