1 VAMPIRE WEEKEND Contra XL 2 BEACH HOUSE Teen Dream SUB POP 3 SURFER BLOOD Astro Coast Kanine 4 SHOUT OUT LOUDS Work Merge 5 ADAM GREEN Minor Love Fat Possum 6 SPOON Transference Merge 7 NANA GRIZOL Ruth Orange Twin 8 GOLDEN GIRLS "Amateur Teen Sex Attics" [Single] 9 TWIN SISTER Vampires With Dreaming Kids 10 YAWN Yawn [EP] Self-Released 11 LOS CAMPESINOS! Romance Is Boring Arts And Crafts 12 BYNARS Back From Outer Space [EP] Self-Released 13 XIU XIU Dear God, I Hate Myself Kill Rock Stars 14 PAST LIVES Tapestry Of Webs Suicide Squeeze 15 MANY MANSIONS/TRUMAN PEYOTE Peaced Together whitehaus family 16 GIRLFRIENDS Girlfriends Self-Released 17 MANNERS Look Into Look Unto Whitehaus Family Record 18 REAL ESTATE Real Estate Woodsist 19 GROOMS Rejoicer death by audio 20 GIGI Maintenant Tomlab 21 MIDNIGHT MASSES Rapture Ready, I Gazed At The Body 22 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD Heavy Days Infinity Cat 23 TORO Y MOI Causers Of This Carpark 24 JAKE JENKINS No Folk Luck Swallows Everything Get Young 25 QUILT Quilt Self-Released 26 THIN HEIR Thin Heir [EP] 27 KAL MARKS Recovering After The Storm Self-Released 28 EELS End Times Vagrant 29 MAGIC MAN Real Life Color Self-Released 30 BIG TROUBLES Freudian Slips Blackburn
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VARIOUS ARTISTS A Grinding Tapes Promo Disc Grinding Tapes QUASI American Gong Kill Rock Stars THIN HEIR Thin Heir [EP] CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Genuine Negro Jig Nonesuch RUBY SUNS Fight Softly SUB POP THICK SHAKES Ooh Mommy Snugglehound
Today WTBU interviewed All Ages Movement Project coordinator Kevin Erickson. AMP is a national nonprofit that connects all-ages venues and youth music organizations around the country, so that people who run all ages spaces/organizations can learn from one another, become stronger, and grow.
1 BEACH HOUSE Teen Dream SUB POP 2 VAMPIRE WEEKEND Contra XL 3 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD Heavy Days Infinity Cat 4 MANNERS Look Into Look Unto Whitehaus Family Record 5 QUILT Quilt Self-Released 6 MANY MANSIONS/TRUMAN PEYOTE Peaced Together whitehaus family 7 REAL ESTATE Real Estate Woodsist 8 GIRLFRIENDS Girlfriends Self-Released 9 SPOON Transference Merge 10 MAGNETIC FIELDS Realism Nonesuch 11 TWIN SISTER Vampires With Dreaming Kids 12 MIDNIGHT MASSES Rapture Ready, I Gazed At The Body 13 BEST COAST "When I'm With You" [Single] Black Iris 14 GOLDEN GIRLS "Amateur Teen Sex Attics" [Single] 15 NANA GRIZOL Ruth Orange Twin 16 SURFER BLOOD Astro Coast Kanine 17 GROOMS Rejoicer death by audio 18 TORO Y MOI Causers Of This Carpark 19 VARIOUS ARTISTS Underwater Peoples Winter Review Underwater Peoples 20 BYNARS Back From Outer Space [EP] Self-Released 21 FUCKED UP Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009 Matador 22 BONUS EVENTUS Canaceros Dinosaurs In Vietnam 23 BEN SOLLEE AND DANIEL MARTIN MOORE Dear Companion Sub Pop 24 LOS CAMPESINOS! Romance Is Boring Arts And Crafts 25 VARIOUS ARTISTS Whitehaus Family Record Family Record Whitehaus Family Record 26 YAWN Yawn [EP] Self-Released 27 KAL MARKS Recovering After The Storm Self-Released 28 VARIOUS ARTISTS Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 Matador 29 VARIOUS ARTISTS Mozart Park All-Stars Breakfast Of Champs 30 TUNE-YARDS BiRd-BrAiNs 4AD
new in rotation this week:
1 XIU XIU Dear God, I Hate Myself Kill Rock Stars 2 PAST LIVES Tapestry Of Webs Suicide Squeeze 3 ADAM GREEN Minor Love Fat Possum 4 SHOUT OUT LOUDS Work Merge
Schist That Rocks, Fridays 2-4AM, is giving away a 3 day pass to the New England Americana Festival on the show and having The Autumn Hollow Band, festival organizers and headliners, on the show for a performance and interview.
