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Monday, November 30, 2009

The Will Dailey Interview

Ryan's Smashing Life presents

the Will Dailey closeup

the songwriter is up for 3 Boston Music Awards this week

Liz Linder photo

We are at the end of an incredible year of work for Boston's Will Dailey. Dailey has played before live audiences across the country and has reached thousands more through television (both through live appearances and through his songs appearing in the soundtracks of shows!) Things have been going well and now Mr. Dailey stands to take home three Boston Music Awards this week (the BMAs will be held this Wednesday night, Dec 2nd at The Liberty Hotel in Boston.) [list of nominees / vote]

There are none, perhaps, more deserving than Dailey and backing band The Rivals, who stand to take home the awards' two big prizes: Album of the Year (for the gorgeous "Torrent") and Artist of the Year.


RYAN SPAULDING of RSL - Thanks for doing this, Will. I want to extend our congratulations on your third album, Torrent - it's a beautiful record, and one I've been enjoying for many weeks now. How did you approach the material this time around? Was there a concept in your mind going in?

WILL DAILEY - Torrent was an experiment in the recording process. I started eager to record the new material that I had but I was extremely reticent to enter the grind of the album cycle. You work on the album and then you can end up promoting it for up to 2-3 years. I wanted Torrent to follow my own creative process and to be able to get into the studio more often. I also wanted keep the conversation open with fans. I didn’t want a year to pass where I’m not in the studio. So we came up with a plan to make Torrent the sum of two EP’s. I recorded “Fashion of Distraction” put it out digitally. Did some touring and then recorded “By The Blue Hills” and put it down digitally. Then we released it all as Torrent.


RSL - Was this the record you had set out to make, or did Torrent somehow become something more?

DAILEY -The album is the sum of my creative process. The great surprise in doing it this way is that I think it encompasses all of the influences in my writing. It’s got the roots, the rock and the pop. I got it all in there. That is what I am most proud of with the album.

RSL - Can you take a song from Torrent and tell us how it came to be?

DAILEY - (thinking).... I was actually at a party, fresh off the road and quite out of it. I went down stairs to get away and found a piano and sat down. I had been playing the opening chords to “Peace of Mind” on the guitar and singing the opening line for about a year and a half. I guess I was just waiting. In five minutes at the piano that night I was singing the chorus out of nowhere. When I got home I put it together with the opening chords that I had been sitting on for so long. Patience paid off for the structure and melodic vibe of that tune.

It ended up being a lament. I always remember learning about the Vietnam war in High School and thinking, “well, I am glad my country got that out of the way before I was born.” The country was sure to be on the up and up after such errors in our leadership. Of course that is not they way it works.




DAILEY - For a lot of people the last 8 years has been heart breaking more than anything. That is what “Peace of Mind” represents to me. No matter where you fall in the opinion spectrum, it is hard to deny that it has been brutal on our collective conscience to be at war for so long. Hope can only be repackaged and sold so many times. I needed to recognize and admit my own disappointment so I wouldn’t loose my mind. So ya, it is hard to find peace of mind.

RSL - What was it like putting the songs down for Torrent? What was that time period like for you and the band?

DAILEY - We are always very efficient in the studio. It cost a lot of money so do what we can to make the most out of our time. There were also all these guests on Torrent (Roger McGuinn, Kay Hanley, Tonya Donnelly, Tim Brennen, Sean Staples, Duke Levine, Elliot Easton) - so there was a ton of scheduling. Someday maybe I’ll make a record that takes its time but right now I like being efficient. I enjoy making the real time acute decisions. That isn’t to say that we don’t have a dangerous amount of fun. It is all fun. There is laughing and there is loosing your mind. I think there is more of that because of the pace. A 16-hour day can do that. A couple of the tunes I would finish up at home or, in the case of “tomorrow still comes” we tracked the guitar at Elliots house in LA.

RSL - The new album is recorded in CODE - the same recording format used by rock journeyman and producer T Bone Burnett. Why did you decide to use this format? (Is there a story there?)

