Well, it's nice to see that even when blessed with an excess of talent, the Rumble still finds a way to suck yak balls. Some things never change. And yet . . . and yet it could've been so different. Looking at the semis lineup last week, it seemed so promising. Or maybe the judges just got wind that if Protokoll, Eli Reed, and Age Rings had made it to the finals, they were going to perform a single 90-minute collaborative set.
Bloc PartyMarch 28 at the OrpheumPhotos: Carina Mastrocola
Before Bloc Party visited the Orpheum, FNX had them over to First Act on Boylston street for a low-key, acoustic, afternoon roll in the hay. We've got the mpfrees below. If this is the kind of thing you tend to go apeshit for, scuttle over to www.
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.
30 Seconds To Mars
"Taste of Chaos"feat. the Used, 30 Seconds to Mars, Aiden, Saosin, and Senses FailMarch 22 at Tsongas Arena, LowellPhotos by Carina Mastrocola
RUNNING THANGS: We finally got a photo of Sylvia from MassConcerts, the world's awesomest publicist-type-person.
"TASTE OF CHAOS"feat. the Used, 30 Seconds to Mars, Aiden, Saosin, and Senses FailMarch 22 at Tsongas Arena, LowellPhotos by Carina Mastrocola
Q. Whatever happened to my rock and roll?A. Eat shit, motherfuckers.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.Myspace.Preorder.
Isis, Jesu, and ZozobraMarch 17 at the Middle East, CambridgePhotos: Rev. Aaron
DOWNLOAD: Deadly Sins, "Unpaid Bills" (mp3)
Whatever sex appeal Dropkick Murphys can claim belongs to Stephanie Dougherty, the brassy, tattooed lass the band brought on to lend a woman's touch to their drunk-punk classic "The Dirty Glass." Now she's stepping out as the frontwoman of a spidery deathpunk band called the DEADLY SINS
We were going to blog today. Really. We know it's late, so here's what we meant to tell you around 12 hours ago...
1. Holly Golightly is playing the Paradise right about now with Keys to the Streets of Fear. She's doing a duo thing you can listen to over here.
2. Our knowledge of '77 UK punks the Prefects? Nil, except that our dude Nick Blakey, who is never wrong about this shit, is creaming his pants.
"Basically,we have done eveything that we had ever wanted to do as a band," says Read Yellow's Evan in a Lemming Trial post. "All we ever wanted was to make music for our friends. Fortunately for us, it went beyond just playing parties in Amherst basements. The four of us are in agreement that now is a good time to bow out."
DOWNLOAD: Brain Failure, "Coming Down to Beijing" (mp3)
Yes, BRAIN FAILURE are from Beijing, not Boston, but we’re making an exception for the Clash of mainland-Chinese punk rock, for three reasons: 1) This has been a second home for the group ever since Dropkick Murphys leader Ken Casey took them under his wing — he produced their US debut, American Dreamer, as well as their half of the new Beijing to Boston, a split EP with Big D and the Kids Table; 2) Their label, Japan’s Bad News Records, just opened an office on Newbury Street; 3) If the bark on verses two and three sounds familiar, that’s because it belongs to none other than ex-Bosstone Dicky Barrett, who comes out of retirement to complain that "This place ain’t the same, the bars are foreclosed/My friends live in the suburbs, there’s no good shows."
As speculated yesterday by MTV, the Van Halen reunion is now "on hold," according to Pollstar. MTV said yesterday that a Sammy/DLR performance for the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction is still on. But Metal Hammer quotes the Rocky Mountain News as saying that the Hall performance "may be in jeopardy."
SMOOCH SMOOCH: Lady lightning.
Bang Camaro packed about 150 people into the Middle East upstairs last night for the debut of their first officialisimo music video: a clip for their smash hit single "Push Push (Lady Lightning)" lensed by Adam Moyer of TV's American Chopper, who offered his services after catching the band's first-ever show at the Paradise last year.
OTD's President's Day Ticket Giveaway marathon continues....
Some of you may have heard about Close Calls with Brick Walls, Andrew W.K.'s import-only follow up to The Wolf. If you don't live in Japan, you probably haven't, and you'd be forgiven if you'd assumed that Andrew had fallen off the face of the earth.
In a nice little internerd loop, a thread on Hollerboard about the Hives/Timbaland track we posted yesterday turned up this clip of the Hives on Swedish TV last October . . . which may just have made the Hives our new favourite band, again. They cover seven songs in nine minutes (including one of their own), Pelle's got bleached hair, and they pull off a transition that puts them in the OTD hall of fame: the Hellacopters' "Gotta Get Some Action (Now)" into Three 6 Mafia's "Stay Fly."