If you have yet to read it be sure to check out the great article about CMJ on Stereogum. It is a long one but well worth your time.
Yesterday the CEO of CMJ sent out a press release that was covered by Pitchfork and Billboard You can read about them there but really they say very little. Just more of the same "be patient" line they posted on their Facebook and Twitter a month ago.
I think its funny that they failed to post this announcement on the CMJ website or to email it to CMJ subscribers as they easily could of done.
I wanted to highlight this particular passage of the press release.
A little patience and a whole lot less wild and unsubstantiated speculation is what we need right now. CMJ will continue as an innovative force and a strong presence going forward. We’ll share more about our 2016 and 2017 program soon.
I want to say that all my speculation has been substantiated. For the record.
I would still not bet money on there being a "legit" CMJ Marathon this year. Perhaps a one day festival so they don't get sued by the 100's of stations that are promised a free badge to the marathon each year, but even that seems like a stretch to me.
The thing is though that if/ when CMJ dies it does not mean that College radio is dying with it. Artists are still being introduced via College and community radio and while CMJ might be the current glue that holds this community together I have no doubt that something will pop up. I have given examples of 3 different charts lately that could do that. Or it could be something else.
I think patience is pretty thin at college radio at this point. Every week I get emails from stations asking if they should renew their subscription because they are not sure they get anything from CMJ. I tell them I would not. I mean why would you.
I am sure there will be a lot more to say about this in the coming days. Former CMJ GM David laid out some really good thoughts on this twitter and they are worth reading.
Looks like last weeks issue of my chart was a big hit and while i was not going to do it every week I will do it as soon as all the charts are up. I would like to talk about ADDS this week though as Angel Olsen destroyed everyone.
All charts are subject to change prior to print
|1||72||ANGEL OLSEN||MY WOMAN||Jagjaguwar|
|2||53||CASS MCCOMBS||Mangy Love||Anti|
|3||49||GLASS ANIMALS||How To Be A Human Being||Harvest|
|4||43||MORGAN DELT||Phase Zero||SUB POP|
|5||38||MILD HIGH CLUB||Skiptracing||Stones Throw|
Currently on the charts we have Angel Olsen #1 most added, you knew that.
|3||3||2||2||6||DINOSAUR JR.||Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not||Jagjaguwar|
came close to #1 and without Thee Oh sees they may of taken #1
|6||7||8||1||11||MITSKI||Puberty 2||Dead Oceans|
Any time an indie label can score #1 on their own I am impressed.
|28||35||-||28||2||RYLEY WALKER||Golden Sings That Have Been Sung||Dead Oceans|
|34||23||14||4||13||WHITNEY||Light Upon The Lake||Secretly Canadian|
Top FIVE at the same time they were scoring a Mitski #1!
|72||-||-||72||1||ALEX CAMERON||Jumping The Shark||Secretly Canadian|
Lets talk on twitter.