Friday, October 29, 2010
Frightened Rabbit will be supported by Plants and Animals and The Phantom Band from Glasgow.
Check out this interview fellow Boston area blog, Fighting Tinnitus did with Frightened Rabbit front man Scott Hutchinson.
The Winter of Mixed Drinks Review
Band photo courtesy of Dave Gourley
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Steve Mason US tour dates:
December 15 – M Room – Philadelphia, PA
December 16 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
December 17 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
December 18 – Great Scott – Cambridge, MA
December 19 – Il Motore – Montreal, QC
December 20 – Wrongbar – Toronto, ON
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Brooklyn's garage pop stalwarts, Crystal Stilts are back to offer their new 7" single Shake The Shackles b/w Magnetic Moon via Slumberland Records. The new single serves as a preview to the bands next album due early next year and it also marks the bands first release since the departure of drummer Frankie Rose. We've been huge fans of the Stilts ever since hearing the bands 2008 debut Alight of Night, so we are eagerly anticipating the bands 2nd full length and based on the strength of these two tracks there's plenty to look forward to. The single is available now through digital retailers and on limited edition white vinyl at Slumberland.
Crystal Stilts - Shake The Shackles
Crystal Stilts - Magnetic Moon
Order the Shake The Shackles 7"
Philadelphia dream poppers A Sunny Day in Glasgow recently announced that they will give away digital copies of their new album Autumn, Again through their web site at the cost of your e-mail address. The band has also pressed 500 vinyl copies of the album that can be ordered at their site. While writing for ASDIG's 2009 release Ashes Grammar, chief songwriter and lone original member Ben Daniel found himself with a ton of left over tracks. Some of those songs found their way onto the Nightime Rainbows EP released back in June, and several of those tracks appear on Autumn Again. The album also feature one the best song titles in recent memory, This Assclown Eats Ambien or Nobody Likes You (No Art).
Autumn, Again Free Download/Order The Limited Edition Vinyl
A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Drink, Drank, Drunk
A Sunny Day In Glasgow play Great Scott tomorrow night with Candy Claws.
Friday, October 22, 2010
One disadvantage of living in the sprawling metropolis that is Plymouth, MA is that it's too damn far from Boston. So last Friday night when team AGP headed into the Wang we had plenty of time to discuss the prospect of not only catching Belle and Sebastian again, but also Dean Wareham performing the music of the seminal Galaxie 500 had us pretty excited as well. So it is with great disappointment that we report due to some poor planning on our part and a some major traffic delays on Route 95, we only saw about 45 seconds of Mr. Wareham set. Not the best way to start the night or a review for that matter, but I believe in full disclosure of such things.
With the release of a new Belle and Sebastian album,Write About Love just three days prior to the Scottish septet's arrival in Boston you would think it would be a safe bet to assume that the evening would rely heavily on the new album, right? Wrong. The band did highlight some of Write About Love's best tracks, but wisely went to their extensive and impressive back catalog for the bulk of the set. As much as I have been bowled over by the bands excellent new LP this cherry picked set list was a real winner. As soon as the band hit the stage the theatre erupted, in fact the guy next to me went into what I first thought was some kind of a seizure but thankfully he was just thrilled to be there, as was I.
The band got things started with I Fought In A War with just Stuart gently strumming an acoustic guitar, before being joined by the rest of the band. On I Didn't See it Coming a few lucky fans were invited on stage to dance with Stuart and dance they did. I guess this has been a regular part of the show during the bands current U.S. tour. At the end of the song Stuart awarded his volunteers with a B&S medallion. A far as front men go, Stuart Murdoch is damn fine one. On several points throughout the night he went into the crowd and ran throughout the venue never missing a lyric and delighting Belle and Sebastian die hards all night,myself included. One of the standout moments of the set came early on when guitarist Stevie Jackson stepped to the mic for I'm Not Living in The Real World amidst a full on audience participation sing along. Normally I don't go for the whole venue signing along with the artists I am paying to see thing, but for some reason this felt right, almost communal.
