So, CMJ. It’s begun. This year we decided to get our shots in early, in some sort of a sado-masochistic attempt to be as lifeless by Sunday as possible, apparently. That means a party last night, and a party tonight. For Tuesday night’s bill, we joined forces with Popgun Booking to present NJ wit/punk firebrands Titus Andronicus. They played for over 90 minutes and to countless fist-pumps, until roughly 2AM, and thus were perfect for our ad hoc shattered-by-Sunday strategy. It is unethical to critically assess the performers on your own bill, so we’ll leave that to our friends at Pitchfork and the Village Voice and L Mag. (SPOILER ALERT: Everyone loved Titus Andronicus.) Instead, we offer this stellar set of photos by Ryan Muir, featuring everyone on the bill — Delicate Steve, Mr. Dream, Cuckoo Chaos, Hollerado — but not Chelsea Wolfe, who unfortunately canceled last minute. At one point during the set, Titus’s Patrick Stickles asked the crowd if they had any guesses about whose comment would win Shut Up, Dude this week. I don’t think the crowd had any idea what he was talking about, really. But if you do win, know that Patrick is proud of you. Possibly.
CMJ rolls on, and we’ll intermittently present photos from the trenches so you don’t have to go out and get splattered with free drinks if you don’t want to. But if you do, and if you are around Williamsburg tonight, please join us for our show with Domino/Ribbon Music, Todd P, and Software. It’s a nice bill. These are the set times:
8PM Four Tet (DJ set)
10PM Oneohtrix Point Never
11PM Twin Sister
12AM John Maus
Animal Collective’s Deakin & Geologist DJ between sets, and again at 1AM. There’s free Tito’s vodka for an hour at 8PM. Tickets are $10 (half-priced with a CMJ badge) and available at the venue starting at 4PM today until they sell-out. Come early, stay late. See you tonight.