Having a rock archivist like David Bieber in the office means you always say yes whenever he offers to let you dig through his stuff. During the past few weeks of hunting through autographed Beach Boys albums, signed Talking Heads photos, Springsteen box sets, and invitations to join Michael Jackson's fan club, it was easy to get distracted by the awesomeness of it all.
Last night marked Beth Orton's first performance on her first tour in a long, long time. And she was missed: both her early and late performances at the Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday were completely sold out, and nobody seeemd to mind that the mid-afternoon thunderstorms force the show indoors.
Here’s how festivals work: you get drunk on alcohol, then you get drunk on music, then around six o’clock you shower it off, then you repeat until four-in-the-morning. From what I’ve heard, that’s the routine even at Christian rock conventions. The key to covering these festivities is to party hard and work harder, and last night, my friend, I put in some work.
MONTREAL -- The Greyhound ride was sweeter than expected, as I was sandwiched between two Canadian vixens the whole way up. Across the aisle was a cute manicured hippiechick who slugged a bottle of cabernet between Manchester and Burlington; behind me I had a questionably-legal teen with cans so firm that they couldn’t have sprouted more than six months ago.
Ah, it's summer, the time when school is out and Boston's rocker-aged population puts down their books and starts dreaming up hypothetical bands with crazy gimmicks that will take Boston (or at least PA's Lounge) by storm. Having trouble coming up with a High Concept project that will, maybe, perhaps, join the vaunted ranks of The Bentmen, The Upper Crust, Kaiju Big Battel, and a million other Boston Idearock pioneers? Here's a few to get started:
UPDATE 07/02/08: Vedder's PR folks just announced full details of his summer tour, which launches with TWO Boston gigs at the Opera House . . . and tickets are $75 a head?! PLUS SERVICE CHARGE? Insanity. Scroll down for the full tour dates, right below the video.
Nothing goes on sale on 4th of July weekend. But here's a sneak peak at next week's big-ticket item:
DOWNLOAD: Clouds, "Motion of the Ocean" (mp3)
This ain’t your ordinary stoner metal. Yeah, the guitars on We Are Above You (Hydra Head) — the new second album from Cave In guitarist Adam McGrath’s Clouds — mostly exist in sludgy Sunn-amp ear-rumbling down-tuned depths, but seven of the album’s 11 songs whiz by in under three minutes, fast enough to blow the bong resin off your brain.
Mike Fiore of Faces on Film: “The Five Songs That Would Be Way Better If Roy Orbison Had Sung Them”1_Arcade Fire, “Crown of Love”2_Clinic, “Distortions”3_The Flaming Lips, “Do You Realize??”4_Lou Reed, “Perfect Day”5_Low, “Dinosaur Act"
Faces on Film play upstairs at the Middle East Wednesday, July 9.
I tell people that I “used to go to Montreal all the time,” but the truth is that I’ve only been there twice. I guess I’m just a tremendous bullshit artist. Either that and/or I lived so hard on those short trips that I felt like a frequent flyer. My first adventure was freshman year in college, when, along with four friends, I was stopped by the border patrol.