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April 30, 2005

Better and Better: Rose Polenzani

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"Donít worry cuz Iíve got it / Got the car door / Got the front gate and I / Got my own back / Through the shadows / In my Friday clothes / Through the wardrobe / Through the snow / I have seen a light / I have seen a light / I have seen a light / I have seen a light"

Boston singer-songwriter Rose Polenzani has a new tune available for (free) MP3 download. Grab it now in Rose's music shoppe. It will be replaced with another tune sooner or later. It's called "I Have Seen a Light." Rose describes it best:

It's a really simple song, kind of repetitive. It just gets bigger and bigger. That's my thing. Anyway, the 'light' isn't the one you might be thinking of, it's something kind of hard and real like a medicine ball.

So.Very.Good. Grab your headphones and turn up the volume. If you like that song, buy her album October that came out last Fall.

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@ 09:59 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I noticed a few weeks ago that my Audioscrobbler RSS feed was working again. It didn't seem to be working for quite a while. So, if you're ever wondering (bored? curious?) what I'm listening to on iTunes (when not listening to Exploit Boston! Radio), add this RSS feed to your newsreader.

Warning: Questionable (perhaps) music may appear such as the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers duet "Islands in the Stream."

March 01, 2005

In Search Of: Portable Recording/Podcasting Studio for my iBook

@ 01:37 PM | Filed Under: Music (t), Wishlist (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

One of these days I'd like to set up a mini recording/podcast studio so that I can record live shows of Exploit Boston! Radio, my streaming internet radio station (to offer up via podcast), conduct interviews with Boston bands, etc. I did college radio ten years ago and I've been broadcasting an internet radio station off and on since 1999; but I'm entirely clueless about what sort of equipment I need to set up a mini studio to use with my iBook. Something that's reasonably portable would be ideal. If you have tips as far as mixing boards, microphones, software, etc. -- I'd enjoy hearing from you.

I set up a tag at del.icio.us called macpodcast to collect helpful tidbits.

February 10, 2005

Live Broadcast of Exploit Boston! Radio ... right now!

@ 07:35 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (4) | Cosmos

It's been a long, long time since I've done a live broadcast of my internet radio station so I thought I'd test it out tonight and see if my computer can handle it while I'm also using other applications. I'm playing newish tunes from Rose Polenzani, Van Elk and then an assortment of other Boston bands. Check it out and let me know what you think? I probably won't do any talking tonight since one of my office mates is having a meeting. But if this works reasonably well I'll probably schedule a live broadcast every week or so. I appreciate feedback on the sound quality, if it's dropping connection, etc. Listen up!

February 07, 2005

Sondre Lerche Joins Elvis Costello on US Tour in April

@ 03:46 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (2) | Cosmos

One of my top ten favorite musicians, Sondre Lerche, will be joining Elvis Costello on the April leg of Elvis' tour around parts of the United States. From the looks of the tour schedule, they won't be stopping in Boston or anywhere else along the East Coast. Hopefully there will be more dates announced for May.

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December 31, 2004

Stephin Merritt's Car Commercial

@ 02:03 AM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields wrote a song for a car company's online ad campaign. The New York Times published an article yesterday about the campaign's short movies ("or long commercials, depending on your perspective").

December 11, 2004

More words and photos about the Pixies

@ 05:17 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Shannon Okey (photos) and Mike Grasso (words) joined forces for an experience review of the Pixies' homecoming show at the Avalon on Landsowne Street Thursday night. Their words and photos are at Exploit Boston!. Shannon also wrote a fun entry on her weblog about her experience interacting with the other photographers.

December 02, 2004

Taking photographs up front at the Pixies show last night at the Tsongas Arena

@ 12:04 PM | Filed Under: Music (t), Photography (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos
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Where do I even begin?

Last night Yves Etheart and I attended the Pixies sold-out show at the Tsongas Arena. We were there on behalf of Exploit Boston!, my event calendar website. It was amazing. I had a photo pass which allowed me to go up front with the photographers from The Improper Bostonian, Boston Metro and The Boston Phoenix. There were 3-4 more photographers but I didn't have a chance to meet them. Eric Barry was there for The Boston Phoenix. He does freelance photojournalism and wedding photography.

When we first arrived at the Tsongas Arena we discovered that they were seperating men and women into different lines and doing semi-thorough checks to see if you had cigarettes, cameras, etc. When I got to the front of my line, I mentioned that I had a camera and needed to pick up my photo pass. They directed me to leave the building and go around to a side entrance. Once I got there, one of the security guys greeted me but had no info about the photo pass/comp tickets. He called one of his cohorts and then directed me back to the main lobby. Instead of leaving the building and going back through the main entrance, he pointed out an elevator around the corner. Once we got back up to the main floor we picked up our tickets and my photo pass.

Continue reading "Taking photographs up front at the Pixies show last night at the Tsongas Arena"

November 30, 2004

Tom Thumb

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ZuZu was a full room late tonight for Tom Thumb (AKA Andy) and his new indie rock band. He was a singer/songwriter sort of guy until six months ago when friends on bass, drums and keyboards joined in. Michael's bookstore cohort Molly plays the keyboard and sings backup. Hopefully they'll get some tunes recorded and share them on their website.

November 23, 2004

New additions to Exploit Boston! Radio

@ 07:52 PM | Filed Under: Music (t), Projects (t) | Comments (1) | Cosmos

On Sunday I added a bunch of tunes to Exploit Boston! Radio, my internet radio station on Live365.com's network. Thanks to The Charms, Count Zero, Soltero, The Dresden Dolls, Vic Firecracker, Mittens, Anti-Love Project (and more) for providing the rock, pop and/or alternative sounds to the 11+ hours of streaming music. If only the mystery listeners in China would email and let me know what they think of the tunes.

November 16, 2004

Online Before the Music Starts

@ 09:57 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I'm at the Paradise Lounge for the monthly Mix Tape Tuesday hosted by Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers. So I get to be semi-productive while the bands set up. Fun! Thanks to whoever left their WiFi network open. ;)

Exploit Boston! Radio

@ 02:24 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The fine folks at Whizspark are sponsoring my Exploit Boston! radio station. If you'd like to hear hours and hours of Boston area indie rock, pop and alternative bands, go listen to it! The music streams via Live365.com 24/7 on any MP3 player with a high-speed (cable modem/DSL) connection.

Peter Caputa of Whizspark also wrote about the sponsorship on his weblog.

Jeff Tweedy's Tidbits About Music and the Internet

@ 01:46 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I'm a big fan of Wilco. Singer Jeff Tweedy was recently interviewed in Wired Magazine and among many eloquent tidbits, had this to say.

We live in a connected world now. Some find that frightening. If people are downloading our music, they're listening to it. The internet is like radio for us.

What if there was a movement to shut down libraries because book publishers and authors were up in arms over the idea that people are reading books for free? It would send a message that books are only for the elite who can afford them.

