The TnJ CMJ Round Up

November 2, 2010 at 10:46 am 4 comments

The time has arrived for us to review and contemplate the busiest week of the Fall in Toast and Jams-land: CMJ. The week that proves that we are not teenagers any more, but yet we still love music just as much. Because we saw SO MANY bands, we have decided to give some special TnJ awards. We have posted official show reviews here and here, if you’d like to see some extended thoughts about what we saw.

Best Individual Shows

Best Stage Show/Costumes: Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr at Public Assembly

Best Sister Duo/Best Female Vocals: First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit at the Delancey

Best Sister Trio: Smoosh

Best Vocal (pop)/Best Cover Song: Harper Blynn (Beyonce’s “Halo,” complete with a Dirty Projector’s “Cannibal Resource” interlude–seriously, check out this video)

Harper Blynn at Mercury Lounge

Best Dance Moves: The Drums vocalist Jonathan Pierce tied with Francis of Francis and the Lights

 

Best Use of Choral Influences: Active Child and their harp

Active Child at Brooklyn Bowl

Best Dance Show: Matthew Dear

Best Dirty Stage Banter: Marnie Stern

Marnie Stern at Santos Party House

Funniest Stage Banter/Most Comfortable Stage Presence: John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice at Mercury Lounge

Best Dreamy Indie-Pop Set: Wild Nothing

Wild Nothing at Santos Party House

Best Foot-Stompin’ Roots Rockin’: The Ramblers

The Ramblers at National Underground

Cutest Accents/Twee Pop: The Crayon Fields

The Crayon Fields at Rockwood Music Hall

Most Unique Instruments: The Luyas and their 12-string zither and French horn

The Luyas at Arlene's Grocery

Best Vocals as Instruments: Braids

Braids at Arelene's Grocery

Best Voice to Come Out of a Nondescript Guy: PS I Love You

PS I Love You at Arelene's Grocery

Band Most Worth Staying Up Until 1 AM For: The Drums

Jonathan Pierce of The Drums at Santos Party House

Band Most Worth Getting Up By 1 PM for: Francis and the Lights

Francis and the Lights at Knitting Factory BK

Best Blues and Gospel Influenced Band: The Mynabirds

The Mynabirds at the Delancey

Best (Literal) Hair Band: Cults

 

Cults at Brooklyn Bowl

Band We Most Wanted to See But Didn’t: Das Racist

Best Showcases

Best Overall Showcase: Stereogum at Santos on Wednesday night

Best Canadian Representation: The M for Montreal Showcase at Arlene’s Grocery on Thursday night

They gave out free poutine (french fries, gravy, and cheese curds) at the M for Montreal Showcase

Best Folk Roundup: The Delancey on Thursday night

Show We Most Wanted to Get into But Couldn’t: Four Tet, Gold Panda, and Jon Hopkins at Webster Hall

Best Day Showcase: Brooklynvegan‘s Showcase on Saturday at Public Assembly

Best Non-official CMJ Showcases: #Offline Festival at Brooklyn Bowl by Pitchfork

Lots more pictures after the jump!

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr at Public Assembly

Harper Blynn at Mercury Lounge

The Mynabirds at the Delancey

The Luyas at Arelene's Grocery

Braids at Arlene's Grocery

Braids at Arlene's Grocery

Cults at Brooklyn Bowl

Francis and the Lights at Knitting Factory BK

First Aid Kit at the Delancey

First Aid Kit at the Delancey

Active Child at Brooklyn Bowl

The Drums at Santos Party House

The Drums at Santos Party House

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. soopahvi  |  November 2, 2010 at 11:51 am

    haha! i ate the free poutine at the m for montreal showcase last year! YEAHHHHH!

    Reply
  • 2. lindsarella  |  November 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

    nice roundup!! Smoosh, wow. they’re like grown-up ladies now. i am old.

    Reply
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