DAILEY - I first met T Bone through the head of my record label (CBS Records). The first chance I got to sit down with him was like sitting with the president of music. There was a possibility at the time of have Torrent come out in the CODE format so we were talking about the importance of delivering the listener the audio with more care and quality. For years people were force fed audio and told that the CD is better than vinyl, which wasn’t true. I left that first meeting feeling repurposed. It is a true honor to have Torrent available with CODE. The listener gets the songs the way we heard them in the mastering studio. And as an artist you are perpetuating the affection you have for your own work from the first creative spark to the ear of a listener.

RSL - Were the songs from Torrent born from the recording sessions and the days leading up to them, or are these songs ones that you have been mulling for some time?

DAILEY - Aside from one old song that I brought back to life, all the songs were written over the two year period after I put out “Back Flipping Forward”. I started the Torrent recording process with about 5 finished tunes: “Peace of Mind”, “Never Be Your Baby”, “Laugh it Off”, “Down the drain” & “Allston”. The rest I finished through out the course of the year. “The Right One” I finished in the studio and I had never done that before. “Hands” and “Too Long” I tracked at home when I was done with all the others.


RSL - In what sense are your songs stories about your life? Or, are your you writing primarily about made-up situations and persons unknown?

DAILEY - I find it hard for a song not to be about the songwriter in some shape or telling thread. Some songs are immediately personal, some are friends stories, stories of places I’ve been, ideas and some songs I don’t even understand until I am done with them; then they make all the sense in the world. Every song is an indicator.


Dailey plays the Paradise in Boston on December 11th.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Landmark music video for Sliimy's Womanizer

VIRAL VIDEO!
A picture of a photograph....



A must-unusual Parisian provocateur named Sliimy
by Benjamin Guillonneau et Antonin Gudicci

Welcome to another episode of Viral Video, the much beloved result when a curious mind searches the video websites looking for the freshest, most unbelievable music and entertainment clips. Today we look at the sensational (and jaw-droppingly exact work) of filmmaker Ethan Lader who just unleashed a incredible video for French singer-songwriter Sliimy, an EU act on the rise. The Womanizer music video was shot on over 2,000 frames, features 3 separate mediums and was painstakingly edited over many hundred of hours. The results, as you might have guessed, are pretty outstanding... This is Viral Video.


says director Ethan Lader: "This project was shot on video, over 2,000 frames which ere exported and effected in photoshop. Then we printed out each frame onto paper, cut them out, and had people all over LA hold them while we shot each one with a digital camera. Then we brought all the stills back into the edit and put them together again."

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Toxicity Completely Man-Handled by 3 Ladies

New Video Found this Week!
Someone You Should Know



rock drummer Meytal Cohen

About a week ago, I wanted to look into doing a piece on Israeli rock drummer Meytal Cohen. (She's crazy good.) In doing my research, I found Cohen's myspace page which then lead me to today's spotlight video - which is hosted from Cohen's own YouTube page.

In this shot - 3 very talented women: Meytal on drums with Jennifer Lynn and Christine Wu on Electric Violin. Together they perform one of the most remarkable covers we have heard in ages. Here are three very talented women covering Toxicity by System of a Down.



No guitar or bass were harmed in this video. They just weren't used! Sorry Israel, Meytal Cohen has located to Los Angeles to pursue her promising career in music.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Devendra Banhart - What Will We Be

New Music this Week!
Someone You Should Know



Musician and Producer Devendra Banhart
Coachella photography by Lauren Dukoff

In Stores Now - What Will We Be is the new album from talented multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart. Having listened, all I can say is this is one you might just like.

One They All Can Like - For long-time Devendra fans, you will hear a slightly less experimental but an overall fuller, more self-actualized sound. For folks new to Banhart; the songs from What Will We Be are chock full of loosely strung melodies. The whole affair is rather nice. This is the first album Banhart has done with Warner, but the sixth overall of his career. (He was previously with XL.)

Here's, "Baby," the new single from What Will Be. The HD-Video is from Banhart on Jools Holland, October 16th, 2009.


HD Video / Bonus (live video)

What Will We Be


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Eddie Japan - World Premiere!

New Music this Week!
Someone You Should Know




It's just one song, we realize.... but it's so good! - Meet Eddie Japan, a yacht-rocky, 70s throwback of a rock band. This six-piece are working on a full-length album. They are the newest thing from Boston - and Boston's a scene on the way-up in 2009.


