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[Somerville Tonight!] NEW MUSIC NIGHT at the ONCE Lounge (& last month’s NMN playlist)

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 8:58 am | No Comments

Another month, another Monday, another New Music Night at ONCE Somerville this evening. By now you may know the deal: A couple hours of new songs interspersed with ticket giveaways and taco-eating. Tonight’s a bit different for me, though, as I’ll be remembering the many hours spent up in the roost at beloved Cambridge bar River Gods, where Chris generously had me along for so many Tourfilter DJ Nights, and where Jay and I started the original editions of NMN. Hosted a bunch of new release listening-parties there, too. Not to mention all the non-DJ nights I ended up sitting at the bar while others spun sounds. When the sudden word of its closing hit, it hit pretty hard.

So many memories. So many people met, friends made, drinks downed, and fries dipped in that extra-awesome aioli.

In the absence of an official wake for our old home, and since I couldn’t make the Chris Ewen-hosted RGs tribute at Zuzu last Thursday, maybe come hang out with us tonight at Once. Perhaps my old partners Chris & Jay will select a few songs? Wonder if I can convince JJ & company to do up a little aioli & fries combo, or maybe name a temporary menu item in RGs honor? Still can’t believe it’s gone. Just like that.

Here’s the latest edition of the poster from Daykamp, followed by the playlist from last month’s NMN. And keep an eye out for details on the upcoming August installment, ‘cuz we’ve got something pretty special planned…

@ ONCE Somerville
Monday, June 13th, 2016

01. The Album Leaf – “Back To The Start
02. Owen – “Lost
03. Marissa Nadler – “All The Colors Of The Dark
04. Secretary – “Words
05. Steve Kilbey + Frank Kearns – “Black River
06. Quilt – “Passersby
07. Rob Sutherland – “Weep Willow
08. Walter Schreifels – “Overjoyed
09. Pale Monsters – “Fine
10. Speedy Ortiz – “Emma O
11. Wye Oak – “If You Should See
12. Night School – “Last Disaster
13. School 94 – “Common Sense
14. Spook The Herd – “Slurpee Surf
15. Spook School – “Gone Home
16. Lady Pills – “Irrelevant
17. Lost Cosmonauts – “Happy
18. Field Mouse – “The Mirror
19. Modern Baseball – “Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind
20. David Bazan – “Oblivion
21. Laura Gibson – “Not Harmless
22. Tall Tales & The Silver Lining – “Boulder To Birmingham” (Emmylou Harris)
23. Lydia Loveless – “Longer
24. Factory Edge – “Lack Of
25. Teenage Fanclub – “I’m In Love
26. Gold Muse – “Trick of Time
27. Bug Jar – “Space Visitor
28. Cities and States – “Ambulance Racer
29. Bruvs – “New Digs
30. Black Helicopter – “Deadlines for Deadbeats
31. Descendents – “Victim Of Me
32. Diarrhea Planet – “Bob Dylan’s Grandma
33. Hallelujah The Hills – “Are We Failing?
34. Stone Roses – “Beautiful Thing
35. Mogwai – “Tzar

Listen to many of the songs above on the oft-updated ‘Nac Tracks streaming Soundcloud playlists.

[Somerville Again Tonight!] NEW MUSIC NIGHT at the ONCE Lounge (& last NMN’s playlist)

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm | No Comments

One Monday each month I host an evening of new music at the magical ONCE Lounge in Somerville, Massachusetts, and today happens to be one of those Mondays. So at 7:30pm I’ll kick off another New Music Night while the Once staff serves up a selection of killer tacos. Given the weekend’s lingering sadness & anger, I’m looking forward to this one more than usual.

Bonus: Ticket giveaways throughout the night to a bunch of much-recommended Boston-area shows. I’m particularly psyched about this month’s freebies, which include upcoming local appearances by Pale Monsters, Sidewalk Driver, Guillermo Sexo, Pale Hands, Black Helicopter, Shatner, Vic Firecracker, Eldridge Rodriguez, Wye Oak, Modern Baseball, Joyce Manor, Thin Lips, Quilt, Widowspeak, David Bazan, Laura Gibson, Hallelujah the Hills, The Barbazons, the Thalia Zedek Band, Black Beach, and Marissa Nadler. Whew.

