There Will Be Busta Rhymes at This Year’s CMJ


CMJ released the final lineup to the 2009 edition of the annual trial that is their festival. Since last we checked in–back when they announced the very metal additions of Pig Destroyer and, wow, Eyehategod–YACHT, Ted Leo, Hercules and Love Affair, Kyp Malone’s Rain Machine, and token rap star Busta Rhymes (who performs with the X-Ecutioners and A-Trak as part a tribute to Roc Raida) have joined the festivities, evening out what at the beginning seemed to be a pretty moribund five-day October 20-24 slate. We are nearly ready to begin collecting acres and acres of neon colored sticky wristbands. Press release below, and at CMJ’s own site, of course.


Performers Just Announced Include:
Rain Machine, YACHT, Joan As Police Woman, Speech Debelle,
Hercules And Love Affair (Live), Busta Rhymes,
Julian Marley + The Uprising (feat. Stephen Marley)

Films Just Announced Include:
The Messenger with Woody Harrelson,
The Men Who Stare At Goats with George Clooney and Ewan McGregor

Panelists Confirmed Include: Hip-Hop Artist Rakim Allah,
Musician Andrew W.K., Radio Personality Matt Pinfield

October 6, 2009 – New York, NY – CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, New York’s largest music event and one of the world’s most important showcases of new music artists, is announcing its full lineup for this year’s event throughout online at

Performing artists this year include: Broadcast; School of Seven Bells, Busta Rhymes, Múm, Zac Brown Band, Atlas Sound, Saul Williams, Japandroids, Pitbull, Hercules Love Affair, 69 Eyes, Julian Marley, Pig Destroyer, The Very Best, Teo Leo + Pharmacists, Deer Tick, Margaret Cho, U-God, Portugal. The Man, Joan As Police Woman, A-Trak, Midnight Juggernauts, Superdrag, The xx, The Temper Trap, Speech Debelle, Crystal Antlers, Yacht, Flying Machines, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Malajube, Kidz In The Hall, Laura Marling, The Foreign Exchange, The Antlers, Diane Birch, Bear Hands, Rain Machine, Local Natives, Fanfarlo, Das Racist, Free Energy, Real Estate, Suckers, Pissed Jeans, Screaming Females and hundreds more.

CMJ 2009 will also feature performing artists from 25 international territories including: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and United Kingdom.

CMJ Film Festival selections include: The Men Who Stare at Goats, starring George Clooney and Ewan MacGregor, playing Wednesday, October 21st at 7 pm and The Messenger, starring Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster, playing Friday, October 23, at 7 pm. Harrelson will host a Q&A session following the screening.

Recently announced panelists include: Rakim Allah (hip-hop artist), Andrew W.K. (artist), Emmanuel Jal (hip hop artist/activist), Vincent Wilburn Jr. (of Miles Davis’ Estate), Fred Mascherino (formerly of Taking Back Sunday), Bob Boilen, (NPR’s “All Songs Considered), Jeff Price (CEO/Founder of Lala), Traa Daniels (P.O.D.), Jarrod Gorbel (The Honorary Title), Chris Jacobs (Sub Pop Records), Tim Quirk (Rhapsody America) and hundreds more.

CMJ Music Marathon 2009 is highlighting the best new music first, featuring performances from artists that span genres including alternative, rock, electronic, hip-hop, metal, Americana, world, jazz and so much more. Featured showcases this year include: Thursday at Comix – Secret Comedy Central Comedians Show (one night of secret A-list comedians from Comedy Central); Friday at Fontana’s – Relapse (record label) Showcase featuring: Revocation, HOWL; Wed at Le Poisson Rouge – Cantaloupe/New Amsterdam Showcase (contemporary classical music) featuring: David Lang, The NOW Ensemble, Julia Wolfe (performing bagpipe piece, “Lad”), D’Arcy James Argue’s Secret Society; Thurs at B.B. Kings – A Celebration For Roc Raida (a benefit for his bereaved family) feat. X-Ecutioners, DJ A-Trak, Busta Rhymes; Friday at Hiro Ballroom – Band reunions – The Bongos, The Fleshtones.