CMJ To Bring A Whole New Slew Of Bands To Backlash On To New York City

Aug 14th, 2008 // 18 Comments

cmj08logo.gifHey, it’s only two months until the CMJ Music Marathon, during which bloggers, college-radio employees, artists, and other assorted music-biz hangers-on congregate on the streets of New York City! And just in time to start getting excited about getting excited, the folks at the marathon have released the initial list of artists participating in the show. After the jump, we break down the artists that have been listed so far by a few identifying characteristics.

Number of bands whose names start with the word “black”: 2 (Black Hollies, Black Taxi)
Number of bands whose shows I had better not wind up at by accident, because they are really lousy: 2 (3OH!3, Takka Takka) (NB: This number may grow.)
Number of bands named after Amish rites of passage: 1 (Rumspringa)
Number of bands whose name made me say, “oh, so they’re still running with that gimmick, huh”? 1 (AIDS Wolf)
Number of bands who I hope aren’t named after unfortunate trends of the early millennium: 1 (Micachu)
Number of David Mamet spouses on the bill: 1 (Rebecca Pidgeon)
Number of of bands whose show will probably serve as a cruel reminder of all the potential they had way back in 2006: 1 (Annuals)
Number of bands who are coming off putting out some of my favorite music of 2007: 4 (Wye Oak, Marnie Stern, Roisin Murphy, Beach House)
Number of shows I’m already not looking forward to not getting into: Too many to list (Lykke Li, Vivian Girls, Juliana Hatfield, Mirah…)

Artists [CMJ]

  1. natepatrin


    This sounds like an energy drink aimed at fans of acid house.

  2. Anonymous

    Can we have a feature about hyped bands from previous CMJ/SxSw festivals that are now totally forgotten?


    man, and I thought bowling for soup was the worst band name ever…

  4. GhostOfDuane

    Wow, The Homosexuals and The Muslims will be there. AWK-WARDDDD.

  5. Nunya B

    If Roisin doesn’t play multiple shows I’ll hang myself. While wearing one of her hats. When she announced that she was doing the US this fall I literally squealed with joy- I AM NOT MISSING HER.

  6. Anonymous

    I would go to CMJ just to see Del McCoury. That is THE Del McCoury, right?

  7. Camp Tiger Claw

    Juliana Hatfield is going to be tough to get into? Is Clare Danes having her birthday party there or something?

  8. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    @Camp Tiger Claw: Never underestimate hipster need for nostalgia dating all the way back to when they used to watch Duck Tales…

  9. MayhemintheHood

    @Camp Tiger Claw: Buffalo Tom is playing Clare Danes’ b-day party, I believe.

    What’s more of a crazy, fun, influential and exhausting experience: CMJ Music Marathon or SXSW. I’ve been to neither.

  10. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    @MayhemintheHood: SXSW is more fun, both are fairly crazy, CMJ is more exhausting because it’s way more spread out, and I’ll error on SXSW being more “influential”, but that’s only because I know more people who know what SXSW is, and I live in NY and work in the industry.

  11. MayhemintheHood

    @Dead Air ummm Dead Air: I always assumed that between the two, CMJ is geared more toward label people and other folks in the biz. I know SXSW has it’s share but it seems like CMJ’s lineup is mainly comprised of acts that are on small to fairly strong indie labels(if any label at all), and this is mainly a showcase for those bands. Is that a fair assumption? If so, do the shows usually consist of quick, 20 minute “get in, get out” sets from the acts?

    I’m just a curious dude who hopes to one day attend one of these insanely cool sounding events.

  12. Maura Johnston

    @MayhemintheHood: south by southwest is better, if only because of the infinitely better weather and the cheaper drinks.

  13. the rich girls are weeping

    Dude, AIDS Wolf has been around forever, as a matter of fact, I was kind of shocked to see they were still together, even.

    @2ironic4u: God, that’s like, a life’s work right there.

  14. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    @MayhemintheHood: CMJ is geared towards College Radio DJs who want to feel elite.

    Although SXSW will usually have 2 or 3 “big acts”, it pretty much has the same bill that CMJ does. I don’t remember much about CMJ scheduling, because it’s all a blur, but SXSW pretty much keeps everything on schedule. Most bands get 30-45 minutes.

    I know this is blasphmy, but playing in NYC is should not be the be all, end all for bands. Any indie band with a modicum of “cred” can sell out any mid-sized venue in the city. Everyone brings their A-Game for NY, and A&R/labels know this. There’s a reason Cleveland and Buffalo are the two big test markets, and it’s simply because if a band can sell out there, they can sell out anywhere. I can’t off the top of my head think of too many bands who came out of CMJ with buzz that came to fruition.

    Like, didn’t Vampire Weekend and Black Kids have all their hype WELL before CMJ, and CMJ was just the final step for them to enter full blog conciousness?

  15. Maura Johnston

    @Dead Air ummm Dead Air: I agree with your third paragraph a thousand million billion percent. I wish more people would realize the point you make within!

  16. MayhemintheHood

    @Dead Air ummm Dead Air: Thanks for the info.

    I guess i’ll put SXSW on my To Do List for next year. Besides, I like BBQ more than pizza.

  17. GhostOfDuane

    @capnbecki: Is there any other? They will be far and away the best dressed band in attendance. Also, they’ll be the only one that can actually sing and play their instruments skillfully.

  18. Silverfuture

    I saw Vivian Girls last weekend. They were really good. Do they really have enough buzz that you fear not getting into their show or is it the third paragraph of Dead Air ummm Dead Air’s comment in full effect?

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