Stop trying to treat music like it's a tennis shoe, something to be branded. If the music industry wants to save money, they should take a look at some of their six-figure executive expense accounts. All those lawsuits can't be cheap, either.

November 11, 2004

NewburyOpen.net's Boston Music Project

@ 08:34 AM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

NewburyOpen.net, the free/open WiFi network along Newbury Street that Tech Superpowers sponsors, has a new endeavor called the Boston Music Project. Using iTunes music sharing, anyone with a notebook computer with WiFi will be able to listen to streaming music of Boston bands via servers along Newbury Street. The idea was inspired by the Austin Wireless City Project's collaboration with the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The project's info page mentions that it started broadcasting music in September. That hasn't happened just yet. They need to collect more CDs first. So, if you're in a band, check it out and send them your tunes!

October 13, 2004

Photos from last night's Mix Tape Tuesday at the Paradise Lounge

@ 11:43 AM | Filed Under: Boston (t), Concerts (t), Music (t) | Comments (2) | Cosmos
Mix Tape Tuesday

Another fabulous evening of music at last night's Mix Tape Tuesday at the Paradise Lounge. I borrowed a friend's digital camera but forgot to charge up the batteries so the photo quality is not so great but here they are nonetheless. At one point there were a bunch of people watching the last inning of the Red Sox/Yankees game so Mike Viola and his musical cohorts ended up doing a sort of live rock opera play-by-play alongside the game. It was amusing. They handled the interruption to a very enjoyable music evening very well. I'm not sure I'd have been so nice. A highlight of the night was a rousing cover of Prince's "Purple Rain." Next time I also need to write down what songs they sing because there were other excellent tunes but I can't remember the titles. At one point Steve (of the amazing concert going duo) shouted out a request for "Always Saturday" by Guadalcanal Diary. I don't think I've run into anyone who has heard of that band in at least ten years. Unfortunately Mike Viola, host of the night's adventure, didn't know the song. That would have been a treat to hear. I'd like to pretend that Bleu just happened to be sitting at the bar and casually wandered up on stage to join in on a few tunes. But he was probably invited. The coolest part of this monthly series is the level of spontaneity. They have a few songs planned in advance but a lot of it seems to be very spur of the moment. They do a good job balancing the banter with the actual singing and performing.

October 11, 2004

Live Blogging from the Vote for Change Finale Concert

@ 08:56 PM | Filed Under: Music (t), Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Mike C. is blogging from the finale concert of Moveon.org and ACT's Vote for Change tour in DC. Or rather, he was until Bruce Springsteen got on stage to sing "Man on the Moon" with REM. The webcast audio is outstanding for those of us stuck at home. An earlier highlight was Eddie Vedder joining REM for "Begin the Begin."

Mix Tape Tuesday tomorrow night at the Paradise Lounge

@ 03:07 PM | Filed Under: Concerts (t), Music (t), You're Invited (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The latest monthly installment of Boston Pop Underground's "Mix Tape Tuesday" is tomorrow night at the Paradise Lounge. Mike Viola of The Candy Butchers hosts the cabaret-style anything goes evening featuring the theme "days of the week." He's joined by a handful of musicians including They Might Be Giants' bassist Danny Weinkauf. I missed last month but made it in August and it was spectacular. Best $8 you'll ever spend. The doors open at 8pm and it's 18+. The Lounge is adjacent to the Paradise Rock Club at 969 Commonwealth Avenue on the Green Line's "B" train past BU. See you there?

Sondre Lerche returns to Boston

@ 12:43 PM | Filed Under: Concerts (t), Music (t), You're Invited (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Norwegian pop guy Sondre Lerche returns to Boston for a show at the Paradise Rock Club (969 Commonwealth Avenue on the MBTA Green Line "B" train) on Sunday, October 24th. Doors open at 7PM, it's an 18+ show and tickets are $12 in advance and $14 day of the show. He's got shows all over the U.S. throughout October, November and the first week in December. A favorite musician at my favorite music spot in Boston. All right! See you there?

October 02, 2004

An introduction to understanding the misunderstood Hip

@ 02:24 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Last night after I found the lyrics to The Tragically Hip's "Pigeon Camera" tune, I came across an excellent article at Tiny Mix Tapes about the Hip. It's always been a mystery to me why a band that has achieved cult-like status in their homeland of Canada has never really caught on more in the United States. Though I have appreciated being able to see them in small clubs. The best show was probably The Ranch Bowl in Omaha, Nebraska back in '92 or '93. The Ranch Bowl has three rooms: a bowling alley, bar and night club. The club probably fits a couple hundred people. The Hip put on one of the best live shows. Seeing them in such a small place was spectacular.

October 01, 2004

Pigeon Camera

@ 10:31 PM | Filed Under: Music (t), Photography (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The humans over at Engaget posted a funny photo of pigeons with cameras attached to themselves from 1903. So that's what The Tragically Hip were singing about in "Pigeon Camera"? Aha! And the last set of lyrics in that song sounds like an embarassed Bush supporter even though it was written a while ago.

it was handsome at the auction, oh but when we got it home, it grew up into something we could no longer contain where's our pigeon camera, by now he could be anywhere and after all that training and after all that training, something we could no longer contain it's boring, i'm embarrassed, i don't endorse that, i didn't want this

this house it has it politics; over there that's my room and that's my sister's and that's my sister something we could no longer contain it's boring, i'm embarrassed, i don't endorse that; i didn't want this, it's horrific, i'm embarrassed, i didn't want that, i didn't want this it's like we burned our boots with no contingency plan

September 28, 2004

Prince Day

@ 12:58 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The theme at the Music Thing weblog today is all about Prince.

September 25, 2004

Rose Polenzani's New Album: August

@ 01:47 PM | Filed Under: Concerts (t), Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

A collection of intimate, misfit home recordings.

 

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That's how Rose Polenzani describes her new album, "August" that she's self-releasing on October 7th. Pre-orders on her website are happily accepted for $12. I've been listening to Rose's music since 1999 and I still haven't figured out a quick, witty description. Singer/songwriter? Experimental folk? Excellent storyteller? All of the above?

Rose has a bunch of shows coming up throughout the month of October in New England and the Midwest with one of her favorite musicians, Sharon Lewis of the (now defunct) band Pooka from England.

September 24, 2004

Camper Van Beethoven's New Album: New Roman Times

@ 08:06 PM | Filed Under: Concerts (t), Music (t) | Comments (1) | Cosmos

I was just listening to Camper Van Beeethoven's new album "New Roman Times" compliments of the little package that arrived in the mail today from Vanguard Records. It hits the streets on October 12th. And it's good stuff. Very good stuff. Isn't it hard to believe this is their first album in 15 years? CVB will be at the Middle East (downstairs) on October 16th. You can preview the album as they unveil a song a week on the Vanguard website.

I think they should play a show at Cynthia Von Buhler's CVB Space in New York City. CVB at CVB!

