1. Taxpayer, “We Have Arrived” (mp3)
2. Eli “Paperboy” Reed, “I’m Gonna Break Every Heart I Can”
3. Winterpills, “Take Away the Words”
4. Fly Upright Kite, “Across the Ocean”
5. Chester French, “My Party”
Grand designs: Taxpayer do some sound planning. By Matt Parish.
Eli "Paperboy" Reed signs to Virgin
Review and photos coming soon from last night's Soundtrack of Our Lives show at the Paradise -- the first date on a 10-day US tour behind their new double-CD Communion. Here's the band giving that record's "Fly" its first proper live performance.
Rock n roll is way out of fashion these days, but Georgia's DEAD CONFEDERATE have that early-'90s lost-boys-burning-shit-in-the-woods thing on lockdown. Not that this will help you decide whether to listen to 'em, but they sound to us like someone rolled up all of Verbena's records into a single ball of fire.
Having given a few cursory listens to the new U2 record, No Line On the Horizon,
we feel confident in concluding that it is not a masterpiece. We'll
hold off on calling it a dud until we've given the record the chance to
do that odd thing which records tend to do even in the age of instant
interweb leaks: grow on you.
As part of our ongoing "Private Practice" series, we caught up with the Raveonettes not long ago in advance of their gig at the Paradise. In addition to hearing some songs, we talked to Sune about the band's absence from touring and their future plans.
DOWNLOAD: Ryan Walsh, "Famous Last Words (Faces on Film cover)" [mp3]
DOWNLOAD: Mike Fiore, "Nurses 5 Float Past (Hallelujah the Hills cover)" [mp3]
We couldn't have been more surprised, or delighted, when this ultra-exclusive two-fer landed in our email a couple of days ago: a matched pair in which the respective frontmen of Hallelujah the Hills and Faces on Film, longtime friends, perform solo covers of each others’ songs, perfectly timed to coincide their show together (on a bill with Dear Leader) at the Paradise this Friday.
Letters To Cleo: "Here and Now" [Live in Los Angeles, 2008]
Probably no secret that we've still got a soft spot for "I See" and "Here and Now," which
were, for a certain generation of Boston musician, the gateway drug to
girlie power-pop. LETTERS TO CLEO kick off a sold-out, two-night homecoming at the Paradise tonight and tomorrow, and if Kay Hanley has anything to say about it, this is a one-time-only affair -- so everyone is hereby encouraged to make the most of it.
As readers of certain message boards will recall, we've had our ups and downs with Ben Sisto. But last weekend's second installment of "Love During Wartime" (a/k/a Sisto Act 2) showcased the side of Sisto we've always admired: it's the kind of give-Boston-a-big-hug pep-rally that will be sorely missed when dude finally moves to New York.