Quick hit: THE SHEILA DIVINE posted another free download to their Bandcamp page today, the brand-spanking-new track "Fragile Thing Called Man." It's a skillfully-paced, moody modern rock jam that recalls a bit of Echo & the Bunnymen and clocks in at more than five minutes long. Judging from the first few spins here at Phoenix HQ, "Fragile" sounds perfect for a long, frigid walk home through the Fens at twilight. Get it now and warm the eff up.
There used to be time to let a song marinate before the video dropped (as opposed to now, when virgin exposure often commences through visuals). That goes double for a deep track that you've played a few dozen times, and imagined some vids for on your own, as is the case for me here.
"Bricks" by Time Crisis and partyboobytrap was by far one of my favorite tracks of 2010 (off one of the year's best albums).
For argument's sake, let's say you were a famous musician married to Courtney Love, and in 1994 you faked your own death and planned to anonymously live out the rest of your years somewhere far, far away from both the irritating spotlight and the even more irritating ol' wifey. You'd probably end up eventually busking on a Russian subway station, right? And now that everyone has a camera phone (welcome to the show, motherland!), it's no surprise the jig is finally up, right? Right?
That mid-winter bitchslap you felt this morning when walking out the door? That wasn't the sub-zero temperature -- that was news that the Big 4 tour -- Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax -- is coming to North America later this year.
If it's in fact a tour, then where's this shit gonna hit New England? Foxboro? Suffolk Downs? TD Garden? Several nights at Great Tweeter Comcast Center in Mansfield? A secret gig at the Brighton Music Hall under the faux-moniker the Fab 4 Do-Over? We think last time Metallica came to town, they played the Garden (we might have phlipcam of it, somewhere) and during Lars & Co.
Edit: The prior video was acting wonky (musta been the ghost of Martha Quinn), so here's the full-episode link, skip to the 20-minute mark.
In terms of the evolution of MTV benefits, getting played on Jersey Shore in 2011 during a drunken relationship argument is kind of like getting the full-video treatment on late-‘80s-era Dial-MTV, right? All that's missing is Adam Curry giving you a thumbs up.
Well, they may or may not get rich with this reunion, but last night, the recently-reunited Dismemberment Plan played their television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and, well, anyone who was concerned about how they'd sound at next week's (officiall sold out) Paradise show can probably stop worrying.
In his dispatch from the potentially doomed All Asia earlier this week, Barry Thompson writes:
During their appropriately thunderous performance, guitarist/singer dude Matt Reppucci commanded onlookers to yoink a CD out of a nearby suitcase.
I'll be the first to admit I don't know shit about college basketball, and my already limited interest once went only as far as Speedy Claxton took Hofstra University in the NCAA tourney more than a decade ago (read: not very far. Thanks a lot, Desmond Mason and Oklahoma State University).
But the University of Memphis Tigers men's basketball team is catching some attention in Boston club land after using Terravita's "Lockdown" in its promotional videos (slick HD video above) and pre-game introductions (shitty camera phone video below).
Common Ground is one of the most famous books ever written about Boston, and I wish I'd read it sooner -- the last 17 years would have made an awful lot more sense. It is, famously, a novelistic non-fiction work about public school desegregation in the 1970s. It is epic, covering a decade in the lives of three families. But it is also, more generally, the finest book about Boston that I know of.
Last year, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno dropped by the Los Angeles studio where BAD RABBITS were recording their debut album with New Jack Swing über-producer Teddy Riley. The multi-genre rock band released a video of the visit and revealed themselves as huge fans of the California alt-metal veterans.
Here's a shocker: STEVEN TYLER did not suck at American Idol last night. Believe us -- we were prepared to hate all over this thing. But against all odds, the muppet-faced, gobble-mouthed, injury-prone Aerofrontperson managed to charm the tweets off Twitter (where the for/against was averging somewhere around 10-1, in our estimate) and only made one horribly inappropriate remark that will haunt him for life.
So, what's that up there?
We're not entirely sure, but we do know that it's a sneak-peek of the album art for Bodega Girls' debut record, Et Tu Bootay, which hits our dance floors off on March 15. The record will be released on colored vinyl 10-inch and iTunes off Bay State-based Burning Mill Records, home to DOM and Golden Girls.
On sale Thursday, January 20
Further Seems Forever [original lineup] | April 29 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $25 | On sale at noon via ticketmaster.com
Friendly Fires | May 27 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $15 | On sale at noon via ticketmaster.com
On sale Friday, January 21
After what seemed like weeks of hoax posters, rumors, and false alarms, the lineup of this year's Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, has been announced -- IN are the Strokes, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Interpol, Duran Duran, PJ Harvey, Crystal Castles, Wire, Bright Eyes, Cold Cave, The National and others; and OUT, bands heavily rumored to be playing but ultimately are not, include U2, Daft Punk, the Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I've been listening to the official Click Animosity disc, Feeders of the Flamez, like mad. There's a certain kind of filthy rugged hip-hop that I'll never grow out of, and this scratches that itch like an opiate fix.
I didn't necessarily believe the Click Animosity cats when they said they'd be releasing a follow-up EP packed with discarded tracks; after all, it took them long enough to get the album out.