When life gets busy this blog gets quiet, and between work, CMJ, and a trip to Houston for a wedding I’ve hardly had time to gather my thoughts. Couple that with the fact that I’m backed up on things I’m supposed to be reviewing (sorry Zack!), and in the beginning stages of work on a large writing project I’m undertaking (to be revealed at a later date), and there hasn’t been much time for posting over here or, really, for any internet fun at all. So, instead, a couple quick hits:
- As I mentioned earlier, I hit the CMJ New Music Marathon last week, or at least the first few days of it (again, that wedding in Houston). I saw some new stuff that really blew me away [Glass Cloud, Trapper Schoepp and the Shades, Sunbears!], some old folks who also blew me away [Dave Wakeling, Spacehog(?), Local H(!)], and, as always, a handful of duds [sorry Team Spirit and Paul Banks]. I’ll be tossing a bunch of pics up on the jrichmanesq blog in the next few days. It was, as always, both exhausting and a blast. (And has me jonesing for the total immersion of next year’s SXSW).
- On my last night at CMJ, I happened to catch sets by a series of new bands who all featured established musicians, and I decided to write the whole night up. I reviewed the debut performances of Color Film (Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw and Head Automatica, Richard Penzone of Men Women & Children) and Schematic (Dave Elkins of Mae), as well as the first east coast performance by Mystery Skulls (Luis Dubuc of The Secret Handshake and Of Legends) and a set by the not-new-but-recently-more-active JJAMZ (a “supergroup” featuring members of Phantom Planet, Rilo Kiley / Bright Eyes, Maroon 5 and The Like). You can read it here; I’ve also added a live performance reviews section to the Clips / Writing Index page.
- Setting aside CMJ, I’ve recently become a regular participant in weekly PropertyOfZack staff playlists. Each playlist contains one song (along with a blurb) from me, as well as contributions from some of our other 30+ staff members. I’ve added links to all of them on the newly-retitled Mixes / Playlists page.
- Lastly, I’ve recently been enamored with The Maine‘s Good Love EP (you can get my full thoughts on it here), and on Friday they released a truly excellent video for the track “Thinking Of You”. I honestly don’t get around to watching many videos anymore (I’m too addicted to multitasking to commit both my eyes and my ears to the same piece of media), but this one was totally worth the time.