DOWNLOAD: Sleepyhead, "Whoville" (mp3)
Before Low and Bedhead made playing really slow an act of indie virtue (and virtuosity), there was Sleepyhead: a not egregiously sleepy band, but one whose noisy, shambolic-yet-deliberate pop felt identifiably post–Sonic Youth. Their nine-year run ended in '99; co-leaders Chris O'Rourke and Rachel McNally got married, procreated, and moved from NYC to Boston.
Jesse Gallagher of Apollo Sunshine: “Top 5 Fresh Foods for
4_Sunflower seed milk
Apollo Sunshine play the Paradise
Wednesday, October 3, with Dr. Dog and the High Strung.
Monsterous edition of THUNDERDOME tonight, bringing Baltimore Clurb legend Scottie B and Spank Rock's Chris Rockswell to the decks, along with resident headbangers Micl Ptvn, Mistaker, and DJ Die Young to represent the home team. Special live-video guests: Robotkid (ask him how much the new Harmonix game Rock Band is gonna rule) and Matt Boch.
DOWNLOAD: The Outlets, "Third Floor" (mp3)
The practice of reunited punk bands re-recording their early hits rarely yeilds anything worth listening to, but the Outlets are a special case: like a bunch of Boston bands in the early ’80s, their studio recordings rarely matched their live prowess.
50 Cent will be eating crow -- and keeping his mouth shut, if he stands by his wager -- now that Yeezy put the squeeze on the biggest Billboard sales week in forever. (Music industry please take note: rap music is your last hope). The idea that Fiddy will suddenly disappear from the cluuuurb, however, is silly.
Tommy Allen of Drug Rug: “Best bands seen while working
either the Middle East
or P.A.’s Lounge this year”
1_ The Subjects
4_ Baba Yaga
5_ Tony the Bookie’s Daniel
Drug Rug celebrate the release of their debut album at P.
DOWNLOAD: Magic People, "Laundry Night" (mp3)
On its face, the latest bit from avant-psychpunx Magic People is a wobbly, passive-aggressive love song to the girl whom ringleader John Manson bumps into at the washing machine every week. But like many Magic People songs, it moves quickly from the mundane into a vast, scary, existential crisis: Manson could’ve called this one "Judgment Night" if the title weren’t already taken.
DOWNLOAD: Pet Genius, "Mother Fucker" (mp3)
Since the break-up (hiatus, whatever) of Cave-In, Steve Brodsky has continued his stylistically promiscuous ways, discarding solo bands and concepts like cheap dates. One week we’d see him playing open-tuned blues covers, the next falsetto-y psych rock.
DOWNLOAD: Cheater Pint, "Control Freak" (mp3)
As their name suggests, CHEATER PINT is a bar band — but a bar band in a great Boston tradition that stretches from the Charms and the Dents back to the Lyres and the Real Kids. Call it garage punk if you must, or find some new synonym for the kind of ragged power pop that boasts too many hooks and too much heart for a gang who couldn't give a shit about playing sober.
Mike Gintz of Clawjob: “Last Five Records I Listened To”
1_ The Fire Show, Saint
the Fire Show [Perishable]
2_ Caribou, Andorra
3_ Liars [Mute]
4_ Clark, Throttle
5_ Neil Young, Tonight’s
the Night [Reprise]
We've got three pairs of tickets to see Smog's Bill Callahan play this Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts. Showtime is 7:30. Here's the catch: you must be able to come pick tix up in person, during business hours (8:30 am - 5:30 pm), between now and Friday. Hit us in the comments section with an email we can reach you at pronto. First-come, first-served.
The Beat Train: “Top Five Absolutely Insane Buttshakin’ Dance-Floor Killers by Cool Cats You May Have Mistaken for Squares”
1_Elvis Presley, “Rubberneckin’ ”
2_Tom Jones, “Chills and Fever”
3_The Banana Splits, “Doin’ the Banana Split”
4_Chubby Checker, “Karate Monkey”
Maura from Idolator chats with FNX about Jimmy Eat World's vagina-looking album cover, Amy Winehouse's latest woes, the perfect graphic-equalizer setting for iTunes, and some other stuff.
FNX interviews Idolator (mp3)