Tune into Redefined this Friday night, 10pm-Midnight to listen to a special Boston interview with Switchfoot's Tim Foreman, the bassist for the band. Listen to him answer questions about Switchfoot from BU students and from those around the Boston area and hear about his history, back when he was a Boston boy.
Tea Leaf Green can play many different ways – well-written songs, powerful rock and roll, dirty funk, loose jams, and sometimes all these at once – making its live show a potentially different experience every time. The band’s last two albums, 2005’s Taught To Be Proud and their 2008 effort Raise Up The Tent has seen a trend away from the earlier, longer jams of its first three records and towards a more concise, well-developed songwriting style. Saturday night at the Paradise Rock Club reflected this evolution.
That being said, Tea Leaf hasn’t dropped the early songs from its set lists and an early “Freedom” showcased guitarist Josh Clark at his apex. Equally at home digging into heavy metal or bouncing around a bluegrass tune, Clark’s versatility is a big part of what makes this band tick. With “Freedom,” Clark was able to take over the jam and build it to a high-intensity climax before the band switched gears into the earnest ballad “Faced With Love.”
“Faced With Love” echoes another aspect of the band, in that the song doesn’t appear on any of their studio albums. While most bands use studio albums to showcase and fine-tune its best songs, they are used as mainly just benchmarks for Tea Leaf Green, and its catalog of songs is so extensive that “Freedom” was the only song in the first set that has ever been recorded in the studio and released.
Midway through the first set the band took the show into uncharted territory with a cache of new songs. “Without A Broom,” “Oklahoma Home” and “Cottonwood Tree” were all part of the trend toward shorter and more focused songs that Tea Leaf seems to be embracing. The buoyant, energetic “Cops Took My Weed” was a fun romp through some lighthearted storytelling by keyboardist and singer Trevor Garrod.
The second set followed a similar trend to the first, with an absolute blow out of a jam in “Wet Spot” > “Invasion” > “Wet Spot” before settling back into more of a stop-start, song after song approach. “Jackson Hole,” another new song, preceded the feel-good “Papa’s In The Backroom” before crowd favorite “The Garden (Pt. III)” brought the show back to the level of intensity achieved during “Wet Spot.” “Incandescent Devil” showcased Garrod’s impressive harmonica skills as he stood on his keyboard stool to deliver his solo.
The encore of “Morning Sun” with guitarist Rusty Kelly from opening band Elmwood was another high-energy romp and served to underline the theme of the show. While some of the experimental and exploratory jams were missing from the set list, Tea Leaf Green’s multiple personalities and wide-ranging abilities assure that no show is ever a bad one.
