Its best just to simply - pick your targets - formulate a plan - and stick to it.
Day one actually went rather well.
The really big show of the night was venerable New York City melody and noisemakers Yo La Tengo
Having already eteched their names on the walls of Alty History, it was a real treat for MOG to present them as headliners at Brooklyn Bowl.
But before we got to that point, it was early doings on this Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - the first day of CMJ.
In addition to this blog and it's associated MMN repeater feed - I also write for The Deli Magazine.
They are presenting shows all over New York for CMJ this week - and I certainly wanted to be there for the kick-off event - at The Delancey on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Meeting up with the indomitable spirit that is The Deli Magazine publisher Paolo DeGregorio
First band of the night was Brooklyn's own
The venue was intimate - and it was early - but the band never disappoints and delivered their well crafted show.
Because of space limitations, drummer Kevin had to set up on the floor in front of the rest of the band. It was actually pretty cool to have him out front there like that for once.
Guitarists Flemming and Ritchie create sonic textures, while Lindsey's bass provides a solid foundation.
Filtered in blue like an early 70s TOTP
Impressive as their show was - I had not a second to hang around and chat afterwards, as it was rush, rush, rush off to the next show.
It is truly amazing what you'll sometimes see down in the subway, waiting for a train.
Performace artist - actor - statue? All of the above, I believe.
Arriving at Brooklyn Bowl in (where else) Broolkyn, NY - I was most pleased to finally meet and chat with Mog Music Network's own Abigail Gerow. It was a spirited conversation outside the venue (making sure names were on lists, and the three or four security checkpoints were all coordinated) its always great to finally meet someone you've had a messaging relationship with for a while.
Slithering my way through the crowd, youthfully exuberant rockers - DOM were already on stage.
They put on an energetic and musically accomplished show.
DOM throttled under the MOG banner.
I drum - you riff - ok?
Video screens promoted MOG thoughout the night.
The teeming masses must have CMJ goodness.
Finally it was time for headliners Yo La Tengo
Frontman Ira Kaplan opened on keyboards, and twisted significant nobs to make mysterious sounds.
"If I could get this one twist juuussst right . . ."
Georgia Hubley is an American percussionist and is one of the founding members of the alternative-rock band Yo La Tengo. (Well, that's what is says on her Wiki ;-) )