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N.E.S.T.: Round One

It's on, bitches.

We haven't mentioned this before, but we decided to do a free CD with the festival. It's a 20-band N.E.S.T. compilation CD that will be handed out on the final weekend: show up to a gig September 22 through 24 and you should be able to nab one. (It will also be available in MP3 form online pretty soon.) The official version has artwork and is at the factory, but a few people started begging for them early, so we took a lesson from the streets and bootlegged our own shit. Everyone who asked us: your copy's in the mail on Monday. We also have a few left over, so the FIRST 30 HEADS to email their full address to onthedownload at phx dot com will get the ghetto white-label CD-r version mailed for free to their snail-mailbox: just put "NEST CD" in the subject line. Not for nothing: we can practically guarantee you will find at least one new band (and possibly, if you're us, like six) that you won't be able to live without.


Khanate.

1. KHANATE + KAYO DOT + THE WORLD'S GREATEST LIVING NOISE ARTIST.

Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston [MAP] Doors 9:00 PM, Closes 2:00 AM

Our introduction to James Plotkin came many years ago when OTD hailed a taxi from Sun Studios in Memphis and our driver was putting out dude's noise records. These days Plotkin's leveling bowel-obstructing bass in slow-motion doom destroyers Khanate, who just put out a two-song, 40-minute EP with our friends at Hydra Head. Plus there's Kayo Dot, the best metal band on John Zorn's label. Plus Lowell's own Emil Beaulieu. Holy fuck.

LISTEN: Khanate, "Too Close Enough To Touch" (mp3)
LISTEN: Khanate, "Skin Coat" (mp3)
LISTEN: Kayo Dot, "Marathon" (mp3 via MySpace)
LISTEN: Kayo Dot, "Antique (Live on WMBR)" (mp3)
LISTEN: Emil Beaulieu, "Baby I Love What You've Done To Your Hair" (mp3)

2. UV PROTECTION + BEARD + FATAL FLYING GUILLOTEENS + CHINESE STARS.

Mass College of Art (MA) 621 Huntington Ave, Boston [MAP] All Ages Doors at 7:30 PM, Shows end by 11:00 PM

We don't say this enough: U.V. Protection fucking rules. It's easy to take them for granted, or throw around gawky descriptions of their latest costumes, but the bottom line is that whenever the U.V. Pro Theme comes on, with the handclaps and the brrr-zappp synths and the crazy-ass opera singing and whatnot, people wild the fuck out. Dance commanders.

LISTEN: U.V. Protection, "U.V. Protection Theme" (mp3)
LISTEN: Fatal Flying Guilloteens, "Tiger Vs. Gator" (mp3)
LISTEN: Chinese Stars, "Passing Out Nails" (mp3)

3. There's like four other shows going on, not to mention PunkRockFleaMarket, see NESTWEB for the latest. Here's a wild-card mp3 choice for the band playing ZuZu tonight:

LISTEN: Brownbird, "Colorado" (mp3)
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