October 25th, 2011
Episode 368 of 715 episodes
As it does every fall, the CMJ Music Marathon came to New York City last week. They don't call it a marathon for nothing: For a band, performing in the festival can mean playing 10 shows in five days. For a fan, the choices of what to see are daunting and distant. Alabama Shakes might be playing on Delancey Street, while Teen is in Brooklyn and The Lonely Forest is playing KEXP's Showcase at the Ace Hotel, 20 minutes away. For music journalists, it's hard not to wish you could clone yourself to take it all in. In the end, the best way to have a rewarding CMJ experience might be to talk with a friend whose taste you trust. On this edition of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen sits down with two New York journalists: Maura Johnston, music editor for The Village Voice, and Sydney Brownstone, a writer and videographer for The L Magazine. Together, the three pick a dozen favorite acts from this year's CMJ, while sharing stories of their disparate journeys through the festival. Clips Artist: Ava Luna Album: Services / 3rd Avenue Island Song: Clips Perfect Artist: Fort Lean Album: Fort Lean Song: Perfect Old Friend Artist: Caveman Album: Coco Beware Song: Old Friend Keep Time Artist: Gauntlet Hair Album: Gauntlet Hair Song: Keep Time Dresinen Artist: Casiokids Album: Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen Song: Dresinen See You Hurry Artist: WIM Album: WIM Song: See You Hurry How Can U Luv Me Artist: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Album: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Song: How Can U Luv Me She's A River Artist: Firehorse Album: So They Ran Faster... Song: She's A River Add to Playlist Where The Asphalt Dies Artist: Clouder Album: Serious Business EP Song: Where The Asphalt Dies Add to Playlist Mayday Artist: Pujol Album: Nasty, Brutish, and Short Song: Mayday Gun Shy Artist: Widowspeak Album: Widowspeak Song: Gun Shy Add to Playlist Shivers Artist: Zola Jesus Album: Conatus Song: Shivers
Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut explore how design works within complex organizations to shape decisions, ideas, products, and more. Guests include clients from many industries and designers in many fields. Recorded at the Yale School of Management.