CMJ Day 1: Galapagos


Apes and Androids

A bit of a happy accident lead me to Galapagos on Wednesday night. I met up with my friend Kathryn, Lexington band Parlour Boys and more bloggers than I’d ever seen at a non-festival concert.

I missed most of Apes and Androids, but everyone seemed totally into them. I was too busy exploring the free face painting and free photo booth–it was the day of the dead, after all.


Harlem Shakes

Kathryn and I ran out to get some pizza, so we also missed most of Harlem Shakes’ set. They had a big crowd for them, and seemed pretty tight on stage. Not my favorite show of CMJ, but I didn’t walk out on it either.


Lo-Fi FNK

Before Lo-Fi FNK started playing, I bumped into Jeff from Central Village, Jerry from Yeti Don’t Dance and Dave from Brooklyn Vegan. Curiously, they were all three pumped about catching Lo-Fi FNK’s first American show and pretty let down that I had never heard of them before.

Say what you will about blogger hype, but New York blogger’s personal recommendations are awesome. Lo-Fi FNK brought their dancy synth beats to an appreciative American audience with all the charm that you’d expect from three sunny Swedish faces.


Lo-Fi FNK


Thunderbirds Are Now!

While they were the band I had come to see, Thunderbirds Are Now! left me in a bit of a weird situation. Sure, it was an energetic set full of great music–which is par for TAN! these days–but I couldn’t shake the awkward feeling that permiated a good deal of their set.

You see, Ryan from TAN! entered the crowd during a particularly spirited guitar solo. Some guy, for reasons not known to me, thought it was a good idea to slowly pour his beer on Ryan. Not so much because he was being a jerk, just because he thought it would be appreciated.


Thunderbirds Are Now!

From then on afterwards, the conversation was peppered with awkward pauses, callings-out or other fan-band tension. Eventually Ryan shrugged it off, but it had him visably thrown for a loop. Mix that with some poor acoustics and it makes for a ‘pretty good’ Thunderbirds Are Now! show. Too bad I caught them on an off night, though; their new album is quite enjoyable.

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