CMJ: Day Four Picks

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10/24/2008 9:00 AM |

Yes it is still CMJ and our magazine still has very good ideas for what then you are to do, tonight. We are correct, for instance, in highlighting Cake Shop, where you can catch the austere, ethereal Castanets, the increasingly Talking Heads-y Takka Takka, and bubblegum fuzz of Vivian Girls and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — though whoever wrote today’s picks neglected to mention the late show featuring Team Robespierre, whose completely disorganized sonic assault doesn’t really fit the theme, but will keep you awake later than you might stay up otherwise, which considering the finite nature of life, to say nothing of youth, is probably a good thing.

I’d also like to piggyback on the listing for the (awesome-sounding) Mae-shi, at Knitting Factory, to point out that in various other places and times in the venue you might also see recently reformed UK post-punk act The Homosexuals (think Wire and Pavement sharing a desultory post-coital cigarette), and the spacey indie duo Helio Sequence.

And though the verdict on Jens “The Singing WTF DJ” Lekman isn’t exactly heartening, you would be forgiven for wanting to experience the disappointment firsthand at Bell House — at least partly because you can also see the adorable Rosebuds and Ladybug Transistor, and the aforementioned Crystal Stilts, while you’re there.

One Comment

  • Yeah, the Knit looks pretty good tonight. Mae-Shi’s “Run To Your Grave” is just brilliant, comparable to MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” as far as the hook/hit potential. And I would add AIDS Wolf to that list of bands to see, last time I saw them the singer spent half the show mixing it up in the pit. If MONOTONIX go on last, I’d go home early…

    Crystal Stilts have a new album coming out next week, so I wonder if they are already selling them at these shows, might be a good opportunity to pick it up if they are.