CMJ 2009: Music for the Thinking Man

Yes, I’m JUST getting caught up with CMJ right now as I’m sitting here watching the World Series (no, I’m not sure why I’m watching).

Here are a few photos from the excellent After the Jump showcase that we held at the beautiful Brooklyn Bowl on Oct 24th. Seriously, if you have not been to Brooklyn Bowl yet, run don’t walk.

It’s such a great space — you can tell the owners really took the time to get things right. Not only is there one of the most classy looking bowling alleys you’ll ever see, there is a bar with local beer, a delicious Blue Ribbon restaurant, AND a kick-butt stage for bands to play, adjacent to the lanes.

Enough gushing! On to the photos.

Harlem (from Austin, TX) drew a great crowd with their fun and quirky rock songs. Not hard to understand why Matador Records recently signed these guys up:

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ATJF 2009: Day Two and Three @ Littlefield

Yes, it was last week, but here are the photos from days two and three of the third annual After the Jump Fest that happened at Littlefield.

There were some amazing performances by some great up-and-coming bands. My particular favorites were the brute and manly Wild Yaks (men playing ridiculously fast guitar-laden music, fueled by aggression, and probably some alcohol), the joyful Drink-up Buttercup (cheery, exuberant ditties peppered with the noisy clashes of garbage cans – would fit very nicely into an Apple commercial), and the daringGet Haunted (folky, bluegrassy sounds with an emphasis on the occult).

Wild Yaks
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Drink-up Buttercup
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