I figured at least one post from me this summer was in order. Anyway, I’ve been really busy but not busy enough to listen to Ghost BC. This band has been around for a bit but I’ve only recently gotten around to taking the time to listen to them. I have to admit, I love their gimmick. They are fronted by a man in skeletal face paint and wearing a pope hat and his name is Papa Emeritus III, they’ve apparently burned through two others. He is fronting a band of “nameless ghouls” and they are just that nameless. There is a recent interview in Guitar world where the interview is with one of the two guitar players. You can read that here – INTERVIEW WITH NAMELESS GHOUL. Even more interesting is while the music is about Satan, its more from a theological standpoint and takes a different approach as opposed to Slayer or Venom or just about every Black Metal band on earth… What is more interesting is the sound/music this band puts out. Their imagery is one thing, their music is entirely different. There is a very retro sound from this band and not because of the guitar, the vocals are what is different. Unlike most metal bands, the vocals are clear and is some parts can be aggressive but all in all its something entirely different. I’ll leave you with their video and if you are interested, they play Boston in September. BTW points for the Walter White mask in the video. That is all for now.
Hi We are in the middle of summer and the weds nights are cool with great line ups coming this Summer and Fall….Aug 5 The Wait…8/17 FireKing [checkout their great c d “Doulble Trouble”] 8/19 Jennifer Greer Dignazio [ Her cd “HEY TIDE”]…8/26 Noah Maltzborger…9/2 Madam Bruja….9/16 Courtney Swain …9/23 Drunken Logic ….9/30…The Guiloteenages… 10/7 Emily Grogen Band…10/28 Sarah Blacker..please join us at 9 pm weds and check out our facebook page also and Keep rocking !
After a great benifit for the Wounded Wariors at the spotlight july 17 w/ gary shane..corolla deville…flying a’s…and pop gun THE BRIGANDS with be at sally o’brian’s with TRICK WALLACE TRIO and DOUG MAC DONALD BAND ….music starts around 8 pm
Hi all We are in the middle of summer and what better way to enjoy it with some great music .Here’s what we have for you. on july 29 The Bikes…aug 5 …The Wait….8/12 …FireKing [check out their new c d “Double Trouble” It’s on fire !….8/19 Jennifer Greeg Dignazio [ new cd “HEY Tide”]…..8/26 Noah Maltzberger….sept 2 Madam Bruja….9/16 Courtney Swain….oct 7 Emily Grogan band ….remember to tune in weds nights at 9 pm at 91.5 fm and web for great local music ! Have a great Summer .
We just had a great show last sat may 9 with a ripping live set from CAGED HEAT and great interview and live set from BERTAND LAURANCE With great blues guitar work check out up coming guest on the show starting with may 16 THE BLACK CHEERS……MAY 23 NICHOLE ORANGE’S band SPEARMINT SEA ….MAY 30 The return for the band THE FORZ.. and their great retro rock….june 13 BROKEN STEREO….JUNE 20 BOSTON’S LONG TIME RAVES’S DREAM CHILD……JULY 11 FIVE OF EYES….AUG 1 and portland’s own all female band TIGER BOMB….ALOT MORE COMING ON “A CRASH COURSE FOR THE RAVERS’ show ! please check out and join our facebook page
yes the Brigands who been rocking boston for the last 30 years will be at the “Tavern at the end of the world” charlestown on friday may 22 with “The Black Souls” that’s kim and cam Arkland’s new band [formerly port charles quintet/prime movers/voodoo dolls ]
Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking with Alaina Moore, of the indie-pop band Tennis. She, her husband Patrick Riley, and drummer James Barone released their third full-length album in September.
“Ritual In Repeat” is available now, and Tennis will be performing on May 17th at the Great Scott in Allston, MA.
WMFO: How has your process changed now that you’re onto your third full-length album?
Alaina Moore: Weirdly as we wrote our second record, we didn’t experience any kind of sophomore slump—it came super naturally. It was a fantastic experience, we had no problem. People asked about the sophomore slump afterwards and then it was in my head…
When we wrote our third record I had the sophomore slump, once I knew it existed. Anyway, I had basically the worst time ever writing Ritual in Repeat, nothing sounded right, nothing sounded like me, it felt forced. It was such a weird experience, but finally I came across (through the recommendation of a friend) a book called Daily Rituals which delineates the day to day routine of life, and explains the processes of best writers, artists, actors, philosophers…
How did that help you?
Well, everyone suffers self-doubt and lack of inspiration—grinding it out through the routine is what numbed our minds to get the work done. We had a really strict daily writing routine that changed a lot—read for an hour, write for an hour, play guitar for an hour, play piano for an hour, write some more… All of a sudden all of the songs just started being finished, after 8 months of getting nothing done.
