Forth is the Album 11 Years in the Making
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Forth is the Album 11 Years in the Making
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Fred Wesley played with James Brown, Ray Charles & Van Morrison
Ellis played with James Brown & Van Morrison!
Friday, August 29, 2008
With the 2008 release of the band's sensational Sacrifice EP, we are falling head over heels yet again for Angel Pier's unique brand of pop-powered indie rock acrobatics. And with good reason, this EP is one of the best releases of the year! Highly recommended!
One of the Best Sounds of 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Landon Thompson at the Middle East : June 17 : RSL photo
IN STORES NOW
Delta Spirit - Trashcan
The winners will be contacted for their mailing addresses. This contest will only be open for a limited time. The rest of you should go out and buy this record. Everyone should have it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Deathbot is the indie-americana product of singer songwriters R. Mansfeld & Joseph James, former frontmen for New York's punk rap group Turbulence & Calibrate and the California alt-country band, Big Wheels. With a revolving cast of friends from San Francisco and LA, Deathbot has crafting songs in the mix and vein of the indie, Americana, and alt-country. With a little help from their friends, Mansfield and James have been performing their music and picking up music influences along the way. Deathbot have finished the final preparations for Cold Wind Revival - their latest album and now they are giving it away for free... Yes - for free!
We've shared two pretty incredible new tracks below - you'll need to visit the band's website to check out the exceptional single "Bombs in Bloom " and the rest of this hot new record.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Recorded Nov 9, 2007
Inspirational: The Smiths
Stars + Garters is on sale now - pick it up here through CD Baby. Muy Cansado is now on the road and kicking up some dirt - check 'em out:
TONIGHT - Jerry’s Bait Shop
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Aug 27 - Silvie’s Lounge
Aug 28 - Howler’s Coyote Cafe
Aug 29 - Wilbert’s
Sep 3 - O’Briens
Sep 4 - The Delancey
New York City, New York
Sep 11 - Plough & Stars
Friday, August 22, 2008
New England's finest Blues Festival
Saturday, August 23rd
Festival Planners didn't stop there. In establishing a remarkable all-day lineup of music listening pleasure this is one music festival you don't want to miss!
Set order& times subject to change
(Acoustic Set at the Gate)
Set Time: 11 am - 12 Noon
Jason James and the Bay State Houserockers
Set Time: 12:30 pm
Set Time: 1:35 pm
The Bruce Marshall Group
Set Time: 3:00 pm
The Love Dogs
Set Time: 4:05 pm
Blues N Brews Headliners:
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters
Set Time: 5:30 pm
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters
More than 75 Beers from more than 20 Breweries
at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area
Hours: Noon to 7pm
(will 11 am pre-gate show!)
(Ronnie Earl's show is worth that alone)
ticket includes beer tasting
Also On Sale:
Food, Crafts & Vendors as Well!
(including sponsors & list of this festival's benefits)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
BACK STORY: In 2006 Travel By Sea released Shadows Rise, a heavily alt-country tinged record that put the pair on the national map. (Remarkably, Kersten and Kraft worked remotely but together on that project which I credited as the new alt-country project of the year in 2006.) People were definitely listening - and they weren't hear more than the music - there's a lot of potential here.
Travel by Sea - Complete Shakeup
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Radiohead put on one hell of a show last week @ the Comcast Center.
All Photos & Video captured 8/13/08 - Courtesy of Cole Kinsler
And as for material, I don't think a soul out there was surprised to hear a number songs from Radiohead's In Rainbows (distributed to fans for free) released in 2007. I don't think we possibly could have hoped for as much Kid A love as we did. (I am referring, of course, to 2000 album that broke so many rock-and-roll hearts and made listeners into Radiohead fans for life. The album was a big part of the amazing RH show at the Comcast Center last week (8/13/08) - a performance that offered - in my eyes - one of the band's best setlists ever.
The Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA
01. Reckoner *
02. Optimistic *
03. There There *
04. 15 Step *
05. Kid A
07. All I Need
08. The Gloaming *
09. The National Anthem *
11. Jigsaw Falling Into Place *
12. The Bends
13. Faust Arp
14. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi *
15. Everything In Its Right Place *
16. Exit Music for a Film *
17. Bodysnatchers *
18. House Of Cards *
19. I Might Be Wrong *
20. Paranoid Android
21. A Wolf At The Door *
22. How To Disappear Completely *
23. Cymbal Rush (Yorke solo at start)
24. Karma Police *
25. Idioteque *
It's probably I good idea to mention that Radiohead sported two Tibetan flags on stage. It was a silent statement but one in direct opposition to the Olympic Games being televised from China. A note to other bands and public figures: This is how you should share your politics. The flags were present for all to see, but the band didn't make the show about their feeling about the Chinese occupation there.
also from Cole Kinsler
the band takes the stage
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The new video is for Tape Your Head - the latest single from Tim's incredible When Work is Done album.
