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[Your Boston-Area Saturday] SLEEPYHEAD Record Release Show at Somerville’s Cuisine En Locale / AWESOME DAY FEST in Allston

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 9:01 pm | No Comments

At last, the long weekend is here, and it’s crammed with too many things to do and too many bands to see around Boston. There’s not enough time to write about it all, much less do and see everything, but there are a couple stand-outs that deserve some special attention…


I’m sure I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but we’re a lucky town thanks to Rachael McNally and Chris O’Rourke’s years-ago decision to relocate from NYC to Boston, and the fact that they’ve kept their scrappy indie/rock/punk/etc trio Sleepyhead a going musical concern. Their live shows may be a rare thing, but when they do happen, they’re all ours. There’s long been the promise of a fresh batch of recorded material, as more new songs kept popping up in their sets each year. We’re fortunate that while they may have slowed things down, they’ve never felt the need to put the brakes on after almost 25 (!) years as a band.

Well, 2014 sees them positively flooring it. They’ve released their first full-length in 15 years, the excellent “Wild Sometimes”, on illustrious Chicago label Carrot Top Records, last month they played their first string of out-of-town shows in ages, and tomorrow night they make it local with a special record release show in the friendly confines of Cuisine En Locale in Somerville…

It’s an all ages show, with openers the ‘Mericans kicking the music off around 9pm, but if you really want the full experience, arrive early: Starting at 6pm you can order up a truly spectacular locally-sourced meal courtesy of the top-notch cooks of CoL. Hit their website to see what they’ll be dishing, and to learn more about their meal shares and unique culinary events. The address: 156 Highland Ave., Somerville.

Stream Sleepyhead’s long-awaited “Wild Sometimes” below, check out their brand new Jeannie Donohoe-directed video for the title track at Wifey.tv, and grab advance tickets for Saturday night’s show here. Oh, and remember to eat light tomorrow – save your appetite for the pre-show chow-down.

File under: “A dream I once had”. There are 15 bands playing on Saturday in three venues that are all within shouting distance of my own home. Yes, tomorrow is AWESOME DAY here in Allston, and there’s an AWESOME DAY FEST to prove it.

O’Brien’s, Regina Pizzeria, and Store 54 – all at the intersection of Cambridge St. and Harvard Ave. – are playing host to this multi-stage event, and the lineup includes some personal faves, among them Soccer Mom, Eldridge Rodriguez, Thalia Zedek Band, Earthquake Party!, and M.G. Lederman. Here’s the full where and when…

AWESOME DAY FEST
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
at the intersection of Harvard Ave.
and & Cambridge Street in Allston, MA

At O’Brien’s (doors at 3PM / $10 cover)
6pm-6:30pm: Quarterly
6:40pm-7:15pm: Jim Healey
7:30pm-8:05pm: Tired Old Bones
8:20pm-8:55pm: Civil Warblers
9:10pm-9:45: Soccer Mom
10:05pm-10:45pm: The Proselyte
11pm-11:45pm: Hey Zeus
12 midnight: Gondoliers

At Store 54 (donations encouraged)
9pm: M.G. Lederman
10pm: The Thalia Zedek Band
11pm: The Televibes
12pm: Beware The Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion

At Regina Pizzeria (donations encouraged)
9pm: Earthquake Party!
10pm: Eldridge Rodriguez
11pm: Lifestyle
(in between) DJ Ken Cmar

While there’s a pretty good chance your own tomorrow will be awesome, those chances increase dramatically if you’re actually at Awesome Day Fest….

[It's Here!] A Music Fan’s Guide to the 2014 Independent Film Festival Boston

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm | No Comments

As warmer temps finally take hold in the Northeast, and the last of those nasty, dirt-colored snow piles fade from our streets, there’s only one thing that will get me to spend many springtime hours inside a darkened movie theatre: The annual return of the Independent Film Festival Boston.

Now in its 12th year, the esteemed 8-day, non-profit, all-volunteer film fest kicks off tonight at the Somerville Theatre with a screening of “Beneath The Harvest Sky”. That’s one of many movies I’m looking forward to this year (and not just because star Aiden Gillen – from the Wire & Game of Thrones – will be in attendance, along with the drama’s co-directors). Tickets for that are still on sale, but I can almost guarantee that won’t be the case at the door tonight. Each year, many films sell out in advance, so have a look at the lineup and make a plan, or better yet, grab a full festival badge and save yourself a little stress. Update: Full fest badges are sold out! All the more reason to pick up single tickets in advance, or at least arrive early for the stand-by lines.

As usual, the IFFBoston schedule has a strong musical component to it, both in subject matter and soundtracking, so I’ve pulled together my yearly guide to those particular flicks. Here are a dozen films showing between now and next Wednesday that either directly, or tangentially, involve makers of music…


A Music Fan’s Guide To IFFBoston 2014


EVERY EVERYTHING:
THE MUSIC, LIFE & TIMES
OF GRANT HART

Directed by Gorman Bechard
Friday, April 25th at 7pm at the Brattle Theatre
Tickets / Synopsis

Of the 12 films listed here, this is the one I’ve been lucky enough to get a preview of, so I can guarantee the greatness. Obviously a must-see for fans of this former Hüsker Dü co-songwriter/singer/drummer and his seminal Minnesota trio, but it’s not just for the already-familiar – it’s a truly fascinating profile of a pure artist that stands on its own.

