Hadn't seen maaaaak for a long time @ 08:17 pm
I am neither sister, brother, son or daughter
I am neither walker or sleeper
November 20th, 2015
Hadn't seen maaaaak for a long time @ 08:17 pm
An amazing week of psychedelic garage pink kicked off with Wand. As you may know Wand are BFF's with Ty Segall and a couple of the guys will be joining Ty as part of his Muggers tour next year. Wand just released their second knockbuttocks record of 2015 1000 Days. I find this album to be a little mellowed than their previous efforts. The best part of the album is that most of the songs remind me of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd. But before we could get Wanded we needed to sit or stand through two of the best local bands to psych out the Boston area. Midriffs (never call them the Midriffs. They hate the word the) kicked things off. Midriffs played almost every song they know. They aren't used to playing for 40+ minutes. They jammed out their mega hits including Death Beach, White Washed and Green on the Grass. Next we have psych drone legends Ghost Box Orchestra. They have been churning out thick dark drones for almost 10 years. This show was one of their few supporting a new EP Sound of Eternal Now. It's always been the same from them great musicianship and killer riffling. This was my second time seeing Wand this year. The first time I saw them in April was probably the loudest performance is seen this year until I saw J&MC and APTBS this fall. I didn't think they wee quite as loud this time. They were just as good. This performance really showed off Cory Hanson's skills as a guitarist and whatever else instruments he plays. They songs were a bit tripper. It really made me wish that someone were doing liquid light projections.
November 6th, 2015
Hassle fest @ 06:03 pm
Kicking things off at Hasslefest was Black Beach. Off all the bands playing Thursday they are probably the one I was most familiar with. They rock! And they are quite loud doing so as well. They introduced one song as being from their upcoming full length album which I am pumped about. Next in the other room were World Cup. They combined simple guitar riffs with more complex synth sounds at one point it almost sounded like the synth was saying "Oh ah ih oh ah ih ohhhhhh". They were completely instrumental so they weren't using vocals to do that. They reminded me a tiny bit of Battles who have an ex member playing he fest on Saturday. What I think is cool is that with the two stages, one band can set up while another is playing and they when that band finishes the next one can go on right away. So back to the original room for Joss. Joss is a one woman electro machine. Her music is pre programmed on a laptop while she sings and monotones the lyrics. The pounding beats remind me of bands like Vitalic and Factory Floor. I'd say it's maybe a cross between Vaporwave and Witch House. This weekend our next band Cave Bears were celebrating their 10th anniversary. To celebrate they were telling stories about their band and their love for the Grateful Dead and playing hippie jams influenced by their favorite band. I have heard a lot of good things about Listening Woman but I had yet to experience them for myself. They are a bunch of abstract weirdos making very experimental music. They used about every instrument a rock band can have and even had a bearded drag queen jumping around the stage. Gauche were next. They are like a less aggressive non political Downtown Boys. They do have horns, guitars and rhythm. Urochromes had one of the most dapperly dressed hardcore frontmen ever. Unfortunately I did not see that much of them because I was out getting dinner. Their last song was about being ugly. Home Blitz from Jersey were doing eclectic music not quite loud enough be called noise but pretty tight nonetheless. Next we had local noize faves (New England) Patriots. They are always quite insane live. They less everyone in the first pit of the night. Colby also has the nice tendency to join the crowd. For the first time in almost a year Free Pizza were back in the city where they originated: Boston Massachusetts. They have travelled to Miami, Nashville and even Berlin Germany to hone their skills. The results are a bunch of new power pop punk songs that will be on their next full length release due out next year. Between them and Black Beach next year will be quite a blast. The new songs sounded really good. If only they could stay in Boston. And of course they ended their set with Boston MA. Closing out the Elks Lodge portion of Hassle Fest were the Downtown Boys. This was my second time seeing them. As I recall last time they had two sax players. Tonight there was only one. They were still as angry as ever. Between songs Victoria Ruiz ranted against police and for equal human rights. Their live performances are like a whirlwind. It was now time to move to Out of the Blue for the rest of the night. James Moore's favorite band Whip Appeal kicked things off. They are a rap/synth punk band (yes that exists). They singer always plays shirtless because he is a real rockstar. They have a shout out to Dad Shea. The last band I was able to see was PC Worship. Unfortunately I wasn't able to catch their whole set because I had to make the train. I had heard of them but I never seen them before. They make a lot of noise. They are like falling into a black hole of white noise.
