Friday, April 27, 2018

Catching Up with Aloud

You cannot keep a good band down. That's been the modus operandi for the band Aloud for as long as this music writer can remember. The Boston four-piece known for their powerful harmonies and pop hooks relocated last year to the more temperate climes of the left coast and things for them have not at all slowed down. Aloud have been actively recording and playing shows and recently announced they have two songs featured on the much-buzzed-about indie film "All These Small Moments." 

The band just unleashed this sweet video cover of The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" (co-written by Keith Richards & Mick Jagger and appearing on Sticky Fingers, 1971).

Well when you're sitting there in your silk upholstered chair
Talkin' to some rich folk that you know
Well I hope you won't see me in my ragged company
Well, you know I could never be alone

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave

Well when you're sitting back in your rose pink Cadillac
Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day
Ah, I'll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon
And another girl to take my pain away

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flowers by the U.S. Mail
Say it with dead flowers in my wedding
And I won't forget to put roses on your grave
No, I won't forget to put roses on your grave

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Love Love and Field Day hit the road

For those about to rock.... Boston's LOVE LOVE and FIELD DAY are hitting the road this week beginning offering music fans insight to new music from both acts and traveling circus of the Boston music community. 

Beginning this very evening in and running through the week, two of Boston's most stalwart creative hearts are coming together as one - on the road. Love Love and Field Day hit dates in New New Haven, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City. Think of it as a limited-access export from your friends in the Northeast. This is a little of what you can expect...

LOVE LOVE brings together singer-songwriters Chris Toppin (Fuzzy, The Ex-Girlfriends) and Jefferson Davis Riordan (Evelyn Swoons, Mouth Almighties) with a lush American sound featuring dueling vocals and lyrics of love, murder, and the overall mysteries of life.

FIELD DAY is a band I love cheering for if only for Joan Anderman alone. The former music journalist for the Boston Globe (she was fantastic) hung up her literary spikes and decided to pursue her hand at music creativity. Was it a midlife crisis or a dedication to purpose that finally reached her? I love the dedication. Get to know this sound. Along with Anderman (on guitar and vocals) are Jefferson Riordan (drums and vocals), Phil Magnifico (bass guitar and vocals) and Dan Zedek (guitar and vocals).

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8 PM. $5:
 Best Video Film & Cultural Center, Hamden, CT
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Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8 PM. Free!
Gypsysally's, Washington, DC
on Facebook

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7 PM. $7
Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
on Facebook
Tickets on sale

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7 PM. $8
PIANOS Lounge, New York City
on Facebook

Thursday, May 3, 7 PM. Free!
Luthier's Coop, Easthampton, MA
on Facebook

Saturday, May 5 at 8 PM.
Tickets on sale ($8 prior to the show)
Love Love record release party!
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
 CUJO (featuring Jen Trynin)
Russell Chudnofsky
and Tanya Donelly
on Facebook

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Flesh & Bone - smoky new album from Xenia Dunford

NEW ENGLAND MUSIC OFFERING  - Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Jer Coons and Recorded in Burlington, VT at Future Fields, we give you Flesh & Bone (And Everything Within) Side A - a series of smoky new songs from Vermont songstress Xenia Dunford whose career we have been following and championing for a half-decade now. 

Dunford has one of great voices in  music. Her latest offers more opportunities for the female protagonist making sense of an ever-changing world, lost love and new beginnings from familiar challenges. 

Flesh & Bone is an adept, late-night telling of emotive lessons.  Important contributions on this record were made by Coons, Dan Ryan, Sean Preece, Kelly Ravin, Zack Dupont, Zac Clark, Eric Maier, Forrest Pettengill and Hayden Turner. Dunford co-produced the record herself. Get ready to fall for this one. Pour yourself a bourbon and get ready to be thoroughly mesmerized.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One of the Best Albums Ever Made was recorded 30 Years Ago in Boston

Recorded in part at Downtown Recorders in Boston in 1988, The Pixies would release Doolittle - one of the most influential records in the modern era and a cornerstone record in Alternative Rock History on April 19, 1989 (that's 29 years ago this week.) This record is legend.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Four Questions with Eric Fontana

It's a Thursday night in Providence and I'm about to meet a sparkplug of a man who will do everything in his power to celebrate music. This is nothing new. Eric Fontana is something of a music legend in this part of New England and I'm about to find out why.

