Everything you need to know about the new Mike Patton record -- that would be the self-titled debut by Peeping Tom (Ipecac, due May 30) -- can be summed up in the following detail: he got Norah Jones to sing the word "motherfucker." She's good at it, too: Norah singing "Keep it in your pants, sucker/What makes you think you're my only lover?/The truth kinda hurts, don't it, motherfucker?" is just as fucking hot as you think it's gonna be, possibly even hotter.
Forty-eight hours from now, the voting will commence online for the Mass. Industry Committee's first annual Hip-Hop Awards. The voting begins May 10 at http://massindustrycommittee.com/ and will run through June 10, said MIC President Daneja and Vice President Lyrical, who addressed artists and fans at a press conference last Saturday night at Hoffa's, on Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge.
You can read the latest State House News Poll here.
SPOILER ALERT: Expect to be intrigued--fascinated, even!--by several
things in particular. Christy Mihos looks horrible. Both Tom Reilly and Deval Patrick have lost six percentage points in the Democratic primary contest to Mr. Television himself, Chris Gabrieli;
given Reilly's early lead, this is especially bad news for DP.
New rule: what happens at Steer Roast stays at Steer Roast. And in the insterest of there being future Steer Roasts, we've omitted any details that could a) get someone arrested, or b) give MIT an excuse to shut the shit down.
Damn: final gig for the Hound tonight at Great Scott. Along with Big Bear's Jordyn Bonds, the Hound's Tiffiney Shoquist changed the game for female singers in Boston. Outshouting dudes without making too big a deal about it, Tiff pretty much shattered everyone who saw her, which is not to minimize what the rest of the band did.
OMG, we're obsessing. Those of you familiar with OTD have figured out we have a weakness for girlgroops. This includes Korean-American girls surnamed Frampton who when they say they love Atreyu mean the character from Never Ending Story instead of the screamo band.
If AAA radio was a game run by Daniel Lanois, Bill Janovitz, Greg Dulli, and Grant Lee Phillips instead of douchebags like that guy from Train, it might sound like this elegant, brush-slapped duet -- on the chamber pop tip -- by Dylan in the Movies' Brian Sullivan and ex-Belly/Throwing Muses chanteuse Tanya Donnelly.
With their laid-back hip-hop beats, pleasant electronic whir and thrum, and shimmering acoustic-guitar strum, MUS-OK sound like a late-night collaboration between Beck and Air with the Dust Brothers and Nigel Godrich taking turns at the board. Which to us is a very good thing. The band, whose members came together in Boston four years ago but are now scattered across the country, don’t play around too often, and what better event at which to see them than a stop-motion-animation fashion show/art exhibition/loft party with free booze? Birdhead Design is throwing just that sort of shindig on Saturday (May 6).
Here's what the Deval Patrick camp has to say about yesterday's CBS4 poll, which shows a dead heat in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and suggests that support for Patrick is ebbing among likely voters.
I'd say they're reaching a bit--even if, as Jon Keller notes, Chris Gabrieli's recent wave of TV ads has something to do with the uptick in his numbers.
A few weeks back, I suggested that Kennedy Hatred was a dying cultural phenomenon. Unfortunately, I didn't fully grapple with the ability of the younger members of the Kennedy clan to keep hate alive.
Even if you're not a Howie Carr fan, the contrast he draws between Patrick Kennedy's kid-gloves treatment at the hands of the Capitol Hill cops and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's somewhat harsher handling makes today's column a must-read.
Until someone decides to put out "Long Way To Happy" as a single, nobody is going to realize how good the new P!nk album is. Their loss. Alas, it appears the next focus track is "Who Knew," which is OK in a Max-Martin-attempting-Sonic-Youth kind of way. Sigh. We love Max Martin, but come on. If they're going to do Max Martin, why not just release "U + Ur Hand" (which is totally the Joan-Jett-meets-Kelly-Clarkson-meets-Salt-N-Pepa jam of the year) and get it the fuck over with.
Voters of Boston: come the 2007 city elections, remember your city councilors' decision to give themselves a big fat pay raise without soliciting your input.
Even if you think the councilors deserve to make $87,500 a year--$12,500 more than they made last year, and nearly $32,000 more than state legislators!--signing off on the raise without holding a public hearing is disgusting.
Boston's two famousest indie MCs go head to head on new official-leak track from the upcoming solo disc by Jurassic 5/Ozomatli turntable wizard Cut Chemist. "Storm" is far from perfect, with Chemist's wheels-of-steel acrobatics taking precedence over verses that were probably patched together from studio leftovers, but dude: it's Lif and Edan! On the same track!
In the wake of today's report that subprime lender Ameriquest is closing shop here in Massachusetts, Blue Mass Group's David Kravitz makes a strong argument
for Deval Patrick's resignation from the board of ACC Capital Holdings,
Ameriquest's parent company. Most compelling, to my mind, is the third
point David brings up--i.