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August 30th, 2015

Violence according to Mark's sister @ 02:38 am

Current Mood: beautlewoods
Current Music: Chelsea Wolfe- Survive


First was Gracie and her all star band consisting of Sam Potrykus (founder and creator of all things Hassle) and Travis Hagan (The New Highway Hymnal). They are as tight as whiteys. They did a group of tuneskies from Gracie's debut solo tape. It is gothy woozy indie bliss. Next it was the weirdo weedo pop of Brattleboro VT's Grape Room. Grape Room is what the Jetsons would sound like if they formed a rock band. They were playing lofi rock b roll through a set of synth bloops and zoops. It was so adorable to say the least! To complete the pair of Brattleboro bands we had The Lentils who are the same as Grape Room just the members switch instruments. I heard someone in the audience say "You were the last band." The Lentils are more mellow psych rock. They don't have the same bloops and zoops that Grape Room have. I'm still trying to decide which cartoon characters they remind me of. I dunno, The Flintstones maybe. They even got a few couples in attendance to do funny ballroom dancing. They did a cool little song about heckling Elvis Presley and Barbara Walters. Its a big welcome back to recent DFA signees Guerrilla Toss. They will be joining such dance rock luminaries as LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, and The Juan Maclean. DFA will release an EP from GT later this year and a full length album early next year. Some of their new stuff may be slightly more poppy and melodic than their early stuff but the herky jerky skronk is still there. So is Kassie's excellent squealing. I remember saying last time I saw them that their new songs reminded me a tiny bit of early 00's dance punk. That's the kind of stuff that DFA signs so I can see them landing there. They were only able to play about 40 minutes or so because of the strict 11:00 curfew. I took a few videos of the show but they didn't come out well at all so I'm not going to post them. I may just delete them.
 

August 14th, 2015

Si subject @ 08:50 pm

Current Mood: bap
Current Music: bapbapavbap


How times have changed for Mac Demarco. Just a few short years ago he was an unknown slacker weirdo making hippie bedroom folk. Now I wouldn't say that his sound has changed much but he can certainly draw a crowd. Entering a packed Royale tonight to the sounds of Deerhunter's Microcastle album hipsters of all ages and Yours Truly (probably the least hippest in the whole place) await Mac's triumphant return to the Bay State. Opener Jerry Paper came out wearing what looked like a shine kimono bathrobe, socks and a headset microphone. He was crooning along to recorded loungy synth pop music. Most of the music was preprogrammed synth and drum loops but sometimes he would play along and add some flourishes here and there. On the big screen behind Mr. Paper were these cool computer animated characters. At his mercy area they are selling these computer games. I'm not exactly sure what those are about but I would guess that the graphics are cool. Throughout his set the crowd was chanting "Jerry Jerry Jerry" like they were in the audience for the Jerry Springer Show. I also think he works hard to choreograph his dancing because he got the schlocky dancing down pat. Mac and his band were as always all smiles. They were featuring songs from their most recent releases Another One and Salad Days. They started many songs in their funny countdown. Mac would dance funny and stick his tongue out. Mac and his band have great chemistry on stage and joke around with each other at every show. Throughout the night I could smell weed and cigarette smoke from the crowd. I guess they were disobeying the fact that it wasn't allowed here. Now it was time for one of Mac's famous covers. This was of Reeling in the Years which he also did at Levitation. During some songs clips from obscure movies were show on the screen behind the band. One of them looked like it was from Funny Batman. There was also The one Man Show from July 22 1997 (I was only 12 then. Mac was even younger). At one point he took a few swigs of water and spit it into the crowd. Whoever got hit seemed to feel like he must have baptized them or something. The best part was when Mac did a dramatic stage dive front flip into the crowd. I was hoping that they would include another cover or two in the set. I thought that the Coldplay cover they did in Austin was pretty epic. Afterwards I got to meet Jerry Paper. I told him his set was cool and I loved the visuals.

Mac's setlist

The Way You'd Love Her
Salad Days
Another One
Ode to Viceroy
A Heart Like Hers
The Stars Keep On Calling My Name
Without Me
No Other Heart
My Kind of Woman
Reelin' in the Years (Steely Dan cover)
Just to Put Me Down
I've Been Waiting for Her
Still Together
Encore:
Chamber of Reflection

 

