CMJ ’09: Weekend In Photos

One last gargantuan batch of photos from an exhausting, exhaustive week of NYC showgoing. On Friday Jessica Amaya joined us at Doveman’s record release party at the Elevated Hole, a Chelsea loft owned by the Yale English Dept. chair Michael Warner. The room was a perfect foil for Doveman’s candlelit Conformist material, along with guest performances by Sean Lennon, Bryce Dessner, Dawn Landes, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Jennifer Charles, and Justin Bond. Afterward she trekked to Pianos for the Terrible Records showcase, featuring a performance by Acylics and DJ set by label co-head Chris Taylor, while I came back to Williamsburg for the xx and School Of Seven Bells at MHOW, and Chromeo at Brooklyn Bowl. Meanwhile Kyle Dean Reinford took his camera to the Matador/My Open Bar at the Suffolk for Cold Cave, Glasser, Harlem, Lemonade, Tanlines, and Ted Leo, along with sets from Pete & The Pirates and Kiss Kiss at the Beyond Race Party at Crash Mansion.

Saturday offered CMJ the chance to catch all those P4K-approved bands here for the week in one place, at Market Hotel for the Ryan Schreiber-curated Showpaper benefit with sets from Bear In Heaven, Delorean, Cold Cave, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Highlife, Javelin, Real Estate, Small Black, Smith Westerns, and Surfer Blood. Kyle closed his fest out there, while Jessica hit Brooklyn Vegan’s day party at Pianos for Pete & The Pirates, Local Natives, Dent May and his mangificent ukulele, JBM, Sharon Van Etten, an excellent set from The Moondoggies, and Surf City, before closing out her week at Bowery Ballroom with Rain Machine, Sharon Van Etten (again), Stricken City, Violens, Imaad Wasif, and Three And Nine. I stopped by Mercury for a great set of songs/short skits from Dum Dum Girls, so there’s that, too.

Mixed in you’ll find some familiar faces via Polaroid by Pooneh Ghana.

Thanks to Kyle and Jessica for their tireless photography. Looking forward to catching up on sleep the rest of the year.