Eddie Japan - just plain dangerous
photo by JustBill

Led by David Santos (former Pax Romana), Eddie Japan is an amalgamation of different musical backgrounds and very separate sounds. It's been a big year for Chris Barrett (also in Boston's Logan 5 and the Runners and previously of Christians and Lions.) On this new project, Barrett plays keyboards and trumpet - both of which end up being key, identifying elements, of this new project. Jim Collins here. It's been an equally stunning season for Eddie Japan bassist Jim Collins (Gene Dante and the Future Starlets, and The Buckners) as we've been watching him play in one show or another pretty much all 2009. (It's helpful to mention, we were not once disappointed. George Hall (Dogzilla, Seks Bomba, The Weisstronauts) sets up on guitar 1, Bart LoPiccolo (Scatterfield, Din) rocks on guitar 2 and Jason Baldock is on the drums.The result of all this lineage is something well worth our time.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Live Photos - Brett Dennen in Boston

Photographic Evidence
by Johnny Arguedas

The House of Blues in Boston
Thursday, 11/19/09



Brett Dennens at the House of Blues Boston

"Closer to You"
w/Forro in the Dark
from the Live Session EP

IT'S LIKE YOU WERE THERE - On the road these days with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals [live photos], Brett Dennen arrived in Boston last week and played before a rapt audience at the House of Blues. We recommend that you get a taste of the live experience by checking out the Newport Folk alum's new Live Session EP available exclusively through i-tunes.


RSL Streaming Photo Album
Brett Dennen at the House of Blues 11-19-09

Brett Dennen upcoming tour dates
w/ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Nov 23 - Toronto, ON
Guvernment
Nov 24 - Detroit, MI
St. Andrews Hall
Nov 25 - Cleveland, OH
The House Of Blues
Nov 27 - Minneapolis, MN
Pantages Theatre
Nov 28 - Chicago, IL
The House Of Blues
Nov 30 - Milwaukee, WI
Turner Hall Ballroom
Dec 1 - Des Moines, IA
Peoples Court
Dec 3 - Denver, CO
Ogden Theatre
Dec 5 - Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Dec 6 - Seattle, WA
Moore Theater
Dec 7 - Vancouver, BC
Commodore Ballroom
Dec 10 - San Diego, CA
The House of Blues
Dec 11- Tempe, AZ
Marquee Theatre
Dec 12 - LA
Wiltern Theatre


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Metric on Stage - the HOB Boston

Photographic Evidence
by Sean Hafferty

The House of Blues Boston
Friday, 11/20/09



Emily Haines and Metric in Boston this week


YOU ARE THERE - Supporting their Best of 2009 release "Fantasies," Metric are winning hearts and minds on their current tour with amazing UK rockers Band of Skulls. The two acts arrived in Boston this week and played before a full room over at the House of Blues Boston on Friday. Ryan's Smashing Life takes you there...

RSL Streaming Photo Album
METRIC at the House of Blues 11-20-09


RED HOT TOUR DATES:
Metric
& Band of Skulls

Nov 23 - Baltimore, MD
Ram’s Head Live
Nov 24 - Pittsburgh, PA
Mr. Smalls Theatre
Nov 25 - Philadelphia, PA
The Electric Factory
Nov 27 - Charlotte, NC
Neighborhood Theatre
Nov 28 - Atlanta, GA
Center Stage
Nov 29 - New Orleans, LA
Republic
Nov 30 - Denver, CO
The Walnut Room
Nov 30 - Houston, TX

Warehouse Live
Dec 1 - Austin, TX
La Zona Rosa
Dec 2 - Dallas, TX
The Palladium Ballroom


METRIC
Web | Myspace

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Live Photos - Grace Potter at the HOB

Photographic Evidence
by Johnny Arguedas

The House of Blues Boston
Thursday, 11/19/09


 
"Stop the Bus"


YOUR TICKET - On the road with Brett Dennen [live photos], Grace Potter and the Nocturnals arrived in Boston this week and played an outstanding set. Check out these red hot photos!

