Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Zealand invades CMJ Again! Opening Night Party! Did we mention FREE Vodka All Night LONG!

Don’t Forget!
The Kiwi’s are set to take over CMJ yet again...
and this time, they are bringing an awesome collection of
New Zealand’s Best Indie Bands AND HIP HOP too!

CMJ Music Marathon’s Opening Night
Presented by 42BELOW Vodka

That’s right! Start CMJ off RIGHT!
Free Vodka All night long!
WHEN: NZ@CMJ Showcase - 6:00PM October 20th, 2009
WHERE: Red Bull Space at 40 Thompson St, SOHO, NYC
WHY: To Introduce an eclectic array of New Zealand acts to the international stage
HOW: General Public: FREE with CMJ Badge

Come Early. Space is Limited!

Visit for more information on NZ@CMJ ’09.

What’s the Story!
An exciting and eclectic collection of musical acts from New Zealand will grace the stage at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon festival in New York. The NZ@CMJ Showcase is one of CMJ’s opening night events and is a collaboration between New Zealand music promotion agencies NZ On Air and the NZ Music Commission – with the goal being to assist Kiwi acts to break into the international arena.

Making the journey to NYC this year are Die! Die! Die!, Surf City, Motocade, Kingston, Bang Bang Eche and Kidz In Space, along with hip hop acts David Dallas and Smashproof.

The NZ@CMJ showcase event began in 2007. The inaugural showcase was dubbed ‘one of the hottest tickets at CMJ’ by UK music bible NME and helped gain traction for the likes of Liam Finn, Cut Off Your Hands and The Brunettes. The
word spread and the 2008 show was crammed too for Bang Bang Eche, The Naked & Famous and college radio darlings The Ruby Suns.

This year, with the help of 42BELOW and their music platform 42Unheard, they have expanded the capacity for the event, moving it to the Red Bull Space in Soho, NYC. Cocktails provided by 42BELOW and wine provided by Wild Rock Wines.

Vice President of Content at CMJ Network Rev. Moose says “New Zealand knows how to party with style. I'm always impressed with the quality of artists represented by this relatively small population from the other side of the globe. The Kiwis have done a stellar job branding their nationality as a collection of stunning sounds from deserving new talent. CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival is proud to be a destination for emerging artists from such a bountiful source”.

Who’s playing!?

Die! Die! Die!
Clattering youngsters mix their agit pop ways with arty determination and a proud noise aesthetic. If your preferred cup of tea is a caffeine-heavy dose of South American dandelion herbal then Die!Die!Die! is the soundtrack to your trip. Coming to a town near you on a regular basis because touring is the only thing they know, these angels with dirty guitars are the proud sound of the underground.

Bang Bang Eche
Their new EP Sonic Death Cuntttt, transforms the brutality of the quartet’s live show into an orgasm's worth of audio goodness. Building on the success of their debut 2008 release, this new EP’s lead song, “Fist Full Of Dollars,” was immediately hailed as Song Of The Day by both and Seattle's legendary KEXP before it was even released.

Surf City
There is a proud Kiwi tradition of ramshackle indie that these Auckland kids tap into, sounding in no uncertain terms like they are channelling The Clean, the greatest Flying Nun fizz-popsters of them all, along with a determined dash of Pavement. Being the sum of your influences is no bad thing when they are this good.

This Auckland quartet once had something of the Britpop about them but now the high register hooks and quirk appeal of self-released new album Tightrope Highway has echoes of Phil Judd, the wayward genius of early Split Enz and the Swingers. And we do like that.

Kidz In Space
Is there a genre for jet-packer hip-hop? Continuing the theme of young kiwis retrofitting themselves with astronaut suits to try and rid themselves of an association with all that ‘clean, green NZ marketing’ – unless the green is smokeable – comes another back to the future outfit. Kidz in Space are a new generation making cool, mystery-shrouded beats and rhymes from a unique perspective.

David Dallas
David Dallas slipped out of award-winning Kiwi hip hop duo Frontline and drops his Con Psy persona to unleash brand new solo debut Something Awesome. Critics have already labeled it “message-laden breezy listening” and noted that the mood is a little like LL Cool J at his finest. And you cannot go wrong with that!

Tyree, Young Sid and Deach are Smashproof, the new standard bearers for New Zealand hip-hop and the Move The Crowd label. Their hard-hitting smash hit “Brother” smashed chart records earlier this year, racking up 11 straight weeks atop the New Zealand charts.

Heavy on the hooks and already the subject of some major A&R interest, the Auckland four piece take a break from recording their debut album in Toronto to enthral CMJ audiences with their brand of non-stop power pop

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