10.30.2009

CMJ Day Three

Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned @ Zebulon, Word of Choice Amazing


Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned CMJ @ Zebulon


Sgt. Dunbar and The Hobo Banned packed the house and the stage with eight musicians and every imaginable brass and string instrument. I love the Hobos and have seen them several times. Their instruments were in full force featuring many songs off their new EP. They played the title track "A March Through Charles Mingus' Garbage" that featured a vibrant mix of Folk and Jazz a direction they are forging ahead with. The two new songs they debuted forecast a vital and original direction.


The musicianship is something to behold they have become a much tighter entity without loosing their energy and heart displaying the joy of playing together. What is also fascinating is the seamless exchange of instruments throught the set. Whether blowing, singing or strumming everything works. This is a democratic collective where various members share the lead vocal helm adding diversity to the mix.


Sgt. Dunbar and The Hobo Banned were full of bite. All the instruments and vocals united and filled the space with joy and substance. When the set was over I walked through the crowd and the word or choice was amazing.


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Pink Noise @ Zebulon Invigorating Smart Noise


Pink Noise @ CMJ Zebulon

Pink Noise makes lots of noise from metal shredding guitar and bass, pounding drums but could not drown out the heafty and soulful vocals of Sharon Sulami This was a set of pure intensity with incredible exchanges between instruments. Noise of exhilaration and contrast played with the force of unpredictability. Invigorating smart noise.


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Little Teeth form San Francisco @ Zebulon Scrabbled Experimentation


Little Teeth CMJ @ Zebulon


To say I was delighted to see Little Teeth is an understatement. The twosome of Sofia Bell and Dannie Murrie recently added Sean Real to their inner circle. Their very original music is Folk as an art form played with a conviction of sensibility and spirit. Their all out abandon of song structure focused on experimentation, strange but beguiling harmonies and escalating emphasis of vocals, drumming, cello or banjo.


I was outside socializing when the band set up and was flabbergasted when I moved to the front to find the most intricate found object drum set dejour including a small xylophone. Dani Murrie strapped on an assortment of shells and bells from ankle to knee.


During the set they brought out some additional homemade contraptions. The traditional instruments were plucked and bowed with attitude adding to the disjointed samplings of sound that fried my brain from overdrive of the unexpected. The drummer Sean Real has a passion for playing. A joy to watch.


the music sounds like a much looser Coco Rosie or The Roaches scrabbled. They bring it on with guts, punk and moxie. Halfway through their fifty state tour they stated, “We showered tonight”. Everyone cheered.


Little Teeth CMJ @ Zebulon


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I would be remiss not mention how much I enjoyed Zebulon. I loved the music played between sets, food and all around great staff!


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