"Bad Lover" (Live at Cake Shop 10.20.09) - Small Black
Small Black was also the buzz during CMJ, and they seemed to be at every happening party. Like Dinosaur Feathers and Motel Motel, Small Black also played a set at the Pop Tarts Suck Toasted showcase. Rounding out the day with warm, hazy electro sounds, Small Black had an impressive performance at a venue that isn’t known for its acoustics. As a live act, Small Black is more than just laptops and samplers, and they certainly have the potential to get a mellow dance party started. We’ve posted “Bad Lover” here, but you’ll have to see and hear their "minimal Casio noise pop" in person.
"Panda" (Live at Cake Shop 10.20.09) - Motel Motel
Without doubt, Motel Motel is meant to be enjoyed live. My first introduction to the band was “Coffee Coffee,” and the live rendition was so beautiful that it sent chills down my spine. But, Motel Motel is not a one-album pony. They played mostly new songs during their short set at the CMJ showcase presented by Pop Tarts Suck Toasted, and they did not disappoint. We’ve posted our favorite here, but head over to Standing Room to hear the rest. These new songs all have working titles, so don’t be surprised if they change in the future. Go here for information on purchasing their music.
"Parallel July" (Live at Cake Shop 10.20.09) - Dinosaur Feathers
Dinosaur Feathers is a band that we’ve been wanting to check out ever since we heard “Know Your Own Strength.” Lush vocal harmonies, backed with tropical beats and strums, serve as a focal point of their music, and it’s a refreshing change from the bands who turn up the vox reverb to the muddled maximum. From their most recent EP, “Parallel July” was one of our favorites from a short set at the CMJ showcase presented by Pop Tarts Suck Toasted. You can grab the EP for free here, and head on over to Standing Room to hear the rest of the set. Dinosaur Feathers is currently working on wrapping up their new album, and we can’t wait to hear more experimental pop at its best.
"You" (Live at Cake Shop 09.24.09) - Essie Jain
via cameraphonic (not from the show)
Essie Jain may be a Brooklynite nowadays, but she hasn’t shaken off her British charm one bit. Although she’s been described as being simple and sweet, her minimalistic music is anything but forgettable. As our audio recordist says, Essie Jain is meant to be enjoyed live. The otherworldly serenity of her music is almost haunting, and Standing Room brings you one of her songs from an intimate performance at NYC’s Cake Shop. Enjoy!