The amount of weary concertgoers seated against the wall at Brooklyn Bowl last night showed that even the first day of CMJ was exhausting for some… watch it with those free-beer day parties, kids! They’re a killer. MOG kicked off the Tuesday night celebration with three rock ‘n’ roll acts… laptops be danged!
New Jersey’s Screaming Females are enjoying a great wave of buzz right now, and it’s easy to see the appeal, with guitarist and vocalist/screamer Marissa Paternoster dominating the stage in what looks like a reform school uniform from 1962. The set was barely 30 minutes long, but Screaming Females packed just enough of a wallop to please those in the know and scare the shit out of newcomers who were maybe expecting something more twee. Paternoster harnesses the fierce power of her axe without gimmick or apology, and lucky for us, her band is more than happy to hang on for the ride, backing her up with a furious rhythm section. Check out a video from last night’s set below.
Screaming Females @ CMJ 2010 – MOG Party at Brooklyn Bowl from Heidi Vanderslice on Vimeo.
DOM all appear to have more hair than body weight, but the moment they began, we couldn’t think of anything other than AC/DC, so it turns out that their coifs are wildly appropriate. They’re not just a three-chord ripoff, either… after a good amount of gratuitous shredding, DOM slowed for a ballad that was downright sweet and melodic. That didn’t stop them from ending the set with posturing double-guitar solos, but at that point, we were already sold. Lead singer Dom won’t reveal his last name on account of the massive amounts of money he owes to undisclosed sources, but he did serenade the audience with a song about his Savannah cat, “Bochicha.” We caught it on video… watch it and headbang at your desk. We dare you.
DOM @ CMJ 2010 – MOG Party at Brooklyn Bowl from heidi vanderleester on Vimeo.
What can we say about Yo La Tengo? A line stretched well around the corner of Wythe Ave. and N. 11th Street a good two hours before their set because everyone knows the facts: after 25 years, Yo La Tengo are a well-oiled juggernaut of equal parts noise and lounge disco; wall-shaking and tango dancing. Sampling nearly their entire catalog, from the oft-terrifying I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass to the comfortable 60s pop of May I Sing with Me, Yo La Tengo gave all the young upstarts at CMJ something to strive for. Though they did note that this was their first time playing on the same level as the bowling alley (”I’m sure we’ve played above many bowling alleys,” said Ira Kaplan). Mid-song, Kaplan hopped off stage to try his luck in the lanes, proclaiming “Gutter ball!” upon his return. Good thing their set was anything but. Live footage below for you suckers who missed it.
Yo La Tengo @ CMJ 2010 – MOG Party at Brooklyn Bowl from heidi vanderlee on Vimeo.
Fuente: LimeWire Music Blog