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.
Posted on August 3, 2015 at 10:20 am | 1 Comment
Another month down, another shared Soundcloud playlist of new songs for your ears. 45 tracks in this one, nearly 3 hours of music, the longest one yet. Who says things get slow in the summer? Enjoy…
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…keep looking »