Hey there folks! Been a while since I’ve posted a show review, but I’m done with finals so that means I’ve got six whole weeks of live music, band interviews, and album reviews to give you before I have to do homework again! To celebrate not flunking out of school, I went to see some good people play some good music a few Wednesdays ago at Fury’s Publick House.
Merry christmas from Mary Lou Lord: she just uploaded the full 45-minute video file -- complete with classic Billy Ruane intro -- of a legendary Cambridge gig by ELLIOTT SMITH. (It was #14 on our list of the 40 Greatest Boston Concerts of All Time.) This one comes from January 8, 1998 -- about a month after the theatrical release of Boston's national anthem, Good Will Hunting, introduced the world to "Miss Misery," but still two months before he played it at the Oscars.
Truth be told, I'll be the first to complain when someone amalgamates genres into some absurd abstraction and pins an unknown artist to it. As a fellow music listener, I understand the cocked head and obvious “huh?” factor that may ensue. I understand that labeling a musician under a particular genre puts them at a crossroads: they are either viable to be written off at first listen or praised for their standout creativity.
Because we’ll do anything to sate the vicious buzz cycle, here we submit a hastily assessed, hardly considered review of GIRLFRIENDS new pile of demos, Nothing Nice To Say -- which were released online yesterday -- for your quick digestion, shot straight to the ether. These four will eventually comprise part of a full-length record, due out sometime in 2012.
Hopefully, some of you have already begun devouring the top-11 lists of our critics over here. If you have, you've discovered that this year we've linked each critic's list to a Spotify playlist of their picks -- which will also double as a quick seminar in which genres of music Spotify is a little spotty on.
Saul Williams is at the Brighton Music Hall on February 18
American Idiot |
January 24-29 at the Boston Opera House | $33 | On sale @ BroadwayInBoston.com
January 24 at Café 939 | $12 | On sale @ livenation.com
Cody Simpson |
February 2 at the Paradise Rock Club | $20-$25 | On sale @ ticketmaster.
Let's get this out of the way, right at the top: lists that rank musicians and artists are, for the most part, fairly useless. But as part of this week's massive Year in Review coverage in the Boston Phoenix, we also decided to rank the Top 10 Boston Accents songs of 2011, an eclectic mix of rock and pop that properly reflects the WFNX local music program's playlist over the past 12 months.
"Hunt & Gather" by Grey Sky Appeal from loroto on Vimeo.
warms my winter soul when anything that's worthwhile in rap catches
some buzz in its sail. So I'm ecstatic that the Allston-spawned Grey
Sky Appeal is getting wet and sloppy love from hip-hop fans and
hipster dweebs everywhere, and that they're taking extra steps to
match their sound with avant-garde videos.
Holiday parties are a hell of a drug. Apologies for the tardiness of this week's playlist, but to make it up to America, I'll be back in the WFNX studio this Sunday, Christmas Day, to not only bust out a festive Boston Accents at 8pm, but to also crash the airwaves a few hours earlier to throw down a birthday playlist.
The night before they dropped comeback EP Ready at the Middle East in Cambridge, Boston rock dudes LETTERDAY swung by the Converse store at 348 Newbury St Friday night for an acoustic session. The band stripped down their normally anthemic sound to fit neatly within the second-floor of the Back Bay retail hub, giving the crowd a solid half-hour set of new material and old, some even dating back to their all-ages suburban shows of several years ago.
Note: Earlier this year, Phoenix music writer Janssen McCormick kicked up a shitstorm when he created the Girlfriend Metal fan page on Facebook. With nearly a thousand fans and just as many debates on the subject, the notion of Girlfriend Metal was viciously addressed in our August Metal Issue. Now, Janssen has issued his Top 10 Girlfriend Metal Predictions for 2012, and we're already excitedly bursting out of our Kylesa footie pajamas.
AMELIA EMMET has been known by many names. With a constantly revolving lineup of bandmates, the 26-year-old Jamaica Plain singer/songwriter has been a familiar face in the Boston music scene from her early days as Dogs and Trains, then as Brother/Sister, and later, Mr. Sister, under which she released her first full-length album O, Sinister Force in September 2010.
Real talk: I was born on Christmas Day.
As a result, here are a few things you should know about me: I can easily rattle off a few dozen of others who were as well (like Ricky Henderson, Annie Lennox, Humphrey Bogart, Shane McGowan, Isaac Newton, Dido, Jesus H. Christ); I'm really tired of hearing about being a "Christmas Baby" everytime I flash my Massachusetts driver's license; and I'll quickly cut the living shit outta you if you ever ask if I "get gypped" out of presents.
After a year of reflection, now comes the resurrection for Boston pop-rock darlings LETTERDAY. Back from extended hiatus with a fine-tuned lineup, a sharper perspective, and a fresh batch of songs from this already well-oiled rock and roll machine, Letterday last month announced their comeback with “Don’t Go,” the first single off towering new record Ready.
The holiday music on the radio sucks, we got over the Waitresses back in high school, and we’re still having jingle-rock nightmares over last year’s televised Pomplamoose torture. So here’s the 2011 Boston Phoenix Holiday EP, featuring a few of the finest holiday songs to emerge this month from the Boston rock scene, available for free download via our Bandcamp