Say what you will about the 2011 BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS: Rob Zombie hasn't been nominated in several years. That's progress. We're still getting shitfaced and maybe even livestreaming the afterparty in our hotel room, but for those of you who didn't make it to the Liberty Hotel, missed our live broadcast on WFNX 101.7 FM's "Boston Accents," and also your Twitter is broke or something, here's the official winners list:
Fresh off their triple-score in our Best Music Poll (Best Boston Act, Best Male Vocalist in Chris Keene, and WFNX Boston Accents Song of the Year for "The Comedian"), MEAN CREEK released a new video and song in a week where their naked bodies grace the cover of the Boston Phoenix. A towering, reflective, last-call-at-the-bar rock anthem that continues the band's ascent into New England superstar territory, brand new track "The Land Of Hopes And Dreams" is available for free download via their Bandcamp
So here's MEAN CREEK performing "The Comedian" at last night's Best Music Poll awards party at the Brighton Music Hall, roughly a half hour before it was named WFNX Boston Accents Song of the Year. Listen and love.
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.
BUFFALO TOM loves MEAN CREEK, Mean Creek loves Buffalo Tom, and we love them both even harder than their combined love for each other. Is that even possible? Who knows. But we do know that we blew our Buffalo Tom load last month when their latest record Skins hit the interwebs and brick n' mortar shops, and hell it's been 17 minutes since our last Mean Creek love letter
So hey, how'd you spend your weekend?
Apparently if you are in a band and were near Brighton, chances are you spent the day Saturday holed up at the crash pad of You Can Be A Wesley, where the uprising indie boys and girl shot a new video for their fuzzy rock jam "Old In Florida." (Full disclosure: the video was directed by Loroto, a production duo comprised of Phoenix contributors Addison A.
Bettie Serveert couldn’t get to Cambridge last week, but that’s not stopping them from taking Boston out on tour with them.
Phoenix cover sensations Mean Creek have been tapped to open three midwest dates for Matador Records' Dutch indie veterans later this week, right after wrapping up a short run with Dead Confederate that hit the Middle East last night and concludes tonight at Jerky’s in Providence.
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.
Americana rockers CASSAVETTES, who differentiate themselves from this guy by spelling their name with two Ts, have been well-regarded in this town for some time now. They're about to drop a new album, though, that could well see them blow up in a big way - or at least, that's what this week's mp3, the short-but-catchy-as-fuck "Ordinary Girls," leads us to believe.
It's been 10 years since Mark Sandman's death, but the legacy of this
Revere-born, Cambridge-bred icon thrives. Old friends, bandmates, and
admirers unite for the Mark Sandman Memorial Concert,
a tribute to the Morphine frontman's soul, talent, and enduring
influence. Playing will be Orchestra Morphine, Elastic Waste Band (with Dana Colley of Morphine),
Treat Her Right (Sandman's pre-Morphine band), Mean Creek (see below), Faces on Film, Zili Misik, and many more,
with a raffle, auction, and food sale to benefit the Mark Sandman Music