Sunday, August 22, 2010

September Bands- my thoughts

Just wanted to write a quick note about September, that way when 'other' blogs post their Sept thoughts I wont seem bitter when mine is completely different.
September 1st the Paradise reopens and Boston gets to see how Marina and the Diamonds balance actual songs with hype. But a chance to see her in a small venue - not to be missed.
September 7th Telekinesis plays TT the Bears, we have been playing their first album to death and are looking to see this transfer to the flesh. Somebody still Loves you Boris Yeltsin is the headliner and their new album holds up.
On the 8th Hot Hot Heat and 22-20s play Middle East Downstairs, 22-20s are a bold bluesy rock band with some class tracks, we keep bumping into this band and they keep us smiling. Hot Hot Heat are a fun solid band and will entertain.
On the 10th The Charlatans play Royale, if of course there are no injuries, everyone knows their class tunes and the Royale is still relatively intimate.
On the 11th we are heading down to Providence to see Surfer Blood and the Drums, two very buzzy bands play Jerkys- again a good chance to see bands down and dirty.
On the 12th we will be seeing turbo Fruits, (be your own Pet minus Jemina pearl) at middle east upstairs.
Biffy Clyro, scottish rockers extraodinaire make it to Great Scott, electric live it will be a thrill to see them at such a small venue.
The 15th we travel to Londonderry, NH and back in time to see The alarm play the Tupelo Music Hall, a bit of a twee fun but these gigs are fun.
On the 22nd The Boxer Rebellion play Middle East Upstairs with The augustines- Pela's reincarnation as support.
The Boxer Rebellion were a huge hit at SXSW2010 and I look forward to seeing a more intimate performance here.
No not over yet
Klaxons return to Boston on Sept 24th and we will get to hear the new album, its not Great Scott but The Paradise can be just as much fun.
Sept 28th we see Best Coast recently lauded as NME's hope for the best new band around play with the just as loved Male Bonding also playing at Middle East Downstairs- who in their sane mind would miss this?
And last but in no mean least we get Foals and Esben and The witch playing The Paradise on Sept 29th. I love love love seeing Foals play live and seem to have been waiting with bated breath since they came off stage two years ago in Boston.
So a busy month but so MANY MANY great bands.

Palmdale- Hollywood meets Boston

So TT's got Boston Rock Queen when Kay Hanley visited on 8/16 the shame is she brought her pals, both audience and bands.
The Future Everybody opened, locals with little talent, not offensive but not good.
Then the worst piece of crap I have seen onstage since Pants Yell! or The Luxury came on- Triple Cobra.
Sporting white jumpsuits, well apart from one member wearing a white lace 'wedding dress' hiked up to show the crotch area.
Marry that to the fancy shaped guitars (lets get the star shaped one), the attempt to out Spinal Tap Spinal Tap, the lack of songs, the lack of talent and the lack of a decent vocal well perhaps you can guess my opinion.
Kay and Linus put on a fun show though they still lack a huge bank of songs, Kay however did lash out at a loser who had been videoing Kay the whole night. The funnier part is the woman actually just changed to another of her video cameras to finish the night.
The audience was a bit weird too, we walked out with night blindness from all the flash photography. Now I suffer a lot of bad lighting but the lighting that night was good, a nice mellow orange yellow light to flatter Kay as she ages, there was no excuse for all the flash usage. and how many hundreds of pictures of Kay's face does one person really need?
Give me my new indie bands breaking in, the vibe is so much sweeter and decent.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Asimilation? perhaps not LOL

Driving in to see Warpaint and Beach Fossils, I was stuck in traffic hell because of mr retard Mayor Tom Menino who closes down one lane of Soldiers Field Rd to allow retarded idiots go see oldies at the hatchshell. Spending 40 minutes to drive two miles and having retarded pieces of shit cut you off right left and center made me want to kill certain Bostonians so much that either I am a real Bostonian cause all of us react like this or I am a uptight UK Baitch who hates to see wise ass Bostonian push their luck- Oh Well!
On the other side, it was a nice relaxed time catching the sound checks, we also ended up in a chat with the Beach Fossils Drummer and new guitarist which was fun.
Beach Fossils were on first and promptly blew everyone away with a gazillion ton of reverb and a sound haze that had everyone dancing in the hot humid space.
Again I started to feel more acclimated, such a sweet energetic gig and they were so well received.
Javelin came on and though I enjoyed them a bit, after about 20 minutes all I really wanted was them to stop.
As Warpaint set up, all both Peter and I could think was wow their bass player is a bit weird, just seems a bit in the deep end, last to set up and did not seem very grounded.
When Warpaint started, the music took over and so did the reverb, the joke of the evening was Great Scott probably used their whole month's reverb allowance in one hot humid evening.
Warpaint has great sings and every single one of the girls take vocals for at least one song and guess what none of them suck they all harmonise and really hit the spot.
They sang Billie Holliday as an encore and it was stunning.
Some songs were a trifle overlong but this is a band I would go see again in a heartbeat and recommend others to do the same.
On a side note there must be the idea Warpaint are going to be big, traveling with them was Parker, the sound guy that also does The Cribs and Franz Ferdinand big shoes looking after these ladies.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Recently I have been starting to appreciate a wider range of American bands.
Gold Motel, so dreamily perfect with bluesy tendency without any annoying tendencies and a wonderfully mellow laid back acoustic concert at TT's reinforced this.
Twin sister- from Brooklyn/Long Island starting to grow on me, live too shy and not forthcoming but such growing promise.
Then we have a wonderful trilogy of Beach Fossils, Warpaint and Best Coast. Warm fuzzy summer tones with reverb shimmering in the background, this fails to fall into teh normal American meh category and fixates itself into my brain.
The question is am I becoming American or is the US actually producing a bumper crop of class acts to embrace into our bosom and support as best we can.
Yesterday I was asked to provide music (about seven hours) for my work summer outing, my first though add the Gold Motel, Best Coast, Beach Fossils, First Aid Kit and Villagers album mix and let the chill out zone start. I am creating a mix but I find these artists are making a substantial contribution. This amuses me and makes me hope that as the hopelessly clueless here this musical perfection they will inquire and perhaps learn one never knows.