1 BEACH HOUSE Teen Dream SUB POP 2 VAMPIRE WEEKEND Contra XL 3 SPOON Transference Merge 4 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD Heavy Days Infinity Cat 5 MAGNETIC FIELDS Realism Nonesuch 6 GROOMS Rejoicer death by audio 7 REAL ESTATE Real Estate Woodsist 8 BEST COAST "When I'm With You" [Single] Black Iris 9 QUILT Quilt Self-Released 10 SURFER BLOOD Astro Coast Kanine 11 GIGI Maintenant Tomlab 12 LOS CAMPESINOS! Romance Is Boring Arts And Crafts 13 EELS End Times Vagrant 14 GOLDEN GIRLS "Amateur Teen Sex Attics" [Single] 15 NANA GRIZOL Ruth Orange Twin 16 VARIOUS ARTISTS Whitehaus Family Record Family Record Whitehaus Family Record 17 YAWN Yawn [EP] Self-Released 18 BONUS EVENTUS Canaceros Dinosaurs In Vietnam 19 TRUMAN PEYOTE AND MANY MANSIONS Peaced Together Whitehaus 20 THE BYNARS Party All Night Self-release 21 KAL MARKS Recovering After The Storm Self-Released 22 VARIOUS ARTISTS Underwater Peoples Winter Review Underwater Peoples 23 FUCKED UP Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009 Matador 24 MANNERS Look Into Look Unto Whitehaus Family Record 25 VARIOUS ARTISTS Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 Matador 26 FOUR TET There Is Love In You Domino 27 FREELANCE WHALES Weathervanes Frenchkiss-Mom And Pop 28 MAGIC MAN Real Life Color Self-Released 29 VARIOUS ARTISTS Mozart Park All-Stars Breakfast Of Champs 30 TUNE-YARDS BiRd-BrAiNs 4AD
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1 MANY MANSIONS AND TRUMAN PEYOTE Peaced Together Whitehaus Family Record 2 MIDNIGHT MASSES Rapture Ready, I Gazed At The Body 3 TITLE TRACKS It Was Easy Ernest Jenning 4 BEN SOLLEE AND DANIEL MARTIN MOORE Dear Companion Sub Pop 5 TWIN SISTER Vampires With Dreaming Kids
When Killswitch Engage took the stage at about 9:30 pm at the House of Blues last Thursday night, the House of Blues crowd exploded at the opening riffs for Rose of Sharyn, the band’s hit from their 2004 album, The End of Heartache. As lead singer Howard Jones said, the band hadn’t played in Boston for far too long. Their devoted fans could not have agreed more.
Dark Tranquility and The Devil Wears Prada set the table nicely for Killswitch. Taking advantage of an early-arriving crowd, both bands did their job getting the moshing going and crowd pumping fists before the headliners.
At the first stop on their US Headline Tour, Killswitch did not disappoint. Playing on their home turf, the Massachusetts-based band ripped into a mixture of new songs and classics. During Arms of Sorrow, the crowd clapped in unison during the melodic opening notes before moshing as one as the song grew heavy. Though they are unquestionably a heavy metal band, one aspect of Killswitch’s music that cannot be understated are their deep lyrics and ability to fuse melodic harmony with brutal riffs.
Killswitch also has the ability to connect with their audience in ways that few headliners can. There is a mutual respect that is authentic and real and appreciated by the fans. A few songs in, Jones saluted a security guard at the foot of the stage for having an awesome Afro. Adam D made sure that Tom “Dice” Cavanaugh, his guitar tech who dealt with numerous technical difficulties during the show, was recognized for his efforts. It was also “Dice’s” birthday, so of course the band led a heavy metal version of Happy Birthday before launching into Take Me Away off the band’s self-titled 2009 release.
The band’s set list was almost tailor-made for the old, hardcore fans. During My Last Serenade, off 2002’s Alive or Just Breathing, the entire floor was engulfed in a most pit that was not for the weak. Although if someone fell, the pit stopped until the fallen soldier was lifted. Even though a pit is anything but friendly dancing, there is an unspoken code - if someone falls, pick them up.
Before closing the set with My Curse, off 2006’s As Daylight Dies, the band sincerely thanked the crowd for coming out and offering support. For the encore, we were treated to the band’s incredible cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver.” For a few minutes after the show, fans leaving continued singing the chorus in the hallway. At the beginning of the set, Jones asked that we make this show count. It sure did. If this tour is stopping at your city, be there.
Today around 11:30 BU in the Morning will be interviewing The Vagabond Opera, a 6-piece bohemian cabaret klezmer ensemble from Portland, Oregon! The band includes accordion, tenor saxophone, cello, violin, musical saw, banjo-lele, stand-up bass, drums and lyrics in thirteen languages, and has played with Pink Martini, The Decembrists, Gogol Bordello, Devotchka and more.
We will also be giving away 2 sets of tickets to their show tonight at Johnny D's in Boston so tune in!
