The Best of CMJ 2012

Each fall hundreds of little-known bands descend on New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. As far as festivals go, it's one of the best for surprises, since so many of the acts are new and emerging talent. For the artists it's a chance to be seen and heard and, hopefully, loved. For the rabid music fan or journalist, it's a sometimes overwhelming embarrassment of musical-discovery riches.

On this edition of All Songs Considered, recorded live at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City, host Bob Boilen talks with Thor Slaughter (yes, that's his real name), Music Director for KWVA radio in Eugene, Ore., and Emmy Black with Bar/None Records. The three share memories of this year's appropriately titled "Music Marathon" and talk about some of their favorite discoveries, including the trippy, psychedelic group Ghost Pal, the country-tinged garage rock band Turbo Fruits and the fantastically named duo Foxygen.

Ghost Pal

Album: Nathan Jones Is Dead

Song: Skeleton Dance

Turbo Fruits

Album: Butter

Song: Sweet Thang


Album: We Are The 21st Century ambassadors Of Peace And Magic

Song: Shuggie

Brick + Mortar

Album: Making Moves

Song: Bangs

People Get Ready

Album: People Get Ready

Song: New June

Jinja Safari

Album: The Key Of Sea, Vol. 2

Song: Silence Of The Guns


Album: Heat Waves

Song: Beast In the Sky

Mac DeMarco

Album: 2

Song: Ode to Viceroy

Hundred Waters

Album: Hundred Waters

Song: Visitor

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