So come by, hang out, and test your ticket-winning luck while you fill your ears and heart with new songs. And your belly with fresh tacos.

Here’s the latest iteration of the NMN poster from the wonderful Daykamp Creative, this time in soothing fountain blue…

And while I’m at it, here’s the playlist from the previous installment of NMN in May, with a few embedded for your listening pleasure. You can hear more over on my monthly “Nac Tracks” streaming playlists. Dig in…

Monday, May 16th, 2016
@ The ONCE Lounge
in Somerville, MA

01. Andy Shauf – “The Worst In You

02. New Dog – “Our Whole Life

03. Marissa Nadler – “Katie I Know


04. Chris Page – “Bakelite In The Moonlight

05. Andy Sadoway – “Having Trouble Again

06. Trashcan Sinatras – “Autumn

07. David Bazan – “With You

08. Womanizer – “Lie No 5

09. Blessed Isles – “Round and Round

10. Hotelier – “Doing the Unstuck” (Cure cover)

11. Idle Pilot – “Questionable Status

12. Dowsing – “Red Legs Kicking

13. Great Hare – “A Second Chance


14. Modern Baseball – “Everyday

15. Grave School – “Eugene OR

16. A Giant Dog – “Not a Miracle

17. Hurricane #1 – “I Wanna Kill You

18. Jackal Onasis – “Runty Little Puppy

19. The Rutabega – “Nosy Neighbors

20. Yuck – “Bled White” (Elliott Smith cover)


21. Mo Troper – “Happy Birthday

22. Nothing – “Vertigo Flowers

23. Pink Milk – “Detroit


24. Major Leagues – “Leave

25. Augustines – “When Things Fall Apart

26. Ghost Box Orchestra – “Days are Forever

27. Tancred – “Bed Case

28. Speedy Ortiz – “Death Note


29. White Hot Moon – “A Satisfactory World For Reasonable People

30. Black Helicopter – “Under The Gun

31. Savak – “Alive In Shadows

32. Psychic Teens – “Winter Grey

33. Radiohead – “Ful Stop

34. Low – “Not a Word” (with S Carey)

Mark your calendar for the next NMN on Monday, July 18th. Summahtime. At last.

[Somerville Tonight!] NEW MUSIC NIGHT at the ONCE Lounge (& last NMN’s playlist)

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 4:16 pm | 1 Comment

This evening brings this month’s installment of New Music Night back to the Once Lounge in Somerville, MA, kicking off promptly at 7:30pm. For the uninitiated: A couple hours of nuthin’ but carefully sequenced new songs spun for your listening pleasure as you inhale tasty tacos and/or get your drink on. Getting to hang there and provide your Monday evening soundtrack is one of the highlights of my month, so come take advantage of my music-nerd obsessiveness and the Once crew’s first-rate cooking skills.

Plus: Ticket giveways! I’ll be drawing winners for pairs of tix to see upcoming shows including Nothing at the Sinclair, A Giant Dog at O’Brien’s, & Black Helicopter’s EP release show next month at Great Scott.

The latest iteration of the NMN poster from Daykamp, in princely purple…

And belatedly, here’s the playlist from last month’s edition. It went a little somethin’ like this…

