• Record Stores

  • Academy Records, LPs and Annex
    The Academy Annex in Williamsburg is my favorite place to buy used records.

  • Amoeba Music
    San Francisco, Berkeley and LA. Best in the West.

  • Boomkat
    UK based site specializing in Electronic, Ambient, Post-Folk, IDM and more

  • Generation Records
    This Greenwich Village staple has attitude. Great for punk, hardcore and much more.

  • Insound
    Top online independent retailer. Great deals and selection.

  • Other Music
    Among the best independent record stores in New York City.

  • Permanent Records
    Greenpoint, Brooklyn. My favorite store to browse.

  • Sonic Boom Records
    Along with KEXP, the reason that I could survive a move to Seattle

  • SoundFix
    Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They've developed a great website and have online ordering as well.

CMJ 2006 #1-10

The Top 60 Bands (Ryan Saw) At CMJ 2006

[part 6 of 6]

Here it is – the final installment of my CMJ adventures. They just announced that my favorite week of the year will be October 16th – 20th this fall. Register now!

I’ve compiled all of the audio clips from the previous posts on one page that will remain accessible at the top of the site. Enjoy, because I doubt I’ll ever have enough time or energy to do this again. I know the “rankings” are highly debatable, but some bands ended up near the bottom because I didn’t see much of their set. I enjoyed every act I saw on these lists, even if I did bust on them a bit. Though, I really did hate The Knife. Man, was that show overrated.

#1 ¡Forward, Russia! – My favorite live act of 2006. I sense that they are fading fast into obscurity, but I’ll still be rocking out with ‘em the next time they come through New York. Whether you love them, hate them or just don’t give a sh*t, ¡Forward, Russia! give a fantastic performance. In addition to these two shows, we also saw them at the KEXP in-studio performance. Though there are pictures here it would appear they never actually released the audio to that show.

¡Forward, Russia!
Live at Mercury Lounge
01 Nine
02 Fifteen Part II
03 Eighteen
04 Seventeen
05 Sixteen
06 Thirteen
07 Fifteen Part I
08 Twelve
09 Eleven

¡Forward, Russia!
Live at Fontana’s – Brooklyn Vegan day party
01 Twelve
02 Seventeen
03 Eighteen
04 Fifteen Part II

#2 Oppenheimer – This marked the first time in a long while that I walked into a venue and immediately fell in love with the band on stage. I heard that these guys were great when they opened for Hot Chip at South Street Seaport, but I never expected to connect with them the way I did. I’m sure plenty of you are saying, “yeah, they’re ok, but the second best band at CMJ?” As far as I’m concerned, hell yes.

Oppenheimer – M.O. (live at Tonic)

Oppenheimer – Time Loss/Gain (live at Tonic)

Oppenheimer – Nine Words (live at Tonic)

Oppenheimer – Saturday Looks Bad To Me (live at Tonic)

#3 The Hold Steady – Since they didn’t actually play a showcase, I feel a little bit funny placing The Hold Steady towards the top of this list, but regardless, this was one of the craziest sets I saw all week. I’ll be surprised if I ever see them in a place as tiny as The Annex ever again.

The Hold Steady – Party Pit (live at The Annex)

The Hold Steady – Stevie Nix (live at The Annex)

#4 Land Of Talk – My love for three-piece bands notwithstanding, Land of Talk was one of my top five discoveries in 2006. They sounded better and better each of the five times I saw them this year, with this midday Pianos set topping off the list. I can’t wait to see what they do with a full length album.

Land of Talk – Summer Special (live at Pianos)

Land of Talk – Sea Foam (live at Pianos)

Land of Talk – Speak To Me Bones (live at Pianos)

Land of Talk – [new song] (live at Pianos)

Land of Talk – All My Friends (live at Pianos)

#5 Colin Meloy – The Decemberists frontman played a short acoustic set upstairs at Pianos as part of a Zune promotion. Then he was carted a few blocks west to the Apple Store where the whole band helped to promote Microsoft’s largest competitor. Is it fair to even suggest the word “sell out” if the two causes cancel each other out? I could care less who’s paying him to play where. Hearing Colin play “California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade” solo on acoustic guitar was simply magical.

