So we heard you dudes were so stoked about the Clipse poster that someone stole the blown-up version right off the stand! We had our eyes on that thing when it was in the office. Whoever got it, we hope you were man enough to get it signed. Send photos!
And since so many of you were bugging Mike Johnson about where to get the poster after he ran out, we figured we'd upload you a super-duper pdf of the joint.
Photo by Sisto
Think of last night as the dress rehearsal: it was the show that got added after tonight's sold out, so yeah, the room was only half-full, and Low B cancelled due to the weather in Philly (which somehow didn't prevent the Re-Up Gang from making the trip north from the City of Brotherly Love). The thumbnail description: Clipse running through full versions of nearly every song you'd want to hear (we took a quick smoke break, maybe they did "Hello New World" while we were gone), with Ab-Liva and Sandman bringing a fresh package onstage when the rhyme supply began to run low.
SMOOCH SMOOCH: Lady lightning.
Bang Camaro packed about 150 people into the Middle East upstairs last night for the debut of their first officialisimo music video: a clip for their smash hit single "Push Push (Lady Lightning)" lensed by Adam Moyer of TV's American Chopper, who offered his services after catching the band's first-ever show at the Paradise last year.
Oh no they didn't.
Oh yes we did. We had our dude Jef Czekaj, of Nickelodeon Magazine fame, duncecap-and-kazoo us a poster for the most highly anticipated event of the winter: the Clipse's two-night tour-kickoff celebration at the Middle East, brought to you by the Boston Phoenix's "Excuse" concert series, and yours truly.
OTD ticket giveaway coming Friday. All our Mr. Me Toos get your duncecaps and kazoos ready.
Couldn't find a flyer for the Alexi Murdoch gig via Fenway Sessions at Great Scott tonight, but we know some people are heading over thataway tonight as well. If there was a flyer, it would probably mention that the Fenway dudes just locked in UK megabuzz band the Klaxons for April 11.
DOWNLOAD: Alexi Murdoch, "Song For You" (mp3)
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CLIPSEFebruary 27 at the Middle EastTix $22 in advance, $22 at the doorOn sale January 25 through Ticketmaster
Pusha T and Malice in the house that indie-rock built? Oh, fuck yes. Frankly, we've never fully understood why hip-hop touring has failed to keep pace with its commercial unit-shifting power: even if you factor in institutional racism, performer unreliability, and ridiculous ticket prices, you still don't get record-of-the-year candle-men like T.
NOT PICTURED: Amanda, alternating between "sound, no sound, and something more painful than no sound."
As if this theatrical engagement needed any more drama. Our spies ducked back into the Zero Arrow Theatre this weekend and caught a doozy of a performance by the Dresden Dolls -- one that had some seasoned theatregoers wondering whether the strain of eight performances of The Onion Cellar per week is doing real damage to Amanda Palmer's voice.
We’d like to apologize for what happened when we debuted Bang Camaro’s “Push Push (Lady Lightning)” back in June. It’s amazing what a little hyperbole (“mp3 of the decade”) and a catchy thumbnail description (“Polyphonic Spree meets Headbangers’ Ball”) can do in this town: all the sudden the band’s headlining awards shows and getting slapped on the covers of every fishwrap in town.
All photos (c) Byron Smith
Harry + the Potters X-Mas SpectacularDecember 10, 2006 at the Middle East
All photos (c) Matt Teuten, except top photo (c) Byron Smith
Had the Lot Six's farewell gig at the Middle East not coincided with the Phoenix's 40th anniversary at Avalon, there would've been a lot more of us there. As it is, we sent Will Spitz -- and the rest of Age Rings -- in our stead. Also on the bill were Mittens, Headband, Eyes Like Knives, and -- check second photo from bottom -- an impromptu reunion by Officer May during the intermission.