Monday, April 11th, 2016
@ The ONCE Lounge
in Somerville, MA

01. PJ Harvey – “The Orange Monkey

02. Britta Phillips – “One Fine Summer Morning


03. Andy Sadoway – “IOU

04. Tangible Excitement – “Northland Food Court

05. Lush – “Lost Boy

06. Chris Cohen – “Torrey Pine


07. Nada Surf – “Rushing

08. David Bazan – “Trouble With Boys


09. Systems Officer – “Xon

10. Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – “Quit Being Dicks

11. Sunflower Bean – “Easier Said

12. Guillermo Sexo – “Eclipse

13. Wussy – “Ceremony” (New Order cover)


14. Wire – “Nocturnal Koreans

15. Young Elk – “Debts

16. Undersea – “Winter Lungs

17. Bleached – “Sour Candy

18. Bent Shapes – “86’d In ’03

19. Matt Tong – “Christopher

20. The James Rocket – “We Are Here For You

21. Beverly – “Contact


22. Ship Thieves – “Born Into This

23. Christopher Leaf – “I’ll Try For You

24. Bob Mould – “The End of Things

25. Robert Pollard – “I Can Illustrate

26. Hallelujah The Hills – “The Girl With Electronics Inside


27. So So Glos – “Missionary

28. Savak – “Reaction


29. A Giant Dog – “Sleep When Dead


30. Pinkshinyultrablastv – “Molkky

31. The Gotobeds – “New Dress (Debutante)

32. Summer Cannibals – “Go Home

33. Metz and John Reis – “Caught Up

34. Into It Over It – “Vis Major

35. White Lung – “Hungry

36. Witching Waves – “Twister

37. Eagulls – “Skipping


38. Eric Bachmann – “Belong to You

39. Mogwai – “Bitterness Centrifuge

Many of the songs can be streamed through my monthly ‘Nac Tracks playlists on Soundcloud. Keep an eye/ear on the in-progress May edition, and if you can’t join us this evening, pencil the next NMN for Monday, June 13th.

[It’s IFFBoston Time!] The Music Docs Of The 2016 Independent Film Festival Boston

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 9:57 am | No Comments

It’s April in Boston, which means the tulips have taken root in the Public Garden, the Sox have finally taken the field at Fenway, and now the renowned Independent Film Festival Boston takes to our best area theaters for a solid week of carefully-curated cinematic offerings. Now in its 14th year, the all-volunteer IFFBoston kicks off tonight at the Somerville Theatre with an opening selection of “The Hollars”, directed by and starring Newton-native (and former-Jim Halpert) John Krasinski along with Anna Kendrick and (the always-excellent) Margo Martindale. It’ll wrap up a week from today at the Coolidge in Brookline with a screening of “The Intervention”, directed by (and also starring) Clea Duvall with a solid cast that includes Melanie Lynskey (most recently in HBO’s criminally-cancelled “Togetherness”), Natasha Lyonne, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, and Ben Schwartz.

Those two features bookend a jam-packed, diverse lineup that, as usual, includes a healthy dose of music-related films. I’ve made a habit of spotlighting those particular selections each year, so here’s a quick rundown for the 2016 edition. It should be noted: This time, it’s personal. Because Pants.

“Colin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life”
directed by Nate Gowtham & Aaron Faulls

co-director Gowtham will be at the screening

A documentary on singer-songwriter Colin Hay, the former front-man of Australia’s Men at Work.

Screening at the Somerville Theatre
on Monday, May 2nd at 9:45 PM
Tickets & more info

“Hazzard’s Cure”
documentary short directed by C.S. Ward

From the website: “Heavy-metal drummer & longtime Oakland resident Clint Baechle makes art and music while living comfortably outside of society.”

Playing as part of “Shorts B = Bravo: Documentary”
Screening at the Somerville Theatre
on Friday, Apr 29th at 7:15 PM
and Sunday, May 1st at 5:30 PM
Tickets & more info

“High Water Mark: The Rise & Fall Of The Pants”
directed by Bill Simmon

director Simmon will be at the screening

Well, here’s where I throw any and all objectivity out the window. I’ve seen this one, I’m in this one, hell, I lived this one. This is the story of a 90s-era Burlington, Vermont quartet called the Pants and the scene that birthed them. It’s both a universal musical story of a band trying to quote-unquote ‘make it’, and part celebration of a particular time & place (including a bonus Bernie Sanders tie-in). What helps it stand out is the personalities and talent of the gents involved, and the obvious passion of director Simmon, who spent 10 years working on this sucker. He’ll be at the screening for a post-film Q & A on Friday night.

