In New York City, fall is marked by the leaves in Central Park changing color, the sun setting well before the end of the work day, the return of chunky knitwear and thigh-high boots, and thousands of audiophiles swarming Downtown Manhattan to attend the annual CMJ Music Marathon. During the Marathon, which rocks out near Algonquin’s West Village annex from October 19-23, lesser-known and emerging artists are given the chance to impress major players in the music industry. Lady Gaga, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, and Arcade Fire (to name a few) all played CMJ before becoming music icons.
We’ll be clearing our schedules on October 21 to watch Merge superstars John Darnelle (Mountain Goats) and Franklin Bruno play as The Extra Lens at their CMJ showcase, 9pm at Mercury Lounge. Can’t jam with us? The Extra Lens will be dropping their long-awaited album, Undercard, on October 19. And lo and behold! We have THREE copies to give away along with copies of OUR NOISE: The Story of Merge Records, The Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small, which remarks on the impact of CMJ in addition to sharing candid photos and the behind-the-scenes of some of your favorite Merge bands: Arcade Fire, Magnetic Fields, Spoon, Lambchop, Superchunk, and more. Check out the phenomenal OUR NOISE website here.
For a chance to win, leave a comment about your favorite CMJ or indie concert memory. We’ll choose three winners via a top-secret magical process.
–Emily Parliman, Publisher’s Assistant