Boston Accents is dead! Long live Boston Accents!
So here’s the deal: BOSTON ACCENTS has been granted a stay of execution by WFNX program director Paul Driscoll (thx bb), and will stay on the air for the duration of the station’s lifespan. Transferring the 101.7 FM frequency could take several weeks, possibly even up to 60 days.
Hi, how are you? Been quite a week, eh? So our time here at WFNX is coming to an end, what with the recent sale of the station to Clear Channel. But we’re told it’ll take a few weeks for the FCC to transfer the license, and WFNX has been gracious in letting BOSTON ACCENTS continue its run until the very end. So with that, here’s tonight’s playlist – shout out to RIBS for hanging in the studio and allowing us to world premiere their new EP, Russian Blood, which gets the record release party treatment this Friday May 25 at T.
Happy Mother’s Day, and props to Manchester City for winning the Premiership. What a day! We capped it off by bringing HOORAY FOR EARTH into the studio, trying to put an end to all this “Are They Boston or New York?!” nonsense. Not sure we did, because Noel Heroux still lives in Brooklyn and doesn’t appear to be moving back anytime soon.
All sorts of fun in the WFNX studio this evening, and it had fuck-all to do with the Super Moon. Or did it? Glenn Di Benedetto and Nate Leavitt of glammed-out noir-pop band PARLOUR BELLS dropped by for a full 120-minute hang, discussing their participation in the Rumble (dey wuz r0bbd), attempts to play the Faces nightclub demolition party (dey were thwarted by both nature and politics), and memories of hanging off a Showcase Cinemas sign in Lawrence back in the ‘90s.
Wanna go for a Ride? Tonight on Boston Accents we had the honor and privilege of world-premiering the new NOFUCKINGWHERE compilation – 11 Boston bands reconstructing Ride’s classic 1990 shoegaze album, Nowhere. Huge thanks to compilation curator Jay Breitling of the Clicky Clicky music blog and William Scales of Soccer Mom for not only putting this together, but for also hanging out in the studio.
Boston has always been a town for anglophiles, and tonight, our city takes its love affair with UK rock and roll to another level as WFNX's Boston Accents world-premieres Nofuckingwhere, a 11-band tribute to RIDE'S landmark 1990 album, Nowhere. We'll play the whole thing in its entirety starting at 8pm, two days before its official release date of May 1, and if you're beyond Boston's 101.
Ahoy! Back after a week away at Coachella, doing Boston Accents live via satellite. Or something. But it’s good to be back in the saddle, and tonight we had Keith Pierce and Jess Collins of MELLOW BRAVO hanging out in the studio, playing some tracks off their new record – release party is Friday, May 4 at the Middle East Downstairs – as well as picking some other sweet jams fit for radio airplay.
Pretty kickass week for Boston rock. Got a slew of new jams and we’re recapping the preliminary round week of the 2012 Rock and Roll Rumble. Though regarded more as a music festival showcasing our city’s rock scene more than its traditional billing as a Battle of the Bands, respect goes out to the nightly winners: Cask Mouse, Bow Thayer & the Perfect Trainwreck, Motherboar and wild card winners Thick Shakes (set to perform Semifinal Night 1 on Thursday, April 12) and the Rationales, Garvy J, Ghosts of Jupiter plus wild-card winner #2, TBA later tonight (playing the Semis Night 2 on Friday, April 13).
We have our Local Exposure artist for April: GENTLEMEN HALL. Props to the Boston electronic pop sextet for coming up to the WFNX studios to hang, talk ragtime, and play a semi-stripped down mini-session live on air. GHall world premiered two new tracks – “Makes Me Feel Alive” and “Golden Age” – and we also debuted their new Flam Clap remix, which you can download as the Boston Phoenix Mp3 of the Week this Thursday.
After two weeks down in Austin for SXSW it feels good to be back in the pilot’s seat of Boston Accents, navigating 120 minutes through the clear skies of our region’s finest rock, electronic, and pop music. And we now have a new co-pilot: Foxwoods Resort Casino – anything but ordinary! I do love me some Foxwoods, and heading down there on Christmas Eve, the night before my birthday, has been a tradition among me and my friends the past couple of years.
Tonight’s BOSTON ACCENTS playlist, which is posted mad late and shit because I wanted to race over to Great Scott and witness the Dirty Dishes continue their rise to riches, fame, and glory. The show was split in halfsies, with the rock and roll dropping in Hour 1 -– including a Spring Preview segment and some nasty technical difficulties, apologies -– and the more electronic sounds filling most of the second hour.
A bit rock heavy tonight on the ol’ Accents, as I supposed I have our Phoenix Presents gig down in Allston on the mind. In fact, I’m writing this right now, as Young Adults perform live at Great Scott, so forgive any typos or bullshit that this playlist might contain. So it goes, so it goes. Here’s what we heard a few hours ago via the WFNX airwaves…
Big ups to the presidents! This here three day weekend edition of BOSTON ACCENTS kicked off with 20 minutes of electronic bliss, then dipped into my upcoming Spring Preview, which runs in the Boston Phoenix March 1. Hey, I had to write it this week, so the bands –- Sand Reckoner, Twin Berlin, Autochrome –- were fresh on my mind.
Up against the Grammy’s and everyone’s self-important live-tweeting, the sonic tanks rolled hard through the rugged land of Boston rock and pop this Sunday evening. We debuted a few jams, recapped On The Download’s constant stream of local rock club news and rumors, and had a lovely time hyping up a shit ton of upcoming gigs around town.
Here's tonight's BOSTON ACCENTS playlight, which began with a rock and roll middle finger to New York and ended with another heartbreaking football loss for our dear region. Ugh. I tried to position tonight's show towards the anti-sports crowd, threw in some experimental stuff and the this-and-that, but here I am at 10:05 p.