In the four Boston shows I have seen Belle and Sebastian play over the past 10 years this was by far the most impressive. Due in part to a superb song selection, however the lion share of the credit goes to B&S' superb playing and their consummate front man. Not to mentions the bands endless supply of pop hits.
I Fought In The War
Dirty Dream Number Two
Piazza, New York Catcher
I'm Not Living In The Real World
If You're Feeling Sinister
I want The World To Stop
Sukie in The Graveyard
We Rule The School
(I Believe In) Travellin' Light
Funny Little Frog
I Didn't See it Coming
The Boy With The Arab Strap
I'm A Cockoo
The State I'm In
Sleep The Clock Around
If You Find Yourself Caught In Love
Live photo courtesy of Nicole Getchell Hamill
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Be sure to check out this video of the Hallelujah The Hills performing a brand spanking new track,Some Of Them We Lost at The Bug Jar in Rochester, NY last weekend. The new track is slated to be included as the A side of forthcoming limited edition 7". You can also check in on the band working on that same track at The Soul Shop in Medford right here.
Hallelujah The Hills play Great Scott on October 30th with Magic Magic and Boy Without God.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Belle and Sebastian play Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Center tomorrow night with support from Dean Wareham as he plays the music of Galxie 500. A night not to be missed. Expect our full coverage in the coming days.
Update: Congratulations to Peyton Miller from Cambridge. The B&S vinyl is being shipped out today!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
On October 25th Howe Gelb will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Giant Sand's debut LP, Valley of Rain with a flurry of activity. On November 23rd Fire Records will issue a brand new Giant Sand album, Blurry Blue Mountain which follows 2008's critically lauded ProVisions with 14 new compositions. The new tracks were recorded in Denmark as well Gelb's hometown of Tucson, AZ. A Howe Gelb/Giant Sand should be treated as a major event in American independent music, at least that's how we're treating it!
Gelb recently offered some insight on the new album at his official site, howegelb.com.
"These recordings were done in the space between the waking world and the sleeping one. there exists a point there with a broad landscape that has seldom been loitered in. as with every previous album, none of this was planned. every record has its own atmosphere. for me they are always a new place to live in and spend some time before moving on. On this album, it happened that every session we were able to record came between work loads that rendered us at that point of sleeping and waking. like the poppy fields in wizard of oz, we went in and out of consciousness at various times during recording. This is not a bad thing. nor does it make the record sound like we’re asleep. it has the momentum of that place between sleep and being awake. and in that narrow slip of existence lies a landscape of reason that most of us hurry past in daily lives. this record is planted firmly there."
Howe recently paid a visit to Fire Records HQ, in London to perform Chunk of Coal off the soon to be released Blurry Blue Mountain.
Howe Gelb - Chunk of Coal (Live @ Fire Records)
In addition to the new album Gelb has begun a massive reissue project via Fire Records that will consist of 30 releases. Albums by Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, The Band of Blacky Ranchette, and Arizona Amp will be remastered and reissued over the next year. See the release schedule below:
GIANT SAND - Valley Of Rain (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Blurry Blue Mountain & Valley Of Rain (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Blurry Blue Mountain
GIANT SAND - Ballad Of A Thin Man (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Storm (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Love Songs (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Long Stem Rant (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Swerve (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Ramp (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Center Of The Universe (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Purge & Slouch (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Backyard BBQ Broadcast (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Goods & Services (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Glum (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Chore Of Enchantment (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Cover Magazine (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Black Out (25th Anniversary Edition)
HOWE GELB - Confluence
HOWE GELB - ....Some Piano
HOWE GELB - Hisser
HOWE GELB - Dreaded Brown Recluse
HOWE GELB - Sno Angel Wingin It
The Band Of Blacky Ranchette - The Band Of Blacky Ranchette
The Band Of Blacky Ranchette - Sage Advice
The Band Of Blacky Ranchetter- Heartland
The Band Of Blacky Ranchette- Still Looking Good To Me
GIANT SAND - Its All Over The Map (25th Anniversary Edition)
HOWE GELB - Sno Angel Like You
Monday, October 11, 2010
Cardiff's rising pop experimentalists, Islet have released their new mini album, Whimmy via Turnstile Music . Whimmy is the bands 2nd mini album this year and the follow up to Celebrate This Place released a mere four months ago. Whimmy is available on 12" vinyl as well as digital formats. Although we searched iTunes and came up empty, however we are hopeful that will change soon. A little noise was made over the summer that the band had no on-line presence, however the band has since launched a site, isletislet.com where they have offered up one of the new albums best track for free download, behold the awesome, Ringerz!
