Check out this IMDB description for the 1954 western flick Destry, skillfully penned by Dan Navarro: “In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have the town drunk appointed sheriff, thinking he will be ineffectual.
Jon King doing his gangly Frankenstein dance, Andy Gill’s signature clarion guitar wails leading into “To Hell with Poverty,” the ritual destruction of a pizza oven — yes, all par for the course. But routine is oh so sweet when delivered by these guys — their fucked up funk rhythms, the mix of scream, recitation, and even a bit of actual singing.
Over the past year, EARTHQUAKE PARTY! have risen from Boston basements and into its venues, and although there exists no new recordings beyond a few demos (ok, we get it, slacker-rock is sweet, finish your damn record), the band remains compelling in the ferocity of their live show.
Last fall, I shot the Allston garage-rock trio at an impromptu party in their practice space, cut and archived the footage and proceded to forget about it.
In what seems like a lifetime ago (read: six years) I once ran into current COMANCHE drummer Jason Presto at a Magrudergrind show at Allston basement space the Library. Aside from Japanese thrashers World Downfall stealing the show following one of Cryptic Warning's last sets before changing their name to Revocation and becoming world conquering Relapse-signed titans, what really sticks out in my mind from that day was Presto's killer Anodyne Lifetime of Gray Skies shirt.
Hey, we're throwing a party. On The Download is teaming up with ace music blog Ryan's Smashing Life for a midweek dance party on Thursday, February 17 at Great Scott. The night features an electronic troika of OTD faves: BEARSTRONAUT, THE CINNAMON FUZZ and DIRTY BOMBS, with DJ sets by Ryan and I, my first non-pill DJ gig in ages.
So how about that Superb Owl, eh? While most of America was watching Marilyn Manson botch the National Anthem and the world's greatest karaoke band make even Slash look ridiculous, Dave Duncan of FNX Radio was busy hosting Boston Accents. FNX's local rock show runs every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m., found at 101.
This is a pretty big deal, Boston. Black Milk is kind of a miraculous anomaly in hip-hop, commanding respect from the lowest depths of underground notoriety to the cheesiest heights of commercial acclaim. He's the sort of double threat who cats like Kanye sweat so hard that their pants stink - an MC-producer who summons nostalgia from the best of both coasts, not to mention his own city of Detroit, which dude holds down like a crime boss.
For those who missed our tweet on Friday night: Methuen post-hardcore veterans CAVE IN announced they will perform Thursday night at Great Scott, jumping on the Scott Kelly (Neurosis) / Wino (Saint Vitus) / Keith Bennett show in Allston. Originally, Cave In's Stephen Brodsky was slated to perform a solo set, but hey, looks like they're getting the band back together (temporarily).
To hold us over until the March 8 release of new album Skins and their April 8 show at the Paradise Rock Club, BUFFALO TOM dropped a new acoustic EP, Bones, for free download today via buffalotom.com.
It includes Skins track "Arise, Watch," "C.C. & Callas" off 2007's Three Easy Pieces, and a classic jam from 1993, Big Red Letter Day's "Treehouse."
The Mexicano-Americana folk band the David Wax Museum’s CD-release party for their new Everything Is Saved at Oberon Thursday night was a triumph in every way: musically, theatrically, even socially and politically -- from the fair-trade chocolate and coffee being given away in the lobby to the simulated village street festival the band conjured inside, replete with trapeze aerialist to complete the carnival atmosphere.
Nothing says TGIF quite like gore, boobs, and metal, and well thank the Lord Benny Grotto this new MOTHERBOAR video for "Croctosquatch" has all three. We've been kinda all up in the 'Boar's business lately -- see our Out: Destroying Allston column from last week's paper as well as the Derek Kouyoumjian photo slideshow, from their album release party last month at Great Scott -- but this video had to be posted.
The '90s, they're back, you know? Between last month's unearthing of the Space Jam website to Shaq taking over the city to that new Cage the Elephant song sounding a whole fucking lot like Tripping Daisy's "I Got A Girl," the most unappreciated decade since the 1890s is finally getting some respect.