My first go at CMJ has brought many things, one thing it hasn't brought is sleep. I finally caught up on some this morning. One thing that it has brought is the realization that UK band Friendly Fires are the next breakout band. We caught them at the Annex and were blown away. For a glimpse of they're antics, watch below:

Another realization is that Jay Reatard is not quite as poppy in person as he is on record. We saw him wreak havoc at Maxwell's in Jersey City. For a full report read Nick Greto's report over at kevchino (You may have to go below the fold).

Tonight, we plan to head to the Mercury Lounge for Wye Oak and The Music Tapes. And later on to the Bowery Ballroom to see Marnie Stern, A Place to Bury Strangers and Vivian Girls. But another realization is that plans don't pan out as intended at CMJ. Regardless, it's been a blast!