CMJ: Looking Back At A Whirlwind Of Music

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Delicate Steve at CMJ.

Delicate Steve at CMJ.

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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
  • Artist: Suuns
  • Released: 2010
 
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Delicate Steve

  • Album: Wondervisions
  • Song: Butterfly

For more information on this album, visit the artist's website.

 
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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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  • Album: Fold It! Mold It!
  • Artist: 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"
  • Album: 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"
  • Album: 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"
  • Album: Twin-Hand Movement
  • Artist: Lower Dens
  • Label: Gnomonsong
  • Released: 2010
 

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