July 18th, 2015

Ehhdhehfhehdh @ 12:11 am

Scorched ear 2:
Stopples were mandatory tonight. Opening the mini fest was Negative One, a band containing Mr. Boston Hassle himself Sam Potrokas. They were led by fiery front woman Angela who before starting the first song armed herself with a sharpie and was marking members of the crowd. This continued throughout the 10 minute or so long set. Their songs were short maybe song song was over a minute long. They were quite right for a band that has only been together for a few months. A few of their songs were about fingers. Next were Vehement Caress. He was one guy and a whole lotta equipment including synths. Tone imodulators , cables, buttons and switches. He created a lot dirty drone complete with screams, beeps, buzzes and other little aural knickknacks. He ended with a church educated on deliverance and the power of the devil. It was now time for Worcester's own Eaten. They kept the death grind alive with songs that I can only assume we're about butterflies, fairies and rainbows (or maybe not) I wasn't sure because I couldn't make out the words. I guess I'd say they reminded me of bands like Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse but with a teence bit more hardcore punk. Mayor Daley were next to scorch your delicate ears. They started with a white flashing warning light placed right under the drum kit. They weren't quite as in your face as the three previous bands. They did have the heavy riffs going but they were the first band to not have a screaming lead vocalist. Her voice was hypnotic almost tribal at times. I liked that. It certainly for their music well. They came all the way from Chicago aka the home of Three Time Stanley Cup Champion The Famous Pitsie to play. I hope they come back. Next was the bubblegum pop of Demon Brother. Oops did I say bubblegum pop? What I meant to say was powerviolence. I didn't see any mosh pits at all throughout the night. Is guess that the Elks Lodge doesn't allow them or the crowd was to scared and intimidated by the crushing noise to move much. Like Vehement Caress they also had weird talking at the end of one of their songs. I couldn't really understand what it was saying. If there was ever a tv show or movie of Buffy the Demon Slayer, these guys would probably kill Buffy in the first episode. Closing up shop was Sissy Spacek the only grindcore band fronted by a famous actress. The whole place just filled with white hot noise. I think I heard a few guttural screams through the sonic wall. Then and Demon Brother were probably the most brutal bands of the night.
 

May 18th, 2015

So Nubject @ 06:26 pm



After 8 years in the making, I found Bally made it to Austin Psych Fest also known as Levitation. I didn't arrive in Austin until early Friday morning so I missed all the Thursday pre parties. Since I was camping I had to check in at the. Camping area and set up my tent. That went smoothly but just as I was about to enter the main fest area it started pouring. Everyone who didn't have an umbrella got very wet. The rain didn't last long but it left a trail of mud in its wake which made for a messy festival. Bands started probably a little after schedule because of the rain. I had to get acclimated to the fest by knowing where each stage was and which stage was which. I was also looking at the vendors that who selling various goods such as clothes, music, jewelry and other artsy stuff. I went back and forth from the three stages initially and caught a few decent songs by White Manna, Hollow Trees and Hundred Visions. I stuck with the garages psych punk of Hundred Visions. I stuck around the Reverberation Stage for Ringo Deathstarr. They were the first band on that I have seen before and I have seen them many times. I didn't recognize about half the songs they played because they were pretty new. With them playing new stuff that probably means that another records from them is on the way. The new songs sounded fine. I think that Daniel had his bass drum to loud because whenever he hit it it sounded like being shot in the chest. A couple girls next to me were covering their ears. Next up I headed to the Elevation Amphitheater for the Holy Dyad. That being the one two punch of triply goodness from Chile's The Holydrug Couple and Austin's own Holy Wave. Unfortunately the Elevation Amphitheater had to be moved from its rightful spot facing the Colorado River for fear of the rising waters. I had to leave Holy Wave early to catch Indian Jewelry in the Levitation Tent. I have been a fan of Indian Jewelry for a long time but I had yet to see them live. Indian Jewelry's electro noise fusion kept me and everybody in the tent in a total trance. In the tent there were all these tv' s in the back of the stage showing different weird shit such as crazy static and psychedelic imagery. As I exited the tent I heard DIIV playing on the main 'Reverberation' stage. They were another one of those bands playing mostly new material because they have a new album coming out probably more recently than Ringo Deathstarr do. I left to see White Fence just as they were staring to go to their older hits. When I asked a few of my friends who their favorite performance at Levitation was a number of them said White Fence. They played a similar set or at least what I saw of them as they did when I saw them in New York last year. I liked them but I left to see Lightning Bolt who I had never seen before in the tent. I could hear them well before entering the tent. Them and A Place To Bury Strangers were probably the two loudest bands playing Psych Fest this year. Drummer/Vocalist Brian Chippendale came out masked and ready with his microphone in mask as usual. Guitarist Brian Gibson brought the buzz saw riffs. Since I was towards the back and on my way out to see Spiritualized I missed the naked man who came up on stage with the Brians with his antes hanging out. For those who have seen them before Spiritualized are like a religious experience live. I thought it was interesting that the album they played the most songs from was Amazing Grace which is one of their lesser popular albums.