The scene has shifted to the Brighton Music Hall for day two of hassle fest. The night started loud. Dent kicked things of on a screaming fury. They perfectly combine very heavy riffs with wailing vocals. Don't get bent get Dent. Next were local fiddler diddlers The Channels. I guess you could refer to them as math rock but I'll just call them smart noise. Next was the sunny dream pop rock of Mini Dresses which was perfect for the unseasonable warmth we have been having lately. It's music you can chill and sway to instead of the onslaught of the first two bands. Ungent is making electronic sounds such as bleeps, bloops, whoops, whomps, and sometimes there were so many going on at once I couldn't decipher everything. At one point I wasn't sure if his sound machine was farting. I couldn't smell anything which was good. Throughout the last two days my friend is doing face painting. Weirdo dudesters Cloud Becomes Your Hand were next on the main stage. I thought it was cool that one of the guys in the band had his face painted. These trippy hippies are from New York but probably should be from Boston or at least somewhere on New England. Luxardo was playing now with them. And yes he kept his pants on. They seemed to get freakier as their set went on. Next was the one man show known as Dreamcrusher. He screamed over drony noise and charged around. He reminded me of MC Ride of Death Grips but her was screaming not rapping. It's time to get horny with Battle Trance. They are four guys playing saxophones to make it sound like a drone. When they harmonized it sounded more like a squeaking autumn symphony. The best part was when they were blowing into their saxes funny and it sounded like an elephant with a stuffy nose. Next on the pit stage was the best band name of the entire festival, Unicorn Hard On. UHO isn't actually a band, it's a lady from Providence making warped techno beats kind of like Daft Punk on acid. She has played at a few Scanners. Pile and their pile driving riff which I spoke about at last years hassle fest were next. They sound like the hardest working band in Boston if not the hardest working band in show business. Actually Screaming Females are probably the hardest working band in show business but more about them later. Pile combine their pile driving riffs with emotionally charged lyrics and sick rhythms. After one time Thurston Moore collaborators Paul Flaherty & Bill Nace jammed out with their improv guitar, sax and drums it was time for our feature presentation. This was my first time seeing Screaming Females and let me tell you, they can shred. For a band with 6 albums their set was way too short. They should have played for at least a hour.
First up bright and early for day 3 were the Lesser Knowns. They were guitar heavy power pop and a nice way to get things started. After them was Curse Purse which is what you do when your pocketbook has a hole in it. The reminded me of those guys from last night but with out the sax. Los Condenados are interesting. The have four members one drumming furiously. One blowing free jazz into a saxophone. One turning knobs on a noise machine and a lady behind a laptop playing and babbling. It made for some cool noise. Pucker up, Ned! It's time for Pucker Up. They are a minimal duo or drums and guitar rocking out heavily. I suppose pile would sound like them if they had less members. They fit well into the scene along with Lair & The Channels. I knew that Jake Tobin was going to be interesting before he even started considering that he introduced himself sounding like Donald Duck on helium. As he played disjointed chords on the guitar and banged the keyboard the Mike effects kept changing and distorting his vocals. Hardcore punks Sadist were next. By hardcore I don't just mean the leather jackets and spikes they were wearing. They were heavy, fast and could scream. The singer went in the crowd to incite a pit. I get the impression that they are Sammy P's favorite band of the whole fest. Olivia Neutron John entered to a synth drone. Then when she dropped the beat she got physical by dancing like a contortionist and screaming into her mic. Her vocals had a cool echo effect on. At first I thought that Dan Melichior sounded like a bluesy Mac Demarco. There's more to him than that. He sits, plays an acoustic guitar and has bells on his foot that he uses for percussion. Whatever effects he was using made his playing sound heavier than the average acoustic. 