Posted on July 3, 2015 at 1:39 pm | No Comments
With another month in the rearview, here’s the now-complete 33-track Nac Tracks streaming collection of new music for June 2015. So many great songs. Just three days into July, and the newest edition is already up to 10 tracks, so jump on in…
Posted on June 16, 2015 at 9:28 am | No Comments
It’s barely begun to sink in, but in little more than a month, Cambridge, MA rock club T.T. the Bears Place will no longer exist. The reasons behind its end are either straightforward or complicated, depending on who you’re reading, but the simple fact is the well-worn stage of this Central Square institution will soon go silent. Boston rock forebears Scruffy the Cat will provide the closing notes on Saturday night, July 25th.
Before that happens, I’m compelled to put on one last “Bradley’s Almanac presents…” show at TTs, and it’s come together perfectly. The club has always been very kind to me, allowing the occasional custom bill with faves & friends, and the ability to do that there has never been lost on me. The fact that I get one more chance is a gift, so I’m making the most of it…
(show poster gorgeously designed by Nicole at Daykamp Creative)
This coming Monday, June 22nd, 2015, I’m proud to present a night with Australia’s own Darren Hanlon, fresh off a tour opening for Courtney Barnett at sold out shows across the country. If you caught his too-short set at their Sinclair stop last month, you know he charmed the crowd with his witty, literate, irresistibly catchy songs, and all were left wanting more. Well, more is what we’re getting, because before he heads back home to Oz, he’s doing a few North American solo gigs. I’m honored to help make one happen here in the Boston area, and grateful that TTs gave us the green light.
Darren’s set will be preceded by my longtime pal & bandmate Colin Clary (of the Smittens & Let’s Whisper), who will drive down from Vermont to play a special mix of solo & band songs with a group of friends. Before that, the reunion that at least 3 people have been clamoring for: Vermont/Boston-based trio Eef will make their first on-stage appearance in nearly 2 decades. Ok, rather than refer to Eef in the third person, I’ll just say “we”, since yes, I’ll be behind the drum kit. Our unexpected resurrection has resulted in a batch of newly-recorded songs, including a contribution to the just-released charity compilation Keep Safe Boston. You can stream that track, along with songs from Darren & Colin, below.
While I already consider this lineup, at this particular time, and at this particular club, to be something pretty special, there’s another reason the night means a lot to me and others: We’re dedicating the evening to the memory of our departed friend, Joe Wiencis. Joe, who was a longtime indie-pop (and Genesis) fan, passed away in late April. I wasn’t able to attend his memorial, nor were a few other mutual friends I know of, so it felt right to mark the loss at a show he may have attended. Rather than a maudlin affair, it will instead be one filled with some of the songs that soundtracked Joe’s too-short life. We’ll have between-band mixes of his faves playing, and shortly after doors open at 8pm, there will be a tribute set of Joe-centric covers by newly-formed combo The Abacab Lounge Singers. Whether you knew him or not, arrive early to join us in commemorating our missing friend.
Some songs from Darren, Colin, & Eef. See you on Monday…
Posted on June 2, 2015 at 11:32 am | No Comments
Another month under our belts means another installment of Nac Tracks, my cumulative monthly new music playlist of just-released songs that strike me on Soundcloud. May brought 36 tracks, and the June edition is, of course, already in progress…
Posted on May 4, 2015 at 9:55 am | No Comments
File under: Better eventually then not at all. With blogging time at a premium (i.e. non-existent), I’m always looking for song-sharing shortcuts, so throwing new Soundcloud tracks that grab me into a monthly playlist is a no-brainer. Here’s the first one: My 35-song April 2015 “Nac Tracks” Soundcloud playlist, embedded for your listening pleasure…
The May 2015 edition is already in progress.
Posted on May 1, 2015 at 11:17 am | 6 Comments
Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson summed up Monday night pretty succinctly mid-set, after the band finished a run through their classic (among many classics) “I Will Dare” at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts…
“This is weird.”
Yeah, the whole thing was pretty weird. From the hard-to-swallow early rumor they’d be playing the relatively small 525-capacity rock club in Harvard Square with Dinosaur Jr. and locals The Young Leaves, to the official announcement that it would kick off a 5-night Converse Rubber Tracks Live series of free shows, to the 2-day open lottery method of ticket giveaways. Yay!sayers, naysayers, and everyone in between chimed in online, especially after the winners (will call only, for the lucky few and a friend) were chosen and many, many fans were shut out. My rejection email arrived later than most, so last Thursday was a particularly long day at work clicking refresh ad nauseam.
