By: Spacelab Research Staff
Everybody's talkin' CMJ this and CMJ that. "Come to our CMJ showcase", and "we'll be at CMJ", not to mention "see you at CMJ", and "CMJCMJCMJ. CMJ?" They're of course talking about the CMJ Music Marathon, the biggest music event of the fall.
It's set to go down from October 31st - November 4th in New York. It's put on by the College Music Journal, a long-standing publication of alternative music. CMJ has been publishing long enough to have written about alternative music when it was still an alternative to the mainstream.
You can check out panelists George Clinton or Chuck D, Janeane Garofalo, Hilly Kristal of CBGB, DJ Spooky and more. They'll be speaking at panels like Indie Touring 101: How to Make a Profit on a Tight Budget, How Much Clout Do Bloggers Have?, and Invasion of the New Radio Media.
And you now MUST have a film festival if you do a music festival. There must be some indie stone tablets somewhere that dictate this as a rule, because most festivals these days seem to think music=film. Maybe it's just the easy way to combine a visual aesthetic with music in a world that endlessly blurs the line between the two. It seems like going to a music festival to watch a movie is a bit like heading to a movie theatre while on vacation, but IF YOU WERE to do that, you could check out new films like the Borat movie and The Fountain.
And the music... can't forget that. The best of right now and tomorrow's music today. Highlights include The Shins, Deerhoof, and Blonde Redhead with new releases just around the corner. You can also see Silversun Pickups, CSS, Cold War Kids, The Knife, Snowden, and and entire list that includes over... well, too many bands to count. Check it yourself: