We made it to the second of three parties thrown during CMJ by our good friend Dave, who did an outstanding job making our lives easier by booking our favorite bands and putting them under the same roof for the day; see, we like to take it nice and lazy. Vegan’s second show at Fontana’s was the one we hit up, just in time for the tail-end of the Lo-Fi-Fnk set (that’s pronouned “Low Fi Funk,” despite the missing vowel). These Swedes are another that made a big splash with the bloggers this week, with their glitzy, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”-era Prince electro-pop. We didn’t see enough to speak to the set, but the record sounds like it’ll be a great one to listen to celebrate good times, come on!
Another great surprise came from Edmonton, Alberta’s Cadence Weapon, a crunked up twenty-year old (joined by a hooded-and-shaded DJ) who was energetic, comedic and fun to move to.
Comedian Dave Hill was the day’s MC and at his funniest when “topically” riffing on the Edmonton Oilers’ ’80s Stanley Cup glories (thank Cadence Weapon for that jumping point). He offered $500 to the whomever was wearing a hoodie and a messenger bag; we pretended like we never heard him. Shortly thereafter were Brooklyn’s own Oxford Collapse, who were a little sloppy in the bass but rocked hard on our favorite Remember The Night Parties tunes:
As for FW: CCCP, somehow Tom’s voice magically regenerated between their set just twelve hours earlier at Mercury Lounge and their BV day gig — because despite the stool problems (drums, not toilets), the ¡Forward, Russia! set was fifteen minutes (net) of fist-pumping fury, just how we like it. They’ll be back at Bowery in three weeks, and if you like your post-punk, angular, dramatic, and pretentious, this is your show. Chicago’s Chin Up Chin Up were good fun, and Stereofaves The Thermals packed ‘em in tight and had ‘em chanting to every song. And there’s a particular benefit to any Thermals show; they can play for thirty minutes, and you’ll hear something like 25 songs. Bless those two minute tunes!
CHIN UP CHIN UP
LAND OF TALK
THUNDERBIRDS ARE NOW!