September 18, 2004

munk

@ 06:53 PM | Filed Under: Boston (t), Music (t) | Comments (1) | Cosmos

I had only previously seen one of the bands (Sparkola) that played at last night's benefit for the Rock & Roll Library. I was really blown away with munk. Egads. So, so good. The bass player seemed a little sleepy but the rest of the band put on an impressive show.

September 17, 2004

Audioscrobbler

@ 07:29 PM | Filed Under: Favorites (t), Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I finally set up an account at Audioscrobbler's website. So, if you're wondering what I'm listening to whenever I've got iTunes running, go to my profile page and see for yourself. I showed it to someone and they said it's like big brother for music. Except who doesn't like sharing their music with other people? Sometimes it might be more confession than just sharing. But is there really anything wrong with Nine Inch Nails, Fleetwood Mac and The Muppets played next to each other? Now I just need to figure out how to output the recently listened to tunes on this website similiar to what this person has done.

Rock & Roll Library Benefit Show Tonight (9/17) at Harper's Ferry with munk, Sparkola, Count Zero and The Fly Seville

@ 12:33 AM | Filed Under: Boston (t), Music (t), You're Invited (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The Rock & Roll Library has a benefit show tonight at Harper's Ferry in Allston sponsored by WFNX. Proceeds will support development of the Music Archive Database (which will begin to unveil very soon) and a website makeover. The bands include one of my favorites, Sparkola, plus munk, Count Zero and The Fly Seville. Doors open at 9:00 PM, tickets are $10 and it's a 21+ show. See you there?

September 09, 2004

Unplanned Hibernation, Weblog Writer's Meeting and Pop!

@ 04:54 PM | Filed Under: Etcetera (t), Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Time flies when you're busy ignoring your websites. I didn't quite intend to stop posting here for nearly two weeks. Oops! I'm thinking about reviving my Live Journal account that I stopped using last winter so I have somewhere to post more journalish, blathering tidbits and keep sooz.com free from those sorts of things. If i haven't posted here in a while it's mostly because the things I want to write about are probably more personal than interesting weblog/music/event tidbits. I'm trying to revive some projects but it's taken a lot longer than I had hoped.

Tonight there's a Berkman Weblog Writer's Meeting/Dinner at Bombay Club at 7:15 in Harvard Square. And then Andrea Kremer's Boston Pop Underground returns to the Lizard Lounge at 9:30 with The So & So's, Stargazer Lily and Patti Rothburg. Mmmmm pop!

August 25, 2004

Boston Pop Underground's Tuesday Night Cabaret with Mike Viola at the Paradise Lounge

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Andrea Kremer put together a magical night of pop delights for the Tuesday Night Cabaret at the Paradise Lounge. Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers hosted the evening and was accompanied by his pal Todd Foulsham on drums. Gordon Wright from Fooled by April performed a short set and then was joined by Mike and Tom for a cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over." I was hoping they'd go for something else by Crowded House or maybe a Neil Finn solo tune. But it was good. Great, even! Meghan Toohey from The So and So's sang a few of her tunes and then joined Mike for Roy Orbison's "Love Hurts." My favorite part of the night was when a newish Boston band (who Mike introduced as The Clique but the Q Division websites has a photo of them as Zoo) got up to sing "Jet" by Paul McCartney with Mike Viola standing in front of the stage assessing how well the band administered their popness.

Andrea's Boston Pop Underground has other happenings coming up including The So and So's at the Lizard Lounge on September 9th. See you there? Mmmmm pop!

Boston Pop Underground is a live music series featuring the best local and national indie pop artists. Not "pop" as in Britney -- pop as in the Beatles, the Kinks, the Beach Boys, the Zombies, Big Star, Cheap Trick, Badfinger, Elvis Costello, Squeeze, the Posies, Jellyfish, Matthew Sweet, Jon Brion, Neil Finn, Michael Penn, XTC... you get the idea. The kind of pop distinguished by memorable melodies, soaring harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, irresistable hooks, and a love of the craft of songwriting.

August 24, 2004

Airwaves Music Festival in October

@ 08:38 AM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Just for fun, I tried to set up something at the new drop cash website last night but it didn't work so well (on Safari, IE and Camino on my iBook G4 running OSX). Everytime I logged in to my TypeKey account, it looped back to drop cash's homepage, asking me to login to TypeKey. I'm on a Windows computer right now and I didn't have the same problems. So, if you'd like to contribute to the "Finally Send Sooz to the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in Reykjavik October 20-24th" ... you can finally do so! It'd be a fun event to blog from, indeed.

August 01, 2004

REM: The Good Years (1981-1996)

@ 12:54 AM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Eight years ago a friend sent me seven tapes consisting of his entire REM non-album track collection spanning 1981-1996. It's a great bunch of music that includes most every tune REM recorded (beyond the regular album stuff) up until the point where I mostly stopped buying their music. A couple years ago someone converted each side of the tape to an MP3 and I'm finally getting around to splicing and dicing them up. The plan is to make a mix CD with 20-30 of my favorites. Here's the list to choose from.

July 29, 2004

The Ocean Blue at TT The Bear's Place!

@ 02:10 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The Ocean Blue, one of my favorite poptastic bands during college (1991-1994) has somehow managed to linger on over the years. They're going to be in Cambridge at TT The Bear's on Thursday, September 16th. Fabulous!

July 20, 2004

Hooked on Rufus

@ 11:49 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The lyrics to this song are excellent. But hearing the tune is essential. I'm a bit of a latecomer to Rufus Wainwright's music, finally catching up with him this year after his third album WANT one came out September 2003. D-e-l-i-g-h-t-f-u-l.

"Movies of Myself" - Rufus Wainwright (WANT one - 2003)

Stop me falling down, stop me making movies of myself
Put that old dog down, stop me making movies of myself
Bring the carriage 'round, get me to the garden of sleep
Make that high gate speak, Perrier out of a paper bag
Looking like a hag
And start giving me something
A love that is longer than a day
Start making my heart sing something that it doesn't want to say
I'm handing it over, I'm saying that you're the only one
Don't run for the border, turn that corner
Already you've run in movies of myself
Darling don't you ever let go
Wrap your loving arms around me
While the cold winds blow
Tell me what I really want to know
Cause I'm looking for a reason, a person, a painting
A Saturday Evening Post Edition by Jesus
An old piece of bacon never eaten by Elvis
So I'll say start giving me something
A love that is longer then a day
Start making my heart say something it doesn't want to say
I'm handing it over, I'm singing that you're the only one
Don't run for the border, turn that corner
In movies on myself
Oh I've seen it all before in movies of myself

June 18, 2004

The Automatic Mix Tape Generator and Rufus Wainwright

@ 03:36 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The Automatic Mix Tape Generator over at Tiny Mix Tapes came in very handy last night while putting together "Instant Pleasure", an iTunes playlist named after the sassy Rufus Wainwright tune. And speaking of Rufus, how did I manage to overlook his music until last weekend? He's spectacular! I think Rufus and Rose Polenzani should sing a duet together.