(for more of my thoughts, read this synopsis, which I contributed to the IFFBoston guide)


FAT

Directed by Mark Phinney
Friday, April 25th at 9:45pm at the Brattle Theatre
Tickets / Synopsis / Official Site / Facebook

A Boston production, through and through – made here, starring more than a few people who live here, and soundtracked by a whole bunch of area musicians, including the Beatings (who you can hear in the trailer below), M.G. Lederman, Mean Creek, Slowdim, The Milling Gowns, and more. Not only do we get the area premiere on Friday night, but many of the bands involved will perform at a Saturday afternoon show at O’Brien’s in Allston. Perfect post-film follow-up.


GOD HELP THE GIRL

Directed by Stuart Murdoch (of Belle & Sebastian)
Sunday, April 27th at 8:30 PM at the Brattle
Tickets / Synopsis / Official Site / Facebook

Described as “a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as an indie-pop musical”, Belle & Sebastian fans (myself included) have been waiting for this Stuart Murdoch-directed story for a very long time. Early reviews were mixed, and may depend on one’s tolerance for twee (or Belle & Sebastian’s catalog), but fortunately my tolerance for such things is very, very high. Bring it on, I say.


HOMEMAKERS

Directed by Colin Healey
Thursday, Apr 24th at 9:30 PM at the Somerville
*World Premiere* / Tickets / Synopsis

The lead character of this Pittsburgh-set drama, played by Rachel McKeon, is described as a “part-time Austin indie rocker — and full-time harbinger of chaos and destruction”. That’s enough of a hook to reel me in, especially knowing of one or two people who could star in this and turn it into a documentary.


LIFE ON THE V:
THE STORY OF V66

Directed by Eric Green
Sunday, April 27th at 4pm at the Somerville
Tickets / Synopsis / Official Site

The story behind V66, a Boston-based music video channel that burned bright for 18 months in the mid-80s and disappeared. Locally-focused, the station was noted for broadcasting in real-time, playing lots of Boston bands, and making their audience a part of the programming (long before ‘social media’ and ‘customer-created content’ became a buzz-phrases). The film features a more than a few now-and-former Boston musicians, including Kay Hanley, Greg Hawkes, Ben Deily, and Dan Zanes, and even some friends (Cathy! Nick!). This screening is sure to be a fun one.


MOOD INDIGO
(L’ÉCUME DES JOURS / France)

Directed by Michel Gondry
Wednesday, April 30th at 7:30pm at the Coolidge
*Closing Night Film* / Tickets / Synopsis

While Michel Gondry’s filmmaking is generally hit-or-miss (Eternal Sunshine: the best, Be Kind Rewind: the worst), he can be counted on for an interesting use of music. His latest, a French language film starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou, will close out IFFBoston 2014 next Wednesday, and judging from the soundtrack details, it’s no exception (though I may have to take a bathroom break when that dreadful Lumineers song comes on).


RIOT ON THE DANCE FLOOR

Directed by Steve Tozzi
Sunday, April 27th at 8:15pm at the Somerville
*World Premiere* / Tickets / Synopsis / Official Site / Facebook

Pulling from the synopsis: “…the gritty story of City Gardens, one of New Jersey’s most infamous clubs and its larger than life promoter, Randy Now.” I first became aware of this film a couple months back when Vulture interviewed Jon Stewart about his time as a bartender there back in the mid-80s, then again when Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers appeared on the Daily Show with author Amy Yates Wuelfing, who just released “No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes”, an oral history of the fabled venue. The list of talking heads in the film is top notch: Along with Stewart, there’s Dean Ween, Jack Irons, Milo Auckerman, Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Al Jourgensen, and Ian MacKaye. That’s one seriously stacked lineup.


RUBBER SOUL

Directed by Jon Lefkovitz
Friday, April 25th at 9:15pm
Tickets / Synopsis / Official Site / Facebook

If you were assuming from the title that this would be Beatles-related, well, you’d be right. It focuses on my personal fave of the fabulous four – John Lennon – and uses audio and transcripts to reconstruct two interviews with him and Yoko Ono (one in 1970, one in 1980), contrasting and combining them to paint what, one hopes, is a unique portrait of the man – something that’s not easy to do nowadays. The tagline sums it up nicely: “Ten Years – Two Interviews – One Lennon”.


THE 78 PROJECT MOVIE

Directed by Alex Steyermark
Sunday, April 27th at 5:30pm
Tickets / Synopsis / Official Site / Facebook

Lifting from the synopsis: “The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one 3-minute take.” Inspired by the travels of the legendary Alan Lomax, the film documents an ambitious new exercise in audio archiving.


SUPERMENSCH:
THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON

Directed by Mike Myers
Sunday, April 27th at 1pm at the Somerville
Tickets / Synopsis / IMDB

Yes, the director is that Mike Myers. And his subject, Shep Gordon, looks to have had a hell of a life on Earth so far, managing artists as varied as Alice Cooper, Blondie, Pink Floyd, and Luther Vandross before moving on to handling celebrity chefs. Many of his famous friends and clients hold forth in the film, including Cooper, Michael Douglas, Emeril Lagasse, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, and Sylvester Stallone. If that ain’t a true mix of personalities, I don’t know what is.


