RAD NEWS: Jamaica Plain is getting a new record shop. Guerilla Toss member/local show booker Peter Negroponte and Nick Williams (of Cave Bears and One Kind Favor Records, and also a former employee of Feeding Tube Records in Western Mass) have secured a space on South Street for DEEP THOUGHTS JP. Based on the experiences of these two dudes within the experimental and underground music communities in Boston as well as nationally and internationally, this shop is likely to totally rule.
I just got back from Brighton, where Boston city councilor John Connolly -- in a brand-new suit, and remembering to smile -- definitively answered the genital-related question I posed in my recent profile. So the new question is: assuming Tom Menino runs, can Connolly win?
But hey, that's a heck of a lot better than "definitely not," so let's look at the two potential pathways to victory that I can envision for him.
Nonprofit organizations enrich any community in countless
ways, and Boston
is no exception. This city is home to so many local groups that reach out to
help people (and animals!) in need, and we're proud to acknowledge those that
you, the readers, have nominated as the outstanding examples. So while you're out sampling our noms for best burrito or bar-hopping among the nominated dives and fancy cocktail joints,
consider making some time for doing good too.
Another week, another awesome melody from BRIAN E. KING. Just when the initial love affair with his latest pop masterpiece projectPARKS started to fade (just a touch), he got back into our collective headspaces with "Marianne," a track he co-wrote with CORIN ASHLEY and which appears on the former Pill's fantastic new record, New Lion Terrances
City councilor John Connolly will
announce Tuesday morning that he is running for mayor of Boston,
launching a campaign that will “focus on new ideas,” particularly
plans to improve the city's public schools.
Connolly discussed the decision with
several reporters Monday in advance of the official announcement.
Oh, Massachusetts, you just have to go mess with an awesome thing. Two state reps on the South Shore have opposed the crusade to name THE MODERN LOVERS' "Roadrunner" the official rock song of Massachusetts by filing their own pick: Aerosmith's "Dream On."
Wake up, people. It's time to drive faster to the State House.
Last week, we reviewed the excellent new Arbutus Records compilation of Sean Nicholas Savage covers, Taste of Savage: His Pupils Sing His Music. On Saturday night, Savage stopped in Boston to play an intimate set at Aviary Gallery with Olden Yolk, Jesus Vio, and The Spookfish. Savage played to a totally packed gallery, with just a tiny keyboard and his voice, performing songs from across his discography as well as a few new ones.
2011 GQ magazine named Boston the worst dressed city in America. Caught
with their slim-fitting, flat-front chinos down, Boston's sartorialists sought to redeem this city in 2012. Luckily, it turns out that there are plenty of outfitters in this town
that cater to discerning gentlemen. From icons like Bobby's from Boston to
upstarts like Ball & Buck, and innovators like a mobile streetwear truck,
these nominees brought style and swagger back to Boston's streets.
Last month fiery Georgia art-rock trio CUSSES had their music video for “Don’t Give In” added to MTV rotation, a result of winning an MTVu Freshman Fan poll. It’s a sign of things to come for the no-wave/post-punk band outta Savannah, whose 2012 self-titled debut is a romper-ride of sinister sounds.
When you think of the land that gave us Heidi, cuckoo
clocks, and cheese, the topic of child abuse is not likely to come to mind.
Nonetheless, from 1800 to the 1950s Switzerland farmed out hundreds of
thousands of orphans and wayward youths to workhouses where they served as
virtual slaves. In a presentation by the Goethe Institut, Swiss filmmaker
Markus Imboden dramatizes this Dickensian injustice with this tale of Max, a
12-year-old boy sold to a farm family, where he is forced to work and treated
Few metal bands -- or groups in any genre -- boasting two-decade-plus careers can rival ENSLAVED'S reputation for consistently dazzling experimentation. Since their formation in 1991, they’ve grown from skuzzy second-wave black metal to intricate, hi-def prog metal, as represented by last year’s excellent RIITIIR (Nuclear Blast).
shamelessly snapping iPhone selfies of your #KillerAbs in public-bathroom
mirrors? It may be time for professional help. Lara Woolfson and Kate Harper of
Waltham's Studio Nouveau let locals unleash their inner bombshells through sexy
boudoir photography (as shown above). And photographer Ryuji Suzuki of Boston's
Beaupix has a growing business taking online-dating profile pics for clients.
Boston's been characterized as a beer city since before Sam Malone was pouring
pints for Norm, a cityscape of Irish pubs and discarded PBR tallboys. But
the revival of mixology sweeping American drinking culture has reached Boston.
These nominees represent the best Boston has when it comes to shaking and
stirring, from hipster dens like Backbar to tony establishments
like Eastern Standard.
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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “Metroland” [BMG/100% Records]
OMD’s 2010 comeback record History of Modern, the Wirral Peninsula new-wave band's first in 14 years, was hailed as a return to form for the ’80s electronic-pop crooners.
Leos Carax makes public appearances almost as infrequently
as he makes movies, so the two together is a rare treat. As part of the Harvard
Film Archive's retrospective "Overdrive: The Films of Leos Carax," the sui
generis French auteur will present and discuss his latest opus, the delightful,
madness-inducing Holy Motors
It is supposed to snow again tomorrow (eff...) but if there is any show worth braving the storm for it's this one, Sunday night at TT the Bear's. Beach Fossils are on a quick tour in support of their excellent new post-punk-inspired full-length, Clash The Truth. They play a record release show on Saturday night in Manhattan and then are driving up to Boston the next day to play a Phoenix-presented show with dream-pop locals Orca Orca and Burglary Years
Before becoming a house band of sorts within Brooklyn's underground pop community, the dudes in Celestial Shore spent a few years living in Boston, playing jazz at Berklee and living in a big freezing warehouse in Allston. In technical terms, the members of this band are all brilliantly talented musicians, and they have the experimental art-first mindset to match it.