Spiritualized set list

Here It Comes (The Road, Let's Go)

Lord Let It Rain on Me

Electricity

Shine a Light

Electric Mainline

She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)

Soul on Fire

Oh Baby

Rated X

Walkin' with Jesus

With four songs left I did the most blasphemous thing I could have done. I left Spiritualized early. I missed them doing Walkin' with Jesus. At least I have seen them play that song live before. I left early to see The Soft Moon for the first time. At this fest I was making it a point to see as many bands that I love that I had never seen live before. Since I had seen Spiritualized many times before I felt that it was okay to leave them early. The Soft Moon were one of the best performances of the night. They have the energy and intensity that most bands wish they had. Frontman Luis Vasquez commanded the stage by  playing everything from guitar and synths to bongos and even banging on a met trash can. Their coldwave/post punk got me and others bouncing. Too bad they had to play during heavy hitters like Spiritualized and The Sword or else they would have had a bigger crowd. By the way for dinner I had the yummiest quesadilla which consisted of yellow squash, zucchini and black beans. On my way to the man stage for Tame Impala I caught a couple of stoner heaviness from The Sword. Aussies Tame Impala were closing out the Reverb Stage. Last time I saw them opening for the Flaming Lips in 2013 it sounded like Kevin Parker's guitar was on acid. I don't this his guitar took as much acid this time. I think it only smoked weed or something. They kicked things off with their new single Let It Happen. This song may very well set the tone for their upcoming album Currents. The song winds and bends around a steady beat that midway through sounds like a record skipping on purpose. By the end of the song the vocals go into "Daft Punk Mode" where Mr. Parker almost sounds like a robot singing. Most of their set had songs from their 2012 breakout album Lonerism including Be Above it, Mind Mischief, Elephant and the Beatles riding a magic carpet hit Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.

Tame Impala Setlist

Intro

Let It Happen

Mind Mischief

Sestri Levante

It Is Not Meant to Be

Why Won't They Talk to Me?

Elephant

Be Above It

Alter Ego

Eventually

Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?

Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Apocalypse Dreams I did not see the end of their set because I left to see the mighty onrush coming up known as METZ. METZ kicked things off with the crushing screamer Dirty Shirt. They just put out their new album METZ II (c'mon guys you couldn't think of a more creative title) I guess the music speaks for it self. It's just a bunch more rippers following where their debut left off.

DAY 2!!!

Saturday morning I woke up in my tent to the sounds of rap and reggae music playing from somewhere nearby. Then I heard a Jesus & Mary Chain (April Skies to be exact) blasting loudly and I realized that I was hearing their soundcheck coming from the main stage. Another special perk for campers was that they got to see even more music at an extra stage set up in the camping area. Most of the music was on the droopier side especially late at night to lull people to sleep. Some of the highlights of the camping stage were Burning Palms who describe their sound as "witch rock" basically dark driving female fronted rock n roll. Also recent Flaming Lips collaborators New Fumes who went on right after the Flaming Lips closed the main stage on Day 3. They did the strangest Beatles cover I have ever heard. The camping stage featured some bands: Silent Land Time Machine, Symbol and Thousand Foot Whale Claw on an Austin based record label called Holodeck Records. There was another band that was playing right when I got there that I don't know their name. They were kind of like electro coldwave. I'd love to know who they were. Now it was on to the main festival. I was waiting for Ex-Cult to come on but it wasn't time for them yet so my friends and I headed to the Amphitheater for the sitar and tabla stylings of Gourishankar Karmakar & Indrajit Banerjee. They also did a set the next day at the camping stage. I saw a few ragas then I went back to the tent for Ex-Cult. I'd describe Ex-Cult as a cross between METZ and Eagulls. By that I mean I find them more noise punk than Eagulls and more post-punk than METZ. They did my favorite song of theirs Cigarette Machine which got me bouncing. Next we went back to the Amphitheater for L.A. Witch. There need to be more bands like them. All girls doing psych rock. It can't only be a man's game. Their front woman reminds me of a psych rock Joan Jett. The first band we saw at the main stage were the Blank Tapes from Los Angeles. They were oh so groovy. Their singer was dressed up like a psychedelic disco sailor. I liked this one song they did where he sang "I Think I Took Too Much Took Too Much Much Took Too Much. I Think I Took Too Much Took Too Much Much Took Too Much. They were heavier than I remember them being when I saw them on TV a few years ago. It was tent time again for Electropsych weirdos Fever The Ghost. It was rock with loopy synchs and other noises mixed in.The TV's with the triply patterns in the background complemented their music perfectly. They were decent and got my friends dancing. Levitation is a globally diverse festival and the next 2 bands prove why. We have China's Chui Wan and Vaadat Charigim who are Israeli. I only saw a little part of each of their sets. Chui Wan put an oriental spin on things. They didn't use any pipas that I know of though. I would have liked to have seen them use a pip which kinda sounds like a Chinese sitar. Vaadat Charigim which translates to Exceptions Committee in English are louder and more shoegazey. Burger Records has been giving them a bit of a push. I would have liked to have seen more from them but I really wanted to see Night Beats. I kept telling my friend how good Night Beats are and that she must see them with me. Well I can say that they made a new fan that night. Like Ringo Deathstarr and DIIV, Night Beats were playing a bunch of new songs that will be on an upcoming album. I left Night Beats a couple songs early (not before they did my favorite track Outta Mind) to go off to the Amphitheater to see my favorite spaghetti western songsters Spindrift. They appeared to have a new lineup. Other than Kirkpatrick I didn't recognize the other members. They revolved around their more western stuff as the sun set. I wanted them to play more of their dark droney stuff like they have years ago. They were on for almost an hour. Too bad The Black Ryder had the misfortune of having to be on at the same time as Spindrift and Thee Oh Sees. I remember seeing Aimee from TBR in The Morning After Girls when they opened for BRMC in 2006. I only saw about a half a song of theirs and would loved to have seen more. I have wanted to see Thee Oh Sees ever since I became a fan of theirs in 2011/2012. Unfortunately they never seem to come to Boston. I looked up and the last time they came was in 2010. So anyway now was finally my chance to see them! Thee Oh Sees mixed the new with the old that night.

