Arctic Monkeys perform "My Propeller." See a gallery of Derek Kouyoumjian's live show photos here
The lead up to the recent Miracle On Tremont show at the Orpheum found us chasing pop stars around Boston, blindsiding them with stupid questions and cornering ‘em for their precious insights. Two of our hometown Passion bros dropped truth on “homo-erotic frat boy” fans, Phoenix chalked their success up to a serious list of studio snafus and the drummer in Spoon regurgitated PR dribble about a “dirty” new album.
must have been a bad hair day
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Elliott Smith's yearbook photo. Source.
I'm hoping this doesn't turn into one of those situations where material ELLIOTT SMITH recorded before his untimely death in 2003 keeps surfacing every couple of years until we're scraping the absolute bottom. But it's okay: Kill Rock Stars is not releasing "Cecilia/Amanda" to coincide with the announcement of a "new" Elliott Smith album.
1. Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody"
2. MGMT, "Kids"
3. Silversun Pickups, "Panic Switch"
4. Phoenix, "1901"
5. Muse, "Uprising"
6. Franz Ferdinand, "No You Girls"
7. Pearl Jam, "The Fixer"
8. Metric, "Help Im Alive"
9. Killers, "Spaceman"
10. Weezer (If You Are Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Recorded live at the Regent Theater in Arlington during last night's "Rock N Soul Revue" to benefit the Music Museum of New England, we bring you 21st century Boston soul legend ELI PAPERBOY REED teaming up with 20th century Boston soul legend BARRENCE WHITFIELD on a roof-raising version of William Bell's "Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday."
After more than 50 years, the pre-1950s American Songbook is
beginning to lose some of its grip on mainstream jazz. Or, at least, other
songs are coming in. At the Lily Pad last Thursday night, the young Canadian
singer Amy Cervini (a 2000 New England Conservatory grad) did indeed sing the
standard "Come Love." And she sang it backed by a standard jazz-piano trio.
The end of the year is often regarded (among writerly types, anyway) as a time for looking back. But it's also a time when we look forward to what lies ahead of us. And one of the surest bets for 2010? That'd be Transference, the forthcoming record from SPOON, who've been pretty reliable in the past. We don't have video of any of the new songs they performed at WFNX's Miracle on Tremont Street concert at the Orpheum last week, but instead, we've got old favorite "The Way We Get By."
These guys again? Well, what can we say - it's been a hell of a year for PASSION PIT, and not to brag or anything, but we kind of saw it coming. Okay, fine, it wasn't exactly a difficult prediction to make: they won "Best New Act" in our Best Music Poll last year (earning themselves a spot in that year's concert), they became a blog sensation, and they packed venues around town all before their full-length debut, the delightful Manners, had even leaked in full.
It is still 2009 for a few weeks, and so WFNX continues in its quest to get some thoughts on the best music of this decade from every band who passes through town, much like they did with Metric and Sonic Youth. And with Miracle on Tremont Street - possibly the biggest WFNX show since, what, Green Day at the Hatch Shell? - happening last week, they had a golden opportunity to speak to two bands who've had huge years.
If there's a more shocking Boston radio story this year than the death of WBCN, it's this: legendary 'BCN program director OEDIPUS returning to the airwaves to deliver his long-running Christmas show . . . on fomerly-arch-rival station WFNX. Oedipus's Christmas-Eve broadcasts had been a staple on WBCN for three decades.
In researching my article for this week about R&B in Boston, I discovered enough history to fill the arts and entertainment section ten times over. Though my focus was on contemporary pop-angled artists like Masspike Miles and Lisa Bello, curiosity propelled me to spelunk the memories of clubs that were shuttered years before I was born.