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The Best Of CMJ 2012

Clockwise from upper left: Hundred Waters, Turbo Fruits, Brick + Mortar, Foxygen, People Get Ready.

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Each fall, hundreds of little-known bands descend on New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. As festivals go, it's one of the best for surprises, since so many of the acts are new and emerging. For the artists, it's a chance to be seen and heard and, hopefully, loved. For the rabid music fan or journalist, it's an overwhelming flood of musical discoveries.

On this edition of All Songs Considered, recorded live at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City, host Bob Boilen talks with Thor Slaughter (yes, that's his real name), music director for KWVA radio in Eugene, Ore., and Emmy Black of Bar/None Records. The three share memories of this year's appropriately titled Music Marathon and talk about some of their favorite discoveries, including the trippy, psychedelic group Ghost Pal; the country-tinged garage-rock band Turbo Fruits; and the fantastically named duo Foxygen.

Songs Featured In This Episode

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Ghost Pal

  • Album: Nathan Jones Is Dead
  • Song: Skeleton Dance
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Turbo Fruits

  • Album: Butter
  • Song: Sweet Thang
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Foxygen

  • Album: We Are The 21st Century ambassadors Of Peace And Magic
  • Song: Shuggie
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Brick + Mortar

  • Album: Making Moves
  • Song: Bangs

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Bangs
Album
Making Moves
Artist
Brick + Mortar
Label
Mad Dragon Records
Released
2012

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People Get Ready

  • Album: People Get Ready
  • Song: New June

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New June
Album
People Get Ready
Artist
People Get Ready
Label
Brassland
Released
2012

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Jinja Safari

  • Album: The Key Of Sea, Vol. 2
  • Song: Silence Of The Guns
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Brainstorm

  • Album: Heat Waves
  • Song: Beast In the Sky

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Song
Beast In the Sky
Album
Heat Waves
Artist
Brainstorm
Label
Tender Loving Empire
Released
2012

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Mac DeMarco

  • Album: 2
  • Song: Ode to Viceroy
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Hundred Waters

  • Album: Hundred Waters
  • Song: Visitor

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Song
Visitor
Album
Hundred Waters
Artist
Hundred Waters
Label
Elestial Sound
Released
2012

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