It’s Day 2 of New York’s 30th CMJ Music Marathon . The festival — which also includes a film festival — runs from Tuesday, October 19th – Saturday, October 23rd throughout 75 venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Greenwich Village, on the campus of New York University. According to CMJ, “over 120,000 fans, artists, filmmakers and industry pros from around the globe” will make up the main body of this year’s festival attendees. WMSE’s music and promotions directors (Erin and Ryan) will be representing WMSE and Milwaukee, and already have gotten the chance to meet college radio friends from Florida, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and London.
Yesterday, the college radio mixer provided the opportunity to meet other music directors and DJs from college radio stations across the country and globe, and also featured a band showcase of New Zealand musicians, NZ at NYC. WMSE met and chatted with New Zealander Martin Keane of the Christchurch, NZ band, Lawrence Arabia, before checking out his band’s set at La Poisson Rouge. Lawrence Arabia might only have played four songs on a borrowed backline, but managed to put a lot of energy and personality into their psych-pop songs, undoubtedly winning new stateside fans, judging by the warm crowd response.
Later in the evening, WMSE checked in at Terminal 5, near Times Square to catch the second day in an installment of five shows from Louisville’s My Morning Jacket, who signed on to play each album in their catalogue for five nights straight at the venue (thanks to Rob and Graham from The Syndicate) and Tuesday night’s audience saw them perform 2001’s At Dawn to a packed house. The band performed all thirteen songs, both rockers and ballads, ending the night with several cover songs as an encore, including a solid cover of Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath”, proving that although MMJ get tagged as a mellow band, they can dish out the metal in a second, and do it without sounding ironic.