Thee Oh Sees setlist:

I Come From the Mountain

Tunnel Time

The Dream

Tidal Wave

Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster

Withered Hand

Rogue Planet

Turned Out Light

Dead Energy

Sticky Hulks

Carrion Crawler

Web

I went towards the Amphitheater to get some dinner and hear a couple of Mystic Braves songs. My friends stuck around to watch more Mystic Braves but I waited in the tent at see some This Will Destroy You until Primal Scream started. I am only able to see a tiny portion of TWDY when I heard the opening riff of Rocks at the main stage. I was supposed to see Primal Scream last year but they postponed their tour until 2015. They were great. Bobby Gillipsie had terrific energy and seemed much younger than his 52 years. The band has had most of the same lineup since the mid 90's. One thing I love about them is that they can pull off multiple sounds well. They started with their more rock n roll stuff from earlier in their career. As they went on they got into their more electro/experimental stuff which is some of my favorite music of theirs. I was dancing like a hippie at Woodstock throughout their whole set. They were so good I decided to see them in Boston one week later.

Primal Scream setlist

Rocks

Can't Go Back

Jailbird

Accelerator

Kill All Hippies

Burning Wheel

Shoot Speed/Kill Light

Damaged

Higher Than the Sun

Autobahn 66

Swastika Eyes

Country Girl

Loaded

Movin' On Up

I figured that it would take a while for Jesus & Mary Chain to set up so I went to the tent for some Health. Health are back on the scene with their first album in 6 years. I heard their new single New Coke and I find it a little bit more poppy than I am used to from them but I still like it. I probably saw half of their set in which they combined noise and electronics well. I'm glad they did their song We Are Water which just happens to be my favorite of theirs before I had to leave for Jesus & Mary Chain. Jesus & Mary Chain started with some of their non Psychocandy hits. They saved Psychcandy for the last half of their set. As they kept playing I was wondering if Bobby from Primal Scream would come out and join them considering that he was a drummer for J&MC in their early days. During the Psychocandy songs there were all these different cool visuals going on on the screen behind them including the Psychocandy album cover during Just Like Honey, these motorcycle guys going fast during The Living End and general psychedelic imagery during Never Understand. I'm sure most of the bands playing cite J&MC as a big influence. For example A Place To Bury Strangers use the similar loud guitar fuzz that Jesus & Mary Chain used on Psychocandy.

Jesus & Mary Chain setlist

April Skies

Head On

Some Candy Talking

Psychocandy

Up Too High

Reverence

Upside Down

Just Like Honey

The Living End

Taste the Floor

The Hardest Walk

Cut Dead

In a Hole

Taste of Cindy

Never Understand

Inside Me

Sowing Seeds

My Little Underground

You Trip Me Up

Something's Wrong

It's So Hard

DAY 3!

