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Bradley's Almanac

Bradley's Almanac

[Vinyl Giveaway] The Loyal Seas are Tanya Donelly & Brian Sullivan

Posted on May 26, 2022 at 1:17 pm | No Comments

Last Friday gratefully brought us “Strange Mornings In The Garden”, the long-awaited and absolutely wonderful debut full-length from bi-coastal duo The Loyal Seas. Longtime friends & collaborators Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly, Breeders, duh) & Brian Sullivan (Dylan in the Movies) teased us with a first taste back in December 2000, when CT-based label American Laundromat released a limited edition (and very quickly sold out) 7-inch that featured the LP’s eventual title track with b-side “Last Of The Great Machines“. Both can be found among the ten beautiful songs that make up the new record, and I’m fortunate enough to have a signed copy (including a digital download) to hand out to a random reader.
(* cat not included)

For a chance to snag it (if you’re a U.S. resident), just drop an email to giveaways [at] bradleysalmanac [dot] com with the subject line “Vinyl Seas” before midnight this coming Monday, May 30th. I’ll pick a random recipient Tuesday morning and reach out for your mailing address. UPDATE 5/31: Congrats to winner Jesse from LA!

  • The “Strange Mornings In The Garden” track list…

    1. (So Far From) Silverlake
    2. Strange Mornings In The Garden
    3. Early Light
    4. Driving With A Ghost
    5. Mary Magdalene In The Great Sky
    6. Come Around Again
    7. Milkweed
    8. Last Of The Great Machines
    9. You, Me, And The Sea
    10. Swimmers In The Gold

  • Order up your own copy over at ALR, where you can choose from a wide variety of formats (I went for the “Sunburst Splatter Vinyl”, and it looks so damn spiffy spinnin’ on my turntable).

  • Two details that make this record even better: It was pressed at the Burlington Record Plant (hometown represent!) and was distinctively designed by Nicole at Daykamp. Soundin’ good, lookin’ good.

  • Listen to the duo’s very first joint interview over on the How Did I Get Here? podcast, which marked the arrival of that 7-inch back in December, 2020. For more current pieces, check out last month’s interview with Erika Wolf over at Albumism, or a chat with Tanya on a recent episode of the Trading Fours podcast.

  • Some Loyal Seas audio & video action…

    (So Far from) Silverlake

    Swimmers In The Gold

    Strange Mornings In The Garden

  • The Loyal Seas will play two sold-out record release shows in the beloved Burren back room in Somerville on Saturday, June 25th. Beyond that? Fingers crossed for more. Update! They’ve added an August 6th show at City Winery Boston, and tickets are now on sale.

[Music Docs] IFFBoston is back!

Posted on April 27, 2022 at 11:32 am | Comments Off on [Music Docs] IFFBoston is back!

Tonight, it returns.

Among the many, many things that were canceled in the wake of the covid’s arrival on U.S. shores in the Spring of 2020, one of the most personally painful was the almost-here 18th edition of the Independent Film Festival Boston. I’ve seen at least a couple films, and usually more, every single April since this incredible fest kicked off in 2003, including many that became fast favorites (and critical darlings), and I have countless memories of special post-screening appearances by various filmmakers & actors throughout the years.

It wasn’t the loss of a chance to see their meticulously-selected lineup that truly hurt, though – it was knowing how much year-round work goes into the fest by their all-volunteer crew. Countless hours of venue coordination, staff communication, local promotion, plus all the pre-fest selection screenings, sponsor-wooing, and guest-wrangling. All just for the pure love of it. I’m such a fan of their core staff, and could only imaging how crushing it must have been to make that cancellation call two years ago.

After going all-online for last year’s fest, I’m so very psyched that they’re finally returning to our beloved Boston-area indie cinemas starting this evening, Wednesday, April 27th, with the opening night premiere of “Emily the Criminal” at the Somerville Theatre.