Colin Meloy – O Valencia (live at Pianos)

Colin Meloy – California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade (live at Pianos)

#6 Pela – Though I prefer to hear Pela plugged in on a stage that can actually fit the whole band, this acoustic set was only my second experience hearing Pela live and I was quite impressed. You could tell that the band was figuring out how to transfer their material into the acoustic domain as they went, but the constant force behind all their songs was still Billy’s powerful voice. You can check out a full Pela-plugged-in show here.

Pela – Waiting on the Stairs [acoustic] (live at White Rabbit)

Pela – No Doves Just Pigeons [acoustic] (live at White Rabbit)

Pela – Desert’s Not A Desert At All [acoustic] (live at White Rabbit)

Pela – The Trouble With River Cities [acoustic] (live at White Rabbit)

Pela – Philadelphia [acoustic] (live at White Rabbit)

#7 Birdmonster – For the most part, I’m not a huge Birdmonster fan, but their performance of “Balcony” was one of my single favorite songs of the entire festival. Go ahead, listen and just try to resist the urge to shout along with the chorus.

Birdmonster – Ice Age (live at Cake Shop)

Birdmonster – Cause You Can (live at Cake Shop)

Birdmonster – Skeleton Suit (live at Cake Shop)

Birdmonster – Balcony (live at Cake Shop)

#8 Annuals – From a musical composition standpoint, Annuals were the most impressive band I heard in 2006. Their songs defy convention, yet somehow they’re still accessible and able to keep your attention in a live setting. Intriguing as it is, “Dry Clothes” still seems just plain weird to me, but “Brother”… damn that’s a good song.

Annuals – Dry Clothes (live at Fader Lounge)

Annuals – Complete Or Completing (live at Fader Lounge)

Annuals – Brother (live at Fader Lounge)

Annuals – Carry Around (live at Fader Lounge)

#9 Silversun Pickups – A lot has been said recently about Silversun Pickups lack of enthusiasm during their live show. I have to agree that they seem a little reserved when they’re playing a show, but I still love their sound. This is more or less the type of music that had me glued to the radio in my formative years and in my opinion, there aren’t enough bands maintaining and/or updating that sound these days.

Silversun Pickups – Little Lover’s So Polite (live at the Puma Store)

Silversun Pickups – Future Foe Scenarios (live at the Puma Store)

Silversun Pickups – Kissing Families (live at the Puma Store)

Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye (live at the Puma Store)

Silversun Pickups – Rusted Wheel (live at The Annex)

Silversun Pickups – Kissing Familes (live at The Annex)

Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye (live at The Annex)

Silversun Pickups – Common Reactor (live at The Annex)

#10 Tigercity – Another pleasant surprise, I had no idea what to expect of this band when I walked into Arlene’s Grocery for their late set. (In case you haven’t noticed, bands get extra points on this list for surprising me… I mean, everyone knew what to expect from friggin Girl Talk). Tigercity are part 80’s, part funk and flat out fun. I think they recently inked a record deal and I’ll be real curious to see what they sound like in a studio.

Tigercity – Solitary Man (live at Arlene’s Grocery)

Tigercity – Cloakrooms (live at Arlene’s Grocery)

6 Responses to “CMJ 2006 #1-10”

  1. 1 Christopher

    I caught Forward Russia at the BV party also. Sweet. Pretty sweet.

  2. 2 Julia

    any chance you also recorded Irving at Mercury Lounge when they played with Voxtrot? or ever, really?

    well done on all the recordings, by the way. awesome stuff.

  3. 3 Ryan

    Sorry, I didn’t get Irving on tape at Mercury. Wow, I can’t believe that was practically a year ago.