1,2,3,4 I declare... Pallberta! This trio of ladies do short choppy, skronkish bobs almost like Guerrilla Toss who by the was cancelled last minute :(. I said this about CBYH yesterday and I'll say it about Palberta today, they sound like they should be from Boston. Ben Hersey didn't really play much music but he did tell stories and motivational speak. He did sing atonally sometimes which was funny. He talked about piss mops and then led the crowd in a singalong about being cool. Punk-hopsters Obnox took the main stage next. All throughout the weekend the Hassle have been giving away free records to lucky attendees. Obnox is one of the many bands playing that donated a few of their albums. Heathen Shame's first song was called Diaper at the Gates of Prong. The lead guitarist held her guitar funny and started to play it with a beer can. The of the members made feedback with guitar and trumpet. She lay down on the stage and played on her back. Then the other guitarist laid I his back and the trumpeter went into the crowd and blew like some sort of animal. At the very end they had guitar sex and that was that. Next was the steelcore punk of Negative One or -1. The tore through 12 songs in about 10 minutes. That's even shorter than a football halftime period. Maybe they could play the next Super Bowl halftime show. Just sayin'. Ono's milkshake brought all the boys to the yard. They combined performance art with improv atonal free jams. They have been described as noise gospel. I guess Jesus really does like noise rock. Serengeti is the only rapper playing the fest. He rapped over beats, drones and dreamy synths. Tyondai Braxton was next. He as Yu may know is the former frontman of Battles. Solo he preforms with a MacBook and lots of other digital music equipment. It started off sounding like lots of tiny rockets going off in your brain. Then the beat kicked in and it got crazier from there. Lots of wobbly beat that would put Skrillix to shame. Unfortunately due to prior obligations I had to leave before Flipper even finished their first song. Either I have to review them based on videos posted on youtube or someone else will have to write about them.
October 18th, 2015
Current Mood: omgnoma
Current Music: Women- Locust Valley
stannis left shireen at the wall with selyse and melly sanders, so if she gets burned it won't be on stannis's orders. Falcon was in this movie!! YASSSS!!! When Ruby and Sapphire made up, and the \"laughy Sapphy\" bit and them being in love and showing affection ;_; <3
So we see Sapphire can deal with ice and Ruby with fire, can the other gems do stuff like that? Have they done stuff like that in the past before? levitating 🙏🏽 one eye 👀 overall cuteness of ruby and alien leela. alien leela was so funny with her future vision. \"am i fated to pee on the grass too?\" \"yes\", \"he's not gonna like that it's square\" 😂 a groggy Ethan (after getting revived) tried to do the cool sliding over the car hood trick...only to drop to the floor. opera house scene. Well, this show lives in a reality where not only Hannibal but every single serial killer + Will has the ability and foresight to display their kills in spectacular fashion in a very short time. If Angel Guy who's sick with cancer can string himself up in a barn the way he did and an old ass man can make a huge human totem pole on a beach in one night, then Bedelia can cut off and cook her own leg lol. Yep he did, you can see the movement of his feet and arm and the way he change position. He basically just dropped his weight on Hannibal and gravity did the rest.
I think the ending works in 2 ways but there's something that we need to take in account: Bedelia can't cut and cook her own leg, she needs help. From who? That's the question. That Will pushed them off the cliff; I just thought it was supposed to be ambiguous. I even looked at their feet to see if Will pushed off but it didn't look like that to me...