May 24, 2004

A musicial month in May

@ 10:34 AM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Work has kept me from doing much updating on sooz.com and my other websites and projects. But I did manage to see three incredible concerts this month. First up was Sondre Lerche and band at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. It's my favorite spot to see live music in town and it was delightful to see Sondre perform with a full band for the first time in Boston. He brought his Faces Down band with him from Norway. They were smiling, laughing and dare I say having just as much fun as the audience. And then a few days later I saw Lloyd Cole at a tiny show at the Paradise Lounge next door to the rock club. He was finishing up a bunch of shows around Europe and the U.S.'s East Coast. Those of us in the room were a little confused that we seemed to be having an almost private performance considering the size of the place. Lloyd performed a long acoustic set of new tunes off of his Music in a Foreign Language album plus many old ones including my favorites "Never Look Back" and "Undressed." Last night I saw The Magnetic Fields at the Berklee Performance Center. This is a band that for some reason, I really never knew much about until recently. My pal Mike is their sound guy when they go on tour and got me a ticket. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but it always seems like he and I have similiar taste in music (he also did sound for two of my favorite bands Splashdown and Mistle Thrush) so I figured it would be good. Of course I had no idea just how good it would be. Josh and Jesse were in town from NYC and had gone to the three previous shows - two in NYC, and then the two Boston shows. We hung around on stage afterwards as things were being packed up and met some of the band.

I'm going to be in New York City on Friday, June 4th to see Rose Polenzani and her band perform at the Living Room at 154 Ludlow Street (between Stanton and Livington). They go on at 10pm if you happen to be in the area or want to join me for a late-afternoon bus trip from Boston.

Good times.

April 04, 2004

Dewey Beach Popfest April 23-24 in Delaware

@ 08:59 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

When I was checking in on The So & So's website they had a link to their upcoming performance at the Dewey Beach Popfest in Delaware. It's free, two nights, seven stages and 60 bands from around the country. So far I recognize two bands: The So & So's and Mappari.

Road trip?

April 03, 2004

The results of hibernation : new tunes on Exploit Boston! Radio

@ 07:53 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I've been hibernating indoors the past few days thanks to this really awful cold that insists on lingering a little while longer. Several excellent CDs arrived in the mail today thanks to Ed V. at Q Division so I updated Exploit Boston! Radio with tunes from Boston bands including Gigolo Aunts, Brett Rosenberg and Senor Happy's new album "I'm Sorry" that comes out on April 13th. To listen to the stream you need a fairly speedy Cable/DSL/T1 Internet connection and a free Live 365 listener account. To see what's playing on the radio stream at this very moment, click on this link for the now playing console. At the moment while typing this, it's "Like Being Alone" by Meghan Toohey's band The So & So's.

March 25, 2004

Bob Mould on relating to new music

@ 04:22 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar) has a blog? Allright! Thanks to the link on Brad Searle's site, I just spent a few minutes reading through some of Bob's recent entries. The other day he wrote about what it's like relating to new music as you get older, etc. There's something inexplainably cool about being able to read a website describing (in first person) the various thoughts and tidbits of a favorite musician.

An example would be, oh, something like "I liked Crazy Rhythms the first time around" ; it doesn't mean I think any more or less of The Strokes (remember them?), but the emotions they evoke, due to their sometimes uncanny resemblance in look and feel, are attached to my youth, and to the why and where of that original moment. It's the way we describe things, using comparison and reference, that speaks on our own personal experiences, the things we hold important and lasting.

March 22, 2004

Connect the dots

@ 10:32 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Karl Dotter brought his college radio show "Connect the Dots" back to life for a few hours tonight. Listen to the shoutcast stream 9pm-11pm EST. He's on air at KSCU 103.3 FM, Santa Clara.

March 10, 2004

Sondre Lerche's new album and a concert in Boston in May

@ 10:21 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

This is an alert to friends, aquintances and whomever else passes by my website. You've got plans in May at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston the evening of Tuesday, May 4th. My favorite Norwegian singer-songwriter, Sondre Lerche, is headlining a tour in support of his new album, Two Way Monologue that was released yesterday. The Paradise is the best mediumish sized venue around Boston to see a band. Sondre is headlining this time around with a full band. Good times! The video for the tune "Two Way Monologue" is online, too. It's hilarious. And a good song, too.

Here's what Sondre had to say about the new collection of tunes. The typos are his.

"This record is good. But it will most certainly take some time to get into. I guess that's some kind of cosy warning. I knew this when I made it, but forgot it when I had finished it and was finally into it myself. Then I rediecovered the fact just now when I played it for friends. It's a grower. Of course, folks may like it or not, but let it grow and it'll open you up. If it doesn't after 20 spins, you may very well be excused and should perhaps concider another artist. I respect that."

March 05, 2004

Magnetic Fields Return From a 2-year Haitus with a Show in Boston May 22

@ 02:19 PM | Filed Under: Boston (t), Events (t), Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Mike Yesenosky sent a little dispatch to Boston pals earlier today about the Magnetic Fields (he's their sound guy) show coming up in Boston on May 22nd at the Berklee Performance Center. For two weeks, discounted tickets are available at Musictoday.com. Mike wrote: "Musictoday is a company that was formed by the Dave Matthews Band to combat Ticketmaster and their high service charges. Now lots of artists use it to save their fans from being ripped off. But in this case, they can only sell through Musictoday for 2 weeks, starting today."

If a lot of people buy tickets in the next two weeks they may add another show.

Discounted tickets are on sale at www.magneticfields.musictoday.com. (Registration required.) After March 19th, tickets will be available through Ticketron and the Berklee Performance Center's box office.

March 01, 2004

How to Be a Rock Star: Freezepop's DIY Guide

@ 09:03 PM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Freezepop, a Boston computer-pop band, are featured in the March issue of Wired Magazine talking about their DIY approach to making an album, getting the word out, distribution, touring, etc. They've got a CD release party coming up on March 27th upstairs at the Middle East in Central Square, Cambridge. Doors open at 9pm, $9 , 21+.

December 20, 2003

New tunes added to Exploit Boston! Radio

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My Exploit Boston! website has been a neglected stepchild the past six weeks but I'm working on some updates this weekend to make it easier to keep up-to-date. First up: Exploit Boston! Radio. I added a bunch of new Boston rock / pop / alternative / indie tunes to the stream including new songs from Sparkola, Loveless, Wheat and Aaron Perino's new band Dear Leader. The stream is hosted by Live365. To listen you just need to create a free Live365 account. I usually use their browser-based player but you can also tune in with an MP3 player such as Winamp or iTunes. Of course, they have a business to run, so there are ads for users with free accounts but you can also upgrade to a preferred membership account and pay a few dollars to remove the ads (and support an Internet company that has managed to stay alive over the years!). The "now playing" popup will let you know what's currently playing plus the previous two songs.

