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The Lot Six are officially disbanded, but if you think you’ll be seeing less of those guys, think again. Singer Dave Vicini plays solo as Dave Cave and with the backing of friends as Viva Viva and the Beat Awfuls
First, Jon Stewart, paying homage to Tom Waits's appearance (and performance) on "The Daily Show" Tuesday night, says his favorite musicians are "Tom Waits, Buffalo Tom, Beethoven, and Roxette..." Moments later, Colbert delivers the lead-in to his show by saying, "Why is an indie rock band ripping me off when they can be like every other indie rock band and rip off the Pixies"? (The band in question was the Decemberists, who have filmed themselves against a green screen and asked their fans to fill in the CGI/animation/ whatever, just as Colbert did a few months back when he jumped around in front of a green screen with a "Star Wars" light saber.
Chuck D November 21, 2006at Berklee Performance CenterChuck D – legendary MC, Public Enemy founder, hip-hop philospher, activist, rap spokesmodel, all-round genius – was at Berklee last week to speak to a packed auditorium of high school and college students. Since it wasn’t open to the public, and since almost everything that comes out of his mouth is interesting, I hoofed it down on a press pass.
DOWNLOAD: Roh Delikat, "10 Brand" (mp3)
Having dropped the stylishly percolating ProTools pop of their debut like a cheating boyfriend, ROH DELIKAT ditch the sequencer and fall in love with the sound of guitars on their new disc Sunny. Their matching of a pretty voice with dark, askew melodies winks back at the old-school 4AD roster, the sound of pale girls junked on goth and dub.
1. Tell all your friends: it's time to change the default "one Boston rapper I know the name of" config file in their brains from "Mr. Lif" to Termanology. One of our pet peeves around here is people don't seem to realize what's happening in their own backyards. You got kids getting excited-excited when white backpack punks on dope come to town and do the rappity-rap early-'90s jig at the Middle East, but a Puerto Rican dude from Lawrence (who already done rocked mics with Christina) hops on a commercial track with the biggest producer/rapper in the world and all we hear from Boston is sleeping in stereo.
1. Killswitch Engage's new As Daylight Dies full-album stream at MySpace. They got their vans on but they look like autographed guitars.
2. Gwen and Pharrell: the sequel. "Yummy" = instant banger.
3. Care Bears on Fire: the sequel. Buscemi-connected tween band with ex-punkrock parents get more exposure than Paris Hilton's vagina.
The Mission of Burma documentary Not a Photograph is coming out this week. We've got your hookup for the DVD-release party at the Coolidge on Tuesday night -- we're giving away 10 pairs of tickets to the Coolidge screening, where the band will be hanging out and signing stuff beforehand (unfortunately, they're not DJing this time), plus 10 copies of the DVD.
Spent all morning watching YouTube footage of PS3 mayhem, but we don't think that can compare to what these people have planned for tonight. It's all push push hush-hush for now, but we'll tell you all about it tomorrow.
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A lot's happened since we introduced you to AbCity's "God Is Going To Get Sick Of Me" back in July of 2005. Back then we predicted they'd end up opening for U2
All photos (c) Matt Teuten, except top photo (c) Byron Smith
Had the Lot Six's farewell gig at the Middle East not coincided with the Phoenix's 40th anniversary at Avalon, there would've been a lot more of us there. As it is, we sent Will Spitz -- and the rest of Age Rings -- in our stead. Also on the bill were Mittens, Headband, Eyes Like Knives, and -- check second photo from bottom -- an impromptu reunion by Officer May during the intermission.
1. Name all the faces on the cover of the Phoenix, and we'll email you a ticket to the paper's 40th b-day tonight at Avalon with OKGo. Sike, you don't have to guess the names. Just print this out and we'll see you at the club. But better get there early.
2. Shadows Fall partying with Dave Grohl. We're all for those dudes wasting as much of Atlantic's money as possible.
Green Line nerd graffiti so real.
1. Nick Sylvester faints, again.
2. Spitz went to the Joanna Newsom show last night and says that for at least half-hour or so it was the best thing he's ever seen, then it got a little boring. She came out and did a couple Milk Eyed Mender tunes, some Scottish thingee, then brought the band out and did Y's, front to back, in order.
Hidden CamerasNovember 14, 2006at the Middle East, Cambridgeall photos (c) Sam Thompson