For most any other band, I would have moved to the acceptance-stage of grief pretty quickly, but this was the Replacements’ first proper headlining tour since reuniting in 2013. When their 2015 road schedule was announced and Boston was left out, many were surprised – surely they didn’t think a shortened outdoor festival set (at last September’s Boston Calling) was enough to satisfy, especially in the hometown of new guitarist and longtime local-boy Dave Minehan. There had to be a proper area headlining show in the cards. Turned out there was, but you probably couldn’t go. Pessimists (like, uh, me) worried this stop would cross Boston off their to-do-list, and that would be that. After all, given the band’s turbulent past and Paul Westerberg’s idiosyncratic ways, who can say the live reunion will last?
Speculation on the size of the VIP list, the number of tickets actually doled out to fans, and the amount of sneaker-fueled corporate cashola being thrown at the Replacements & Dinosaur Jr. to feed this marketing machine followed. There was bitchin’, there was beggin’, there was resignation and self-righteousness. The Craigslist “TICKETS WANTED!” posts piled up, along with Facebook event page pleading, with offers of favors, cash, and eternal gratitude. Even if I was the kind of guy who felt comfortable using so-called connections to wheedle my way in, that well was probably bone dry. Watching online acquaintances whine and pull strings made me cringe. The FOMO, it burned.
Small slivers of hope remained when a few local websites ran giveaways, and the ‘Mats themselves came to the rescue for a handful of fans with a last-minute mailing list contest. Barring those giveaways, the only way for a non-VIP to get in was to be invited by a winner as their +1. Which, miraculously, is how I made it in. Still don’t believe it, frankly. I even felt/feel guilty – because I know too many people who wanted to be there, who should have been there, right alongside me. And they will be when the Replacements book a proper Boston show later this year, right? Sponsored by no one, paid for when we buy our tickets. One can hope.
The recording, with a bunch of show notes and random thoughts below…
Live at the Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
on Monday, April 27th, 2015
01. Seen Your Video
02. Takin’ A Ride
03. Treatment Bound
04. Kissin’ In Action
05. I’m In Trouble
06. Left of the Dial
07. Kiss Me On The Bus
09. I Will Dare
11. Waitress In The Sky
12. 20th Century Boy (T Rex cover)
13. All Shook Down
14. Anywhere’s Better Than Here
15. Whole Foods Blues
16. Skinny Black Jeans
17. Sixteen Blue
18. Another Girl, Another Planet
19. Can’t Hardly Wait
20. The Ledge
21. Within Your Reach
22. Bastards of Young
25. Alex Chilton
City / Front / Back
Seattle: “I” / “N”
Portland: “H” / “O”
San Francisco: “A” / “W”
LA night 1: “V” / “I”
LA night 2: “E” / “M”
Denver: “A” / “U”
Cambridge: “L” / “S”
Chicago night 1: “W” / “T”
Chicago night 2: “A” / “W”
We’re getting 1 sentence on the front, 1 on the back, so…
front: “I HAVE ALWA..”
back: “NOW I MUST W…”
“I have always… now I must w…”.
What exactly are you trying to tell us, Mr. Westerberg?
UPDATE 5/11: Now that we’re done with the planned U.S. dates, it’s more obvious where we’re heading. The latest letters, including a couple he shared from his hotel while recovering from an illness that postponed the Pittsburgh & Columbus shows…
Milwaukee: “Y” / “H”
Detroit: “S” / “O”
Pittsburgh (canceled): “L” / “R”
Columbus (canceled): “O” / “E”
DC: “V” / “M”
Philly: “E” / “Y”
So “I HAVE ALWAYS LOVE…”
back: “NOW I MUST WHORE MY…”
“I will always love you, now I must whore myself”? Oh, Paul.
(end of 5/11 update)m>
The boys hit Milwaukee tomorrow night, so keep your eyes peeled. I’ll be in Philly next weekend to see the final letters for myself.
And, of course, I was told there’s a “Paul’s Shirt” Facebook page tracking this (because of course there is!), which would have saved me a bunch of time. Still enjoyed the search, though.
(not quite) The Replacements setlist – Cambridge, MA – 4/27/2015