December 15, 2003

Life's Soundtrack, Continued

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"Goodbye (This is Not Goodbye)" - Over the Rhine

help me tell the truth you see
that's all i'm trying to do is
tell the truth
i'm not that shy
this is not goodbye
and later on i won't know how
i don't know who else to be
more and more i'm secretly just me
open your eyes

Continue reading "Life's Soundtrack, Continued"

December 02, 2003

Rock City Crimewave, Suspect Device and Stray Bullets at the Rock & Roll Library Benefit Concert

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Three bands put on a great set of shows last night at the Rock & Roll Library's benefit concert upstairs at Charlie's Kitchen in Harvard Square. Jason Bennett from Suspect Device performed solo and did the best Billy Bragg cover (whose title I have unfortunately forgotten). I'd like to see Stray Bullets in a bigger room sometime. I've never really been much of a punk fan but they definitely won me over. And then later on I finally had a chance to see Rock City Crimewave. I've known Gard (on the right in the first two photos), the band's guitarist for a while but the world always conspired against me whenever I had plans to see them. Unfortunately Gregor's camera arrived after the first two bands finished up so I didn't get any photographs of Jason or Stray Bullets. (And yes, Gregor had a very good reason for being stuck at work so late.) Good times, indeed! You can click on the small thumbnails to see larger photos.

November 29, 2003

Listen Up: now playing tidbits and music recommendations on the left

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I set up a little sideblog over there on the left for music recommendations and other now playing tidbits. You can subscribe via RSS, too.

November 26, 2003

Today's Soundtrack : There Comes a Time

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There Comes a Time - Glen Phillips

There comes a time in life
To pull on your coat and go outside
To taste the vinegar of life, bitter life
Taste a second time, and it's a sweet surprise
Sweet surprise

It's not that hard to figure it out
When there's no question, there's no doubt
Burned in efigy, senseless time
Dispute the miracle, but the water still was wine
And that's my crime

There is a face in the stone
We let it out to find its form
To shape the testament of will, strongest will
Pride, humility a bitter pill
Bitter pill

Sweet surrender, oh my Lord
I never thought I'd see
It's not surprising, still I find
I'm shaking, crying
But I'm laughing, softly

There comes a time
To pull on your coat and go outside

Rose Polenzani and Felix McTeigue at The Lizard Lounge

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Last night Rose Polenzani wrapped up a successful Tuesday residency throughout November at the Lizard Lounge. She hasn't performed with a full band in a long time so it was great to see two of her shows in one month with other bandmates joining in the fun. "The Flood" and "Orange Crush" were highlights -- two songs that really come to life with a full band. Felix McTeigue started the evening off with a short set of tunes. Rose joined him on Magician's Assistant and then later on she was joined by former Boston music guy now based in D.C., Josh Cole, for his song "Love is a Comma."

I took a few photos but kept the flash off so they are very blurry. Click on each image to see a larger photograph.

November 24, 2003

Mmmmm remix

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Jump in it's only fire;
The pilot's set to broil, my nimble cook!
It's useless, flying kites
It only works if the wind is right
And I've got a question for my dragonfly
How to navigate through a perilous tide
Without a safe or sound device
Save only I?
Save only I? -- "Dragonfly", Universal Hall Pass

Symbion Project put together an excellent remix of Universal Hall Pass's "Dragonfly." Download the mp3 and savor it for yourself. Kasson, the mastermind behind Symbion Project and Melissa of Universal Hall Pass were band mates in Splashdown before they were consumed and spit out by a record label moments before Splashdown's major label debut was supposed to be released. Maybe the other guy in the band will get back to making music again sometime, too. We can always hope.

November 18, 2003

Glen Phillips' Concert MP3s

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For all the things I hid away
And all the words I could not say
The dam would break. -- "Dam Would Break", Toad the Wet Sprocket

I missed Glen Phillips solo show last week at the Middle East but he has several fans from his Toad the Wet Sprocket days who always tape the shows so all is not entirely lost. Chris Berryman has been at several of the concerts and has mp3 and shn files available for download at ComebackDownload.com. Glen doesn't mind taping as long as it's not directly from the sound board. But these recordings are still fabulous.

I don't think they stay online forever so here are a few of my favorites (mostly old Toad the Wet Sprocket songs) from Glen's November 15th show at Messiah College in Grantham, PA on November 15th:

November 12, 2003

Rose Polenzani and the Importance of Music

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Sometimes I wish I were more skilled at describing why music is so important to me. And then I find myself in a room like tonight, seeing Rose Polenzani. It was the first time I've seen her joined by a full band in two years. She had everyone downstairs at The Lizard Lounge wrapped around her finger by way of her songs. And that voice. And did I mention a full band? It was magical! Fortunately for those who missed it, she'll be at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for two more Tuesdays in November.

November 06, 2003

Rock & Roll Library Benefit Concerts Nov 19th and December 1st

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Rock & Roll Library

The Rock & Roll Library has a couple benefit concerts coming up to fundraise for its projects and programs including the music archive database. The database is a project to create an extensive, unbiased online repository for all things rock and roll. The first concert is Wednesday, November 19th at Harper's Ferry in Allston at 8:30pm with The Medea Connection, The Anti-Love Project, Grubstake, The Goodbyes, and Damian David. Tickets cost $8 and it's a 21+ show. The second concert is on Monday, December 1st upstairs at Charlie's Kitchen in Harvard Square with Suspect Device, Stray Bullets and Rock City Crimewave. Tickets are $6 and the show starts at 9:30pm.

See you there?

November 05, 2003

Prominent Omahan?

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Wandering around my referrer logs I found a link here from Frozen Rothko Sky. He (?) linked to one of my photos of the Antiquarian bookstore in Omaha's Old Market. Which is one of my favorite spots on the planet. (Nevermind how much of the planet I have not actually seen.) He mentioned that he was listening to the CD of a prominent Omahan. Inquiring minds want to know who that is but there's no contact info or email address on his website.

October 22, 2003

Over the Rhine at TT The Bear's Place

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Whatcha doin' with a suitcase
Tryin' to hit the ground with both feet runnin'
Aren't you trippin' on your shoelace

You're stealin' away on a sunny day
Well aren't you ashamed at all
Funny but I feel like I'm fallin'
I wanna beg you to stay
You're stealin' away on a sunny day
-- "Suitcase", from Over The Rhine's OHIO album

Last week I finally had a chance to see Over The Rhine in concert, a favorite band of Shannon's and Annalisa's (both natives of OTR's homeland Ohio). It was a great show but TT's was definately too small of a room to even attempt to contain their sound. After the show I took a photo of Gregor with Over The Rhine's Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist.