20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Saturday, April 26th at 10pm at the Brattle
Tickets / Synopsis / Official Site / Facebook

Nick Cave gets the documentary treatment, although it being Nick Cave, it does things a bit differently than your standard rock doc. From the synopsis: “This innovative drama/documentary features Cave as both subject and co-conspirator, intimately documenting his artistic process and combining it with a fictional staged narrative of his 20,000th day on Earth.” In other words, don’t go into it looking to uncover exactly what makes Nick Cave tick. Besides, do you really want to know?


WE ARE THE BEST
(VI ÄR BÄST! / Sweden)

Directed by Lukas Moodysson
Saturday, April 26th at 2:30pm at the Somerville
Tickets / Synopsis / IMDB

The trailer for this Swedish-language film is all I needed to add it to my screening schedule. It’s described as “an energetic rough and tumble story of three rebellious teenage girls who form a punk rock band to defy the stifling conformity of early-1980s Stockholm.” Count me in.

If you’re looking for more viewing tips beyond my music-centric ones above, surf on over to read Ty Burr and Peter Keough’s recommendations at the Boston Globe, Norm Schrager’s choices at Meet Me In The Lobby, and Erin Trahan’s piece on this year’s short films over at WBUR.

As you fest, make sure to keep tabs on IFFBoston’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest updates, like this list of filmmakers who will be appearing at certain screenings, which is always one of my favorite aspects of festival. Tonight: Carcetti in the house! See you there.

[Nac Blogiversary] 14 Live Covers for 14 Long Years

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm | No Comments

squirrel party!While the exact born-on-date of the Almanac is a nebulous one – Is it when I first started sharing songs? Or using an actual blogging platform? Or writing mostly about music? – I decided long ago to settle on the most solid one of record: February 15th, 2000 – the day I registered this URL and began uploading content. Whatever this place was back then is a distant cry from whatever it is today, and even from what it was in 2003, when I began frequent music-centric updates. Lately, it’s the “frequent” part that’s changed the most.

But I’m still around, still sharing songs and news from bands I love, still plugging away. Sure, it’s become more quick-shots on Facebook and Twitter than longer posts here, but I’ve resisted the occasional temptation to shutter this place completely. “The blog is dead, long live the blog“, they say. This post-Chromewaves world is a lonely place, but I’m hanging on.

For kicks, here’s the ‘Nac by the numbers…

Number of years gone by: 14
Number of published posts: 1,117
Number of current draft posts in progress: 42
Number of stale, out-of-date draft posts I’ve deleted: &infin
Number of live sets I’ve shared: ~ 300
Number of live sets I’ve recorded but not had time to share: 312
Number of Tweets: 5,225
Number of Twitter followers: 3,149
Number of Twitter followers that are probably bots: 50%
Number of Facebook followers: 1,046
Number of the Almanac on the Hype Machine‘s blog tracker: 31
Number of those 31 original blogs the Hype Machine is still tracking: 7
Number of band/promo emails I get every day on average: over 60
Number of those emails that include the word “remix”: at least 50%
Number of daily promo emails that are relevant or of interest to me: maybe 5?

It’s those last three stats that have been slowly draining the life outta me. More than a decade of doing this means the Almanac has ended up on every music-related mailing in existence – it’s a constant deluge that has worn me down and drawn me ever closer to closing up shop. They come faster than I can send unsubscribe requests, and more importantly, I can’t possibly listen to all the songs that come my way. I’ve had to master a jaded zen-like state when going through my inbox, and keep my fingers crossed that I don’t miss something truly great.

But I’m not here to whine, I’m here to celebrate. Or at least acknowledge this slightly notable passage of time. So I’ve thrown together 14 covers from live sets I haven’t had time to share over the past few years, along with a photo from each show, and a few words. Dig in, there are some special songs below…

[Download] All 14 live covers in one .zip file


[MP3] Tommy Stinson – “Nighttime” (live acoustic Big Star cover)

From an acoustic set for Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012 at Newbury Comics in Norwood, MA. He was joined by his wife Emily Roberts on backing vocals and (her uncle?) Sippy Roberts on slide guitar.

Stinson’s reunited Replacements have announced a few more festival appearances this year, but I’ve still got my hopes up for an eventual Boston show. ICYMI, grab my recording of their first reunion appearance at last year’s Riot Fest Toronto.


[MP3] Death Cab For Cutie – “I’ll Be Your Mirror
(live acoustic Velvet Underground cover)

It’s been awhile since Death Cab For Cutie hit the road, in fact I think this series of special shows backed by the Magik*Magik Orchestra in Spring 2012 was the last proper tour (they played the Wang in Boston with Low on 4/21/12). This cover was a nice surprise during the stripped down part of their set, and was well before Lou Reed passed and sparked a rash of VU covers.

The DCFC machine is gearing back up after helping Barsuk Records celebrate their 15th birthday a few months back, and they’ll return to town for the Boston Calling fest in May. I’m assuming we’ll get some new album news before too long.


[MP3] Ben Gibbard – “My Drug Buddy” (Lemonheads cover)

During that Death Cab break, but before the Postal Service reunited in 2013, Ben Gibbard did some solo shows in support of his “Former Lives” LP, including a stop at the Somerville Theatre on Sunday, November 4th, 2012. Not sure if he pulled out a geographically-specific cover at every show, but this classic Lemonheads cut was a nice nod to Boston.


