Future of the Left
Passion Pit, "Moth's Wings" Pitchfork premiered these local dudes' newest track. Do they remind anyone else of Animal Collective's recent stuff at all, or is it just me? Previously on On the Download: Passion Pit, "The Reeling."
White Denim, "Mirrored and Reverse"
Figures -- we put the Bat Lady on the cover of the fishwrap this week, and within hours Natasha "BFL" Khan is cancelling her Paradise gig "due to unexpected circumstances." We're being promised a rescheduled date in early August, for which tickets to tonight's show will be honored. We're inclined to accept her apology, since this gives us another month and a half to convince WFNX to add her to the playlist.
Marissa Nadler returns to her hometown tonight, playing a show at the Lizard Lounge. Above, find video of the last time we caught her show, opening for Akron/Family at T. T.'s way back in December of 2008, doing songs from what was then her forthcoming album, Little Hells. Of course, we now have been listening to Little Hells, her fourth album, for quite a while, and we like it quite a bit, particularly "Mary Comes Alive," heavy on drum loops and synths on record, which we present here in stripped-down form. After the jump, Nadler does Little Hells's lead-off track, "Heart Paper Lover." Expect tonight's Lizard Lounge show to look and sound similar, but augmented with guitar and backing vocals from Tulsa's Carter Tanton.
Andy T.'s List1. High Rise, "Ikon" (Live LP)Bought
this at Twisted Village because the sticker on it just said "HEAVY."
Overblown, piercing, howling feedback and total amplifier
worship/abuse. If you think wah pedals are only for dudes (or ladies)
with soul patches, think again. These Japanese speed freaks exploded
the Blue Cheer template by pushing all sorts of needles into the
In his review of World Inferno Friendship Society's recent performance at the Paradise, Barry Thompson had this to say:
Their roster may fluctuate, but not their knack
for eliciting language-defying quantities of jubilation.
VIDEO: Of Montreal, "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse," live at the Paradise Rock Club (video by OTD)
Georgia popsters Of Montreal have been playing a handful of new songs on their current US tour. We had three people taking video of them over two nights when they stopped by the Paradise earlier this week, and so, of course, nobody got any new stuff. But that's okay, as it's still always a pleasure to hear Kevin Barnes and company operate.
Although, I still can't help but notice one thing: I was not there, but in the videos and the photos, a few things are apparent. First, they've got a bunch of people augmenting the stage show by dancing around in animal costumes. Second, they project video on a large screen behind them. Third, at some point, they dump confetti - or is that actually a pile of feathers? - on everyone. Where have we seen these things done before? There are worse sources to pay homage to, I suppose.
More video follows after the jump, with "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" and "Beware Our Nubile Miscreants."
As promised, the all-star ANAL CUNT lineup kicked off a tour last weekend with a set that included a sneak peak at their forthcoming album, Wearing Out Our Welcome. The surprise? The new shit -- or "hot new traxxxx" as Seth Putnam is calling them -- is indeed a different look. "Accessible" would still be a stretch, but shout-along choruses, sub-250bpm drums, and lyrics about fucking? And (wait for it) .
In case you missed it, the World's 52nd Most Unsexy Man played the Garden last night. On the setlist? A fake-impromptu cover of the first-album ZZ Top classic "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," as showcased above. Carina Mastrocola shot the shit out of it for us, and her photos are better than repeated viewings of Bosscocked
Inimitable Maine dada-noise artist CRANK STURGEON comes to town this Saturday for a show at the semi-regular Open Sound experimental-music series at Third Life Studios. Crank’s performances are nothing if not memorable events, filled with costumes and contact mics and all manner of strange devices that will boggle your mind and ears both.
I got my own translator Friday afternoon during a talk by filmmakers Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi — not because of my esteemed position in the local alt-press but because I was one of the few dolts present who couldn't “keep up” with their Italian. It was Day One of the Harvard's “Futurism at 100” conference, and a sleek lecture room in the Center for European Studies was lined with distinguished thinkers from all over eager to discuss the most industrious, morality-despising, feminism-hating, car-crashingest art movement ever.
Photo by Katherine Schulmann
1. "Baby It's You," The Beatles
2. "Blue Angel," Roy Orbison 3. "Kiss The Girl" (from The Little Mermaid), composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman
4. "Let's Live For Today," The Grass Roots 5. "Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)," Al Green Bell & The Bees play the Mass Art Squash Courts on Saturday, April 25.
Phoenix + Amazing Baby | June 17 at the Paradise, Boston | $15 | On sale Thursday, April 23, at noon | http://www.livenation.com
True Widow, the Brother Kite | June 1 at the Middle East, Cambridge | $8 | On sale Friday, April 24, at 10 am | http://www.ticketmaster.com
PJ Harvey + John Parish | June 6 at the House of Blues, Boston | $25-$35 | On sale Friday, April 24, at 10 am | http://www.
VIDEO: Peter, Bjorn and John perform "Nothing To Worry About" live at the WFNX Coachella house.
A few months ago, there was talk that ZuZu, the Middle East’s slightly swankier lounge, would stop hosting live music in favor of more DJ-centric music nights, like Solid! and the always-popular Soul-le-lu-jah. This hasn’t proved to be the case, I’m glad to report.
We take one lousy long weekend, and then apparently everyone decided yesterday was going to be "premiere your new stuff" day. Sheesh...
Sonic Youth, "Sacred Trixter" (mp3)"Sacred Trixster" appeared on Matador's blog yesterday, and it's quite awesome. It's a fairly straightforward punk song sung by Kim Gordon, bolstered by new bassist Mark Ibold.