Honeypump message-boarders threw a hissy when Protokoll disabled the download function on their MySpace page last week, in advance of the Allston post-punk band's signing a singles deal with an undisclosed UK label. OTD, though, is all about second chances. The Protokoll dudes checked in from SXSW to share the best track from their 2005 EP (take that, MySpace!): morbid frontdude moaning like the second coming of the second coming of Bela Lugosi, while an undertow of lighter-than-Air synths leavens the mood from garish to damn near sweet.
Bring 'em Home Now: a concert to benefit Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the WarMarch 20 at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYCMichael StipePeachesFischerspoonerRufus WainwrightDevendra BanhartAll photos (c) Christopher Kontoes
[Our friend, photographer Christopher Kontoes, filed this report from NYC last night; from top: 1&2) Devendra Banhart throttles imperialist sharpies, microphone; 3) Martha and Rufus Wainwright; 4) Peaches; 5&6) Conor Oberst
[Our friend, photographer Christopher Kontoes, filed this report from NYC last night; his friend, Springfield native and former Miracle Legion dude Mark Mulcahy, was one of several folks -- Rain Phoenix, sister of River, was another -- who joined Michael Stipe onstage for an epic anti-war concert at Hammerstein Ballroom.
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Quick get-yr-free-stuff programming note: this Sunday, March 12, former Belle & Sebastian sweetie, Stuart Murdoch heartbreaker, Gentle Waves gentilly, and Mark Lanegan collaborator Isobel Campbell will be at the Museum of Fine Arts; Thee-who-will-never-escape-the-ex-Galaxie-500-ID a/k/a Damon & Naomi will open.
Over the past decade, VICTORY AT SEA have taken the dark-and-stormy, barbed-guitar torch from Come and run with it, subtly evolving with each of their five full-lengths. There’s still plenty of serrated guitar chords and big drums on their new All Your Things Are Gone (Gern Blandsten), but frontwoman Mona Elliott has become a more nuanced songwriter, and the band have developed a deft dynamic sense of interplay with her throaty delivery.
It's a year of living dangerously for Cami's old pal Colin Meloy — after a successful 2005, that dayjob-band of his have signed a deal with Capitol (yikes), and as is his wont, he’s embarked on something of a good-will tour all by himself. Last time around he was toting a tour-only EP of Morrissey covers. This time the object of his affection is Shirley Collins; there are a couple of songs from it floating around
1. Why pretend otherwise? We had lots of blog-picked goodness lined up for today, but everyone's water-cooler discussion this morning is going to be centered around one song and one song only. Download courtesy Nick Fader and the Catchdubbettes: Cam'ron drops the a-bomb on Hova, setting off what's sure to be a mixtape battle of epic proportions.
DRIVE LIKE JULY's hyperactive-lunatic frontman, Silas Copathic, began his musical career as a mild-mannered trombonist in the Duxbury High School marching band. But as he came out of his shell and became more psy-chopathic (get it?) over the years, he started writing minor-key-melody-driven punk-metal tunes, perfected his scream, and put a band together.
New Year's Eve: Clouds, Crash and Burn, Damn Personals at Middle East Photos by Amy Wallenberg
We're posting new songs...pre-mp3 indie rock DOWNLOADABLE for the first time:"Tree Stomp" - rare, rare, rare, from the Throbbing Lobster CLAWS comp from back in the day...CLASSIC old-timey Suns tune.