[MP3] John Roderick (of the Long Winters)
The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1
(live Neutral Milk Hotel cover)

Another high point of the Barsuk celebration in Seattle last November was John Roderick and his Long Winters reuniting to perform the “When I Pretend To Fall” album in its entirety. It was glorious, and made me even more hungry for a proper new LW record, as if that was possible. Roderick’s been performing solo sporadically since their previous LP (in 2006!), and this Neutral Milk Hotel cover was played at the Paradise in Boston on Friday, June 1st, 2012.


[MP3] Tanya Donelly & Buffalo Tom – “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
(live Tom Petty/Steve Nicks cover)

This show was something really special – a small room full of friends and fans gathered together for Chris Toppin’s (Fuzzy) birthday party at the Midway in Jamaica Plain on Nov. 9th, 2012. So many great moments on the stage that night, including this team up of Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses/Belly) and Buffalo Tom to serve up some Heartbreaking.

Tanya has been releasing a string of excellent digital EPs called the Swan Song Series, and she’ll be hitting the stage opening for her old band Throwing Muses for a few shows next month. Buffalo Tom is hibernating, but Bill Janovitz has been offering up some great new solo songs since the year started. Here’s hoping they keep coming.


[MP3] Ted Leo – “Freeway” (live Aimee Mann cover)
[MP3] Ted Leo – “Hybrid Moments / Me & Mia” (live Misfits cover & TL original)

This show was a ridiculous amount of fun. Just after Boston cops started cracking down hard on local house shows, Ted Leo played this one in a Brighton living room on Monday, November 26, 2012. It was crammed, and incident free (unless you count overly-drunk-local-band-guy or overly-intrusive-photographer), and an absolute blast. Ted pulled out a few covers, as he is wont to do, including a song by his then-tourmate/now-bandmate (in The Both) Aimee Mann. The kids didn’t know what hit ‘em, but I ate it up. He whipped out a Misfits cut to rile us up (it did – singalong!), segueing straight into TL/Rx classic “Me & Mia”, when the show hit a crushing crescendo. Bent Shapes opened up. It ruled.

Ted & Aimee will release their self-titled debut album as The Both in mid-April, and will hit the road in support, including a stop at the Paradise in Boston on April 25th.


[MP3] J Mascis – “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” (live Smiths cover)

Well, this was an odd one. J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. in a shoe store on Boston’s Newbury Street. With (bad) free beer and chips. He probably got paid in purple Doc Martens. This strange scene was on 12/6/2012.


[MP3] Sleepyhead – “Like A Girl Jesus” (live Game Theory cover)

This was a bittersweet moment, but mostly sweet, during Sleepyhead’s set at the Sinclair in Cambridge on May 10th, 2013, just a few weeks after Game Theory’s Scott Miller passed away. Not sure how many in the crowd got the gesture, but I damn well did. This cover was actually the b-side of one of the great indie singles of all time, Sleepyhead’s 1992 (!) “Punk Rock City USA” 7-inch.

Sleepyhead’s long-in-the-making next LP will be out in April on Carrot Top Records. Can’t wait.


[MP3] Telekinesis – “Don’t Change” (live INXS cover)

After seeing that Sleepyhead set, and most of Buffalo Tom’s, at the Sinclair, I raced across the river to try and catch some of Telekinesis at Brighton Music Hall in Allston. Made it in time to see a handful of songs, including this ace cover of one of my favorite INXS tracks. Wish I’d been able to see the whole show, but even a little Telekinesis goes a long way.


[MP3] Quasi – “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, & Understanding
(live Elvis Costello cover)

Oh, Quasi, how I love thee. Two people who project more joyful noise and energy from the stage than most quintets ever could. This Elvis Costello cover came near the end of their fantastic set at Great Scott in Allston on Thursday, October 17th of last year. Their latest LP is last year’s “Mole City”, and you should own it.


[MP3] Neko Case & her band – “Crazy On You” (live Heart cover)

Not only did we get a Heart cover during Neko Case’s set at the Orpheum on November 1st, but we got two, back to back. First Kelly Hogan handled lead vocals on an amazing “Barracuda” (that riff!), then Neko stepped up to tackle this one. The crowd was rightly, happily surprised when the second song started up, but the band may have been smiling more than we were. And that’s saying a lot.


[MP3] Minor Alps – “Airscape” (live Robyn Hitchcock cover)

When I was out at that Barsuk anniversary bash in Seattle back in November, new duo Minor Alps (Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Juliana Hatfield) remarked that their set was the first time they’d ever played in front of people. It kicked off a cross-country trip that brought them to the Sinclair in Cambridge two weeks later (11/23/13) for the final show of their inaugural tour. Grateful I was able to see the first and last stops, especially glad that they learned and played one of my favorite Robyn Hitchcock tracks, the gorgeous “Airscape“.


[MP3] Chris Brokaw – “Crooked” (live Wussy cover)

As much as I love Chris Brokaw’s original songs, and as many times as I’ve seen him, I will never tire of hearing him run through Wussy’s wonderful “Crooked”. This particular rendition was by request, played at an uber-intimate house show in Watertown, MA last month (1/4/14). If you’re wondering why we were so quiet in our appreciation at the end, well, there was a baby asleep upstairs. There’s no better reason for repressed enthusiasm.