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Past Shows


8/28 The National Rifle [KFN]

8/15 !!! [East River Park, NY]

7/24 Cap'n Jazz [Starlight Ballroom]

7/2 Busses [Johnny Brenda's]

6/24 Wakey! Wakey! [North Star Bar]

6/25 - 6/26 Northside Festival (Marie Stella, The Grates, Dinosaur Feathers...) [Brooklyn]

6/22 Villagers [FUC - Chapel]

6/16 The Most Serene Republic, Annuals [North Star Bar]

6/2 The Futureheads, The Like [FUC - Basement]

5/2 The Album Leaf [FUC - Sanctuary]

5/5 Bear Hands [World Cafe Live]

4/10 Pilam Human BBQ (Algernon Cadwallader, These United States)

4/9 Freezepop, Cannon Logic [North Star Bar]

4/2 Band of Skulls, The Whigs [North Star Bar]

3/16 - 3/21 SXSW (Octopus Project, The Megaphonic Thrift, Local Natives, We Were Promised Jetpacks...) [Austin, TX]

2/19 Memory Tapes, Neon Indian [Making Time - Voyeur]

1/22 Freelance Whales, Animal Tropical [KFN]

1/21 Savior Adore, Circadian Rhythms [KFN]

1/14 River City Extension [North Star Bar]


12/4 The Wrens [Maxwell's]

12/2 Jaguar Love [Mercury]

11/29 Zero 7 [TLA]

11/17 J TIllman [FUC - Chapel]

10/20 - 10/24 CMJ [New York]

9/12-9/13 Monolith [Denver, CO]

8/28-8/30 After The Jump Fest [Littlefield]

8/14 Starlight Mints [North Star Bar]

8/8 A Crimson Grail for 200 Guitars [Lincoln Center]

7/18 Siren Fest [Coney Island]

7/16 Rit Mo Collective [Chris' Jazz Cafe]

6/26 The Most Serene Republic [North Star Bar]

6/11 - 6/14 Northside Festival

6/5 White Rabbits [Johnny Brenda's]

5/30 Jodienda [The Glass Door]

5/29 Pet Ghost Project, Dinosaur Feathers, Quiet Loudly [Fontana's]

5/23 United Nations [Delancey]

5/21 White Rabbits, Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Antlers [Bowery]

5/20 St. Vincent, Pattern Is Movement [Webster]

5/15 Marie Stella, Coyote Eyes [Portland, ME]

5/9 The Lisps [Joe's Pub]

5/8 Mono [Society for Ethical Culture]

5/3 No Doubt [Bamboozle]

5/2 The Get Up Kids [Bamboozle]

5/1 The Beets, pow wow! [Red Star Bar]

4/22 Into The Presence [Pianos]

4/18 The Life and Times [Webster Studio]

4/16 Middle Distance Runner [The Annex]

4/15 Nada Surf [Bell House]

4/10 The Wrens [Bell House]

4/2 Asobi Seksu [Bowery Ballroom]

3/17 SXSW

3/13 The Wrens / Titus Andronicus [Bowery]

3/6 The Bird and The Bee [Bell House]

3/5 Antlers / The Physics of Meaning [Union Hall]

2/28 ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead [Bowery]

2/27 Uninhabitable Mansions / Spacecamp [Union Hall]

2/26 Bell Orchestre / Clogs / Brooklyn Phil [BAM]

2/26 Tally Hall / Oppenheimer [Union Hall]

2/25 Ben Kweller [Town Hall]

2/23 Jimmy Eat World [Terminal 5]

2/18 Sam Roberts Band [Bowery Ballroom]

2/17 Fugiya & Miyagi / School of Seven Bells [LPR]

2/2 Frightened Rabbit [LPR]

1/26 Beirut [Coco66]

1/3 Holy Moly [Pete's Candy Store]


10/8 Barbara Morgenstern [Galapagos]

9/20 My Bloody Valentine [Roseland]