The 2013 Rhode Island Music HOF inductee has toured with Clarence Clemons and Nils Lofgren amongst others and opened for Ben Folds, Jason Mraz, Howie Day, Melissa Ferrick, and Josh Ritter. And in the studio? Fontana has worked with the likes of Barbra Streisand, No Doubt, and the Dropkick Murphy's. This is going to be a fun conversation.

Ryan: Sometimes the best way to get to know an artist is to watch them create. Can you walk me through one of your songs so folks can get to know you?

Eric Fontana: Okay, let's go with 'Happy Star' off my first record (Sound Station Seven). This one's written about my Grandfather on my mother’s side , Alfred Hynes. He was born in Ireland and his family settled in South Boston for a time before moving to Brooklyn. When I was little we go go on very long and wonderful walks through Forest Park in Queens and rest on a bench to share a soda and a bag of potato chips. This song is kind of a dream like description of the memory of those fantastic moments.

Ryan: I love the childlike sense of wonder on Happy Star. When's the first time you recall being completely captivated by a song? 

Fontana: I would say the first memory of being really blown over by a song, once I had started playing myself was 'Across The Universe' off the White Album.  

Fontana: I had never head lyrics like that or a melody and chords so beautiful and moving. Most recently I think it would be a tie between 'God’s Comic' from Elvis Costello’s ‘Spike’ album and Joan Osbourne’s cover of 'What Becomes of The Broken Hearted.'

Ryan:  A lot of people argue the Beatles are unequaled. Were they there since the beginning for you? 

Fontana: My first memories of hearing music was listening to my parents copy of “Johnny Cash; Live at San Quentin” and watching re-runs of The Monkees tv show. After that it was all KISS. But once I heard The Beatles, that was it for me – and kind of still is. 

Fontana: I taught myself to play guitar at age 12 from The Beatles Complete songbook, and played my first paying show ever at age 14 at my 8th grade junior high dance in Sparta, NJ , with my first band – Glass Onion! 

Fontana played in a recent Outlaw Roadshow lineup

Ryan:  Let's make this real.. what are your artist goals for the next 12 months?    

Fontana: In  the next year I’d like to put a full electric band together as well as playing more solo acoustic shows. I would like to finish writing and recording some more songs that are half finished but not yet completed. I have about eight notebooks full of over 200 songs.

Eric Fontana has previously released four albums: “Sound Station Seven”, “Hats and Shoes”, “Saving Secret Grace”, and “Studies in R+B.”

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Sickest Monologue Delivery caught on Film?

Go to a quiet room and turn this up loud.  

What's at the heart of a movie comes down to this man reaching this point in the film. He's changed. Alec Guinness quietly delivers a triumph of a monologue. 

Bridge Over the River Kwai
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Sir Alec Guinness
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Al Pacino and the Internet

FLOTSAM and JETSOM - Well hey hey, you're not all worthless social media account users! We can't be everywhere, all the time and that's where the constant eye-of-Sauron comes into play. We were made aware of this fine example of internet ephemera just last week and I finally had ten minutes to publish and share. Remember friends, sharing is caring. Photo credit: Al Pacino at his over-the-top-greatness in Michael Mann's Heat (1995). Nothing dies on the Web. Thankfully. 

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Avi Jacob Surrenders to Listeners on new EP


New England is the latest song from northeast songwriter Avi Jacob and it plays out like a waltz and a prayer. Avi Jacob has released one of the most touching new releases of the year on his must-hear EP, Surrender. On that record you'll find some really impressive tellings, arrangements made through work with The Felice Brothers and perfected across a southern summer.

The songs you are hearing here are influenced by personal narrative and made poignant by Jacob's delivery. Get in on this record. Signed with the indie Skate Mountain Records label, this guy's the real deal. The singer rides high here in the region this month - playing on some really great live appearances around New England.  

Brighton Music Hall w/ Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
Allston, MA

Newport Playhouse
Newport, RI

Parlor- Autism Benefit
Providence, RI

Dreamaway Lodge
Becket, MA

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