shouldn't be that cool. Not in the literal, temperature-wise sense of
course. It was actually quite humid last night -- with the Middle East's ceiling either leaking or sweating. Rather, I'm talking cool in the sense that
Ishmael Butler wore linen shorts and rapped in a non-associative flow,
resembling what most rappers would sound like if they actually ingested
as much lean as they typically boast on.
I have a sick obsession with Habits & Contradictions.
Typically my order of events when reviewing a new disc goes something
like this: give it a near ad nauseum amount of spins; write the review;
toss it aside, to be revisited in a couple months, or maybe never. But that
wasn't the case with this sophmore offering from SCHOOLBOY Q
in indie music is a motherfucker, probably more so than any other realm of
music. All it really takes in pop music is one hit, then you can slide off
comfortably, unto giant piles of cash. Hip-hop is different because
recognition is a damn near impossible task in it's own right. Nowadays, a
record contract is a pipe dream unless you're willing to compromise
your integrity via swag and a snap-back.
internet is a cold and faceless place where actions rarely have
consequences. For example, if Youtube user shermrock18 wants to leave a
comment to the effect of "yo who in the fuck like this bullshit ass
rapper ya'll must be on crack" on LIL B's video for "(INFAMOUS) Princess BASED FREESTYLE PT.2," he or she can.
Been a while since we posted an Awesome Video Alert, but this new clip from metal dudes BRING THE KNIFE easily makes the cut because it's a bunch of familiar Boston faces lip-syncing two otherwise brilliant words that get all next-level when said together: "Werewolf" and "Fuckdown."
The cast also chips in to assist front man Duncan Wilder Johnson with the rest of the lyrics, but really, it's the "Werewolf Fuckdown" part that get us all warm and fuzzy inside.
Be sure to check this week's OUT column -- On a hot summer night at the Middle East, Dream Hits surf a garage-pop lullaby -- but here's some visual evidence of DREAM HITS and WAR PRESIDENTS last Thursday, July 21 in Cambridge.
From the OUT:
Following a lively opening set of Americana-infused indie rock from South Shore five-piece War Presidents, Dream Hits breezed through their show with the infectiously simple "Bummer" and the sweet melodrama of "Meat," a song that sounded so warm and familiar that even the most intoxicated coeds were bouncing and swaying in all the right places.
With contagious hooks and hauntingly sweet '60s-girl-group vocals, it’d be easy to tag local up-and-comers DREAM HITS as just another beach-pop act fighting for towel space in the sand. But in reality, the duo from Emerson College brings some much needed hi-fi grit to a typically fuzzy, sun-soaked scene.
Not everybody had the dexterity required to crawl out of the 3516 basement unscathed. But not only did HAVE NOTS survive their first show on Halloween 2006 at the fabled jubilant purgatory of punk in Jamaica Plain (where an apparently nice, mellow Christian family moved in after the landlord rebuilt the joint), they’ve since mastered the craft of state-smashin’ ska punk.
Oh sure, there was the beginning of a Rumble going on last night in Cambridge, but somewhere along the way I found the time to catch two phenomenal post-punk performances around town -- noisy San Francisco trio WEEKEND opened for Wire at the Middle East (next door to TTs Rumble'ing) and a reunited PROTOKOLL threw down in Allston, the second of a two-night stand (and shout!) at Great Scott that saw the once-promising Boston band play their first shows in four years.
Watch out -- you might get preggers just walking into the Mid East upstairs tonight, as longtime Phoenix faves VIVA VIVA are set to drop the sexy bomb on both the lovers and the haters at their very own Valentine's Day Prom. Hell, these sly cats even have a song called "Valentine," which should be played twice tonight so both parties can get off.
Can you cover Michael Jackson and get away with it? The Stone Roses' Ian Brown did a few times, Alien Ant Farm (unfortunately) built a (thankfully short-lived) career out of it, and we won't even get into Glee. This week we can add Boston's BAD RABBITS to the list, and maybe move them to the top of it with the latest video/download in their online covers series (we posted their Deftones cover of "Sextape" last month).
This Just In, a note from the Middle East: "First customer at 5pm next Tuesday gets a free Deerhoof print from Jim Mazza!"
Check it out, the fine folks at the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub in Cambridge's Mental Square have updated the operating hours of their box office, the only destination for no-fee concert tickets.
Last year, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno dropped by the Los Angeles studio where BAD RABBITS were recording their debut album with New Jack Swing über-producer Teddy Riley. The multi-genre rock band released a video of the visit and revealed themselves as huge fans of the California alt-metal veterans.
THURSDAY 01.13 | THROWED @ Middle East downstairs
Is Throwed Boston’s biggest dance party? Several hundred screaming-mad, scantily clad, college-aged electro kids can’t be wrong, right? Despite Facebook groups like “Enough with the Throwed Pictures,” E-Marce’s party was promoted from Tuesdays to Thursdays.