CMJ Day Four
Day Four began with jazz hands. I started off at Cake Shop to see NY native Patrick Cleandenim. He struck my interest with his brand of flamboyant, jazz-infused pop. However, it'd be nearly impossible for him to replicate the orchestral backing live and thus his live performance seemed a bit flat. Regardless, Patrick is destined for large things. His latest effort Baby, Come Home was recorded in Kansas at a studio I am quite fond of. A lot of great records have come out of Black Lodge Recordings. Patrick is slated to open for Jens Lekman on a few East Coast dates.
I stopped in at the Brooklynvegan party at R Bar with hopes of catching Yeasayer. I only went along for a lark. The gaudy bar was jam-packed with self-righteous music snobs and nerdy blogger types, presumably there for the free booze. The stage, even using that term grants R Bar way too much credit, was minuscule and insignificant. It was really absurd, but I guess that's how they do it here in NY. I had already seen them perform once in Brooklyn and so I left after realizing that things were running late, another NY norm. When I relayed the description of the masses at R Bar to my good friend at the Fader Party she replied, "You mean there were a bunch of people like you?" I thought to myself for a moment and realized that there were simply too many music zealots for one cramped room.