October 13, 2003

Boston Bands Bonanza

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Three of my favorite Boston bands have shows coming up in Cambridge at the Lizard Lounge in the next few weeks. Sparkola is celebrating the release of their second album Handclaps and Slapbacks on the 24th. Rose Polenzani has a month-long residency at the Lounge every Tuesday throughout November and the really good news about that is she'll be joined by a full band. She does the solo singer/songwriter thing very well but after a CD Release party a few years ago with a full band, I've always hoped she'd be able to do more shows with other people on stage. The So and So's are also celebrating their first CD Release party (Give Me Drama) with four nights in a row at the Lizard Lounge Wednesday, November 19th through Saturday, November 22nd.

If any of these shows interest you, let me know if you'd like to join me and other pals.

October 03, 2003

Iceland Airwaves ... Maybe Next Year?

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The Iceland Airwaves Festival is coming up in Reykjavik October 15-19. I've wanted to attend this music festival since the first one a couple years ago. Once again it's time to say "Maybe next year." Starting at $499 you can fly to Iceland, stay in a decent hotel and attend the festivities. Several people who have attended Airwaves made comments on my entry from May about the event. It sounds like so much fun. Let me know if you're interested in a group trip from Boston to Reykjavik for next year's festival. Who knows, maybe 2004 will be the year to finally make it!

August 23, 2003

Rose Polenzani's New Tune and Club Passim's Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival

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Rose Polenzani recorded "Girl", a new song on her 4-track, and shared it for download in the listening room of her website. It's a fun little tune that is a departure from her usual style of folk+rock. It's definately more rock than folk. Good stuff!

Rose has several shows with Lorna Hunt during the rest of August into September. She's also performing at the Annual Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival at Club Pasim. The four-day event takes place on Labor Day Weekend and Rose performs in the round with Dawn Landes, Karaugh Brown, and Daniel Burke on Friday, August 29th in Harvard Square. It's $10 for a 1-day pass, $18 for the whole weekend.

July 20, 2003

Music Worth Noting : Universal Hall Pass Covers "Ring of Fire"

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One of my favorite Boston bands, Splashdown, broke up a couple years ago after Capitol Records decided not to release their Blueshift album. All three of the band members moved on to other interesting projects. Melissa Kaplan (vocals/lyrics for Splashdown) started her own band called Universal Hall Pass, a project featuring her vocals and lyrics plus guest contributors. She was in North Carolina recently recording music for a forthcoming album. Maybe she'll be lucky and the record label who picks her up will actually release it. In the meantime, she's made a few songs available on her website. The latest MP3 is a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." When most bands cover a song it's hard to really even tell them apart; but Melissa does a great job adding her own style to this song including middle eastern influences and stunning vocals. The song was a joint collaboration with the electronic duo Mugat. (Universal Hall Pass : Ring of Fire)

July 18, 2003

All Sondre, All The Time

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My favorite Norwegian pop guy Sondre Lerche is working on a EP for the U.S. with an anticipated September release. Much to my delight it will most likely include a live version of Sleep on Needles which was the highlight of his show last month at TT The Bear's Place.

» Sondre talks about his album "Faces Down" (first video on the page)

June 25, 2003

Song lyrics of the day

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Today, Ani Difranco sums it up like this:

We got egos like hairdos
They're different every day
Depending on how we slept the night before
Depending on the demons that are at our door

I got my kitchen stocked
I got my door unlocked
There're no demons here
And I don't really care
Whose name is printed in bigger type
You know I live in a world full of hope
Not a world full of hype
I ain't no saint
I help myself to what I need
But I help other people too
Y'know I sleep soundly

-- "Egos Like Hairdos" : Ani Difranco

Sondre Lerche on Last Call with Carson Daly tonight

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Mike seems to think that my apartment is turning into HQ for the U.S. division of the Sondre Lerche fan club. Almost, but not quite. Sondre will be performing a song from his Faces Down album tonight on Carson Daly's show. I'm rarely awake during the work week to watch the show but tonight's a good reason to stay up. Last Call with Carson Daly airs around 1:30am on the east coast. See and hear for yourself why I seem to go on and on about this guy's music.

June 19, 2003

Bleu is trapped in my CD player

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I'm doin' fine my friends all say so I'm doin' all right but that don't mean dick unless you know, I know, you know -- "You Know, I Know, You Know" ~ Bleu

I picked up the re-release of Bleu's Redhead album at Newbury Comics yesterday. They've got it on sale for $7.99. What a great album. He's on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn tonight. Boston hasn't had a pop star in a long time. Maybe it's about time.

June 13, 2003

Smokefree in Cambridge ... soon!

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On behalf of my eyeballs, thanks to Cambridge for finally passing the smoking ban in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars. It doesn't go into effect until October but at least it's happening this year. Last night Michael and I went to the Rising Tide Concert Series debut at the Paradise in Boston to see Annette Farrington perform. It was wonderful not having to deal with smoke inside the club. I am sure that this smoking ban will definately help inspire me to get out to see live music more often.

May 31, 2003

Cowboy Junkies at The Iron Horse

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Cowboy Junkies setlist at the Iron Horse May 29 2003

To celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Michael+Sooz collaboration, we saw the Cowboy Junkies perform their second show of the night on Thursday. It was wonderful. We got into Northampton around 5:30 and spent the first few hours before the 9:30 show wandering around, checking out cool shops and of course there was the obligatory used book store shopping. I really like Northampton and wouldn't mind living there someday.

I've been a fan of the Cowboy Junkies for years but had never seen them live before. It was a real treat seeing them at such a small venue. We managed to get a table sitting with three strangers right up front. They performed a great mix of old and new tunes including the debut of several songs that might make it on their new album next year. After the show, Michael claimed Margo Timmon's setlist and we waited outside to see if she might sign it. While waiting outside we saw Steve who was standing in line in front of us before the show. He asked if I'd take a photo of him with Margo whenever we were able to get her attention. We waited for about ten minutes when Margo emerged from the bus with a large glass of red wine. A few oddballs talked her ear off for a while and then I managed to get her to sign the setlist. I mentioned that I wanted to take a photo of her with Steve and she was cool about it. And then something amusing happened. Steve thought he would also be taking a photo of me with Margo (Michael was conveniently standing several feet away and escaped the photo moment). I told him I didn't need the photo, no worries. But Margo insisted. It was a funny couple of seconds. I'm not sure how bad the photo turned out but if it's not completely awful I'll post it here once Steve sends it.

Check out the band's tour diary and read what Margo had to say about the Northampton shows.

May 27, 2003

Sondre Lerche comes to Boston

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I've blathered on about Sondre Lerche before; but now it seems he's actually going to be in the Boston area (well, Cambridge) in a few weeks. This is excellent news for sure. When he makes his way to TT The Bear's in Central Square he'll be embarking on the second leg of his Spring/Summer tour around the United States. For the first set of shows in May he travelled around the U.S. and Canada with Nada Surf and then in June he keeps company with Ed Harcourt. Perhaps if I were a super cool music critic I might distill Sondre's pop gem greatness into a micronugget, inspiring the masses to buy his album. I think I'll probably settle for inspiring a few people to see him at TT's on the 18th.

