We just got a call from ex-Boston rocker and devout Red Sox fan Kay Hanley, who actually found herself stuck in Colorado for the first two games of the World Series. Well, maybe "stuck" isn't exactly the right word: she was among friends, including Stacy Jones (bio: Letters to Cleo drummer, Veruca Salt drummer, American Hi-Fi frontman) and AmHi-Fi guitarist Jamie Arentzen.
If it's good enough for JoJo, it's good enough for emo.
Over the summer we brought you Foxboro's favorite teenage pop-tart launching her comeback with a cover/rework/response to Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls," itself a thinly-veiled cover of the Boomer national anthem, "Stand By Me." Stop the presses: now Casey Crescenzo -- formerly of the Receiving End of Sirens, now leading his own band, the Dear Hunter -- has issued his own cover of Kingston's chart-topper.
Here, in its entirety, is the set Spoon played to a roomful of about 30 WFNX listeners and friends-of-OTD last week at First Act, prior to their big shew at the Roxy. By now everyone knows the single, but if you listen to only one of these we highly recommend "Black Like Me," which kills and feels like the "What Goes Around" to Underdog's "Sexy Back."
Damon & Naomi are calling their current tour “The Roaring Silence Revue,” a reference to the combination of their own subdued-but-steely folk sound and the deep-bass noise-rock of their tourmates, Japanese trio Boris. D&N are working their new Within These Walls (20/20/20), and even though their first CD after the breakup of Galaxie 500 was called More Sad Hits, this might be the saddest yet, inspired, they say, by a year of digging into Frank Sinatra and the weepiest albums of his that they could find — Only the Lonely and No One Cares
DOWNLOAD: Club D'Elf, "Halloween" (mp3)
Not the Misfits song, but instead a setting of the Harry Behn kids' poem, in a musical setting that comes from an odd source: Club D'elf drummer Erik Kerr's mom, who used to sing this tune to him in his romper-room days. With Kerr providing a rare vocal, Mike Rivard's postjazz supergroup vamps it up into a shmooove R&B tune, then assaults the melody with spook-city organ, ominous electronic noise, and a DJ scratching in B-movie horror dialogue.
If we didn't know better, we'd wonder whether the headline of the Boston Music Awards nomination press release was meant solely to appease OTD: after all, we know for damn sure that nobody else who reads BMA press releases -- i.e., Globe, Herald, Dig, your mom -- gives a shit about Killswitch Engage. How're we supposed to complain about the BMA's when our favorite Mass Metal destoryers get a league-leading seven nominations? (Scroll down for the full list.
Michael Potvin of Fantasy Mirrors and the Campaign for Real-Time: "Pat, Check This Out, or, A List of Bass Lines That I Dig"
1. Steve Miller Band, "Serenade"
2. Paul McCartney, "Goodnight Tonight"
3. Justice Vs Simian, "Never Be Alone"
4. Joe Jackson, "Steppin' Out"
5. Chromeo, "100%"
The triple-super-secret long-advance torrent site OINK.CD -- perhaps the most advanced music-sharing community since Napster, and certainly the most guarded -- was raided this morning by Dutch and British police following what authorities described as a two-year investigation centered in Amsterdam and Middlesbrough
Josh Homme stopped by to play a few songs for us and about 35 other lucky stiffs on Boylston Street last week before QOTSA's proper gig. We had our doubts about what the hell Homme would do without an electric guitar, and we were doubly dubious when we found out he'd requested no amplification of any kind: no wires, no monitors, no PAs, just two guitars and singing into the wind.
DOWNLOAD: ESOTERIC, "INCREDIBLE HULK RAP" (mp3)
A round of applause for Esoteric, one half of Boston indie rap's longest-running tag team: while the rest of the country is still busy trying to Superman that 'ho, Eso's bringing people "to their knees like a fake preacher" with soul honks, bongos, and left-leaning hooks to the body politic.
Bodega's Oliver Mak: "Top 5 Reasons To Love the Boston Music
Edited by Will Spitz
5_Our heritage: Morphine, the Noise, the Pixies, Buffalo Tom, Lemonheads, This Is Boston Not L.A.,
Juliana Hatfield, the Modern Lovers, Monoman, the Rat, the Middle East, Newbury
Comics, WMBR, all-ages hardcore shows at the Elks Lodge, the weird mid-'90s ska
explosion, and all the past scenes that have brought danger and magic to this