The album is called Ritual in Repeat because that’s what we found, sort of discovering an artist’s daily ritual, repeating it, making the process feel comforting—it began to have a sort of spiritual significance.
Can you tell me a little bit about where you draw your inspiration?
It changes all the time—it’s never the same. Sometimes it’s a book I’ve read, sometimes a new or old album. Sometimes when we’re on tour I start to realize that I want to write a different sort of song, something more rewarding—then we go home and do that. It always evolves, as we do as human beings.
I don’t want to keep writing the way that we were on our first record. What has stayed consistent is newness and change, we go sailing again, and tour is a constant change, it’s helped us keep working.
It’s really wonderful how you describe everything as “we.” How do you and Patrick like to work together? What’s it like working together as husband and wife?
It’s’ a very different sort of “we.” It’s interesting because we feel completely connected, I don’t’ even notice when we say we, we’ve been doing this since the day we met. We do work really hard to maintain autonomy in our writing—we write separately and then once we have our personal ideas on our own we come together and finish it. We are both still pursuing personal things—our tastes have a lot of overlap but also have a lot of disconnect so we work a lot to keep our own ideas. Like any band or any relationship there’s a lot of compromise. We respect that part of each other.
I’m a huge Black Keys fan, so I know that your second album was produced by Patrick Carney, as was Ritual In Repeat. Can you tell me what it was like to work with him?
The first time was an incredible learning curve. I felt bad for him actually, he had to teach us all of these things and there were all of these draining lessons. The second time around we had this report and this trust, we all feel like “Young and Old” is such a great record, so we had that to build off of.
You need so much trust when a producer wants you to do something that is out of your comfort zone, you don’t want to do it. But we have this history that we’re really proud of so we were able to push ourselves with him.
He just knows what it’s like to be a self-made working band, though I don’t want to enshroud that with romanticism… We share that, we aren’t from a cool place, we’re from Colorado and they’re [The Black Keys] from Ohio, we’re not from Brooklyn or something, our families weren’t in bands or anything… We know what it’s like to be poor and confused and mistrusting of major labels and big contracts. This shared history is one of the things that makes things work in the studio. We go to him a lot just for advice or just to complain.
Its funny how it started, we were so ignorant… We just emailed him, we were pretty naïve, just being like, “Hey dude, want to work on our album?” At the same time I’m like, now I would have been way too scared to reach out. It was kind of great how ignorant we were, we weren’t afraid to just ask.
Best advice I could give to anyone: If you want something, just ask. The worst thing that can happen is if they say no. So many wonderful things wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t been so ignorant and just asked anyway.
I am coming from a radio station; we play an enormous range of different stuff. I’m always looking for new music to play! What bands do you guys listen to?
We work really hard to listen to very obscure music, the word obscure is super relative, but we try to listen to off the beaten path stuff, just because what you listen to it influences your music so much. Sometimes I’ll be writing something and think it’s so genius and then Patrick will come in and be like, “This is a Katy Perry song.”
If you’re trying to write something original or new you have to dig really deep—you can’t make something out of nothing, art and music is a conversation. We try to listen to really niche things because we want to bring things that are less explored territory, to bring new stuff to the forefront.
After all of this work and change, where do you see your music going?
I think that for our next album I think we’re starting to realize how really important and integral the live element of being a band is to being successful these days—you have to tour a lot more than you used to in order to succeed, to keep afloat. Normally, I would write thinking of me in my room writing a song to record, but now it is to writing to play it all over the world. I have to write something that’s more engaging, more of a narrative, and more performative.
The next thing is a really long sailing trip—after writing this next record it’s time to recalibrate and go back to that really reflective place. We want to re-center and find that place again and see what we have after that.
We’re going to go away for awhile, go back to sea, ready for the next stage of our career.
Fans that came to see Rx Bandits on Wednesday, April 8th at the Sinclair in Cambridge were treated to an excellent performance from beginning to end as we saw a strong showing from every act.
Cayetana was the first opener, and they brought an easygoing stage presence with them. The frontwoman commented that the first show that she had ever attended was to see “The Pharmaceutical Bandits” (Rx Bandits’ former moniker). The three-piece, all-female outfit from Philadelphia played straightforward hard rock with lots of energy, the perfect first opener and excellent beginning to the show.
The next band was A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and the crowd reception to the indie rock group was so positive that one got the impression that many concertgoers were there to see them instead of the headliner. This made for a very strong set from the Brooklyn band. A lot of their set consisted of their most recent release from Topshelf Records, “You’re Always On My Mind.” The crowd was screaming the words along with the band for their last few tracks, which only set the scene for a killer set from Rx Bandits.
