This week we feature music from Brian Eno’s new album, Kanye West at Brooklyn Bowl and John Vanderslice’s CMJ performance.
-The mystery man is back and, aparently, better than ever. One thing you have to give Brian Eno credit for is always keeping to his own path. On his new release “Small Craft On A Milk Sea,” Eno has brought together the creative experimentation that has earned him the title of iconoclast with his true song writing abilities. The former member of Roxy Music and oft collaborator with David Byrne remarkably still sounds fresh after 30 years. If someone like Eno can still pump out gems like “Small Craft” then what does it say about his bloated and tired contemporaries? Eno’s new release is streaming over at NPR Music until its release on Nov. 2.
-The strange thing about CMJ this year is the most surprising performance didn’t even happen at CMJ. Instead, Pitchfork upstaged the entire festival with a surprise performance from Kanye West at it’s rival gathering, #Offline. After three nights of performances at the Brooklyn Bowl, Pitchfork brought out Kanye to finish off the show with a mini-set featuring his G.O.O.D. Friday singles. Ye’ threw down with “Monster,” “Runaway,” “Devil in a New Dress” and others. Check out this video from Time Out New York of Kanye performing at the 600-capacity venue in Brooklyn.
-But let’s not count CMJ out. Between the amazing Brooklyn Vegan shows in, where else, Brooklyn, to the dark and dingy LES basement shows, it turned out to be a pretty decent year. NYC Taper was at a few of the events and managed to capture a beautiful show from all around folky guy John Vanderslice. Vanderslice performed the 11 song set on Saturday at the Mercury Lounge. The entire show is available for download over at NYC Taper.