CMJ 2008 Recap

It was another crazy five days when the CMJ Music Marathon came to town, with highs, lows, parties, hangovers, frustrations, surprises, and oh so much more.
QRO finally made it out to Brooklyn on the last day of CMJ for a limited, but high-quality, nightCMJ ended on a high – if wet – note, starting early and ending late, crossing Brooklyn & Bowery & more, catching old faves, new surprises, and missing very little.
 CMJ 2008 Day Five Recap
Day Four of CMJ was a major bounce back, with the best new band so far and easily the best show of the marathon.
 CMJ Day Four Recap
Hangovers, delayed schedules, not delayed schedules, the MTA & more all conspired to making Day Three a big disappointment.
 CMJ 2008 Day Three Recap
After seeing virtually all new bands in Day One of CMJ, Day Two was dedicated to old favorites.
 CMJ 2008 Day Two Recap
The first day of CMJ was dedicated almost entirely to never-before-seen bands – to middling results.
 CMJ 2008 Day One Recap

40 Bands, 41 Shows:

Annuals – Day Five, Webster Hall

Au – Day One, Piano’s

Bear Hands – Day Two, Mercury Lounge

Bridges & Powerlines – Day One, Cake Shop

Broken Social Scene – Day Four, Brooklyn Masonic Temple

The Broken West – Day Four, Arlene’s Grocery

Castanets – Day Four, Cake Shop

Cheeseburger – Day One, Red Bull Space

Crystal Antlers – Day Five, Music Hall in Williamsburg

Crystal Stilts – Day Two, FADER Fort

Freshkills – Day Five, Studio @ Webster Hall

Sebastien Grainger – Day Two, FADER Fort; Day Two, Mercury Lounge

Gringo Starr – Day One, Red Bull Space

The Jealous Girlfriends – Day Three, Bell House

Kuroma – Day Four, FADER Fort

Land of Talk – Day Four, Brooklyn Masonic Temple

The Lisps – Day One, Cake Shop (upstairs)

Little Boots – Day Five, FADER Fort

Lord T & Eloise – Day Five, Bowery Ballroom

Middle Distance Runner – Day One, Rehab

Minus the Bear – Day Five, Webster Hall

Oakley Hall – Day Five, Mercury Lounge

The Oxford Collapse – Day One, Cake Shop

Pattern is Movement – Day One, Piano’s

A Place To Bury Strangers – Day Five, Music Hall in Williamsburg

Princeton – Day One, Cake Shop (upstairs)

Pwrfl Power – Day One, Piano’s (upstairs)

Rahim – Day Five, Lit Lounge

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Day Two, Studio @ Webster Hall

The Rosebuds – Day Five, Mercury Lounge

The Ruby Suns – Day Five, Music Hall in Williamsburg

Sam Champion – Day Two, Piano’s

The Seabellies – Day Four, FADER Fort

The Subjects – Day Five, Lit Lounge

Takka Takka – Day Two, Piano’s

Lissy Trullie – Day One, Piano’s

Vivian Girls – Day One, Red Bull Space

Wild Light – Day One, Red Bull Space

Wild Yaks – Day Five, FADER Fort

Women – Day One, Cake Shop


Best New BandThe Seabellies

Runners-Up – Au, Princeton, The Ruby Suns

Best VeteranBroken Social Scene

Runners-Up – Annuals, Land of Talk, Rahim, Takka Takka

Best Showcase – (day) AAM CMJ Celebration Party @ Music Hall in Williamsburg, Day Five; (evening) Jelly NYC Presents @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Day Four

Runners-Up – (day) EarFarm Showcase @ Piano’s, Day Two; (evening) PASTE Magazine & CMJ Artist’s Lounge, Day One

Biggest MissWhite Lies

Runners-Up – Friendly Fires, I’m Not Jim, Pela, Physics of Meaning, Mint Records Showcase

Biggest Disappointment – Day Three

Runners-Up – MTA, FADER Fort set-up, CMJ’s lack of directions & free food


Will BreakThe Seabellies

Should BreakRahim

Currently BreakingAnnuals, Land of Talk

BrokenSocial Scene


Best New Venue – Lit Lounge

Runners-Up – Upstairs at Cake Shop & Piano’s

Worst New VenueFADER Fort

Runners-Up – Red Bull Space, Studio @ Webster Hall



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