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If there was ever a week to drain your bank account on drinks and live music, this is it. Thanks to the CMJ Music Festival hundreds of bands are in town and really, really eager to make some fans. MME’s recommendations of best shows to see are below. I’m including official and unofficial shows on the list, because there really is no difference.
Off means official and you can use your badge. If there’s no Off, you’ll either have to pay a nominal door charge, or it’s a free show.
Micro-Pixel-Rites presents Dent May, Steve Gunn, Spectre Folk, Woodsman and tooth ache. at Glasslands, doors at 830 (Off)
Friendship Bracelet and Rose Quartz presents Gary War, Big Troubles, Total Slacker, Greatest Hits, Tonstartssbandht and Woodsman at Bruar Falls. 7
Group Tighener/ Acephale present How to Dress Well, Small Black, Dead Gaze, Porcelain Raft, Nude Beach, Secret Colors
Mog Presents Yo La Tengo, DOM, Screaming Females at Brooklyn Bowl, 7 (Off)
Ground Control Touring presents Jenny and Johnny, Wild Nothing, Times New Viking, Happy Birthday, La Sera at Irving Plaza, 8 (Off)
Chocolate Bobka presents a Not CMJ Show
Terrorbird presents Marnie Stern, Baths, Revolver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Kyle Andrews, Botany, Dark Dark Dark, Prince Rama, Kordan at Cake Shop, noon.
Free Williamsburg/ Stadiums and Shrines presents Pujol, Blackbird Blackbird, Foxes in Fiction, Awesome Tapes from Africa and more at Glasslands, 6
I Guess I’m Floating / Lefse Records present Houses, Candy Claws, Young Prisms, Tape Deck Mountain, Wise Blood, Sunglasses, Keepaway, A Classic Education, Dominant Legs at The Delancey, 6 (Off)
Stereo-Gun presents All Night Long w/ Wild Nothing, Tamaryn, Diamond Rings and more at Santos Party House, 7
NNA Tapes presents Driphouse, Thought Broadcast, Tooth Ache., Lawrence Welks and Our Bear to Cross, Toby Aronson at Silent Barn, 8
I Guess I’m Floating presents Floating Fest w/ Baths, Pepper Rabbit, Oberhofer, Teen Daze, Young Man, Beach Fossils, Violens, Foxes In Fiction, Class Actress, Blackbird Blackbird, MillionYoung, Viernes, Young The Giant, Coolrunnings at Pianos, noon
Carpark / Paw Tracks presents Dent May, Prince Rama, Cloud Nothings, EAR PWR, Light Pollution, DJ Carpark, Deakin, Avey Tare (DJ set), Excepter at Cake Shop, 8 (Off)
Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples presents La Big Vic, Andrew Cedermark, Air Waves, Guy Blackman, Fabulous Diamonds, The Crayon Fields at Glasslands, 8 (Off)
Kanine Records / Gorilla vs Bear/ Forest Family Records / Father Daughter Records present Cults, Tennis, Marnie Stern, Eternal Summers, Young Prisms, Family Trees, Dent May at Live at the Pyramids, 8
Hardly Art present Xray Eyeballs, Woven Bones, Golden Triangle, Fergus & Geronimo, Circle Pit, La Sera at Shea Stadium, 8
IMPOSITION curated with the FMLY w/ Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk, Birthdays, Truman Peyote, Blissed Out and more at The Woods, noonish
Rose Quartz x MME presents Andrew Cedermark, Family Portrait, Street Chant, Ecstatic Sunshine, Fluffy Lumbers, Pigeons and Nude Beach at Shea Stadium, 8
Altered Zones presents Greatest Hits, Woven Bones, Teen Inc., Prince Rama, Excepter, John Maus, How To Dress Well (DJ set) at Death by Audio, 8
Kanine / WaoWao / The Music Slut / Insound presents Grooms, We Are Country Mice, Eternal Summers, Young Prisms, Braids, Pepper Rabbit, Viernes, Dream Diary, Dinowalrus at Cake Shop, 6 (Off)
Capeshok/Inflated presents Frankie Rose & The Outs, Woven Bones, Eternal Summers, Big Troubles, Flight, Rooftop Vigilantes, Oberhofer, Pregnant, Sweet Bulbs, Mathemagic, Dead Gaze, Shrag, Brian at Bruar Falls, 2
IMPOSITION curated with Art Fag and Zoo Records w/ Coasting, Cloud Nothings, No Joy, Woven Bones and more at Don Pedro’s, 8
Pop Gun presents Baths, Dominant Legs, Teen Daze, Porcelain Raft, Mon Khmer, Jaill at Glasslands, 8 $5 off with RSVP
Dent May– Because you know what music you like, but you don’t know much about Mississippi (except how to spell it).
Steve Gunn– An intoxicating guitar song is as necessary as water.
Spectre Folk– Pete Nolan. Pete Meehan. Steve Shelley. A pretty and twisted racket…
Woodsman– Get foggy!
tooth ache.- Intricate soundscapes from a Vermont solo star.
TASTES to whet your appetite…
Dent May: Eastover Wives
tooth ache.: Skin
Also previously posted: “Mr. Franklin” by Steve Gunn.
Spectre Folk is a name i’ve heard buzzing around, but for whatever reason I didn’t investigate until yesterday. Sound of the City interviewed Nolan and posted a song, “Burning Bridge,” which I now can’t stop listening to. The track is off his latest record, Compass, Blanket, Lantern, Mojo, out on his label Arbitrary Signs.
Magik Markers was one of my favorite bands on 2006. I went to a Halloween show they played with Orca Age, then JP05, at Cambridge’s All Asia club. I was dressed like Cleopatra and Elisa Ambrogio told me I looked great when we ran into each other in the bathroom. As much as Elisa is the center of that band, Nolan, as drummer, was the beating heart. Without him, her squealing squalls would be untempered.
Nolan’s work at Spectre Folk is a different beast altogether. In Nolan’s words:
Nolan says he wrote the track to deal with his feelings of isolation, desperation, and sleep deprivation after becoming a new parent. He explains, “In this altered state of consciousness I interpreted my daughter’s cries–being as she was, a total newcomer to the planet earth, incapable of putting personal attachment to her thoughts and feelings–as the pure sound of the universal consciousness heralding both her entry into the world and my passage into the next level of the game. That’s the idea anyway. Can you dig it?”
Nolan’s slight slacker strum and nasal voice are literally, utterly, charming. Sing this to me, i’ll definitely fall asleep…
Spectre Folk: Burning Bridge