RSL Streaming Photo Album
Grace Potter at the House of Blues 11-19-09


Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Tour with Brett Dennon


Nov 21 - Philadelphia, PA
Trocadero
Nov 23 - Toronto, ON
Guvernment
Nov 24 - Detroit, MI
St. Andrews Hall
Nov 25 - Cleveland, OH
The House Of Blues
Nov 27 - Minneapolis, MN
Pantages Theatre
Nov 28 - Chicago, IL
The House Of Blues
Nov 30 - Milwaukee, WI
Turner Hall Ballroom
Dec 1 - Des Moines, IA
Peoples Court
Dec 3 - Denver, CO
Ogden Theatre
Dec 5 - Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Dec 6 - Seattle, WA
Moore Theater
Dec 7 - Vancouver, BC
Commodore Ballroom
Dec 10 - San Diego, CA
The House of Blues
Dec 11- Tempe, AZ
Marquee Theatre
Dec 12 - LA
Wiltern Theatre


Friday, November 20, 2009

Metric and Band of Skulls

RED HOT TOUR
2 Acts You Should Know

Metric and Band of Skulls - Two of the brightest emerges on the emerging music landscape are on tour together right now. They will play back-to-back tonight [ticketing] at the House of Blues Boston.


Metric by Broadbent

It's pretty much an inevitability that a number of music fans will have Metric's Fantasies on their 2009 Best of lists. Classified as Canadians, Metric have a full-rounded experience reflected in their travels. They were formed in Toronto but have resided in Montreal, London, Los Angeles and New York.



METRIC
Web | Myspace


Band of Skulls by Meg Clark

One of the Best Live Bands We Saw This Year - The UK's Band of Skulls return to Boston tonight. Expect some utterly raunchy guitar, bass and drums. [link. RSL Live Photos - Band of Skulls in Boston Aug. 15, 2009] Do not arrive late. Do not miss this band.



Band of Skulls by Sean Hafferty


BAND OF SKULLS
Web | Myspace


Metric and Band of Skulls
2009 TOUR DATES


Nov 20 - Boston, MA
The House of Blues / tix
Nov 21 - NY
Northern Lights Clifton Park
Nov 23 - Baltimore, MD
Ram’s Head Live
Nov 24 - Pittsburgh, PA
Mr. Smalls Theatre
Nov 25 - Philadelphia, PA
The Electric Factory
Nov 27 - Charlotte, NC
Neighborhood Theatre
Nov 28 - Atlanta, GA
Center Stage
Nov 29 - New Orleans, LA
Republic
Nov 30 - Denver, CO
The Walnut Room
Nov 30 - Houston, TX

Warehouse Live
Dec 1 - Austin, TX
La Zona Rosa
Dec 2 - Dallas, TX
The Palladium Ballroom


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Brett Dennen

RED HOT TOUR
2 Acts You Should Know

When Grace Potter and Brett Dennen reach Boston to play the House of Blues Boston tonight they will likely find a throng of eager new fans. Both acts have made huge inroads with new audiences with their self-effacing, embracing live shows and solid material.



This fall has been a busy one for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, who have been splitting their time between recording sessions for their third album for Ragged Company/Hollywood Records and introducing the band’s new five-piece configuration on a string of tour dates that included five incredible performances at this year’s Bonnaroo festival. Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Norah Jones) is the band’s new bass player, while fellow Vermonter Benny Yurco, who plays in the GPN side project Blues & Lasers with lead guitarist Scott Tournet and Matt Burr, makes the Nocturnals a two-guitar band. We like what we've heard and look forward to what's new.

"Ah Mary"
from This is Somewhere



Brett Dennen has a voice beloved by thousands and he arrives this week for another big performance. He arrives in town this week with a new EP of songs available online. The Live Session EP includes reworked songs from Brett's current album, Hope For The Hopeless, including hit single, "Make You Crazy," a brand new song, "Joan of Arc," and fan favorite (and New York City's cab staple) "Blessed." Fans lucky enough to have seen Brett Dennen and Jason Mraz perform together in October will recognize their notable duet "Long Road to Forgiveness."