[Download] All 14 live covers in one .zip file

As always, thanks for following along, especially those of you who have been stopping by for years. Without getting too sentimental or self-deprecating, I’ll admit that it still surprises me that anyone still reads my ramblings, and every lingering eye and ear is appreciated. Cheers.

[Future Faves?] Anticipated 2014 Album Releases

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 9:50 am | 2 Comments

Time for my twice-annual list of upcoming albums I’m looking forward to this calendar year. Obviously not all guaranteed gets, but all are long-players (and a couple short-players) that I’m curious about, to varying degrees. Ideally they’ll each get at least a little eartime, but hey, nothing’s ideal.

Since we’re a few weeks into 2014, a bunch are already out, and the flow of new music release announcements that started as a trickle is now a steady stream. There are at least a few new titles and dates that reach my radar every day, so I’ll try and keep this list updated when I can. To listen to many of these songs, check out my playlist from last Thursday’s New Music Night. The links provided below are inconsistent, and in some cases absent – some go to pre-order, some to band pages, some to places to listen. I’ll clean them up as time goes on, but if I keep fine-tuning this list, I’ll never get around to posting it.

First, some personal standouts so far this year…

  • The new Mogwai (out last week) and Gem Club (out today!) albums will find themselves on my next year-end faves list, for sure. So, so great.

  • Been waiting for that Dylan In The Movies full-length for years. Its sudden availability is a very welcome surprise.

  • Can’t wait to get lost inside the new Tara Jane ONeil LP. Hurry it up, postal carrier.

  • Speaking of special deliveries, as I was working on this post a few days ago the new +/- {PLUS/MINUS} album, “Jumping The Tracks”, showed up at my door. It’s not out until February 4th, but I’m the beneficiary of pre-ordering from the illustrious Teen-Beat Records. Already, I’m a little obsessed… it’s the best album I’ve heard in ages, from the first note to the last. They somehow exceeded my already lofty expectations, and everything else is going to be fighting for turntable time, because I can’t see this one going back in its sleeve anytime soon.

So, anything I might love that I missed on the list below? Anything you care passionately about that I should share? Leave a comment or drop a note on the Facebook thread…

Almanac Anticipated 2014 Album Releases…

January

February

March

April

May

On the way, with no exact date yet…

And here’s hoping…

  • Built To Spill
  • The Cure
  • Ross Flournoy / Apex Manor
  • Mammoth Penguins (ex-Standard Fare!)
  • Nada Surf
  • Skeletal Shakes (also ex-Standard Fare!)
  • Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
  • … aaaaand The Long Winters. (insert pithy quip about annual mention here)

Alright, lay those recommendations on me. Or let me know what you’ve already picked up from the list above, and how it’s hitting. I’ll just be over here listening to Plus/Minus.

[Last Night's Playlist] New Music Night XIV at River Gods

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 9:28 am | No Comments

The very first New Music Night of 2014 happens to be the 14th installment. By now, we’ve got this thing pretty much down. Or at least we’d like to think so. You’d have to ask all the people who came out last night to listen to Jay Clicky Clicky and I play 4 straight hours of new music to be totally sure. Heads were bobbin’, song identities were inquired about, no one gave us the stink-eye up in the River Gods DJ booth, so I’m guessing they’d agree.

Here’s what I played during my two split-shifts of our song-spinning shenanigans. Keep an eye on Jay’s place for his playlists, but give him some extra time to post ‘em. As of midnight, as he started his last set, he officially turned old-years-old. The slowdown begins! (I kid, I kid. Happy Birthday, my friend).

New Music Night XIII
at River Gods in Cambridge, MA
on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

* Boston-ish-area artist

Set One / Brad Almanac / 9pm – 10pm

* 01. Marissa Nadler – “Was It A Dream?” / Soundcloud
[ From her upcoming LP "July", out 2/10 on Bella Union ]
02. Doug Keith – “You Can’t Stand To Be Alone” / Bandcamp
[ From his upcoming record "Pony", out 2/11 on The Village Label ]
03. Let’s Wrestle – “Codeine and Marshmallows” / Soundcloud
[ From their self-titled third LP, out next month on Fortuna Pop ]
04. Kevin Drew – “Good Sex” / Soundcloud
[ From his next solo LP "Darlings", out 3/18 on Arts & Crafts ]
05. The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes” / Soundcloud
[ From the "Lost in the Dream" LP, out 3/18 on Secretly Canadian ]
06. School of Language – “Between the Suburbs” / Download
[ From David of Field Music's solo LP "Old Fears", out 4/7 on Memphis Industries]
07. Hospitality – “Rockets and Jets” / Soundcloud
[ From their brand new LP "Trouble", out last Tuesday on Merge ]
08. Eternal Lips – “Dream Hesitate” (with Sharon Van Etten) / Soundcloud
[ From a self-titled EP due out 2/25 on New Mirage ]
09. Dean Wareham (Luna / Galaxie 500) – “Holding Pattern” / Soundcloud
[ From his self-titled solo LP, due out 3/11 on Double Feature ]
10. Making Marks – “Bruises” / Soundcloud
[ From their debut full-length "A Thousand Half-Truths", out 2/3 on Fika ]
11. Stanley Brinks & the Wave Pictures – “Orange Juice” / Soundcloud
[ From a new joint 7-inch, out earlier this week on Fika ]
12. Skeletal Shakes – “The 189” / Soundcloud
[ New music from former Standard Fare members ]
13. Quiz Kids – “I Want You To Know” / Bandcamp
[ From their "Dynamite!" LP, released 12/1/13 on February Records ]
14. Owls – “I’m Surprised” / Soundcloud
[ From the album "Two, out 3/25 on Polyvinyl ]
15. Real Estate – “Talking Backwards” / YouTube
[ From "Atlas", their upcoming full-length, out 3/8 on Domino ]
16. +/- {PLUS/MINUS} – “The Space Between Us” / Soundcloud
[ From their next LP, "Jumping The Tracks", due 2/4 on Teen-Beat ]
17. The Notwist – “Kong” / YouTube
[ From their upcoming "Close to the Glass" LP, arriving 2/25 on Sub Pop ]

