CMJ Diary: Wednesday October 20th

By Sedera Ranaivoarinosy

Not to going to go into detail, but my life has never been busier. Still, I decided this year I would let it affect my CMJ time as little as possible. Sure, for these first few days, that means no day parties for me, but hey, there’s plenty for me to see at night. So here’s a little run through of last night:

1. Pujol at Santos Party House

Pujol @ Santos, Oct. 20th, 2011

After almost going in the wrong entrance–two shows were happening at the same time–I make it inside Santos while the members of the band are finishing up their mic checks. Not to be stereotypical but Pujol‘s garage rock is not necessarily the type of music you’d necessarily expect to hear out of Nashville, TN. The club was at that point where there are quite a few people around but it’s not so full that you are squished into everyone so the vibe was welcoming but it was maybe still a bit early for a rager. Nonetheless, Pujol brought it: the bass made the ground under my feet shake and I caught myself checking if someone was texting me because the waves of sound were making my jacket vibrate. Cute note: Daniel Pujol ended the set mentioning that it was his sister’s birthday. It didn’t seem like she was in the audience but if I had had that set dedicated to me, I’d be pretty happy.

Next stop was Pianos. On the train over, I saw a contestant from the dance competition So You Think You Can Dance. It felt like an odd intrusion of the mainstream into my evening of indie takeover.

2. Cloud Nothings and Exitmusic at Pianos

Cloud Nothings @ Pianos, Oct. 20th, 2011

Going from Pujol to Cloud Nothings (if you subtract the subway ride from Santos to Pianos) made for a fairly seamless transition, although the Cleveland outfit could have used the clarity of sound Pujol enjoyed at Santos. Needless to say, my ears might not really ever function the same again but that didn’t ruin their performance per se. In fact, there was something kind of pleasant in the way the songs sounded and the flow of the band’s set. From one track to the next, I felt like I was going back through all the various stages of adolescence: the pop-punk “rebel” phase, followed by the angsty, more “hard rock” one and the more exploratory one, represented by more experimental and noisy sounds. Since these days I live running from place to place without much breathing time, that little bit of nostalgic energy was pretty comforting. But next time, I’ll be careful not to stay as close to the speakers.

Exitmusic @ Pianos, Oct. 20th, 2011

The second Exitmusic started playing, the pace changed immediately. While the music I’d heard until then was immediate and very raw, this was carefully calculated and orchestrated. It was obvious from the moment the band stepped on stage; their polished appearance was a long way away from the torn t-shirts and plain old jeans of the previous bands. In some way, it was almost a little intimidating to see how attractive everyone was in the band but bit by bit, that feeling faded away as the music and Aleksa Palladino’s haunting vocals shrouded the room. As the set built up, it was like we were all suspended mid-air, as if carried by the lofty guitars. And then Cold War Kids’ “Hang Me Up To Dry” started playing as they took off their instruments and it was back to reality where class the next day meant no more shows for that night.

Cloud Nothings Premiere Video

 Cloud Nothings have released a video for “Understand at All” and can be seen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8h3tGS0h8E

The band is currently on tour – dates are listed below.

03/12 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn *
03/13 New Orleans, LA Circle Bar *
03/14 Houston, TX Fitzgeralds *
03/16 – 03/18 Austin, TX SXSW 
03/19 Dallas, TX Club Dada *!
03/20 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace *!
03/21 Tempe, AZ Sail Inn *!
03/22 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar *
03/23 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour *
03/24 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall *
03/25 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge *
03/26 Kennewick, WA The Red Room Coffee *!
03/27 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe *
05/10 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
 
! w/ BRAIDS
* w/ Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi Shares New Single

South Carolina native Chaz Bundick, a.k.a. Toro Y Moi, has offered up a new single from his latest album, Underneath the Pine.  “New Beat” is right here:

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F9888963Toro Y Moi “New Beat” by carparkrecords

Tour dates are here as well:

03/11 Athens, GA – 40 Watt *
03/12 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn *
03/13 New Orleans, LA – The Saturn Bar *
03/14 Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds *
03/15 McAllen, TX – M.P.M. Fest @ Ambiente *$
03/16-18 Austin, TX – SXSW
03/19 Dallas, TX – Club Dada *
03/20 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace *^
03/21 Tempe, AZ – Sail Inn *^$
03/22 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar *
03/23 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *
03/24 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *
03/25 Portland, OR – Doug Fir *
03/26 Kennewick, WA – The Red Room *^
03/27 Seattle, WA – Crocodile *
03/28 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore ^
03/30 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
03/31 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge #
04/01 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #
04/02 Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr. #
04/03 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry #
04/05 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle #
04/06 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop #^
04/07 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar #
04/08 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa #
04/09 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
04/10 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg #
04/11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
04/12 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church #
04/13 Baltimore, MD – Talking Head #^
04/14 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel #
04/15 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #^
04/16 Columbia, SC – Indie Grits Film Festival
04/23 Honolulu, HI – Next Door

* = w/ Cloud Nothings
^ = w/ Braids
# = w/ Adventure
$ = w/ Nite Jewel

Toro Y Moi Premiere “Still Sound” Video And Extend Tour

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On February 22nd, Toro Y Moi will be releasing Underneath The Pine on Carpark records and you can now view the video for one of its star tracks, “Still Sound,” which just premiered on Pitchfork. Directed by Steven Daniels, the video is a cute and playful still 8 insight on frontman Chaz Bundick and bandmates goofing around, rehearsing and even dancing. The retro image grain matches the old school r’n’b funk mood of the song and at the same time maintains the hipster image associated with chillwave. You can watch the video HERE.

And just to add to the good news, Toro Y Moi will be extending their Spring tour where they will be joined by Cloud Nothings, Braids, Adventure and Nite Jewel. Make sure to check below to see if they will be coming by your side of the US.

Here are the upcoming Toro Y Moi Spring Tour dates:

03/11 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt (with Cloud Nothings)

03/12 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn (with Cloud Nothings)

03/13  -New Orleans, LA – The Saturn Bar (with Cloud Nothings)

03/14 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds (with Cloud Nothings)

03/15 – McAllen, TX – M.P.M. Fest – Ambiente (with Cloud Nothings and Nite Jewel)

03/16 – 18 Austin, TX – SXSW

03/19 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada (with Cloud Nothings)

03/20 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace (with Cloud Nothings and Braids)

03/21 – Tempe, AZ – Sail Inn (with Cloud Nothings, Braids and Nite Jewel)

03/22 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar (with Cloud Nothings)

03/23 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (with Cloud Nothings)

03/24 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall (with Cloud Nothings)

03/25 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir (with Cloud Nothings)

03/26 – Kennewick, WA – The Red Room (with Cloud Nothings and Braids)

03/27 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile (with Cloud Nothings)

03/28 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore (with Braids)

03/30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (with Adventure)

03/31 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge (with Adventure)

04/01 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room (with Adventure)

04/02 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr. (with Adventure)

04/03 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry (with Adventure)

04/05 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (with Adventure)

04/06 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop (with Braids and Adventure)

04/07 – Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar (with Adventure)

04/08 – Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa (with Adventure)

04/09 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall (with Adventure)

04/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Adventure)

04/11 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (with Adventure)

04/12 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church (with Adventure)

04/13 – Baltimore, MD – Talking Head (with Braids and Adventure)

04/14 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel (with Adventure)

04/15 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 (with Braids and Adventure)

04/16 – Columbia, SC – Indie Grits Film Festival

04/23 – Honolulu, HI – Next Door