HOLY PURPOSE5 years ago March 14, 2003 | Michael Bronski talked to a peace activist with the idea of sending the Pope to Iraq in order to stop the impending war.“Renowned peace and anti-nuke activist Helen Caldicott thinks she has a way to stop the all-but-inevitable war with Iraq: convince Pope John Paul II to join the human shields in Baghdad.
Culled from the dusty, yellowing Phoenix archives for your viewing pleasure, we proudly present...
FRIENDS FOREVER?5 years agoJanuary 17, 2003 | During an exclusive interview, Tom Menino got candid with the Phoenix’s Seth Gitell.“One reason Menino is so relentless, so obsessed with detail, is that he doesn’t have anywhere to go.
DJ Lonewolf aka Kevin Driscoll invited us to document the making of the MIT comparitive media studies dept's attempt to create the most-populated video of folks doing the Soulja Boy dance on the internet. Read Caitlin Curran's account, watch the making-of video above, and check out some of the results.
Start putting out heartland-ish rock and you're bound to attract an audience partially made up of drunken brodudes. That’s the lesson to take from former D Generation frontman-turned-roots-rocker Jesse Malin’s show last night at TT’s, during which it was hard to tell if the group in the center of the room yelling out over a few of the singer's acoustic numbers and his occasionally verbose song introductions were disciples or haters.
If you haven't heard of Berklee undergrads The Young Republic, I highly recommend that you check them out. They are one of my favorite Boston bands. Only three or so years into their career, they've amassed an armful of releases, most of which are excellent. So I only say what I'm about to say out of love.?xml:namespace>?xml:namespace>
I wasn’t going to mention this. But I’m an on/off again viewer of the show and a fan of the band and well it’s not everyday one of your favorite local groups gets the opportunity to have one of their songs on the silver screen. Chop Chop was doing some shows back in September of last year in LA and “I unwittingly invited one of the producers,” explained frontwoman Catherine Cavanaugh briefly via an email.
There’s nothing wrong with a little theft — when it’s done right, that is. The incomparable Jonathan Lethem, in his recent essay for Harper’s, taught me that. Unlike the second performer last night at TT’s, local acoustic guy Brendan Little, who brought to mind about ten different blasé singer-songwriters when he sang “You ain't living till you died/Once or twice” from the track entitled “Boring,” Mean Creak (also of Boston) borrowed from all the best places during their set.
Painstaking studio experimentalists the Ataris are not. So when it takes them four years to put out a new release, you know something’s up. Some of the shit the band have gone and done since So Long Astoria: 1. walked out on Colombia 2. delayed the release of an album 3. grew their lineup to seven members 4. created their own label.?xml:namespace>
Normally, I'm not much of a third wave ska fan. I find the entire Moon Ska catalogue sleep-inducing (that being said, neither am I one of these I'm-ashamed-to-admit-I-ever-listened-to-ska-in-high-school-music-fans.) But Westbound Train are an entirely different animal. A typical record of theirs boasts knowledge of more influences than your average Boston Phoenix record review.
Jesus Christ: Gary Cherone, dude.
That's what we like about you guys: when we suggest a write-in campaign to get Gary Cherone added to the Van Halen roster for the purposes of Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction, you guys respond. And, when you respond, the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame responds back. Adding insult to injury, the response from the Hall president was: "Gary who?"
How To Play Gay-tar: CLOUDS show off their manly fingerings.
Zozobra's Caleb Scofield: silent but deadly.
Is Cave-In dead? Well . . . maybe. More after the jump, including exclusive new mp3s from guitarist Adam McGrath's new band Clouds and bassist Caleb Scofield's new band Zozobra.
This week Jeff Breeze -- you know him from WMBR's legendary local-music show Pipeline! -- surveys guitarists Brodsky and McGrath, and while neither will say "it's over," they're certainly not making any noises about getting back together anytime soon.