My pet theory for the end is that Bedelia prepared herself (ha) for Will and Hannibal's inevitable arrive, hoping that would appease them. If not, she has her fork lol. That lady is a self-preservationist. Realistically, she probably didn't get in that position on her own, which means she ran (self-preservationist) but they found her anyway. Doesn't bode well for Alana and co. then...</lj-spoiler) She's like the 3rd person to die in the first episode. She's the first to die like Drew Barrymore and Bella Thorne. Ariana is the first one to die and Nicholas is like the 3rd one. The final scene with Will and Hanni two timing the Red Dragon was amazingly gruesome and homoerotic. I was completely engaged with her situation and rooting for her, and i already knew she survived in the books, but the actress made her character so compelling! I wish I hadn't seen that. I know she was a terrible person in the end but the fact that she might have done that to herself is gonna hunt me. I was so sad for her, omg why I'm so attached to such a terrible person!? has been wrong before. He hasn't commented yet so I bet he's talking to his sources. Maybe he proposed and she said no, but that she still wanted to date? Or maybe they just started dating separate from the show and they'll be together for the After the Final Rose special. That she doesn't pic anybody though. also was waiting for a bobby newport reference during the amy/paul scene
didn't like the small references to that girl ~who became a woman~ wanting to flirt with/make out with an eleven year old boy
i liked that samm levine did the voice of arty again lol
MIB and cooper look like shit yikes
loved lindsay's back story
loved mitch's back story. Was the one to destroy Ultron in the end. If it wasn't for Wanda, the Avengers most likely would have perished and/or many people would have died. Destroyed ultron. The one in the train was gonna die anyway once they destroyed the floating city. She does indeed have the genetic marker for Huntington’s disease & based on her family's history w/ symptoms starting she has until her 30s sometime before it beings to manifest & the spiral of the disease takes hold. Shawn wins no one wins. Bucky trapped in a vise is both funny and sad. And both the heroine, Claire, and her daughter, Brianna, wind up getting raped eventually in this series anyway. TRIGGER WARNING: he kept calling Jamie by his brother's name (ew yikes) and BJR went into detail about what happens when a body is hanged and how the body empties its bowels in the process and he had some smug comment about \"the last thing that will happen to you when you die is my cum running down your legs\" Is it William? Press release from episode 8 says there's someone claiming to be the Chosen One in Vega, so I guessed it was him. What do you think they're doing to him/what does the video show? He filmed for the least amount of time and left early, so I figured he was a goner, but he's still in the credits, so not gone just yet. So Gabriel isn't in the 2X08 synopsis, but Carl talked about filming with Alan, which might indicate Lyrae possessed Gabriel. There's also an upcoming Michael-Gabriel fight scene, I'm assuming one of them is possessed. Now it could be Michael, people said that an outfit he wears in a future still looks like Lyrae's outfit. But then how could Lyrae meet up with Alex and Noma while also interrogating Riesen? Will he body jump twice and possess Gabriel and later Michael? If true, too much body-hopping. I love him but I don't think Tom is good enough to pull off a body/character switch. Hope the switch doesn't last cuz I had feels when he told Alex to run and get his brother. And when Michael turned back for him (I prefer to think he didn't go with Alex so he could save Gabriel). Urgh, those two I swear.
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.
The Way You'd Love Her
Ode to Viceroy
A Heart Like Hers
The Stars Keep On Calling My Name
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
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
Spiritualized set list
Here It Comes (The Road, Let's Go)
Lord Let It Rain on Me
Shine a Light
She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)
Soul on Fire
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
Let It Happen
It Is Not Meant to Be
Why Won't They Talk to Me?
Be Above It
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.
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
Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster
Turned Out Light
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
Can't Go Back
Kill All Hippies
Shoot Speed/Kill Light
Higher Than the Sun
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
Some Candy Talking
Up Too High
Just Like Honey
The Living End
Taste the Floor
The Hardest Walk
In a Hole
Taste of Cindy
My Little Underground
You Trip Me Up
It's So Hard
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.
The Stars Keep On Calling My Name
Ode to Viceroy
I'm a Man
Yellow (Coldplay cover)
Baby's Wearin' Blue Jeans
Reelin' in the Years (Steely Dan cover)
Rock and Roll Night Club
Chamber of Reflection
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
The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven
The Prodigal Sun
You on the Run
Better Off Alone
Young Men Dead
Molly Moves My Generation
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)
Tried to Hide
Slip Inside This House
(I've Got) Levitation
Kingdom of Heaven (Is Within You)
Nobody to Love
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
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
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.
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