1 BEACH HOUSE Teen Dream SUB POP 2 REAL ESTATE Real Estate Woodsist 3 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD Heavy Days 4 NANA GRIZOL Ruth Orange Twin 5 GROOMS Rejoicer death by audio 6 GOLDEN GIRLS "Amateur Teen Sex Attics" [Single] 7 LOS CAMPESINOS! Romance Is Boring Arts And Crafts 8 TUNE-YARDS BiRd-BrAiNs 4AD 9 YAWN Yawn [EP] Self-Released 10 SPOON Transference Merge 11 BONUS EVENTUS Canaceros Dinosaurs In Vietnam 12 KAL MARKS Recovering After the Storm Self-released 13 EELS End Times Vagrant 14 VARIOUS ARTISTS The Underwater Peoples Winter Review Underwater Peoples 15 FUCKED UP Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009 Matador 16 VAMPIRE WEEKEND Contra XL 17 VARIOUS ARTISTS Casual Victim Pile Austin 2010 Matador 18 FOUR TET There Is Love In You Domino 19 BEST COAST "When I'm With You" [Single] 20 QUILT Quilt Self-released 21 SURFER BLOOD Astro Coast Kanine 22 MAGNETIC FIELDS Realism Nonesuch 23 FREELANCE WHALES Weathervanes Mom And Pop-Frenchkiss 24 KING KHAN AND BBQ SHOW Invisible Girl In The Red 25 BANG! BANG! ECHE! Sonic Death Cunttt Self-released 26 PANTS YELL! Received Pronunciation Slumberland 27 MAGIC MAN Real Life Color Self-release 28 VARIOUS ARTISTS Mozart Park All-Stars Breakfast of Champs 29 XX The Xx Young Turks-XL 30 TRUMAN PEYOTE New Wife, New Life [Single] Self-released
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COMPILATION Whitehaus Family Record Family Record Whitehaus Family Record MANNERS Look Into Look Unto Whitehaus Family Record TORO Y MOI Causers Of This Carpark GIGI Maintenant Tomlab GIRLFRIENDS Girlfriends Self-Released MAGIC MAN Real Life Color
David Cooper runs down upcoming releases (Updated 1/31/10). Here’s my attempt to gather most of the upcoming releases for this year. I’m really excited for The Avalanches, Flying Lotus, Broadcast, Panda Bear, Battles, Growing and the new Animal Collective-scored film, Oddsac. Currently, I can’t stop listening to the Beach House album that just came out this week, so I would recommend that if you haven’t heard it yet. My apologies if I forgot something. This should be a great year for music. Cheers!
Already Released: Beach House – Teen Dream Four Tet – There is Love in You Surfer Blood – Astro Coast RJD2 – The Colossus Spoon – Transference Pit er Pat – The Flexible Entertainer Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit The Knife – Tomorrow, In a Year Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM Owen Pallett – Heartland Vampire Weekend - Contra The Magnetic Fields – Realism The Chicago Underground Duo – Boca Negra Night Control – Life Control
February 2: Toro y Moi – Causers of This The Album Leaf – A Chorus of Storytellers
February 9: Yeasayer – Odd Blood Hot Chip – One Life Stand Pantha du Prince – Black Noise Gigi – Maintenant
February 16: Field Music – Measure
February 23: Eluvium – Similes Xiu Xiu – Dear God, I Hate Myself Yellow Swans – Going Places Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me Wolf People – Tidings
March 2: The Ruby Suns – Fight Softly Loscil – Endless Falls
March 9: White Hinterland – Kairos Liars – Sisterworld jj – jj no 3 Titus Andronicus – The Monitor Broken Bells – Broken Bells
March 15: Jonas Reinhardt – Powers of Audition
March 23: Serena-Maneesh - S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor Jonsi – Go She & Him – Volume 2 High Places – High Places vs. Mankind
March 30: Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
March: LCD Soundsystem
April 6: Harlem – Hippies Growing – Pumps Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame Mi Ami – Steal Your Face
April 12: Disappears – Lux
April 20: Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma Caribou - Swim Javelin – No Mas
May: Arcade Fire Broken Social Scene
September: Panda Bear – Tomboy The Thermals
TBA: Gang Gang Dance The Books Wavves The National Outkast Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime No Age Broadcast Battles Of Montreal – False Priest The Strokes Fleet Foxes Interpol Here We Go Magic School of Seven Bells The Avalanches Ariel Pink? Universal Studios Florida? Kanye West? Radiohead? Sigur Ros? Julianna Barwick?
I wish: The Olivia Tremor Control Pavement My Bloody Valentine Boards of Canada
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