[TOUR DIARY] CMJ: Part 2
Thursday, October 23, 2014. Our morning was fueled by Mexican food and coffee, ultimately setting the precedent for the rest of the day.
Our housemate and very talented musician, Howard was playing an acoustic set at a rather "intimate" venue we would prefer not to name. We eagerly made our way to catch what we could of his CMJ debut, where we may or may not have been those annoyingly adorning fans. Front and center.
As the evening quickly approached, so did the stressful schedule conflicts between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Executive decisions were made and we decided to head to Brooklyn for an elaborate evening of music and venue-gallivanting.
Communion's showcase at Glasslands hosted a healthy lineup of talent, including a musician we have been watching for a while, the poignant Odessa. She approached the stage with grace and played an effortlessly calm set - one which entranced us and tempted us to have a relaxing early night. Her tranquil demeanor provided a breath of fresh air amidst the week's chaos. After briefly meeting the brains behind Communion, we rushed off to fall under the spell of Adult Jazz at Rough Trade. The Leeds quartet have intrigued us since their first release and were among our top bands to see during CMJ. The venue accented their expansive and spacey sound; hypnotizing us with their eccentric blend and creative use of instruments. An acquired taste to say the least, although our palate approved.
It was roughly 10:45pm and we were on a very tight schedule. After meeting our contributor from Paris for an inside job (involving paint cans, trash cans and hiding places) we briskly stormed over to the hipster haven of all... The Fader Fort.
Our favorite British gentleman, Mr. Adam Bainbridge was set to take the stage as the dapper musician known as Kindness. Despite the outrageous line, one-in-one-out policy and "over capacity" nonsence, there was no way we weren't getting in. Words were exchanged and moves were made.
Bainbridge emerged like a breath of funky fresh air. His long hair and suave attire were the perfect accompaniment to his wonderfully awkward dance moves. He was backed by an entourage of soul singers, percussionists and of course, best bud Dev Hynes. After making an appearance in the obligatory hipster photo booth, we cleverly decided to end the night at McCarren Hotel. What was disguised as a dj-set was actually an uncomfortable rave straight out of burning man. Why? The only thing that salvaged this incident was our decision to convince a pizza shop to re-open for our 3am tummies. Success.
Friday, October 24, 2014. The day of our elaborately-planned Delancey showcase was here... luckily we were responsible adults and had an early and restful night of sleep. The day started off to a chipper start fueled by the taste goods at our local, Bakeri. The feat of programming an all-day showcase with 15 bands throughout three stages was, well, a challenge to say the least. To keep things interesting, the day threw some curve balls our way, although it wasn't anything we couldn't handle. Challenge accepted.
It was a pleasure being able to meet and watch our bands, representing various genres and regions. It is always humbling to work with genuinely talented and friendly folks. Thank you to everyone who made the event possible, you make our 'job' somewhat justifiable (or, at least to our parents).
Once 7pm rolled around, we were running on 3 hours of sleep, coffee, a morning croissant of sorts and whiskey; the combination left us delirious and confused. There was no time to waste, so after chatting to the lovely dudes of Horse Thief, we quickly ate and headed to catch some more music. We met some friends at Arlene's for the M for Montreal Showcase to see one of our week's highlights, Tei Shi. It was nice seeing Luca of Yellerkin in a completely different musical environment. Valerie's vocals were angelic and made more prominent with her use of a looping station. The performance was not on our agenda for the evening, but turned out to be a surprisingly incredible show. I guess that is the case study for showcasing events like CMJ, perfect accidents.