Showing at the Somerville Theatre
this Friday, Apr 29th at 10:00 PM
Tickets & more info

“Presenting Princess Shaw”
directed by Ido Haar

From the website: “Princess Shaw struggles to be heard by posting her songs on YouTube. Then, someone living 7000 miles away discovers her.”

Screening at the Somerville Theatre
on Friday, April 29th at 9:30 PM
Tickets & more info

“Los Punks: We Are All We Have”
directed by Angela Boatwright

From the website: “Explores the Latino punk rock scene of South Central and East Los Angeles.”

Playing at the Somerville Theatre
on Saturday, April 30th at 10:00pm
Tickets & more info

“Who Is Lydia Loveless?”
directed by Gorman Bechard

director Bechard & subject Loveless will be at the screening

This one is a highlight, a deep dive into the in-progress career of rocker Lydia Loveless from director Gorman Bechard, who was responsible for past IFFBoston docs on Grant Hart & the Replacements. I was fortunate to get an early look at this one to write the synopsis for this year’s festival program guide, so I’ll save myself some typing by having you go read that. Then grab your tickets and leave time for a sure-to-be-lively post-film Q&A with Gorman & Lydia herself. Don’t think she’s bringing a guitar with her, but one can hope.

Showing at the Brattle Theatre
this Friday, April 29th at 7:00pm
Tickets & more info

Keep an eye on the IFFBoston Twitter feed and Facebook page for up-to-date fest info, hit their comprehensive website for info on planned parties & panels, and check out write-ups on some of the other IFFB selections from The Artery, the Boston Globe, Cambridge Day, and Boston Common.

[Last NMNight’s Playlist] NEW MUSIC NIGHT at the ONCE Lounge (next one is Monday, April 11th!)

Posted on February 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm | No Comments

Another month, another New Music Night in the books at Somerville’s ONCE Lounge (and, of course, pulling together this playlist post took a tad longer than I’d hoped).

Listen through, click the links for more info on each new release, and spend some cash on the artists you dig. Many, many special songs to be found below (I was especially psyched to premiere songs off new releases from locals TW Walsh, Magic Shoppe, and Bent Shapes), and a bunch of them sit on the just-finished, 57-track February ‘Nac Tracks new music streaming playlist on Soundcloud. So hop over there for more, and keep an eye out for the March edition starting shortly.

Join me at the next New Music Night on Monday (taco!) night, April 11th at 7:30pm. Details over on Farcebook, where I’ll eventually share up which ticket giveaways I’ll be doing that evening.

Monday, February 1st, 2016
7:30 – whenever
@ The ONCE Lounge
in Somerville, MA

01. Carter Tanton – “Twenty-nine Palms” (with Sharon Van Etten)
      From his upcoming “Jettison The Valley” LP, arriving on March 4th
      [ Stream it on Soundcloud ]

02. New Dog – “Joe Brainard’s Idea
      from the “Teeth Marks” LP, due out March 4th
      [ Stream it on Bandcamp ]


03. Robyn Hitchcock – “Raymond And The Wires
      Demo from his upcoming next LP
      [ Stream it on Soundcloud ]

04. The Lowlifes – “In Winter
      New project from Matt Pond & Chris Hansen
      [ Stream it on Soundcloud ]

05. Freakwater – “Number One With A Bullet
      From their recently-released “Scheherazade” LP
      [ Stream it on Soundcloud ]

06. Laura Gibson – “The Cause
      From her upcoming “Empire Builder” LP, out in April
      [ Stream it on Soundcloud ]


07. Mount Moriah – “Davis Square
      From their just-released “How To Dance” LP
      [ Watch the “Baby Blue” video at Merge ]

08. Lost Film – “Temporary
      Title track from their new free-to-download EP
      [ Stream the entire EP on Soundcloud ]

09. The Okay Win – “Give Em Hell
      From their new “Cannon Mouth” EP
      [ Stream & buy it on Bandcamp ]


10. Linden – “Bones
      Their new Slumberland single, available via iTunes
      [ Stream it on Soundcloud / Watch the video ]

11. Recreational Drugs – “A Song For Dogs
      From their recently-released self-titled debut EP
      [ Stream the EP on Soundcloud ]