9/11 Land Of Talk [Mercury]

8/25 Lykke Li [LPR]

8/22 Lykke Li [Amoeba - Hollywood]

8/22 Radiohead [Hollywood Bowl]

8/20 Broken Social Scene, Menomena [Sunset Junction]

8/15 Manuel Göttsching [Lincoln Center]

7/31 The Long Winters [Castle Clinton]

7/24 Ambulance LTD [Bowery]

7/18 Deerhoof, Metropolis Ensemble [Prospect Park]

7/17 Ted Leo [Castle Clinton]

6/26 Devo [McCarren Pool]

6/21 After The Jump Fest [Williamsburg]

6/19 Man In Grey's farewell show [Delancey]

6/4 M83 [Bowery]

5/29 Hello Eden [Rebel]

5/28 Birdmonster [Mercury]

5/2 Stars of the Lid [Good Shepherd Church]

4/17 Gelsey Bell [Goodbye Blue Monday]

4/3 Helio Sequence [Bowery]

3/21 Jens Lekman [Hollywood, CA]

3/18 The Lisps [Los Angeles, CA]

3/12-16 SXSW [Austin, TX]

1/27 Laura Veirs [Union Hall]

1/16-17 Wordless Music Orchestra (Adams, Bryars, Greenwood) [St. Paul the Apostle]


12/20 Wakey! Wakey!, Jason Joseph [Arlene's]

12/14 The Most Serene Republic [Mercury]

12/13 Cake, Brazillian Girls, Oakley Hall [Terminal 5]

12/12 Wakey! Wakey!, Jukebox the Ghost [Mercury]

11/28 Max Richter, Cepia, Assaff Weisman [Good-Shepherd Faith Church]

11/10 Mum, Hauschka, Bing and Ruth [Society for Ethical Culture]

11/9 Mum, Torngat [St. Paul the Apostle]

11/3 Grizzly Bear, Michael Harrison [Society for Ethical Culture]

10/16-20 CMJ (Spoon, The Octopus Project, The Most Serene Republic, Saturday Looks Good To Me,1900's, Biffy Clyro, Freezepop...)

10/5 Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Sandro Perri [Good-Shepherd Faith Church]

9/24 Beirut, Colleen [Society for Ethical Culture]

9/21 The Most Serene Republic [Union Hall]

9/20 Beirut, Fifth Veil [Brooklyn Masonic Temple]

9/15 Do Make Say Think [The Middle East, Boston]

9/14 Do Make Say Think, Electric Kompany [Society for Ethical Culture]

8/29 Feist [McCarren]

8/25 After The Jump Festival [Studio B]

8/23 The Rentals [Nokia]

8/21 The New Pornographers [Bowery]

8/19 Wolf Parade [Warsaw]

8/12 Junior Senior [Soundfix]

8/12 Ted Leo/Pharmacists, The Thermals [McCarren]

8/9 Daft Punk [Keyspan]

7/28 Benni Hemm Hemm [Union Hall]

7/23 Eastern Conference Champions [Pianos]

7/4 The New Pornographers [Battery Park]

6/11 Feist [Town Hall]

6/2 Man In Grey [Union Hall]

5/12 LCD Soundsystem [Studio B]

5/8 The Shondes, Beat Radio [Delancey]

5/5 Arcade Fire, The National [Tower Theater]

4/30 The Books [Society for Ethical Culture - Wordless Music Series]

4/24 Pela [Mercury]
Wakey Wakey, Casey Shea [Pianos]

4/14 Cloud Cult, Young Galaxy [Mercury]

4/12 Eastern Conference Champions [Union Hall]

4/2 Amiina, Eluvium, Gilles Vonsattel [Good Shepherd Faith Church - Wordless Music Series]

3/31 The Long Winters, The Broken West [Mercury]

3/28 Menomena [Bowery]

3/23 Toca Loca, Polmo Polpo, Social Music Work Group [Good Shepherd Faith Church]

