Last night, Lauren Beck and I braved a construction site dust storm and unforgiving hunger pains to be the first in line (yes, we are nerds, and no, we will not apologize) at the Music Hall for Brooklyn Vegan’s Officially Official CMJ Showcase, featuring Emmy the Great, the Sammies, Shearwater, Ponytail, Passion Pit, Jens Lekman and the Phenomenal Handclap Band. Door were at 6pm. We waited. “I have a pass,” said one cold-looking, sharply-dressed fellow around 6:30, as he glanced at the crowd outside and flashed his Meaningless Plastic Thing at the door dude, who smiled. “SO DOES EVERYONE.” Hah, hah, it’s the joke of CMJ! Finally, we were ushered inside and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (for the most part). Now we are very, very tired, so here are some lovely concert photographs taken by Robert Caputo, which we have decided to creatively caption. Oh, and if you were there, and stayed nearly to the end as we did, let us know whether you thought of Jens the “Singing DJ” Lekman, his parrot sweatshirt, his inaudible whistling, his “I’m an Airplane” impromptu dance move, and why the eff he didn’t sing his own wonderful songs for gosh sakes, because man, we were baffled by his performance.
SHEARWATER: MTV’s TRUE LIFE: I Was a Lord of the Rings Extra
PONYTAIL: While frontwoman Molly Siegel mocks a prehistoric baby bird, guitarist Ken
Seeno contemplates the next move to the Dungeons & Dragons game
he’s playing in his head
THE SAMMIES: The 1990s called and they want their Pantene Pro-V hair model/crappy cock-rock back