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Marnie Stern Covers “Don’t Stop Believin'”

It’s fitting that Perpetua came upon this, since it was his great interview with Marnie that framed its significance: until now, the ruler of the CMJ ’08, Ms. Marnie Stern, has never learned someone else’s song. And she’s broken that bit by covering Journey, which is precisely what you do when you’re just letting loose… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 30, 2008 - 10:20 am

Stereogum’s Top 8 From CMJ ’08

The crew here managed to fly through some 70+ sets of music last week, and boy is our abilty-to-wade-through-the-sadness-that’s-passing-for-buzzed-up-indie-rock tired. There’s a very scientific formula to attaining that coveted “Guess I should see this band ’cause everybody’s saying I should” status: The first criteria is, of course, a widely circulated Hype Machine single. But i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 27, 2008 - 3:20 pm

CMJ ’08: It’s A Photo Wrap

The crapshoot buffet of 25 minute sets from overextended bands is now closed, thanks. When you’re out all day and all night, you encounter lots — some undercooked and unpalatable flller, some that’s ripe and right, lots never intended for consumption (CMJ set delays, so hott right now). We’ve posted some standouts already, but here… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 27, 2008 - 2:19 am

CMJ ’08: Stereogum Late Night @ The Studio At Webster Hall

We got a late start in inaugurating the new Studio at Webster Hall, but it was worth the wait. Scheduled for midnight to 4AM, our CMJ kick-off party ran about an hour behind schedule, but even at 4:30AM — after they stopped serving liquor — folks were still deep into to Crystal Stilts. Good morning! More »

By: brandon / October 22, 2008 - 12:20 pm

Stereogum Late Night @ CMJ 2008

Stereogum’s 2008 CMJ event is a jam-packed show taking place midnight to 4 a.m. on Tuesday, 10/21. It’s at the brand new venue The Studio at Webster Hall (yes, located inside Webster Hall). It’s so new, our show takes place the first night it’s open. It’s also the first night of CMJ ’08, so you… More »

By: brandon / October 13, 2008 - 11:45 am

New Marnie Stern Video – “Transformer”

When posting Marnie Stern’s “Transformer,” I said something about how the way she approaches songwriting feels like she’s stumbling upon something for the first time, blowing her own mind over and over. That “stumble”‘s not meant as a knock — I meant it as a kind of ongoing discovery/rediscovery. See, for instance, “Shea Stadium” (poor… More »

By: brandon / September 30, 2008 - 3:12 pm

New Marnie Stern – “Ruler”

We extolled the virtues of Marnie Stern’s This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That (out 10/7 via KRS) when we posted “Transformer” and “Shea Stadium.” Three’s a charm, so check out… More »

By: brandon / September 10, 2008 - 1:46 pm

New Marnie Stern – “Shea Stadium” (Stereogum Premiere)

We’re not too far off from the release of Marnie Stern’s follow-up to last year’s In Advance Of The Broken Arm. And I learned something this Labor Day weekend, while literally listening to nothing but the new one: It is a great fucking album. Of course Marnie’s a shredder, as many a trend piece ha… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 2, 2008 - 8:49 am

New Marnie Stern – “Transformer” & This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That Album Art

With Marnie Stern you know what you’re going to get before you listen, but that doesn’t make it any less thrilling. Her sophomore album’s very reminiscent of her first, last year’s In Advance of the Broken Arm, but at the same time, the formula feels more soulful, less tech-y. Outside of the overlong Beckett-esque title… More »

By: brandon / August 13, 2008 - 9:34 am

SXSW: Thursday In Austin

Not sure what the contributing factors were, but it seemed like everybody was a little frustrated yesterday down at SouthBy; people showing up to the right day party at the wrong time, jumbling their schedules, taking wrong turns in what’s otherwise the most easily navigable downtown you’ll ever see. And our day was no different. More »

By: Stereogum / March 16, 2007 - 9:06 pm

An Eruption Of Virtuosity In Indie Rock

There’s an aesthetic shift brewing in indie rock, or so says a great piece in the New York Times exploring the virtuoso guitar accumen of a couple of indie ladies on the rise, Marnie Stern and Kaki King. They write:Which is certainly not to say it was Nirvana. Ms. Stern?s debut, ?In Advance of the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 12, 2007 - 6:32 pm
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