May 21, 2003

Cary Pierce live at Club Passim and online tonight

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It doesn't look like I'm going to be able to make it to Cary Pierce's solo show at Club Passim tonight in Harvard Square. But that's mostly OK because Club Passim is broadcasting the show online. Tune in at 8pm EST for a great show by a heartfelt and superb singer/songwriter.

May 12, 2003

Peter Wolf at The Middle East

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This is what rock and roll is all about. Most artists phone it in compared to Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band) who performed two cabaret-style shows Friday May 9 and Saturday May 10 at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge. I joined Anne for the Saturday show. 450 people filled the club with about twenty tables scattered towards the front of the stage. To say he has stage presence would be a great understatement. Each song started out with a rap of the upcoming song's lyrics then prancing across the stage and throughout the crowd as the band joined in. The primarly 40+ year old audience was eating him up. Not to mention the women crawling all over him as he danced in the crowd and on top of the bar. During one of his many storytelling moments, Peter thanked Joseph and Nabil Sater, owners of The Middle East. Mr. Wolf could have easily sold out a larger venue but chose one of the last Boston area independent music venues. If anyone can capture why music is so important, Peter Wolf has it figured out.

May 07, 2003

Cowboy Junkies

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I've been a fan of the Cowboy Junkies off-and-on for years; but I've never had a chance to see them live. Fortunately that changes soon when Michael and I see them at their second show of the night at the Iron Horse in Northampton on May 29th. It seemed like a fun way to celebrate year number six of the Michael and Sooz collaboration. (Six years? Six years! I've only been in Boston for nine so six years sure seems like a long time as far as relationships go.) I'm really looking forward to this show. It makes up for the fact that I forgot to try to get tickets for Beck's "warmup show" at the Iron Horse which probably sold out in 30 seconds anyway. The Iron Horse is a great little club with a down-to-earth vibe.

April 26, 2003

Rain On Days

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If today had a theme song it would be "Rain On Days", a song that Rose Polenzani recorded for/with Zoe Ardito. I'm not sure how old Zoe was when they recorded the songs (with lyrics created on the fly by Zoe) -- maybe five or six years old. Rose has a section of her website dedicated to the songs they collaborated on. I don't mind rain and I usually prefer a slightly cloudy day over lots of sun; but today I was hoping to go out and take some photos. Maybe tomorrow.

Rose has a show coming up on Thursday, May 1st at the Kendall Cafe. Also performing that night is eastmountainsouth, a band I've never heard of. I downloaded MP3s on their website and they sound great -- a mixture of pop and folk. This looks like it will be a great show not to be missed.

Exploit Boston! Radio is back online

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The Internet radio station for Exploit Boston! is back online. It broadcasts 24/7 with a mixture of Boston rock, pop and indie bands (past and present). I definately need new music suggestions if you have any. The music streams through Live365. To listen you'll need (1) a high-speed connection and (2) a free Live365 account. It takes a minute to create your account and then you can choose which MP3 player you want to use including Winamp, the Live365 player, RealOne Player, etc. Live365 is a very cool service. It's nice to see that it has (so far) survived the ups and downs of the Internet industry.

April 21, 2003

Evan Dando!

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Evan Dando (singer from the Lemonheads) has a new album out on Bar None Records. I've listened to about half of it (so far) via his website and so far so good. He was on a sort of seven-year haitus from the music world after the Lemonheads released their last album. His new release "Baby I'm Bored" comes out in the U.S. tomorrow (it's already out in Europe). He's playing a free in-store gig at the Newbury Comics near the Alewife MBTA Station tomorrow at 7pm. Me and my digital camera will definately be there. I always liked the Lemonheads but I guess I wasn't a real fan since I never bought any of their albums.

April 13, 2003

Sondre Lerche

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Use every chance you've been given
she replied after several days
It's no good to be perfect
you know so well things are easy to tell
There is one thing I know
it goes like this
It's that when I lose my sleep it's you I miss - "You Know So Well"

Mike clued me in to 20 year-old Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche. Wow. Truly outstanding lyrics and music. The release of his U.S. debut "Faces Down" came out September 2002 and this year he's been touring around the United States. I have a feeling I probably missed my chance seeing him in Boston though there's no info on his website indicating past tour dates. He's been touring with Nada Surf and will be in Omaha on May 24th so I might try to coordinate my next trip home that weekend, too. If you like Elliott Smith you'll probably like him, though Sondre sounds (to me -- based on limited Elliott Smith knowledge) a lot less mopey and more sentimental and clever. Check out his website to listen to little snippets of each song and then buy it!

April 05, 2003

Meghan Toohey at Club Passim

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meghan toohey of The So and So's

I love seeing shows at Club Passim. One thing, it's smoke free. My eyeballs really appreciate the absense of smoke. It's also fun to be at a venue that's been around since the 50s (at this particular location since the 60s) where all sorts of people got their start including Joan Baez. Meghan Toohey (pop/rock singer songwriter) from The So & So's performed a special show last night accompanied by her new band's bass player. (I wish I could remember his name. Their website isn't up beyond the homepage.) I was expecting an acoustic solo show but apparently she doesn't like to do solo shows and her acoustic guitar is not in good shape. She brought a sampler to add drums to most of the songs. At times the added drums seemed to overpower a few of the songs; but overall, it was a great show and unique for the venue. I bought the band's new EP when they performed at Boston's First Night but they won't have additional CDs for sale until they get more money for printing. Maybe a patron program, similiar to what Jane Siberry uses to help fund her independent albums, could help them out. They deserve to be heard!

The So & So's have several shows coming up including a performance at another favorite club, The Lizard Lounge, on Friday, April 11th.

March 02, 2003

Toad the Wet Sprocket ... Reunited Bliss

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Toad the Wet Sprocket

What's to say when your favorite band since your sophomore year in high school (1989) gets back together after breaking up four years ago? Last night Toad the Wet Sprocket performed at the Avalon Ballroom, and for lack of more eloquent words, it was simply amazing. They even played my favorite song that Glen Phillips (lead singer) said they had probably not played live in ten years. The song is "Always Changing Probably" off of their 1989 Bread and Circus album. Toad's music has been a life soundtrack for the past fourteen years. It was wonderful to see them perform again. And they really seemed to be enjoying it.

The other treat to the evening was finally seeing Bleu perform. He's a Berklee grad from Boston who has been receiving a lot of acclaim the past three years. After last night I'm definately a fan of his music. He's clever without being coy. His new song "You Know, I Know, You Know" is one of the most brilliantly written pop songs I've ever heard. Download Bleu's MP3s from his website and then buy the new "Redhead" CD recently released on Aware/Capitol Records.

March 01, 2003

Indie rock and a 60s dance party?

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Shannon suggested we go to the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain to see The Mittens and Palomar last night. Soltero was apparently added to the lineup at the last minute. It sounded like a fun plan to me. Unfortunately, Soltero didn't play. After the bands played we witnessed ten very long minutes (until we left) of some sort of 60s dance party. It certainly helped explain why so many women were in retro outfits. But after you've seen two really good indie bands, you really aren't expecting the floor in front of the stage to break out into lots of dancing to "These Boots Were Made for Walking" with a disco ball spinning above. We both agreed it was unfortunate that neither of us brought our camera.

