When I grow up I want pretty hair like hers.
My phone keeps wanting to autocorrect “Fader” to “Faderlabel.” WTF is “Faderlabel” and why is it on my phone autocorrect?
Anyways, starting the night out at Fader Fort. My tired feet in heeled boots appreciates the industrial carpeting.
The bad news is I already had my first drunk of the night knock into me.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. did a stripped down three-song set @ Bruar Falls in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, which included this sweet rendition of the Beach Boys classic, “God Only Knows.”
So I pretty much have not gotten any sleep the last two days and have had no time to blog because I’ve been too busy bouncing from show to show and have had little time to blog (with the exception of mobile blogging when I have reception).
But here are some shots from the shows from just a few of the shows I’ve hit during CMJ:
Tuesday, October 19th
CLASS ACTRESS @ Cameo Gallery
Verdict: Although I love some of her songs, I was sadly not at all thrilled with Elizabeth Harper‘s performance. Weak vocals and some awkward on-stage dance moves. Now I know how Avril Lavigne fans must feel after a live show.
Wednesday, October 20th
DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR. @ Bruar Falls
Verdict: Well worth their hype. These dudes from “The D” are funny and super talented. Would definitely see them again in their full jumpsuit glory. Funny bit from the show — that their set was so stripped down they were wearing the clothes they wear UNDER their jumpsuits. A few jokes about handing out comment cards “like they do on Top Chef.” Don’t forget, “5” means awful and “1” means awesome. 🙂
Verdict: Totally gaymazing live. SUPER fancy, fabulous hand gestures and dance moves, but in the most brilliant way possible. These hometown boys don’t come off phoney or fake, genuine talent and obviously driven. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
So tomorrow is the first day of CMJ 2010 y’all! Here are three acts I’m going to try to see this year…let’s see if my stamina and liver can keep up:
Local Brooklyn music maker Elizabeth Harper has been heating up the blogosphere with her sexy brand of synthy dance tunes and upbeat romantic pop songs seemingly influenced by Madonna, The Smiths, and the Cotton jingle “The Fabric of Our Lives.” It’s the music world equivalent of Cover Girl — easy, breezy, and beautiful.
Her song “Journal of Ardency” is slinky and sultry. It will make the girls dance with a sassy shimmy:
“Go Outside” was pretty much my summer theme song. This NYC-based duo are pretty much going to put a dreamy, xylophone-heavy spell over the audience:
Catching up from last weekend — so many activities!
Started the evening at the SPIN offices for a special rooftop performance by Portland, Oregon’s Hockey. Like The Rapture and The Virgins before them, these boys know how to get girls dancing. Love love love them. Find songs like “Work,” totally irresistible.
Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture performed tonight with his new pet project/band, Nickel Eye. They played a number of songs, including “Back from Exile”:
and “Brandy of the Damned”:
Unless I missed something, no other Strokes appeared at the Music Hall tonight.
The first song the band played was my favorite… airy, with beautiful harmonies sung by Joel Cadbury and Jamie McDonald of South. (They flew over from England in order to play the show!)
The crowd was far from packed, but there were a good number of people thereâ€”surprisingly the crowd looked pretty young (were all the older-timers out in Manhattan?) with a disproportionate amount of Asian girls up in the front.
One blonde girl, who I think likened herself to being the Brooklyn version of Miley Cyrus was hooting and hollering at Nikolai the whole time, shouting out things like â€œI LUUUUVVV YOUUUU NIIIKOOOOLAAAIIII!â€ and â€œYOU HAVE A GREAT A** NIKOLAIIIIII!â€ Charming, as you can imagine.
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