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NPR Music's guide to CMJ 2011 recommends Hans Chew

NPR recommended CMJ artists

(original article below, and remember, Hans Chew performs on Friday, October 16th at 6:00pm in the West Village at Wicked Willy’s as part of the L Rock the Party Booking showcase)

As if New York City isn’t overwhelming enough for the live music fan, imagine it during CMJ’s Music Marathon, when more than 900 bands play throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn over the course of five days. Stressful.

The long list of unfamiliar acts can be intimidating. Should you catch Dinosaur Feathers, Dinosaur Bones or Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs? Never fear. We’ve got your back. NPR Music asked KEXP in Seattle and the best college music directors in America to be your guide through the concrete jungle that is CMJ.

With their help, CMJ’s Music Marathon was reduced from a daunting labyrinth to … well, something like one of those corn mazes people do around Halloween. Together, we put together a mix of artists you should check out, and we’ll soon post a handy schedule of when and where they’re playing. Enjoy — and don’t stress.

Your Curators:

Artists In This Mix

1, 2, 3 • 400 Blows • Acid Baby Jesus • Action Bronson • Active Child • AIDS Wolf • Alina Simone • Amen Dunes • Army Navy • Bag Raiders • Balkans • The Barr Brothers • The Barreracudas • Beat Connection • Bleached • Bleeding Knees Club • Blues Control • Braids • Capybara • Cerebral Ballzy • Crocodiles • Cuckoo Chaos • Dávila 666 • Death • Dominique Leone • Doomsday Student • Dum Dum Girls • Ed Askew • Ed Schrader’s Music Beat • Eleanor Friedberger • Elk City • EMA • Fidlar • Frankie Rose & The Outs • Gang Gang Dance • Gary Clark Jr. • Geographer • Grand Pianoramax • The Great Book of John • Grimes • Hallelujah The Hills • Handsome Furs • Hans Chew • Hey Marseilles • Holiday Shores • Hollerado • Home Blitz • The Hush Now • Idiot Glee • Islands • J Mascis • Jacuzzi Boys • Japanther • Jonathan Richman • Kermit Ruffins • The Loom • Matthewdavid • The Men • Mexicans With Guns • Mice Parade • Mike Birbiglia • Mitten • Mr. Dream • My Goodness • My Jerusalem • Neon Indian • Nina Nastasia • Nonhorse • Noveller • Occultation • ohnomoon • Parts & Labor • Peelander-Z • Penguin Prison • Pepper Rabbit • Pharoahe Monch • Portugal. The Man • Phychic Ills • Psychobuildings • Pterodactyl • Pujol • Purity Ring • QUILT • Radiation City • Red Pony Clock • Reptar • Robert Ellis • Royal Baths • Sea of Bees • Seabrook Power Plant • Seekae • Shenandoah Davis • Shonen Knife • The Stepkids • Suckers • Talib Kweli • Talk Normal • Talkdemonic • Tall Tall Trees • Taylor McFerrin • TunaBunny • Twin Shadow • Unicycle Loves You • Unknown Mortal Orchestra • Vaz • We Are Augustines • We Were Promised Jetpacks • Weekend • White Fence • Wh**e Paint • Wild Flag • Woodsy Pride • Yellow Ostrich • The Young Evils • Young Prisms • Zola Jesus • Zomby

Hangin' around with Luther Dickinson and the Black Crowes...

Clint, Hans, and Luther

I had the pleasure of spending this Tuesday evening behind the scenes at the Nokia Theater with The Black Crowes.  The Crowes played two sets, for a total of *three hours* of music…wow…professionals!  My old friend Sven Pippien, the bass player, and their lead guitarist, Luther Dickinson, were particularly exemplary…and oh yeah, my NYC pal Arik Roper was there cuz he designed the backdrop for the stage and was dropping off a custom-painted guitar for the guys…small world…

Speaking of small world, in case you missed it, there’s a song from my new record on a compilation along with one of the Crowes’ songs that’s available now for free with a copy of the November edition of the UK’s Uncut Magazine (thanks John Mulvey)…check your local bookstores or newsstands for that.  Luther and I also have back-to-back songs on the recent tribute to Jack Rose, “Honest Strings: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Jack Rose”…small world indeed…

In this photo also appears the great Clint Steele, who was in Atlanta, GA’s Mary My Hope with Sven (before he joined the Crowes), and Clint also played guitar with NYC noise-rockers SWANS, and he also mixed and helped to record my solo record…thanks Clint!