On Sunday I didn't wake up to soundcheck music yet. I headed to the camping stage for some pre-Psychfest performances. There was this band of older guys At first I thought they were some no name local Austin band. I later found out that they were Texas Bob Juarez from seminal English indie band the Television Personalities and Graham Bonnar who has played with Swervedriver and Brian Jonestown Massacre. They did a set of Television Personalities songs including I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives, Look Back in Anger and A Picture of Dorian Grey. I didn't realize that I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives was actually written when Syd Barrett was still alive and Look Back in Anger came out more than 10 years before Oasis's Don't Look Back in Anger. For a while I was just chilling out, charging my phone and talking to random people that I met. Including this guy who came from Baltimore who is in a psych band from that area. They weren't playing by the way. I could hear bands playing in the background while I was chilling but to be honest I wasn't paying that much attention to them. The first band I recall actually watching was the Samsara Blues Experiment from Berlin, Germany. They got the heavy stoner riffs mixed with simple blues rock. I don't know how much they actually play in the USA but they were good. After blues and repeated reincarnation I went to the main stage for The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. For those who don't know this is the band that contains Sean Lennon and his girlfriend. You can hear the family influence in their music but I find them a bit pretentious but then again it's hard to not be just a little pretentious when your parents are John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It was tent time again for a band that I didn't know anything about except for the fact that I overheard someone recommend seeing them. This was ZZZ's from Japan. The first couple songs of theirs were just instrumental noise which I loved. The next few got more melodic and had vocals. They didn't say much to the crowd except for "We are ZZZ's" with a heavy accent. About halfway home into their set I left the tent for Mac Demarco. This was my first time seeing the indie-folk goofball live. He and his band were quacking jokes between and even during songs. After a few amusing songs a member of his band asked the crowd "Who wants to hear the most muthafuckin' psychedelic song of all time?" The "most muthafuckin' psychedelic song of all time" turned out to be the most most muthafuckin' psychedelic cover of Coldplay's Yellow of all time. There was also a nice muthafuckin' psychedelic cover of Steely Dan's Reelin' in the Years. Mac is quite the entertainer and if somehow if they get sick of being musicians Mac and his band could easily become a comedy troupe.

Mac's setlist

Salad Days

Blue Boy

Cooking Up

Something Good

The Stars Keep On Calling My Name

Ode to Viceroy

I'm a Man

Yellow  (Coldplay cover)

Brother

Baby's Wearin' Blue Jeans

Reelin' in the Years  (Steely Dan cover)

Rock and Roll Night Club

Chamber of Reflection

Still Together

Mac Demarco was one of the quieter acts to play this weekend. Now it was time to go from soft to stentorian. I got those stopples back in for Nothing. Last year I saw Nothing with Ceremony (the punk band not the shoegaze band) and Nothing blew them away with their heavy guitar swirls. Tonight was no exception but I'd say it was more like guitar twirls and fwirls (is that even a word?). The Black Angels are the band that started the Austin Psych Fest in 2008. They are the only band that has played in every year of its existence. The Black Angels performed a career retrospective featuring 5 songs from their debut album Passover which just so happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time. They also gave us a peek into the now with newer songs Waterloo Waltz, I Dreamt & Molly Moves My Generation.

The Black Angels's setlist

Waterloo Waltz

Entrance Song

The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven

Evil Things

The Prodigal Sun

You on the Run

Indigo Meadow

Better Off Alone

I Dreamt

Bad Vibrations

Young Men Dead

Molly Moves My Generation

Black Grease

Right after The Black Angels I retented for Fat White Family. I saw them in New York last year at CMJ and loved them. I was expecting to see a lot of skin. Their singer always takes his shirt off and sometimes he takes even more off. They tore through the songs on their album. And made everybody sweat if the heat wasn't already enough. It was now time for history to be made. The 13th Floor Elevators were performing with at least most of their original line up for the first time in 47 years. That's before most of you reading this were born. This was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their inception. I was hoping that they'd be good. About a month earlier I saw another band from the same era, The Sonics who had 3 of the same original members and they sounded great. The Elevators have 4 original members left. To be honest I have never been that familiar with them and their music. I asked my parents if they listened to them in the 60's and they don't remember them. Since I had just come from the tent I was pretty far back and couldn't see them that well. In the first few songs I kept hearing the funny almost buzzing sound. I later realized that it was the electric jug. They went through probably the more popular songs in their catalog.

13th Floor Elevators setlist

She Lives (In a Time of Her Own)

Fire Engine

Earthquake

Tried to Hide

Slip Inside This House

(I've Got) Levitation

Splash 1

Kingdom of Heaven (Is Within You)