Back when the Almanac was a more active concern (and not just sporadic f*cebook posts & ever-present relaunch plans), I’d do a yearly IFFB preview, usually music-doc-centric. In honor of the fest’s return, I thought I’d shine a brief but bright light on the four music-focused screenings this year, covering a ridiculously diverse list of artists: Courtney Barnett, James Cotton, Ronnie James Dio, & Mojo Nixon…

Anonymous Club
an intimate hang with Courtney Barnett

Screening on Saturday, April 30th at 4pm
at the Brattle Theater, Cambridge, MA / Tickets

From the SXSW film guide (where it made its premiere last month):

“With unprecedented, intimate access to the private life of Courtney Barnett, this innovative and stylised 16mm feature documentary follows a paradoxically introverted performer and anti-influencer, who, at the height of success, is ready to walk away. Long-time collaborator Danny Cohen’s feature documentary reveals a woman who finds power in sharing her vulnerability. Recording her innermost thoughts on a Dictaphone over a period of three years, Courtney begins her slow acceptance of Danny Cohen’s camera. This unique filming process mirrors Courtney’s gradual search for purpose and emergence as an artist embracing her place in the world.”

Bonnie Blue:
James Cotton’s Life In The Blues

WORLD PREMIERE

Screening on Monday, May 2nd at 7:30pm
at the Somerville Theatre / Tickets

Director Bestor Cram and Executive Producers James Montgomery & Judith Laster are expected to be in attendance at the screening

From the IFFBoston website:

Born in 1935 on Bonnie Blue plantation in Tunica, Mississippi, apprenticing with Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin‘ Wolf, and schooled by Muddy Waters, James “Super Harp” Cotton became a mentor to harp players around the globe as he brought the delta blues into mainstream rock ’n‘ roll. Orphaned at nine, Cotton‘s journey tracks America‘s history and his story is one of empowerment during a time when the weight of racial inequity made the journey seem impossible. BONNIE BLUE: JAMES COTTON‘S LIFE IN THE BLUES is a unique portrait of an era and its impact today. Cotton‘s music made history; his musical voice was unique, and the blues were never the same.

After the world premiere of BONNIE BLUE: JAMES COTTON’S LIFE IN THE BLUES, stick around for great music featuring members of the James Montgomery Band, including Grammy-nominated singer and harpist James Montgomery, Guitarist George McCann, Bass player David Hull (Joe Perry Project), and drummer Marty Richards with special guests blues and funk master Willie J. Laws and one of the world’s best blues duos Annie Raines and Paul Rishell.

Dio: Dreamers Never Die

Screening on Friday, April 29th at 9:15pm
at the Somerville Theatre / Tickets

Director Don Argott expected to be in attendance at the screening

From the IFFBoston website:

This career-spanning documentary on heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio delves deep into his incredible rise from 50’s doo-wop crooner, to his early classic rock days in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, to replacing the iconic lead singer Ozzy Osborne in Black Sabbath, to finally cement his legend with DIO. Ronnie’s biography is completely unique to the tired sex, drugs, and rock and roll cliches. The film is about perseverance, dreams, and the power to believe in yourself.

The Mojo Manifesto:
The Life & Times Of Mojo Nixon

Screening on Thursday, April 28th at 9:30pm
at the Somerville Theatre / Tickets

Director Matt Eskey and “co-star and manager-for-life” Bullethead are expected to be at the screening

From the IFFBoston website:

Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. comes of age in Danville, VA, listening to records from his father’s soul radio station and plotting his escape from the confines of conservative small town life. On a bicycle trip across the country, Kirby experiences The Mojo Revelation and becomes Mojo Nixon, a primitive blues-inspired musician. Mojo then teams up with the enigmatic Skid Roper to form an outrageous duo. Relentless touring, a record deal, college radio airplay, and MTV exposure lead to unexpected mainstream success. The song “Elvis Is Everywhere” is a cult phenomenon, but his next single is banned by MTV and Mojo makes a decision that could jeopardize his career.

For some non-music recommendations, check out these previews elsewhere: Film critic Ty Burr’s “IFFBoston 2022: Ten Films to See” piece over on his Substack, the fest’s own write-up of “Women Directed Films at IFFBoston 2022“, a documentary run-down over at the Globe, and a list of “Seven must-see films at this year’s festival” over at Vanyaland.

Welcome back, IFFBoston. See you in the seats.

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