CMJ 2009 Recap

<p> <a href="Features/Features/CMJ_2009_Recap/"><img src="" alt="CMJ 2009 Recap" /></a>  </p> <div> Going in, CMJ 2009 looked like a weak year, thanks to the weak economy providing a weak line-up of...
CMJ 2009 Recap

CMJ 2009 Recap

Going in, CMJ 2009 looked like a weak year, thanks to the weak economy providing a weak line-up of weak showcases & weak bands with weak schwag.  But that let one focus on what there that was good, stop grading on a CMJ curve, and catch some things you might have otherwise missed, to make for a more accomplished CMJ:
The worst weather of CMJ also brought some of the best showcases & bands to close out the festival.
 CMJ 2009 Day 5 Recap
Though the weather got colder, the music stayed pretty hot on Day Four.
 CMJ 2009 Day 4 Recap
After two rather unpromising days of CMJ, Day Three was a major improvement, thanks to singer/songwriters.
 CMJ 2009 Day 3 Recap
The Bowery area once again dominated on a once-again underwhelming CMJ Day Two.
 CMJ 2009 Day 2 Recap
Even for a CMJ weaker than before, Day One was thin – but some friends of the Q helped out…
 CMJ 2009 Day One Recap

67 Bands, 71 Shows:

Ambulance LTD – Day ThreeMercury Lounge

Au Revoir Simone – Day FourRockwood Music Hall ; Day FiveBell House

Band Bang Eche – Day One, PureVolume House

Bear Hands – Day FourPiano’s

Dan Black – interview

Casxio – Interview

Cheap Seats – Day One, PureVolume House

The Cringe – pre-party, Rebel

Evan Dando – Day TwoPiano’s

Chris Denny – Day ThreePiano’s (upstairs)

The Dig – Day FourMercury Lounge

Drink Up Buttercup – Day FiveEtnies Showroom

Drug Rug – Day FourRockwood Music Hall

Electric Tickle Machine – Day FiveSpike Hill

Elizabeth & The Catapult – Day FiveThe Delancey (upstairs)

Extended Family – Day One, Crash Mansion

Fanfarlo – pre-party & Day One, Rebel & Piano’s

Hooray For Earth – Day One, Crash Mansion

James Husband – Day FourBell House

Japandroids – Day FourBell House

JayMay – Day FourRockwood Music Hall

JBM – Day ThreeMercury Lounge

Jupiter One – Day One, Mercury Lounge

Seth Kallen – Day One, Cake Shop (upstairs)

Kanipchen Fit  – Day TwoPiano’s (upstairs)

Kid:Nap:Kin – Day One, PureVolume House

Theodolphius London  – Day TwoSantos (downstairs) & (le) Poisson Rouge

The Love Language – Day One, Piano’s (upstairs)

Lovvers – Day ThreePiano’s

Man Like Me – Day ThreePureVolume House

Middle Distance Runner – Day One, Piano’s (upstairs)

Midnight Juggernauts – Interview; Day TwoSantos (downstairs) & Bowery Ballroom; Day FiveSantos

Holly Miranda – Day ThreePiano’s (upstairs)

MNDR – Day FiveAce Hotel

Motel Motel – Day One, Cake Shop

NinjaSonik – Day Two(le) Poisson Rouge

Alec Ounsworth – Day ThreePiano’s & Mercury Lounge

Cale Parks – Day FourBell House

Paul & The Patients – Day FourArlene’s Grocery

PDA – Day One, PureVolume House

The Postmarks – Day FiveBell House

Rain Machine – Day FiveBowery Ballroom

Ravens & Chimes – Day FourMercury Lounge

Real Estate – Day TwoSantos (downstairs)

Red Collar – Day Two, Ace of Clubs

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Day ThreePiano’s (upstairs)

Savoir Adore – Day FiveLiving Room

Sean Bones – Day TwoPureVolume House

Silver Starlings – Day TwoCake Shop

Still Flyin’ – Day FiveBell House

Superdrag – Day FourPiano’s

Surfer Blood – Day ThreePiano’s

Temper Trap – Day FiveAce Hotel

These United States – Day TwoPiano’s

Turbo Fruits – Day TwoCake Shop

Twin Atlantic – Day FourPureVolume House

The Union Line – pre-party, Rebel

unknown – Day TwoPureVolume House

Sharon Van Etten – Day FiveBowery Ballroom

Via Tania – interview; Day FourNorwood

Violens – Day FiveBowery Ballroom

Patrick Watson – Day ThreeMercury Lounge

Imaad Wasif – Day FourPiano’s (upstairs)

White Denim – pre-party, Rebel

The xx – Day TwoMercury Lounge

Your Nature – Day ThreeCanal Room

Zambri – Day One, Crash Mansion (upstairs)


Best BandMidnight Juggernauts, Patrick Watson

Runners-Up – Evan Dando, Electric Tickle Machine, The Postmarks, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Superdrag, These United States, Zambri

Worst Band PDA

Runners-Up – The Cringe, Kanipchen Fit, Kid:Nap:Kin, Silver Starlings

Best Showcase – (day) BrooklynVegan @ Piano’s, Day Three; (evening) Paradigm @ Mercury Lounge, Day Three

Runners-Up – (day) Skewer @ Piano’s, Day Four, Spin Magazine @ Rockwood Music Hall, Day Four; (evening) ASCAP @ Canal Room, Day Three, CMJ @ Piano’s, Day Two, Polyvinyl @ Bell House, Day Four

Worst Showcase – (day) Subbacultcha @ Piano’s (upstairs); (evening) PureVolume House @ 169 Bowery, all five days

Runners-Up – (day) Pop Tarts Suck Toasted @ Cake Shop, Day One; (evening) Conflict of Interest XI @ Rebel, pre-party; New Zealand Music @ Red Bull Space, Day One

Best New Venue – Rockwood Music Hall

Runners-Up – Norwood, Santos (downstairs)

Worst New Venue – Rebel

Runners-Up – Ace Hotel, The Delancey

Most OverratedThe xx

Runners-Up – Lovvers, FADER Fort, New Zealand Music @ Red Bull Space, Day One

Most Forgettableunknown

Runners-Up – Bang Bang Eche, Cheap Seats, Kanipchen Fit, Turbo Fruits, Twin Atlantic

Biggest Missmúm

Runners-Up – Atlas Sound, Broadcast, DFA party @ Brooklyn Bowl, JellyNYC party @ ROOT Studios, Ted Leo, School of Seven Bells, The Seedy Seeds, The Very Best



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