* NPR's All Songs Considered recorded a special CMJ edition live at the Judson Memorial Church, wherein host Bob Boilen chatted a bit with KWVA's Thor Slaughter and Emmy Black of Bar/None Records about the fest's highlights. The coolest thing about Slaughter is obviously his name. The second coolest thing? He likes Turbo Fruits. While Slaughter wasn't a huge fan of the Fruits' latest, Butter, he loved their set at Pianos — in fact, he uses the phrases "muscular," "cracked-out Lynyrd Skynyrd," "authentic," "the bassist spilled beer," "balls-to-the-wall," "on the money" and "jumps and kicks and stuff" to describe their set before playing the TF tune "Sweet Thang." Not sure how much I agree with that "country-tinged" label Slaughter is so quick to throw out, but he's right about the general ballsiness of the boys' live show.
* Paste's Hilary Hughes saw a lot of stuff at CMJ. Among said stuff was a performance from Wild Cub, which Hughes describes as a "really ferocious dance party [with] hip checking worthy of a samba showcase in São Paolo." Hughes also called WC an "insatiably talented band," which ... um ... they're unsatisfiable about being talented? Well, dubious adverbs aside, it's deserved attention for the Cub.
* In Consequence of Sound's CMJ wrap-up coverage, COS contributors Jeremy D. Larson and Ben Kaye compiled a list of "10 acts that were something to write home about, acts you should check out, acts you should see live, and acts you should start going to bat for." No word on whether or not Larson and Kaye did indeed write home about any Nashvillians, but they at least wrote to the Internet about Music City's own Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes. Ellsworth and his Lakes, says Kaye, "mix [J. Roddy] Waltson’s barroom swagger ('Take Your Time') with Jukebox the Ghost’s pop ('Shoe Fits') and M. Ward's indie-folk ambling ('Only One For Me')." The boys apparently covered "Kodachrome," which equals points in DPR's book. And hey! No adverbs were butchered in this write-up.
* Now, while this one was technically preview coverage, it still lands locals Bad Cop in the company of artists like Bjork, Dent May and Hundred Waters. Last week, Spin posted a mixtape featuring the "46 next big things" to hit CMJ, and thanks to, well, the alphabet, Bad Cop's tune "Animal" landed right at the top. Stream the mix here or download it via Mediafire.