The indie-prog reggae-rockers (along every genre in between) opened with “Ruby Cumulous”, the first full-length track off their most recent album “Gemini, Her Majesty”. They played a few songs from this album, getting the 500-strong crowd moving and dancing all the way. There were some moshers in the front, but the mostly young, low-30s crowd danced harmoniously, enjoying the music.
The highlights of the night from Rx Bandits included excellent renditions of “Apparition” (reggae chops combined with a hooky chorus), “Wide Open” (hard-hitting), and “…And The Battle Begun” (fast-paced and complicated). The real treat of the set was when frontman Matt Embree slowed it down and played a cover of Bill Withers’ famous track, “Ain’t No Sunshine” in his own style.
Overall, the show was worth the price of admission and all three bands come recommended.
Somewhere in between trips to SXSW and appearances at the Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, the stars of Warner Brothers’ new comedy Get Hard sat down with a group of college reporters to discuss the film.
Ferrell and Hart were both predictably charming and affable, cracking jokes between themselves, lauding praise on first-time director Etan Cohen, and responding to questions covering a breadth of topics.
In a sense, they compose themselves in much the same way throughout the film — this is not Ferrell or Hart at their most brash, both turning in performances that are about what you’d expect from them at this stage in their careers. Unfortunately, this laissez-faire approach ends up hurting the movie more than it helps it. Hart in particular is likable as the emotional center of the film, but neither star is able to elevate the movie beyond its rather odious premise: Successful hedge-fund manager James King (Ferrell) is convicted of a series of embezzlement and fraud charges and sentenced to 10 years in a maximum security lockup. Because his thoughts immediately turn to an inability to handle 10 years of prison-rape, he offers his car washer Darnell (Hart) $30,000 in exchange for a month of prison readiness training, based on the assumption that Darnell had spent time in prison. (When Darnell tells his wife about the new arrangement, she presses him for more explanation on where that assumption comes from: “I was being black,” he responds). And that, sadly, is where most of the film’s humor come from.
This is the kind of movie where one type of joke is hammered into your skull so many times you almost give up questioning the setup out of pure exhaustion. If you wanted to know how King, who we’re repeatedly told is brilliant (he holds a degree from Harvard Business School and makes partner at his investment company) is dumb enough to make repeated assumptions and continually mis-read social cues, you’re going to have a tough time digging through ethnic and rape jokes to find an answer. A trip to a gay hookup spot designed to teach King how to properly fellate a fellow inmate (because, the film reasons, this will prevent him from being raped) similarly relies on gay-panic humor and a full-frontal semi-erect penis as a sight gag.
It’s not all that bad, however. Ferrell’s hilariously white-collar prison-yard trash talk (“I hope you brought your rewards card, because the 8th d*** is free!”, “I’m about to put a hashtag on your a** and see how many hits it gets”) and backhanded snipes at Yale offer occasional glimpses of what could be an original take on the setup — but too often the film tosses these ideas aside in favor of easy jokes about people of color, rape, and homosexuality.
You get a sense that Cohen had some legitimate social issues on his mind when making the film; the opening credit sequence shows the disparity in basic living conditions between LA’s wealthy and poor, the ostensible “villain” of the film is a disgustingly wealthy billionaire who buys an entire island as a tax shelter, and King misses the irony in claiming he “never asked for handouts” despite being born to a wealthy family. But nobody involved seems interested in making that kind of movie (Hart and Ferrell, for their part, entertained questions about the prison system and their preparation for the roles, but their responses indicate that research was not a big part of their process). Cohen is ultimately more interested in winding up his two stars and letting them play with the material. They’re undoubtedly a great comic pair — you can’t help but smiling every time 6’3” Ferrell physically lifts the 5’4” Hart — but in the end, they’re underserved by the script (also by Cohen, along with Jay Martel and Ian Roberts) which settles for a tone that wouldn’t be out of place in any Adam Sandler movie from the 1990s.
And in the end, this is a Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart movie from the 2010s — at this point, we should know what to expect.
As Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth would say! I found out that a box set of the “Decline and Fall of Western Civilization”! Its amazing, what started out as a film sponsored by religious groups to warn the youth of the “dangers” of punk music has become a huge cult classic. If you were ever interested in seeing a really young Pat Smear, this is that opportunity. You can also see D.J. Bonebreaks “bedrooom” within a closet. The movie was then followed up with Decline and Fall of Western Civilization the Metal Years. For those who saw the mini series from HBO’s Sonic Highways and were disappointed by their coverage of the Los Angeles music scene. Decline, the Metal Years, more than made up for it. The focus was on the real sleazy L.A. music scene. If you’re a fan of metal, this was must see tv. I had no idea there was a third movie to this set. I’ll have to wait to see how much this goes for when it hits the store June 30th! This is certainly a good excuse to hunt these films down either from your local library or your favorite site you watch movies from. Check it out! It will be the most fun you are legally allowed to have!