3/14-3/18 SXSW

3/9 Matt & Kim, Professor Murder [Bowery]

3/7 Mirah, The Blow [NYU]

3/1 Thunderbirds Are Now!, Tigercity [Knitting Factory]

2/20 Explosions In The Sky [Society for Ethical Culture]

2/19 Explosions In The Sky [Warsaw]

2/18 Malajube, Rock Plaza Central [Mercury]

2/17 The Muggabears, Please Dept [The Delancey]
Gelsey Bell [Vivaldi Cafe]

2/16 The Arcade Fire [Judson Memorial Church]
Pela [Mercury]

2/11 Steven Malkmus and the Jicks [Maxwell's]

2/10 Sure Juror [Pianos]

1/30 Peter, Bjorn and John [Bowery]

1/27 Liam & Me, The GoStation, White Rabbits, Seth Kallen + The Reaction [Sin-e]

1/19 The Wrens [Knitting Factory]

1/18 The Hold Steady [Northsix]

1/13 Gil Mantera's Party Dream, Free Blood [Knitting Factory]

1/6 Matt & Kim, Meneguar, Aa [Studio B]


12/20 Bridges & Powerlines [Pianos]

12/16 Rainer Maria, Pela, Daylight For The Birds [Bowery]

12/15 Bell, Lismore, Theives Like Us, The Ballet [Delancey]

12/13 Bound Stems, Ra Ra Riot, The Muggabears [Sin-e]

12/09 Oxford Collapse [Northsix]

11/28 ¡Forward, Russia! [Bowery]

11/22 The Hold Steady [Warsaw]

11/20 The Little Ones, Small Sins [Mercury Lounge]

11/15 A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Andrew Bird [GSF Church]

11/14 Bad Viens [Knitting Factory]

11/13 Modest Mouse [Nokia]

11/10 The Shondes [Brooklyn Lyceum]

11/6 Voxtrot [Bowery]
Cloud Cult [Knitting Factory]

10/31 - 11/4 CMJ [Everywhere]

10/21 Maritime, Bound Stems [Mercury]

10/17 TV On The Radio, Grizzly Bear [Irving]

10/15 Okkervil River, Sam Champion [Bowery]

10/14 Okkervil River, Elvis Perkins [Bowery]

9/30 Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond [Town Hall]

9/29 Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond [Town Hall]
The Long Winters [Bowery]

9/27 The Big Sleep, The Rogers Sisters, The Occasion (Movable Hype 9.0) [Spiegeltent]

9/26 O'Death, DraculaZombieUSA (Beg Yr Pardon #9) [Delancey]

9/18 Wordless Music Series (Glenn Kotche & Nels Cline, Jenny Lin, Elliot Sharp) [GSF Church]

9/15,16,17 Austin City Limits Festival (Explosions In The Sky, Okkervil River, The Long Winters, Nada Surf, Ben Kweller, Ted Leo, Stars, The New Pornographers, Husky Rescue, What Made Milwaukee Famous...)

9/13 The Grates [Pianos]

9/12 The Dears, The Grates [Bowery]

9/3 Mono, Fridge [Bowery]

9/2 Explosions In The Sky [Bowery]

8/31 Asobi Seksu, Say Hi To Your Mom, Cassettes Won't Listen [Maxwell's]

8/29 Casey Dienel, Inlets [Union Hall]

8/25 Ted Leo (free) [South Street Seaport]
Beirut [Mercury]

8/24 My Brightest Diamond [Speigeltent]

8/23 826NYC benefit w/David Byrne, Sufjan Stevens, John Roderick [Beacon Theater]

8/21 The Diggs, Slowlands [CBGB]

8/18 The Mugs, The Isles [Union Hall]

8/17 Takka Takka, Slowlands [Union Hall]

8/12 Sleater-Kinney, The Thermals [Portland, OR]

8/8 The Long Winters [Mercury Lounge]

8/7 Silversun Pickups [Union Hall]