"San Francisco"
w/Forro in the Dark
from the Live Session EP



Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
& Brett Dennon
LIVE DATES


Nov 19 - Boston, MA
The House of Blues
Nov 20 - NYC
Terminal 5
Nov 21 - Philadelphia, PA
Trocadero
Nov 23 - Toronto, ON
Guvernment
Nov 24 - Detroit, MI
St. Andrews Hall
Nov 25 - Cleveland, OH
The House Of Blues
Nov 27 - Minneapolis, MN
Pantages Theatre
Nov 28 - Chicago, IL
The House Of Blues
Nov 30 - Milwaukee, WI
Turner Hall Ballroom
Dec 1 - Des Moines, IA
Peoples Court
Dec 3 - Denver, CO
Ogden Theatre
Dec 5 - Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
Dec 6 - Seattle, WA
Moore Theater
Dec 7 - Vancouver, BC
Commodore Ballroom
Dec 10 - San Diego, CA
The House of Blues
Dec 11- Tempe, AZ
Marquee Theatre
Dec 12 - LA
Wiltern Theatre

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Lords of Synth

A Kind Look at Synthesizers!
A Quality Media Product from the BBC



Celebrating Synth

For those new to the site, we pretty much like all genres of music so long as its done well. I can't really speak for the others, but I have always liked the music of pianos and synthesizers, as evidenced by the live program ("From Behind These Keys") I put together earlier this year featuring all acts in which piano plays a pivotal role. So I was delighted to be shown this really cool BBC special celebrating the biggest synthesizer moments in our Modern lives...


part one


part two

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Middle Distance Runner - The Sun & Earth

New Music this Week!
Someone You Should Know

Middle Distance Runner

Washington DC's indie rock band Middle Distance Runner are on a short East Coast jaunt this week and are in town this week. (Catch them at TT the Bears in Cambridge on Wednesday night in support of Elliott Brood.) The Sun & Earth is the new album, and a very solid sophomore effort out just this week on Engine Room Recordings. The album is an exploration of the band's influences and varied direction. One this is clear, rhythm, piano and guitar are key players. From guitar rock, to indie pop, to soul, the band works their roots on this one. Middle Distance Runner are Stephen Kilroy (lead vocal, guitar, keyboard), Allan Chappelear (lead guitar, keyboard), Erik Dean (drums), Jay Smith (guitar, keyboard, vocals) and Tony Acampora (bass, vocals.)


Middle Distance Runner by filmmaker Maxwell Sorenson

Remaining November Dates...
11/18/09 - Cambridge, MA
T.T. The Bear’s
11/19/09 - Winooski, VT
Monkey House
11/20/09 - Hartford, CT
Sully’s Pub
11/21/09 - Baltimore, MD
The Metro Gallery

UPDATE -
Less than 12 Hours after this piece ran,
Middle Distance Runner canceled its upcoming dates.
Two band member are fighting the flu.... Yikes.

Middle Distance Runner
Stream -or- Buy the Album / Myspace

Review - Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers
by Nick Parker
Growing Old Gracefully but it's a Mixed Bag that results...

In the 1990s British music scene there were hardly any bands faster and more furious than The Manic Street Preachers. Leading the charge of Welsh guitar bands in the period, the Manics were also among the most radical of them, both musically and politically. Then of course, there was James Dean Bradfield’s voice: searing; hugely powerful; completely idiosyncratic.


James Dean Bradfield BBC photo - album

Most of all their story – enduring the (presumed) death of guitarist Richey Edwards, and still managing to produce very successful, sweeping musical anthems in the aftermath – was a narrative as moving as that of New Order’s birth out of Joy Division. We wanted them to win, out of such adversity, and they did.

This year’s new release from the band though, “Journal for Plague Lovers,” really retains only one of these three elements, which had commanded our interest. The album is still marked by Bradfield’s almost operatic singing. The Manics are something I think they would have been horrified by a decade ago though: there is some fear they are becoming tame.


album art by Jenny Savill

I will start out immediately, saying that, “Journal for Plague Lovers” is not a terrible album – it’s in fact ‘solid,’ and even ‘dependable.’ But this a band that has produced such powerful work in the past though. We can hardly be satisfied with that.

"This Joke Sport Severed"
from Journal for Plague Lovers


ONE WRITER'S HUMBLE OPINION - There are a lot of similarities with this story of gentle decline and that of Supergrass’s, another 90s act whose first album, ‘I should coco,’ had an energy that even admittedly engaging later work could never match. Supergrass had a great voice to lead it too, and an incredible force that has now dissipated.

