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Oh, hello again

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TALL SHIPS at PIANOS Photo Credit: Caleb Olson (Paper Gardens Intern)

Hello.  It’s been a while.  Two months to the day, actually.  Wow.  Thanks to SL for holding it down from London Town.

Well, now I’m back.  I have my giant red headphones on, listening to some of the bands we checked out at CMJ last week, getting ready to get back IN this.

We kicked off our week last week at The Syndicate / Conflict of Interest party with Boy & Bear, Chiddy Bang, etc.  I’ve always wanted forthebeat to hit up a Taco Bell FEED the Beat party.  For our first encounter, we hit up Rebel NYC.  While I would never want to find myself at this establishment  more sober than not before midnight again, I would definitely check out this sketchy, uncomfortably close to Penn Station locale super intoxicated, post 2 am with some great, great bands.  It was the perfect spot to kick off the week.

I didn’t catch too, too much last week, but what I did see were some of the acts I was most excited to check out, like Caveman and Tall Ships.  Here are a few songs to listen to…

A Lull – Weapons For War
Caveman – Decide
Tall Ships – Vessels
Tall Ships – Plate Tectonics

Home Video: CMJ DJ Set

If you missed Home Video’s DJ Set last night at the  CMJ dF/Spotify party (we did sadly)- fear not because they posted, for download (amazing!) their 40 minute set. around minute 23 I really start crushing but the whole set makes me smile from start to finish.  Artists featured include Crystal Castles, Flying Lotus, Holy Ghost, and more:

Home Video – DJ Mix 10.18.11 by HomeVideo

See them live: Chappo


I caught these guys during CMJ at one of The Deli Mag showcases, and I really dug ‘em.  Chappo, a band which got its name from lead singer Alex Chappo, is a Brooklyn duo comprised of Alex on vocals and guitar and Chris Olson on vocals and keyboard.  Below is one of their catchier tunes “Come Home” – the sound of which doesn’t really do the sight of them justice.  You’ll just have to go and see for yourselves.  It’s very trippy — hint: FEATHERS.  But the sound is a lot more rock and less experimentation.

I REALLY liked these guys live; a lot of energy and a solid set.  However, listening to their EP Plastique Universe, released earlier this year, you miss out on a lot of what the live show has to offer, so catch them live if you can.

Meanwhile here’s a little background on the two from an interview with Spinner: “We started playing music together when we became roommates in [Manhattan's] East Village, in a building formerly lived in by Allen Ginsberg…We quickly discovered that we had a lot of the same interests in wild, rambunctious music, adventures and packing in as many people as possible in our ‘living room’ [actually the kitchen] for a dance party.”

Chappo – Come Home

forthebeat <3′s CMJ

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CMJ is our favorite week of the year (besides sxsw and ok, fine, Christmas). Yesterday, we only caught a handful of awesome bands (Oberhofer, Diamond Rings, Keepaway) because our Wednesday party with Transparent and ABC News Amplified ended at 5:00 AM so we’re tired. Thank you to everyone who had the awesome chance to catch Wise Blood, Dominant Legs, Hooray for Earth, Bronze, Psychobuildings, Kisses, Mon Khmer, Cloud Nothings and Sunglasses at Public Assembly.

Some of our picks for tonight, October 22, include:

Music Hall of Williamsburg: Dominant Legs, Porcelain Raft. 8 pm.

Bar Matchless: Teen Daze>Blackbird Blackbird> Sunglasses> MillionYoung. 8 pm.

CakeShop: Viernes at 8:40 pm.

Brooklyn Bowl: Pitchfork Showcase- How to Dress Well, Tanlines, Baths, Cloud Nothings, Candy Claws . 1 pm-3 am.

Death by Audio: The Altered Zones Showcase – John Maus, Prince Rama, Greatest Hits, Teen Inc, How to Dress Well (DJ set). 7 pm.

Some of our top picks for Saturday:

Gobble Gobble at noon @ Cameo, Wburg. Oberhofer at 2:30 and Holly Miranda at 5:30 @ Bowery Electric, NY. Keepaway at 7 @ Cameo. Jamaica at 8 @ Public Assembly, Wburg. Hooray for Earth 11 PM @ Coco66, Greenpoint. Bronze 11:30 PM @ Spike Hill, Wburg

Have a blast.

Teen Daze – Shadows

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