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.
the past two years, Abraham sequestered himself at the New Alliance
studios in Cambridge, where he cracks tongue-in-cheek raps and concocts
the sort of boom bap synth porn that grandma warned you about. Now that
he's moving to New Orleans at the end of this month, we thought it was
appropriate to ask about his apparent reclusiveness.
he step back from the local scene because jealous Noise Board punks
protested his band's winning second-placing in the 2007 WBCN Rumble? Or was it just to
stock the remarkable beat trove he's compiled since holing up at New
Alliance (where he rocks a departing show this Thursday night)? We asked
not just for written answers but for song responses as well (all of
which you can download here for free).
What Indefinite Article song would you like to leave in the annals of
Boston music to prove that you guys weren't just a bunch of punks who
stole the Rumble, or, as one Noise board troll put it, a 311-sounding
"Berklee jazz fusion [band] with a white rapper."
DOWNLOAD: "Lives of Bliss" (remix) [MP3]
We were absolutely a bunch of punks who stole the Rumble. I'm sorry
that we didn't sound like Pavement, or know who Pavement was, or that we
still haven't listened to Pavement or maybe we listened to it once and
thought maybe yeah you could like it if you wanted to, which never
bothered us, but for whatever reason we really bothered people who endeavored to make the whole world sound like Pavement and have shitty jobs at Economy Hardware.
What song did you make about the guys in all of the bands who had it
out for you, and do you still have plans to chop their bodies up in
FA: Because when I put my girlfriend on the hook it sounds good.
BP: What song best describes the blissful state of studio seclusion that you've been in for the past few years, and why?
"Lum Di Lie"
[I picked this] mostly because I wanted to include this song in the
multimedia webterview and I had already answered all of your questions
except for this one. It's also a fantastic song and one of the best that
I made last year. It has an uplifting message that both children and
adults can enjoy.
BP: What song best describes the suicidal state of studio seclusion that you've been in for the past few years, and why?
"Despondent Clown Rap"
The title says it all. Those were some dark days at the end of
52pickup. The pre-packaged meal selection at the Shaw's at Central
Square must have been pretty piss-poor around late November. Strong
What song did you recently record for Roadsteamer's show "Quiet
Desperation" in order to make peace with the Allston hipsters? Why was
it important for you to part on good terms?
I wouldn't say that I recorded the song to make peace with the Allston
hipsters. I was not aware that we were at odds. I did it because I like
It is reported that you once played hockey for Harvard. What song has
the sweetest clandestine puck life reference that only someone who grew
up in a locker room would understand?
FA: It's a song about an undersea explorer.
As a Harvard student, most of your college friends make millions of
more dollars that you do? How do they feel about your ode to their
extravagance, "All My Friends Are CFOs"? Also - what's the square root
of pi, motherfucker?
"All My Friends Are CFOs"
I doubt that they listen. If they did, they would have all surely quit
their jobs and opened orphanages by now. [Also -] I'm not googling for
you what you can google for yourself.
What parting song would you like to leave Boston and Cambridge? Also -
do you have anything to say to all of the illegitimate children who
you'll be leaving behind?
"Dance With You"
FA: This was my closing track for 52pickup.
It's happy, and it's an appropriate goodbye. There is a part where you
can thrust your hips and grunt, and you should, because you only live
once in most religions.
consider the entire Boston music scene my children, Chris. None any
less legitimate than another. And I think that it's high time that they
made me a sandwich.
BP: Is there a closing prayer that you would like to leave us with?
FA: As a matter of fact there is:
This Thursday (August 5th)
New Alliance Studios 110-120 Brookline Street (outside of Central Square)
7-11pm (with sets at 9 and 10)
drinks by Narragansett
art by Alvan Long & Dave Tree