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The Best Of CMJ 2012

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Clockwise from upper left: Hundred Waters, Turbo Fruits, Brick + Mortar, Foxygen, People Get Ready. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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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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Skeleton Dance

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Ghost Pal

  • Song: Skeleton Dance
  • from Nathan Jones Is Dead
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Sweet Thang

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Turbo Fruits

  • Song: Sweet Thang
  • from Butter
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Shuggie

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Foxygen

  • Song: Shuggie
  • from We Are The 21st Century ambassadors Of Peace And Magic
Cover for Making Moves

Bangs

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Brick + Mortar

  • Song: Bangs
  • from Making Moves

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

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New June

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People Get Ready

  • Song: New June

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

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Silence Of The Guns

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Jinja Safari

  • Song: Silence Of The Guns
  • from The Key Of Sea, Vol. 2
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Beast In the Sky

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Brainstorm

  • Song: Beast In the Sky
  • from Heat Waves

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Heat Waves
Album
Heat Waves
Artist
Brainstorm
Label
Tender Loving Empire
Released
2012

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Ode to Viceroy

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Mac DeMarco

  • Song: Ode to Viceroy
  • from 2
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Visitor

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Hundred Waters

  • Song: Visitor

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

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