2:30 -- Alessi's Ark
3:15 -- Philadelphia Grand Jury
4:00 -- Dominant Legs
4:45 -- Sherlock's Daughter
5:30 -- North Highlands
I'm not just presenting one showcase during CMJ. This crazy guy put together two on the same day. Before you attend my showcase at Joe's Pub with First Aid Kit and The Loom, spend the after relaxing on Ludlow St. with five fantastic acts. I'm thrilled that The Living Room is allowing me to take over the joint again for the afternoon.
It is free to get in, no badges necessary. There's the little caveat that I ask you put a little something something in the band's tip jar. A sheckle or two with suffice.
With that out of the way, look who I got coming this year. Yeah, file this line-up under WIN!
Alessi's Ark is somebody I've been wanting to work with ever since I heard the Mike Mogis-produced, Notes from the Treehouse (Virgin). I figure the best way to see in her live form is to ask her to play the showcase. She's got a kind, beautiful voice, some fun-loving tunes and a strong sense of self. There's magic all up in that album, which continues on her latest EP Soul Proprietor (Yep-Roc). The four tunes have such a reassuring ease to them. You feel like a better person after listening to them.
The year, she's been tagging along with Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling. After she graces us with her presence, she'll go to Los Angeles to open up for Paul Weller. If it's good enough for Pauly W., then I guess she's good enough for me.
She's also good enough for Dave Hill. Alessi joined the comedian for one of his podcasts.
How could I not ask Philadelphia Grand Jury for the show? The transition from the sweet-natured Alessi to these raw and unhinged Australians will be a little jarring, but I think you can handle it.
When I saw them I Pianos in April, it was a revelation. they managed to pack a heaping helping of energy and urgency into a quick and wild set. You can expect jarring guitars, uptempo blues rock tunes and some tom foolery. There stage banter is pre-recorded, songs will be performed within the audience and maybe even a cover of 99 Problems.
Since that show, their song, "No You Don't" was featured on the season finale of Entourage. If it's good enough for Vincent Chase, then I guess they are good enough for me.
Here's a new band on the pages of MS.com. Dominant Legs is a San Francisco based duo of Ryan Lynch and Hannah Hunt who craft funky little pop songs. I stumbled upon them when I was looking for the opening acts for Mystery Jets' recent visit to Mercury Lounge.
As it turns out, the Jets couldn't make the first gig due to immigration issues so Dominant Legs became the defacto headliner. I listened to what they had to offer on myspace, and hot damn, this was exactly what I was looking for -- something retro pop-based in the middle to the day to add some sunniness.
The band just self-released an EP, Young at Love and Life, which features four songs of perfectly crafted goodness. That Mercury show was their first NYC visit, but they previously toured the West Coast with fellow San Francisco band, Girls.
Sherlock's Daughter was another band that when I saw them, I knew I should work with them. I didn't even pursue them at first because I saw they were going to head over to Europe with their pals, Warpaint. Not happening, so Europe's loss will be New York's gain. So when I saw them a few week's ago at Maxwell's with The Charlatans, I just said, "You. Me. CMJ" and they were on board.
The band will fill in the epic sound slot for the showcase. Everytime I hear their music, I think of different bands they remind me of. At first, I was thinking Stereolab because they use groovy electric parts. Then with the heavy, tribal percussion and echoing vocals, I was thinking of another favorite Australia band, Howling Bells. So, come on by to give your take.
The crew are locally based now, but the Daughter was born in Australia. They came to the U.S. to make it our fruitful music scene. On that name, lead singer Tanya told Spinner: Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 'Sherlock Holmes' and Arthur Conan Doyle is one of my favorite writers. I think I'm slightly obsessed with him in a really unhealthy way [laughs]. I was reading Sherlock Holmes while I was kind of deciding I want to perform songs live. For some reason I was doing my Myspace and needed a name and while I was reading I was just like, "Sherlock's Daughter! That'll be mad!"
Local heroes North Highlands will end the afternoon. As I type this, they are playing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as the opening act for Ra Ra Riot.
They were the band giving me a heart attack before my Northside Festival show at Spike Hill. They were taking their sweet time and delaying the start of my gig. I kid and I have nothing but love for them. They were a nice discovery and they eased my nerves with their charming dream pop tunes. Be prepared for lead singer Brenda Malvini, as she'll make you smile throughout the band's set.
There you go folks. No rest for this blogger on Rocktober 23. I'll take a nap somewhere in Soho between the gigs or just set up a hammock somewhere on Layfette St.