[Last NMNight’s Playlist] The inaugural NEW MUSIC NIGHT at the ONCE Lounge (and announcing the next one on Thursday, October 29th!)
Posted on October 12, 2015 at 10:43 am | No Comments
It’s ok, you can call it a comeback. After a bit of a break, I returned to the DJ table for my monthly NEW MUSIC NIGHT, setting up at the increasingly-awesome ONCE Lounge on Highland Ave. in Somerville. I’d been spending so many evenings there that I figured I might as well share some new music while I’m at it. Lucky for me, they graciously agreed, and now it’s a thing!
Crowd-wise, I didn’t know what to expect from the first installment, which took place a few weeks back. Turns out I needn’t have worried. A mix of friends, Almanac readers, and discriminating diners filled the tables (and hit the pool tables) during my two hour set while I randomly gave out tickets to upcoming shows (including Caspian, Yo La Tengo, Low, Mercury Rev, Pile & Krill, Destroyer, Mike Krol, & Telekinesis) and debuted brand new songs from both Eldridge Rodriguez (new album out now!) and Ghost Box Orchestra (new EP out soon!). Honored to have done so. You can check out the full playlist below, along with links on where to listen & buy. Many of the tracks below can also be found on my latest ‘Nac Tracks playlist.
The second edition of New Music Night @ ONCE will take place on Thursday, October 29th, again from 7:30-9:30pm. Scroll down for the spiffy new poster design by Nicole Anguish of Daykamp Creative (and go to the Daykamp Poster & Photo Show at the Sinclair on 11/25!). I’m lining up more giveaways and debuts now, but I’m especially psyched to be premiering a song or two from Ted Billings (ex-Age Rings) new project, Philosophical Zombie.
NEW MUSIC NIGHT I
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
7:30 – 9:30pm
@ The ONCE Lounge
in Somerville, MA
04. Tanya Donelly & Bill Janovitz – “Better Things” (Kinks cover)
Tanya from Throwing Muses/Belly & Bill from Buffalo Tom
collaborate to benefit the Foundation to Be Named Later
[ Stream & buy on Bandcamp ]
16. Eldridge Rodriguez – “Stay Angry”
Premiere play from the upcoming LP “The Castrati Menace”
due 10/9 on Midriff – release party at Wonder Bar, Allston
[ Stream at Bullett Media / Pre-order digitally through iTunes ]
30. Ghost Box Orchestra – “Flutter”
Premiere play from their upcoming “High Plaine” EP
Release party on 10/16 at the Middle East Upstairs
See you on Thursday evening, October 29th for the next one, I hope…
Posted on October 1, 2015 at 6:28 pm | No Comments
Another month starts, another streaming Soundcloud playlist wraps up. Many of these 49 tracks were part of my first New Music Night DJ set at the ONCE Lounge a couple weeks back, and I’ll be sharing that list up shortly. Keep an eye/ear on the just-started October playlist for a preview of the next NMN, happening near the end of the month. But more on that later. Stream away…
Posted on September 10, 2015 at 8:38 am | No Comments
REBORN! After several years co-hosting DJ nights in Cambridge (under the Tourfilter & NMN banners), NEW MUSIC NIGHT is officially re-launching on Thursday evening, September 17th at my new favorite hang, the magical ONCE Lounge at Cuisine en Locale on Highland Street in Somerville. I’m genuinely honored that JJ & co. are allowing me to commandeer their stereo system for a couple hours each month while they serve up truly tasty, locally-sourced grub for discriminating diners.
For the uninitiated, New Music Night is pretty much what it says: An evening playlist of nothing but brand new songs, including preview tracks, rare cuts, and some exclusive premieres when I can get ’em. In fact, this inaugural edition will include a first-ever listen to a track from Ghost Box Orchestra‘s upcoming record, along with my favorite cut from Eldridge Rodriguez‘s next LP, “The Castrati Menace”. So psyched they’re letting me make those debuts.
I’ll also be doing ticket giveaway for upcoming local shows – not only ones happening at Cuisine en Locale (like the stacked, all ages Pile / Krill / Warehouse / Palm show on Friday, 9/18), but at other Boston-area venues. On Thursday I’ll have pairs of tickets to hand out to the following shows…
(update/added on 9/13) Courtesy of the Wilbur Theatre: YO LA TENGO at the Wilbur on 10/3.
Courtesy of Merge Records: MIKE KROL at the Out of the Blue Too Gallery in Central Square on 10/1, along with some merch (a copy of his new LP and a special Krol-designed Merge slipmat!).
Hear new music, get free stuff, eat great food. Not enough? How about Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA on tap, an arcade cabinet, pinball machine, and (the eventual return of) pool tables? So many pluses! Alright, enough with the hard sell. See you Thursday…
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
at the ONCE Lounge
156 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
Hey, I heard that! How DARE you laugh at my DJ name?!
Posted on September 3, 2015 at 9:02 am | No Comments
August ends with a new record: 47 tracks for nearly 3 hours of listening in my monthly new music playlist.
September may crush it, though – just 3 days in and 9 new songs so far, including tracks from Stove, Threading, Ex-Breathers, and more.
Here’s August. Stream away…
Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:36 am | No Comments
“I was never very good at therapy, because… I can talk, I just can’t talk out loud.
But I was made to go this year, and it was… it was entertaining.
The therapist said “I can see your work is very important to you, but I feel that it’s rather isolating. So tell me, what is it like at a ‘Kristin Hersh show’?”
“I don’t know, I’ve never been to one.”
“Well, who do reviewers compare you to?”
I said “Everybody who makes anybody sad. Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Mark Linkous, Kurt Cobain, Vic Chesnutt…”
She said “Well, what I want you to do is reach out to all these people and re-form your peer group.”
“I can’t do that…”
“Yes, you can.”
“No, I can’t. They’re dead.”
She said “All of them?”
“Yeah, we’re a fragile group.”
Kristin has a new book about Vic Chesnutt, titled “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die – Giving Up Vic Chesnutt” arriving in October. The discounted hardcover is available for pre-order from University of Texas Press.