PRODUCTION ELEMENTS / THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM - At fault I think is over-production that evens out both bands’ music to the point where it is just too clear and digestible, and has had the jagged thrall of energy that I feel sure they could still muster hammered out of it. After all, it seems unfair to assume age is the issue alone. There are plenty of older bands that keep up the pace (even much older – I saw the Buzzcocks a little while ago storm through a set at the old Axis). This over-polished production is remarkable, because no less a studio master than Steve Albini was responsible for it.

I suppose The Manics shouldn’t be expected to produce endless, increasingly worn-out parodies of their initial work. What we have from The Manics this time around though is a pale version of their early stuff, and it doesn’t offer a new kind of sound to replace what’s missing of the old one.

NEW REMIX ALBUM - Helping to keep things fresh, the band have released a sister remix album, featuring the likes of British Sea Power, Underworld (their first remix in 10 years), Saint Etienne, The Horrors and Andrew Weatherall. The digital version of the remix product is available om iTunes.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Colorful Dock Ellis gets Animated

VIRAL VIDEO!
In 1970, Dock Ellis threw a Major League No-Hitter on LSD



Dock Ellis threw a No-Hitter tripping on Acid.
artwork by James Blagen

In 1970, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres under the influence of a very different drug... Ellis was tripping balls when his lady tells him to get to go to work. He sure did - and went on to pitch a no hitter! (An 8-walk no hitter, but a no hitter none the less!) Ellis, who passed away last year from liver illness, provided the audio for this piece. This is Viral Video.


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Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band at LeLacheur

Previously Unpublished Images from the RSL Music Archives...
Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band
LeLacheur Park in Lowell, MA - 7/11/09
photos by Sean Hafferty


NEW IMAGES FROM THE BALLPARK - On a beautiful Summer Day this July we caught an amazing live show at LeLacheur Park (home to Red Sox Minor League Class affiliate The Lowell Spinners.) The afternoon started out just perfect - Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band played an incredible set under a then-blue sky. (Later, near the end of evening, during the Wilco set, the rains came down in near biblical proportions...)

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
"Nikorette
"
from the 2009 record: Outer South



Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
LeLacheur Ballpark in Lowell, MA
RSL Streaming Photo Album


images by Sean Hafferty

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Heath Ledger's Music Video for Hip Hop's N'fa Forster-Jones

New Music Video!
See It For Yourself...



Heath Ledger directed the video sometime before his death.
It was only released just this week.

Actor and director Heath Ledger's body of work continues to grow following his accidental drug overdose in January. We are all aware of his chilling and celebrated theatrical work in the Dark Knight. Not many of us knew the man was as passionate about music as he evidently was... In August, Modest Mouse released a music video Ledger directed. And this week, Rapper N'fa Forster-Jones chose to unveil this Ledger-directed hip hop video this week. (Ledger and Forster-Jones were friends growing up in Perth, Australia.)

Ledger's final film "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" opens in theatres on Christmas Day.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Are New Collisions the best New Wave Act in America?

New Music this Week!
Someone You Should Know


BEST START EVER? - It's hard to imagine things going better for any band in it's first year these days. This is the story of The New Collisions from Boston who release their second EP album, Invisible Embraces, tonight. (This one's almost sure to be a sold-out show tonight, thanks in no small part to the stacked deck of talented live bands on the bill this evening.) Many of those in attendance will be there to see The New Collisions' Sarah & Scott Guild, Alex Stern, and Zak Kahn put on a solid showing tonight. As I said - expectations will be high. This has been a truly remarkable first year...


This Was Our 2009 - Formed early this year, and discovered by the Cars' Greg Hawkes. We wrote about them first back in May. By summer's end they had toured nationally with The B-52s and even opened a stage for their artistic mentors in Blondie. Just last week, New York Magazine and This Week in New York chose The New Collisions as one of the top ten bands at CMJ. Just this week, the New Collisions filmed for the nationally syndicated Fearless Music Television, a program broadcasting to millions. Yeah, it's been one hell of a year. It all raises the question if the New Collisions are America's Top New Wave Act?

