(Photos, 2/27/06 by Carina Mastrocola; words, 2/28/06 by Eli Anderson)
For '90s indie teens, Belle & Sebastian were -- make that are -- the most important band in the world. Educated guess: for most of those in attendance at a sold-out Avalon last night, 1996's If You're Feeling Sinister has at some point been the go-to soundtrack for mopey Sundays.
Still no word on whether he's running as an independent or a Republican--but we just got Christy Mihos's first policy proposal.
The name--"Proposition One"--is nice and dramatic. So's the idea. Mihos
wants to limit property tax growth by jettisoning the current
tri-annual assessment system. Instead, homes would be assessed each
time they're sold.
David at Blue Mass Group thinks it's odd
that Romney is using abortion (and gay adoption, apparently) to
aggressively woo the very evangelicals who'll have a hard time geting
over his Mormonism in the '08 Republican primaries.
Pics here from last Friday, when the Foundation Movement threw a release party at the Western Front for their new album Greatest Hits (check it for guest spots by Edo. G and Stic.man from Dead Prez). The Foundation Movement dudes are the only Boston rap group that can claim to have just got back from a world tour -- recent passport stamps include Israel, Cuba, Palestine, and South Africa -- and they spoke on revolutionaries who fought for freedom all over the world, from the Black Panthers to the struggle for Puerto Rican independence.
Some stuff we didn't have time to blog last week . . .
1. "NPR FOR THE STREETS": MAD DECENT RADIO. Put "Diplo" and "podcast" in the same sentence, and we'll show you an internet traffic jam waiting to happen. Add the terms "baltimore club" and "DJ interviews" and "random bits of music you'll never hear again", and you've got a recipe for blogger/DJ pandemonium.
By now our love of Mad Man Films is welldocumented, and even though they've supposedly moved the hell out of Allston, they're still our favorite Nick Cave/Tom Waits freaks. They write evasive melodies and eight minute songs that build but never go prog; like Big Black before them, they are not as good a funk band as they think they are, but make up for it by being really grim and noisy; completely unlike Big Black, their singer can actually -- when he wants, which isn't often -- sing real soul music.
The name Kevin Omen isn't chiseled on the Harvard Ave concrete the way it oughta be, but back in the '90s he was one of the unsung heroes of Allston rock: there was a time when he was best known for fronting Otis, but OTD's favorite incarnation was the Kevin Omen Signal, a jacknifing, honkytonk-noir roadhouse band that, in retrospect, might be the missing link between early Danzig, Hank III, and Blood Meridian
In this week's Phoenix, I take a look at Christy Mihos
and his still-hypothetical independent candidacy for governor. My
conclusion: Mihos could be more of a threat as an independent than a
lot of people assume--but not if he keeps clinging to his Republican
I'd missed this, and I bet I'm not the only one: On Sunday, the
MetroWest Daily News ran an op-ed by Chris Egan, who--along with his
father Richard and brother Michael--was a George W. Bush "Pioneer" in 2004.
In most cities, when you mention the words "battle of the bands," musicians give you a look like you just backhanded their mother in public. Not in Boston, where the Emergenza Festival is spreading like a tumor, and where for the past 25 years and counting, "important" and "popular" bands from Mission of Burma to the Dresden Dolls have been dog-and-pony-showing in the Rock N Roll Rumble, an odd local tradition that's spawned its own lore and even its own curse
Since paper doesn't grow on trees and all, every little thing that we ever write in the fishwrap ends up being shorter than we want it to be. Take, for instance, Will Spitz's interview with Animal Collective's Avey Tare. There just wasn't space to include dude's musings about lazy-assed critics who lump AC in with freak-folk, or for a graf on how he spent his childhood listening to Cats and Wings.
Mike Patton's kept himself away from the pop charts since, oh, Faith No More's Commodores cover or so, but all along -- through all the Bungle/Fantomas/Tomahawk metalurgy, solo-voice noise, and occasional guest spots -- he's teased us with promises of a mass-market pop album. It was beginning to look like it'd be his Chinese Democracy, but we finally got an official Peeping Tom press release this morning from the Nasties, and .
Yeah, sure, there's a DFA remix album coming out, which contains almost nothing you didn't SLSK eight months ago. Don't get us wrong: it'll be nice to have it all in one folder. But for those of us who hang on James Murphy's every cowbell thwack, there's gigabytes of new shit afoot.
1. This one likely didn't make the remix-retrospective cut: a new 10-minute DFA remix of Tiga's "Far From Home," which has been making the rounds, and is available locally from our friends at Compound 440r, complete with MicL Ptvn's close-reading attention to detail, if you're into "reviews" and stuff.