October 6, 2014

I have no idea where it came from but all of a sudden I just want to listen to Cold Roses and only Cold Roses, and this is inconvenient because it’s a serious release week and I have approximately 912 pieces that are due and anchored on records that are coming out tomorrow. Still: Cold Roses.

I came home from Austin tonight, dropped my bags by the door, lit candles because the place smelled musty and dusted off my guitar, which is shamefully neglected and wedged between my bed and bookshelf. I fucked around with GarageBand for a minute and played through “Let It Ride” until I hit the bridge because I can never sing that part right. I worried about pissing off my neighbors, but who cares at 8:30pm on a Monday? Hit record, sent it to Stevie and now all I want to do is head up to Boston and make a record with my guy friends for a month where we just screw around in Steve’s apartment in Salem and cover the Spencer Davis Trio and sometimes I sing Ryan Adams songs because for whatever reason his stuff sits perfectly in my range. I want to write songs about my Somerville rooftop and what happened during that massive blizzard two Februaries ago and Silver Fox Stowell and I want to do so with my favorite humans while swilling probably-too-warm ‘Gansetts. I want to play dress up on that side of the mic for a minute.

I won’t. In the meantime, Cold Roses and swapping notes with best friends is enough.

September 11, 2014

aloudonline:

Last month, Aloud performed a one-of-a-kind stripped down gig at the intimate Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. By the sheer power of fire codes, room capacity, geography, and astute statistical analysis, it’s probable that you were not there.

Lucky for you, Stephen LoVerme and Erin Genett of Treebeard Media (a/k/a the team responsible for making this and filming this) and OldJack guitarist and longtime Aloud cohort Hugh Wyman defied the numbers and were there to capture this performance of  It’s Got To Be Now‘s”Jeanne, It’s Just a Ride!”.

If you’re into comparison studies, give the original version of “Jeanne…” a listen.

So, THESE beautiful humans: I know I say every Boston band is my favorite band, but that’s only actually true of about five of them: Viva Viva (RIP), Bodega Girls (RIP), Bad Rabbits, Kingsley Flood and Aloud. (I know there are some I’m forgetting in there.) You can hear me scream “CIELO DE MI VIIIIIDAAAAAAA” at some point in this video, but yeah, they’re great and you should listen to them.

May 23, 2014
When I went back to Boston a few weeks ago to write up the Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Final for the Dig, I didn’t realize that it was near the end of the week that began with the Boston Marathon. The Marathon is weird. I’ve talked about this before. I’ve gotten in fights with people about my stance on the whole #BostonStrong campaign. Doesn’t change the fact that my feelings about a tradition I really, truly love are a big ol’ mess. 
Thankfully, I have a friend like Nick Murphy in my life who comes from a similar place. Nick is like my brother; we met when he was in a band in Boston and I was writing about bands in Boston, and became best friends in that amorphous mass of crazy people really quickly. Our families have a lot in common in that we’re both the offspring of passionate, absurd Irish people with ridiculous Boston accents and a loyal streak an ocean wide. I grew up in Winchester and he grew up around Worcester, but it doesn’t change the fact that I can make a Kelly’s Roast Beef joke and he gets it when other people in the room don’t. 
ANYWAYS. Nick likes riding bikes, and I met Doug through Nick. The two have fast become great friends as well—their bands, Velah and The Field Effect, share bills together from time to time—and they love bikes just as much as they do music. They rode the famed Midnight Ride on the eve/early morning of the Boston Marathon this year, and I asked them to walk me through their trek. We got way deeper than any of us anticipated in the process, and I wrote all about it for Consequence of Sound's Aux Out.

When I went back to Boston a few weeks ago to write up the Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Final for the Dig, I didn’t realize that it was near the end of the week that began with the Boston Marathon. The Marathon is weird. I’ve talked about this before. I’ve gotten in fights with people about my stance on the whole #BostonStrong campaign. Doesn’t change the fact that my feelings about a tradition I really, truly love are a big ol’ mess. 

Thankfully, I have a friend like Nick Murphy in my life who comes from a similar place. Nick is like my brother; we met when he was in a band in Boston and I was writing about bands in Boston, and became best friends in that amorphous mass of crazy people really quickly. Our families have a lot in common in that we’re both the offspring of passionate, absurd Irish people with ridiculous Boston accents and a loyal streak an ocean wide. I grew up in Winchester and he grew up around Worcester, but it doesn’t change the fact that I can make a Kelly’s Roast Beef joke and he gets it when other people in the room don’t. 

ANYWAYS. Nick likes riding bikes, and I met Doug through Nick. The two have fast become great friends as well—their bands, Velah and The Field Effect, share bills together from time to time—and they love bikes just as much as they do music. They rode the famed Midnight Ride on the eve/early morning of the Boston Marathon this year, and I asked them to walk me through their trek. We got way deeper than any of us anticipated in the process, and I wrote all about it for Consequence of Sound's Aux Out.

