So Interpol's Antics finally came out yesterday
I was all over the leak when it surfaced earlier this summer, but I put it away for good a while back. (Turned out it was ripped from a cassette, and all the songs were in mono. Brilliant.) I was surprised and psyched to see that Best Buy had Antics on sale for just $9.99 - usually they save this for the new Nelly discs. And I was even more surprised to discover that they were completely sold out of it last night. I know, I know, I should be supporting the mom-and-pop stores, but I live in a fairly mainstream neighborhood where Best Buy is literally the only place near me that sells CD's. It's unfortunate, but I still spend a good chunk of cash at the indie shops. The fact that Antics was sold out at Best Buy makes me wonder if it may actually land on the Top 40 charts next week - I wouldn't bet on it, but you never know.
Anyway, I picked up a copy at lunch today and have given it a few spins. I need some more time to digest it, but so far I like it. Not quite a "holy shit" first listen like Turn On The Bright Lights, but still quality. Especially since I'd been dying to hear the awesome "Next Exit"/"Evil" 1-2 punch that opens the album. That leak was sketchy, but those songs rang true. (As did a few others.) Stay tuned for thoughts on the rest.
In other news, individual tickets for the CMJ Music Marathon (10/13 to 10/16) went on sale today. Among the highlights: Sonic Youth/RJD2 at Irving Plaza, The Concretes at the Bowery Ballroom, Asobi Seksu and Mia Doi Todd at Rothko, The Magnolia Electric Co. (FKA Songs: Ohia) at The Coral Room, John Cale at Avalon, The Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and Low at the Mercury Lounge (each separately), and many many more. John Cale at Avalon is a weird one - will you need to buy a bottle of Ketel One to sit down? CMJ hasn't posted a complete schedule yet, just an exhaustive list of performers, but you can figure things out via individual venue websites.
Despite the many great names, I'm not sure if I'll go to many CMJ gigs. They pack 4 or 5 or even more bands into each night, which mean the sets can be short, rushed, and late. And with all those bands, the crowds can also be fairly uninterested. In my college radio days, I had a pass once with free admission to all gigs and it was fantastic. I literally bounced around to 5 or 6 shows in one night, checking out all the bands I wanted to see. But having to buy a ticket individually to each show, I don't know about that....