(Tim Williams video - Dovecote Records)
Tape Your Head - Tripwire Live Session
Saturday, August 16, 2008
for the first Half of 2008
From the Album: Our favorite tracks from ¿Cómo Te Llama? We love the way that the bass totally dictates "Victory at Monterey," and the way it dissolves into periods of drum and guitar only to return to the bass guitar as the primary motivator. We also love "Rocket" - a plodding monster of a song that's its own muse. What starts out like an exercise on rise and fall, we come to understand is a progression (as the title suggests) to the beyond. Pulling, rather than pushing - this track really moves you along. Check these out on the record! .... Here's the single track, "GfC"
of ¿Cómo Te Llama?
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Congratulations are definitely in order for the band, who just released the digital live album, "Animal Friends." You should check this one out. We also hear that Cassavettes guitarist and singer Mike McCullagh and his best girl, Julie, have tied the knot. Congratulations to the couple! (This is probably the best wedding gift that Mike could have asked for!)
Cassavettes - Shotgun Wedding
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I had intended to deliver this album to you Dead on Arrival.
Here's what changed... and why I'm still not fawning over it
Beck's latest album could be my least favorite of the last decade....
But I don't hate it anymore, which I did up until last weekend.
The Addition of a World-Class Producer: Expectations for this one were SUPER HIGH based on the noted addition of super producer Danger Mouse (2008 King Maker for his work on The Black Keys' sensational Attack & Release - currently ranked Record of the Year.) I think I reasonably expected to like this one as much as Guero. Boy, was I setting myself up for a fall....
I would say my thermometer is reading Average to Decent now. Very middle of the road... Disappointing for Beck and for Danger Mouse... But better than most new material released today under major hype, sadly. Most of Beck's records - top songs that lead into even better ones - a few profound moments. I listened intently, waiting for something brilliant to occur. It Never Did.
You are free to love music as you please but there is no way that the first five songs of this record can touch the stuff Beck released in the six years prior to 2005. Absolutely impossible. The comparison should never have been made.
from Modern Guilt
But you see, music is supposed to reach out to you - not the other way around. Sometimes the people need to say, "Nay" and the Emperor has No Clothes.
There, it needed to be said.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Recommended Summer Listening
MATES OF STATE
Live in Boston tonight: Mates of State at the Paradise Rock Club, doors at 7pm. As of the publication of this piece, tickets were still available!
Another Top Album in 2008: We recommend: "Re-Arrange Us" from Mates of State. This one is a successful follow up from 2006's "Bring It Back" - a personal favorite.
Mates of State - Now
Saturday, August 09, 2008
I've spent a few days this summer telling readers about how brilliant this clever Vancouver band is. (Here's my review of Ambiguoso, if you missed it... recommended.) All the High Energy without the empty rage, Parlour Steps shines.
WORLD AS LARGE
by PARLOUR STEPS
The Best of the First Half 2007
Image: Neil Young by Graham Nash
Journey Thru the Past
Heart of Gold
Don't Let It Bring You Down
A Man Needs A Maid
Love in Mind
Dance, Dance, Dance
Friday, August 08, 2008
A Favorite Band - Live in the USA
BELLE and SEBASTIAN
While their early sound was commonly filed under "twee pop", a description the band have rejected, Belle & Sebastian have much in common with influential indie bands such as The Smiths and Felt, and also take in other influences, such as northern soul and funk, as well as a sense of irony and humour, that are not usually associated with twee. Audiogalaxy classified Belle & Sebastian music as chamber pop, as they used instruments not very common in pop such as flute, cello or trumpet. (With thanks to Wikipedia.)
The current members of the band are:
- Stuart Murdoch: 1996–present (vocals, guitar and keyboards)
- Stevie Jackson: 1996–present (vocals and guitar)
- Chris Geddes: 1996–present (keyboards)
- Richard Colburn: 1996–present (drums)
- Sarah Martin: 1996–present (violin, keyboards, guitar, and vocals)
- Mick Cooke: 1998–present (trumpet and bass)
- Bobby Kildea: 2001–present (guitar and bass)
Thursday, August 07, 2008
The band (Gaz Coombes - Guitar and vocals, brother Rob Coombes on keys, Danny Goffey on drums and Mick Quinn on bass guitar and vocals) have such a strong, unabashed appreciation (fearless) of good seventies rock (the songs "Diamond Hoo Ha" and "Rebel in You" for instance) and then take that sound to new and most unexpected heights ("When I Needed You", "Ghost of a Friend" and "Butterfly.") This is a very well rounded album.
One can't help but listen to an album like Diamond Hoo Ha, and love the fact that great rock music exists even while the rest of the world is doing something else (and often not as well.)
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Just four remaining Boston shows:
Thu, Aug 7, 6 pm
Sat, Aug 9, 10:30 am
Sun, Aug 10, 12:30 pm
Sat, Aug 16, 10:30 am
To purchase tickets please call the box office at 617-369-3306 or online at www.mfa.org/film.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Saturday - Aug 2, 2008
- but didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd
The weekend had kicked off on a far-drier evening with a very special performance by Beach Boy Brian Wilson - a late addition to the Newport Folk Festival weekend.
An Early Appearance from Jim James!
Lettin' it Fly at Newport
(Elvis Presley cover)
(Velvet Underground cover)
Thanks to the Planners and Organizers of the Festival. You did a fantastic job and without all your work and careful planning, things would not have gone so well. (Now if we could only get Mother Nature on board!) Looking forward to see how they can top this one in 2009!