12. Eric Bachmann – “Mercy
      From his upcoming solo LP, due out 3/25 on Merge
      [ Stream the track on Soundcloud ]


13. Field Music – “Disappointed
      From their just-released LP, “Commontime”
      [ Stream the song on Soundcloud ]

14. Jennifer O’Connor – “Start Right Here
      From her “Surface Noise” LP, out this week on Kiam Records
      [ Stream the track on Soundcloud ]

15. Martin Courtney (of Real Estate) – “Northern Highway
      From his latest LP, “Many Moons”
      [ Stream it on Soundcloud ]

16. Shearwater – “Only Child
      From their “Jet Plane and Oxbow” LP
      [ Stream it on Soundcloud ]

17. Courtney Barnett – “Three Packs A Day
      From the new Milk Records “Good For You” compilation
      [ Stream the comp on Bandcamp ]

18. Wheat – “Walking Song
      Just-released new single
      [ Stream the track on Soundcloud ]

19. Jennylee (of Warpaint) – “Offerings
      From her “Right On” LP
      [ Watch the “Never” video on YouTube ]

20. The I Don’t Cares – “Outta My System
      From Juliana Hatfield & Paul Westerberg’s “Wild Stab” LP
      [ Watch the song’s video on YouTube ]

21. TW Walsh – “The Glow
      The closing track off his new LP, “Fruitless Research”
      [ Stream the song on Bandcamp ]


22. Dressy Bessy – “What Is Life” (George Harrison cover)
      B-Side off their “Lady Liberty” RSD 7-inch
      [ Stream it on YouTube ]

23. Wussy – “Dropping Houses
      Off their “Forever Sounds” LP, out this week
      [ Stream it on Soundcloud ]


24. All Dogs – “Sunday Morning
      From their latest LP, “Kicking Every Day”
      [ Watch the new video on YouTube ]

25. Nada Surf – “I Love You All The Time” (EODM cover)
      In solidarity with Bataclan terror attack victims & survivors
      [ Stream & buy the cover at the Play It Forward site ]

26. PJ Harvey – “The Wheel
      Off her upcoming “Hope Six Demolition Project” LP
      [ Watch the video on YouTube ]

27. DIIV – “Blue Boredom” (with Sky Ferreira)
      From their new LP, “Is the Is Are”
      [ Stream the track on YouTube ]

28. Beverly – “Victoria
      From their upcoming LP, “The Blue Swell”, out in May
      [ Stream the song on Soundcloud ]


29. Film School – “Give Up
      From their just-released “June” EP
      [ Stream the EP on Soundcloud ]

30. Purling Hiss – “Fumble Tumble
      From the just-released “Something” EP
      [ Stream the track on Soundcloud ]

31. Magic Shoppe – “Redhead
      Off their “Interstellar Car Crash” EP
      [ Stream the track on Bandcamp ]

32. Tancred – “Sell My Head
      From the “Out Of The Garden” LP, due out 4/1
      [ Stream the song on Soundcloud ]


33. Bleached – “Keep On Keepin’ On
      From their “Welcome To The Worms” LP, out on 4/1
      [ Watch the video on Soundcloud ]

34. Bent Shapes – “New Starts In Old Dominion
      From their upcoming Slumberland LP, “Wolves of Want”
      [ Stream the song on Soundcloud ]


35. Halfsour – “Grump
      From their recently-released “Tuesday Night Live” LP
      [ Stream the song on Bandcamp ]

36. The Thermals – “Hey You
      From their “We Disappear” LP, due out 3/25
      [ Stream it on Soundcloud ]

37. Two Inch Astronaut – “At Risk Student
      From their just-released “Personal Life” LP
      [ Stream the LP on Bandcamp ]

38. Dead Heavens – “Feel Low
      New 7-inch from Walter Schreifels latest project
      [ Stream the track on Soundcloud ]

39. Yuck – “Cashout” (Fugazi cover)
      Newly-released non-album cover song
      [ Stream their version on YouTube ]

40. So So Glos – “A.D.D. Life
      From their upcoming “Kamikaze” LP, due out in May
      [ Stream the song on Soundcloud ]

