Someone still cares about this, right? I mean, the last time I saw the BOUNCING SOULS I was like 15, it was 1996 at ABC No Rio in New York City and I was both breaking edge and thinking Choking Victim were the best band since Operation Ivy. In other words, it was a long fucking time ago (MTV was still on the air! What a battlecry!).
DESIGNER DRUGS @ Middle East
NYC duo Designer Drugs have long ruled the remix circuit, crushing dance floors with reboots of everyone from Little Boots to Mariah Carey. Now the electro-dustrial production team darken the clubs to their own lethal beat: Hardcore/Softcore is a relentless Ultra Records debut featuring brash post-banger electronix and guest drops by Annie and Cerebral Vortex.
Quick tip of the hat to THE NOISE MAGAZINE, which tonight at the Middle East celebrates three decades of covering rock around Boston (and a few years, in the early- to mid-2000s, of facilitating its stagnation and division by allowing unregistered "guests" to post freely on its vitriolic and hate-filled message board; so it goes).
BILLY RUANE came home last night.
The relentless local music adventurer, who passed away unexpectedly in October, had been lauded in both song and spirit. From Lady Lamb the Beekeeper’s moving onstage sentiments as word spread the night of Ruane’s demise, to the overflow crowd at his wake and the subsequent gathering at ZuZu, and finally as his ashes wafted out over the sold-out downstairs of the Middle East at the conclusion of his memorial party in November, his path led inevitably back to Central Square.
It was just another NECRO show at the Middle East last Friday night with the self-proclaimed king of death rap performing for his usual crowd of degenerate drunken assholes and tatted-up groupies all too eager to flash their tits.
Everything was going swimmingly -- the mosh pit was fired up after Rite Hook’s raucous set, groupies were begging to lick Necro’s balls, and there was plenty of displaced aggression to go around when some obviously inebriated and possibly deranged kid managed to catch the death rapper’s attention.
Hey look, it's the first Phlipcam video of 2k11! After a brief hiatus we're back in action with footage from Saturday's MISTLE THRUSH reunion at the Middle East downstairs, a part of the 2nd annual Soozapalooza. It's been nearly eight years since the last Thrush show, as noted in this week's Cellars By Starlight column, but the late-90s alternative rock band showed few ill effects from the extended layoff.
Here are a few things I learned last night at the Middle East, the Central Square site of two pretty fan-fucking-tastic electronic music shows: Canadian synthpop pixie Lights (in the downstairs) and Los Angeles tribal folk-pop project Glasser (on the up and up).
- If you want to feel old, hit up a Lights show.
UPDATE: The Mistle Thrush reunion is a part of the 2nd annual Soozapalooza, and advance tickets are abailable here. Also, keep it locked to the Facebook event page for full lineups and more info!
Boston’s ‘90s buzz-band reunion fever will carry over into 2011.
According to Todd Demma out on the west coast, Bedazzled Records’ dream-pop indie-goth darlings Mistle Thrush will reconvene for their first show in eight years on Jan.
The lineup for the Nov. 17 Billy Ruane Memorial Birthday Bash at the Middle East has been revealed, via mideastclub.com and the event's Facebook page (with both warning us that more acts will be announced leading up to the show). Performing next Wednesday are (in no particular order):
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (photo above by Glenn French)
The Middle East restaurant and nightclub today confirmed Shred as its new downstairs talent buyer, capping off a turbulent week at the Cambridge venue after previous booking agent Kieran Fallon resigned after three months on the job.
Shred, a former ‘BCN DJ who currently books shows around the area under his Team Shred Productions banner, downplayed his new role.
Mark your calendars -- the Phoenix will be well-represented at the next Rock Shop session, an informative monthly series from the Middle East and Pirate Promotion that drops knowledge on everything from how to own SXSW to getting your band on the radio. The next panel discussion is Monday, Sept. 13, as “Meet The Press” rounds up a fine group of surly writer- and editor- types who have no doubt been clamoring to share publicity secrets to all the 508 area code bands planning to attend.
One Night Band returned to the Middle East in Cambridge for some well-crafted sloppy seconds over the weekend, and we can't remember a local music event this big being so damn positive and uplifting. The brainchild of the essential Boston Band Crush music blog, One Night Band rounds up 40 local musicians, randomly assigns them into eight groups of five and gives them an afternoon to write three news songs and perform one cover, all presented later that night in front of.