Aside from that silly date thing (Zomgz, at 5:06:07 on 08/09/10 it'll be...) yesterday might forever be known as the Great Weezer Mindfuck Day.
First the band revealed their new album would be called Hurley (out Sept. 14 off Epitaph), after the fat dude from "Lost" (honestly, never seen it, and by the time I was mildly curious, the fanboy morning-after water-cooler talk around my old newsroom just ruined it forever).
Another quick-hit Phoenix Phlipcam video, this time from the dirty trenches of Allston Rock City. Long Island new wave-tinged indie kids Twin Sister kicked off their nationwide tour at Great Scott about an hour ago, hitting the road with Ontario-based dream-pop duo Memoryhouse. Click here for Phoenix contributor Luke O'Neil's Virginia Woolf-inspired interview with Memoryhouse's Evan Abeele, and roll up to GS within the hour to catch the headliner in action.
Lady Gaga spent part of hers crowd surfing at Semi Precious Weapons' side-stage performance at Lollapalooza. Now whatever you think of Gaga -- and the ultra-nauseating SPW -- this is a pretty cool scene, and we have to admit that increasingly-irritating garage-glam singer Justin Tranter has certainly come a long way from working at Victoria's Secret in Natick back in the day.
Last night WFNX Radio 101.7 FM debuted a new local music show, dubbed "Boston Accents," in a fancy new early time slot that doesn't interfere with "Mad Men." But if you were caught up in the Yanks-Sox game last night -- or busy in Newton saying goodbye to a friend who's moving to California -- here's a recap of the show's first playlist.
About two hours ago and armed with a Flipcam, I caught some on-the-scene ghetto-video of NYC's the Vandelles, who blanketed a fairly crowded PAs Lounge in a blistering coat of shit-hot surf-noise rock n' roll. It might have been too early in the day for these kinds of sonics, but it was a hell of a performance.
If Kanye West's ego gets any bigger it's going to need its own Twitter account. Seriously. K Dub's legendary hubris is so out of control that he now thinks that he can turn a video into an oil painting. Just by proclaiming it so. (Insert your water-into-wine joke of choice here.)
Thus, his newest video for "Power", which he's been plugging for days on his Twitter account as the "The Portrait of Power."
Battles, the acclaimed New York-based experimental post-rock supergroup, has lost a soldier.
Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Tyondai Braxton has left the band in advance of Battles' upcoming sophomore album, the still-unnamed anticipated follow-up to 2007's Mirrored. Braxton released an orchestral solo album, Central Market, last year, which featured his trademark loop composition.
@ Good Life
United Styles 6 descends on Boston this weekend, but the World B-Boy Cup afterparty at Good Life is where the true playas pop bottles. DJs On & On, Brek.One, and others throw down the reggae and hip-hop across two floors, with plenty of breakin’, poppin,’ and lockin’ to go around.
After the much-deserved beat-down that Prop 8 received in California yesterday afternoon, we thought that the press release we found in our inbox this morning for this video by Latin funk/hip-hop band Ozomatli's new music video was incredibly fitting. Judge Walker's ruling that Prop 8's ban on same-sex marriage was fundamentally unconstitutional chalked up a much-needed point for love in all it's many and varied forms.
Even in the past decade of ambitious musical mash-ups, disco and shoegaze were genres that rarely crossed paths. After all, it’s hard to dance to a sonic wall of reverb. But local trio 28 Degrees Taurus have injected a bit of disco strut into their trademark sound of traditional Asian folk melodies and ambient noise-rock.
Despite his distorted press pic,
the elusive Father Abraham is not a pedophile priest in exile. Rather
he's the Harvard hockey player turned producer-MC who once skated with
the live hip-hop outfit The Indefinite Article, which had a hot Boston
run back when House of Blues was Avalon and heroin was Oxycontin.
On sale Friday, Aug 6
** PUSHED FROM LAST WEEK: LCD Soundsystem | September 28 at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston | $33.50 | On sale at 10 am via ticketmaster.com
October 6 at Agganis Arena, Boston | $47.50-$88 | On sale at 10 am via
Primus + Mucca Pazza | October 10 at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston | $35-$45 | On sale at 10 am via ticketmaster.
It's true: at a recent show in Oakland, Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold (lead singer of Fleet Foxes) continued the time-honored tradition of indie rockers covering mainstream pop hits by trotting out a rendition of that old Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow chestnut, "Picture." They, uh, sound pretty good, actually.
Notoriously potty-mouthed comedian Margaret Cho's 14-track LP Cho Dependent doesn't hit stores for another three weeks (Aug 24) but you don't have to wait until then to get a little taste of what she's got cooking. And it's actually really good. Cho's folksy "murder ballad," in which she apologizes for arson, bludgeoning by brick and a whole rap sheet of comparably bad behavior, is less comedy than damn decent music.