[MP3/Stream] Islet - Ringerz
Order Wimmy from Rough Trade Shops
Fresh off melting faces in Vegas and leading GBV circa 96' on a reunion tour thoughout the U.S. Robert Pollard has delivered a video for Freedom Rings off his current bands (one of many) Boston Spaceships' Our Cubehouse Still Rocks LP.This ace clip was directed by William Landers. If you still haven't gotten around to listening to the latest offering from Uncle Bob, we recommend you do so, immediately.
Ever since hearing North Hamptons NYC UFO's on WMBR's Pipeline program a couple of weeks ago we've been completely obsessed with these guys. Admitedly we don't know a ton about them, but we're willing to learn! The Western, MA four piece specialiizes in fuzzed drenched guitar pop, which of course, is right in our wheel house. NYC UFO's have posted their debut album, Newer Stations at their Band Camp page for free download, almost criminal. Go get it.
Newer Stations Free Download
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Matador @ 21 was a huge success and a celebration of one of, if not the most important labels in American indie rock. Ever since Chris Lombardi started Matador in 1989, and then was joined a year later by Gerald Cosloy the two men and their label have been responsible for releasing some seriously great records, not to mention some of our all time favorites. Hey Matador let us know when we can do this again.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Echos Myron with F'd Up's Damian Abraham
Pavement- A bit disappointing. What has been so great about the reunion shows, an earnest interest by SM, was clearly missing. On the plus side, the younger set was able to see what Pavement shows could be like (shambling, antagonistic) the first time around. I am running out of time (the boys want to go out) so, more on Pavement later, but as Gamester said last night, it felt we were watching the band break up all over again right in front of our eyes. SM was clearing playing out the sting, his last obligation in the year long reunion. More on what has to be the last Pavement show ever later.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Tower to the sky! While I had originally intended to check in with you, Dear Reader, from the sleek, post-modern confines of Delta’s Terminal @ Logan Airport, Boston, I am writing from an Atlanta-bound , (and likely ancient) Boeing 747 high above the Eastern Seaboard. It seems that Mother Nature is not a fan of Guitar Wolf.
Arriving at the airport to find my flight 2+ hours delayed due to what, in my experience could be best described as a “balmy wind”, I have called the option, Amazing Race –style, traveling to Atlanta, where I will connect on one of two options to Las Vegas. As of right now (!), worst-case gets me on the ground in LV at 5:30, a full hour-and-a-half before the aforementioned Guitar Wolf kick off the ‘mother I’ll be referring to as from here-on-out as “M@21 “, at 7:00PM Elvis-time.
You’ll also notice that I have decided to adopt the “@” symbol used by the Matador folks to market this extravaganza. As in: “while @the baccarat table, My traveling companions, Jum managed to draw the ire of the pit boss” and “Gamester passed- out @ "9:30 PM". Let me know if that gets annoying.
OK, enough with the travel log. Boring, I know. The original purpose of this pre-show post was to get the “housekeeping” matters out of the way, like who I am, why I’m going to M@21, and what’s my favorite flavor of apple. To which, I say, not a fan of MGMT, why not?, and Royal Gala.
What are my goals, you ask?
1.Keeping my wife from getting mad at me. (This includes the following sub-goals- not hurting myself, not getting arrested, not losing the house, not doing something that would get me fired from my real job, and not doing something that would end up in me being barred from my local youth soccer league.
2) Rocking. A lot.
