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.)

(via nyckmurfee)

May 20, 2013
aloudonline:

It’s like Christmas up in this piece today. Can’t wait to listen. @thefieldeffect #vinyl #boston

I love that cover art so much.

aloudonline:

It’s like Christmas up in this piece today. Can’t wait to listen. @thefieldeffect #vinyl #boston

I love that cover art so much.

May 15, 2013
The Ascension of Mount Peru; record release 05.16.13 @ T.T. The Bear’s Place

Super thrilled to be a founding writer over at Vanyaland for the launch of the site. Vanyaland is the brainchild of Michael Marotta, the outgoing Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, and it’s a music blog that’ll cover anything and everything happening on the metaphorical airwaves in Boston and beyond. 

Michael and I have known each other for quite some time, and we were rivals, technically, for awhile: we were both music editors at Bostonian alt-weeklies, went to the same shows, booked the same bands for showcases and parties and were constantly pushed by the other when it came to trying to provide the best music coverage the city of Boston had ever seen. We’ve always wanted to work together and never could, really, until I started contributing to The Phoenix before it folded two months ago. Now, we get to work together on Vanyaland, and I couldn’t be more stoked about it.

So! I got to catch up with one of my favorite Boston bands, Mount Peru, and we got to talk about what “going on a break” means for a band when it works out for the best. I think it’s pretty fitting given Vanyaland’s relaunch and the fact that this beautiful thang wouldn’t exist without the dissolution of The Phoenix, really, and I’m happy to see that both the old Mount Peru and The Phoenix have led to some pretty phenomenal things.

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