Yes, the word "epic" is grossly overused and has lost any and all of its merit. But there's just no other way to describe this nearly-15-minute clip from Wednesday's BEST MUSIC POLL party at Brighton Music Hall. (Plus it's Friday, two days later, and my brain is fried).
During BODEGA GIRLS' second "interlude set," they were joined by COSMO and BOBBY of DOM and performed Dom's "Living In America," followed by AMANDA PALMER for a cover of her "Map of Tasmania," and then, lastly, by BILL JANOVITZ, when the ensemble busted out a lost BUFFALO TOM b-side, "Does This Mean You're Not My Friend."
Tonight, we rage.
After weeks of planning, plotting and counting up a gazillion votes, The Phoenix is ready to throw down at tonight's Best Music Poll awards at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston. Fear not, we'll have the Bruins on the televisions as they shoot for their first Stanley Cup since 1972, and the awards should be over around whenb the 3rd period starts.
We're handing out the 2011 BMP Awards -- No shit! Actual handmade craptastic trophies! Announced by people you may recognize! It all goes down at Brighton Music Hall on June 15. (Our annual Best Music Poll issue hits the stands hours later, and the results will be available for posterity at bestmusicpoll.
Mylene: Queen of Pop
This week in the fishwrap, Charles Taylor makes the case for French pop, through the lens of the latest Mrs. Johnny Depp album. Below, longtime Phoenix critic Michael Freedberg, whom we consider our resident expert on the topic, provides his own master-class in variete francaise -- one that is necessarily weighted towards Mylene Farmer, who is the Reed to his Bangs, the Kixx to his Eddy.
Not long ago, we teamed up with our sister mag Stuff at Night to bring together eight of Boston's finest DJs to shoot the shit about the state of dance music in our fair city. It turned out to be far more interesting than we had any right to expect it would be, and may even have squashed some beef in the process.
If you're headed to M.I.A. at the Palladium tonight, get there early: Cool Kids have cancelled, but we're dying to see what C440R's monster party-rap duo have in store when they step in tonight as a last-minute opening act. Big Digits at the Palladium: who'da thunk it? For an idea of how much awesomeness is in store, check the video above to see what happened the last time someone offered TD and Mac Swell a nice big stage.
Sure, it was only two songs. (Turns out they had a third ready to go, but decided against it. What, the applause wasn't loud enough? "Exactly," said Chris Brokaw.) But since this was the first time Come have performed since their 2 1/2-hour farewell gig at the MidEast's downstairs room back in -- what, 1998? -- well, this was pretty fucking rad.
For those of you reading this at work: the weekend ain't over yet, snitches. Many of you will have Tuesdays bookmarked as Hearthrob night, but they're going early this week to accomodate a dude who we'd postpone Christmas to see. Even if you don't listen to SINDEN's UK radio show or have the funds to fly over the pond to catch his resident sets at Fabric, you've probably encountered his remixes, sets, image, and likeness on this blog and many others (those Mad Decent guys, for example, are obsessed).
Monsterous edition of THUNDERDOME tonight, bringing Baltimore Clurb legend Scottie B and Spank Rock's Chris Rockswell to the decks, along with resident headbangers Micl Ptvn, Mistaker, and DJ Die Young to represent the home team. Special live-video guests: Robotkid (ask him how much the new Harmonix game Rock Band is gonna rule) and Matt Boch.
The Beat Train: “Top Five Absolutely Insane Buttshakin’ Dance-Floor Killers by Cool Cats You May Have Mistaken for Squares”
1_Elvis Presley, “Rubberneckin’ ”
2_Tom Jones, “Chills and Fever”
3_The Banana Splits, “Doin’ the Banana Split”
4_Chubby Checker, “Karate Monkey”
Sort of like that episode of his brother's TV show, only with waaaay lower-end sponsors. If anyone goes to this, email us. We'll post comments . . . anonymously, of course.
DOWNLOAD: Big Digits and DJ Mark E. Moon, "Music is Magic (Live)"
OTD leaked the studio version of this track last year, but if you’re relying on studio recordings to form your impressions of Boston party-rap saviors Big Digits, you’re missing 99.9 percent of the fun. Over the past year they've stepped their live game up considerably by adding Mark E.