Metalheads today were greeted with some crappy news: Dave Lombardo is, again, out of Slayer. Worse yet, it's Bill-Ward-being-vibed-out-of-Black-Sabbath part deux; from Lombardo's own calloused fingers comes this Facebook missive:
Statement From Dave Lombardo Regarding Slayer Australian Tour 2013
After a few weeks of show spotlights, this week’s Playlist is a bi-polar look at opposite ends of the Boston rock spectrum. Leading off is a new track from Central Massachusetts’ post-electroni-core quartet HERRA TERRA, whose “Portals” off their new Hyperborean EP is a comet-trail of synth-song. While there are record release parties set for Worcester (March 22 at Ralph's with Animal Talk, RIBS, and Coralcola) and Providence (March 30 at Fete Lounge with Lovelife, Ravi Shavi, and the Kolour Kolt) we're holding on tightly for a Boston date to be announced shortly.
How does a DJ and track producer, one of whose YouTube vidclips has over 12 million views get booked into Cambridge's Phoenix Landing, where the dance floor accommodates maybe 200 fans? Yet 12 million views it is, for Berlin, Germany's Michael Vater, who DJs as PHONIQUE. The vidclip in question is "Feel What You Want."
Today pretty much everyone woke up to a Facebook and twitter feed wishing KURT COBAIN a happy birthday. As Richard Bouchard, Boston's Indie Rock Ranger, put it, "Cobain would have turned 46 today, if Courtney Love hadn't murdered him in the face and made it look like a suicide." We're sure he's just kidding, CoCo.
:: Here's today's BOSTON ACCENTS playlist, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, back in action after the three-day weekend. As always, you can listen online via WFNX.com, every day at 5pm EST.
BAD RABBITS “Fall In Love” -- We AVA'd this one earlier today, and added it into regular rotation on WFNX. American Love is our May 14.
Last month, we posted a Q&A with Beach Fossils singer/guitarist Dustin Payseur, where he explained the songwriting process that led him to his band's sophomore album, Clash The Truth. "It’s [about] a lot of frustration from a lot of different sources," he said. "Just kind of seeing the way that a lot of the rest of the music industry treats music and it seems silly, its just a game, there's so much involved with just purely about profit that seems so silly and so completely far from the point at all.
are countless reasons that Slaine has crushed the Boston rap game
like a Budweiser can. For one, he tells the sort of bleak Boston
tales that weren't always illustrated in hip-hop – stories about
spots like Southie and Roslindale, which reek of their own unique
stench. As important, though, is that Slaine hasn't alienated the
rest of Hub hip-hop in the process – whether that means cats from
Roxbury and Dorchester, or artists from outside of the immediate city
like Termanology in Lawrence, or NBS and Lou Armstrong in Cambridge.
House music and techno's most senior DJs continue to deliver the strongest sets, as true to the music's roots in blues, funk, soul, and psychedelics as they are adventurous. Ali Shirazinia, who as DEBFIRE has mixed and produced, as boldly as anyone, for more than 20 years -- first as half of Deep Dish (with Sharam), and now solo -- dropped a set at Bijou Friday night both abstract and passionate.
Re-file this one into Awesome Everything Alert. Boston's BAD RABBITS -- and we say they're ours because it feels like they'll rightfully be everyone's very soon -- last week dropped a second single for new LP American Love, picking up right where "We Can Roll" left off. The Valentine's-Day-appropriate "Fall In Love" is another slow-burning banger ballad, another top-shelf strike of modern R&B that's primed for global recognition.
It's been a wild and woolly week since we broke the news that State Rep. Marty Walsh and Joyce Linehan -- the legendary rock publicist turned political rainmaker -- had teamed up to file HD3506, a bill to make "Roadrunner," by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, the official rock song of Massachusetts
Last week, legendary bassist PETER HOOK dropped by the WFNX studio in Boston on February 7 to discuss his new book, "Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division," a few hours before his appearance at Brookline Booksmith. Naturally, having interviewed Hooky several times in the past, our conversation quickly shifted to his ongoing feud with New Order (figured we'd get it out of the way right at the top), as well the legacy of Ian Curtis, his former bands' enduring stature in music, and Joy Division's iconic 1979 debut record, Unknown Pleasures
Editor's note: this is the first column in a new series from Chris Keene, singer/guitarist of Boston rock band Mean Creek. Follow them: @MeanCreek
In Martin Scorsese's 2005 BOB DYLAN documentary, No Direction Home Bob Neuwirth explains that in the underground folk scene of the 1960s, when someone was curious about whether an artist was worth checking out or not, they would ask, “Does he/she have something to say?” That’s how they judged an artist.
Here's the playlist of the Valentine's Day edition of BOSTON ACCENTS on WFNX, a nice mix of new and old. But we had to lead it off with the Atlantics' 1980 classic "Lonelyhearts," which includes the timess lyric: “Take a crowbar to your heart and pry it loose...” Amen.
THE ATLANTICS “Lonelyhearts”
This is the third installment of our tour diary with Waxahatchee, a/k/a Philly-based songwriter Katie Crutchfield, formerly of PS Eliot. Last week we followed Crutchfield and Don Giovanni Records co-founder Joe Steinhardt around New England for a string of shows, taking notes and photos and videos and audio recordings along the way.