CMJ: Looking Back At A Whirlwind Of Music

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CMJ, short for College Music Journal, is an annual five-day music festival that takes place primarily on New York's Lower East Side and in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Each year, thousands of bands from all over the world gather and play packed showcases at dozens of venues around the city. This week on All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and WFUV's Alisa Ali recap the festival's highlights and discuss some of the best bands they discovered there.

Bob, for example, found musical healing from the Swedish sisters known as First Aid Kit, while Stephen learned the meaning of "sissy bounce" with Big Freedia and Alisa became mesmerized with the overpowering sexiness of Sherlock's Daughter.

CMJ Wrap Up

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Kopecky Family Band

  • Album: The Disaster
  • Song: Disaster

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Family Cactus

  • Album: Come Howling
  • Song: Come Howling

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Jon Hopkins

  • Album: Seven Gulps Of Air
  • Song: Small Memory (Tuung Remix)

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Small Memory (Tuung Remix)
Album
Seven Gulps Of Air
Artist
Jon Hopkins
Label
Domino
Released
2010

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Titus Andronicus

  • Album: Monitor
  • Song: A More Perfect Union

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A More Perfect Union
Album
Monitor
Artist
Titus Andronicus
Label
XL
Released
2010

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Suuns

  • Album: Zeroes QC
  • Song: Gaze

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Gaze
Album
Zeroes QC
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Suuns
Released
2010

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Delicate Steve

  • Album: Wondervisions
  • Song: Butterfly

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Big Freedia

  • Album: Big Freedia Hitz Vol. 1
  • Song: Azz Everywhere

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Random Recipe

  • Album: Fold It! Mold It!
  • Song: Shipwreck

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Shipwreck
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Fold It! Mold It!
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Random Recipe
Label
DISTRIBUTION SELECT
Released
2010

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First Aid Kit

  • Album: Big Black & the Blue
  • Song: Winter Is All Over You

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Winter Is All Over You
Album
Big Black & the Blue
Artist
First Aid Kit
Label
Wichita Recordings
Released
2010

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Sherlock's Daughter

  • Album: Sherlock's Daughter EP
  • Song: Reprise

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Reprise
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Sherlock's Daughter EP
Artist
Sherlock's Daughter
Label
Ais
Released
2009

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Prince Rama

  • Album: Shadow Temple
  • Song: Thunderdrums

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Thunderdrums
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Shadow Temple
Artist
Prince Rama
Label
PAWT
Released
2010

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Lower Dens

  • Album: Twin-Hand Movement
  • Song: Blue & Silver

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Blue & Silver
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Twin-Hand Movement
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Lower Dens
Label
Gnomonsong
Released
2010

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