Big D and the Kids Table, "Fluent in Stroll" (mp3)
It’s June 16, and a mammoth line is coiling like
an intestine around the inside of the River Street Whole Foods parking
garage, clogged with cheerful miscreants in black T-shirts and baggy
pants. We’re circling a booth filled with wine, and inside that booth
is a tiny tent where Maynard James Keenan, the lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle, is waiting to sign every
UPDATE (3:51 pm): In response to a request for comment on today's layoffs, the BSO released this statement from Managing Director Mark Volpe:
“Like other cultural institutions nationwide, the BSO is facing serious challenges due to this past year’s economic downturn, including a substantial decline in the value of the orchestra’s endowment.
The "classic" Sunny Day Real Estate lineup - Jeremy Enigk, Dan Hoerner, William Goldsmith, and Nate Mendel - will officially reunite this fall according to Sub Pop. SDRE, as many of you know, are responsible for two of the best emotionally driven, majestic post-hardcore albums of the 90s, How It Feels To Be Something On and Diary, the latter of which is getting re-released to coincide with this tour (as is the still-not-too-shabby LP2).
Last week we decided to try our hand at a little Mad-lib, Twitter-style (or maybe it was kind of a little more Match Game, Twitter-style). With a pair of tickets to Britney Spears's Boston Garden show on the line, the sentence you had to complete was: "OMG, did you see the ______ that fell out of @britneyspears's ______?"
When it comes to alternative-rock reunions that don't suck, Boston's had a string of comebacks (Mission of Burma, Pixies, Lemonhea-- . . . uh, Throwing Muses?) that's as impressive as our recent spurt of pro-sports championships. DINOSAUR JR hasn't fucked with the trend, and we don't expect them to start anytime soon.
trent_reznor And fuck you, trolls. I'll tweet if I feel like it. 19 Jun 2009 from Tweetie trent_reznor @Mariqueen and I are an unstoppable force of greatness - so SUCK IT. 19 Jun 2009 from Tweetie
A few weeks ago, Trent Reznor, currently in the process of retiring Nine Inch Nails, announced in a post on the NIN messageboard that he was quitting the internet.
What you missed this weekend:
No Doubt at Comcast Center
Paramore at Comcast Center
FLASHBACK: our exclusive live acoustic Paramore session:
Matt and Kim at House of Blues
Major Lazer at House of Blues
Dirty Projectors at Somerville Theater
1. Mobile, "See Right Through Me"Although
this record came out long after The Good North had broken up, turns out
I'd been trying to rip them off my entire career. Exactly the type of
hard-charging, soaring anthem my own songs sound like in my head...only
none of them are nearly as good as this. One of my favorite vocalists
of the past five years.
speaking, I don't really like writing about things that primarily exist
in streaming form. I can't really deal with a song unless I can
download it and listen to it at my leisure. Sure, nothing only exists in streaming form anymore; the entire world knows about Hype Machine. But still.
going to break from that, though, to discuss four new songs Modest
Mouse released as part of Record Store Day and Vinyl Saturday
promotions, some of which will be appearing on an upcoming EP called No One's First and You're Next
(even though a lot of people have already written about and discussed
them at length). I find Modest Mouse to be extremely fascinating. They
caught my attention back in 1998 on the strength of The Lonesome Crowded West,
in which they sounded like a band who was only interested in recreating
the most eccentric moments in indie rock, or, at the very least, what
my definition of indie rock was back in those days. It's an ugly,
dissonant record in which they repeat the same lyrical and musical
motifs so frequently that a friend of mine came up with a companion
drinking game ("one shot each time they wail on a harmonic, an extra
shot if this is combined with needless whammy bar!"). In short, it
wasn't the kind of thing that would lead one to think that six years
later this band would have a mainstream radio hit and then top the Billboard
charts three years after that. Head Mouse Isaac Brock has muted his
natural weirdness along the way - not really to the point of
unrecognizability, but definitely not to the new material's benefit.
Their most recent album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, was not bad,
but it's not great, either. Perhaps that's unreasonable to expect. I
doubt "the old Modest Mouse" is coming back, but I keep coming back for
more all the same.
So how does the new stuff fare I break it down track by track after the jump.
Yesterday, Beck Hansen announced via his official site that he was going to begin working on a series of full-album covers, recorded in a day with little-to-no pre-planning, with the results being posted on his site. The first installment of this series launched today with Beck and friends (including his brother-in-law) taking on The Velvet Underground and Nico
Dan Deacon may not be returning our calls these days, but that didn't prevent us from checking out - and enjoying - his recent experiment at the ICA. Video by Pat Howley above.
Screaming from the gallery: Dan Deacon at the ICA. By Matt Parish.
Photos of the experiment by Alex Slater and David F. Nicholson.
My editor and I recently had a chat about how indie-rock bands and underground rappers approach guerilla marketing in drastically different ways. Mostly, we discussed how hip- hop artists turn the sidewalk outside every venue into Times Square circa 1985, and how their rock- and- roll contemporaries — on the opposite end of the promotion spectrum —fancy themselves too cool to work street corners passing out promos.
Basically I’m saying that I have way more rap discs to write about than I have time (or space). So until the Phoenix brass determines that Bay State boom bap is more important than my other assignments regarding drastic budget cuts and such, I can best prop local heroes in occasional round-ups like this one. Here’s some of the finest Beantown product that’s been pushed on me (literally and virtually) in the past month; and since we stand by our picks, we went through the trouble of providing a smorgasbord of tracks and links for your interactive pleasure.
Phoenix, "1901" (live at the Paradise)
More to come on Phoenix's blowout at the Paradise last night. Until then, we have a ton of video of these guys, starting with their last song of the night, "1901," which is fast becoming their big hit. After the jump, enjoy another song from the Paradise, and another version of "1901," this one from their visit with the Sandbox at the WFNX studios at One Financial Center recorded just this morning.
And as a bonus corporate synergy reminder, if you listen to WFNX's Sandbox morning show, you could potentially win tickets to see these guys in NYC (with Passion Pit opening, no less). Details to be found here.
Oh, and by the way, you can vote for "1901" as Best Song in our Best Music Poll right now: