Friday, December 31, 2010

For Those About to Rock

3 Bands You Should Know

Not everybody can be in Boston for New Years, so for this I apologize. In addition to the fun First Night stuff (Part I - Part II) there are also live shows going on. I have friendships with a number of notable musicians playing fine establishments all over the city - there are tons of alternatives. So when I write about tonight's rock showcase at Church of Boston - just know that I am with all of you in spirit at least. We'll haul an ale soon! For the unacquainted the 3 bands here are well worth your time. If you can't be at the show, just take a minute to check out the music. Rock your New Years!

LADIES OF APPLE BETTY WILL BREAK YOUR HEART - Apple Betty's brand of dissonant, punk-keyed rock is saucy good fun. The key to Slide Song, is the gorgeous harmonies just rising above the din of the slide guitar. There's a ton to like about the band's spirited assault on audiences - we will be looking forward to a big year from them in 2011.

Apple Betty
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YEAR IN, YEAR OUT - THE LIGHTS OUT have found themselves in the top tier (say the top 5 live rock bands in New England). Devoted to their art, improving with each new release (2008 - EP: Heist! 2009 - LP: Color Machine 2010 - EP: Rock Pony 2011 - LP: Primetime out in January) The Lights Out have found them at the core of the scene. There's value to that longevity. Better than ever, this is the perfect band to listen to when you just let yourself go. 2011 promises to be the rock band's best year to date.

The Lights Out
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THE UPPER CRUST CELEBRATE ANOTHER YEAR - It's hard to speak in superlatives worthy of a band that always knew it was the best. For the unfamiliar, The Upper Crust have earned their legendary status here in New England for flamboyant in your face "artistocrat" rock some time ago. The fact that they continue to play periodic live shows for the peasants. Important for their place in costumed history and their continued relevance through three generations of rock audiences in Boston - their performance this evening is predicted to seal their place in Rock History.

The Upper Crust
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Ian Adams poster (full album)

The Poison Tree

New Music this Week!
Someone You Should Know

Technically speaking, the song for the video you are about to watch; (And watch it you will,) won't be released for another ten weeks (or thereabouts - it's late and I'm not doing the math). But I am very anxiously awaiting it. This is The Poison Tree, the voice of Sam Salad and friends and what is about to unfold is just cinematic. How appropriate then that Pierre Bonnenuit's video for "My Only Friend" would use a tense sequence (shot brilliantly) by Orson Wells [Touch of Evil] some 53 years ago. The pacing is so key. (track without the video.) The self-titled album debuts March 15.

In the Arist's Own Words: "There's a pain to these songs, a carefree kind of despair, and an honesty that can hurt to listen to. These are the songs a teenager would write, if that teenager happened to be a connoisseur of heartbreak. If that teenager could see into the future—see all the way, past the setbacks and the self-discovery and the sweetness and the terror—the result might sound something like The Poison Tree."

March 15th Release:


The Poison Tree
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

First Night Music

A Hipster's Guide to First Night
Part II By Julie Stoller

Editor's Note:
Part I highlighted film, poetry and multimedia.
Now, here's the music...

David Wax Museum - Born with a Broken Heart
Show Listing & Video for David Wax Museum is further below *

5:30-6:30pm - Grand Procession.

Don't forget the parade! Copley Square at Hynes Convention Center, down Boylston St. to Charles, ending at Charles and Beacon (Boston Common), and capped off with an annual favorite - the 'Boston Family Fireworks' at 7pm, set off right in Boston Common (especially nice on those extra frosty First Nights). Always a good time.

7:30-8:30pm - Hey Mama
St. Paul's Cathedral, 138 Tremont Street
(closest T stop: Red Line/Green Line, Park Street Station)

Rootsy, soulful and powerful, Boston-based Hey Mama will be bringing their full-time touring to an end with this final very special show for First Night. Its two founders, Avi Salloway and Celia Woodsmith, will be off to pursue global peace and social justice projects in the new year. So this is your last chance, for the time being, to witness some very elegant music that's been compared to Odetta, The White Stripes, and The Band - quite a combination.

7:30-9:30pm - The Kominas Band
Boston Common (outdoors)
(closest T stop: Green Line, Boylston Station)

The Kominas Band are Pakastani-Americans who, since 2004, have been melding the fury of punk rock with Pakistani folk music and Hindi lyrics that are political and confrontational (they sing in both English and Punjabi). They're part of the Taqwacore scene of Muslim bands, and are included in the documentary Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam, which is being screened earlier in the afternoon. (See Part First Night Part I)

7:30-11:00pm - Walter Sickert Presents:
The StreamCrunk Lounge
Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street
(closest T stop: Green Line, Prudential Station)

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys bring their unique blend of Victorian theater, vaudeville burlesque, and gothic blues to First Night. And what's more, they're joined by their crazy friends. On hand will be Meff & JoJo's Tiny Instrument Revue (punk rock mandolin and vaudevillian verse), Somerville Symphony Orkestar (carnival punk), Trabants (60s surf music), Johnny Blazes (drag, burlesque and circus arts), Madge of Honor (heartfelt burlesque), and Dezrah The Strange (magician, escape artist and slideshow performer). It's safe to say you won't see anything else quite like this anywhere.

8:00-9:00pm - Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue (opening for Bettye LaVette)
(closest T stop: Green Line, Symphony Station)

Boston Music Award Winner - Best Female Vocalist Jen D'Angora fronts one of the city's most exciting live acts.... Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents combine a 60s girl group vibe with 70s soul, performing originals and covers in classic Stax and Motown styles.

8:00-9:00pm - Nina Nastasia

The Paramount Theatre, 560 Washington Street
(closest T stop: Green Line, Boylston Station)

NYC-based Nina Nastasia has a powerful, multi-faceted voice - at times soft and pretty, at other times biting and demanding of attention. In the past, she's performed on acoustic guitar and an accompanying band - piano, drums and strings. Her latest recording, Outlaster (FatCat Records), adds orchestral arrangements. But even as a solo performer, she's quite compelling.

8:45-11:00pm - The Cover-Up
Brendan Boogie as Roy Orbison
City Place, 8 Park Plaza
(closest T stop: Green Line, Boylston Station)

Hosted by local musician Brendan Boogie, The Cover-Up is a live music series that features Boston bands paying tribute to musical favorites. This time, it's The Rationales as The Band, Brendan Boogie & The Best Intentions as Roy Orbison, and This Blue Heaven as Fleetwood Mac.

9:00-10:00pm - David Wax Museum

St. Paul's Cathedral, 138 Tremont Street
(closest T stop: Red Line/Green Link, Park Street Station)

Boston Music Awards winner David Wax Museum bring their festive fusion of Americana, country, folk and Mexican roots music to First Night. Joining the duo of David Wax (vocals, guitar, jarana) and Suz Slezak (fiddle, vocals, and quijada (donkey jawbone) are a host of extremely talented musicians on accordion, piano, guitar and bass, drums/percussion, clarinet and sax, mandolin and dobro. With their own special brand of Mexo-Americana, this will surely be a First Night highlight.

10:00-11:00pm - Cass McCombs Band

Modern Theatre, 523-525 Washington Street
(closest T stop: Red Line/Green Line,
Park Street Station OR Green Line, Boylston Station)
[see Part I: 8:00-9:00pm: The Pretender film screening]

10:00pm-12:00am - The Fatal Flaw
Boston Common (outdoors)
(closest T stop: Green Line, Boylston Station)

No better way to see out the old year than with an appropriate combination of perky pop and sly cynicism, with Boston's Fatal Flaw. Their lyrics are wonderfully cheery ("You let your reach exceed your grasp, but just be glad you tried before you die." - "Don't Start Believing"), and maybe they'll perform their Guns N' Roses tribute, "Where's Izzy".

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Hipster's Guide to First Night

Part I By Julie Stoller

Born in Boston - This city is point of origin for First Night. First Night goes all the way back to 1976 - before some of you reading this were born, Boston's people know how to throw a good party. And indeed they do. First Night, Inc.'s mission statement is "to reveal and celebrate diversity," and as one peruses the daunting schedule of performers, it seems they've gone after this mission with great gusto. There's definitely something for everyone. These sorts of things can be overwhelming, so here's a selection of events to know about for you music mavens and culture vultures. Part I focuses on films, poetry, and multimedia events. Part II will highlight a lot of great music. Feel free to mix and match.

1:30pm-10pm: Japanese Anime
Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., room 312
(closest T stop: Green Line, Prudential Station)

A mini anime festival, the New England Anime Society will be presenting ten different films, hand-picked by enthusiasts of the genre. It starts with "Hello Kitty", and ends with "Mighty Space Miners". The film run from 1:30-5pm and 7:30-10:15pm (last film begins at 10:15).

Mighty Space Miners opening

2pm-9:15pm: Rock & Roll Indie Films
Stuart Street Playhouse, 200 Stuart Street
(closest T stop: Green Line, Boylston Station)

WFNX presents five independent rock films for a variety of musical tastes. Of special interest is a collection of Boston appearances from the late 70s and early 80s, from legendary punk and new wave bands.

2pm 6:30pm 8:40pm:
Back At You! Punk Vids From the KINODV Archive.

Live Boston appearances from 1978-1982 from Human Sexual Response, Mission of Burma, Nervous Eaters, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, The Cure, Buzzcocks and others. Produced by Jan Crocker in collaboration with Benjamin Bergery, a Documentary Performance instructor at the MIT Film/Video Section. Each program will be different. Check out KINODV's monthly feature, The Cure at The Underground in 1980, performing "Seventeen Seconds" (which they dedicate to Mission of Burma). Wow.

Human Sexual Response "Blow Up"

Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam
A documentary about the Taqwacore Islamic punk rock movement.
Written and directed by Omar Majeed. 3:30pm

Strange Powers - The Stephin Merritt / Magnetic Fields film
A documentary exploring the life and music of
Magnetic Fields singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt. 5pm

Do It Again: One Man’s Quest To Reunite The Kinks

"Follow Geoff Edgers, a Boston Globe reporter, as he chases after his favorite rock band - and his own, personal quest. Among those you'll meet along the way: Sting, Zooey Deschanel, Paul Weller, Robyn Hitchcock, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Clive Davis and Warren Zanes." 7:15pm

(And Why Is Everyone Talking About Him?)

Here's one to definitely not miss if you're a serious music aficionado. A documentary about the legendary Harry Nilsson, with special appearances by Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam, John Lennon and Randy Newman, Ringo Starr and Brian Williams, and many others. Directed by John Scheinfeld. 9:15pm

7:30-8:05pm; 8:15-8:50pm; 9:00-9:35pm;
9:45-10:20pm; 10:30-11:00pm: Boston Poetry Slam
Hynes Convention Center, room 208
(closest T stop: Green Line, Prudential Station)

The Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge (on Wednesday nights) moves from its usual haunt to stake its claim at First Night. Founded in 1991, this weekly show and rotating cast of performers continues to be a vital part of the Boston performance poetry scene.

Jared Paul "Get Dead" @ Cantab Lounge

8:00-9:00pm: The Pretender film screening

Modern Theatre, 523-525 Washington Street
(closest T stop: Red Line/Green Line, Park Street Station)

This is a special one-night presentation which begins with a film screening of a multimedia performance by musician Cass McCombs and filmmaker Aaron Brown. It will include selections from this screenplay along with video projections and live narration. Following the screening will be a live set by McCombs and his new backing band (from 10-11pm, also at the Modern Theatre) They'll be performing songs from his album Catacombs and his upcoming Wit's End.

9:00-10:00pm: Holly Anderson & Chris Brokaw

Modern Theatre, 523-525 Washington Street
(closest T stop: Red Line/Green Line, Park Street Station)

Boston musician Chris Brokaw and New York poet Holly Anderson present the world premiere of "The Night She Slept With A Bear," a work of poetry and music, to be released this spring by Ecstatic Peace Library.

Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips
13 Most Beautiful... Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests
The Paramount Theatre, 560 Washington Street 9:30 - 10:30pm
(closest T stop: Red Line/Green Line, Park Street Station)

A multimedia performance featuring portraits of Warhol's friends and collaborators such as Nico, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper and others, filmed from 1964-1966. This will be accompanied by a live soundtrack performed by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, former members of Luna (Dean performed with Boston's Galaxie 500). New York-based Nina Nastasia will open.

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Who is DJ Taylor Michael?

Fresh Mix Found
Hot New Discovery

DJ Taylor Michael

Monday, December 27, 2010

We are Augustines

New Music this Week!
Someone You Should Know

Billy McCarthy & Eric Sanderson

ONE TO WATCH in 2011 - The timing of this post on We are Augustines is especially poignant as we unravel our new list of the best live performance acts in America. In 2007, the now defunct Pela stood as #1 of that list. The thunderous Brooklyn 4-piece birthed nights of epic rock and soul stirring drama unlike any act I've seen since.

In the aftermath of Pela's demise, a drummer has retired and two bands have spun off into the night. Three souls, two bands heading into exciting directions. We have written a bit on guitarist Nate Martinez's amazing Thieving Irons. Today we focus on Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson's We are Augustines. McCarthy and Sanderson flew out of New York to Canada to work with renowned indie rock producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene). And the results (at least for now) is Augustine's "Book of James." Head to the band's website to download it!

We are Augustines
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

The 5 Best Live Acts in America: Langhorne Slim

Best Live Acts in the USA 2010
Someone You Need to See Live!

SIMPLY THE BEST - Having seen Langhorne Slim drop jaws has been an interesting hobby of mine the last three years. During that span I have seen the man mesmerize audiences regardless of size and venue. By the time the night is through, strangers are friends and everyone has an album under their arm and a story to tell. There is little more important than a musician taking up his own story and blending it with the collective narrative of his peers. No one does this better than Langhorne. He's an interesting mash of old and new and that signature quality shines through in his songs.

Playing behind the winning Be Set Free record, Langhorne Slim is now jamming with backing act The Law after breaking out with The War Eagles who kicked things off for me with the man's eponymous label debut in 2008. (That record is one of my favorites of all time - and made me a diehard fan.) As good as the recorded material is, theres something magical about the performances - the written character lifts off the page and lights the room on fire. Do yourself a serious favor and catch this sensational live act on the road in 2011.

RSL Streaming Photo Album
Langhorne Slim & the War Eagles at TT the Bears - 10/17/09

Langhorne Slim
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

acoustic Greenhornes

Acoustically Speaking
New Music Video!

New Album

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acoustic Hey Marseilles

Acoustically Speaking
New Music Video!

Matt Bishop of Hey Marseilles

Shahrzad Photography

Tour Video by Hayley Young

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Captain Cutthroat

with Morphine's Dana Colley
the Best Shows I saw in 2010....

AN AMERICAN BAND - Captain Cutthroat is an original rock band from just north of Boston, MA. The fiery live act (see below) have released two independent albums in the last couple of years and today we are going to focus on their latest, Maciste - an all-star effort both in terms of sonic achievement in front of the microphone (the band jammed it out with Morphine's Dana Colley on Sax) and behind the boards as well; Neil Kernon, Billy Anderson, and Kris Smith all worked on the ten-track record.

Everytime I Cry live video directed by Alan Mckeo.

SOMEONE YOU NEED TO KNOW - I love writing about bands with completely unique creative footprints and that's certainly the case here. Captain Cutthroat are a rock band with progressive jazz undertones - but this drink is spiked with heavy metal. It's a completely different aesthetic - how the hell does this happen??! I have no idea but it all unfolded in front of my eyes a couple of days before Halloween this year at TT the Bears Place. Colley was a surprise guest with Captain Cutthroat - and did they ever jam! They even played some Morphine that night. I was floored, to put it mildly. This band was just brilliant and the impression this unsigned band left on me will remain long after 2010 has ended. A brilliant, brilliant show - a standout in the year. Indie labels, take notice!

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Santa Claus

Happy Acid-Reggae Christmas!
Someone You Should Know

Lee Scratch Perry
Official Web / Wikipedia

Thursday, December 23, 2010

a look inside my apartment

just look at what I have done to the place!

this is actually Smack Nightclub in Leamington Spa, UK.

it's an LED-covered room in 360° with synchronized programming.
Crazy. Anyone care to venture a guess as to how much this might cost?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

PJ Harvey - The Last Living Rose

Brand New Music Video
from Let England Shake
by Nick Parker

PJ Harvey photos by Laura Musselman

SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE FAN - I have been on what feels like a long and emotional road with the last few releases by PJ Harvey. There have been euphoric highs, as I felt when I heard 2007’s simply phenomenal White Chalk (as I’ve written here before, probably my favorite album of that decade). Then there was the darkly addictive Letterman performance of the first single from 2009’s A Woman a Man Walked By, “Black Hearted Love,” which hinted of the chance for that most rare occurrence: two classic albums in a row. How bitter the pill then, when that album, Harvey’s second with John Parish, fell so flat.

PJ Harvey with John Parish

The reason the double-masterpiece idea is so hard to pull off, of course, is that the standard of the first ace sets you for a dramatic swan dive into mediocrity with the follow-up. Many of the tracks off the Harvey-Parish collaboration were clumsy and – dare I say from sure a master of industrial sounds – actually grating. So now the unpleasant question has arisen for me: Was the last album the start of the end of the great PJ Harvey?

Lyrics for
The Last Living Rose

Goddam' Europeans!
Take me back to England
& the grey, damp filthiness of ages,
fog rolling down behind the mountains,
& on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains.
Let me walk through the stinking alleys
to the music of drunken beatings,
past the Thames River, glistening like gold
hastily sold for nothing.
Let me watch night fall on the river,
the moon rise up and turn to silver,
the sky move,
the ocean shimmer,
the hedge shake,
the last living rose quiver.

ENGLISH BLOOD - Now we have the chance to hear the first hint of Polly’s next release, an album about her home country. It’s my home country, too. But having this in common hardly means Harvey gets a free pass with this project. Quite the reverse in fact – if Harvey wants to produce an album about England, the stakes are high for me, both in terms of the very complex thing she is about to try to represent, and the ambivalence I feel I want to hear in her music about it. I need to hear not merely a two-dimensional celebration of why she thinks England is great, but that truly mixed-up intoxication of loving something of which you can only see a tiny part, of feeling bored of a familiar place, but never being able to entirely desert it either, of hating a place only on the basis of your own warped perspective on it, etc. etc. etc.

release date: Feb 14, 2011

Then again, if anyone can pull such a massive project off, it’s the Harvey I have come to love so much over the last ten years. Hopefully, it’s not the Harvey that appeared last year. This first video is set to images and footage captured by Seamus Murphy. Watching it, I’m hopeful still, in Harvey massive talent. I am willing that she has made something really beautiful with this album.

PJ Harvey
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bills Bills Bills

Totally Fresh, an Instant Cla$$ic
New from a Dude You Should Know

photo - Algerina Perna of the Baltimore Sun

A HOT TRACK FOR REAL TIMES - By now a great number of you on the East Coast have probably heard about new East Coast breakout NOTAR, the hip hop protege of Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz. The two jammed out live during last summer's national tour with Augustana. Fans were raving everywhere. It was a high point for many during an otherwise bleak summer of oversized music festivals. Since that time NOTAR, who is signed to Duritz's Tyrannosaurus Records, has proved to be a prolific performer - producing singles to keep fans in tune.

Today's single was just outted and we wanted to be amongst the first to share it with you. Bills Bills Bills is a witty modern take on Jay-Z's Girls Girls Girls. The track puts the perfect perfect human face on the economic downturn which "ended" nearly a year ago but continues to cost people their livelihoods and homes. Advertising and media tell us all day long, meanwhile, that we won't be complete without all the materials money can buy.

