CMJ 2007 will be remembered for … not a lot, sadly. And not just ’cause everybody was boozed up. Folks will probably hold on to how it was every bit as exhausting as years past but not every bit as exciting, and the hype-train surrounding Black Kids, particularly as we wait to see how it all pans out. But along the way we managed to take in some great sets, we met some fine folks, and we finally learned how to party. Speaking of our lesson in debauchery: Some of you have asked for the outtakes from our day with W.K., and we’ll try to cobble some together for ya sometime in the next few days. We had so much fun, we wanted to share with you in a way that you could share with others. So here’s Part 1 via the embeddable wonder of YouTube…
After the jump, YouTube of Part 2, along with some fun behind-the-scene pics of W.K. with Bradford, Deacon, White, and roaming CMJers. And in case you didn’t have time to scroll through the 201 posts we put up in the last 20 hours, our list of the best moments of CMJ ’07.
Part Two: Backstage At Bowery Ballroom…
LAST NIGHT’S PARTY
ON THE STREETS
LAND OF TALK & BON IVER
And now, the Bests…
BEST SET FROM AN ARTIST WE DIDN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT BEFORE: Bon Iver @ Bowery Ballroom
BEST SET FROM A BAND WE KNEW WE LIKED BUT HADN’T SEEN YET: Bowerbirds @ Knit
BEST AFTERHOURS EXPERIENCE: Santogold/Spank Rock/Yo Majesty going ’til 2-something, followed by an excellent set from Ben 18-strings-of-fury Bridwell @ Blender Theatre At Gramercy.
BIGGEST AFTERHOURS MISTAKE: Walking out of Galapagos after a so-so Black Kids set, only minutes before Peter Bjorn & Doug went onstage.
BEST COVER SONG: Tie: New Young Pony Club covering Technotronic’s “Pump Up The Jam“/The Forms tackling Nirvana’s “All Apologies”
BEST MAKEOVER: Islands (now in all black!)
BEST MAKESHIFT URINAL: Bradford Cox’s half-emptied water bottle
STEREOGUM’S DARKEST HOUR: Dan Deacon turning the lights out on Bowery Ballroom
BEST LORD OF THE RINGS MOMENT: Seeing Elijah Wood at Liam Finn’s Mo Pitkins Show
BIGGEST MOMENT OF REALIZATION WE ARE SHORT AND NOT PARTICULARLY GOOD-LOOKING OR COOL: Running into Josh Hartnett backstage at Band Of Horses @ Blender
BEST SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE GEEK-OUT: Meeting Amy Poehler w/Craig Wedren @ Pianos
HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF URLS IN ONE ROOM: Black Kids @ R Bar
OUR AND KANYE’S FAVORITE DANCE SET: Justice @ Terminal 5
MOST FUNNEST BESTEST SET OF FEST: No Age @ Bowery Ballroom
So here’s to you, No Age, for being awesome both onstage and off. From their top-honors Bowery set, here’s “Everybody’s Down.”
No Age means love your mother.