December 27, 2013
David Wax Museum returns home from tour with extra cargo

The first time I met David Wax, it was over coffee at Diesel in Davis Square and he was just getting started with the off-gig at Toad or Atwood’s or Club Passim. That was about five years ago. Since then, David and Suz and the rest of the David Wax Musem have become perpetual nomads as they’re constantly touring and charming people at festivals all over the place and bringing the room to its knees with "Wait for Me." Suz just had a baby and girl toured all throughout the pregnancy, with her last tour finishing up just THREE WEEKS before she gave birth. She’s a badass, and we talked about that, the latest addition to the band and what 2014’s looking like for Boston’s resident Mexoamericana champs.

November 26, 2013
Hey Boston! Michael Marotta (the Boris to my Natasha, of Vanyaland/Boston Phoenix/The Pill/etc. fame) and I will be speaking at Berklee College of Music next Monday, 12/2. It’s at the Red Room at Cafe 939. There will be terrible jokes, industry chatter and lots of journalismisms. You should come! My parents might but they looked really confused when I invited them.

Hey Boston! Michael Marotta (the Boris to my Natasha, of Vanyaland/Boston Phoenix/The Pill/etc. fame) and I will be speaking at Berklee College of Music next Monday, 12/2. It’s at the Red Room at Cafe 939. There will be terrible jokes, industry chatter and lots of journalismisms. You should come! My parents might but they looked really confused when I invited them.

November 15, 2013

The last time I saw Quilt was in Austin at SXSW 2012 and I’m so overdue for a show it’s ridiculous. They’ve got their sophomore effort out on Mexican Summer in January, but in the meantime they’re touring with a 7” in tow and recounting tales of their travels. I caught up with them before their homecoming Boston gig last night, but they’re in Brooklyn tonight, so go, comrades, go!

October 13, 2013
So, this is fun: Boston.com (aka one of the online homes of The Boston Globe) launched BDCWire this weekend, which is their new A&E/music/lifestyle blog geared towards people who like to do stuff beyond karaoke at Ned Devine’s and whose musical tastes delve a little deeper than Dave Matthews. I’m stoked that I’ll get to contribute to BDCWire as it grows, and I’m even more thrilled to be working with Glenn Yoder (BDCW’s E-i-C/of Glenn Yoder and the Western States and Cassavetes fame) and Perry Eaton (BDCW’s Staff Writer/my best crowdsurfing buddy forever). 

So, this is fun: Boston.com (aka one of the online homes of The Boston Globe) launched BDCWire this weekend, which is their new A&E/music/lifestyle blog geared towards people who like to do stuff beyond karaoke at Ned Devine’s and whose musical tastes delve a little deeper than Dave Matthews. I’m stoked that I’ll get to contribute to BDCWire as it grows, and I’m even more thrilled to be working with Glenn Yoder (BDCW’s E-i-C/of Glenn Yoder and the Western States and Cassavetes fame) and Perry Eaton (BDCW’s Staff Writer/my best crowdsurfing buddy forever). 

August 6, 2013

OH HEY NEW FAVORITE BOSTON BAND ALERT.

August 5, 2013

aloudonline:

Friends, family, and people of Tumblr:

I offer you these GIFs and the following message:

We are working on the fourth Aloud album. 

Unlike the last album: the use of acoustic guitars is strictly regulated, we have set out to make a record that sounds like a band playing in a room together, and it will be out on vinyl.

Like the last one: it’s been a lot of fun to work on and we need you to take us home.

Read the story and watch the video over here: album.aloud.tv.

For our fourth record, we have assembled a crack team of ex–United States Army Special Forces personnel who work as soldiers of fortune while on the run from the Army after being branded as war criminals for a “crime they didn’t commit”:

Producing and mixing the record is Charles Newman. With admirable deftness, Charles has walked the line of knowing when to let us run wild and when to politely tell us we’re out of our minds. Charles has been instrumental in guiding us toward an overall, coherent vision for the record (which is Music Biz lingo for “it sound pretty”). Charles has previously recorded with The Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, Cold Blood Club, and Kris Gruen.

Once again wearing the recording engineer slippers is Benny Grotto, head engineer at Mad Oak Studios in Allston. His willingness to experiment with recording techniques has been an amazing asset for us in the studio. Apart from Aloud, Benny has also worked with Aerosmith, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, The Ducky Boys, OldJack, Ben Folds, Viva Viva, GangGreen, and—my personal hero—“Weird Al” Yankovic.

OoOoOhHhHh you guys GIFd yourselves!

July 19, 2013
velahmusic:

Facebook Event
Tickets
The Field Effect
The Deep North
The Susan Constant

You guys really do have the best show flyers. (Also, I think I’m coming home for this.)

velahmusic:

Facebook Event

Tickets

The Field Effect

The Deep North

The Susan Constant

You guys really do have the best show flyers. (Also, I think I’m coming home for this.)

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