Hallelujah the Hills + Ho-Ag, "Rain Dogs (Tom Waits cover; live at Great Scott)"
It's not like either Hallelujah the Hills or Ho-Ag lack for members; and it's not like they're such natural collaborators that they were bound to appear on the same stage eventually.
Mission of Burma, 2wice (Live at Great Scott, 2008)
Mission of Burma, Academy Fight Song (Live at Great Scott, 2008)
As Justin Timberlake says, what goes around comes around: as the story goes, Mission of Burma took their name off a consulate building they happened to pass in New York.
Mission of Burma will play Great Scott on January 20, in what will be the band's most intimate hometown performance since their first-ever reunion gig (which was itself a secret warmup gig for their official reunion shows a few nights later) at the now-defunct 608 in Somerville, six years ago to the month.
We gather the gig is a benefit in some fashion for Myanmar (the country formerly known as Burma), and we'll add details when our Googling produces something reliable.
DOWNLOAD: Noel Heroux, "I Don't Want To Get Over You (Magnetic Fields cover)" (mp3)
It’s impossible to make a Magnetic Fields song sound any darker. Stephin Merritt cannot be out-baritoned. And as songs about doomed love affairs go, no one is likely to sharpen the streak of Meritt’s self-abnegating black comedy, of which this is among the best examples.
DOWNLOAD: Matters and Dunaway, "Control the Night" (mp3)
Although Matters and Dunaway have never had much of a profile in Boston, where no one's ever got famous playing minimal techno and Boards of Canada-esque rocktronica, the laptop/bass duo's three mostly-instrumental albums have inspired a small, rabid following among electronic music fans and DJs across the country.
DOWNLOAD: The Information, "Alchemy In the Age of Science" (mp3)
Three things that bode well for the new EP by THE INFORMATION, as gleaned from the in-the-studio video they recently posted on their MySpace page: 1) They've got more guitars and they know how to use them; 2) The man behind the board is legendary producer Paul Kolderie (Weezer, Dresden Dolls, etc.
Couldn't find a flyer for the Alexi Murdoch gig via Fenway Sessions at Great Scott tonight, but we know some people are heading over thataway tonight as well. If there was a flyer, it would probably mention that the Fenway dudes just locked in UK megabuzz band the Klaxons for April 11.
DOWNLOAD: Alexi Murdoch, "Song For You" (mp3)
Temporary detour: tonight's "THROWED" has been moved from Harpers Ferry down the block to Great Scott. It'll be back at Harpers' next month, supposedly with Andrew WK headlining. We'll say it again: "Throwed" next month with AWK at Harpers. Now back to this month. Back to tonight. Back to E-Marce, Redd Foxx and our dude David Day.
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It's 6:30 a.m. and my six year old daughter is shaking me out of bed. "Where's Camille leaving to?" she says. I have no idea how she knows Camille is going anywhere. Maybe she read the Great Scott calendar like everyone else.
She got a job in New York, I yawn.
"She's moving away to go work there?"
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A lot's happened since we introduced you to AbCity's "God Is Going To Get Sick Of Me" back in July of 2005. Back then we predicted they'd end up opening for U2
DOWNLOAD: Stephen Brodsky's Octave Museum, "Kid Defender" (mp3)
Cave-In fans who've grown beards while waiting for Brodsky's lo-fi, indie-folk solo output to crystallize into something louder are hereby warned not to miss his forthcoming disc Octave Museum (HydraHead), his most consistent outing since his unreleased-but-widely-bootlegged Static Intellect
Spank RockOctober 4 at Great Scott
It seems highly appropriate to be staring at a blinking cursor. After an hour or so of dancing, shouting, and sweating (profusely) to Spank Rock’s set at Great Scott, the thought of capturing the retrospect in words is exhausting. Opening with the deliciously lewd “Backyard Betty,” the Baltimore boys launched into song after song of running their mouth off about tits, ass, and shaking them both.
The mysterious K. Bonami got caught in a mosh last night at the Wolf Eyes show. Luckily, the camera was rolling. Holy fuck: we haven't seen ultraviolence like this since the Misfits at the Channel in '83 (on video: we aren't that old). Fave part is where they go "Whaaaaa!" and then they go "AIIIIIIGH!" and the thingee goes "GSGVHGHSHASDZZZZRR!" and the kids all pump their fists like it's a Dropkick Murphys chorus.