The stage is hidden by a white scrim on all four sides – the audience is restless. We’ve been waiting for almost an hour, expecting opening acts which never materialized.
Finally the lights go out – except for the ones onstage. The curtain becomes a screen, dizzying abstract shapes floating around as the music starts. Sigur Rós’ frontman, Jónsi Birgisson, begins with Yfirborð, immediately crashing his bow down on the guitar in his signature style. The curtain is still up, but now things are taking a distinctly different turn – the shapes are still barely intelligible, but there is the unmistakable feeling that we are witnessing art as they move, synchronized with the music. Circles and close-ups of iron filings and things moving in liquid mingle with definite human movement in a bizarre and beautiful dance.
April 1st may have passed and but there are always fools afoot. Here are some local music recommendations for those who want to get in April’s foolish spirit.
1. Mod Gun
Last year, Mod Gun released their album “Fools”. Gritty, unique punk rock with lyrics you actually want to listen to. This band has everything going for it. Download their releases from Bandcamp. While you’re there, check out their song Clover – perfect for your spring rock collection. Catch them live at O’Brien’s in Allston on April 17 or May 24th.
As you probably know, WMFO is a non-commercial volunteer run station. We do a donations drive every year to help us keep the station running with awesome and quirky programming from students and community members. This year as part of our ongoing effort to update and upgrade, we got tech savvy and created apps for both android and iPhone so you can stream WMFO on the go. To help us keep improving you can head over to our donations site. Below the jump take a look at this year’s awesome donations rewards.
Three Toed Sloth was founded in the early 90’s by musicians from The Upstarts and Lamas, all influenced by bands like Boston and the Rolling Stones. The band, known for their great songwriting and their twist on cover songs, will be this week’s guest on A Crash Course for the Ravers. They packed Northshore clubs for many years, gaining cult status in the area. These days the band has Country rock in their blood. Don’t miss Three Toed Sloth on WMFO this Saturday at 1:00 pm.
As a fan of local businesses and music stores, I would like to say that I am a consistent visitor of Newbury Comics. I don’t always go there to browse the back catalogue or search for new artists, but I always make it my stop when I try to pick up new music in physical form. The other day I found myself in the Faneuil Hall area and thought I’d pop into the Newbury Comics to pass some time. What I found was simultaneously jarring, discouraging, and regretfully understandable.
Wednesday night Alen of Dale will play live in Studio Dee on WMFO’s On The Town with Mikey Dee. Join us for a night of fun Americana/rock. The band has a new CD available for download on bandcamp. We always have a chat with the band post-performance, so stick around after they’re done playing. You never know what will be discussed on On The Town. Come check it out on Wednesdays from nine to midnight.
The London-bred five-piece band Citizens!, has been compared to Franz Ferdinand. In fact the producer behind the band’s music, Alex Kapranos, also worked with Franz Ferdinand as well as David Bowie. But Citizens! have worked hard to cultivate their own, unique sound. Their debut album, “Here We Are,” was released in May of 2012, with several songs on it garnering huge critical acclaim – notably, poppy number “True Romance,” which is difficult not to dance to. They’re touring North America right now, and I had a chat with vocalist Tom Burke while they were in Boston on March 5th playing Brighton Music Hall. You can check their tour schedule here.
It’s exam season folks so let’s get straight to the chase. Today the rapper Katie Got Bandz dropped a new video for “Pop Out” a song off her upcoming release Drillary Clinton. So its new and clearly it is notable because did you look at that album title??? But for real, I’m excited about this track and it is notable for other reasons. So far, Katie is best known for rolling with Chief Keef’s crew in the Chicago rap scene. Recently though, she’s started gaining attention on her own. There is even an EDM track by Los Angeles producer Carnage, devoted to the rapper’s signature “Katieeee” drop.
Think about the first recorded sound you can remember. Think about when it was recorded. Try to recall what format it was in. Could you play it today if you needed to? Could you even find it?
This month the Library of Congress released it’s long awaited and congressionally mandated National Recording Preservation Plan. It provides the blueprint for the public and private sector to work together in saving America’s recorded sound heritage. It takes on issues from preservation infrastructure (how are we storing this stuff?) and access to education and policy.
In the beginning, Iron & Wine was a one man outfit. Sam Beam made intimate folk albums with nothing but an acoustic guitar, whispery vocals, and a prodigious beard. He stirred hearts with his gentle songs about love, god, and family, all softly tinged with a southern sensibility. Then long before indie folk went the way of top 40, Beam changed his sound entirely. With the 2007 release The Shepherd’s Dog, Iron & Wine went electric, shifting to a full band with a robust and fanciful sound. Beam surprised fans again in 2011 when he expanded Iron & Wine even more to include a full brass section. The album, Kiss Each Other Clean, was far funkier than folky.