In case the past 60 years of kids being in bands haven’t made it clear, parents just don’t understand. Especially the dickface dad we meet in the first few lines of “The Beating of a Lifetime” — a sparkly new jam off the new Work/Sleep EP from synth-toting post-punkers the Appreciation Post. “Beating” is a stirring “enough is enough” anthem for nonplussed youth outside Route 495, a fittingly posi backlash against the doldrums of the dull life — as well as the crumb-bums who claim to be over Moogs.
In perhaps the most hotly anticipated move the folks over at MTV have made since finally getting The State on DVD, the studios recently announced that they are, at long last, releasing cult fave Daria as well. The long-defunct animated show (which aired from 1997 to 2001) is set to be released to DVD on May 11
Freshly out is Very Nice, Very Nice, the spiffy debut EP by Boston's own Young Tremors. This Saturday, they'll be cracking this baby open like a tallboy of 'Gansett with a Very Nice, Very Nice release show at Precinct in Somerville along with the Dirty Truckers, Watts, Memphis 59 (actually from Viriginia) and Tad Overbaugh & the Late Arrivals.
Bushwalla concept art
A little backstory: Last week, we stumbled across a particularly intriguing event listing for tonight's show at Mohegan Sun's Wolf Den. (Always a trusty goldmine of mind-blowing line-ups -- Sophie B. Hawkins and Alien Ant Farm in the same week? Goddamn.) What caught our eye this time, though, was a band called "Bushwalla
UPDATE: Tickets to Thom Yorke & Atoms for Peace, April 8 at the Citi Center in Boston, go onsale March 5 at 10 am. CitiCenter says it's a "100-percent forced will-call show," which means everyone has to pick up their tickets at the venue on the night of the show.
Thom Yorke has changed the name of his non-Radiohead band from the somewhat confusing "Thom Yorke????" to "Atoms for Peace," a moniker he describes as "bleedin' obvious
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John Mayer, music's current font of irreverently offensive word-vomit, is landing in Boston tonight for a gig at TD Banknorth Garden, and it's safe to say we are more than a little psyched out of our minds anxious about what untold shit-stirring, crowd-enraging madness awaits. Mayer's music career started somewhere in the vicinity of blandly agreeable, only to wander off and end up smack-dab in Crazy Town.
So those Boston auditions paid off -- AMERICAN IDOL's Season 9 not only brought us one of the year's most memorable audition fails, we've now got two hometown girls in the Top 12. In terms of cross-town rivalries, this might be better than Mets-Yankees.
SIOBHAN MAGNUS: a lilywhite glass-blowing apprentice from Cape Cod with an EDWARD GOREY tattoo (Cape goth pride!), the recent Barnstable High grad came out and sang the misfits national anthem, "Wicked Game" -- yep, the Chris Isaac song that everyone remembers from its starring role in David Lynch's twisted Wild at Heart
Aziz Ansari, who can currently be seen doing hilarious things on Parks and Recreation (the funniest thing in NBC's vaunted Thursday-night comedy lineup for the time being), has recorded a rap mixtape with help from TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek under the name of RAAAAAAAANDY (eight A's, as the song helpfully explains).
"Have one on me," indeed, it would seem.
Drag City almost pulled it off.
Joanna Newsom's widely-anticipated new album, Have One On Me, is scheduled to be released in stores this coming Tuesday (February 23rd). And for a while, it really did look like it would be the first high-profile new release in a long, long time to make it to record-store shelves without appearing on the internet first.
Probably not. But that isn't stopping the Pixies frontman from getting really, really, REALLY into it on his new solo album, NonStopErotik. The new BLACK FRANCIS disc, due March 30 on Cooking Vinyl, was produced by fellow guy-we-don't-want-to-see-naked ERIC DREW FELDMAN. The only details that have been released thus far: a typically random statement from Francis that tries very hard to get you in the mood, and fails harder than anyone this side of a Timbaland solo gig.
Out there on the ’nets, there’s been a pretty steady buzz concerning You Are the Magic People — the latest full-length offering from said MAGIC PEOPLE — since shortly after it leaked late last year. And it’s easy to hear why. “Fuck the Wind” sounds like an anxiety attack in a Lisa Frank sticker; John Manson’s bass and Al Deaderick’s Arp circle and growl tensely at each other on “I’m Telling You (About the Dutch)”; and on “The Pigeon and the Eggs,” an unsteady clockwork shoves its way through a shambling drone before the song powers itself up into a radiant anti-anthem.
We knew there had to be a reason -- a twisted, rude, very metal reason -- for GWAR to show up on the list of confirmed bands at this year's Bonaroo, which we can now officially say has done a 180 from hippie love camp to concept-free corporate megafest. Gwar leader ODERUS URUNGUS, whose frequent Fox News apperances deserve some kind of Stephen Colbert award for consistent skullfuckery, summed up the group's motivations thusly: "Personally, I am looking forward to nostri-raping the entire Dave Matthews
This past Tuesday, in the midst of the messy snowstorm, our friends over at On a Friday presented a show at Great Scott featuring New York's GROOMS. We weren't there or anything, but judging from these videos (shot by one Addison A. Post), it sounds like the 90s revival is continuing apace. More below.
As a result of the wide response (both negative and positive) to my War Over Peace Phoenix cover story from this past week, legendary Boston reggae DJ Junior Rodigan is dedicating part of his Big Up Drivetime Show on Big City 101.3FM every afternoon for the next week and a half. I'm on today from 5pm to 6:30pm, and various players from the Boston Youth Violence Prevention community will be joining throughout the series.