As Hawk and a Hacksaw
kicked into their first number at the YMCA Theater last Friday night, I thought, “So this is what the kids are
listening to?” Sitting crossed-legged on the main floor of the theater,
campfire style, indie nation (with a few creaky older types in portable chairs
at the perimeters) listened intently as violinist Heather Trost and
percussionist/accordionist Jeremy Barnes spun through a repertoire of vintage,
odd-metered instrumental Balkan dance music.
As you can hear Hamilton Leithauser say, the song in the video above from Friday night's Walkmen show is one they had written fairly recently. They didn't provide a title, either. We'll have more on these shows later, but after the jump, we've got video of "The Rat" and "In the New Year."
We love THUNDERDOME. We loved it when they took over the Central Square Elks Lodge. We loved it when they brought DJ Assault to the Greeks. And now that they're going 3D, we're ready to lose our shit. Our film crew will be there to capture the magic -- although how to translate a roomful of kids in blue-red glasses tripping balls on 3d graphics into 2d web video .
From the press release:
Clint Conley, Bob Weston, Roger Miller & Peter Prescott will be playing a free, all-ages outdoor show on the East Campus Courtyard of MIT just two days before the release of The Sound The Speed The Light, at 2pm on Sunday, October 4th!That's not all, there is a Battle of The Bands (or Battle For Burma, rather) being held in conjunction with this momentous occasion.
We heard all kinds of crazy shit yesterday about shows that, let's
face it, we were all smart enough not to attend. First there was BU's
Daily Free Press -- the only media outlet that attended? -- reporting back about a very, very, very undersold kickoff of the Perez Hilton-backed IDA MARIA tour,
which resulted in the singer of that band having a Cat Power-level
meltdown midway through their first song (see above for video
evidence). According to Idolator, they dropped off the tour soon after.
there was the story that popped up on the Bridge 9 messageboard about
the latest exploits of ANAL CUNT's Seth Putnam: this time allegations that he punched a female audience member in the face.
thought there might be some people out there who were disappointed they
didn't get to see Ida Maria or Anal Cunt. After the jump: video of both
of them from recent engagements in which they neither melted down
publicly nor punched anyone in the face.
When Pavement advises us all against haircuts again in 2010, they'll join a growing list of well-regarded previously defunct bands who've gotten back together this decade, a list that includes My Bloody Valentine, Television, Mission of Burma, Blur, the Pixies, Sunny Day Real Estate, the Stooges, the Police, Dinosaur Jr.
This week's mp3 has its genesis in the recent "One Night Band" project. Therefore, we'll let the folks at Boston Band Crush, who put on the event, explain PEPPERMINT PATTIES to us:
The Peppermint Patties, took the concept of One Night Band to the extreme. They decided to be a band that only played '50s style numbers.
"Well do you have a flag?"
ON SALE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Dashboard Confessional + New Found Glory | December 13 at Tsongas Arena, Lowell | $30-$34
| On sale Thursday, September 17, at 1 pm
ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Tracks + Nerdsmasher + Isolation | October 1 at the Middle
East upstairs, Cambridge | $10 | On sale Friday, September 18, at 10 am
Updating a previous item, Pavement will indeed officially be touring and playing the Central Park Summerstage on September 21, 2010. From the press release:
After years of speculation, the most important American band of the Nineties is returning to the stage with the lineup of Mark Ibold, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West reuniting for dates around the world in 2010.
So we're just not going to have any broken-up bands left anymore at this rate, huh? Brooklyn Vegan, citing "reliable sources," is reporting that another one will un-bite the dust in 2010 when popular and influential indie rockers Pavement - who've been rumored to be reuniting since, like, 2004 - are going to slant and enchant us all once more at Central Park Summer(Babe)stage that September.
Today in the Globe, Dan Shaughnessy calls Tom Brady's comeback stunner "the best comeback concert since Elvis played the International in Vegas in 1969." (This on throwback night, which meant that Elvis was not on the helmets.) We will refrain from lowering ourselves into Elvis-ese in order to argue whether the NBC '68 comeback special would've been a more appropriate reference -- Dan obviously concluded that the appropriate metaphor was Elvis's return to official live performance following eight years in the wilderness, as opposed to the warmup staged for the cameras.
1. Termanology, "How We Rock" [Youtube link]2. Prospect Hill, "Break Down" [Youtube link]3. Graveyard BBQ, "BBQ Nation" [Youtube link]4. Keep Me Conscious, "Thicker Than Blood" [Youtube link]5. DJ Slim, "Utilize Your Boston Freedom Rally High" [Youtube link]BONUS TRACKS
We always forget how hectic shit gets in the fall -- starting this week, there's about five times more stuff happening every night than any human could possibly get to. Here's our picks for what's really good, and this is just in the next six hours:
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM at Cambridge YMCA: Because we're still not over Olivia Tremor Control.