Tonight Michael and I are seeing my favorite band at Avalon! Toad the Wet Sprocket is back together for a few shows. I've been experimenting with an audiolog so hopefully I can meet the band after the show and ask one of them to record something.

February 22, 2003

A New Song By Rose Polenzani

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rose polenzani

"I'm a big disappointment to you I know, What made you want to get to know me so well boy, What's done is done, I thought I could take someone into the same sun."

Rose Polenzani added a home recording to her website's listening room. It's a new song from my favorite Boston singer/songwriter titled "No Clouds" and it's super deluxe great. You can download the tune ala MP3 and Real Audio formats. Rose has shows later this month and in March at several cities in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York. She puts on a excellent live show and is worth seeing.

February 05, 2003

Bruce Springsteen at the Somerville Theater III

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I mentioned a couple weeks ago that Bruce Springsteen and Patty Scialfa were expected to perform at a benefit concert for Doubletake Magazine at the Somerville Theater. DoubleTake is a magazine about the documentary film world and had stopped its operations due to financial problems. The Boston Herald reported tickets would cost $1,000 and $5,000. A few days later, Bruce was reported to have been cranky that news about the show being was leaked to the press by DoubleTake before anything was official. He was apparently also irritated about the high ticket price.

The show is now back on and is listed on DoubleTake's website. Bruce and Patty will perform at two "intimate concerts" for approximately 900 people on February 19th and 20th. Ticket prices dropped considerably, too. "Tickets will cost $100 and $500. There will be a limited number of tickets available directly from DoubleTake. The price of these seats will start at $1,000 and include a pre-show reception attended by Dr. Robert Coles, Springsteen and other prominent DoubleTake supporters." Tickets go on sale today, February 5th at 11am.

I wonder how fast tickets will sell out. Thirty seconds? A minute?

January 31, 2003

Bruce Springsteen at the Somerville Theater II

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Interesting! Bruce Springsteen won't be performing at a benefit show for Doubletake Magazine afterall. Heath Row wrote about the latest developments with details from The Boston Herald today.

January 26, 2003

Cary Pierce is the real thing

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Nini Camps and Cary Pierce backstage at Club Passim -- click to see a larger image via popup Club Passim and Cary Pierce in the background Help Club Passim buy new chairs!

Last week someone posted a message to the Glen Phillips email discussion list looking for help at Cary Pierce's solo acoustic show at Club Passim. I had never heard of Cary's music before but figured it was as good excuse as any to see new music. So, for a few hours last night I ran the merchandise table for Cary and the opener, Nini Camps. It's truly amazing how much good music is out there that you might never hear. And yet there's so much crap that you are forced to be exposed to if you listen to commercial radio. (Hey, that's another fabulous reason to listen to stations at Live365 instead!) By a random set of circumstances I've now discovered a musician who will no doubt become one of my favorites. I've never been great at categorizing music; but I guess you could squeeze Cary into the categories of singer/songwriter/pop/rock. He's a superb songwriter with an excellent stage presence.

Cary's been around for a while and had a lot of success with his old band Jackopierce (1997-1998) who is now getting back together for some shows. They'll be at the Paradise at some point this year. Stay tuned!

Click on the little photos above for large photographs via popup.

January 25, 2003

Soozradio has a new home

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A couple weeks ago I stopped broadcasting Soozradio and moved most of the music to a new Internet radio station for Exploit Boston!. It features a mix of mostly rock and pop tunes from Boston bands past and present including Sparkola, Rose Polenzani, Annette Farrington, The Sheila Divine, Mistle Thrush, Ad Frank, Kingsize, Mishima, The So and So's, Loveless, Bleu, etc. I'm working on adding more songs; but for now it's up to about seven hours of music. If you have any recommendations or are in a Boston band with music to share, let me know. The station is broadcast through Live365. You can check it out at Exploit Boston! Radio.

If you're in the Harvard Square (Cambridge, MA) area tonight, come check out Cary Pierce's show at Club Passim. I'm going to be helping out and selling stuff at his merchandise table. The show starts at 7pm and also includes Nini Camps.

And to keep the music theme going, last night I had a dream that I was watching MTV and Meghan Toohey's new band The So and So's video was on. I have no idea where that dream came from; but that would certainly be fun to see. Then again, it would have to require that I actually even watch MTV! I'd link to the band's website but they don't seem to have one and Meghan's website seems to have been grabbed by someone else.

January 23, 2003

Bruce Springsteen at the Somerville Theater I

@ 11:06 AM | Filed Under: Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Last night while working at my computer and listening to the news in the background, I heard the words "Bruce Springsteen" and "Somerville Theater" used in the same sentence. Of course, that was later followed up by "$1,000 and $5,000 tickets." According to WBZ4 and The Boston Herald, Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patty Scialfa will perform at a benefit concert for Double Take Magazine on February 20th.

Probably worth mentioning is the fact that The Somerville Theater only holds 900 people. I'm sure it's going to be an excellent concert.

February 20th is Mark James' birthday and it is one month after my 30th birthday. Any kind, generous person who would like to give me a belated birthday gift is certainly welcome to do so! (A girl can dream if nothing else!)

January 22, 2003

The Rock and Roll Library Needs Office Space (Greater Boston Area)

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Last night I met up with Anne Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Rock and Roll Library. When she was eight years old she had an idea that the world needed a library for popular (rock) music. Three years ago she started to put her idea into action.

The Library needs donated office space. Since they are a non-profit the donation would likely offer tax benefits to the company helping them out.

Their basic needs:

  • A room that can fit one or more tables
  • 1-2 phones
  • Internet access
  • MBTA (T or Commuter Rail) accessible

If you know of a company in the greater Boston area that has a room (large or small) that can fit a table or two and comes with Internet access and phones please contact Annefitzpatrick AT rocklibrary.com. An office that is T or commuter rail accessible is preferred.

About The Rock and Roll Library

The Rock and Roll Library is "a non-profit organization working to build the world's largest music information archive while promoting the use of popular music in education."

Past projects include a song lesson plan contest using Melissa Etheridge's song "Scarecrow." The winning teacher was awarded $1,000 and Melissa Etheridge visited the school and donated 68 tickets to the school for a nearby concert. The Library is also working on finishing up web development on the Music Archive Database. It's about 60% finished but needs the help of experienced web developers to finish it. (The database project was started by a group of Northeastern students.)

Help spread the word!

If you've got a weblog (or a website in general) and want to help spread the word about The Rock and Roll Library's quest for office space, consider posting about this on your own site. (Scott Johnson agrees.)

By the way

I'm not directly affiliated with the Rock and Roll Library -- just someone who loves music who is going to volunteer some time to their projects.