PJ Harvey, "A Woman A Man Walked By" (Live at House of Blues Boston | June 6 2009)
Review, photos coming soon. In the meantime, here's one of last night's highlights.
We'll have more on this show later, including photos and a review, but for now we'd really like to give you a taste of last night's TV on the Radio/Dirty Projectors extravaganza at the HoBo. Above is the fast-becoming-legendary DPs-do-Mary-J-Blige song "Stillness is the Move," which probably on its own sold a couple dozen tickets to that Somerville Theatre show coming up later this month.
Hip-hop is a strange genre for several reasons, beginning with the fact that it's the only music in which artists regularly say their own names on tracks (when was the last time you heard Dave Matthews or Stevie Wonder shout themselves out?). But another unique dynamic is the extent to which artists collaborate with one another; rockers might play in two-dozen bands apiece, but it's less common for singers to triple-team cuts than it is for rappers to throw style orgies.
We here in Boston have yet another night with a wealth of options if you choose to get out of the house. After the jump, visual representations of things you can do tonight.
Go vote in our annual Best Music Poll. Seriously. (Seriously)
In Giant Steps, Jon Garelick checks out 3play+ and Melody Gardot.
Chris Faraone talks to The Dunnas and Wasted Talent, the former of which is playing tonight's Unity Fest.
Barry Thompson discovers the high art of the cover with the Detroit Cobras
LISTEN: Yo La Tengo, "Periodically Double or Triple" (mp3)
Yes, Yo La Tengo sort of released an album already this year, but did you really think that was going to be it? They've just announced they will release Popular Songs on Matador this September. In the meantime, listen to "Periodically Double or Triple," a nifty little organ-driven track that we bet will sound great live.
ON SALE JUNE 5
Ezra Furman and The Harpoons + Faces On Film + Sarah
RabDAU and the Self-Employed Assassins | June 24 at the Middle East
| $9 advance/$10 day-of | On sale Friday, June 5, at 10
am | http://www.ticketmaster.com
Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears | July 9 at the
Middle East upstairs, Cambridge
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At one point during the shoot for Wale and Lady Gaga's "Chillin'" last month, an MTV correspondent asked DC native Wale why he was shooting a video in Boston. "Ah, but we ain't in Boston," Wale said, mischievously. Depending on how you want to thread that particular municipal needle, we weren't: we were at Eastern Mineral in Chelsea, down on a pier overlooking the water.
More photos here.
Some time in the late 90s, Trent Reznor holed himself up in a house
near the ocean to write some music. But while he did use that time to
start to piece together some of the songs that would become Nine Inch
Nails's 1999 double-album The Fragile, Reznor - who at the time was struggling with various addictions and other personal problems - really retreated to that house because he wanted to kill himself.
By the time the Books hopped onstage, the crowd at the Armory was getting pretty well versed in the art of live music playing along to films. Since the night started, they’d lounged at cabaret tables through all kinds of science-class film collages, animation, rotoscoped trees, and the accompanying playful racket brought on by half a dozen locally-connected bands trying to keep up.
Organizers today announced the long-awaited lineup for this fall's GREAT AMERICAN HARDCORE FEST, a genuinely awe-inspiring bill that'll take place over three days and two clubs. Scheduled for September 18 at the ICC in Allston, and September 19-20 at Club Lido in Revere, GAHF (which we will try really hard not to pronounce "gaffe") the festival brings together New England heavies including A Loss for Words, Converge, Four Year Strong, Have Heart, and Shipwreck.
They say good things come in threes. That’s certainly the case with releases on Boston’s own Intransitive Recordings. Specializing in experimental music, noise, and sound art, the label has released some tremendous CDs over the years by acts like NERVE NET NOISE, BRENDAN MURRAY, and KAPOTTE MUZIEK, pretty much always in groups of three.
This month, label head Howard Stelzer unleashes a new batch of recordings by an international array of experimental music luminaries and cult figures (in law enforcement, no less) from the outer reaches and beyond. After the jump, some MP3s to give you a sense of what’s happening on one of New England’s most adventurous record labels.
1. LEO BLAIS, "SLOW DRIVIN’ " (mp3)2. BODEGA GIRLS, "SHE’S INTO BLACK GUYS"3. HANDS AND KNEES, "HOT LITTLE ITEM"4. THICK AS THIEVES "DISASTEROLOGY"5. SERIOUS GENIUSES, "TOUR TURE"Check out New England Product on WFNX 101.7 every Sunday, 11 pm–midnight.Leo Blais plays the Middle East Upstairs this Sunday, June 7.
There aren’t supposed to be cans of Friskies next to empty beer cups on the counter at T.T.’s, because cat food does not get you drunk, and overbooking a show is generally a recipe for calamity. But the bill for the Kitty Angels benefit last Wednesday was 14 acts strong and went over like gangbusters.
When it’s for the kitties, anything is possible.
DOWNLOAD: La Coka Nostra, "Choose Your Side (Feat. Bun B) [mp3]
I won't lie; I was recently excited to hear that Eminem had a new disc dropping. Hell - I was even more psyched when it didn't suck. But as a 29-and-three-quarters-years-old white dude who plans to sag his pants and rap curse words out loud on subway platforms until the day I drop, I'm anticipating La Coka Nostra's A Brand You Can Trust much more than I was Relapse