Thursday, May 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Son of Sam.

In addition to it being David Berkowitz's birthday, there's a really great noise show happening on June 1st in Florence.

John Wiese (of Bastard Noise, Sissy Spacek, etc.)
C. Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core, among other things)
Grey Skull (from Noho) + Thurston Moore (duh)
Sondulla (doom-rockin')
Sickness (CT's finest noise guy)

Sunday, June 1st
8pm, $7
Florence VFW Hall (18 Meadow Street), Florence, MA

Wednesday, May 28, 2008




Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday Mix 1.0

A summer mix for the long weekend. Suggestions of themes for future Monday Mixes is much encouraged.

I've Never Even Been To Your New House

1. Superchunk - On The Mouth
2. Dead Moon - Dead Moon Night
3. Black Eyes - Deformative
4. Flin Flon - Floods
5. Comet Gain - Just One Summer Before I Go
6. Strapping Fieldhands - The Author In Her Ear
7. The Germs - Lexicon Devil
8. Cause Co-Motion! - Who's Gonna Care?
9. Gorilla Angreb - Jeg Gar Idde I Sort
10. Junior Varsity - Pin Monkey
11. The Raincoats - Fairytale In The Supermarket
12. Clorox Girls - Flowers Of Evil
13. Boyracer - Louise
14. Standing Nudes - Fight Song
15. The Clean - Anything Can Happen
16. The Minutemen - Little Man With A Gun In His Hand
17. Liliput - Eisiger Wind
18. Pants Yell! - Magneta & Green
19. The Screamers - In A Better World
20. Shooting Spires - Alive & Well
21. Kicking Giant - Fuck The Rules

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Commencement of Sorts.

Looking for a reason to get out of Amherst tonight so that you won't have to deal with a slew of graduating morons? Ecstatic Peace is giving the hook-up:

Saturday, May 24
145 South St, Northampton, MA
Pod Blotz
Lazy Magnet
Chris Cooper/Bill Nace duo
Chiara Giovando
Russian Tsarlag

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Somewhat Less Than 120 Minutes.

My new favorite internet time waster is the 120 Minutes Playlist Archives. Beware, because it's very easy to spend hours alternating between it & YouTube in search of all of those Mudhoney & Dinosaur Jr. videos you never knew you couldn't live without. Three gems I found:

Brainiac - "Vincent Come On Down"

Sebadoh - "Rebound"

Husker Du - "Makes No Sense At All" (BOW DOWN TO GREG NORTON'S MUSTACHE!)

Monday, May 19, 2008

It's Never Too Late for a Nirvana Parody

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth - It's Not the Heat It's the Humidity

Coincidentally, this track is off of that Cardboard Record Love & Circuits compilation that apparently cannot work its way out of any post made on this blog*.

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth just released their newest album Not Noiice on Chalk Circle.

*I stumbled upon this by accident, I swear. See I'm building my case that "lead guitarist for noise rock group" should be the new "it" thing for prospective female musicians (bassist- soooo outdated!) and I was trying to find a Parts & Labor video of their new female guitarist murdering "New Crimes" as a piece of evidence**.

**Which in turn may make that footnote a piece of evidence used in the case proving that I'm a sexist.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

We Love Neptune (And You Should Too).

In our on-going effort to keep tabs on seemingly every band on the Love & Circuits compilation, especially when it concerns the western portion of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, get a load of this, dudes:

Monday, June 30th
Eric Hnatow
at the Elevens (140 Pleasant Street), Northampton, MA
10pm, 21+

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One Part

Dan Friel, one part of Parts & Labor is having his newest solo release Ghost Town put out today on ol' reliable Important Records. The first 100 copies are red vinyl so get on it. If you've been paying attention to the recent Cardboard Records compilation, fellow P&Ler BJ Warshaw's Shooting Spires side-project or Parts & Labor in general you can do no wrong. For those unaware, back in the day a young 16 year-old Dan was in a band called Squidlaunch that features one of our station's finest DJs, Clandestino's Andujar. They have a Live on WFMU 7" that they did back in 1995 out right now which you can pickup on Spooky Tree Records. You could probably also just track Andujar down during his show.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

BBQ This Weekend

Rain or shine, it's BBQ weekend. Mark Sultan BBQ, the other kickass half of The King Khan and BBQ Show. He is gracing Boston this Friday so please do check him out. His Sultanic Verses from last year has aged like the finest of Bordeaux wines.

Lineup and details:

May 16th, 2008
Abbey Lounge
BBQ (Mark Sultan)
Coffin Lids
The Tampoffs

all for $8 and 21+. Catch it!

Sunday, May 11, 2008


If you ever wanted to see a noise show at a yoga studio, now is your chance.

Tuesday, May 13th
Demons (members of Wolf Eyes)
Helicoptere Sanglante
Sick Llama
at 23 Main Street, Northampton (the yoga studio above Fitzwilly's), 9pm

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Up the Punks.

It feels kind of weird to be buying so many records on Sub Pop these days, but the new No Age 7" & LP are both delightful. I'm particularly into the cover of the Nerves' "When You Find Out" on the Eraser 7", given that the original version has been getting a fair share of play on the anticipatory summer mixtape I made a few weeks ago. Those No Age boys even threw on Urinals cover, too! All you punks should be pleased as punch.

As a sidenote, every time I look at the cover of the 7", it makes me think of US Maple's Sang Phat Editor, even though they don't really look anything alike.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Best Depeche Mode Video You'll Ever See.

Just a reminder that you should all be heading New Hampshire-ward this Friday to catch that behemoth of a Parts & Labor/Indian Jewelry double bill. Every so often, I have to defend my hometown from people who consider it to be a complete cultural wasteland, as if having Rushmore filmed there & giving birth to the purple drank aren't enough to put a place on the map. So to anyone who cares to talk shit on Houston, here's a strobed-the-fuck-out video of Indian Jewelry performing as Depeche Mode at the Hootenanny a few months ago (which has nothing to do with the Replacements & everything to do with Houston bands masquerading as other, more well-known bands for the evening). Shut your face.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Probably Better Than Jimmy Eat World.

WMUA is having a Spring Kick-off Concert tomorrow afternoon, and while it's not as awesome as the These Are Powers/Ill Ease show I tried unsuccessfully to have the powers-that-be allow last year, I'm guessing it's going to be better than the UMass Spring Concert with Jimmy Eat World & Paramore. And it's free.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Do You Really Need That Record?

Something to do tomorrow if you don't plan on stocking up on free condoms from Planned Parenthood at the Pride Festival in Northampton (nevertheless, also a worthwhile pursuit).

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Fresh Blood.

Our esteemed Music Director didn't seem too fond of it (shame on him), but one of my favorite releases from the past couple of months is from three ladies known as The New Bloods who have a new record out on Kill Rock Stars called The Secret Life. Let me ask you this, dear reader. Do you like The Raincoats? How about Liliput? ESG? Are you really going to blow my mind & tell me that you, too, are a fan of the woefully overlooked Intima? Then you're a fool if you sleep on this one. Bass, violin, drums, group vocals that swing from shouted to sung - it's enough to make you cream your post-punk jeans.

Proof positive: "Doubles", from The Secret Life.

They're playing in Providence on Sunday at the great as220, so if you're Rhode Island-bound, show some love. And snag the LP when it's back in print at Kill Rock Stars (or be a chump & opt for the digital version).