WE'RE ON THE SCENE, CATCHING THE NEWEST MUSIC ON THE MARKET, AT BROOKLYN'S CMJ MUSIC FESTIVAL
CMJ 2013 PART 2
Yesterday’s CMJ festivities got off to a weird start last night in front of Piano’s, where crowds huddled around paramedics as they heaved a man onto a stretcher. In broken English, someone said that the man had apparently been “hit with straps” and then pointed towards Banksy’s Ludlow Street installation. Confusing, to say the least...
Once the night got rolling, things cleared up. What became most evident as the shows progressed is that Terrible Records, the Brooklyn label started by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Ethan Silverman, has a pretty brilliant lineup of artists. Kirin J. Callinan (featured in VMAN 30, shot by Hedi Slimane) shredded in sweatpants and a turtleneck, challenging the notion of what rock should look like. As he made his way through an awesomely frightening set, he peeled back the layers, arriving, finally, at a voluminous pair of pants and some blue-toed socks. It was an assaultive performance that left the crowd giddy as masochists.
Also on Terrible, Lorely Rodriguez of Empress Of gave a surprisingly athletic performance, bounding around the stage in an oversized blazer, her big blonde hair—some combination of Kathleen Turner circa Peggy Sue Got Married and Sky Ferreira—eventually going limp from her efforts. Girl sings like a sparrow and has amazing range. Keep your eyes out for this one.
Together, Kirin and Lorely round out the already solid roster of artists on Terrible Records, which currently seats Solange, Blood Orange, Twin Shadow (also featured in VMAN 30), and Kindness, among others. You know you’re doing things right when you can’t find a weakest link. Given the founders behind the label, there’s certainly nothing confusing about that.
PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY BAHN