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CMJ Week Hangover
The Good the Bad and the Ugly

I have been running around all week from event to event as the CMJ festival has worn me out, physically and aesthetically and has left me slightly bored. If I have to listen to one more unoriginal band, rapper or DJ, I will keel over. Don't get me wrong, the festival was enjoyable and there were some beacons of light out there, but much of what I heard and experienced was the same old boring business as usual. My week began with my set at ADGs all female DJ showcase, then I was catapulted into CMJ mode. The most notable was Giant Step's showcase with the New York debut of DJ, producer, composer, musician and recording artist Mark de Clive-Lowe held at the 92YTribeca. Mark introduced the crowd to an eclectic mix of live jazz, and sampled electronic mixing, fused to create something unheard but pleasurable to the ear.

My CMJ week culminated in the Hip Hop label stand-off of Duck Down VS. Blacksmith at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Each label unleashed their talent battling for Hip Hop supremacy. Rap royalty included Talib Kweli and one of my favorite female MCs Jean Grae.  But the thing that makes festivals like CMJ worth any wild, are the after parties. Again two notables of the week, were Gabby Mejia's annual Costume party extravaganza at Submercer. Gabby who is manager and booker at Submercer has introduced NYC to some of the best underground DJs and Submercer is the type of space that allows for dancing and lounging while maintaining a level of intimacy. The ride I was on made one last stop at the One Leg Up Halloween Masquerade Ball hosted by Palagia and her crew of musicians, artists and dancers, which included the sound styling of DJ Sid Vega. These parties give you the most sensual nightlife experience in NYC, a place where inhibitions are left at the door and clothing is sometimes optional. A bacchanal soirée that Caligula would have wanted to participate in and the highlight of my week.