I'll say this: Felix Arroyo gets right to the point. Check out the first few lines of the latest Felix Field Report:
Friends and supporters,
I have two important announcements for you. First is my birthday
party, which will take place next month. Please be as generous as you
can when making your donation. A mailed invitation will follow - credit
card link is below.
The Mules! The Mules! The Mules! As promised: an acid-washed garage punk mating call from these retard-psych troglodytes, who record for the awesome label/collective Bodies of Water Arts and Crafts (also home to Tunnel of Love, Wildlife, and a new EP by Stephen Brodsky and Ramona Cordova, all of which just showed up in the mail today.
At the beginning of the piece--provocatively titled "Questions shadow Reilly's Big Dig cost recovery"-- we learn that, soon after the Marie St. Fleur debacle, Reilly upped his demand for a refund from contractor Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff by $20 million.
Located in the same Inman Square complex as the Pino Bros tattoo empire, Traktor7 is known to grizzled old bastards like OTD as one of the last outposts in Boston of firebrand dont-give-a-fuck punk rock n roll. (They're also the most download-friendly label in town.) We imagine the "kids" "today" cocking their head slightly and wondering what the hell all the racket is about.
Anyone who’s listened to Dinosaur Jr.’s latter-day albums (or was around to see the pre-Dino hardcore group Deep Wound) knows that alt-rock guitar hero J Mascis is also a pretty decent drummer. Following last year’s Dinosaur reunion tour, he got back behind the kit with WITCH, his new band with long-time pal Dave Sweetapple and Kyle Thomas and Asa Irons from the Vermont-based, Devendra Banhart–collaborating avant-folkies Feathers.
When Thurston Moore signed a deal with Universal to distribute his Ecstatic Peace label, veteran bullroarers BLACK HELICOPTER found themselves -- alongside labelmates Sunburned Hand of the Man -- as Boston's newest, and most unlikely, major-label artists. It couldn't happen to a cooler bunch of guys.
Very nice piece in today's Globe on Mitt Romney's Vatican junket. Michael Paulson does a great job linking Romney's presence at Archbishop Sean O'Malley's installation as cardinal to Romney's bigger quest to quell concerns about his Mormonism--never mind the governor's insistence that there's nothing political about this trip
Honeypump message-boarders threw a hissy when Protokoll disabled the download function on their MySpace page last week, in advance of the Allston post-punk band's signing a singles deal with an undisclosed UK label. OTD, though, is all about second chances. The Protokoll dudes checked in from SXSW to share the best track from their 2005 EP (take that, MySpace!): morbid frontdude moaning like the second coming of the second coming of Bela Lugosi, while an undertow of lighter-than-Air synths leavens the mood from garish to damn near sweet.
Take it with a grain of salt, obviously, but it's still
interesting. As StT says, the results "present a small snapshot of what
Republicans (mostly activist Republicans) are thinking, and as such
they give us a glimpse into which candidates have inspired the love or
hate of the men and women who will be manning the campaigns come
Here I am, Week Three. I'm beginning to realize that the hilarious humor of Week One (theirs, not mine) might not repeat itself for some time.
11:41 a.m.: Gavel bangs. Present: Arroyo, Consalvo, Feeney, McDermott, Ross (looking tan!), Scapicchio, Tobin, Turner, Yancey, Flaherty. Five non-reporter, non-staff visitors are in the chamber; four look to be students on class assignment.
Just caught Chris Gabrieli on FOX-25. I was bottle-feeding a baby at the time, so my concentration wasn't 100 percent, but I thought Gabrieli's performance was impressive.
To begin with, Gabrieli offered an interesting gloss on the relationship between the governor and the legislature. He panned the idea (zealously advanced by Republican nominee-in-waiting Kerry Healey) that the governor's main responsibility is holding the Democrat-dominated legislature in check.
Last week, two city councilors told me that the first live-blogging experiment (posted here and broadcast in part on NECN's NewsNight with Jim Braude) may have had a hand in the more timely start of the March 15 meeting. I'm heading down to City Hall now; place your bets to see if the effect can last two weeks.