8/4 Hot Chip [South Street Seaport]

8/3 The New Pornographers [Summerstage]

7/23 Pretty Girls Make Graves [McCarren Park Pool]

7/21 Jens Lekman, Beirut [Bowery]

7/19 Jens Lekman [Mercury]

7/15 Casey Shea [Knitting Factory]
Siren Fest [Coney Island]

7/14 My Brightest Diamond [Joe's Pub]

7/13 Okkervil River [Castle Clinton]
Oh No! Oh My!, The Big Sleep [Supreme Trading]

7/11 Movable Hype 8.0 [Knitting Factory] w/ Takka Takka, Femme Generation, Goes Cube

7/9 Cursive [Mercury]
Les Savy Fav [McCarren Park Pool]

7/7 The Undisputed Heavyweights [Rockwood]

7/6 Broken Social Scene [Prospect Park]
Mates of State [Castle Clinton]

7/4 Belle & Sebastian [Battery Park]

6/30 Birdmonster, Tally Hall, The Talk [Sin-e]
Matt Pond PA, Voxtrot [Prospect Park]

6/29 Land of Talk, Tokyo Police Club, The Ballet [Syrup Room]

6/28 Gil Mantera's Party Dream [Knitting Factory]

6/27 The Grates [Mercury]

6/25 The Undisputed Heavywights [Rockwood]

6/22 Asobi Seksu [Mercury]

6/17 Beirut [SoundFix]

6/15 Saturday Looks Good To Me [Northsix]

6/14 !Forward, Russia! [Mercury]

6/13 Eels, Smoosh [World Financial Center]
The Boy Least Likely To [Knitting Factory]

6/11 !!! [Northsix]

6/6 Nada Surf, stellastar* [Starlight Ballroom]

6/2 Radiohead [Tower Theater, Philly]

5/27 & 5/28 Sasquatch Music Festival [The Gorge, WA]

5/22 Art Brut [Soundfix]

5/20 Pela [brooklyn rooftop]

5/19 Land of Talk, Slowlands [Mercury Lounge]
Land of Talk, Dr. Dog (KEXP in NYC) [Gigantic Studios]

5/17 Art Brut, Art Brut 47 (We Are Scientists) [Knitting Factory]

5/12 White Rose Movement [Bowery Ballroom]

5/10 Nada Surf (acoustic) [Mercury Lounge]

4/25 Jamie Lidell [Bowery Ballroom]

4/21 The Undisputed Heavyweights, Cloud Cult [Arlene's Grocery]

4/17 Cloud Cult [Knitting Factory]

4/11 Art Brut, The Rogers Sisters [Southpaw]

4/10 Wolf Parade [Webster Hall]

4/9 Voxtrot, Irving [Mercury Lounge]

4/7 The Hold Steady [Warsaw]

4/5 Art Brut, Gil Mantera's Party Dream [Bowery Ballroom]

4/4 Art Brut, The Ponys [Bowery Ballroom]

4/1 Dream Theater [Radio City Music Hall]

3/31 Nine Black Alps [Bowery Ballroom]

3/30 Editors, The Big Sleep [Webster Hall]

3/28 Editors, stellastarr* [Warsaw]

3/22 The Go! Team [NorthSix]

3/21 Magnet [Living Room]

3/11 Belle & Sebastian, New Pornographers [Riverside Theater, Milwaukee]

3/8 The Wedding Present [Bowery]

3/2 Ted Leo/Rx [The Hook]

2/11 Gelsey Bell [Cafe Vivaldi]

2/10 Feist, Mates of State, Jason Collett [Webster]

2/9 Jason Collett [Mercury]

1/27 Broken Social Scene [Webster]

1/16 Nine Black Alps [Mercury]

1/14 Sufjan Stevens [Lincoln Center/Allen Room]

1/12 Tapes 'N Tapes, Sam Champion [Rothko]

1/11 Imogen Heap [Avalon]

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