Having seen the Pavement reunion already this fall, when SM and the lads* performed in the cozy confines of BU's Agganis Arena, I can attest to what some of you may have read in the music press, that the Pavement 2010 crowd is predominately men, and split between early-40-something, professional, cycling enthusiasts -putting up a last fight against the ever-encroaching phenomenon of “dad-rock”, and young Williamsburg-residing hipsters who missed the band in its nineties heyday, and are generally annoying spoiled little brats. As you may have already surmised, please put your loyal M@21 correspondent firmly in the former category. (Though judging by the last Wilco album, I’m not sure I’ll EVER fully embrace dad-rock.)
I think my colleagues (!) in the music press will agree with me when I say that the Pavement reunion exceeded all expectations. Having seen the band several times during their initial run, including back-to-back nights on the Wowee Zowee tour, I can attest that the songs sound great. While the band’s detached-cool style could be called more “fun” to see live, shows often veered from “disinterested” into “sloppy”.
Please don’t get me wrong. I consider Pavement my favorite band. Ever. They are at the top of my “top 5”, along with Beatles, Guided By Voices, The Rolling Stones, and the Clash. (Though I like to extend the list to 6 to allow for the inclusion of Radiohead.) While Pavement has been mostly sticking to the “hits”, (here’s hoping they delve deeper into their catalog playing for their most ardent devotees in Vegas) the hits have never sounded better.
So, as SM reportedly has a 2011 Jicks record (with guests by Beck?) and tour lined up, your correspondent is seriously looking forward to what could be the band’s last show for a long time, maybe (gasp!) ..ever.
So, as I still want to prep for tonight by watching “Slow Century”* and my laptop is reporting 62% battery life remaining, I leave you with some thoughts on the rest of the bands playing the first night of M@21:
Guided by Voices- Having seen Pavement a couple weeks ago, this is the show to which I am most looking forward. Though that 6am departure out of McCarran Airport will be a challenge after GBV’s weekend ending set “scheduled” to end at 1am.
F’ed Up- (I’m a dad don’t forget) ..just got into these guys, knowing they were playing M@21. An update on the hardcore punk I grew up on. I expect them to be, in a word, powerful.
Chavez- Never seen them, but LOVE the “ride the fader” record.. I always try to turn my more mainstream music fan friends into them.. they should have been much bigger than they were/are.
Sonic Youth- Never seen them. Only familiar with their top 5-10 songs, (so, here’s hoping the play them!) but one of those influential “respect” bands that you have to like.. looking forward to their set.
Guitar Wolf- would like to check out, but will probably “prepping” with a couple of pre-show watery domestics in the room at the Palms with Jum and Gamester.
Bands that might be playing tonight, but as I’m too cheap to buy the in-flight wi-fi, and forbidden by federal law to power-up my Blackberry, I’m not sure.
Cold Cave- Don’t know them. Supposedly, sort- of Depeche Mode-y (never my cup of tea), but will try to stay up (there playing late/early) and let you know.
Esben and the Witch - From Brighton , England.. which is a pretty cool place- I had lunch there once..I’ll let you know what their like, but they're supposed to be sorta “moody”, which may not be compelling at 3AM on Saturday morning to a dude that’s been up since 5AM Friday.
I am also intrigued by what’s being billed as "F'd Up vs.Ted Leo and The Pharmacists” at 1:30 in a smaller room at the Palms. Leo is not playing a full set in the main room until Sunday night, so it’s cool that he’ll be hanging at the Palms all weekend with the rest of us. This is supposed to be some alternating “band-off”, based in hardcore, (where Leo got his start and still periodically returns with sometimes mixed results) so I’ll try to keep the boys up for this.
Friday nights report is forthcoming. Thanks….
*-someone please notify me if there is some kind of journalistic limit on the use of quotes.
In addition to our coverage you can watch most of the performances live as they happen at MySpaceMusic The audio/video stream starts tonight at 8:30 when Chavez take the stage and will feature nearly every performance of the weekend. These streams will also be available the following morning, just in case you have a life and you don't feel like staying up late watching your computer. You should also check in with Bradley's Almanac, for reports from Vegas as well.
GBV rehearsal photo courtesy of Rich Turiel