A Timely Take on a Jay-Z Classic

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Mellow Bravo

Emerging Rock Sounds
Someone You Should Know

ONE TO WATCH IN 2011 - New England's ability to produce hard-hitting rock bands has never been in question. And it's only right that Boston's Mellow Bravo find their place under the lights. An emerging act making a lot of noise this year, we think you will be hearing a whole lot more about them in '11. Performing their own brand of bawdy, "swamp rock", Mellow Bravo have clearly been influenced by their rock predecessors, offering up an infusion of punk and metal. There is no one right now quite like them. And that's probably why we like them so much!

Live Pick of the Week:
Boston Rocks Charity Show

Thursday 12/23 at the Hardrock Boston

Mellow Bravo
with Keep Me Conscious,
Tix $10 - benefits the Music and Youth Initiative

Mellow Bravo
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Cee Lo Green covered by Boston's Sidewalk Driver

New Live Video Jam!
Someone You Should Know

One of the best Live Acts in New England - SIDEWALK DRIVER found themselves on the road this week. Playing the Comet Ping Pong in Washington DC with Sherell Rowe, the Boston rockers kicked off an impromptu live jam. Thankfully there was a video camera to catch it all. We're a fan of the band and their hardworking and likable singer Tad McKitterick.

Ignoring all the guitar and stage flair, folks; this guy could be the most talented male voice this city's live music scene's got to offer. Not convinced? You gotta see this band live! If anyone knows Cee Lo Green, you want to pass this sucker on? We think it's pretty damn cool & just what I needed on a cold winter night.

X-MAS TREAT: Sidewalk Driver 's Tad McKitterick

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Oranjuly / The Chipmunks

New Christmas Covers
Pop Culture & Cartoons...

I think each generation has its own pop culture memories... Our own public service announcements, Saturday morning cartoons, and iconic holiday specials. Alvin, Simon and Theodore were that for me. The Chipmunks, as silly as Tom & Jerry (cat and mouse)and inane as (the pesky crows) Heckyl and Jekyll, were special. In retrospect, I suppose it could have been that the trio were different because of their relationship with their human benefactor, Dave. In this way we saw the chipmunks are more mischievous children - rather than magical animals or a two dimension cartoon. (It also helped, for my child's mind, that the Chipmunks were musically inclined.) Maybe it's all those things... I was very glad to discover that Boston's own Oranjuly had opted into an Alvin & the Chipmunks Christmas cover.

Oranjuly - Christmas Don't Be Late
Alvin & The Chipmunks cover

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The Mynabirds

Photographic Evidence
photos by 5342 Studios

SxSW 2010 :: Austin, TX - 3/17/10

I have been a Laura Burhenn fan for nearly three years now. Right off I'll tell you I think her strength is the timeless-ness of her voice. Her new album is called, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood. As for my introduction to Burhenn's music... She was one-half of an all time favorite artist one shot (one record and done). I am speaking, of course, of Georgie James. *2007 RSL New Artist of the Year

Georgie James' debut, Places, that really changed a year of my life. Laura has moved on to The Mynabirds and her voice soars. We celebrate the holiday spirit and look forward to more from this important modern artist. She is gifted and - working with a great label like Saddle Creek - there is hopefully more to come in the year ahead. * The window dressing here, and it is beautiful, are previously unpublished photos of the Mynabirds from SxSw 2010. Merry Christmas!

RSL Streaming Photo Album
The Mynabirds at SxSW - 3/18/10

About this Video: "What We Gained In the Fire" Director Rob Walters layers new Super 8 footage of singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn traversing a snowy landscape with vintage footage of her own family's home movies that span three generations. Stretching from the 1940's to present day, the viewer gets a window into a family story, watching clips of young love blossom, of babies growing into men, piecing together what might really be going on behind the nuclear family facade.