Nobody to Love

Reverberation

Roller Coaster

You're Gonna Miss Me

Next was the band I was most excited about, A Place to Bury Strangers. As always the stage lights are dim, the smoke fills the stage and the strobes come on. They started slow with You Are The One. Things picked up during the next two songs Deadbeat and You Are The One. I don't know exactly who took it but there is this amazing picture of Oliver's guitar way up in the air mid throw. The picture was taken at the perfect time because I think it's at it's highest point. I'm pretty sure APTBS have the pic as their Facebook cover photo currently. They went into a few songs from their new album Transfixiation. They ended with a brutally amazing version of I Lived My Life… At the end Oliver stayed on stage and just kept making guitar noises. A few minutes after they finished the song the members came back out with colored strobe lights and some of the Flaming Lips balloons and turned it into a weird rave. I love them as always but I was disappointed at how short their set was. They were only playing for about a half hour (not including the weird rave) The Psychfest organizers should have given them a longer set time. I didn't see very much of the Flaming Lips because I was for the most part staying in the tent for APTBS and Fuzz. I saw a few Lips songs between APTBS and Fuzz. I couldn't see them at all because I was too far back so I can't say much about their visuals except that I could see a lot of color coming from the stage. I know they did the Yeah Yeah Yeah song as well as Psychiatric Explorations Of The Fetus With Needles. That has to be one of my favorite song titles ever. Now it was FUZZ TIME! Fuzz consists of Ty Segall, Charles Charles Mootheart of the Ty Segall Band and Chad Ubovich of the Meatbodies. By the way in Fuzz Ty plays no guitar. He drums and sings and he's as good a drummer as he is a guitarist. Fuzz were on for an hour. They did most of the stuff from their eponymous debut album. They threw in a couple new songs which got my hopes up to another Fuzz album happening in the not too distant future. The crowd in the tent doubled in size after the Flaming Lips finished. Fuzz got the best pit out of all the bands this whole fest.

 

May 5th, 2015

I have here enclosed you the two letters I promised @ 03:04 am

Current Mood: anoldmanwantedtoleaveallofhismo‎
Current Music: Pink Floyd- Astronomy Domine


Tonight started off right with some killer noise as well as rawk from Pucker Up. Anything goes now with up and coming mathemagicians LAIR. The duo did their first couple of songs instrumental but the vocals kicked in by song #3. For some songs the drummer had something in his mouth that looked like an electric kazoo. Here's hoping that it was. Okay let's say it was an electric kazoo and he will be soon starting a new one man band where he tootles o that electric kazoo like a mad man and kicks around a crash cymbal. Anyway towards the end of their impressive set said drummer dude (and electric kazoo maven) played so hard that his crash cymbal fell off. How's that for an exit. Next were Hassle luminaries Guerrilla Toss. I had a feeling that they were going to be as skronkish as usual. They played a few new jams which to me gravitated towards early 80's no wave and early 00's dance punk. Don't worry folks, there was still plenty of that trisexual disco that you know and love from them. I was just afraid that the hardwood floor would shatter from all the bouncing up and down everybody was doing as they played. OK the stage was now set for power rock superheroes Pile to make their long awaited homecoming to a sold out crowd. These guys thrive on heavy riffs and a thick rhythm section. Pile are the true All-American Badasses (take that Kid Rock). These guys put out a kickass new record You’re Better Than This just a couple months ago which is just a smörgåsbord of the 3 R's Rock, Roll & Riffs. You can tell these gentlemen work hard to incorporate these 3 R's into their live show. They just put their all into everything (unlike most mainstream bands). I guess Pile could be described as heavy alt rock meets the good aspects of post hardcore (non of that screamo bullshit) . I really like this emergence of bands this decade (Pile, Speedy Ortiz, etc.) who are taking influence from 90's guitar heavy alternative rock. Pile will certainly keep that torch going.
 

April 27th, 2015

Stands in for the president at a Rainbow Jersey event with a gay NBA star @ 03:25 am

Current Mood: siftp
Current Music: Primus- Too Many Puppies


This was Boston Hassle's monthly shindig of the month. (Yeah I know I used month twice but whatevz) This was as nasty as garage punk can get. Kickin' things off was Cambridge's own hardkore punkers White Pages. They tore through about 10 songs in less than 20 minutes. Heavy Lids were here to bring the synth punk noise. Basically co headlining this gig with The Monsieurs were Gonerific nasty boys Buck Biloxi and the Fucks. As you would have expected it was some dirty ass garage trash. They were or at least their music was pretty much fueled by booze and sniffing glue. Considering that they are also from NOLA, I wonder if they have ever played with Babes who I saw with Wand earlier in the week. As it turns out BB&TF have played with Babes before. The Monsieurs are always a fun adventure to see live. Things got more insane than ever tonight and I LOVED IT. They started with Hilken and Erin at their respective instruments and Andy sprawled out on an orange couch in the middle of the stage. Earlier in the day the Lilypad hosted a spring cleaning yard sale selling records, toys and other shit. Well anyway one of the items that was left over was a toy suitcase full of Monopoly money. Early into their set The Monsieurs "made it rain" and the cash was all over the club. Throughout the set Andy continuously went into the crowd and rolled around on the couch but he never missed a beat with the lyrics. By the end of the set the crowd was lifting up the couch with Andy on it and a few light fixtures had been damaged. I guess it's not a true Monsieurs gig unless something breaks
 

