(Our senior house critic Michael Freedberg stayed out late Sunday morning and came back with the following report, an edited version of which will appear soon on thephoenix.com. We present the unexpurgated, unedited goodness below.)
For house music, you can’t get much more authentic than DJ Honey Dijon – grew up in Chicago, African-American, transgendered; started dancing at the very clubs where house music was being created at the time, for girls much like herself; became a friend, then protégé, of Frankie Knuckles, the prime originator of the genre.
You knew it was coming, folks...Here's Tom Reilly's take on Deval Patrick's Ameriquest exit.
A question to ponder: if you were Patrick's campaign manager, would you
tell him to follow through on his recent promise to disclose his board
compensation? Discuss! (I say yes, but I'm no political operative.)
STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL TOM REILLY ON DEVAL PATRICK'S RESIGNATION FROM BOARD OF AMERIQUEST
ThePhoenix.com's Tony Ware interviews Ninja Tune's dancefloor hooligans:
Early on, Coldcut’s beats-and-pieces æsthetic was put to the test on long-form ’80s remixes for Eric B & Rakim, among others, and credited, in pure pirate-radio fashion, to Grandmaster Flash and Double D & Steinski.
Andy at Mass Revolution says Deval Patrick's resignation from the board of directors of Ameriquest's parent company is a testimony to Patrick's leadership.
But I've got to respectfully disagree. This is a victory for Tom
Reilly, plain and simple. The AG made Patrick uncomfortable by
hammering away at this issue, and now he gets to spin Patrick's exit as
proof he was right--i.
1. Back in the '80s, when OTD was in grade school, we used to fantasize about going to this joint in suburban Philadelphia that, in retrospect, was probably Pennsylvania's answer to the Palace in Saugus: it must have been the cheesiest disco glitter palace on the East Coast. They also, for some odd reason, hosted a Sunday brunch, and so it was there that we got a taste of what electro had wrought on American dancefloors.
Perhaps the karma was secretly imbedded in the grooves of that Clickers/Night Rally split 12-inch on Honeypump Records: by the time the kids come back to school in the fall, all three entities will be kaput: Clickers didn't last long enough to enjoy the 12-inch; Honeypump has announced its retreat from the field effective this summer; and very recently Night Rally (or, as we would prefer not to think of them, the giraffe, the butterfly, and the lion -- ugh) issued the following bulletin:
This is it, duders: the long awaited record-release party for Sprang. For once, we can save or accolades on the Certified Bananas dudes, since the fishwrap did it for us. Urrbody will be there, including the below-mentioned Ghislain Poirier; that's Enormous Room in Central Square around 10:30. Keep in mind, the last time CB played, there was a line around the block at 9:30.
"This shows that Romney probably doesn't have what it takes to
run the country if he can't even make a decision about this."
--Anti-gay activist Brian Camenker, discussing Mitt Romney's flip-flop
on abolishing the state's advisory commission on gay and lesbian youth,
in today's Globe. Camenker also termed Romney's quick switch "pure cowardice on the governor's part."
Marc Pinansky of Runner and the Thermodynamics returns with a supergroup -- Cancer Conspiracy's Greg Beadle, Radar Eyes' Jason Gillis, Spitzz's John Sheeran -- and, by jones, it sounds like one. This song, an exclusive preview of Township's forthcoming debut EP, begins with an Afro-Latin twist and builds into a transcendent bout of '70s stadium rock that sounds like the Who on steroids.
Global warming, y'heard? The ocean levels are rising, certain species of moth are migrating further north, but what's really got us concerned is that even venerable indie-rap franchises are beginning to turn up the heat.
The Dents' leading ladies Michelle and Jenn are links from Boston's neo-garage-punk underground to its ye-olde-days garage-rock underground -- Michelle played in a latter-day version of the Real Kids; Jenn was married to DMZ/Queers legend JJ Rassler and still plays with him in the Downbeat 5. In the Dents, they make perfect foils: Jenn, the raspy one, sounds like she could've sung in the Runaways or the Ronettes, while Michelle shouts boys down like a hardcore queen.
Do my armpits smell?: Alex Billig, Noah Britton, Jen Page: photo by Kelly Davidson
A few days ago, we met The Best Thing Ever and they sort of are. An acoustic trio on the verge of sudden graduation-inflicted death, they're in the midst of a 14-date "The Bathroom Tour," a string of performances scheduled in restrooms from Portland, Maine to Allston to Revere.
With their second post-reunion album The Obliterati about to hit the shelves, Mission of Burma yesterday announced a brief tour that'll kick off July 13 at the Paradise. Advance tickets are available beginning today (UPDATED: click here for the presale). Those of you here in Boston are also invited this Tuesday, May 16 to Enormous Room in Central Square for the official CD-release/listening party.
This just in, courtesy of Bay Windows: House majority leader John Rogers--a former anti-same sex marriage stalwart--will oppose the latest push to ban gay marriage at this year's Constitutional Convention.
As Laura Kiritsy notes, Rogers' shift follows similar moves by Democrat Gene O'Flaherty and Republican Brad Hill.
He's not Boston's favorite local politician
for nothing, folks. At-large city councilor Felix Arroyo just announced
that he'll donate half* of his proposed $12,500 pay raise to charity if it goes
Personally, I wish he'd just given away the whole thing. Still,
this is a commendable and politically savvy move by Arroyo, who was one
of just two councilors (Chuck Turner was the other) to oppose the
pay-raise package that breezed through City Hall with no public input.