Set Two / Brad Almanac / 11pm – midnight

18. Cosmicide – “Talos Corpse” / Soundcloud
[ New project from Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines) ]
19. Tancred – “The Ring” / YouTube
[ Jess from Now Now's solo project, LP released last October ]
20. Tokyo Police Club – “Hot Tonight” / Soundcloud
[ From their upcoming "Forcefield" LP, out 3/25 on Mom & Pop ]
21. Dum Dum Girls – “Rimbaud Eyes” / Soundcloud
[ From the "Too True" full-length, out next Tuesday on Sub Pop ]
22. Guided By Voices – “Littlest League Possible” / Soundcloud
[ From the forthcoming "Motivational Jumpsuit" LP, out 2/18 on GBV, Inc. ]
* 23. Krill – “Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears” / Bandcamp
[ Title track from their upcoming EP, due out 2/18 on Exploding In Sound ]
24. Solids – “Haze Away” / Soundcloud
[ From their "Blame Confusion" LP, arriving 2/18 on Fat Possum ]
* 25. Split Squad – “Now Hear This” / Soundcloud
[ Title track from their just-released debut full-length ]
* 26. Mike Gent – “Last Boat To Japan” / Bandcamp
[ From the recently-released 4th solo LP by the Figgs' vocalist/guitarist ]
27. Fuzz – “Til the End of the Day” (Kinks cover) / Bandcamp
[ From a new split 7-inch with CCR Headmaster ]
28. Nothing – “Dig” / Bandcamp
[ From their "Guilty Of Everything" LP, coming 3/4 on Relapse ]
* 29. Grass Is Green – “Big Dog Tee Shirt Birthday Weekend” / Soundcloud
[ From their just-released "Vacationy Vinny" LP on Exploding In Sound ]
* 30. Speedy Ortiz – “Everything’s Bigger” / Soundcloud
[ Off their upcoming "Real Hair" EP, due on 2/11 via Carpark Records ]
31. Blood Red Shoes – “An Animal” / YouTube
[ From their self-titled next full-length, due 3/3 on Jazz Life / UK ]
32. Howler – “Don’t Wanna” / YouTube
[ Off of their "World of Joy" LP, scheduled for 3/25 on Rough Trade ]
33. Swervedriver – “Deep Wound” / Bandcamp
[ From a forthcoming full-length, due out sometime this year ]
34. Built To Spill – “Jokerman” (Bob Dylan cover) / Download
[ From a new Dylan tribute/covers compilation ]
35. Mogwai – “Hexon Bogon” / Soundcloud
[ From their (amazing) just-released new LP, "Rave Tapes", on Sub Pop ]
36. Sleepy Sun – “Outside” / Soundcloud
[ From the upcoming full-length "Maui Tears", out next week on Dine Alone ]
* 37. Gem Club – “Hypericum” / Soundcloud
[ From their sophomore LP, "In Roses", out next week on Hardly Art Records ]

If all goes according to plan (and why wouldn’t it?), the next New Music Night will take place in March… two months closer to glorious, glorious springtime. Same night of the week, same two guys, same DJ booth, same great bar. The only thing new about it will be all the songs. Join us, why don’tcha?

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    Thursday, July 24th
    Braid
    Marietta
    A Great Big Pile of Leaves
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Thursday, July 24th
    Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon)
    "A Musical Memoir of
    the 60s & Beyond"
    @ Johnny D's

    Thursday, July 24th
    "Windows Underground"
    A 7-week Thursday residency
    with Choose To Find
    and Clear Audience
    @ Davis Square Theatre

    Friday, July 25th
    Boston Hassle presents
    Southern Femisphere
    Bent Shapes
    Rosie & the Rosies
    Dinoczar
    @ the Lilypad

    Friday, July 25th
    Wussy
    Slowdim
    Brother Fight
    @ The Midway Cafe, JP

    Friday, July 25th
    Gogol Bordello
    Man Man
    @ House of Blues

    Saturday, July 26th
    Martin Bisi
    Black Fortress of Opium
    @ The Lily Pad

    Saturday, July 26th
    Veruca Salt
    Battleme
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Saturday, July 26th
    Screening of "Sound and
    Chaos: The Story of BC Studio"
    plus a Q&A with Martin Bisi
    2pm @ the Brattle Theatre
    followed by an event that night...