April 9th, 2015

heart ... is emily kiss emoticon @ 03:03 am

Current Mood: gummmz
Current Music: Wand- Floating Head


It was an Illegally Blind kind of April Fools day with WAND, Babes, Black Beach & Idiot Genes. This was the garage punk event of the spring. Idjut Genes were ready to kick things off bringin' the gunk. They are sloppy sweet. We had more singing of booze, drugs, dix & vajayjays which they are known for. Here is what they played according to their setlist: Doorbell, Mirror, Have It, Grubby Teeth, Junkie, Junkin' No Words, Work, Sick Road. Junkie by the way was a sick cover of a Dead Milkmen tune. Now it was time for Black Beach to go hard. They banged through a bunch of tuneskies from their Play Loud, Die Vol. 1. record. I also heard some newbies that I'm guessing will appear on Play Loud, Die Vol. 2. These guys play a lot around the area so if you have the chance to see them do it! The first non local opener was Babes who are from New Orleans. I wasn't familiar with them at all but I'd heard that they were good. They impressed the hell out of me. They were a trio of three guys that played guitar, synth and drums. The sound reminded me of a dirtier version of The Screamers but the singer's stage presence reminded me of Hunx or Lux Interior. Band members came out with veils over their heads. The singer had his face painted completely white. By the end of the show a lot of glitter was tossed crowdward and his clothes came off except for his skimpy underwear. He did the last song running around in the crowd sharing his sweat with everyone. You may know Wand frontman Cory Hanson from his work with Ty Segall, Pangea & The Meatbodies. I found them to be SUPER LOUD. Nobody from Wand got next to naked on stage. The drummer did remove his shirt but that's about it. Their set consisted of top trax from both their albums. They finised us off with an epic rendition of Generator Larping which is probably my favorite song from Ganglion Reef. If you missed this one you should be regretting it.
 

April 3rd, 2015

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Current Mood: excusemeitunsne
Current Music: The Phenomenal Handclap Band- Following


I can say that I have finally seen the super-duper group known as Diamond Rugs! First of all let me tell you about these Rugs. They consist of John McCauley and Robbie Crowell of Deer Tick, Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Ian Saint Pe formerly of the Black Lips, Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite & Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. I have seen 4 of these guys play with their original bands before. This was probably their first real full US tour. They only played a handful of shows in support of their 2012 debut. The first opener was Justin Collins, a singer songwriter and producer. He has actually produced for Deer Tick and did both Diamond Rugs albums. His backing band was Robbie & Bryan of the Rugs. Their set was some garagey blues-rock goodness. As I was watching Mr. Collins's set I was standing with my main men Hardy and John. I commented to Hardy that his haircut almost made him look like Cole of The Black LipsI have known them for a while because of the many times I have seen Deer Tick and Dead Confed. Both of these fine dudes because fathers within the past year so congrats to them. Next up were Georgia good-ol-boys New Madrid. Actually they looked quite young. They are an ordinary indie rock band with a nice Southern twist. I guess I can liken them to a plain pice of pork slathered in BBQ Sauce. Now it's RUGS TIME! First thing I noticed when they came out was that they were a 5 piece. A Rug was missing. Unfortunately Steve had another commitment and couldn't make the show tonight. To all the fans of Los Lobos, mucho, mucho condolences. John seemed a bit out of it. Supposedly one of the New Madrid guys put some acid in his mussels marinara or something. John McCauley as all of you may know is such an alcohol connoisseur that he equips his mike stand with a cupholder. That brings a whole new meaning to Gimme A Beer. As they were going into Gimme A Beer they tossed a few cans of Coors Light into the crowd. At first I noticed that Ian's mike wasn't getting enough vocal. I was disappointed that I could barely hear him singing Hightail but by the time they played Blue Mountains they fixed the issue and I could hear him just fine. Every song Diamond Rugs played is on one of their two albums. So if you own both Diamond Rugs albums and listen to them nonstop you should know every song by heart. One new song they did Motel Room is about someone who bowdlerized himself with a ragged strident-B twine out of a dozen-hawser musical instrument having a flat-backed rounded body that narrows in the middle, a long fretted neck, and usually six strings, played by strumming or plucking in a Motel Room. The Rugs have great chemistry and seemed to be having a lot of fun on stage. I'm hoping for a third Rugs album at some point if they are not too busy with their other bands

The Rugs setlist: Voodoo Doll, Thunk, Hightail, Gimme A Beer, Clean, Couldn't Help It, Live and Shout It, Motel Room, So What, Blame, Hungover and Horny, Call Girl Blues, Country Mile, 100 Sheets, Blue Mountains, Killin' Time, Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant, Totally Lonely, Big God
 

