Pavement announced their reunion about a year ago and revealed this Boston date about six months ago. In the time between those announcements, it seemed like people went from being super-jazzed about the prospect of Pavement playing live shows again to seeming a little lukewarm on the whole thing.
I had forgotten about this.
About a year ago, I caught the Walkmen at the Middle East and sneaked some video of them playing a then-untitled new song (possibly for the first time ever - Hamilton Leithauser wasn't clear). I didn't really think about it too much afterwards.
Cut to this week. The Walkmen have now released Lisbon to much acclaim (including from us).
We haven't heard from our undercover operative at ATP NY yet, although from the Globe's blog post, we see that he accomplished our pre-arranged mission to sabotage Sound Effects' efforts to see Mudhoney and the Scientists -- WHOOPSIE. You already saw the Stooges, but click here to read our old pal Brodeur passing up the opportunity to say "Fuck Buttons" in a family newspaper.
It's true: at a recent show in Oakland, Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold (lead singer of Fleet Foxes) continued the time-honored tradition of indie rockers covering mainstream pop hits by trotting out a rendition of that old Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow chestnut, "Picture." They, uh, sound pretty good, actually.
Monday’s crowd at the Middle East learned that the rights to judo chops and karate kicks are reserved only to those on stage. For Yoni Wolf, the curly-mohawked poet of a front man for WHY?, his moves galvanized the crowd. For the shirtless fan who tried to incite a kung fu mosh pit, he could only galvanize the bouncer.
Big night in Central Square last evening. Let's go straight to the video.
MOUNTAIN MAN, a trio of three young women who met at Bennington and were recently named our pick for best new band from Vermont, were up first. Mountain Man have two different modes: when they're accompanied by guitar, they're tapped into a vein of spooky Americana that can be haunting, beautiful, and transfixing.
SILVERSUN PICKUPS headlined the big outdoor stage at the WFNX CLAMBAKE this past weekend, and were quite clearly up to the task. Below, we have a bunch more video, plus photos and audio of WFNX's interview with the band.
VIDEO: Silversun Pickups, "Panic Switch"
METRIC headlined the indoor portion of the WFNX CLAMBAKE, meaning they didn't go on until somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 am. But as the videos show, nobody seemed to mind too much. More video, photos, and audio below.
VIDEO: Metric, "Help, I'm Alive"
GOGOL BORDELLO performed acoustic at the first annual WFNX CLAMBAKE this past Sunday, much like their previous performance for WFNX at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown. We have photos, audio, and more video below.
VIDEO: Gogol Bordello, "Avenue B"
The first annual WFNX CLAMBAKE went off this past Sunday, which meant MATT AND KIM were doing their thing on the big outdoor stage on Lansdowne Street. Check out photos and the audio of WFNX's conversation with them below.
PHOTOS: More from Kelsey Marie Bell, Derek Kouyoumjian, and Melissa Ostrow.
For a while, Beck's "Record Club" project - in which he recruits various musicians like Charlotte Gainsbourg, MGMT, Wilco, Feist, Jamie Liddell, and Devendra Banhart to spend a day in a studio and record a cover version of a full album - was more intriguing in theory than in practice. The first two album choices - Velvet Underground and Nico and Songs of Leonard Cohen - were good, but a little safe, and the third choice, Skip Spence's Oar, was just okay.
THE STROKES went on hiatus four years ago after First Impressions of Earth and each member did his own thing for a while. But now they're back: they'll be playing festivals like Lollapalooza and the Isle of Wight, and they are currently recording a new studio album scheduled to be released in September. Julian Casablancas has been pretty upfront in interviews about the fact that the band are only really doing this for some cash (which hardly makes them unique among recent reunions - Frank Black and Stephen Malkmus both said similar things about their bands' respective reunions).
Today is the day we announce the winners of our annual BEST MUSIC POLL, and if you've seen a copy of this week's paper or checked the site you already know that the big winners in Boston were indie/Americana quartet MEAN CREEK. Great call by you voters. P. Nick Curran (who wrote that big feature on them) also got them into his living room for an intimate performance, which we will have more video of later.