    Saturday, July 26th
    Martin Bisi with opener
    Black Fortress Of Opium
    10pm @ the Lilypad

    Saturday, July 26th
    The Rock & Roll Anticompetition
    with The Interlopers, The Okay Win,
    Nickel & Dime Band, Those Alone,
    The Skinny Pigeons, & more
    @ McGann's Pub

    Monday, July 28th
    Pile
    Fell To Low
    Soccer Mom
    Morus Alba
    Big Mess
    @ TT the Bears

    Monday, July 28th
    Chris Brokaw
    Willard Grant Conspiracy
    @ Cuisine en Locale

    Tuesday, July 29th
    Midlake
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Tuesday, July 29th
    Nine Inch Nails
    Soundgarden
    Death Grips
    @ Xfinity Center

    Wednesday, July 30th
    The Baseball Project
    The Split Squad
    @ Great Scott

    Wednesday, July 30th
    Hospitality
    Porches
    Frankie Cosmos
    @ The Sinclair

    Thursday, July 31st
    "Windows Underground"
    A 7-week Thursday residency
    with Choose To Find
    and 2370
    @ Davis Square Theatre

    Friday, August 1st
    Mark Eitzel
    (of American Music Club) @ Johnny D's

    Saturday, August 2nd
    Brian Ferry
    @ The Orpheum

    Sunday, August 3rd
    Supersuckers
    @ The Sinclair

    Sunday, August 3rd
    Punk 'N' Roll BBQ 2014
    Horse Mode, Down and Outs,
    Patrick Simas, Supersona,
    Burning Streets, Bucky Harris,
    Zip-Tie Handcuffs, The Digs,
    Psychic Dog, A Minor Revolution,
    Dead Cats Dead Rats, The Hideout
    1pm @ O'Brien's

    Tuesday, August 5th
    Boris
    The Atlas Moth
    SubRosa
    @ Paradise Rock Club

    Thursday, August 7th
    "Windows Underground"
    A 7-week Thursday residency
    with Choose To Find,
    Eksi Ekso, and
    Sublime Luv (poetry)
    @ Davis Square Theatre

    Friday, August 8th
    Rock*A*Teens
    Thalia Zedek Band
    Cuffs
    @ The Middle East Upstairs

    Friday, August 8th
    Parasites
    Varsity Drag
    Lucky United
    Flamingo Nosebleeds
    @ The Midway

    Saturday, August 9th
    The Rosebuds
    @ Cafe 939

    Tuesday, August 12th
    Twin Peaks
    @ Great Scott

    Wednesday, August 13th
    Drivin' n' Cryin'
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, August 14th
    "Windows Underground"
    A 7-week Thursday residency
    with Choose To Find,
    Lowman, Garth Stevenson,
    and Nicole Beauchaine
    @ Davis Square Theatre

    Thursday, August 14th
    Echo & the Bunnymen
    @ The Paradise

    Saturday, August 16th
    Jackson Browne
    @ Boston Opera House

    Tuesday, August 19th
    Arcade Fire
    @ Xfinity Center

    Wednesday, August 20th
    Dama/Libra
    (ex-mems of Silkworm/Sunn O)))
    High Aura'd
    Owlfood
    Awaas
    @ The Middle East

    Thursday, August 21st
    Bear In Heaven
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, August 21st
    "Windows Underground"
    A 7-week Thursday residency
    with Choose To Find,
    Andrew Duhon (NOLA),
    and The Shift (NYC)
    @ Davis Square Theatre

    Friday, August 22nd
    Frog Eyes
    PS I Love You
    DJ Carbo
    @ Cafe 939

    Sunday, August 24th
    Sleep
    Heavy Blanket
    @ House of Blues

    Monday, August 25th
    Pete Donnelly (of The Figgs)
    LOVE LOVE
    Brett Newski
    @ The Midway

    Monday, August 25th
    The Polyphonic Spree
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Tuesday, August 26th
    Titus Andronicus
    @ Great Scott

    Tuesday, August 26th
    X
    @ The Sinclair

    Wednesday, August 27th
    Joanna Gruesome
    Perfect Pussy
    Love of Everything
    @ The Sinclair

    Wednesday, August 27th
    Cheap Trick
    @ House of Blues

    Thursday, August 28th
    "Windows Underground"
    A 7-week Thursday residency
    with Choose To Find
    Alba's Edge, and
    Lilly Pearlman (dance)
    @ Davis Square Theatre

    Saturday, August 30th
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Steve Winwood
    @Fenway Park

    Wednesday, September 3rd
    Fujiya & Miyagi
    DJ Carbo
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Thursday, September 4th
    Jad Fair & Danielson
    @ Great Scott

    Friday, September 5th
    BOSTON CALLING FEST
    Day 1 with
    The National,
    Neutral Milk Hotel
    Future Islands
    @ City Hall Plaza

    Saturday, September 6th
    Steely Dan
    @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    Saturday, September 6th
    BOSTON CALLING FEST
    Day 2 with
    Lorde, Childish Gambino,
    Girl Talk, Volcano Choir,
    Hold Steady, Bleachers,
    Sky Ferreira, S. Carey, Clifflight
    @ City Hall Plaza