January 10th, 2015

I wanna do the vada vada vada vada. Let's do the vada vada vada vada. Vada vada vada vada vada vada @ 02:32 am

Current Mood: vadavada
Current Music: Modest Mouse- Missed The Boat


Ok everyone! First show of the year and it was a good one. Tijuana Panthers & The Garden were bringing some west coast love northeastward for a short joint tour. Opening up were local boys The Pits. The Pits consist of a couple of Idiot Genes and a Dirtnap or two. As I would have thought they played loud fast punk rock similar to their other bands. I even saw the other Idiot Genes in the crowd cheering them on. Not it was time for the So Cal boys to provide some heat on a very very cold winter's night. I had seen The Garden a few months earlier supporting The Growlers. The Garden do not play any actual guitars on stage. The guitar they use is a bass for those deep throbbing riffs. You can call it Vada Vada because that's what The Garden wants you to call it. I call it fun music to bounce to. They have this cool androgynous style to them. To be honest the first time I saw them I wasn't sure that they were both male. They started with a block of fast punk thumpers. Then midway into their set I saw Wyatt put down his bass and Fletcher get up from his drum throne. You know what time it is! RAP BREAK! The beats were turned on and the Shears Bros started jumping and flailing around the stage as they delivered their sick rhymes. At one point one of them tried hanging from the pipes. Okay now it was back to rawking which they did with a bunch more loud fast thumpers. Here's their setlist (or at least what it said on their setlist. I don't know for sure if they played all these songs.)
Express/27
Cells Stay Clean
Crystal Clear
Slice Em'
I'll Stop By Tomorrow Night
Rainbow
*rap break*
Hologram
Jester's Game
Everything Has A Face
I Want That Nose
Cloak
*end rap break*
Vexation
We Don't Need Em'
New Song
Surprise
I'll Be Right Here
Woman
This Can Build Us a Home
What We Are
You're Down
Apple/Vada Vada
Grass

It was now the Tijuana Panthers' turn to power up. TP did a great job at power punking. They remind me a lot of fellow cali rockers The Soft Pack. I'd say that they are more garagey than The Garden and more about the straight forward rock. Not rap breaks from them. They played songs from their latest album such as Sooner or Later & Cherry Street. The best part was when they played "Fired" because I requested it before the show. They even thanked me for the request and gave me a shout out. At the end they did a two song encore (their first one on the tour as they said) It included an older track "Crew Cut" from back when they sported crew cuts. Their last song was a cover of The Buzzcocks' Everybody's Happy Nowadays. They covered it well. These guys are just genuine down to earth rock n rollers and that's what I love about them.
 

January 2nd, 2015

coming off to them before the concert @ 02:27 am

Current Mood: iobpwbsostsstfuysb
Current Music: various songs from the list


50 favorite songs of 2014

In no order
Whirr- Heavy
Wand- Screaming Eye
The Vines- Into The Fire
The Vacant Lots- Mad Mary Jones
Ty Segall- The Hand
Thee Oh Sees- Penetrating Eye
Tijuana Panthers- Fired
Sun Kil Moon- Ben's My Friend
Ringo DeathStarr- Flower Power
Priests- And Breeding
Parquet Courts- Ducking & Dodging
Fat White Family- Heaven On Earth
Quilt- Mary Mountain
Protomartyr- Scum Rise
The People's Temple- Lover Boy
Caribou- Our Love
Nothing- Dig
Pangea- Depress
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart- Until The Sun Explodes
The Orwells- Southern Comfort
Mr. Twin Sister- In the House of Yes
The Men- Pearly Gates
Meatbodies- The Master
Liars- Mess On A Mission
Le Sera- Losing to the Dark
King Tuff- Demon From Hell
Jack White- Lazaretto
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness- Faust
Iceage- The Lord's Favorite
The Raveonettes- Kill!
Haunted Hearts- Up Is Up (But So Is Down)
Future- In Your Eyes
The Foreign Resort- Dave
White Fence- Like That
Eagulls- Nerve Endings
Diarrhea Planet- Heat Wave
Dead Leaf Echo- so.wrong
Damaged Bug- Metal Hand
Cloud Nothings- I’m Not Part of Me
Bleeding Rainbow- So You Know
The Black Angels- Diamond Eyes
Beverly- Honey Do
Bass Drum of Death- Black Don't Glow
Alvvays- Adult Diversion
Ariel Pink- Black Ballerina
Allah-Las- Had It All
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard- Hot Wax
The Growlers- Big Toe
Cheatahs- Geographic
Hookworms- On Leaving
 

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