Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tonight at The Dice

Tonight the inaugural tour of Robert Pollard's new project Boston Spaceships hits The Paradise with support from Boston's own and recently reformed Big Dipper. We are giddy with excitement to put it mildly. Doors are at 7:00.

Boston Spaceships - Andy Playboy from the excellent Brown Submarine album recorded on 9/26/08 at The Grog Shop in Cleavland, OH.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Archers of Loaf
White Trash Heroes

It doesn't happen often but every now and then I put the new releases aside and go back into the music collection and find something that's been collecting dust for a few years. This exercise can sometimes prove risky as some albums don't always age as well I expect them to. However in the case of White Trash Heroes the swan song from Archers of Loaf I find the opposite to be true. Can it be that this record is better than I remember it? Normally when I have the urge for some Archers I usually go with Icky Metal or my personal favorite Vee Vee but White Trash Heroes deserves some love too.
By the time this album was released the band had shed some of the chaos of there early records in favor of a more complex and refined sound. Released on Alias in 1998 this album found the N.C. darlings going out at the top of there game. It also gave a hint of what we could expect next from Eric Bachman and his post Archers of Loaf career.

For fans of Archers of Loaf, Barry Black, and Crooked Fingers.

Archers of Loaf resources
Alias Records
Archers of Loaf MySpace page

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sigur Ros and The Good Ole +1

I just got the news that I'll be attending tomorrow night's Sigur Ros show at The Bank of America Pavillion. A big thanks to my pal March for the plus 1 geneorosity.

I know a lot of people were unable to access the The Museum of Modern Art performance when it first aired back in August on Current TV, so I figured it would be the perfect time to share. Excuse the pre-show hyping.

Sigur Ros @ MOMA

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Brown Submarine Day
An AGP Recommendation
If you've spent anytime visiting this site since it was created you already know of our appreciation of the music of Robert Pollard. If this is your first visit welcome and consider yourself warned. Today is the day Robert Pollard fans have been waiting for all summer. Brown Submarine the debut release from Pollard's new band Boston Spaceships hit stores today and I for one can say that it's living up to all my expectations. Pollard, Moen, and Slusarenko have turned in a superb and fun batch of pop, punk, and prog that is sure to be on many year end list, including ours. I'll resist the temptation to launch into a full on review at this point and just leave at this. We love Brown Submarine.

Brown Submarine
is out now on Guided By Voices, Inc
Now go get it!

Boston Spaceships play The Paradise on 9/30

Here's the winner of the Boston Spaceships Fan Video Contest. Congratulations to The Man Sherm.

Winton's Atomic Bird

Friday, September 5, 2008

Returning To The Fold
I took some time off last week to hang out with the family and to get the little speaker boys ready to return to school. I for one am ready for this summer to come to a close and a crisp new fall to begin. With every fall there seems to be an abundance of quality shows that hit our town. With the likes of Silver Jews, Sigur Ros, Mogwai, and Death Cab For Cutie all playing shows over the next several weeks this autumn is shaping up to be a fantastic one on the music front. Here's a couple more shows to fill your calendars with.

The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour

October 12th @ churchofboston
Music Tapes/Neutral Milk Hotel's Julian Kostner has described the upcoming "Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour" as something like "a big orchestra, variety show, silly happy thing." The October tour will celebrate the music of Olivia Tremor Control,Circulatory System, Music Tapes, and Elf Power.

E6 members confirmed to be in attendance, but not limited to:
Will Cullen Hart - Olivia Tremor Control and Circulatory System
Scott Spillane - The Gerbils
Laura Carter- Elf Power
Eric Harris- Olivia Tremor Control/ Circulatory System

There has been no mention nor denial of the involvement of reclusive Jeff Mangum at the time of this report. Although he does appear in the soon to be released Major Organ and The Adding Machine short film as a lobster. So let's just say it's not impossible.

The Decemberists
November 6th @ TheOrpheum
After wrapping up his solo tour in support of Colin Meloy Sings last spring Colin Meloy rejoined his band mates and hatched a can't miss plan for a fall tour. In conjunction with the just announced Bridesmaid Revisited Tour, The Decemberist have announced Always The Bridesmaid Single Series vinyl releases. The Always the Bridesmaid 12" Single Series can be pre-ordered Via decemberistsshop. One can either order the three installments in one shot and receive in a tidy package in December, or order them one by one and receive them as they are released (Vol. I on Oct. 14th, Vol. II on Nov. 4th and Vol. III on Dec. 2nd).

The Decemberist will play the Orpheum on November 6th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10AM. I have made it a point to catch this band when the opportunity arises and this my friends is another opportunity I don't plan on passing up.

The Bridesmaid Revisited Tour

11-05 New York, NY - Terminal 5
11-06 Boston, MA - The Orpheum
11-07 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
11-08 Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
11-09 Ithaca, NY - Cornell University, Barton Hall
11-11 Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
11-24 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
11-25 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
11-29 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11-30 Seattle, WA - The Moore Theatre

All dates our supported by Portland's Loch Lamond

The Decemberists - Red Right Ankle
2/27/2007 Paradisio Amsterdam