TONIGHT - The new EP drops this evening at the Middle East in Cambridge. Lineup also features THE FUTURE EVERYBODY, GENE DANTE AND THE FUTURE STARLETS, THICK AS THIEVES, and THE LUXURY.


THE NEW COLLISIONS
bios, album information, touring


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Afraid of the Number 13

Today is Friday the 13th, and if you are one of the many thousands of superstitious people who fear this day and all that it brings... there's not much I can do to ease your mind. This is the third Friday the 13th of the year. Just to show you what a great sense of humor I have, here's Social Distortion's "Bad Luck."


Social Distortion - Bad Luck
one of the best live bands ever
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Cool 13 Facts:

There are 13 Moons in a year
There are 13 witches in a traditional coven
13 Notches on the horn carried by the Venus of Laussel
There are 13 Buddhas in some schools of thought in India
13 original colonies in America
The known universe is currently thought to be about 13.7 billion years
old, with an error of about one percent.
There are 13 zodiac constellations, which consist of the 12 signs in
the astrological zodiac and Ophiuchus.
In Judaism, 13 is considered a lucky number.
One explanation for this is that the word אחד echad, Hebrew for 'one' and thus a way of
describing the unique God, has the numerological value of 13 according
to the Gematria system.
The ancient Maya used the number 13 in the development of their
calendrical science which served as the basis of their cosmology as
well. The 13:20 ratio expresses the frequencies and cycles of
Creation, now scientifically verifiable through the latest discoveries
about the classical period Mayan Calendar.
In Sikhism, the number thirteen (13) is a number devoted to the
remembrance of God, therefore it is also considered lucky by people
who practice the Sikh faith.

An Evening with The Motion Sick

The Band's 150th Show with Static of the Gods!
Win a CD and 2 tickets to Friday's Show!




The Motion Sick - The Owls are Not What They Seem
find out about this song - click the interview link below!


An Evening of 'Wit Rock' - The Smartest Band in America, Boston's The Motion Sick headline a fun-filled rock lineup of FIVE BANDS tomorrow at the Middle East. We have not focused on this worthy (and fun, did I say, fun?) act since March - since that time The Motion Sick have won the hearts of even more folks with their delightful material. (2008's "The Truth Will Catch You, Just Wait" was one of the 20 Best Albums of the Tear. No one who has heard the material has yet to disagree.)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Here's my interview with the Motion Sick. I think you will be surprised just how unpredictable and brilliant indie rock can be...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blind Pilot + The Low Anthem

Tour's End - Last Night Together...!
2 Bands You Should Know



Blind Pilot's new album

Blind Pilot and The Low Anthem arrive in Boston Thursday night to play The Paradise. Notably, this is the last night the two acts will play together on this tour. In one showcase tonight, local music fans have a snapshot of two of the most promising bands on tour - at the top of their game. Expect huge things from both acts as they part ways - Blind Pilot heads north on the first of a string of dates with Laura Veirs. The Low Anthem head to Europe for a number of high-profile shows; the first of which in England, is already sold out!

BLIND PILOT


For Portland's Blind Pilot, the ascension has been fast and undeniable. Having shared a stage with The Hold Steady, Counting Crows, Akron/Family and now The Low Anthem, the band has carved a large and loyal following the last year - playing festivals and small halls alike.


Touring as a six-piece, Blind Pilot is Israel Nebeker (vocals, guitar), Ryan Dobrowski (drums), Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (Vibraphones), and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet)Unbelievably textured and tangible, the band is making some incredible music these days...




The Low Anthem in action
photograph by Johanna Neufeld

Having seen the Low Anthem up close and personal, backstage and performing at this year's Newport Folk Festival [RSL's outstanding photo album] - we would be not fulfilling our music-blog duties if we didn't point these guys out for you. (We're not alone - Oh My God Charlie Darwin, has been named one of the best albums of the year by Paste Magazine.) If you don't know this Rhode Island act now, this is your chance:


ABOUT THE VIDEO: The video for "Charlie Darwin" was produced by End of the Road Films. Glenn Z Taunton and Simon Taffe, a portion of the design team behind The End of the Road Festival, assembled a small team of painters, carpenters and handymen at a studio in Sussex, England to craft the stop-frame animated video.


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