    Sunday, September 7th
    BOSTON CALLING FEST
    Day 3 with
    The Replacements, Spoon,
    Nas & the Roots, The 1975,
    Twenty One Pilots, White Denim,
    Lake Street Dive, San Fermin,
    War on Drugs, Gentlemen Hall
    @ City Hall Plaza

    Wednesday, September 10th
    Mineral
    Into It. Over It.
    @ The Paradise

    Wednesday, September 10th
    Sylvan Esso
    Doe Paoro
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, September 12th
    Bob Mould
    Cymbals Eat Guitars
    @ The Paradise

    Friday, September 12th
    Man or Astro-Man?
    The Pack A.D.
    The Wray
    @ The Sinclair

    Monday, September 15th &
    Tuesday, September 16th
    King Crimson
    @ Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre

    Tuesday, September 16th
    The Gaslight Anthem
    Against Me!
    @ House of Blues

    Wednesday, September 17th
    Freeman (aka Gene Ween)
    @ The Sinclair

    Friday, September 19th
    Sun Kil Moon
    @ Somerville Theatre

    Friday, September 19th
    Hiss Golden Messenger
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Friday, September 19th
    Ty Segall
    La Luz
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, September 20th
    Mike Peters (of the Alarm)
    30th anniversary of "Declaration"
    solo @ Johnny D's

    Monday, September 22nd
    The Drums
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Monday, September 22nd
    The Dandy Warhols
    @ The Paradise

    Tuesday, September 23rd
    Glenn Tilbrook (of Squeeze)
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Wednesday, September 24th
    Kevin Drew
    (from Broken Social Scene)
    @ the Royale

    Friday, September 26th
    Kasabian
    @ The Paradise

    Saturday, September 27th
    CRASH SAFELY 2014:
    A Benefit for the
    National MS Society

    NIGHT ONE
    with The Petes: Pete Hayes &
    Pete Donnelly of the Figgs
    with special guests Watts
    Gene Dante & The Future Starlets
    The I Want You, & As The Sparrow
    Hosted by: Jake Jampel
    (Night 2: 10/10, Night 3: 10/17)
    @ The Midway, JP

    Saturday, September 27th
    Sondre Lerche
    @ The Sinclair

    Saturday, September 27th
    Erasure
    @ House of Blues

    Monday, September 29th
    Tennis
    Pure Bathing Culture
    @ The Sinclair

    Tuesday, September 30th
    The Afghan Whigs
    @ the Royale

    Thursday, October 2nd
    Lena Dunham
    "Not That Kind of Girl"
    Book Tour / Q&A
    @ The Wilbur Theatre

    Saturday, October 4th
    Tim and Eric &
    Dr. Steve Brule
    @ Berklee Performance Center

    Sunday & Monday
    October 5th & 6th
    Neil Young (solo)
    @ the Citi / Wang Center

    Monday, October 6th
    Perfume Genius
    Matteah Baim
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Wednesday, October 8th
    Warpaint
    @ The Royale

    Wednesday, October 8th
    Cloud Nothings
    Tyvek
    @ The Sinclair

    Friday, October 10th
    CRASH SAFELY 2014:
    A Benefit for the
    National MS Society

    NIGHT TWO
    Petty Morals, Gymnasium
    My Own Worst Enemy
    Tsunami of Sound
    Hosted by: Cotton Candy
    (Night 1: 9/27, Night 3: 10/17)
    @ The Midway, JP

    Friday, October 10th
    Fleetwood Mac
    @ TD Garden

    Saturday, October 11th
    Marketa Irglova
    Rosi Golan
    @ The Sinclair

    Sunday, October 12th
    Il Sogno del Marinaio
    (with Mike Watt)
    @ Great Scott

    Friday, October 17th
    CRASH SAFELY 2014:
    A Benefit for the
    National MS Society

    NIGHT THREE
    Township, White Dynomite
    The Field Effect, Triple Thick
    Animal Hospital
    Hosted by: D-Tension
    (Night 1: 9/27, Night 3: 10/10)
    @ The Middle East Upstairs

    Saturday, October 18th
    Merchandise
    Lower
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, October 18th
    J Mascis
    Luluc
    @ The Sinclair

    Saturday, October 18th
    Bombay Bicycle Club
    Milo Greene
    @ House of Blues

    Monday, October 20th
    Cold War Kids
    @ The Sinclair

    Saturday, October 25th
    Fleetwood Mac
    @ TD Garden

    Sunday, October 26th
    Slowdive
    @ The Royale

    Thursday, October 30th
    Ex Hex
    Speedy Ortiz
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, October 30th
    This Will Destroy You
    Future Death
    Silent Land Time Machine
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Saturday, November 1st
    Bruce Cockburn
    @ The Somerville Theatre

    Friday, November 7th
    Gruff Rhys
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Saturday, November 8th
    Peter Hook & the Light
    @ The Royale

    Wednesday, November 19th
    The New Pornographers
    & The Pains of Being
    Pure at Heart
    @ The House of Blues

    Friday, November 21st
    Interpol
    Hundred Waters
    @ The House of Blues

    Wednesday, November 26th
    Julian Casablancas + The Voidz
    @ The House of Blues

    Monday, December 1st
    Blonde Redhead
    @ The Sinclair

    Thursday, January 15th
    Neil DeGrasse Tyson
    @ The Wilbur Theatre