Earlier this week we invited former Mp3 of the Week'ers and current new favorite band THE NEW HIGHWAY HYMNAL up to the WFNX studio to perform live on The Breakfast Show. The psych rock quartet packed into a side room st the ungodly hour of 7am, blasted out a few jams and talked about their gig this weekend at DEEP HEAVEN NOW IV
There's a devil inside Jinsen Liu, and for once we're not talking about Jagermeister. The 28 DEGREES TAURUS guitarist/vocalist, kickstarter of the DEEP HEAVEN NOW parties, and man banned from most clubs around Boston today posted his band's Satantic EP, Ecstatic Black Static, available for free download via Bandcamp
It’s baaaaaaack. DEEP HEAVEN NOW returns for a fourth installment this summer, taking over Union Square August 5 and 6 for two days across two stages at PAs Lounge and Precinct. Because hey, that’s what it does.
But get in on this now, because word on the street is this will be the last Deep Heaven for 2011.
Because compact discs are just so '90s, the brains behind the upcoming third installment of the DEEP HEAVEN NOW festival have released a 25-track compilation to hype the April 15 & 16 psych-a-thon. Posted to Bandcamp as a free to download by organizer Jinsen Liu, it's a solid rep of the entire two-day fest, featuring new tracks from Asteroid #4 and The Sky Drops, as well as an unreleased 28 Degrees Taurus joint -- but hot damn we're still all about that Sunshine Factory band, and "My Sugar Cane" remains their standout effort.
“What we need is more guitars,” tweeted Mike Rodriguez of As Built PR on February 13. A week later, the Boston-based marketing and promotions company unveiled SOFT PYRAMIDS’ debut EP, a detached-cool rock and roll afterparty racket that recalls a late-’70s Lower East Side punk attitude with nary and electronic device in sight (or sound).
Yeah yeah, there's a hundred billion things going on this weekend, but there are just about a hundred billion bands playing the second Deep Heaven Now festival, which begins tonight at PAs Lounge and Precinct in Somerville and ends in a smoldering heap of psych rock early Sunday morning. Personally, I'm geeked way the fuck out on seeing the Vandelles (a personal fave), Night Fruit, Screen Vinyl Image and the reformed and as-of-press-time-still-not-yet-cancelled December Sound, which might experience a bit of a local resurgence now that brainchild Zach Sarzana has moved back to Boston from New York (oh, they always do, don’t they?).
Even in the past decade of ambitious musical mash-ups, disco and shoegaze were genres that rarely crossed paths. After all, it’s hard to dance to a sonic wall of reverb. But local trio 28 Degrees Taurus have injected a bit of disco strut into their trademark sound of traditional Asian folk melodies and ambient noise-rock.
1. "I Wanna Be Sedated," Ramones
2. "No Pussy Blues," Grinderman3. "Love Your Money," Daisy Chainsaw4. "Bend Over, I'll Drive," The Cramps
5. "Just a Friend," Biz MarkiePlumerai play Precinct on Saturday, March 28.