CMJ 2013 - Toro Booking & The Record Machine present
Friend Roulette, Bobby Jealousy, The Great American Canyon Band, Cobalt Cranes, Noise FM
186 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 12:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Aptly named Brooklyn collective Friend Roulette brings together, per their Twitter bio, “violin/bassClarinet/EWI/ 2-4 drummers/3voices/moog/guitar” in service of forward-thinking, off-kilter chamber pop. Their forthcoming Grow Younger EP is bursting with imagination; it’s the sort of record where dignified string arrangements bleed into gauche prog-rock synth lines and twee-inflected ballads bloom into psych stompers - credit: Stereogum
"Brooklyn's most whimsical chamber pop outfit"- L Magazine
"Their songs are eclectically and musical in the purest sense of the word, the way Van Dyke Parks's music is real musician's stuff." - The Austinist SXSW review
"Friend Roulette never gives away the plot, but the distinct pleasure of discovering their dreamy Cabaret texture is enough to keep your ears duly occupied during the journey. - THE DELI
Friend Roulette has been adding members to their ding dang of musical friends since John got back from summer camp. Sounding like a concoction of Van Dyke Parks, Robert Wyatt and Aaliyah, Friend Roulette creates somewhat of an whimsical psychedelic chamber pop con cojones. With 2 drummers, violin, bass clarinet, ewi (electronic wind instrument) & the occasional string quartet, its a ding dang of a live show.
For fans of Mariah, Twain and GAGA.
Bobby Jealousy is a young band of old souls determined to claim pop music for the underground. Since 2011 Bobby Jealousy has written and recorded three full-length albums, one of which helped a California couple to conceive. Current members include Sabrina Ellis of A Giant Dog, husband Seth Gibbs, drummer Adam Harlow and Brian Patterson on guitar. Talented UK performer Mark Stoney played an integral part in the band's early development. Bobby Jealousy is the sentiment of the odd man out, the collective shout of the socially anxious, the waning hope of the everyman, and the pagan deity of the hyper-romantic. Bobby Jealousy works hard to change the lives of its listeners, one big, loud, dirty pop song at a time.
The Great American Canyon Band
Canyon Enthusiasts // More Crazy Horse Than Harvest
Cobalt Cranes blend elements of desert, psychedelic and shoegaze sounds, taking a modern approach to classic California rock. Like many great rock bands before them, Cobalt Cranes have found California to be a big inspiration to their sound.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Cobalt Cranes began when Tim Foley and Kate Betuel bonded over 60's garage punk, 90's shoegaze, and psych rock. The duo began making demos in Tim's apartment, and recorded an Ep titled 'in Media Rez'. The resulting sound was a dynamic mix of primitive, raw garage rock and heart-on-sleeve, lush slow burners. In early 2009 they assembled a live band, began playing locally and embarked on several Southwest and Pacific Northwest tours.
In 2010 they released a single with Atlanta based Zap! cassettes as well as a 7" with French label Frantic City. They continued to tour and play locally in 2011, and released a single on the London based label Tuck shop v. Leg Guitar as well as a single on their own Anticc Records.
This past year Kate and Tim have been writing and recording their debut album, 'Head in the Clouds' while continuing to play local shows. The record is heavily influenced by hard rock album narratives of the early 1970's, versatile shoegaze rock of the early 90's, as well as modern sounds. They also explored and expanded upon what is considered the 'California sound'.
Cobalt Cranes want to assure you that this is not a retro act, in fact far from it. From the vantage point of the modern era, Cobalt Cranes have compiled their influences into a sound all their own and have elaborated upon what they consider Rock 'n' Roll.
Cobalt Cranes released their debut album 'Head in the Clouds' in early 2013, and embarked on national tour.