Hey, it's Banditas! After making the rounds last night along the usual Central Square dance party spots -- Vigil @ Middlesex, Release @ Enormous Room, Penguin Club @ ZuZu -- a friend suggested we sashay up Mass Ave like fancy young things hankerin for some live music and check out the lo-fi Americana twang of Banditas.
“Nowhere is the dreamer or the misfit so alone” sang Rush mouthpiece Geddy Lee in the midst of “Subdivisions”, from 1982’s Signals. Ostensibly a diatribe against the numbing isolation and tribalism of then-modern day suburbia, in some ways it sums up the life of your average Rush fanatic: going through your day, going to the office, hanging out with people, all the while hiding your secret shame that when you put on your headphones you still keep dialing up records with pentagrams on the cover by the dorkiest (and yet most awesome) rock band of all time.
Phoenix writer Chris Faraone checks in with this week's mp3 download...
If you know a lyricist with more wit and wordplay than REKS, then bark now or forever hold your peace. As demonstrated on two albums and a stellar free mixtape over the past three years, the Lowell native is a strong contender for the top MC spot in all of hip-hop — a “black Aristotle with bottles of beers in the backpack” who touches every base from chicks to politics in single bounds.
I had forgotten about this.
About a year ago, I caught the Walkmen at the Middle East and sneaked some video of them playing a then-untitled new song (possibly for the first time ever - Hamilton Leithauser wasn't clear). I didn't really think about it too much afterwards.
Cut to this week. The Walkmen have now released Lisbon to much acclaim (including from us).
Hey kids, wanna check out Pavement FOR FREE this Saturday at Agganis Arena? The Phoenix has two pairs of tickets to give away, and all you have to do to enter ze contest is name your fave Pavement jam over on our Facebook wall post.
Yes, that's right, that means you must "like" our Facebook page to enter.
Apparently bored with merely stuffing mp3s into flash drives and dismayed at the sound quality of shoving cassettes into 8-tracks, Jack White’s Third Man Records will release the world’s first Triple Decker vinyl record this Friday to promote Dead Weather’s new single “Blue Blood Blues.” Basically, it’s a 7-inch record stored inside a 12-inch.
Tweet Just In: Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning will spin a guest DJ set at Enormous Room in Cambridge tomorrow night, Sept. 16, joining the fine folks at BLVD Boston and Rescue Buy/Sell/Trade for a wet hot Central Square dance party titled... PARTY. No need fucking around with clever names when you know simply what must be done.
Wondering what's up with Bang Camaro lately? Well, we awoke this morning to find a pretty interesting 2,900-word recap of the Boston gang's epic rise and fall, penned by founding guitarist Alex Necochea (who now dabbles in classic rock heroes Township). Pretty interesting stuff.
While we won't steal the page's thunder and let you read the dirt on their home field, we will point out that there's another Bang Camaro gig Nov.
Last month 28 Degrees Taurus’ Jinsen Liu successfully resurrected the late ‘90s Deep Heaven Now festival with a full slate of Saturday evening and night shows in Somerville. Some of us still have beautiful headaches from the musical bomb-blasts of the Vandelles, Asteroid #4 and Doomstar.
Now, in keeping with the original Deep Heaven idea of a semi-annual music festival, Liu this week not only announced the lineup for November’s Deep Heaven Now II, but also kept his promise this latest one would be even more ambitious.
Is this the best zombie song ever? It certainly may be the longest and most potent.
Knitting Factory Records today released the third set of Fela Kuti reissues, and passed along this free download of his 12-minute 1976 afrobeat classic “Zombie,” which railed against his home nation's government.
DOWNLOAD: Fela “Zombie” [mp3]
There was a point during SXSW back in March, after a dozen or so free Red Bull and vodkas sometime around 3am in an emptied out warehouse at a party hosted by Vice, when Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington literally surfed the crowd. Not Drew Bledsoe stage-dive style, held up flesh-on-flesh by outstretched arms.
A few weeks ago we told you about "Meet The Press," the latest installment of the Middle East and Pirate Promotion's monthly Rock Shop series, and now the date is here! I'll be sitting on a panel among the finest music writers and editors this city has to offer, trying to pay attention to those insipid-but-important questions while constantly checking my iPhone to see if the Jets' Shonn Greene can lead my beloved Allston Bed Bugzz to Week 1 victory over Luke O'Neil's crappy team in the You Know How It Is fantasy football league, of which David Day also participates.
If you were too busy falling asleep to the MTV VMAs or too busy wondering just how to create your own Lady Gaga meat dress, fear not -- we've got a playlist recap of last night's Boston Accents local rock show, fresh out of the WFNX oven. Mmmmm, tasty!
SPIRIT KID - "Honestly" from their new single. Playing 10/9 @ Great Scott www.
Shellac, "End of Radio"
Breeders, "New Song"