CMJ 2010 Initial Line-Up Announced: Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Ghostface Killah, the Blow, Salem, and More

Surfer Blood play Cake Shop during last year's CMJ. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.
Surfer Blood play Cake Shop during last year's CMJ. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.

Hey, remember last year, when we predicted that the stresses of Surfer Blood's twelve different CMJ shows would cause the band to self-destruct? Um, that's not at all what happened. Instead, the Florida band rode their week of shows here last fall to some semblance of that ol' traditional CMJ success story, and here we are a year later with the band headlining the 2010 edition of the annual music festival, taking place October 19 through October 23. Surfer Blood join the Drums, Ghostface Killah, Helmet (?!), Lissie, the Blow, recent New York darling Big Freedia, and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart at the top of the 2010 class, announced in part today. We still have no idea why this festival continues to exist. But you can probably count us being there come October. It's like a paradox, see? Full first round line-up, here:

Four Tet
Two Door Cinema Club
The Drums
Surfer Blood
Ghostface Killah
Greg Dulli
Foreign Exchange
Bad Books (featuring Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra)
Kristen Schall & Friends
Dean & Britta
School Of Seven Bells
Senses Fail
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
The Blow
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Small Black
Big Freedia
Dominique Young Unique
Angus & Julia Stone
Frankie And The Heartstrings
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
Langhorne Slim

More to come, presumably. Now where is the panel on which we get to ask someone official over there how these four nights are different from the other 361 in New York? Besides being more expensive and crowded, of course. Surfer Blood, DeVotchKa, Ghostface To Play CMJ Music Marathon [CMJ]

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