Laura Burhenn

The Mynabirds
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

the return of Buffalo Tom

Artist of the Month

The Spectre of Buffalo Tom looms as 2011 approaches

FIRST RECORD IN 4 YEARS - Hometown heroes and zeitgeist legends Buffalo Tom return this winter to release a new album. On February 15th, the band will release their eighth full-length album. Skins is the first release on the band’s own Scrawny Records via a worldwide partnership with The Orchard, and features guest Tanya Donnelly of Belly, Breeders and Throwing Muses fame singing on the song “Don’t Forget Me.” Besides the standard CD, a deluxe edition will be available with demos and b-sides, as well as a vinyl version with a download card featuring the additional songs.

Skins, the followup record to Three Easy Pieces (2007), was produced right here in Boston. It was mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (who produced Buffalo Tom's Let Me Come Over - 1992) and Tom Polce. Still comprised of the original trio of Bill Janovitz (guitars and vocals), Chris Colbourn (bass and vocals) and Tom Maginnis (drums), the songwriting is as sharp and poignant today as it ever was. Just listen to this track! Let me say it for you; "can't wait for this record!"

live photo album - June 2010 at the Paradise

Buffalo Tom

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Friday, December 17, 2010

New York Dolls

5th Album unleashed
on March 2011

Sylvain Sylvain and David Johansen

New York Dolls -Looking For a Kiss

Punk rock pioneers the New York Dolls are set to release their fifth full-length record Dancing Backward in High Heels March 15 on 429 Records. Featuring original members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, the album was recorded in Newcastle, England and produced by Louis XIV’s Jason Hill.

Originally formed in 1971, the New York Dolls are best known for influencing a generation of artists in New York and London who went on to form the first punk rock and heavy metal bands. After reuniting in 2004 (at the behest of Morrissey, the head of the band’s U.K. fan club in the `70s), the band went on to record a pair of records—2006’s One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This and 2009’s ‘Cause I Sez So.

New York Dolls
Official Web

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Red Light District

Holiday Edition

I'm not the first one to share this relatively hot holiday video mash... It's making the rounds. But I'll do it, man - because it's just a fun way to slowly get into the holiday spirit. (I usually start around 6pm on Christmas Eve, so hey this is pretty damn good for me.) And I'll admit it, anything that is clever and a lampoon hits my funny bone. Now be good Sting and let the video live out it's brief window of interest before snuffing out it's illegal life - or you might just get coal in your stocking this year.

Christmas Surprises!
Present 1 / Present 2 / Present 3 / Present 4

Previous Viral Videos:

The RSL YouTube Page!

Midnight Spin

Brand New Music Video
Someone You Should Know


What happens when one of the East Coast's most exciting new rock bands in unleashed at Comedy Central Studios in Manhattan? There was a video shoot and there were lots of costumes! Meet the Midnight Spin - a Brooklyn band I think you are going to be hearing a lot more about in the days and weeks to come.

The new video for "Trigger Finger Itch," chronicles the investigation and arrests of the notorious drug dealers known as the Cereal Killers Cartel who are making Mojo City unsafe for breakfast! The movie was shot by Model Citizen Productions and Directed by Kevin "Igoe" Miller. Cartoons unleashed!!

Midnight Spin
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

One of the Best Young Bands in America

The Return of the New Kings
Someone You Should Know

Thursday, Dec 16th
The Middle East
Cambridge, MA
event page

One of the Best Young Bands in America

Guilty Good Intentions

Filligar are one of the acts I've been keeping a close eye over the last two years. In that brief span, I've witnessed these upstarts develop from promising greenies into one of the most exciting young bands in the US of A. Celebrated for their scalding live performances in concert halls, Filligar proved this year that they are more than just a pretty face and an ascending jam. The band plumbed new depths of their creative souls with the bold new album, The Nerve. A collection of songs that take us along with these young men as they grow into the world on an exciting path.

Our readers in Boston can find this out for themselves this Thursday (12/16) as Filligar return to the Middle East for a night of live music. Joining them on stage are Boston's The Honors - a band that have had a stellar live year themselves. You can do no wrong with this one. A portion of the proceeds of this show will go to Partners in Health - aiding in the Boston charity's humanitarian efforts in Haiti.

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