41. The Jonny Cohen Love Machine – “Surf Clam
      From the “A Quiet Reminder” LP, out now on Teenbeat

42. Explosions In The Sky – “Disintegration Anxiety
      From their upcoming LP, “The Wilderness”, due out 4/1
      [ Stream the song on Soundcloud ]

See you at Once in April, I hope…

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    Wednesday, Sept 21st
    Explosions In The Sky
    Julianna Barwick
    @ the House of Blues

    Friday, Sept 23rd
    The Bronx
    Dead Heavens
    Pounded by the Surf
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, Sept 25th
    Hallelujah the Hills
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Sunday, Sept 25th
    Peter Bjorn and John
    @ the Royale

    Sunday, Sept 25th
    Elvis Costello & the Imposters
    @ the Orpheum

    Monday, Sept 26th
    Kula Shaker
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Tuesday, Sept 27th
    The Levellers
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Tuesday, Sept 27th
    Blitzen Trapper
    Kacy & Clayton
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, Sept 27th
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, Sept 28th
    Goblin Cock
    @ Great Scott

    Wednesday, Sept 28th
    Russian Circles
    Helms Alee
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, Sept 29th
    The Dear Hunter
    Gavin Castleton
    @ the Paradise

    Thursday, Sept 29th
    Dar Williams
    @ Somerville Theatre

    Friday, Sept 30th
    @ the Royale

    Friday, Sept 30th
    Vanyaland presents...
    Bat House
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Saturday, October 1st
    Diarrhea Planet
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, October 2nd
    Poster Children
    @ Great Scott

    Monday & Tuesday
    October 3rd & 4th
    Built To Spill
    Hop Along
    @ the Paradise

    Tuesday, October 4th
    Temper Trap
    Coast Modern
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, October 5th
    @ the Sinclair

    Wednesday, October 5th
    The Faint
    Gang of Four
    @ the Paradise

    Thursday, October 6th
    Beach Slang
    @ the Royale

    Thursday, October 6th
    @ the Paradise

    Friday, October 7th
    @ Great Scott

    Friday, October 7th
    playing 'Fantastic Planet'
    @ the Royale

    Friday, October 7th
    Lake Street Dive
    @ the Citi Wang

    Wednesday, October 12th
    The Joy Formidable
    @ the Royale

    Friday, October 14th
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Monday, October 17th
    Teenage Fanclub!
    @ the Sinclair

    Monday, October 17th
    @ the Royale

    Friday, October 21st
    Maya Rudolph (SNL & more)
    and Gretchen Lieberum
    are PRINCESS
    (a Prince cover band)
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, October 22nd
    Local Natives
    Charlotte Day Wilson
    @ House of Blues

    Sunday & Monday
    October 23rd & 24th
    @ Great Scott

    Friday, October 28th
    Suzanne Vega
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, October 29th
    Henry Rollins
    (spoken word)
    @ the Wilbur

    Saturday, October 29th
    Cass McCombs
    @ Cafe 939

    Sunday, October 30th
    Flock of Dimes
    (Jenn from Wye Oak)
    @ Great Scott

    Monday, October 31st
    Tegan & Sara
    @ the House of Blues

    Tuesday, November 1st
    Bear Hands
    @ House of Blues

    Wednesday, November 9th
    Sun Kil Moon
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, November 11th
    El Ten Eleven
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, November 12th
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    Death From Above 1979
    Deep Vally
    @ House of Blues

    Saturday, November 12th
    The Felice Bros.
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, November 18th
    The Appleseed Cast
    @ the Royale

    Saturday, November 26th
    Peter Hook & the Light
    performing Joy Division &
    New Order's "Substance"
    @ the Sinclair

    Monday, November 28th
    Andrew WK (spoken word)
    @ the Paradise

    Thursday, December 1st
    Reverend Horton Heat
    Unknown Hinson
    Nashville Pussy
    Lucky Tubb
    @ the Sinclair